Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Doctor an Employee. While the Court asserted that the issue is fact specific, it held that issues of fact from which a jury could infer that a staff physician was an employee, and not just an independent contractor, and subject to statutes prohibiting sexual harassment. The decision in Salomon v. Our Lady of Victory Hospital can be found here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Conference. Calling all appellate attorneys. I've just been advised that the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar will be held on February 28-29, 2008 in Orlando Florida. The program includes:

An assessment of the Roberts Court by Supreme Court practitioner Patricia Ann Millett and law professor David Stras.

A panel discussion giving the "view from the other side of the bench" by appellate judges Theodore McKee (3d Cir.), Diane Sykes (7th Cir.) and Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal (S.C. Sup. Ct.)

"The Beautiful Brief -- Persuasion Through Appearances" by Professor Ruth Anne Robbins, author of Painting with Print

A panel discussion by three in-house lawyers about the contributions that appellate lawyers give to the trial team

"Judicial Use of Legal Reasoning -- Theory Versus Practice" by Professor Emily L. Sherwin

"The Impact of the Internet in Briefs and Judicial Opinions" by Professor Coleen M. Barger

"How to Bring a Cold Paper Record to Life" by Dahlia Lithwick, giving a journalist's perspective on how to convert a box of paper into a compelling story

"The Unwritten Rules of Appellate Procedure" by appellate attorney Luther Mumford

A presentation on arbitration appeals by Aaron S. Bayer

A presentation on ethical issues in appellate advocacy by Douglas R. Richmond of Aon Corp.

For more info, check out the DRI (it stands for Defendse Research Institute) website.
Overtime. The Second Circuit held that a nurse placement service had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay its employees time and a half for working overtime without authorization, however, held that the Secretary of Labor could not find the company in contempt of a consent order, requiring the company to pay its workers overtime rates for work in excess of 40 hours. The Court held that the consent decree was ambiguous in that it did not unambiguously proscribe the challenged conduct. Judge Jacobs, concurring with the decision, found, however, that the company did not even violated the FLSA because the work was prohibited by the company, unless advanced authorization was received.

The decision in Chao v. Gothan Registry, Inc. can be found here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Straying. A sentence which strayed from the terms of a plea agreement warranted setting a hearing before the District Court on the issue of sentencing. The summary order issued in United States v. Leonardo can be found here. The defendant in this case was a disgraced ex-lawyer, Anthony Leonardo Jr., who had been convicted for conspiracies to commit murder, traffic cocaine and launder money. Mr. Leonardo had been a prominent defense attorney. An article on this case can be found here.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not following Procedures. When procedures designed to safeguard an immigrant's right to counsel were not followed by the government, the Second Circuit reversed the order of removal imposed by the Immigration Judge and affirmed by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The decision in Picca v. Mukasey can be found here.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Immigration Custody. The Second Circuit has held that a person in immigration custody is not "in custody" within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. 2254.

The decision in Ogunwomoju v. United States can be found here.