Pumpkin Contest 2018!

Today starts our Second Annual Adolph Legal Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  This contest allows for our employees to let their creative side show.  The contest will take place on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/adolphlegal/).  We will post pictures of 5 pumpkins in random order.  To vote, like the picture of the entry on the Adolph Legal Facebook page (click the posts tab for all five entries).  You may only vote once for your vote to count.  The winner will be the one with the most likes and will receive a prize. Voting ends November 5, 2018 at noon!

You can check out the pumpkins in person at our office, 1545 Sixth Street, Suite 101, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Votes will be accepted at the office as well!

Happy Halloween!

Hops at the Hill

Is there any better way to celebrate summer than with live music, drinks, and good food? Adolph Legal is sponsoring the 11th annual Hops @ The Hill at Heritage Hill on Thursday, July 26th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  This event features flavors from local restaurants paired with delicious craft beers from Dean Distributing, live music by Ants Marching, and many amazing live and silent auction items!

 

The event is featuring a VIP Tent new this year! Join the “Hillganger’s Club” and gain early access to the event as well as reserved seating in the VIP tent with catering by ZoZo’s Kitchen (Don’t worry – you still have access to the food and craft beer pairings on the Hill).  Everyone in the Hillganger’s Club will receive a commemorative glass growler filled with Heritage Hill’s new special brew.

 

Tickets are $45.00 in advance.

VIP Tickets are $75.00 in advance (limited quantities).

Tickets are available for purchase at Adolph Legal. Don’t wait too long to snag yours! The VIP tent fills quickly!

Happy New Year!

Adolph Legal will be closed for the New Year from Thursday, December 28, 2017, through January 1, 2018.  We will be open on January 2, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.  Happy New Year!

And the Winner is…

The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived – The announcement of the pumpkin contest winner!

 

It’s Cookie Monster!

And who created the winning pumpkin?

Kelsey!

Favorite Pumpkin Contest

Our pumpkin contest ends tomorrow, October 31, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.  Head on over to our Facebook page  to vote for your favorite!  All you have to do is click on the “Posts” tab, scroll down until you see the pumpkins, and “Like” your favorite!  Here are the entries:

Halloween at Heritage Hill

We are proud to announce that Adolph Legal will be sponsoring this year’s Halloween at Heritage Hill.  This continues Adolph Legal’s desire to give back to our community in as many ways as possible. The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. Come join the Adolph Legal staff for a magical and spooky night.  We encourage you to bring your family and friends for what is sure to be an entertaining evening! Oh, and did I mention that we will all be in costume in the courthouse? For more information on this event and Heritage Hill visit http://heritagehillgb.org. or give us a call at (920) 634-2212.

 

An Internship Perspective

Note from Attorney Adolph:  As some of you may know, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Derek as an internship this summer.  We are grateful for his dedication and time this summer.  Below is a picture of Derek manning the Adolph Legal booth at Hops on the Hill this year.

Whether it’s the first year of kindergarten or the last year of grad school, people all across the country are gearing up for another school year. I am one of those people. My name is Derek and I’m a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This summer, I was lucky enough to have an internship at Adolph Legal and I wanted to share my thoughts on the experience and, in a way, internships in general.

First and foremost, I want to express just how valuable this experience has been for me. At this point I know readers may be thinking this is a little “gushy”, but I can assure you I am a real person, this isn’t just an advertisement, and I wasn’t bribed to write such a positive review. I really do mean it. From my experience at Adolph Legal, I learned that running a law firm requires two things: law expertise and office management. Law school teaches you a good deal about the subject of law. It can teach you about things like adverse possession, codicils, and estoppel, but it doesn’t really teach you about the finer details of running or working in a firm. Thankfully, the staff at Adolph Legal helped give me practical experience with the legal aspects of practicing law and office management.

