Fishy Evidence – Yates v United States

Fishy Evidence – Yates v United States

• By Ashe Lockhart • February 25, 2015 >> <begin satire> The Supreme Court of the United States (a/k/a SCOTUS) handed down an landmark opinion today interpreting a vexing question of evidentiary law, whether a fish is a “tangible object” within the context of 18 U.S.C. §1519, which was part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002,… Continue Reading

Character Speaks for Itself

Character Speaks for Itself

• By Ashe Lockhart • February 8, 2015 >> On the day Dean Smith retired, I was a law clerk on the NC Supreme Court. The justices took a break from the business of the court so we could watch the announcement on TV. The justices sat in chairs, and the law clerks sat on the floor at their… Continue Reading

The Business of Law – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Business of Law – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

• By Ashe Lockhart • Thursday, July 5, 2012 >> In recent years, law firms, especially large firms, have been under pressure to pay top dollar to associate attorneys and to maximize profits per partner. At the same time, high operating overhead has placed extraordinary demands on law firms to achieve compensation and profitability goals,… Continue Reading

Whose Idea is it Anyway?

Whose Idea is it Anyway?

• By Ashe Lockhart • June 23, 2011 >> Every day across America, the spirit of innovation plays itself out as budding entrepreneurs hand in their resignations (sometimes jubilantly!) from regular employment and a steady paycheck to strike out on their own with grand ideas about the next big thing. Probably most ground-breaking business concepts… Continue Reading