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.

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.

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.”

Choosing a summer camp? Read the fine print

If the camp is being run by or through a school district and the camp employees are also school employees, they will have had to comply with the school district’s requirements. This could include not only a routine background check but also more extensive measures like fingerprinting.