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Bust out your American flag. Dust off your flag pole. Sunday is Flag Day!
Did you know that Congress actually passed a law to make Flag Day a holiday? On June 14, 1977, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
In honor of Flag Day, here are some fun articles about flags:
Where are you traveling to this summer?
By car, by train, by bus, and by plane, many of us will go on the open road to visit far away friends and families or see new places. So, here is a round-up of our best travel posts to help protect your rights during your summer wanderings:
Welcome to the new FindLaw series, "If I Find," where we'll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you'll check back regularly!
Ah, the bald eagle, our country's national bird.
One day you go bird watching, and as you watch a bald eager soar lazily through the sky, you see a feather fall off. You rush to find the feather where it lands.
If you find an eagle feather, can you keep it?
You may have heard of case law, but what does the term actually mean?
Case law refers to legal principles developed through judicial decisions. As opposed to laws contained in statutes and enacted by the legislative process, case law comes about through the aggregation of court opinions interpreting and applying the law to individual cases. In the U.S. legal system, the rulings of higher courts are binding on lower courts. Courts also adhere to stare decisis, which generally requires that courts follow the precedent set by previous court decisions.
What does case law do? Here are a few important examples:
In order to prevent the cost of rental housing from skyrocketing, local governments may institute rent control regulations.
Without rent control, rental prices in some cities can be, as former New York City mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan eloquently put it, "too damn high." Though as it turns out, McMillan's rent was actually pretty low: He was recently evicted from an East Village apartment he was renting for well under the market rate, thanks in part to New York City's rules for rental units. (McMillan also maintains another apartment in Brooklyn which he reportedly occupies rent-free in exchange for performing maintenance.)
So what is rent control, and what does it actually do?
Before Missouri was admitted as the 24th state in 1821, it was part of the much larger Missouri Territory. This was the name given to the Louisiana Purchase to avoid confusion following the admission of Louisiana as a state in 1812.
However, Missouri is still part of a no-less-confusing quirk of U.S. geography: Kansas City is mostly in Missouri and not, as one might expect, in Kansas. Missouri's other major metropolitan area, St. Louis, is known for its Gateway Arch, but has recently made headlines for the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.
What about Missouri's legal system? Here are 10 laws you should know if you're in Missouri:
As the specialized language used by those in the legal profession, legalese includes a number of complicated, curious, and occasionally confounding legal terms and phrases.
Over the last six months, our series examining this specialized language, Legalese from A to Z, has made it nearly all the way through the alphabet, one letter at a time. In this final installment, we take a look at some interesting bits of legalese from each of the last three letters of the alphabet, "X," "Y," and "Z":
- X. Although less common than in past eras, those who are unable to read or write may still use an "X" in place of a signature. Known as a "making a mark," an "X" or other symbol may be used to sign contracts, wills, or other legal documents.
Tennessee's two largest cities, Nashville and Memphis, also happen to be two of the most important cities in America's musical history, launching the careers of countless American blues, country, and rock 'n' roll artists.
But Tennessee's history includes much more than just music. It was the 16th state to join the Union, and the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union following the Civil War.
Whether you're visiting the Volunteer State to take in its scenic beauty or moving to Nashville to make a career in the music business, what do you need to know about Tennessee's laws? Here are 10 laws you should know if you're in Tennessee:
Another year has gone by, and with it, many news laws were passed that will now (or will soon be) effective in 2015.
New recreational pot laws will go into effect this year, minimum wages will increase across the country, and even some undocumented workers will have a chance to get legal driver's licenses. Then of course, there's the portion of the Obamacare mandate that applies to employers.
Check out some of the notable new laws taking effect in 2015: