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Monday April 27, 2015

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    Thursday Apr 16, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Behind every good boss is a great team!

    This coming Wednesday, April 22, is Administrative Professionals Day. I’m not much for these Hallmark holidays (can you believe there is also a Boss’s Day?), but I will say that I have been blessed for almost 30 years by the greatest staff a lawyer could ask for. Two months after I started work here in Maine in 1988, I was joined by Nancy Pollock, and she has been with me […]

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    Thursday Apr 09, 2015 | 10:26 am

    Breastfeeding Is A Civil Right

    This past week, I escaped to sunny California with my 7-month-old. As we made our way across the country by bus, plane, and car, one thing that made our travels infinitely easier was that I could breastfeed my daughter as we went. It gave her comfort, helped her go to sleep (something everyone else on the plane appreciated), and was far more convenient, safe and sanitary than bringing along bottles […]

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    Thursday Apr 02, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Major Employers Launch Stealth Attack On Workers’ Compensation System

    Workers’ compensation? If you’re like me, although almost all of us work, it’s probably something you never think about. At least not until you need it. So what I’m about to say should scare you. Last month as I was driving to work I heard snippets of an excellent three-part series on Morning Edition on National Public Radio about workers’ compensation. The first part of the series detailed how so-called […]

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    Thursday Mar 26, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    One Big Step Forward For Pregnant Women

    In a much anticipated ruling, yesterday the Supreme Court weighed in on whether a UPS driver, Peggy Young, had been discriminated against based on pregnancy. Instead of providing Peggy with light-duty work, as it had done for many other workers, UPS instead forced her to take unpaid leave. This case has gotten a lot of press, partly because it is important legally, and partly because what happened to Peggy seems […]

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    Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 10:14 am

    We’re Living In A Post-Racial World?

    Back in the 80’s, the English music group the Police had a hit song “We Are Spirits in the Material World.” Not one of my favorite songs, but looking back at the lyrics, they did indeed capture what it was looking from the outside in of that material decade. Madonna (another one of my non-faves) was the “material girl,” and Tom Wolfe wrote about the golden crumbs bond traders made […]

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    Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Doing Good By Dining Well

    It’s Restaurant Week in Maine. Actually, Restaurant Week this year is twice as long, March 1-14th, because apparently Maine Restaurant Week “is so epic it’s two weeks this year.” Dozens of restaurants across the state are participating from Kennebunk to Auburn to Orono, and as part of the festivities they are offering special three-course menus for set prices starting at $15. So with all these options, how to choose? Of […]

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    Thursday Mar 05, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Sex And The Silicon Valley “Girl” Goes To Trial!!!

    It’s a dirty little secret among lawyers and judges that legal disputes hardly ever go to jury trial anymore. As best I can determine, last year there probably were fewer than 20 jury trials in Maine federal court. I can’t count how many seminars I have attended in which this disturbing trend has been discussed. As Judge Hornby, an eminent judge on the district court wrote in an article eight […]

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    Thursday Feb 26, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Hollywood Takes On Equal Pay …And It Isn’t Pretty

    Full disclosure: I did not watch the Oscars. There were a variety of reasons I missed it: We don’t have cable and our TV antenna seems to only work on clear, sunny days; the Oscars don’t really get going until past my bedtime; I somehow failed to see any of the movies nominated this year for Best Picture; etc … But as always, I enjoyed the post-mortem the next day. […]

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    Friday Feb 20, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful—But My Boss Says If I Don’t Show Up For Work…

    I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that this has been a winter unlike any other in recent memory. Eastport has been hit with 99 inches of snow in 20 days—numbers of biblical proportions. Closer to home here in Portland, snowfall stands at 80 inches, or far above normal for this time of year. From my office windows, I can see Casco Bay frozen over—the […]

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