As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge across the country, Congress is again debating stimulus actions intended to prevent further economic suffering and potential collapse. At the center of the current debate is the argument over the extension of the additional weekly $600 unemployment benefit created by the first CARES act. …

In recent days, the news is awash with talk of whistleblowers, possible impeachment, and allegations of treason, commingled with the ever-present political back and forth inherent in America’s unending election campaign cycle. The actions of whistleblowers, whose courage in exposing wrongdoing is generally rewarded with threats, ostracization, and personal loss, and investigation of conduct by public officials, which may be violative of the Constitution or federal law, are both important topics and worthy of bringing to the attention of the American public.

So too are allegations of treasonous conduct.

Certainly, the American public has become accustomed to contentious political rhetoric…

In the run up to the 2020 election, much of the recent buzz is about student loan forgiveness. Elizabeth Warren wants to forgive up to $50,000 in student loans per person, conditioned on meeting certain income requirements. Bernie Sanders wants to forgive all student loans, paid for by a tax on stock speculation, and make all public universities tuition free.

Proponents of these forgiveness plans point out the impact of student loan debt on individuals. Because of the level of debt, they tend to delay marriage and children. They delay buying homes. They have less disposable income, so they contribute…

Just over a century ago on a farm in Belarus, a family was gripped with terror. By government order, teenage boys in the area were being rounded up for a one-way trip to Siberia. The proffered justifications for seizing the boys included the crime of existing while Jewish or being labeled a political dissident. Due to the significant unrest which prompted the order, that would explode into revolution a few years later, whether any actual justification for what was essentially a death sentence existed was irrelevant.

The family decided to act. They entrusted a distant relative and another man to…

Over the last two decades, political debate has swirled around America’s health care system beginning with arguments about whether a health care crisis in America even existed, to arguing about how the previous administration failed to address a crisis or made the situation better or worse with their solution. For most of America’s history, when health care primarily consisted of setting broken bones, amputations to prevent the spread of gangrene, theories about medicinal herbs, and general instruction on good hygiene, access to health care was less important than good genetics and luck in determining who would have the chance to…

“It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated to the great task before us — that from those honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.” — Abraham Lincoln

On Memorial Day, Americans from all walks of life pause to honor those…

I pulled up the app store the other day and, for the fourth or fifth time in the last year, read over Tinder’s description. Other than noting a new update, it was basically the same. As I looked over it, the conflicting advice I’ve gotten since my separation and divorce ran through my mind:

“You should totally get a Tinder account. Meet some new people. Might find a really nice guy.”

“Tinder? People just use that to find booty calls. I mean, if you’re into that . . . “

“Well, if you do it, you probably shouldn’t say you’re…

Two students died at my alma mater yesterday, and four more were critically injured. I should’ve been shocked. But I wasn’t. Tears should’ve welled up in my eyes as I read about the tragic shooting at UNC-Charlotte. But they didn’t.

My first thoughts upon reading the news were hopes that the children of old friends’ who are students there were not among the victims, and relief that the tragedy wasn’t worse.

I am disgusted and disturbed by that reaction.

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and too many others. Each time, tears. Shock. Though, looking back, each time — less.

When a person suffers harm, whether it be physical, emotional, psychological, or economic, from an event or series of events in their lives, a friend or family member inevitably will ask them “can you sue.” Generally, what they mean to ask is whether the person harmed is planning to try to sue the person or entity they believe to be responsible for the harm they suffered. From the perspective of an attorney, however, this question is more complex and actually should be divided into two distinct questions: (1) Can you sue? and (2) Should you sue?

Can you sue? is…

The prevailing wisdom in medical and educational circles recommends early therapeutic intervention for autistic children. Commonly, these interventions include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. In recent years, following proceedings in civil courts and direction from some state legislatures, insurance coverage for these interventions, by Medicaid and private medical insurance companies, has increased lessening the financial burden faced by many families.

An increase in the number of practices offering these services accompanied the rise of the numbers of children needing assistance and the stabilization of funding available to obtain services. However, similar to the elderly dependent upon…

Kimberly Byrd

Attorney licensed in NC & author. No posts should be interpreted as legal advice or advertising.

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