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If you get arrested, the police will likely post your mugshot for ease of identification. Once you are taken to court and your case is dismissed or you serve your full sentence, you are entitled by law to have your mugshot removed unless it was a serious crime.  It is not always easy to remove mugshots because other people can upload your mugshot on their websites either to attract attention from visitors or for their special reasons, and this can ruin your career in several ways.  Employers will search your name online After your name is expunged from the police records and you are set free, you might want to seek employment again. Before your future ...
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There are times when you have to take no for an answer.  You are injured, but it’s not your fault.  You visited the doctor for what should have been a simple procedure, but something happened, and you are worse off now than when you first saw the hospital.  Or maybe you slipped on ice in front of the grocery store, broke one of your legs, and you can no longer work because you cannot leave your house.  However, you are confident that the accident was not your fault and deserve compensation for your pain and inconvenience.  But sadly, the local law firm refuses to take your case, and you cannot understand why they decline the claim.  This article will explain ...
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Unfortunately, car accidents are common around the world. There are many dangerous roads out there, and drivers don’t take enough responsibility of being 100% careful. Car accidents can result in devastating personal injuries or even death.  Indeed, driving can be annoying – there are large cities, with long streets, which makes it hard for drivers to accommodate with. If you don’t know the road, you’re likely to get confused because of the highways and different names of the streets. Most car accidents happen because of driver’s negligence, but it can also happen to the most cautious driver. In this article, we’ll explain how to handle a car accident.  Safety ...
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If you are dealing with an issue that requires legal representations, you’ve got to begin your hunt for the right lawyer. However, the process of hiring a good lawyer is anything but easy considering there are so many professionals out there ready to offer you their services. If you’ve never done this before, it can turn into a slow and cumbersome process and you risk choosing a lawyer who might make matters worse instead of helping you settle your legal issues. To make sure you’re not going to regret your decision later, try to avoid these common   mistakes when hiring a lawyer .   Believing without checking Many lawyers have very convincing websites, ...
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You might be surprised to learn that there is quite a process behind which an inmate is housed in after they are sentenced. To put it simply, the system doesn’t just place inmates anywhere they have an available bed. Instead, there is a process known as “Receiving and Orientation” or “Classification” where inmates are evaluated when they’re first placed into the custody of the Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons. There are several determining factors in how an inmate is housed in to serve their sentence, including the location of the crime, the length of the sentence, the nature of the crime committed (violent, non-violent, sexual, or drug-related), ...
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Over 35% of households in the U.S are home to at least one dog, and while these beloved companions may often bring a great deal of joy into our lives, not all canine interactions are friendly.  That said, several dog breeds have a tendency to bite or become vicious, resulting in millions of dog bite injuries in America each year. Almost one in five dog bites are severe enough to require medical help, according to the CDC.  Getting bitten by a dog can oftentimes lead to considerable costs to yourself and your loved one, resulting in tremendous medical expenses, trauma, and the chance of permanent disfigurement or scarring.  If you’ve fallen victim to a dog ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) What Administrative Law Judges Wish Practitioners Knew : A Zoom Event with the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Time: Noon–1:00 p.m. The Administrative and Regulatory Law Section and the Young Lawyers Section will be hosting a Zoom event with the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules. The purpose of the event is to provide practitioners the opportunity to hear insight from Administrative Law Judges from the Michigan Office of Administrative ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) The above image of a casting of a wolf print taken in Michigan is a teaser for an article inside this issue of the MELJ—themed Animal Law and the Environment. Each article tackles a different legal topic where environmental and animal law practitioners may overlap. #EnvironmentalLawJournal
