Author: jborgmeyer

Legal History Close to Home

The Boonville Daily News profiled John Tinker, a Fayette, Missouri man who, as a high school student in the 1960s, petitioned the courts and instigated a groundbreaking case. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the U.S. Supreme Court famously declared that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school house gate.” Tinker and his family were part …


Disability denied? Appeal!

Don’t be surprised if Social Security denies your claim for benefits. Most people’s initial claims are denied. The real question is:  What should you do now? One option is to submit a new disability application. The drawback of this approach, however, is that your new application will be considered by the same state Disability Determination Service (DDS) that denied your original claim. Simply re-applying does not improve your chances for …


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