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October 26, 2005

Please help!

What a difference a day makes. My wife and I were in San Francisco the weekend that Katrina began to approach New Orleans. We were taking a vacation between the end of my federal clerkship and the start of a new job in September. As we were watching the news on Sunday before the hurricane hit, I thought that Monica and I could just stay on the west coast where I could find some temporary work if New Orleans suffered a direct hit. Apart from my job, we had nothing that required us to be in New Orleans and, if the storm hit, I had good reason to think that the firm wouldn't need me back anytime soon.

After sleeping surprisingly well on Sunday night, I called home to check in early Monday morning. The phone was answered by my tearful mother who told me that my cousin and her boys had been in a wreck the night before, and that my cousin had been killed. A drunk driver evacuating from New Orleans ran a stoplight and broadsided her van. The boys were in the hospital. I immediately went numb, because I knew that my cousin wanted Monica and I to take care of the boys (11 and 7) if anything ever happened to her. Monica and I decided to cut our trip short and immediately headed home.

Fast forward 2 months, we now have custody of the two boys--great kids--and we are living with my parents until we can return to New Orleans. To make matters somewhat more difficult, I lost my job and I have had to start my own practice in a market now saturated with attorneys that are also looking for work.

Despite my efforts of of the last month, I have not been able to locate any regular work. I am now looking for contracting work that can be conducted here in Gonzales, Louisiana. My ability to travel is limited, as my new family is adjusting to school schedules and bed times. I am sharing office space and have access to all the necessary tools to work remotely. Accordingly, I would love to work with a lawyer/firm or two that can provide me steady contract work for the next 2 to 6 months, preferably about 20 to 30 hours per week, to supplement my small case load.

I am a capable researcher and writer and have clerked for a year in federal district court. I also have an engineering degree and four years experience as an environmental consultant. If I might be able to help you, please email me at alrobert (at) gmail.com or give me a call at 504-615-5352. My resume, writing samples, and references are all available upon request.

Posted by AJR at 04:04 PM

June 12, 2003

Indictments Expected Against Ouachita Police Jury Next Week

The News-Star reports that anticipated indictments this week by the grand jury investigating the misuse of taxpayers' dollars by the Ouachita Parish Police Jury have been delayed. DA Jerry Jones said the grand jury investigation should be completed next week and indictments will then follow.

Posted by AJR at 07:52 AM

February 08, 2003

Ownership Of Shuttle Debris

As a result of linking to Louisiana coverage of the Columbia disaster earlier in the week, Naked Ownership has received numerous searches inquiring into the ownership of shuttle debris. As highlighted by Denise, several attorneys have already addressed this topic.

Further, Space.com has an article that reports on the conviction of a former national guardsmen for stealing a tile from the Challenger. Charles Starowesky attempted to auction a tile from Challenger on E-Bay, but instead of making a little extra cash he was convicted for theft of government property. CNN writes that there are nine reports of people finding shuttle debris and not turning it in. Those cases have been turned over to the assistant U.S. district attorney's office in Lufkin, Texas.

In short, even if debris has landed on private property, NASA still owns it and anyone who fails to relinquish it faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Posted by AJR at 10:12 PM

February 05, 2003

EPA Critical of Regional Oversight of DEQ

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, its Dallas regional office failed to properly oversee Louisiana's enforcement of its environmental programs, reports The Times-Picayune. "The region was unable to fully assure the public that Louisiana was operating programs in a way that effectively protects human health and the environment."

Posted by AJR at 08:24 AM

February 03, 2003

Proposed Bill to Aid Obese

State Representative Jean Doerge has proposed House Bill 68, which would require insurers to pay for stomach surgery for the morbidly obese, reports The Advocate.

Posted by AJR at 07:28 AM
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