Shared Well Agreements in Arizona What are your rights to water that comes from a shared well that is not located on your property? For most people, the answer is in the words written in your well share agreement. The first question to be considered is—which state regulating body grants me the right to access and use groundwater? The Groundwater Management Act “GWMA” of 1980 established that groundwater, is common property of the citizens of Arizona and the management of it was under the Arizona Department of Water Resources, ADWR. All groundwater withdraws in Arizona must come from a water…
Story here. The proposal is to do away with the police department and adopt a “transformative new model of public safety,” whatever that is supposed to mean. As Herschel says, thank you, Antifa, for publicly demonstrating why the 2A is so relevant. And how the “progressive model” is insane as a model for government. Near five centuries ago, Hobbes laid out the core purpose of government: providing security. We all give up the legal right to victimize others, in return for them giving up the same, and government comes into being as a way of enforcing that. And, P.J.…
In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to create practice area pages that serve as the foundation for your law firm’s website and encourage potential clients to decide to contact your law firm. The post Beginning Content Creation Tips for Law Firms: How to Create Practice Area Pages That Drive New Business to Your Law Firm appeared first on LawLytics.…
Captain’s Quarters nails it. They’ve brought the Second Amendment home for many uncommitted people, put paid to the argument that since police are there to protection you you don’t need self-defense capabilities, why would you need a large capacity magazine, etc.…
Several contributors to the Theory-of-Change book suggested that we should reconceptualize our field, shifting away from defining it in terms of particular dispute resolution procedures such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. I think that this idea makes sense, and this post suggests that we should include a decision-making lens that may be part of a helpful, unifying concept.  Paraphrasing Len Riskin (quoting George Box), all concepts are imperfect but some are useful.  I think this would be useful. Our field seeks to solve problems when parties lack good (or sometimes any) practical dispute resolution options to choose.  We are concerned…
In our recent series about beginning content creation tips for lawyers, we’ve covered how potential clients find attorneys online and the key elements of law firm website content that performs well. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to develop a compelling attorney bio that engages potential clients and sets a foundation for driving more and better potential clients to your law firm. The post Beginning Content Creation Tips for Law Firms: Creating a Compelling Attorney Bio appeared first on LawLytics.…
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to review a very recent publication, Mediation and Popular Culture, by Professor Jennifer L. Schulz (Routledge 2020), available at: https://www.routledge.com/Mediation–Popular-Culture-1st-Edition/Schulz/p/book/9780367181055. As a dispute resolution professor who teaches students fascinated by popular culture, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to connect my world with the world my students inhabit. I’m thrilled to find films and television shows that tie what I teach in classroom to the fictional worlds that capture my students’ imaginations. Based on my reading of our dispute resolution listservs, I am not alone in my desire to find…
For obvious reasons, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on May 31, 2020 which includes a statewide curfew. Whether you agree or disagree with this action by the Governor, it is now law, so it is important to know the facts. Here are some things that you should know. The curfew is likely unconstitutional because it will likely fail to pass strict scrutiny analysis. In short, it is likely too broad, but no one wants to be the person prosecuted who challenges it. The curfew is statewide. This means that any state, county or municipal law enforcement…
Many in our field explore intersections with legal practice and legal ethics. (And there’s no shortage of aspects yet under-explored!) If you have a publication dated 2020, I strongly urge you to submit it for consideration for the Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility.  Submissions go to  nominations to Professor Samuel Levine at Touro Law Center, and the deadline for submissions and nominations is September 1, 2020. MM…
Corporate and Business Blog Business as Usual Under Governor Ducey’s Curfew Declaration June 1, 2020 Businesses are confused about what Governor Ducey’s May 31st curfew declaration means for them. For example, one valley restaurant closed at 6:30 p.m. so its employees could make it home before the start of the 8:00 p.m. curfew. That, like other reported business adjustments across the state, was unnecessary. It is true that the curfew generally prohibits anyone from (1) being in a public place (defined as any place accessible to the general public) and (2) traveling on a public street between the hours of…