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Legalese — New Laws for 2022

07/03/2022 Lori Duff 0

For those of us over, say—45 years old–, if you ask us how a bill becomes a law, we will start singing.  “I’m just a bill…sitting here on capitol hill…”  The Schoolhouse Rock video really […]

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Legalese — Justice Delayed

06/18/2022 Lori Duff 0

“Justice delayed is justice denied.”  This is a legal maxim long held to be true.  Who said it first is open to debate – William Gladstone is often given credit, and he did use those […]

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Legalese — Freedom of Religion

06/04/2022 Lori Duff 0

In my last Legalese column, I talked about the First Amendment, most specifically the Freedom of Speech.  I’d like to talk about the First Amendment some more, this time focusing a little bit more on […]

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Legalese — The First Amendment

05/21/2022 Lori Duff 0

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, […]

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Legalese — Arbitration

02/06/2022 Lori Duff 0

Most of us have heard the word ‘arbitration’ at some point, but not everyone is sure about what it is.  Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution, like mediation, but the neutral third party […]

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Legalese — Why Legitimate?

01/29/2022 Lori Duff 0

Whatever our political divide, we can all agree on one thing: babies are cute.  Babies make people smile, and are a physical reminder that whatever happens, life goes on.  Babies are life going on.  Unfortunately, […]

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Legalese — Driving in the Snow

01/16/2022 Lori Duff 0

I learned how to drive in New York, where snow was something that you expected every winter.  People knew what to do.  Here in Georgia, where it only snows every few years, and rarely more […]

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Legalese — Mens Rea

11/01/2021 Lori Duff 0

Mens Rea is one of my favorite Latin legal terms.  It means, literally, “criminal mind.”  That’s such a great image – it brings forth a picture of a brain that is itself criminal, wearing black […]

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Legalese — Mandatory Vaccinations

10/03/2021 Lori Duff 0

These days there is a lot of confusing information on the internet and social media.  The fact that we are still in a pandemic that affects public policy only highlights the problem. One of the […]

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Legalese — Amending the Constitution

09/18/2021 Lori Duff 0

Friday, September 17, 2021 was Constitution Day this year, as is every September 17th of every year.  September 17th is Constitution Day because that is the day that it was signed by the constitutional delegates.  […]

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