All posts by Dennis Kurz


What is “DACA” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and How Do I Qualify?

Deferred action is a discretionary grant of relief by Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). It can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship and it can be revoked at any time.


Lawyer as Godfather? A Summary of the Collaborative Approach to the Lawyer/Client Relationship

Robert F. Cochran, John M.A. DiPippa and Martha M. Peters wrote a brilliant article which summarized the various roles lawyers can play with their clients and, surprisingly, it seems that most clients even have a preference for each particular “style” of representation in different circumstances. They are: 1) Lawyer as Godfather; 2) Lawyer as Guru; 3) Lawyer as “Hired Gun”; and 4) Lawyer as Friend.


Same-Sex Marriage Increases Potential for Same-Sex Divorce, Leaving Both Courts and Lawyers Scratching Their Heads

With many states now permitting “gay” or “same-sex marriages,” one is left to wonder of its potential to impact upon long-standing divorce and family law. While Georgia has not yet adopted any legislation providing for gay or same-sex marriage, the following discussion shall serve as a cursory analysis of some of the main legal issues presented by such marriages, particularly as they stand in contrast to “traditional,” or heterosexual marriages.

Trayvon Martin

Self Defense and Deadly Force

Everyone is talking about the George Zimmerman trial. Did you watch it on as much as I did? This widely publicized trial seemed to crystallize at least three important legal issues: self-defense, the justified use of deadly force, and the pitfalls potentially arising from attempting to make a citizen’s arrest. Another unfortunate consequence of this case was the strong divide among racial lines when examining the players involved. This part of the case will not be included in this discussion.