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Michigan Legalizes Medicinal Marijuana

A recently-approved Michigan law allows patients with HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and other diseases to use marijuana for medicinal purposes on a doctor’s recommendation. Once registered with the state, qualifying patients will receive ID cards, which will allow them to legally acquire, possess, transport and even grow up to  2.5 ounces of marijuana. But, possession of marijuana will not be legalized for medicinal purposes until the Department of Community Health introduces application and fee guidelines. The expected date for these guidelines is April 4, 2009. Until then, anyone possessing marijuana – for any purpose – can be arrested and prosecuted. However, the new law allows patients to use a medical-justification defense at trial.


Source: Fox News

The Wisconsin Lawyer: Fastcase and State Bar Partnership: Filling a Legal Research Void


The Wisconsin Lawyer has a nice write up in the cover story of this month’s issue about free access to Fastcase through the State Bar of Wisconsin. At Fastcase we’re excited to welcome our newest member state and we would encourage all Wisconsin lawyers to sign up for Fastcase Webinar trainings that will go over the member benefit and how to conduct legal research using Fastcase. The webinars are free and scheduled for December 11th and January 15th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST).

If you are a State Bar of Wisconsin User you have free access to Fastcase’s entire caselaw database which include the following jurisdictions:

Federal Law
• U.S. Supreme Court Cases
• Federal Circuit Courts
• Federal District Courts
• Bankruptcy Courts
• The US Code
• US Code of Federal Regulations

State Law – Access to all 50 States and the District of Columbia
• Supreme and Appellate Court Cases
• Statutes
• Regulations
• Constitutions
• Court Rules

Special Courts
• Board of Tax Appeals
• Tax Court Memorandum Decisions
• U.S. Customs Court

The State Bar of Wisconsin has also created their own customized interface with all their content integrated around the Fastcase legal research system. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the member benefit please contact us at support @ fastcase (dot) com or at 1-866-773-2782.

Source: The Wisconsin Lawyer

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Bush’s End-of-Term Rule-Making: Immigration and E-Verify

In its final days, the Bush Administration is pushing out new regulations which will mean fines ($500-$1000 per unverified employee) for companies that contract with the U.S. Government.  The rule is designed to ensure that all companies contracting with the U.S. government hire legal workers.  It is effective beginning January 15, 2009.

To comply with this rule, companies must electronically verify that all employees currently working on government contracts are legal.  Additionally, every new hire must be run through the DHS e-verify system.  
Register for the free DHS two hour seminar on E-Verify here.
Read a shorter news alert about implications for your clients who could be subject to this rule here.

Bank Failure, the FDIC, and your IOLTA Account

The Texas Bar homepage is linking to a memo about the heightened and ongoing importance of monitoring client trust accounts.  Check it out for a refresher on how your clients’ individual accounts relate to their money in your trust account under FDIC federal insurance rules.   Also, find the answers to common questions like:

Q. Do I have to do anything special to ensure my client trust account is treated as a fiduciary account for FDIC insurance purposes, or does it automatically qualify?
Q. Should I warn Client A that he may not be fully insured?
Q. With all the economic problems with banks, can I establish my trust account at a
credit union?
Read the memo here.
Read basic FDIC insurance information here.