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    Land Ho! Two Words an Injured Longshore or Harbor Worker Never Wants to Hear

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    In 1927, the United States Congress passed the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) to provide workers’ compensation coverage to maritime workers injured outside the purview of state workers’ compensation laws. Rigid judicial interpretation of the original Act, however, led to inequitable outcomes in the maritime industry. Workers neither on land nor on the water when injured could not claim workers’ compensation benefits under state or federal laws. The 1972 amendments to the LHWCA sought to cure this inequity. The amended Act included a situs requirement. This Comment analyzes the most important judicial interpretations of the situs requirement of the amended LHWCA. This Comment suggests that inequity remains in the coverage of maritime workers’ compensation claims because the federal courts of appeals subscribe to differing interpretations of the situs requirement. This Comment concludes that a definitive interpretation of the situs requirement by the United States Supreme Court is necessary to alleviate the resultant inequity

    Torts

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    This article is part of the District of Columbia Survey

    The Pivotal Role of the Corporate General Counsel in Promoting Corporate Integrity and Professional Responsibility

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    Part I of this article begins with an overview of the history of the corporate general counsel position and then outlines formal and informal roles contemporary general counsel play, concluding with a discussion of the importance of a broad vision of the role in fostering corporate integrity and professional ethics. Part II looks at the responsibilities of general counsel in connection withSarbanes-Oxley and the 2003 amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Part III focuses on two areas that merit careful consideration concerning the role of general counsel in the struggle to promote corporate integrity and professional responsibility. The first section advocates caution with respect to the increasingly popular practice of retaining separate independent counsel to handle various corporate legal matters. Overuse of this device wastes resources, and, more importantly, threatens to undermine the authority and effectiveness of general counsel. Consequently, the article suggests consideration of an ethical rule pertaining to coordination of counsel absent extraordinary circumstances. The second section of Part III turns to the critical need for ongoing attention to the relationship between general counsel and corporate directors. Lawyers and business managers alike need standards applicable to the intersection of their roles, both as a basis for guidance and as a source of authority to invoke as a bulwark against countervailing pressures that assault integrity and professionalism. Accordingly, standards pertaining to general counsel attendance at board meetings and ongoing communication with independent directors have a great deal of merit. In addition, this article proposes a standard requiring chief legal officers to report to directors on the resignation or termination of in-house lawyers or outside counsel handling significant matters for a company and the reasons therefore

    Dead Men in Torts: Lord Campbell\u27s Act Was Not Enough

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    Table of Contents (v.13 no.1)

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    Commentary

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    Case Notes

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    Case Notes

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