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Law Schools Offer Big Discounts for Top LSAT Scores

Some lawyers went to law school to avoid math, but you can't ignore the math if you are thinking about law school now. Many schools have begun giving deep discounts to students who score high on their law school admission tests. According to reports, top LSAT scorers could see......

Why Oppose When They Can Amend?

"Judicial economy" is a hard-sell to some clients. They don't really care about the judge's workload or the time it takes to prepare, oppose, or argue a motion. They want results, and they want it now. If you change the expression to "client economy," however, it gets a little......

5 Gritty Tips to Persuade Clients to Settle

Being a lawyer means seeking justice on behalf of clients. However, lawyers understand that justice, particularly in the civil sense, is about dollars and cents, more so than justice. When it comes to persuading a civil client that it is in their best interest to settle, a lawyer's role......

Black Friday Deals for Lawyers

"But it was on sale!" It's such an accepted explanation for impulse buying, it's practically a mantra. And as religious holidays go, Black Friday is a universally acceptable day to worship the sale. With some guidance from tech experts, FindLaw has a shoppers list for your pilgrimage to tech nirvana......

Judge Blocks Trump's Sanctuary Cities Order

President Trump's battle with courts over immigration continued as a judge blocked his executive orders against sanctuary cities. This time, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a permanent injunction against the President's order to cut funds from cities that provide some refuge to immigrants. Judge William Orrick had......

Iran Sanctions Case Stalls, Deal Possible

It's one thing when a defendant does not show up in court; it's another when the defense counsel is a no-show. In a high-profile trial in Manhattan, neither Reza Zarrab nor his lawyers appeared for jury selection. Prosecutors allege Zarrab conspired to handle hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran......

'Bikini Baristas' Argue Freedom of Exposure

Everett city attorneys probably paid too much attention to detail in their clothing ordinance targeting bikini baristas, according to a lawsuit. The ordinance says the servers must cover "minimum body areas" at all times, including: "breast/pectorals, stomach, back below the shoulder blades, buttocks, top three inches of legs below......

Dylann Roof's Public Defenders Need More Time to Brief

If you've ever known a public defender personally, or worked the job yourself, you probably know it's a thankless, stressful job with a heavy workload. But for the two federal public defenders representing convicted murderer Dylann Roof in his Fourth Circuit Appeal, it's that last part that's really proving......

Will U of Illinois Absorb John Marshall Law School?

John Marshall Law School may become part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, at the same time showing how legal education is changing at the speed of a mouse-click. UCI Chancellor Michael Amiridis made the announcement electronically with a link to frequently asked questions that educators composed and......

Will Tweeting Hurt Your Career? Willett?

If you're a lawyer or law student that is, or is on the cusp of being, technologically savvy, then you're probably on Twitter. After all, if there's a place to show potential clients that you are cool, woke, with it, or that you can, at very least, dig it,......

Trump Administration Sues to Block Time Warner Merger

Did you see the photobomb behind the AT&T-Time Warner deal? President Trump tweeted it earlier this year. The fake video shows him pouncing on a CNN-faced victim at a wrestling event. Strangely, it's the backstory to the proposed merger and is more interesting than the news. The Department of......

Judge Reprimanded for Shortening Sentences for Birth Control

Judge Sam Benningfield, of White County, Tennessee, made national headlines this spring, again over the summer, and is doing it one more time this fall. For the most part, it's all related to the same idea he had that was so wild it violated the Constitution. Benningfield, back in......

Confirmation Controversy: Willett Twitter, or Won't It?

The Texas Twitter Laureate, and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Justice Don Willett, found himself in the hot seat during his Senate confirmation hearing due to his large social media following. However, it was not just the following that drew scrutiny, but also the content of a handful......

Don't Give Inmates Anything But Advice

Steven M. Cohen apparently was concerned about his client's oral hygiene in jail, so he gave the man a toothbrush. That resulted in a felony conviction for delivering illegal articles to an inmate. Then the state Supreme Court suspended Cohen's bar license and ordered him to pay $8,600 as......

Lawsuit: U.S. Denying Asylum Relief at Mexico Border

There are many reasons a person would want to leave her home country and go to another. One of the most frightening is fleeing violence and persecution. Asylees, as they're known legally, are in a vulnerable position -- in transit to a destination they may be denied access to,......

Former Inmate and Skadden Fellow Can Sit for Bar Exam

Not all lawyers take the same path to getting licensed. Fortunately for those that take the road less travelled, a decision from Supreme Court for the state of Washington might help to provide some clarity as to when the road less travelled becomes the road from which there's no......

Techgiving

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet. While we regularly should practice gratitude, it is that time of year to be especially thankful. So, as we are gathered with family and friends eating turkey and all the trimmings, we think......

5 Judges Added to President Trump's SCOTUS List

Despite there being no vacancies on the United States Supreme Court, and no plans to expand the High Court, President Donald Trump has announced five more potential candidates to his already long and distinguished "shortlist" of nominees, should another vacancy arise.......

How to Reject Buyout Offers

Year-end sales don't just happen in retail businesses. This year, at least, big business is also in the market. Broadcom wants to buy Qualcomm, and Hasbro is negotiating to get Mattel. So far, the would-be sellers have rejected the offers. But lawyers are working through the holidays and talking......

Court Ends Steinbeck Family Feud

Another chapter in John Steinbeck's legacy is over -- at least until the next one. Steinbeck died almost 50 years ago, but his heirs have been fueding over his estate ever since. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently wrote another chapter in that sad story. In Steinbeck......

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