ACADEMIC TOPICS

Admission to Practice

Bar Admissions: An Overview

Admission to the practice of law (admission to the bar of a state) is governed by rules and regulations promulgated solely by a state's courts, legislatures, and/or bar association. The rules must not violate the...

Advocate

1. Someone who actively promotes the interests of another person or enterprise. This may involve filing claims, defending against the claims of others, and persuading other parties (e.g., government officials) to act favorably towards the relevant...

Affiant

The author of an affidavit, who swears to its accuracy.

Affidavit

A voluntarily sworn declaration of written facts. Affidavits are commonly used to present evidence in court. see, e.g. Edenfield v. Fane, 507 US 761 (1993).

See Category: Courts and Procedure

Affirm

There are several, related usages of the word “affirm” in a legal context; but, generally it means “to confirm or ratify.” Common occurrences of this word include:

An appellate court can affirm the ruling that was the subject of the appeal...

Affirmative Defense

Definition

This is a defense in which the defendant introduces evidence, which, if found to be credible, will negate criminal liability or civil liability, even if it is proven that the defendant committed the alleged acts.

Overview

Self-...

After-Discovered Evidence

Definition

In a civil or criminal case, evidence that existed at the time of a motion or trial but that could not have been discovered with reasonable diligence prior to a court ruling upon the motion or the trial's completion. Upon later discovery, a...

Agency

Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...

Agricultural Lien

An interest in farm products (such as wheat, corn, or soybeans or livestock) that secures payment or performance of an obligation for goods, services, or rental on real property that an individual or organization leases in connection with farming...

ALR

ALR (American Law Reports) provide summaries of important legal issues as well as links to relevant state and federal court decisions.

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