Law http://nhpr.org en Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem http://nhpr.org/post/why-law-schools-are-facing-enrollment-problem <p>After years of a so-called “lawyer bubble”, with firms expanding rapidly – these days, many new graduates struggle to get a job in the legal profession.&nbsp; In response, law school enrollment numbers are plummeting, leading some to scale back their operations and many to re-think the best way to deliver that juris doctorate.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 41633 at http://nhpr.org Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem The Man Who Owns The Moon...Maybe http://nhpr.org/post/man-who-owns-moonmaybe <p><strong>Dennis M. Hope</strong> claims to own the moon.&nbsp; He's been taking advantage of an obscure international treaty loophole since 1980, selling off lunar&nbsp;property, and declaring himself owner of the<a href="http://www.lunarembassy.com/"> Lunar Embassy</a>, and President of the Galactic Government.&nbsp; Sound like a joke?&nbsp; It's not. It's just business.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:09:59 +0000 Taylor Quimby 25730 at http://nhpr.org The Man Who Owns The Moon...Maybe N.H. Prosecutors: Investigation Into County Attorney Is Criminal http://nhpr.org/post/nh-prosecutors-investigation-county-attorney-criminal-0 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire prosecutors are saying for the first time that their investigation into veteran Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is criminal in nature.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Prosecutors are fighting Reams' motion to release details about the nature of the investigation and complaints they say have been filed against him.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:48:55 +0000 Associated Press 40041 at http://nhpr.org Why Jury Duty Matters http://nhpr.org/post/why-jury-duty-matters <p>One day you check the mail, and flipping past the usual assortment of bills, credit card offers, and shopping catalogs, you find a letter that begins “Dear citizen"—a summons to serve jury duty.&nbsp;Whether met with annoyance, anxiety, or a burning desire to <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/02/the_science_of_getting_out_of_jury_duty_.html" target="_blank">game the selection process</a>, this (albeit inconvenient) civic duty is an intrinsic part of being an American. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:18:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22735 at http://nhpr.org Why Jury Duty Matters Former N.H. Bar President Fred Upton Dead At 94 http://nhpr.org/post/former-nh-bar-president-fred-upton-dead-94 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A former New Hampshire Bar Association president who helped block construction of a four-lane highway through Franconia Notch has died at age 94.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Fred Upton — a Concord native — spent his entire career at the law firm of Upton &amp; Hatfield — founded by his father, Robert Upton.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:31:46 +0000 Associated Press 39610 at http://nhpr.org State Supreme Court To Release Ruling Wednesday In Death Penalty Case http://nhpr.org/post/state-supreme-court-release-ruling-wednesday-death-penalty-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Supreme Court is set to release its ruling Wednesday in the case of Michael Addison, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:44:53 +0000 Michael Brindley 37992 at http://nhpr.org Why Your Mother Will Love 'Bubbe's Law' http://nhpr.org/post/why-your-mother-will-love-bubbes-law <p>On July 1<sup>st</sup>, the Chinese government enacted a new law called the <a href="http://On July 1st, the Chinese government enacted a new law called the “Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People”. It is, in effect, a state-sponsored guilt trip for the adult children of older parents…stipulating the need for frequent visits, phone calls, etc.">&ldquo;Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People&rdquo;</a>.&nbsp; It is, in effect, a state-sponsored guilt trip for the adult children of older parents&hellip;stipulating the need for frequent visits, phone calls, etc.</p><p>Retired teacher and computer consultant Barry Davis read about the new law in the <em>New York Times...</em>&nbsp;then <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/opinion/visit-mom-its-the-law.html">wrote an op-ed </a>suggesting America follow suit with its own &ldquo;Bubbe&rsquo;s Law&rdquo;, as he calls it.&nbsp; We tracked Barry down at his home in Connecticut for more.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:53:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31100 at http://nhpr.org Why Your Mother Will Love 'Bubbe's Law' Here Come The Nanobreweries http://nhpr.org/post/here-come-nanobreweries <p>Governor Hassan stopped by the Woodstock Inn Station &amp; Brewery in North Woodstock to sample the microbrew and ceremonially sign into law HB 253 allowing nanobreweries to serve beer to their customers. &nbsp;Sean Hurley was there and sends us this report.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before Governor Hassan cracked open a celebratory bottle of beer, she did a bit of governing, signing into law House Bill 253.</span></p><blockquote><p>I am very very proud to support this important sector of our economy by signing both these bills, so how about we go do that?