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The Court’s Management of High-Profile Cases

Courts are sometimes faced with managing high-profile or notorious cases. A media frenzy surrounding such trials can make it a challenge to provide a fair trial, which is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Courtroom Security   Enhanced security measures may be necessary in high profile cases to protect the safety and privacy of parties,… Read More »

Representing Yourself in Court

If you represent yourself in court and don’t use an attorney, you are acting “pro se.” Pro se is a Latin term that means on your own behalf. In legal terms, you are considered a self-representing party. Things to Consider Before Deciding to Represent Yourself in Court   One thing to consider before deciding to… Read More »

Jury Consultants

It is becoming more common for attorneys to hire jury consultants to assist in the selection of jurors, especially for high-profile cases. The jury serves a vital function in the American legal system as the trier of fact. Its role is to weigh the evidence presented by both sides and to reach a fair and… Read More »

Ex Parte Communications

What is an ex parte communication? An ex parte communication is a written or oral communication with a judge that involves only one side of a pending or imminent lawsuit. Ex parte communications include interactions by a judge with any persons interested in the outcome of a case such as attorneys, parties, jurors, witnesses, and… Read More »

Dismissal of Appeals

Both the plaintiff (the person suing) and the defendant (the person being sued) have a right to appeal to a higher court if they think there was a legal error in the trial. Generally, a notice of appeal has to be filed within 30 days after the trial court enters a judgment in the lawsuit…. Read More »

Reporting Requirements for Public Company Insiders

Officers, directors, and beneficial owners of more than 10 percent of the shares of a public company must report their ownership of shares of the company to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Company officers and directors are considered corporate insiders. Beneficial holders of more than 10% of a class of a company’s equity securities registered… Read More »

Formation and Operation of a Nonprofit Corporation

Nonprofit corporations are a useful tool for organizing for charitable, educational, religious, literary, or scientific purposes while reducing the risk of individual liability in accomplishing those goals. A nonprofit corporation is often referred to as a 501(c)(3) corporation due to the tax code provision under which most nonprofit corporations are considered exempt from federal taxation…. Read More »

Electronic Shareholder Meetings

As the operations of corporations become more global and as their shareholders become dispersed throughout the world, new mechanisms may be needed to maintain shareholder participation at annual meetings. Effective July 1, 2000, corporations incorporated under Delaware law were authorized by that state’s corporation law to hold electronic meetings. Other states have not been quick… Read More »

CORPORATE DIRECTORS – AN OVERVIEW OF FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES

AN OVERVIEW OF FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES Corporate directors1 have a fiduciary relationship with the corporation2 that requires the utmost trust and confidence. The directors must always act in good faith, use their best judgment, and do their utmost to promote the corporation’s interests. Some states’ corporation statutes may not allude to or define the director’s relationship… Read More »

An Introduction to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

In response to the stock market crash of 1929, Congress enacted the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. While the Securities Act governed the issuance of securities, the Securities Exchange Act regulated trading in the securities. Through the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Congress created the Securities and Exchange Commission,… Read More »