Sh*thole Countries, Trump, Differences, and MLK Day

January 15, 2018

Sh*thole Countries, Trump, Differences, and MLK Day

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Sh*thole Countries

In an immigration meeting on Thursday President Donald Trump posed this question: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.” (Mr. Trump also linked Haiti to his comment.)

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First, let’s dispense with ‘did he say it’ inquiries. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) confirmed the statement. Staffers at the White House claimed the comment would play well with Trump’s supporters. Initially, the White House did not deny the reports. And Mr. Trump bragged about the comment to his friends.

Second, shame on those elected Republicans – almost of those who have addressed the comment –

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Happy New Year

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year

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Mark Rubin

Days go by fast or slow, depending on what’s up, my mood, etc. Weeks and months and years? They pass like a train in the biggest hurry to get to who knows where. 2018 already? Incredible!

With yet another loss at the end of a year, my mind wandered to an emblem of aging: more funerals than weddings. Googling that phrase took me to Ecclesiastes 7:2: It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. Hmmm! From writings which include the reminder that there’s a time for everything and a season

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Lowell Rothschild RIP

December 29, 2017

Lowell Rothschild RIP

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Lowell Rothschild died on Friday, December 29, 2017. Survivors include his children, Jonathan (Karen Spiegel) and Jennifer (Julian Izbiky), grandchildren Isaac Rothschild (Tanya Miller), Nathan Rothschild (Jenny Stash), Molly Rose Rothschild, and Alex Izbiky, two great-grandsons, and scores and scores of friends and colleagues and admirers.

Many words will be written about Lowell. They will surely understate the depth and breadth of his impact on so many lives. He was – he’d never use this word about himself, but used it often to describe others – a magnificent attorney. Bankruptcy gave him his reputation, but he was a leader nationally in the field of law office management. In other areas he worked at a high level on

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U.S. District Court Appointments

December 15, 2017

U.S. District Court Appointments

U.S. District Court Appointments

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An SNL-not sketch has been circulating in the last couple of days. It’s here, and it’s a Q and A between Senator John Kennedy (R – La.) and U.S. District Court nominee / Federal Elections Commissioner Matthew S. Petersen. And if I’m understanding Poe’s Law correctly – it’s Friday evening, I’m alone, and I’m into liquid refreshment – we’re looking at reality mimicking parody. (This dude knows eff-all about being a trial judge!)

The Problem

At the trial level our systems, state and federal, offer the greatest number of jobs and the hardest challenges. Like a funnel in reverse, the greatest number of  judges handle trials. A much smaller number do

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I’m Back

December 12, 2017

I’m Back

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Mark Rubin

I’ve been AWOL. Plain and simple: G.O.N.E.

When I started blogging a dear friend – the law firm administrator at the firm which employed me in 2014 – wondered about my ability to blog regularly. A fair point … although I did post almost 700 pieces between February 2014 and October 2017. Roughly one post every second day.

History aside, I’ve been away … and, for a few weeks, the site has been unavailable. Explanation? I represented a client for several years. Stuff happened. Then, I represented the client again, with a jury trial scheduled for December 5, 2017. (Damn, is it really 2017? Can I go Back to the Future?) Jurors do what they

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Exit Strategies for Business and Complex Asset Owners

October 26, 2017

Exit Strategies for Business and Complex Asset Owners

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Mark Rubin

I am hosting a session on Exit Strategies for Business and Complex Asset Owners on November 16, 2017, in Tucson at 4:00 p.m. The session will entail a presentation and discussion of practical preparations, strategies, markets, and considerations vital to embarking on these transactions. Refreshments, too!

I have been practicing law in Tucson for nearly 40 years, focusing primarily on business and real estate law. Estate planning and fiduciary matters are also part of my practice. (I have been a Licensed Fiduciary—License No. 20546—for a dozen years, dealing mostly with cases involving complex assets, dysfunctional families, or both.) During my practice, I have worked with myriad situations involving a principal’s

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It’s Personal: Downsizing, Etc.

October 17, 2017

It’s Personal: Downsizing, Etc.

Note: If you’re looking for straight lines and A to Z writing, skip this post.

Downsizing has been on my mind lately. (Truth be told, my mind gets crowded with notions; without Mark Rubin Writes, it might explode!) Anyway, and as I have noted recently, the -0 birthday and the annual reckoning with another year as an attorney—as I write I joined the State Bar of Arizona 36 years ago today, and I started working on October 19, 1981—have brought on a reflective mood.

Closets, as it happens, have brought forth downsizing. I moved on September 14, 2017, the day of my 60th birthday. I’d been planning my move, but it happened on that evening,

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Health Care: A Philosophical Approach

October 16, 2017

Health Care: A Philosophical Approach

Health care has been on my mind lately. Renewal time comes shortly, and there’s no little bit of anxiety about: (a) pricing, (b) availability, and (c) just plain getting onto the flipping website. (Tell me I shouldn’t think the site might just crash, right about the time when tens of millions of people—like me—need it!)

Health care means insurance. Wait. What? Care and payments differ? An insurer’s decision not to pay doesn’t prevent someone from getting health care?

Actually, I know the argument first-hand. And it’s clap-trap, plain and simple! Back in the 1990s I represented a health insurer. People sued, claiming that when the insurer failed to pre-certify procedures, it deprived them of

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Days of Awe / Personal Reflections

October 1, 2017

Days of Awe / Personal Reflections

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Mark Rubin

The Days of Awe aka High Holy Days—the days which encompass Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—ended at sundown on September 30. Ten days, for reflection and repentance. Jews look back, of course, for reflecting and repenting demand that perspective, but our most important 10 days are very much about going forward.

Reflecting, in a blog, leaves me totally comfortable. Repenting? Not so much. No big confessions here!

During the last several days much has been on my mind. The sorting process leaves me focused on Luck* and Openness. (There’s also a trial in eight weeks, moving, PredictIt –my new cool distraction, etc.)

Luck and I know one another well. A better

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Obamacare Repeal, and Free Labor and Employment Markets

September 21, 2017

Oh my G-d, have I written about the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare! More than 700 posts, and almost 10% mention the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Here are a few of my favorites:

Health Insurance: Getting Personal

Who Called the Viruses and Bacteria?

More on Health Care … and We v. Me-I

Trouble Ahead: Thoughts on Health Care

The game ends on September 30, 2017, at midnight, Eastern Daylight Time. Senate reconciliation rules—obtuse to the nth—mandate that the Senate pass a new law by September 30, or not at all in 2017. (Not clear? Whether the House of Representatives must pass the same bill by 9/30, or if it can simply adopt the same bill before the Senate adjourns

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