Canada withdraws from UN convention combating African drought

[JURIST] The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a UN convention intended to fight droughts in Africa. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] claimed [CTV report] the move was necessarily as the convention was “too bureaucratic” and that only one fifth of the CAN $350,000 contributed to the convention actually was used for programming. Canada becomes the only UN member state that is not a member of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) [official website]….


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SJC Ruling on Foreclosures

Kathleen C. Engel, law professor and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life at Suffolk Law School, discusses the Massachusetts foreclosure crisis and actions being taken against four major banks. Learn more about Dean Engel at


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Study: One in 10 federal judges took trips on other people’s dime

The Center for Public Integrity dug through disclosure forms judges filed during the past 4 1/2 years and found that 185 federal district and appeals court judges — 11 percent of federal judges — reported attending at least one seminar at which foundations or corporations paid for air fare, hotel stays and meals.


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Sanctions climb in battle over religious texts

A court order levying a $50,000 daily fine against the Russian government for refusing to return thousands of Jewish religious texts made international headlines in January. But what’s happened since then remains a secret, except that the Russian Feder­ation’s tab has grown to more than $3.5 million.


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Blending Special Needs Trusts and Structured Settlements

For severely injured plaintiffs and their families, the combination of special needs trusts and structured settlements can help provide financial security to secure future needs. Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and co-host, Carmella Limongelli discuss this beneficial combination of financial solutions with Attorney Jay J. Sangerman, an expert in special needs trusts. Listen and find out when a special needs trust should be considered and what features the trust should have to qualify as a self-settled special needs trust.


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LawBiz® Legal Pad: Marketing Plan 101

Ed reveals how to define your target market and the tactics necessary to reach it.


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Displaced people in Somalia face abuse, rape: HRW

[JURIST] Displaced people in Somalia face the risk of physical abuse and rape, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday. HRW noted that the threat of beatings and rape from internal security forces was significant and called for the practices to end. According to HRW, “Instead of finding a safe haven from fighting and famine, many displaced Somalis who came to Mogadishu have found hostility and abuse.” The group went on…


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Allegra Rich on a Pro Bono Extranet

Allegra Rich, partner at Seyfarth Shaw, which won LTN’s award for Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project, discusses implementing a secure, private extranet for Kids in Need of Defense.


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Khmer Rouge deputy deemed fit to stand trial

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday ruled that Pol Pot’s former deputy Nuon Chea is fit to continue standing trial after the recent death of co-defendant Ieng Sary [ECCC profiles]. The March 14 death [JURIST report] of the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] co-founder renewed fears [AFP report] that the aging defendants may not live to see the end of the trial. Nuon Chea’s list of…


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