If you want to make a stab at trying to understand why con-men succeed, listen to Episode 7 (“For a small investment …”) of The Grift (podcast), which includes some Jimmy Breslin wisdom. (Warning: the last 10 minutes may leave you speechless.)
“A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books,” by Kendall Svengalis (author and publisher of the extraordinary and invaluable “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual,” which has been published annually since 1996).
From the publisher NE Law Press website, “A Layperson’s Guide …”:
“Unlike previous bibliographies of self-help law books, this book adopts a new approach. Each subject-specific bibliography is prefaced by commentary on the nature of the law of that field, together with links to online sources for further information, including legal research guides. The intent is to give laypersons some broader context in which to comprehend the nature of the specialty of their concern.
Please do your research before despairing, screaming, and especially before signing anything or saying anything to collection agencies. (Yikes). In the latter situation, the rule is, Say Nothing (but take detailed notes), until you talk to a professional. What you say to a debt collector CAN be held against you. Look for trustworthy sources of student debt information and even then, double and triple check on the accuracy of the advice given.
Remember what Winston Churchill said about trusting and verifying.
1) Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC): “The Student Borrower Protection Center is a nonprofit organization solely focused on alleviating the burden of student debt for millions of Americans. The SBPC engages in advocacy, policymaking, and litigation strategy to rein in industry abuses, protect borrowers’ rights, and advance economic opportunity for the next generation of students.”
The loss of timber revenue to local governments and states is a lot more complicated than “we need more logging on public lands.”
There are federal and state taxes, tax credits, and tax cuts – and there is this 7 Sept 2018 article by Emily Green, from Street Roots (Portland, Oregon):
There are many ways to serve a community: voting, working, volunteering, learning, parenting, etc.
If your public service-bliss is to geek out on government operations, there is nothing more basic than understanding the budgeting process.
Understanding how laws are made and how political parties operate are equally important, but if you don’t know how “public” money is raised, allocated, and spent, you will always feel out of the loop.
Teach civics, evidence, or whatever rocks your boat, to students at:
PUGS (Portland Underground Graduate School: “dedicated to Lifelong Learning for Thinkers, Dreamers and Doers in Portland”)
Do you like to teach intellectually curious people?
New public law librarians (MLS & MLS/JD) and new public law library employees usually have to tackle questions of Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) and the dreaded “Forms” questions very early in their employment (or careers, if they are in it for the long haul*).
(Non-Oregon new public law library employees reading this blog post can locate similar resources within their own state’s public law librarian world.)
FIRST AND FOREMOST: