Today’s Medley

Ethics.govPresident Obama’s administration recently launched a new website, Ethics.gov.  At this site, individuals can search, via name,  the records of the following databases:

• White House Visitor Records;

• Office of Government Ethics Travel Reports;

• Lobbying Disclosure Act Data;

• Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act Data;

• Federal Election Commission Individual Contribution Reports;

• Federal Election Commission Candidate Reports; and

• Federal Election Commission Committee Reports.

Pinterest —   A new social media tool, Pinterest, is generating a lot of interest.  According to its website, Pinterest is “…is an online pinboard. Organize and share things you love.”    Can lawyers use it as a social marketing tool?  Check out the article from Law Technology News on the topic. 

South Carolina Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Custody Dispute Case —  On April 17, 2012, the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the custody dispute case, popularly known as the baby Veronica case, between the attempted adoptive parents, a James Island, South Carolina couple named Matt and Melanie Capobianco, and the biological father, Dusten Brown, a resident of Oklahoma.    The Capobiancos started the adoption process and began caring for the baby that they named Veronica immediately after she was born.  While the baby’s biological mother consented to the adoption, her biological father, Dusten Brown, objected and filed suit, requesting custody and the establishment of his paternity.  The legal wrangling continued for two years.  During that time, the baby resided with the Capobiancos in Charleston.  In December of 2011 the Family Court in Charleston ruled in favor of the biological father, Dusten Brown, under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, allowing the toddler to return to Oklahoma with Brown in January of 2012. 

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About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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