Category Archives: Stuff you can use

Incivility gets a footnote!

In a Family Court custody case in Maine centered around one parties refusal to follow the science and vaccinate the children, a footnote appeared that is worth reading.

We feel obligated to address the unprofessional nature of the brief filed by Michelle’s attorney. Besides engaging in selective editing of the guardian ad litem’s report, the brief does not reflect the standards of civility that we expect because it is filled with intemperate language and unsupported allegations. For example, Michelle’s brief refers to parts of Joshua’s brief as “arrogant[]” and “egocentric, self-serving, and nonsensical”; calls Joshua’s argument about the best interests of the children “slanderous” and “false and defaming”; and makes an unsupported allegation that Joshua’s attorney became “incensed” when the trial court did not take judicial notice of the CDC’s “proclamations.” This type of uncivil language is never acceptable, see Key Equip. Fin., Inc. v. Hawkins, 2009 ME 117, ¶¶ 22-23, 985 A.2d 1139, but is particularly harmful here because the parties already have a long history of strife. Attorneys should seek to reduce heated rhetoric between parties in litigation, not fan the flames of conflict.

The full case can be found at: https://www.courts.maine.gov/courts/sjc/lawcourt/2021/21me060.pdf

Fat Bears and Brackets

Nothing to do with the law but…  did you know that annually the Katami National Park in Alaska has a contest to find the fattest bear? Yes, it is a real thing and you can join by voting for your favorite fat bear. There is even a Fat Bear Hall of Fame! For more and to vote ( why not) check out this link:https://explore.org/fat-bear-week.

Walker has put on the pounds and is a favorite to win!  We  applaud  your  efforts  Walker!

Annual Bike and Walk Count

Interested in improving the City of Columbia Bike and Walk Master Plan? Then participate in the Annual Count. Data matters and helps to drive budget decisions. Details here:

City of Columbia Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts: Volunteer to help make the City of Columbia a safer place to walk and ride!
Aug 02, 2021

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers to help conduct our routine Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts throughout Columbia.  By counting pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers help to ensure that all of the City’s residents count: transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists are often not accounted for in traffic studies – the same traffic studies used to make important decisions about our City’s landscape.  In counting, volunteers are also taking part in a national effort: The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

The City targets key intersections and crossings for pedestrian and bicyclist counts; these are locations which are heavily used, and at many of these locations pedestrians and/or bicyclists have been injured or killed.  By collecting data routinely, on weekdays and weekends, we are able to provide valuable and robust feedback to the many agencies that plan for our roadways.  The survey will help us better understand who uses the City’s roadways – streets and sidewalks included – and how they use them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, will help to influence people-oriented planning and policy that inspires walkable, bikeable, and livable transportation design.

Volunteer to count as many times as you please!  Eight time slots are available, and each of the locations must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday.  Surveyors can select from a list of count locations, and will count pedestrians and cyclists at one location for two hours.

Please note, we ask that all volunteers to take measures to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus by wearing a mask and staying socially distant when conducting the counts. As a solitary and outdoor (or in-vehicle) activity, surveyors may wish to familiarize themselves with the site in advance in order to identify appropriate precautions.

WHAT:        City of Columbia Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts

WHEN:        Volunteer to count as many times as you please!  Eight time slots are available, and each location must be counted once on a weekday and once on a Saturday:

Tuesday, September 7, 7:30-9:30AM

Wednesday, September 8, 7:30-9:30AM

Thursday, September 9, 7:30-9:30AM

Saturday, September 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon)

Tuesday, September 14, 7:30-9:30AM

Wednesday, September 15, 7:30-9:30AM

Thursday, September 16, 7:30-9:30AM

Saturday, September 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM (noon) 

WHERE:      Sign up at https://bit.ly/2021FallCounts; counts occur at locations throughout Columbia

WHO:          Open to the public

To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/2021FallCounts. If you have questions regarding the routine Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count effort, contact Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-3181.  For information on the City’s Planning efforts, including the Walk Bike Columbia Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan, and the Walkable 29203 Pedestrian Master Plan, visit https://columbiasc.gov/planning-preservation/city-plans.

New School Year!

So much about the Fall semester will be new. For the Class of 2024 it is all a mystery and even for some in the Class of 2023 being in the building will feel strange. But for those of us who have been here all along we say:

We have missed you and are looking forward to an engaging pro bono experience with limited ZOOM meetings!