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Update on Trump’s Travel Ban

  Update on Trump’s Travel Ban As forecast in the last Legal Bits (see Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban), President Trump’s executive order is being kicked around in the courts. What Happened Yesterday? Yesterday afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on whether to uphold the suspension of the ban.  The ban […]

Governor Bullock

This last weekend, I traveled to Montana to join my buddy, Governor Steve Bullock, in celebrating his election to a second term as a Democrat.  This was a significant victory in a state where 55.6% voted for Trump as opposed to 35.4% for Clinton.  I have yet to meet anyone in Montana that does not […]

Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban

  Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban: What Is Being Banned and Is It Legal? Photo: Randal Acker’s view of riot police assembling in anticipation of protests at PDX airport Sunday evening (January 29, 2017). On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, […]

Portland Timbers as Champions of Major League Football…Soccer

As the Timbers hoist the top prize yesterday, the MLS Cup Trophy, Portland has cemented its position as Soccer City USA. Liam Ridgewell, Timber’s center back from England, calls the sport “football.” Why do us Americans use a different name? Actually, the British were the first to use the word “soccer.” An Oxford student, Charles […]

The End of Litigation

Apple’s announcement on Wednesday, of its latest version of gadgets, garnered the attention of the public.  However, a more significant technological advancement–at least in law–came today from the son of an attorney, Bill Gates. Microsoft has launched a new program that will essentially eliminate the need for litigation. No more juries, judges, or courtroom drama. […]

A+A to Provide Webinar Series for OEN

We are pleased to announce that the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) has selected Acker + Associates P.C. to provide a webinar series on legal issues affecting entrepreneurs and business owners. OEN is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon.  It is a non-profit entity that educates, supports, and advocates for our entrepreneurial […]

Please Meet Steve…

As the media gears up for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, I reflect on the inauguration attended earlier this week. A college buddy of mine was sworn in last week as the governor of Montana. Steve, AKA Governor Bullock, was elected as a Democrat by a margin of about 6,000 votes to join an overwhelmingly Republican […]

Driverless Car

This week, California joined Nevada and Florida in legalizing self-driving cars. No, this is not a new law that permits texting while driving. The law anticipates a fully automated car–a taxi without the taxi driver. For those of you who have been asleep at the wheel lately, hopefully not literally, Google has been developing and testing […]


At a recent court hearing, I found myself facing off against three opposing attorneys. I had brought the motion, and the three attorneys were each taking turns trying to convince the judge to reject my argument.  The hearing had gone well, and there was a pause. It was my turn to respond to their weak […]

Corporate Campaign Contributions & Steve

With national elections heating up, a dispute is brewing over corporate campaign contributions. The US Supreme Court will soon decide whether to allow the Attorney General of Montana to present argument to defend Montana’s alleged refusal to comply with the Court’s recent decision. The decision, known as Citizens United, proclaims that a corporation’s “free speech” […]