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Survey: Half of All Lawyers Want Us to Dress More Formally

Wardrobe tips are a funny thing: Often times, when you tell someone how to dress, you tick them off. But there's no denying that the wardrobe, at least around law offices and the courts, has gotten a bit less formal over the last decade or two. With that in mind,......

Job Prospects Are Grim; Should You Move? 5 Things to Consider

With job prospects still fairly grim for recent law graduates, you might be asking yourself, "Should I move somewhere else?"It's a decision fraught with questions if you don't have a job offer, and even more fraught with them if you do. Where should you move? And is it a good......

Stay Denied, Ohio Files Merits Brief in Early Voting Limits Appeal

It has been a rough month for Ohio's election laws. First, a district court blocked the state's attempt to pull back early voting days, including the state's "Golden Week," where individuals could register and vote on the same day. Then, the state's stupid law that criminalized making false statements in......

Guards Not Liable for Leaving Pedophile Alone in Prison Yard

There's that old joke, right? The "you know what they do to guys like that in prison" truism. Well, David Karl Danser, who was convicted of sexually abusing his 9-year-old daughter, then taking photographs and sharing them with others, was put in the SHU (Special Housing Unit, aka protective custody)......

Evenflo Car Seat Defect Case Remanded for New Trial

Four-month-old A.H. was severely injured when his Evenflo car seat broke apart, sending the seat -- and A.H. -- hurtling into the back of the car driven by his mother. A.H.'s father, Tony Hadjih, sued Evenflo on a theory of design defect and failure to warn, as Evenflo knew the......

Ga. Lawyer's Suit Against Deputy Who 'Seized' Her Can Proceed

Lisa West, an attorney, entered the Fulton County Courthouse in Georgia on December 9, 2010. She was wearing a suit jacket and no overcoat. A sheriff's duty told her to remove her suit jacket; she said she wouldn't because it would "improperly expose her undergarments." The deputy said that if......

Google Voice and Hangouts: Free, Handy Tools for Lawyers

You have a small firm. You want to be "connected" at all times. If an important client calls, you want to be able to answer that call, whether you are in the office, on the road, or making s'mores in the mountains (assuming you have cell service up there). This......

'Six Californias' Left Off Ballot; Our Own Scottish Moment Must Wait

As Scotland prepares to vote whether to end its 307-year affiliation with the United Kingdom, we're left to wonder what could have been if California were put to the same question. As you might know, Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, sponsored a ballot initiative to split our beloved......

30 Companies Sign Pro-Gay Marriage Amicus Brief: Good Idea?

Gay marriage is a pretty divisive issue in this country, though it is becoming less so as more states legalize same-sex nuptials. And corporations, typically, steer far away from controversial topics, for obvious reasons. It is refreshing then, to see Ben & Jerry's join 29 other companies in an "Employers'......

Lessons From Robin Thicke: Deposition Don'ts

You know, you'd think that lawyers would have learned by now: Don't ask a question unless you're sure of the answer. Then again, a silly answer might be just what you were hoping for. Robin Thicke, the vanguard of our proud nation's rich cultural traditions, preemptively sued the estate of......

5 Classic Con Law Cases Made Easy for 1Ls

In honor of Constitution Day, which is -- in my opinion -- the real birthday of the United States, we'll help all you 1Ls in your Constitutional Law studies by discussing five classic Con Law cases. Here we go: 1. Marbury v. Madison (1803). Marbury started it all; and by......

When It Comes to Tech, Size Matters

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Big, small or in-between? When dealing with tech, it seems that there are preferences, and fortunately there options currently. Long, long ago and far away, back in the disco days of the......

7th Cir. Panel Skeptical of Wis. Voter ID Challenge

On Friday, a panel of the Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments in Frank v. Walker, a challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law (listen to an MP3 here).Following oral arguments, the panel issued an order allowing enforcement of the state's voter ID law, which means the law will likely be in......

Sotomayor Discusses Drones; Could SCOTUS Reshape Privacy This Term?

"There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and......

Texas Abortion Law: 5th Cir. Considers Stay Pending Appeal

On Friday, the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on the issue of whether to issue an emergency stay of enforcement of Texas' abortion law pending resolution of the appeal.Recall that, in August, a federal district judge held unconstitutional a part of the law requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the......

Should Lawyers Ever Represent Relatives?

As a lawyer, should you ever represent family members?"Hey, listen, you're a lawyer, right? See, I have this issue with my landlord..." Or it's an issue with a boss. Or a co-worker. Or a neighbor. Or the police, for crying out loud.It's bad enough when these questions come from......

Roundtable: What's Your Favorite Constitutional Amendment?

Welcome to Constitution Week at FindLaw! Why this week, of all weeks? Because during this week in 1787 (on September 17, to be exact), the U.S. Constitution was signed by attendees of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Of course, the original draft had a few imperfections -- no Bill of......

Ex-Xerox GC Sentenced to 15 Years for Ex-Wife's Brutal Beating

Back in July, John Michael Farren was found guilty of attempted murder for beating his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, nearly to death at their Connecticut mansion in 2010. Farren was a former deputy White House counsel for the George W. Bush administration who, at the time of the assault, was......

Yahoo Discloses 1,500 Pages of Documents on Gov't Surveillance

On Thursday, Yahoo announced it would disclose more than 1,500 pages of documents relating to 2007-08 litigation surrounding government attempts to access Yahoo user accounts without a warrant.Yahoo said on its Global Public Policy Tumblr (yes, Yahoo uses a Tumblr to disseminate global public policy information) that it will take......

Ariz. Man Can Get Husband's Death Benefits, Federal Court Rules

An Arizona man may receive his dead husband's benefits after a federal court ruled that his spouse's death certificate could be changed to reflect their same-sex married status. Fred McQuire, 69, lost his partner George Martinez after 45 years, after the two got married in California this summer, reports The......

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