Monthly Archives: September 2007

Rule requiring truck drivers to be able to function in English may actually be enforced

We’ve seen a lot of controversy lately about the on again – off again commencement of the FMCSA program to allow Mexican trucking companies to operate nationwide in the U.S. under the terms of the NAFTA treaty.  Now,  according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement memo, the FMCSA may actually start to … Continue Reading

The cost of judicial service

Recently I wrote about the crisis in judicial salaries.  Today I got some private feedback from an old friend who went from a very successful private practice to a judgeship several years ago. I’m not even going to hint at who, where, or what level of court.  This judge said that, other than retirement accounts, he … Continue Reading

Qualcomm contracts for satellite tracking of trucks in US-Mexico pilot project

The latest twist in the controversy over opening US highways to Mexican trucking companies is that Qualcomm has contracted with the FMCSA to provide participating companies free access to its satellite tracking system for one year under NAFTA. The systems will be installed at no cost to the trucking companies and will be used to … Continue Reading

On the Internet, but deeply rooted in a web of relationships

When you find a lawyer on the Internet, there may be an inclination to think of him or her as some sort of free floating, rootless organism, taking all nutrition from cyberspace. This week, however, I have had several reminders of how intertwined professional relationships can be.
First came an inquiry about a potential trucking wrongful … Continue Reading

Virtue, or why legal ethics should not be an oxymoron

Well, I’ve begun what some say is a "life sentence" on the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, working on updating our Rules of Professional Conduct.  We meet every month or two in the former Federal Reserve Bank vault in the Bar Center (where cell phones don’t work due  to … Continue Reading

An opening on Fulton Superior Court, and the crisis in judicial compensation

My law school classmate and long-time friend, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis, has announced that she will be taking senior status on October 31st. 
In law school, Judge Manis was a young mom going back to law school after working several years as a social worker. With a spouse and three young children, … Continue Reading

“Tort reform” critique in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

My good friend Jay Cook from Athens, a former president of the State Bar of Georgia, wrote a stellar guest editorial that appeared on the op/ed page of the AJC this morning.  Acknowledging that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m reproducing the whole thing here:

First it was Vioxx. Then it was poisonous pet … Continue Reading