August 2007 Issue
SIDEBAR: New Routes into the Corporate Door
Three summers ago, my wife and I were driving my two older kids to the airport. The academic year was about to resume. The younger child, my son, was returning to college; the older, my daughter, to law school.
“Say,” I heard my son ask his sister in the backseat, “what do you think you’ll do when you get done with law school?” My daughter expressed some uncertainty but ended up answering, “I think I’ll become a litigator.”
I nearly hit the brakes.
“Oh,” I heard myself moan, “don’t be a litigator.”
At first glance, the quo warranto matter of Halverson v. Hardcastle before the Nevada Supreme Court looks like a civics lesson on how much authority a state court’s chief judge has over colleagues.
Change is coming slowly to New Orleans’ infamous lower ninth ward since the waters receded after Hurricane Katrina touched land two years ago this month.
Arrogance was just one ingredient—but a crucial one—in the trouble at Hawaii’s powerful Bishop Estate. It finally boiled over in 1999, when all five trustees were removed from office after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to strip the estate of its status as a tax-free charitable organization.