Joplin Missouri – Picking Up the Pieces

On May 31, 2011, in Community, Insurance, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Today, I joined a group of fellow MATA (Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys) members in Joplin, Missouri to provide free legal advice to the recent tornado victims. We were actually set up at The Bridge – away from the debris in the “safe” zone. But the impact of this disaster was written all over the faces of the people here.
We provided free legal advice to many people today. Some of the issues we addressed were: (1) My place of … Continue Reading >

Illinois “Civil Union Act” to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships: An Opportunity Toward Equality, Regardless of Burdens and Conflicts Between State and Federal Law

On May 19, 2011, in Discrimination, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
The Illinois legislature has recently enacted the Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act (“Civil Union Act” henceforth) which creates a separate status for same-sex couples equivalent in benefits. Appropriate planning, knowledge and information will help you as a same-sex partner arm yourself against the additional burdens attached and conflicts with Federal law. Regardless, the recognition of same-sex relationships by the … Continue Reading >

Law Day 2011 – Equal Justice for All!

On May 16, 2011, in Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Today, I attended the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Annual Law Day. Chief Justice Perry from the Eastern District of Missouri spoke about the Judicial Learning Center – an educational center located in the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse, operated in partnership with a private, nom-profit organization. The Judicial Learning Center ist he only educational center in the United States devoted to the judicial process in the Federal Courts. it is dedicated to promoting public understanding of the … Continue Reading >

Small Ruling, Big Justice in Car Crash Case

On May 11, 2011, in Auto Accident, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Sometimes lawyer win huge verdicts in cases or win crucial motions in court – and we all like to discuss these “wins” because it reinforces that we are doing good. If all of us plaintiff lawyers continue to win, we know that we are doing our job in standing up for the little guys, against the big guys.
Today, I had what most would be considered a small motion in front of a Judge on an Illinois car crash case. … Continue Reading >

Law Banning Texting While Driving – With No Arbitrary Age Limits – Gets Another Shot in the Missouri Legislature

On May 9, 2011, in Auto Accident, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

In 2009, House Bill 600 was passed prohibiting texting while driving – but it ridiculously applied only to drivers 21 and younger. The rest of Missouri drivers were given the option to lawfully drive while distracted by sending or reading a text.
31 states have laws banning all drivers from sending text messages behind the wheel. An additional nine states have laws that limit texting while driving based on the driver’s age or license status. However, Missouri’s age limit of … Continue Reading >

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