</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:05:08 +0000 Sean Hurley 33338 at http://nhpr.org Here Come The Nanobreweries Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-05042013 <p>In this special edition of Word of Mouth: are we catching up with technology? This week we'll explore the very human way we interact with technology; resistance is futile.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26795 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 Space Law. Yes, That's A Thing. http://nhpr.org/post/space-law-yes-thats-thing <p>For a long time, outer space was conceptually&nbsp; and legally a no-man’s land – that changed on October 4<sup>th</sup>, 1967 when the Soviet Union launched a satellite called Sputnik into Earth’s orbit, triggering an international space race and calls for internationally binding laws to govern&nbsp; space exploration.&nbsp; Last amended in 1979, the outer space treaty drafted in 1967 facilitated smooth, peaceful interactions between nations capable of probing space.&nbsp; As the prospect of civilian space travel and settlement appears more accessible, international space law may be in need of revision. Joining us to discuss the field is <strong>Michael Listner</strong>, President of the <a href="http://issf.space-safety.org/">International Space Safety Foundation</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:41:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25737 at http://nhpr.org Space Law. Yes, That's A Thing. Arts On Trial http://nhpr.org/post/arts-trial <p>Throughout history, pieces of art – and their creators, have been hauled into the courtroom. They stood accused of obscenity, extramarital dalliances, societal intermingling, and blasphemy – among other equally verbose charges. Government agencies championed their prosecution as a righteous public service – but maybe they just needed to gain a little sense of humor. Regardless, these pieces of art fought the law. Here to discuss whether the law won is <strong>Clay Wirestone, </strong>arts editor for the Concord Monitor and author of an article in an upcoming issue of <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/" target="_blank">Mental Floss</a> called, “Arts on trial.”</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25140 at http://nhpr.org Arts On Trial The Lawyer Bubble http://nhpr.org/post/lawyer-bubble <p>Since 2004, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/education/law-schools-applications-fall-as-costs-rise-and-jobs-are-cut.html">number of law-school applications</a> has dropped from almost 100,000 to 54,000, and the Law School Admission Council recently reported that applications were heading toward a 30 year low. <strong><a href="http://thelawyerbubble.com/">Steven J. Harper</a> </strong>submits that these declining numbers haven’t emerged from uncontrollable market forces, but are rather a result of human greed and grandiosity that went unchecked for decades. <strong>Steven </strong>is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and author of the <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Pop-Goes-the-Law/137717/">forthcoming book</a> <em>The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis</em>.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:14:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23862 at http://nhpr.org The Lawyer Bubble Why Private Prisons Don't Want Immigration Reform http://nhpr.org/post/why-private-prisons-dont-want-immigration-reform-0 <p>Thirty years ago,<a href="http://www.cca.com/"> Corrections Corporation of America </a>opened its first private prison. As demand for border patrol increased over the decades, so has its earnings. Last year, CCA brought in $1.7 <em>billion</em> dollars in revenue – a quarter of which came from government agencies enforcing immigration policy and incarcerating non-citizens in the US. <strong>Lee fang</strong> is Reporting Fellow with the Investigative Fund at <a href="http://www.nationinstitute.org/"><em>The Nation Institute</em></a>. He probed the connection between prison profits and stiffer immigration policies and came up with some unsettling answers. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:55:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23689 at http://nhpr.org Why Private Prisons Don't Want Immigration Reform http://nhpr.org/post/why-private-prisons-dont-want-immigration-reform <p>Thirty years ago,<a href="http://www.cca.com/"> Corrections Corporation of America </a>opened its first private prison. As demand for border patrol increased over the decades, so has its earnings. Last year, CCA brought in $1.7 <em>billion</em> dollars in revenue – a quarter of which came from government agencies enforcing immigration policy and incarcerating non-citizens in the US. <strong>Lee fang</strong> is Reporting Fellow with the Investigative Fund at <a href="http://www.nationinstitute.org/"><em>The Nation Institute</em></a>. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:55:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23688 at http://nhpr.org State, Citgo Look To Settle Over MTBE http://nhpr.org/post/state-citgo-look-settle-over-mtbe <p>For nearly a decade, New Hampshire has been seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies over the chemical additive MTBE, which the state says caused contamination in the state’s groundwater. The legal proceedings originally involved 26 oil companies; as trial began this week, there were just two left, ExxonMobil and Citgo, and now there may be just one.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:27:31 +0000 Brady Carlson 20431 at http://nhpr.org