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Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution Process

There have been allegations of discrimination against minorities by the the Department of Agriculture in regards to applications for farming loans. In response, the government set up the funds Claims Process to make available $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on the basis of being female,… Read more »

Charitable Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, a group of organizations, including the 92nd Street Y, is calling on Americans to observe another event, Charitable Giving Tuesday, which is today. Just as Friday is the start of the shopping season, this event bills itself as the start of the giving season, and encourages Americans… Read more »

Defense of Marriage Act Discriminates According to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

You may be interested to read the opinion from Windsor v. United States, handed down on October 8, 2012.  The Court ruled that section three of DOMA, which is subject to intermediate scrutiny, violates equal protection and therefore is unconstitutional.  Section 3 reads: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation,… Read more »

National Celebrate Pro Bono Week

              This week, October 21-27, is National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. The term “pro bono” is short for the Latin phrase pro bono pubico, meaning for the public good. Attorneys, who have the ability to influence the legal process and effect extraordinary change in people’s lives, have an obligation… Read more »

The Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan

When you go to the polls on November 6, you will notice proposed Amendment 3 to the Missouri Constitution.  Amendment 3 would inject politics into the selection of our Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges.  For that reason, we urge you to seriously consider voting against Amendment 3. Missouri was the first state in… Read more »

Asylum for “Gangbangers”?

While tuned into the heated presidential debate last night, I listened intently as the topic turned to immigration, my area of expertise.  As I was listening, my jaw dropped in shock when president Obama used the phrase “gangbangers” to describe those who should be deported.  This was apparently a reaction many across America shared, as… Read more »

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

The burgeoning popularity of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Movement has people making all kinds of things that most of us would buy, from chairs and ladders to beer and cider. There is something very American about striving to be self-sufficient, and anyone can understand the satisfaction of making something from scratch. That being said, some things are… Read more »