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) I hope you and your families are all healthy and coping well with the coronavirus pandemic and all of the other uncertainties and difficulties we confront. This is the outgoing Chair’s report — normally delivered during the annual meeting — but, due to the pandemic . . . State of the Section Membership and budget : The number of Environmental Law Section members increased over the previous year. The Section’s account at SBM is in excellent condition and a reform of our budget categories should make running the ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) by Randall S. Abate [1] , Professor, Monmouth University Published in July, the second edition of What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (hereinafter the Book) (Environmental Law Institute Press, 2020) features significantly expanded coverage of what animal law can learn from environmental law in many contexts and how the two fields can work together to secure mutual gains. The book updates and builds on the existing coverage of topics from the 17 chapters in the first edition and adds 12 new chapters ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) This year’s Annual Joint Fall Conference was held virtually with sessions beginning Nov. 5 and continuing through Nov. 19, 2020. The Conference kicked off with a welcome and updates from EGLE Director Liesl Eichler Clark as well as several EGLE Division Directors, including Mary Ann Dolehanty (Air Quality Division), Robert Jackson (Acting Assistant Materials Management Division), Mike Neller (Remediation and Redevelopment Division), and Teresa Seidel (Water Resources Division). Panels tackled relevant topics such as ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) by Rebecca Millican, Partner, Olson, Bzdok, & Howard [1] I signed up for animal law as a 3L in my last quarter of law school without much thought as to what “animal law” meant or where its roots in the law lie. I chose the class out of personal interest and (if I am being honest), to balance out a slate of bar exam-driven selections like negotiable instruments. Animal law proved to be one of the most dynamic, thought-provoking courses of my law school career, however. What I quickly learned was that “animal ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) Environmental Law Section Online Library Many of ELS’s webinars are available in the ELS online library under the webinar tab. They make for good viewing during quarantine at home. Here’s a list of ELS’s currently available webinars. 2020 Coming soon! The Hazardous Substance and Brownfield Committee Year Review 2019 Duck! Insiders Review the Late 2018 Legislation The Challenging Effects of Dynamic Great Lakes Shorelines on Zoning & Planning in Coastal Communities 2018 A Closer Look ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) by Margaret M. Sadoff, Animal Law Section Council (2019-2021), Co-Editor of the Animal Law Section’s Newsletter, Treasurer for Help4Wildlife [1] The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of the pandemic. But this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Michigan Animal Law Section. As a member of both the Environmental and Animal Law sections, I often think about the overlap of issues important to both sections. A few examples are the devastating impact of ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) SBM has provided a list of informational resources related to legal practice during shelter in place and state of emergency orders: Guidance from local  courts —there’s a lot of information coming at you from  Michigan 's trial  courts , so we are helping keep it straight Text of documents related to COVID-19 —because you need to know exactly what the law actually says Guidelines from our ethics department —while much has changed during the pandemic, the  Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct are still in ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) by Michael J. Pattwell & Zachary C. Larsen [1] , Clark Hill PLC [2] Few areas of environmental law apply a more comprehensive set of regulations on relatively small businesses than those imposed on livestock farms that produce beef, milk, pork, poultry, eggs, and other staple foodstuffs—known in regulatory vernacular as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (“CAFOs”). Under the auspices of preventing discharges of excess nutrients or bacteria derived from farms applying manure to crop fields or from water ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) The next issue is in Summer 2021. Write on a difficulty you have encountered in your practice to help fellow practitioners or write about a topical environmental event or issue that interests you. Email submissions or inquiries to Amanda Urban at ajurban@umich.edu 2-10 pages, 12pt Times New Roman, Michigan Appellate Manual footnotes Let us Know What you Want to See in the MELJ The MELJ is a publication intended to serve the members of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Do ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Fall 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1, Issue 108 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 38 Mich Env Law J 1 (2020) The MELJ Editorial Committee Amanda Urban Allison Collins Nicholas Leonard Joni Roach Lydia Barbash-Riley Join: The MELJ is a team effort and would not be possible without the hard work of its contributing and associate editors, as well as the State Bar administrative staff. Consider joining the MELJ Editorial Committee. Contact Amanda Urban if interested. #EnvironmentalLawJournal
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You should pay your taxes on time because it will save you having to fork out penalties to the IRS for late returns. Many think that paying taxes is a waste of money because the taxes are squandered on projects they deem meaningless.  Maybe so, but you are obliged to pay it anyway, regardless of what you think. This is a critical source of revenue for the government and it is used for many vital projects you could not even be aware of. Penalties for late returns You could be liable for having to pay extra on what you already owe because your return is late. The longer you wait before you file, the more you will have to pay. Maybe you should apply ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) The above image from the City of Grand Rapids website is a teaser for an article inside this issue of the MELJ—themed sustainability. Each article tackles a different legal topic that involves issues of sustainability. At a time when nothing seems stable, take a look inside this issue to consider how environmental lawyers are addressing sustainability in a variety of legal contexts. #EnvironmentalLawJournal
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