Feb 27
2010
3:25 PM

Nurse Takes on IRS–and WINS!

Here's one that doesn't happen very often:  A self-represented individual took on the IRS and its battalion of attorneys and legal staff–and won!  The issue was whether the nurse could deduct the cost of her M.B.A. degree.  U.S. Tax Court Special Trial Judge Stanley Goldberg ruled that she could.  Aside from favorable facts, factors that weighed in her favor were her "obsessive organization," "fearlessness," and "meticulous record-keeping"–traits it would behoove law students to hone.  According to the Wall Street Journal article, Judge Goldberg found her to be "articulate and well-prepared. [Something] too many taxpayers are not."  For those interested, read the U.S. Tax Court opinion here (on the court's website).   LRC Legal Database RIA Checkpoint has a good analysis of the case in Practical Tax Strategies Preview, one of its WG&L Journals.  To access this resource, click here.  On the Search screen, click News/Current Awareness, then input the petitioner's name as a search: singleton-clarke.  Regulations governing the deduction of business expenses can be found at 26 CFR Sec. 1.162-1, et seq., and those specifically covering Expenses for Education for the 2005 case are at 26 CFR Sec. 1.162-5

Feb 24
2010
5:29 PM

Justia Launches Portal to Mexican Statutes and Regulations

From BeSpacific: Ley.mxis another terrific addition to the family of legal sources developed and hosted by Justia.  With content available in both PDF and HTML, this straightforward, well-designed site hosts a database providing quick access to primary law, including the Mexican Constitution, state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.  The site also links to Mexican government sites with related legal information.

Feb 17
2010
2:05 PM

IPJ event: Aid that Works: Creating a 21st Century Vision for U.S. Development Assistance

When: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, speaks on the theme of peace through development.  Oxfam works on relief and development projects in countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and Indonesia to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.  The organization also has advocacy campaigns on climate change, transparent natural resource extraction and aid reform.  Offenheiser's talk will focus on how to make U.S. foreign aid more efficient, effective and supportive of long-term sustainable development. RSVP for the lecture here.

Feb 16
2010
7:54 PM

Tale of two cars

A student stopped by to tell me an interesting story. Seems he came out of class one bright sunny San Diego day…and his car was stolen!  In the middle of the day from our own law school parking lot!  He reported it, and was walking back up Marian Way when…HE SPOTTED HIS CAR!  This guy who stole his car pulled over while talking on a cell phone (ironic that he was obeying that law, eh?).  Our intrepid student raced over and pounded on his car  — "What are you doing in my car??"  Of course, the guy split.

Happy ending: a few days later our student was driving behind the Fashion Valley mall and spotted his car parked there…completely undamaged! 

But here is the weird twist:  MY car was stolen from the Fashion Valley mall in December!  How is that connected?  Same moral: Remember to use a steering wheel club at all times! 

Feb 12
2010
12:05 PM

UK Flag/Guitar Keys in Lost and Found

I don't usually blog about lost and found items, but maybe I should.  These keys caught my attention — both are rubber guitar body shapes with the key sticking out like the neck.  One has the UK flag.

You can collect them at the Circulation desk!

Feb 11
2010
2:35 PM

USF Law Students Represent [Alleged] Copyright Infringers

Students taking part in an intellectual-property project of the
University of San Francisco School of Law are counseling some students
at the university and at San Francisco State University on how to
respond to letters they have received from the Recording Industry
Association of America, accusing them of copyright infringement.

The
law students
are explaining to the accused college students their rights, and
whether they can bring an effective defense against the
recording-industry group, according to an article published by the law school.

Feb 11
2010
2:25 PM

Scholars Hold Online Conference Using SoMe Tools

More than 100 researchers interested in the emerging field of the
social history of computer programming are running what may be the
first academic conference held entirely using Web 2.0 tools. The conference, called the Critical Code Studies Working Group,
started on February 1 and runs until March 12. The virtual discussions
are primarily taking place using the Ning social network, but only
people invited by the conference organizers can join in.

Read more about it here.

Feb 10
2010
2:06 PM

IPJ Event: “Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality”

When: Monday, February 15, 2010, 5:30pm

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program presents "Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality" by Catharine A. MacKinnon, Ph.D., J.D.

Catharine A. MacKinnon is a pioneer in the field of sex equality issues and sexual harassment, recognized internationally for her role in creating ordinances that classify pornography as a civil rights violation and for her position as co-counsel in Kadic v. Karadzic, which first recognized rape as an act of genocide.  She is a practicing lawyer, professor, author, and activist focused on sex equality issues, sexual harassment and pornography in national and international law.  MacKinnon currently serves as the special gender advisor to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and works with Equality Now, an international NGO promoting sex equality worldwide.  Her lecture will investigate the social connections between prostitution and trafficking, using India as an example to view the problems and solutions to trafficking in light of current debates.

This lecture is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa as a component of their Visiting Scholar Program. For more information about Phi Beta Kappa click here.

Feb 10
2010
12:15 PM
Feb 10
2010
8:18 AM

I LOVE CHOCOLATE, BUT…

 A recent report by the Department of Labor documented that some
of the chocolate we consume is tainted by forced labor.   The report  highlighted that forced and child labor continue to occur in a region that produces 70% of the world's chocolate nine years after these very same labor abuses were first exposed. 

At Free2Work.org, you can learn the likelihood that your chocolate was produced using bonded or forced child labor.  

Not trying to change your life, just giving you some information.