Author: Leigh Raper


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.

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.

Can you make your landlord provide air conditioning?

Landlord-tenant laws fall under the purview of local and state governments. Basically, all leases carry a warranty of habitability. As the attorney general of New York explains in that state’s tenants’ rights guide, this means that “tenants have the right to a livable, safe and sanitary apartment.”

How to implement a bring your pet to work policy

Although the CEO’s corgi does provide an adorable office mascot, it’s a good idea for a company to first implement an appropriate, respectful pet policy before foisting any creatures on the employees. Here’s some background on what works and doesn’t work.