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Archive for 2009

7 Tips for Conflict Management

Friday, November 6th, 2009

As an attorney, I’m frequently asked to write letters with difficult and confrontational topics, or mediate disputes between parties.  Along the way, I’ve developed some guidelines that serve well to keep the peace while managing opposing viewpoints. Practice Active Listening. Frequently, people are so concerned with getting their turn to speak, they don’t listen to […]

National Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Today is the observance of the 19th “Make A Difference” Day.  Sponsored by USA Weekend, this is one of several national and international opportunities and promotions to encourage volunteerism in your community.  Here are some links to check out: USA Weekend Make a Difference Day Volunteer Match While USA Weekend touts October 24 as Make […]

The Gospel According to Starbucks

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

What I’m reading: The Gospel According to Starbucks. This is a delightful and thoughtful study by Leonard Sweet on how the Starbucks corporate culture has not only (consciously or unconsciously) adopted what should be everything good about Christian evangelism, but has also captured the very essences of what we humans need to center our lives. […]

Cell Phones and Kids – Teach your kids to use cell phones appropriately

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’m going to be a little oblique with this post, because I really don’t want a lot of attention to this blog based upon the current commonly-used word for inappropriate pictures sent via cell phone. Part of my law practice includes school law, and I’ve been researching the use – and abuse – of technology […]

Tech Warrior

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I admit it – I’m a bit of a tech junkie. My HP iPAQ (handheld device) and my digital camera and cell phone go with me everywhere. I enjoy the portability and ease of reading that my Kindle has brought me, and I recently purchased an HP Mini (netbook computer) to take to conferences and […]

Maurice Robeson – 2009 Indiana Master Farmer

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

My father was recently recognized as one of four Indiana Master Farmers for 2009. More than 50 years in the farming business, Maurice Robeson has not only been a successful farmer, but a generous participant in the community. Check out more information and the news articles about him at the Carroll County Agriculture Association website: […]

New for Indiana nonprofits – tax ruling

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The Indiana tax court ruled that landlords who rent to nonprofits may qualify for a tax exemption for their property taxes when they rent at a discount.  Interesting benefit to Indiana nonprofits, nice side effect for the landlord. There is some concern that this may affect property tax revenues – will we see landlords rushing […]

Social Networking for Professionals

Monday, August 10th, 2009

There is a lot of web space devoted to social networking. Not wanting to miss the bandwagon, professionals use social networking sites, too. I just signed up for legallyminded, a beta networking site for attorneys. (It was sort-of by accident; I was checking out the site and got carried away. Before I knew it, I […]

Tigger or Eeyore?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

There are a lot of interesting blogs out there (I’d like to think that mine might grow up to be one of them, some day). I enjoy Futurelawyer – and a recent post was especially intriguing. Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore? How do you look at the world? It may not be necessary […]

Latest Nonprofit Trend: Micro-volunteering

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Check out this article about a San Francisco company that promotes “micro-volunteering.” Interesting concept – you can volunteer minutes of your time for a worthy cause. I can think of several “down sides” to this new trend – the volunteer isn’t truly connected to the cause, the volunteer is given a false sense of “making […]

Nonprofit “Urban Legends”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Blue Avocado is one my favorite nonprofit e-newsletters – it contains a lot of practical, “in-the-trenches” information for nonprofit organizations and the people who “live and work” there. Here’s a great article about “urban legends” regarding nonprofits: Nonprofit Urban Legends

Welcome to LawLatte!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Welcome to my website and blog. Check out the resources available for nonprofits and agriculture.  Go ahead – I’ll wait.  Done?  Good – let’s chat. LawLatte has two purposes – one is to provide a resource for basic information about nonprofit and agriculture law.   The second purpose is to provide updated or developing information in […]