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January 4, 2021

SEC vs. Ripple, Legal Analysis Regarding XRP Coin

  Hello, this is attorney Jeremy Hogan and I have been seeing all sorts of strange commentary on the SEC lawsuit filed against Ripple.  In this video I give you the relevant law so you can analyze your own positions for yourself but then we go deeper into how regulatory and even complaints work, how the game is played,  and then go just a touch deeper into motivations of regulatory agencies and such.  All in under 10 minutes – hold your breath. You made it past the break so let’s begin.  The SEC recently filed a lawsuit against Ripple alleging […]
January 2, 2021

The ONLY Way to Outline in Law School!

Hello and Welcome to Legal Briefs. I’m Attorney Thien-Vu Hogan and today I will show you the only way to do outlining right. Ok, so everyone knows what outlining is. And why we do it. It’s the process where you take everything you learn in the semester and put it together in a frame work to show how those pieces fit together. I’ll show you tips on how to start putting one together in a bit but to me that was the most frustrating part about law school.  The professor throws bits and pieces of the subject matter here and […]
January 2, 2021

What Are Smart Contracts On Blockchain? Game Changer!

Today let’s discuss smart contracts basics and why blockchain is a contracts game changer. Blockchain technology is the basis for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency and that’s how you may know about it but I believe that in addition to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain technology will change legal contracts forever. If you don’t know, and to keep it as simple as possible, blockchain technology is a distributed network -meaning that the data or in our case the smartcontracts – are kept on numerous computers, not just one.  And it’s called blockchain because once data is locked in by another block of […]
December 22, 2020

The Death Penalty is Unconstitutional!

In today’s Legal Brief I argue that the death penalty is Unconstitutional – because it is.  Convince me I’m wrong. Currently about 28 states have criminal statutes which provide for killing people for certain crimes (can you tell my bias already?).  I expected to see that most states with the death penalty are in the South but as you can see, that is not really true.  I think I thought that because Texas has the vast majority of inmates on death row and it skews the statistics south.  The states death penalties are almost all for the highest level of […]
December 4, 2020

Medical Malpractice Explained Using the Resident

Today we talk about medical malpractice law and we’ll use “The Resident” TV show for examples because … Grey’s Anatomy is way too easy. Enjoy. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ELEMENTS Medical malpractice is simply an offshoot of regular negligence that has been limited and changed by state legislatures.  A malpractice action has four elements: (1) That the medical professional has a duty to the patient, (2) A breach of the duty by failing to provide a “reasonable standard of care,” (3) An injury to the patient, and (4) That the patient suffered “measurable damages.” The important thing to remember in situations like this […]
November 9, 2020

4 Legal Issues You MUST Know About In Your 20s!

Ahhh your twenties – your whole life is before you, all the opportunity, the excitement and potential. Don’t screw it up – let Uncle Jeremy tell you the 4 legal things you MUST know to survive to make it to 30. Okay, number ONE – dealing with the police. Be polite, be respectful, but most of all be QUIET.  If you are on the BAD end of a police interaction, the police are not your friends.  They are looking for a reason to arrest you and you absolutely MUST NOT say anything that incriminates you and the best way to […]
November 2, 2020

How to Fight Foreclosure – Part 1: Show Me The Note!

Today on Legal Briefs we talk about the first defense in any foreclosure action – Show Me the Promissory Note! If you are facing foreclosure – today we are going to give you a Legal Briefs overview of the one defense you must raise – Show me the Promissory Note.  This is actually very interesting issue for anyone with a home loan (even if you aren’t being foreclosed)  and one you absolutely HAVE to understand if you are going to fight to keep your home. Let’s assume that hard times have fallen on you and you missed mortgage payments and […]
October 26, 2020

Lawyer Reacts to Wedding Crashers Mediation Scene

Wedding Crashers was a very B-grade, but classic movie from way back in 2005, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. It’s opening scene shows the two main characters, who are apparently lawyers, mediating a divorce. But let’s see how accurate this mediation scene is compared to real life mediations. Enjoy!
October 19, 2020

Freedom of Religion … But What is a Religion?

The First Amendment, Freedom of Religion is much more exciting than you imagine.  It involves hangings, wedding cakes, multiple wives and flying monsters.  Modern American history is not as religiously tolerant as you may believe. The first settlers in Boston were Puritans and a lady named Mary Dyer was a Puritan who, contrary to the teachings of the church, believed that God spoke directly to people and not to the people only through the clergy.  Well, that’s interesting that she thought that, you might think – probably not a lot of people talked to her after church on Sundays…maybe she […]
October 11, 2020

First Amendment, Not What You Think

Much like a weekend in Vegas, your right to free speech under the First Amendment is both less and more than you might think it is. In this legal brief we talk about what is and is not free speech in the good ole U.S. of A. For example, if you were in a crowded movie theater and yelled “fire”  (that’s a bad example nowadays – you’d be the only one running to the exit … ). (let’s start over) Ok, let’s start back in the olden days – even before I was born.  In the 1787 the Constitution came […]