Low-income Americans May Experience Justice Gap

The justice gap is the disparity between populations that are able to attain proper legal representation and take advantage of the civil court system, on one hand, and other populations that are unable to do so. Increasingly, low-income people are falling into the latter category as upwards of 80 percent can’t afford the right kind of legal representation.


The civil court system is especially important for low-income individuals because it helps protect their persons, possessions, families, property, and livelihoods against the predations of larger societal forces. The housing bubble of 2008 and the foreclosure crisis that ensued provide a textbook case of how “equal justice under law” became merely words.


A recent study, “The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Needs of Low-income Americans,” provides more clarity of this issue. The study found that 86% of low-income Americans filing civil legal cases in the last year received either no legal assistance at all or inadequate legal help with their cases. Increasingly, money is a barrier to full access to legal representation and the justice system.


Lack of resources is another reason frequently given by legal teams for their inability to offer low-income populations the legal representation that they need to adequately defend themselves in civil court. The low-income individuals surveyed by the study disproportionately had legal or monetary issues related to the following: foreclosures, personal debt, foreclosures, child support, maintenance of income and wage garnishment, and the continuation of disability payments.


For many of these low-income individuals the fight is one of life or death. Sometimes inadequate legal representation can mean living on the streets, forgoing needed medical care, or missing disability payments.


The study took a look at two thousand low-income individuals and found that legal teams were often stretched too thin to offer thorough counseling and case preparation. The will on the part of legal professionals is absolutely there, but too frequently the resources simply aren’t up to the task of the reality.


Jeremy Goldstein Applauds New York State’s New Online Attorney Referral System

Jeremy Goldstein, partner at the boutique law firm Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC, is pleased to announce that the New York State Bar Association has created a new online referral site that makes it easier than ever for clients to find the right attorneys for their needs. The Bar Association’s well-respected Legal Referral and Information Service (LRIS) runs the site, which uses the power and convenience of the Internet to connect legal consumers with LRIS-vetted attorneys.


People seeking legal help are often involved in stressful situations. The LRIS site offers a low-pressure way for people to get the help they need. The site is easy to use, with a clean design and clear, simple instructions. It is available 24 hours a day, making it convenient for everyone’s schedule. Most important of all, people can feel confident in the referrals because the New York State Bar Association reviews the credentials of all the attorneys listed in the system to ensure they are in good standing.


People seeking legal help can now simply go to the LRIS site and answer a few simple questions. State Bar staff will review their answers and match them with attorneys who are nearby and who handle their type of legal problem. The site serves people from 81 counties in New York State, and attorneys from more than 40 practice areas are available. All information that people enter on the site is kept confidential.


The referral system is free to use. People may set up an appointment with a referred attorney, but they are not obligated to do so. Attorneys in the system agree to provide an initial consultation for $35 or less. After the initial consultation, if the individual and the attorney decide to continue working together, they will then decide on fees. Lawyers in some practice areas, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security, do not charge any fees for their initial consultations.


This new online system should benefit both clients and attorneys by eliminating some of the obstacles people face in finding the right attorneys. People can quickly request referrals online. However, if they prefer to use the phone or need additional help, they can also call LRIS at 1-800-342-3661 from 9:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:30 to noon on Fridays.


Jeremy Goldstein is the founder of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC, where he is currently a partner. He is one of the country’s leading executive compensation attorneys and is a widely sought speaker and writer on corporate governance and executive compensation legal issues. He has worked on many of the largest corporate acquisitions and mergers. He is honored to be the current chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Executive Compensation Committee.


Before starting his own law firm, Jeremy Goldstein was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where his work emphasized executive compensation issues arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as the relationship of corporate governance to executive compensation. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He has an M.S. from the University of Chicago and did his undergraduate work at Cornell University, where he graduated with distinction. You can call Jeremy Goldstein at (212) 256-1225 or email him at [email protected]

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Ride Sharing Tech Pioneer Uber Facing Multiple Legal Challenges Fires Management Official

Technological improvements continue to impact the economic community, even including the ability to find transportation to wherever a potential passenger may need to go. And, even though the concept introduced by Uber as an effective alternative to hailing a cab or taking public transportation, the transition has not been without its problems. The problems are apparently so much for Uber that they have contracted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his business partner Tammy Albarran to prepare a recommendation report regarding the legal issues faced by the new transportation company. The results were delivered over the weekend and the recommendations were not necessarily good, as the company will apparently be asking SVP Emil Michael to resign his position in addition to the 20 intermediate management employees who have been recently removed.


