The Colloquialization of Crime: Why Understanding the History of the Law Matters

With the newest revelations about the communication between the Trump Campaign and a Russian lawyer who allegedly had ties to the Kremlin, many pundits and reporters are asking the same question: Is collusion a crime? Despite the speculation and the outrage that is circling the news of the day, the fact is that, except in antitrust law, there is nothing in federal statutes and regulations that makes collusion a crime. The difficulty comes from the way that collusion has been used in the past few months. In many cases, the word is used as shorthand for any seemingly inappropriate, illicit, or illegal coordination that may or may not have ... Read More >

5 Weird and Wacky U.S. Marijuana Laws You Might Not Believe

Federal regulations can be incredibly complex, but the law can become even more complicated on the state level. Legislation can vary wildly depending on where you are in the nation. For more than 100 years, state courts have used the idea of legislative intent to interpret state law. Sometimes, these state rules can be confounding and downright strange. This is especially true when it comes to cannabis legislation. Many new state rules have been passed in recent years pertaining to marijuana use, businesses, and marketing. Here are five of the weirdest and wackiest marijuana laws in state legislative history. Nevada: Watch Your ... Read More >

5 of California’s Weirdest State Laws

In the United States, we can relish in the fact that every state follows the same constitutional principles to protect their citizens. While state laws differ for every state across the nation, there are specific principles in place that protect the rights of every single American citizen. In fact, the United States pioneered this revolutionary form of constitutional democracy. However, it is important to note that some states have especially bizarre state laws that are quite different than any other state, and the Golden State is no exception. Considering that 15 years ago California lawmakers decided that the public has a right to gain ... Read More >

California Legislative Update: May is Bike Month

“Life is like riding a bicycle: you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.” -- Claude Pepper Given that our offices here at Legislative Intent Service, Inc. in Woodland, California are located next door to the university town of Davis, which prides itself on being the bicycle capital of the world (as well as home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame), we thought we might “gear up” our clients with this update on recent California legislation affecting the cycling community. Have you ever found yourself staring in awe at a cyclist blowing through a stop sign and thinking to yourself, “Wow, that person just broke the law!” but ... Read More >

We Love Law Librarians!

We attended all three California Law Librarian annual meetings this year and enjoyed meeting and catching up with our librarian friends from private practice, government and academia.  These meetings provide a fascinating glimpse into the fields of both law and information science.  Each of the three had very different focuses, which touched on areas of interest and applicability to all legal professionals. SANDALL, February 10, 2017:  This year’s San Diego Association of Law Librarians Winter Institute was held at Morrison Foerster’s Office and addressed “Library Safety and Security: Protecting Our People and Resources.”   The different ... Read More >

What Is A Government Shutdown?

With congress grappling over a new federal budget, you may have heard that a government shutdown could be on the horizon. Opinions vary over whether this could actually happen, with many Republican leaders assuring constituents that they will be reaching an agreement soon. Congressional Democrats have been trying to filibuster, or delay, a decision, as they are in stark opposition to some of the budget bill's main features. With all of this talk floating around, here is what you should know about government shutdowns. What is a government shutdown? When congress cannot decide on a federal budget for an upcoming fiscal year, the government ... Read More >