Entries by Steve Harvey

Lawyers Convince Court Client Never Died

Sharolyn Jackson never died. So ruled a Philadelphia court on June 10, 2014. As a result, the formerly homeless, 51-year-old Ms. Jackson can obtain social security benefits including medical care. This unique judicial ruling arose from unusual facts. Ms. Jackson is physically and cognitively disabled and thus entitled to social security. With the help of […]

Thinking of starting your own law firm?

If so, then you may wish to listen to this podcast of an excellent panel discussion, Making Private Practice Leap, sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association on June 4, 2014, as part of its Law Firm Laboratory Series.  The panelists were Steve Harvey of Steve Harvey Law LLC; Kevin V. Mincey of Mincey & Fitzpatrick, […]

They’re back! More employers using noncompete clauses.

“”There has been a definite, significant rise in the use of noncompetes, and not only for high tech, not only for high-skilled knowledge positions.” That’s according to law professor Orly Lobel quoted in the New York Times today. The truth is that noncompetes never went away. They have been used in many industries dating back to […]

Litigating Life … or Death—One Year Later

On June 5, 2013, federal judge Michael Baylson in Philadelphia made national news when he issued a temporary restraining order directing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the federal organ allocation system to disregard the age of Sarah Murnaghan (then ten) for purposes of allocating new lungs she needed to live. Sarah […]

Supreme Court in Town of Greece v. Galloway Approves Overtly Sectarian Prayer Chosen by Local Majority for Public Town Meetings

The Supreme Court disappoints with its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway.  The case concerned the constitutionality under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause of government-sponsored prayer at public town meetings, where over a period of nine years the town engaged in a practice of monthly prayer that can only be characterized as overtly sectarian.  […]

Auernheimer Case Leaves Unsettled Key Issues of Internet Freedom

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (federal appellate court for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) in April 2014 decided to duck, that is, not decide, whether the U.S. Department of Justice had overstepped its bounds in prosecuting 28-year-old Andrew “weev” Auernheimer for violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Instead, […]

Irish Elk, Anyone?

We are approaching the ten-year anniversary of the events that set into motion the “modern day Scopes monkey trial,” the 2005 landmark intelligent design case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. On June 7, 2004, a parent by the name of Barrie Callahan had the temerity to ask why the school board had not […]

Auernheimer Case Will Define Extent of Internet Freedom

“He had to do all kinds of things I don’t even understand.” That was a quote from the government’s attorney on March 19, 2014, at the Third Circuit oral argument in U.S. v. Auernheimer. He was referring to the alleged criminal activity of the defendant, 28-year-old Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, who is now serving time in […]