Central to the company redirection is the fact that Uber has been successfully sued by two individuals, one a woman who was left paralyzed after an accident involving an Uber driver and another by the family of a six-year old girl in San Francisco for wrongful death following a New Year’s Eve crash in 2013. The problems have now escalated to the point of a rider claiming she was raped by an Uber driver, which predicated SVP Emil Michael requiring the claim investigation and medical report be released publicly.


It is important to note that Uber is not only an American operation, as the accusation actually occurred in India. The case will not be finalized according to United States law, which will mean that any determination by a court will not apply in the United States. However, even the filing of claim can have an international impact, as the move to terminate multiple middle management officials for bullying has now spread to a senior company official that is considered a very close ally of Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick. There are also reports that Kalanick is considering at least a temporary leave of absence as well.

Could Sessions Evoke Executive Privilege?

Could Attorney General Jeff Sessions evoke executive privilege to avoid disclosing the details of private conversations with the president while under oath? During his exchange with Senator Martin Heinrich, Heinrich fought back against the Attorney General’s continued refusal to discuss conversations with the president. You can watch the exchange here:






Sessions implied that he could not answer questions about his conversations with the president because of executive privilege. Heinrich maintained that the Attorney General did not have the right to evoke executive privilege, a power that only the president has.



Sessions replied: “It would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer.”



By saying this, Sessions implied that executive privilege not only allows the president to prohibit certain disclosures de dicto, but in fact requires that the president give explicit permission for the disclosure of any such information.



Sessions insisted that he was following the policies of the Department of Justice and working within their guidelines.



Yet do such guidelines actually exist, or was Sessions attempting to get out of questions? A recurring leitmotif throughout the interview was the phrase “I cannot recall” from Sessions, allowing for him to omit details by claiming he experienced a lapse of memory.



In an interview with Vox magazine, Asha Rangappa, a professor of law at Yale, pointed to the ruling of U.S. v. Nixon, citing the court’s decision that executive privilege does not apply to suspected criminal activity.



Other legal experts interviewed by *Vox* held similar opinions, with the exception of Peter Shane, a professor of law at Ohio state university. Shane said:”It is not unprecedented for an executive branch official to decline to provide information about which the president might want to claim executive privilege.” Shane suggested that congress could have Sessions make an inquiry as to whether the President wished to evoke executive privilege first, after which congress could order him to appear for questioning again.



Whatever the case, congress would have had to decided by voting to order Sessions to answer the question, or vote to find him in contempt, neither of which happened.


Bruno Jorge Fagali Points Out 5 Red Flags For Possible Corruption

     Bruno Jorge Fagali is a Brazilian lawyer and a specialist in Administrative Law from FGV and PUC. Bruno Jorge Fagali holds a Masters in State Law from USP and works in the area of administrative law with focus on controlling the area of Public Administration (specifically preventing acts of administrative violations and misconduct).

The three biggest Brazilian political corruption investigations are Mensalão, Lava-Jato and Acrônimo. Bruno Jorge Fagali says that the common element is that the all involve advertising companies.

Bruno Jorge Fagali tells us about five possible warning signs pointing to possible corruption. Bruno Jorge Fagali points out that these signs are not definite indicators that something illicit is going on, but that it is important to increase control and surveillance in the presence of all or any of these red flags.

The first red flag for corruption is the intermediation of advertising companies for payments directed to different kinds of media for services. This intermediation can result in advertising companies not charging the advertiser or not passing the money on to the media company.

The second red flag is the media managing criteria. When an advertising agency is in charge, it can propose to the advertiser, which kinds of media are to be used. This in and of itself is a fertile territory for misconduct and anti-ethical behavior. To avoid this, advertising agencies must be required to present to the advertiser a study that states costs, strategies and tactics and kind of media to be used.

The third red flag is an incentive plan where a commission is paid for the volume of advertising in specific media. This could result in the advertising company pushing a specific kind of media.

The fourth red flag is a relationship of the advertising company with the advertiser. This can allow to the advertiser to give presents and gifts to the advertising company in order to get a better deal.

The fifth red flag is the advertising company charging services and supply fees to the media company. This is limited to 15% according to Brazilian law and frequently overlooked by media companies.


A Review Of Jim Tananbaum’s Success With Foresite Capital

In a report by Business Wire, with 25 years of experience as a healthcare entrepreneur and investment strategist, Jim Tananbaum has been heavily involved in the growth of several companies. Over the years, he has been able to identify key factors that make the difference for businesses operating in the healthcare industry. Most of these factors are associated with innovation and quality of the team in a company.

Using his vast experience, the shrewd entrepreneur decided to take a different business approach by founding Foresite Capital. The venture capital company invests in businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure that they succeed in the competitive healthcare industry. Foresite Capital supplies start-ups with the right information, capital, and networks to enhance their success. Presently, the company’s portfolio consists of 77 different healthcare companies. These investments are particularly concentrated in biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, genomic sequencing, and medical services. Some of the key companies that Foresite Capital has invested in are Aimmune Therapeutics and Intarcia Therapeutics. More details can be found on Crunchbase.

Jim Tananbaum contends that he spends most of his day working with members of his team. Moreover, he engages in business meetings and makes calls where he discusses about Foresite Capital’s existing portfolio. In addition, he networks with different stakeholders in the healthcare industry, and develops presentations for new companies. In addition, Jim loves to spend time with his beautiful family and friends.

Tananbaum posits that he brings his ideas to life by engaging with the smartest, capable, and persistent thought leaders in the industry. This process ensures that the ideas are improved to a point where they are robust enough to become successful when implemented. According to the executive leader, the industry is advancing quickly, as the technologies used are of high-quality and provide information in real-time. He notes that advancements in genomic sequencing will see doctors use genetic materials in one’s saliva or blood to treat or prevent diseases. Check out Insider Monkey to know more.

About Jim Tananbaum

Jim Tananbaum is a successful entrepreneur and investor. The IT guru has played a pivotal role in the establishment of other multi-million businesses like GelTex Pharmaceuticals and Prospect Venture Partners II and III.

The business leader is a graduate of Yale University where he pursued his degree in math and engineering. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Notably, Jim’s sound educational background has played an integral role in propelling him to financial success. You can visit LinkedIn for more info.


Karl Heideck: Philadelphia Attorney Who Specializes In Litigation

Litigators are people who represent other in civil cases and manage every phase of the litigation process including the investigation, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal. A litigator essentially specializes in taking any legal action against organizations or individuals and addresses every issue from start to finish.

Unlike trial lawyers who usually just take action in the courtroom, litigators take action from the beginning to the end. First, litigators must gather every detail that may affect the outcome of a case. They have an obligation to advocate for the client being represented and could involve identifying/interviewing witnesses.

Once every bit of information is gathered, litigators then initiate the case by filing with the court. A litigator may also be called in to represent the client in court as well. The litigator handles the “discovery” portion of the case, which simply means the exchange of information between the parties in question. The litigator then handles all hearings and negotiations, ultimately appearing in the courtroom for trial if a settlement can’t be reached. If the trial doesn’t go well for the client, the litigator also handles filing and handling an appeal.

To become a litigator, one must acquire an undergraduate degree first. Then the person must go on to receive their Juris Doctor, a graduate-entry professional degree in law. After the Juris Doctor is received, the bar exam must be passed. Every employer’s requirements will vary, but many litigators find themselves working as volunteers or interns before finding the perfect job.

Karl Heideck received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his Juris Doctor from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Karl Heideck is a licensed litigator in Pennsylvania and served at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Karl Heideck specializes in litigation, compliance, and risk management review. As Karl Heideck is a contract litigator and does not take private clients, he does maintain Professional Liability Insurance because he has no risk of being exposed to malpractice actions. His license has remained in good standing for 8 years, since passing the bar exam in 2009.

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The Impact Of Logan Stout And IDLife On Health And Wellness

IDLife, LLC is a rapidly growing company in the healthcare field. They have entered into a partnership with Garmin International, one of the world’s leaders in wearable device technologies. The customers of IDLife will be able to buy Garmin’s IndexTM Smart Scale and vívo activity trackers beginning in June of 2017.

IDLife offers simple ways for individuals to live healthy lifestyles by offering extremely high quality and customized products such as nutritional products and vitamins. Their programs has daily steps designed to improve people’s health. The addition of Garmin’s wellness products gives people even more tools to be successful.

The Garmin Smart Scale measures body mass, skeletal muscle mass, water percentage and body fat. Garmin also offers devices featuring wrist based heart rates, workout trackers, smart notifications and automatic daily detection. Their products are available regardless of a person’s level of fitness or preferences for activities. The new partnership gives people the ability to use Garmin’s wearable devices combined with IDLife products to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Logan Stout is an entrepreneur, leadership trainer, business owner, keynote speaker, best selling author and philanthropist. His most current business venture is in the field of health and wellness. IDLife launched in 2014 and has been growing substantially. They work with authors and fitness ambassadors on a nationally recognized level. Their mission is the education on products for health and wellness such as nutritional products.

Logan Stout’s passions led to IDLife being named in the top 100 of the most solid companies anywhere on the globe. He was published in 2013 when he wrote Stout Advice. He inspired his readers to build their skills in leadership and to reach their fullest potential. He has had a positive and substantial impact on his readers and his book was endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran.

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