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How Smaller Firms Can Meet Client Pressure on Cost, Efficiency

The legal profession has been under pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency for years -- and those pressures aren't just being felt by major white-shoe firms. Clients are increasingly scrutinizing small and mid-sized firms about their efficiency, project management and cost, according to a report by The Pittsburgh......

Family's Erb's Palsy Appeal Fails Due to Lack of Evidence

The parents of a young boy injured during birth lost their appeal to the First Circuit last Friday, largely due to lack of evidence to support their claims. When F.A.F.R. was born, his shoulders failed to deliver after his head emerged, resulting in Erb's Palsy, which causes weakness and......

Tobacco Companies Won't Have to Disclose Past Deceit, Court Rules

Tobacco companies won't have to include disclosures stating that a federal court has ruled they deliberately deceived the American public, the D.C. Circuit ruled last week. While statements about the health consequences and addictiveness of cigarettes can be required, forcing the companies to announce the court's findings is too......

7th Cir. Actually Grants an Immigration Appeal Petition

It's almost as a rare day when a federal circuit court grants review of a case from the Board of Immigration Appeals as it is when a federal circuit court grants a habeas petition. Today turned out to be Ashraf Habib's lucky day. The government wanted Habib deported for misrepresenting......

The Varieties of Bar Review Methods

Unless you're an autodidact (and it's highly likely you're not), you'll need some help studying for the bar exam. This help usually comes in the form of a bar review course that costs thousands of dollars. That seems expensive, but trust us -- you don't want to take the bar......

How Can Boutiques Compete With BigLaw? Technology!

As BigLaw firms fall, "boutique" firms rise in their place. "Boutique" is just a fancy name for a small law firm that emphasizes a few practice areas. It's not just the increased cost of BigLaw firms that has enabled boutiques to become popular, though. As Bloomberg reports, it's technology that......

SCOTUS Reverses 'Facebook Threats' Conviction

Anthony Douglas Elonis made statements on Facebook threatening his ex-wife, a local school, the local sheriffs, and the FBI agents who came to question him about all these threats. Maybe that's how it happened. Or maybe Elonis was merely practicing his "rap lyrics" and exercising his constitutional rights in the......

The Best Scanner Under $300

The paperless office. Like the flying car and the sassy robot sidekick, it's something we've been promised for years, but something science has consistently failed to deliver. Lawyers are up to their ears in paper as much as they ever were, and while our tablets and iDevices let us browse......

Young In-House Attorneys Honored: What You Can Learn

The Association for Corporate Counsel, a bar association for in-house attorneys, has honored its "Top 10 30-Somethings" at its May CLE training. These young in-house lawyers are good examples of the changing roles facing in-house counsel, as companies begin looking to their legal departments for more than just legal......

First Week at the Firm: How to Deal With Stress

Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. You've made it to the promised land of a BigLaw......

Do Your LinkedIn Endorsements Matter?

LinkedIn endorsements aren't the hardest kinds of endorsements to get. Your mother, your neighbor, even total strangers can endorse you for all sorts of skills, from complex civil litigation to organizing company softball teams. While colleagues can provide detailed recommendations, also featured prominently on your LinkedIn profile, endorsements are a......

No Anticipatory Invocation of Miranda, Says Penn. Sup. Ct.

Ever since Miranda v. Arizona, the right to remain silent, and its companion, the right to have an attorney present during questioning, has been walked back both by the U.S. Supreme Court and various state supreme courts. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a person can't invoke......

Can't Deny Good-Time Credit Based on Laws Passed After Sentencing

Louisiana cannot revoke sentence-shortening "good-time credits" earned by prisoners based on legal changes that occurred after a prisoner's initial sentencing, the Fifth Circuit ruled this week. The court granted habeas relief for Richard Price, who was sentenced for armed robbery in Louisiana in 1985, and lost all of his......

GCs Want More Value, Expertise From Outside Counsel

A survey of international General Counsels by TerraLex, a legal referral company, shines some light into what GCs look for when they hire outside counsel -- and how much law firms will have to improve to keep them satisfied. The survey gathered input from 127 chief legal officers companies based......

What Was in Osama Bin Laden's Law Library?

Just in time to update your summer reading list, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has declassified "Osama's Bookshelf." The list details the 400 some pieces of writing Osama had on hand when his bunker was raided and he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011. So, what beach......

Some Opinions We Missed, and a Fond Farewell

Last week, amid lofty opinions about excessive force and the dormant commerce clause, we did not have a chance to report on some of the more work-a-day cases the Supreme Court decided. These decisions -- all of which were unanimous -- don't implicate constitutional principles necessarily, and aren't as contentious......

Full Indictment for FIFA Officials, Media Execs

Moments ago in Zurich, FIFA officials voted to retain controversial president Sepp Blatter. Three days ago, nine high-ranking FIFA officials (including the man many thought would succeed Blatter) were arrested along with five media company executives on a wide range of corruption charges that rocked soccer's governing body. The charges......

Pharma Companies to Pay for Rx Disposal After SCOTUS Denies Cert

Alameda County's drug disposal law, which required pharmaceutical companies to pay for the disposal of unused medicine, has survived an attempted Supreme Court challenge. The High Court refused to hear a challenge to the Ninth Circuit's decision upholding the county law, which applies to much of Northern California's East......

San Bernardino Sheriff Used Stingray 300 Times: Ars Technica

The Stingray, you'll recall from our many stories about it, is one of our favorite bits of nefarious surveillance technology. Many of the details about the device are kept secret, but we do know that it tricks nearby cell phones into thinking it's a cell tower, and when the phones......

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep to Your Practice

"I need to finish this brief by tomorrow. I can get by on a few hours of sleep." Except not really. Getting a good night's sleep can affect your performance as a lawyer -- and your practice. It's easy for us to rationalize sleep as something that's optional, but in......

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