As well as teaching me about the practical side to life at a firm, this internship helped introduce me to areas of law that I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience. In the majority of law schools, every first-year student learns the same basic material: contracts, property, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, and property. In the second year of law school, each individual student has a great deal of discretion over their remaining years in school. Personally, I became drawn to the transactional side of law. Real estate transactions, estate planning, e-commerce and bankruptcy called to me. I never really considered working in or learning about family law, which is what I spent the majority of my time on this summer. My experience at Adolph Legal leaves me with two thoughts in this regard. First, I found out that I really do enjoy family law. Second, my newfound attitude about family law will be a reminder that trying new things can lead to great opportunities.

Finally, I want to thank Adolph Legal for providing me with a great summer. Everyone at Adolph Legal strives to be professional and sincerely wants to help others in the community. Whether it’s sponsoring community charity events or ensuring that legal work is correct and prompt, the staff at Adolph legal place a large importance on making sure things are done the right way. If you spend any time around Adolph Legal’s staff, it is evident that these values are a central mission of the firm and won’t be changing anytime soon.

 

Holidays

This summer, we’ve had the joy of welcoming Derek, a law student heading into his third year, interning with us.  This is his first blog post.  Enjoy!

This month, our nation celebrated its 242nd birthday! Of all the official federal holidays, the 4th of July is my favorite. With hot dogs, cherry pie, and fireworks what could go wrong? As I sat with my family this year, I started thinking about holidays and I realized I didn’t know a lot about them. I decided to do a little research on a few questions that popped into my mind, here were the answers.

Are there different kinds of holidays?

Not all holidays are created equal. Have you ever heard of National Pecan Pie Day? How about I Forgot Day? Cow Appreciation Day? Whether you’ve heard of them or not, they are all holidays in July. However, these holidays differ greatly from federal holidays like Independence Day. So, what are federal holidays and how are they created?

A federal holiday creates a day of paid leave for federal employees. Though there are other ways a government employee can get a paid day off (like presidential proclamation days of remembrance), only congress has the ability to designate a new national holiday. Congress is given its authority to designate holidays by Title 5 of the United States Code Section 6103. Holidays like National Pecan Pie Day are generally created by corporations or private interest groups and have no legal significance. The first national holiday laws written by Congress were passed in 1870. Initially, only four federal holidays existed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Since 1870, Congress has reviewed over 1,100 petitions for new holidays. To date, only 11 of those petitions have thus far become law.

Did people always get the day off?

Initially, federal holidays were only meant to be observed by the federal employees working in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until 1885 that federal holidays applied to all federal employees regardless of what state they worked. It took even longer for private companies to begin letting their employees have the day off. In the end, most private companies began the tradition of giving their employees the day off because it was difficult to conduct business with banks and the government being closed.

Why are so many holidays celebrated on Monday’s?

Prior to 1968, most federal holidays were observed on specific days of the year. George Washington’s birthday, for example, was always celebrated on February 22. However, that method of observance meant that the paid day off could happen at any given time during the week, including Saturdays and Sundays when many federal employees had days off. That all changed in June of 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act changed the days of observance of any holiday which did not need to be celebrated on a specific day of the year. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also created Columbus Day.

What is our next federal holiday going to be?

As one can imagine, getting Congress to designate a new national holiday is a slow process. As I mentioned previously, there have been roughly 1,090 failed attempts at creating a new federal holiday law. That being said, it is by no means impossible for Congress to designate a new holiday. In recent years, several petitions have gained serious traction. There have been several resolutions introduced in the House to designate a day for Cesar E. Chavez, the civil rights leader who emphasized the importance of education and civic responsibility. In a similar vein, several attempts have been made to create a Susan B. Anthony Day. But perhaps the holiday with the best chance of becoming the 12th federal holiday is Election Day. The representatives that have introduced petitions for the designation of Election Day hope to provide citizens with more time to get out and vote on election day. The holiday would be observed the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November every even numbered year. All of these sound like great ideas, but I am crossing my fingers for National Pecan Pie day to get added to the list for serious consideration.

