“The King Can Do No Wrong”: Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Citizens' Right to Sue the State

By Adrienne Griffis

Today, in Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, 2018 Ark. 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to enforce a state employee’s right to be paid for overtime by holding that the employee could not sue the state, even in its capacity as his employer. On its face, this case may appear to affect only the tens of thousands of Arkansas citizens employed by hundreds of Arkansas state agencies; however, this Draconian decision unfortunately reaches far beyond the context of employee-employer relationships. If you live or work anywhere in Arkansas, this decision affects your ability to enforce many rights, privileges, and protections guaranteed by Arkansas law. [More]

Social Media: How to ruin your case in under 60 seconds

By Adrienne Griffis

“Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.” This quote has appeared so many times in so many sources that I cannot accurately access to whom I should give credit. However it originated, this advice applies to all types of electronic communication—not just email. Electronic communication often leads to regret because it can be completed in too short a period of time to allow for appropriate reflection. If our parents or grandparents wanted to send angry correspondence to someone, they at least had the opportunity to reconsider and take the letter out of the mailbox. These days, the damage can be done as quickly as you can press “reply all.” [More]