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Autism Explained--Part II

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2016, the CDC released its newest numbers of autism among the nation's children. Based on those numbers, an estimated 1-1.2 million children have been diagnosed with autism, or 1 in 68 kids.  Since the spectrum is so large many of the kids who are considered high functioning can blend in more ...

Autism Explained--Part I

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Imagine living in a world where not many people understood you. Where everything seemed brighter, louder, smells stronger.  Where people stereotyped you, didn't think you were capable of doing much, or, expected you to be the next “Rain Man”.  Unfortunately, this is the life for the millions of p...

LSAT No More?

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Remember the LSAT? To some attorneys, the Law School Admissions Test may be a faint memory; nothing more than their first step toward a legal career. For future attorneys, however, studying for months on end and cramming practice logic games in preparation for the LSAT may become nonexistent. La...

ARS §13-3620 Duty to Report Abuse of a Minor Explained

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Mar 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arizona law requires that ALL adults responsible for the care or treatment of a minor IMMEDIATELY report any “reasonable belief or suspicion” that a child (anyone under 18 years of age) is the victim of sexual abuse, neglect or emotional abuse. This includes contact with a minor of a sexual natur...

The Funeral Rule Explained

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our firm regularly works with families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. During this period of sadness, one consistent thing that comes up is trying to find any semblance of clarity, from the  mountain of paperwork required to go through and the complex questions being asked to deeper, em...

ARE MANUFACTURERS OF OPIOID MEDICATIONS ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK COMMON SENSE LIMITS ON PAIN MEDICATIONS?

Posted by James D. Campbell | Feb 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Opioid overuse is a national tragedy, with increasing deaths and destruction caused by these potentially dangerous medications. The CDC's 2016 guidelines attempted to curb their use. In response, many medical organizations paid by opioid drug manufacturers were critical of this effort, and their payment sources were not disclosed. This raises serous ethical questions about opioid manufacturer's efforts to address this national problem.

Sexual Abuse on a TUSD School Bus

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is a tragic and stomach churning case.  We represent a 6 year old boy who was sexually abused by a 12 year old boy on board their Tucson Unified School District bus.  The boys were the only two passengers aboard an afternoon elementary school bus. In violation of TUSD policy, they were allow...

KSS in the News -- Brian Lynch and the Scott Roofing Fatality

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

I represent the family of a Santa Fe bicyclist who came to Tucson with a group of fellow riders to enjoy several days of friendship and bike rides in our beautiful community.  Unfortunately, a roofer named Brian Lynch crashed his work truck into their group at the intersection of La Canada and Ha...

CFSD 2017 Teacher of the Year on the Power of Kindness

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Manzanita Elementary School has a pretty big role in the lives of the folks at our firm.  It educated one of our lawyers - Matt Schmidt - along with five firm kids.  Two youngsters are on deck, and will they start kindergarten there in the blink of an eye. We proudly support Manzanita, and we we...

Trial: Scope of Voir Dire & Curative Instruction

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Feb 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Zuluaga v. Bashas'Inc., 757 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 12 (App. Div. I, February 3, 2017) (J. Vasquez) ABSENT PROOF OF PREJUDICE BY JURY TRIAL JUDGE'S ABUSE OF DISCRETION IN LIMITING SCOPE OF VOIR DIRE IS NOT REVERSIBLE/CURATIVE INSTRUCTION WITHIN BROAD DISCRETION OF TRIAL COURT WHERE POTENTIAL MISLEADING ...

Keeping a "New Year" Resolution

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Feb 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every New Year people come up with a resolution to better themselves. Most pick things which are difficult to achieve like losing weight or quitting smoking. These are not that difficult to achieve when taken step by step, but we live in a society where we want everything done as fast as possible...

A Recent Investigation Points To Overly Aggressive Patient Scheduling And Lack Of Uniformity As Continued Causes Of Surgical Errors

Posted by James D. Campbell | Feb 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite efforts, preventable surgical errors continue. Overly aggressive scheduling of surgeries and lack of uniformity in the OR are two causes of these errors. Errors will continue as long as hopsitals continue to put profit over patient safety by scheduling too many surgeries in a day. Also, surgeons need to buy into hospital staff's need for uniformity.

Tucson Rodeo Parade Announces Jeannette Mare Grand Marshal

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jan 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week I had the privilege of introducing Jeannette Mare as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Tucson Rodeo Parade. This is the parade's 92nd year.  It is the oldest and largest non-motorized parade in America.  Her selection was top secret, and it was so much fun presenting the "kindness lady" to a fu...

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