Heritage Hill

If you’ve read our blog posts in the past, you know that Adolph Legal does whatever it can to support our community.  Recently we’ve paired with Heritage Hill to sponsor and support its upcoming events.  Heritage Hill State Historical Park is located in Green Bay.  It contains numerous historical buildings on over 50 acres of land.   The park contains historical information and artifacts that cannot be found anywhere in our community.  Adolph Legal supports this organization because of its appreciation of history.

We encourage everyone to check out the State Park and any of its numerous events.  Its a great organization to support and the experiences offered are unbeatable.  You can find more information here and here.

 

Attorney Adolph’s Top Five Legal Movies

A Polish man moved to the United States and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well until one day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him – “very quick.”

The lawyer said that the speed for getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:

Lawyer: “Have you any grounds?”

Man: “JA, JA, acre and half and nice little home.”

Lawyer: “No,” I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

Man: “It made of concrete.”

Lawyer: “Does either of you have a real grudge?”

Man: “No, we have carport, and not need one.”

Lawyer: “I mean, what are your relations like?”

Man: “All my relations still in Poland.”

Lawyer: “Is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

Man: “Ja, we have hi- fidelity stereo set and good DVD player.”

Lawyer: Does your wife beat you up?”

Man: “No, I always up before her.”

Lawyer: “WHY do you want this divorce?”

Man: “She going to kill me.”

Lawyer: “What makes you think that?”

Man: “I got proof.

Lawyer: “What kind of proof?”

Man: “She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read, and it says:

You might be wondering why this week’s blog post starts with a joke… Well, you may recall Attorney Aspenson’s blog post regarding his top 5 legal movies. Now, I’d like to present you with my top 5 legal movies. Being a lawyer can be stressful, emotional, and draining, so when I watch a legal movie, I don’t want it to be true to life. I want to laugh and be entertained, and because of that, my list of movies is vastly different than Attorney Aspenson’s.

Now, without further ado…

  1. Kramer vs. Kramer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVM79wY0s_Q

This movie deviates from the entertaining/comedic value of legal movies. It moved onto my favorites list after I started doing Guardian ad Litem work (for more information on GAL work, read our previous blog post here). Kramer vs. Kramer debuted in 1979 and stars Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman won best actor for his role as Ted Kramer. The movie takes a poignant look into divorce and the effect on children that most people may not realize. I recommend this movie to anyone who is divorced (or going through a divorce) with children.

  1. Erin Brockovich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELzu636Xf6Y

Erin Brockovich stars Julia Roberts and focuses on a class action law suit. This is a classic David vs. Goliath movie, based on a true story, that is entertaining from the start. Erin Brockovich is a single mother and legal assistant who takes on a California power company accused of polluting the city’s water supply.

  1. Intolerable Cruelty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE8jX6rP4L0

Number three is a lesser known comedy that stars George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Clooney plays a prominent divorce lawyer famous for his “Massey Prenup.” An unbreakable, iron-clad prenuptial agreement for wealthy clients who are getting married. Clooney meets his match in Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Marylin Rexroth, his client’s gold-digging soon-to-be ex-wife. The movie has comedic moments from front to end and the chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones is undeniable.

  1. Liar Liar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqTI_LwiPM

A classic movie that shows what happens when a divorced lawyer’s son blows out his birthday candle with the wish that his dad, played by Jim Carrrey, couldn’t lie for one day. Carrey plays an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career on lying at the expense of the relationship with his son.

  1. War of the Roses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOFhU4foWyA

And then there was one… This movies is pure entertainment. The Roses are getting a divorce and each party wants the marital home. Michael Douglas plays Mr. Rose and his counterpart, Mrs. Rose, is played by Kathleen Turner. The movie is told from the perspective of Danny DeVito, the attorney for Oliver Rose. Simply put, it is a vicious battle to the end. The tagline for the movie is: “Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.”

 

Clearly Attorney Aspenson and I’s opinions regarding great legal movies vastly differs. What’s your opinion?  Please comment on our Facebook post!

Ratings and Reviews

The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Badge
10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction 2015-2018
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