Author: Leigh Raper

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Leigh Raper has a degree in English Literature from the University of Miami and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she concentrated on Contracts, Entertainment Law, and Labor Relations. She received her MFA at the UCR-Palm Desert program for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Is your company picnic breaking the law?

Ask the hard questions: Is there a mechanism in place to verify that anyone being served is of legal drinking age? What arrangements can and will be made for employees who overindulge? Will transportation be provided for those too impaired to drive?

Loud fireworks are terrifying your pet. Can the law help?

Some jurisdictions are taking our four-legged friends into account when drafting rules around fireworks displays and noise ordinances. It is even an international issue. Collecchio, Italy, now requires that fireworks be silent (yes, that’s a thing) to protect pets and wildlife.