Friday, July 11, 2008

No Family Left Behind

I'm just back from a conference ("No Family Left Behind") on helping servicemembers and their families with legal issues that arise from their deployment.

Deployment is hard on everyone, but there are special burdens on our National Guard and Reserve. Imagine you're making $100,000 a year, and have a mortgage or lease to match. Suddenly you're called up; you'll be away from home 15 months or more, at a massive pay cut. How will you cover your mortgage on service pay? What if they try to foreclose while you're in Baghdad? And so on ...

Attorneys for Citizen-soldiers and Families (AACF) is a joint project of the Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Section of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington National Guard Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. AACF recruits, trains and supports legal professionals willing to give pro bono services to Washington National Guard members and their families.

Our law offers many protections to deployed servicemembers, but our community needs to know about them to cut problems off before they develop. Usually an employer or landlord will do the right thing, if they know in advance what the law requires ... or are reminded in a timely way by an appropriate professional. This is not only good for troop morale, it's also the right and just thing to do. Join us!

Learn more:

(We'll have videos of the training up soon. The more who know the law, the better for everyone!)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

4freeCLE: Free Education and Information for Lawyers

4freeCLE is the web's most comprehensive clearinghouse for people offering or seeking free, no-cost Continuing Legal Education (CLE): you looking for no-cost CLE? Join this list to find out about newly listed no-cost CLE.

Are you providing no-cost CLE? Post a message using the link to your left, or contact the list administrator at Make sure the subject line describes WHERE and WHEN your event is, and that the body of your message tells how to get more information.

See its links page for links to announcements and permanent resources, e.g. recordings on the web.

Who Would Offer Free CLE?
Everyone's got a reason! Some providers regard education as part of their mission. Other providers are nonprofits offer training that is eligible for CLE credit, in exchange for pro bono service. And still others offer a free course to get you to try their "non-free" products.

Whatever the motive: Postings are reviewed to ensure that they offer some way to get free CLE.

Postings should include contact information, whether CLE credit has been applied for and in which jurisdiction(s), plus whatever else seems reasonably calculated to help people decide whether they wish to attend.

Feel free to pass on information about this list, in a non-spam way, to anyone interested. This link should get most people to this site:

Monday, July 07, 2008

Newest Scandal: Obama Says "A" Instead of "An"

Des Moines, IA - Barack Obama, speaking before a crowd of veterans, ignited a scandal today by saying "a historic challenge" instead of his earlier phrase "an historic challenge".

"This is a major turnaround of great concern to the American voters," said Karl Rove. "Obama drew millions of new voters to the Democrats by talking about 'an' historical challenge. But now he's saying 'a' historical challenge. Will the voters tolerate this reversal on an issue of great concern to the voters?"

Pundits agreed. "This is yet another major, major issue before the voters of this country," intoned a man in a suit on television. "The question is whether we can trust a man who says "an" one day, and then suddenly says "a"? Does this show a lack of experience? Do we really know who Obama is, rhetoric-wise?"

The Obama campaign was quick to react to this newest attack. "Obama has consistently used both forms of the indefinite article as needed," said a spokesman, "As president, he will consider all views, including that of the grammarists on the ground, and refine his usage according to facts as they develop. But, in the end, he will select whichever form of the indefinite article is better for America."

But it may be too late. "We are creating an image of Obama," said one host of a corporate media program, "Is he a man who changes his opinions when he learns new facts? Is America really ready for that sort of leadership?"

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Scrabulous - Scrabble online

Basically, the name says it all: Scrabulous lets you play Scrabble online. There are options for solo play (it's a good idea to adjust the difficulty settings unless you know words like "qim"); play online against users anywhere on the internew; or also play live with friends privately in a reserved room room. Free (although of course you can pay for more features) and fun:

Heat Map of US Gas Prices is now offering a "heat map" of gas prices are around the USA (Canada also available).

Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline; you can zoom in for details such as the precise location of stations flagged by their currently reported pricea.

Try it! | digg story