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 travel insurance worth the cost?

Insurance, by its very nature, is all about worst-case scenarios: the hassles, the disasters, the epic fails. Vacations, meanwhile, are about trying to escape from just those sorts of aggravations. Travel insurance can thus be useful when the two get together.

That ‘perfect’ job was a scam. What now?

Job scams are nothing new—one is at the heart of the Sherlock Holmes short story “The Red-Headed League,” first published in 1891—but modern technology makes them arguably more pernicious than ever.

Can I use “The Force” without breaking the law?

Star Wars is big business at the box office, the bookstore, the toy store, the grocery store, the music store…basically all the stores. And as with any big business, probably even in galaxies “far, far away,” owners are vigilant about protecting their intellectual property: trademarks, copyrights, and patents.

Can emojis be used as evidence in court?

Emoji—those little ideograms that have become ubiquitous in emails and text messages—can be fun, playful additions to our digital lives. However, emoji offer yet another chance for miscommunication that ends up in litigation.

3 do’s (and a don’t) for open enrollment

Open enrollment season for healthcare coverage is well underway, which means more quality time with the healthcare exchanges and weekly reminders from HR. Getting smart about your benefits and your health insurance now can save you time and money later. But you better get cracking, as the open enrollment window will soon close.