Posts By: Pat Schroeder

Undocumented Student Leaders Bravely Take a Stand

In two separate incidents this week students in a California and Florida university have admitted to being illegal immigrants.  In an earlier incident (May and July 2010) several undocumented students were arrested in Washington for civil disobedience while marching in support of The DREAM Act.  All of the students from all of these incidents could… Read more »

Beware: The New Intrusive Airport Security Measures

Just in time for the holidays, the TSA has instituted new security measures which include a full body scan or alternatively a thorough pat-down if a passenger refuses the full body scan. Neither measure has received a warm welcome from the air travelling public. The body scan was rumored to put off high levels of… Read more »

The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Explained

First things first, the “E” visas have their roots in Section 101(a)(15)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. We’ll get into what this all means in a moment, but for definitional purposes, this Section defines an E Visa holder as: “an alien entitled to enter the United States under and in pursuance of the provisions of… Read more »

The Investor Visa Explained

Section 121(a) of the Immigration Act of 1990 entitled “Employment Creation”, provides that 10,000 visas will be available each year to qualified immigrants who wish to enter the United States in order to engage in a “new commercial enterprise”.  The immigrant must have invested or be actively in the process of investing the amount of… Read more »

Why do I need a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is one made by a couple before marriage. The agreement controls the management and ownership of property, as well as whether alimony will be paid and even how much the amount will be. Courts usually honor prenuptial or premarital agreements unless one person can show that the agreement was likely to promote… Read more »

Copyright Your Website – How and Why

Historically, it was only writers, musicians and the like that needed to be worried about copyrights. Today, with the rapid rise of digital media, website publishers and online writers have become the victims of copyright infringement. Your only protection is to copyright your work; and at least then, you will have a legal recourse if… Read more »

LimeWire Forced to Close Doors; Injunction Attacks P2P

As has reported, a New York U. S. District Court Judge has closed the virtual doors at LimeWire stating that their file sharing of music and downloads was used “overwhelmingly for infringement”. Judge Wood said that LimeWire “intentionally encouraged direct infringement” by users on its site. This ruling came as a result of a copyright… Read more »

The Adversarial Legal System: Is Justice Served?

The late New York attorney, Martin Erdmann, who in his day defended more than 100,000 people as a public defender, once said, “I have nothing to do with justice. Justice is not even part of the equation.” There are 2 basic systems of justice, the adversarial system and the inquisitorial one. The adversarial system relies… Read more »

Could Jury Deliberations be the Next Public Event?

Following the Blagojevich trial and the 14 days of jury deliberations which caused much public interest, the question was asked by Bob Green, a CNN contributor, as to whether there was a possibility of jury deliberations being the next reality show. A Jury is a group of citizens which hears the testimony in legal disputes… Read more »