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Homework Time

Homework Time

With the school year approaching I thought it would be a good time to remind people to do their homework.   Sure, you may be out of school and think you are done with homework, but that is not true.

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Where is my feedback?

Where is my feedback?

I recently went on vacation and used a tour company.  The trip started in Paris, the first time I have ever been there and I wanted to make the most of it.  According to the brochure the hotels were, “handpicked” and in central locations.  Paris has 20 different neighborhoods which are called arrondissements.  The tourist locations which are ideal are between one through eight.

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Proposed Solution: New Medical Billing Dispute Procedures

The first step should be information to the patients that they need to review their bill closely for errors. An estimated 14 million Americans are struggling with medical bills that they believe were sent in error to collection agencies, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care research group. Nearly half of all collection accounts that appear on consumer credit reports are unpaid medical bills.

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All-Public Arbitrator Panels: FINRA’s Illusion of Fairness

On January 31, 2011 in response to an outcry from investors and their attorneys, FINRA implemented a new rule that allows investors to choose whether they want an all-public arbitration panel, or a majority public panel, which includes a securities industry arbitrator. Since this rule has been announced, investors have chosen all-public arbitration panels more often than not.

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Utilizing Mediation to Solve Medical Billing Problems

The current medical debt crisis in the United States is overburdening bankruptcy court.[1] Debtors are filing bankruptcy because they are unable to pay their medical debts.[2] An insurance mandate will not provide enough assistance for those with insurance and without insurance to eliminate all medical debt and avoid bankruptcy.

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A Role for Apology in Medical Malpractice

Beginning in childhood and continuing through adulthood, most people are taught that apologies are important. Whether it is apologizing to a sibling for taking their toy, apologizing to a parent for breaking curfew, or apologizing to a spouse for upsetting them, apologies are an important part of our lives. Why then, are apologies so often overlooked in modern legal proceedings, especially in the medical malpractice field?

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Benefits of Mediation: High Success Rate, Low Cost

Disputes are part of our culture. They are frequently the driving force behind the decision making process, and the reason rights are often wronged. The primary mechanism that allows us to solve our disputes has been, by default, court intervention. This structure, often known as the civil justice system, is a procedural device created by government as the final option to solve our disputes.

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Forgiving Our Criminal Offenders

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to visit California’s maximum-security state prison, San Quentin … I found it was not the prisoners that scared me … Here I’ll discuss the role of forgiveness in the American criminal justice system. I’ll describe the current status of criminal justice and procedure, then analyze why it fails at almost every tasks it sets out to accomplish and finally propose the key missing ingredient in our judicial structure: forgiveness and rehabilitation.

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Primetime

There were many fads in the eighties that did not catch on. Neon clothing, big shoulder pads and Wham! have passed into cultural history, however one fad has survived and thrived. Derivatives have grown from an 865.6 billion dollar market in 1987 to a 434,132.23 billion dollar market by 2011. In response to the proliferation of derivative contracts, the financial industry formed the International Swap Dealers Association. ISDA and the financial industry now face numerous challenges, as the financial crisis has increased public and regulatory scrutiny; and market conditions have made the bull markets of the 90’s a distant memory.

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A Tale of Two Cultures: Nomadic and Settler

How can mediation help bridge the culture divide between two cultures in conflict? Whilst mediation is often concerned with interpersonal relationships, it is incumbent on ADR professionals to consider how ADR techniques could be used to address issues in society, which reveal fractures and distortions.

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Mormons and Gay Rights: Shared Values

The purpose of this essay is to shed greater light on the common ground and shared goals of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the collective Gay Rights Movement. My attempt in writing this article was to bridge what many say is an unbridgeable gap between these two groups.

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Answering Harvard

This article will propose that law school education requires extensive reform. It will build upon recent articles suggesting reform, and it will do so by widening focus on the conditions and cause necessitating reform.

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The Historical and Legal Development of American Horse Racing

Since the beginning of time, humankind has needed horses; whether to work the fields planting crops, carry soldiers into battle, or to travel long distances. But the relationship between humans and horses has shared a much less utilitarian side. Throughout the years, people have gained immense joy from horses either through pleasure riding, competitive showing, or cheering a favored racehorse to the finish line.

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