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Which Corporate Form Is Best for Your Law Firm?

In the 1980s cartoon classic "Garfield's Halloween Adventure," Garfield sings a song about what he should be for Halloween. The same song could apply to new lawyers forming some kind of firm. There are just so many corporate forms to be! Should you be a PC, LLC, LLP, or another......

TSA Was Arbitrary and Capricious in Dismissing X-Ray Bin Company

As you're waiting in line at the airport to get your full body scan, or have your stuff rifled through, you might peer over at the stack of bins, into which you're hastily stuffing your laptop and shoes, and notice that there are ads in them. Since 2007, the TSA......

Oral Arguments on N.C. Abortion Ultrasound Law at 4th Cir.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case about a controversial North Carolina abortion law yesterday. The Woman's Right to Know Act requires a doctor providing an abortion to give the patient an ultrasound at least four hours before an abortion and requires the doctor to......

#DearFindLaw: Which Bar Association(s) Should Law Students Join?

This week on #DearFindLaw, we're presented with the issue of joining a bar association while in law school.There are many bar associations to choose from, and if you're a law student, you've probably got to join one eventually, right? After all, it's not a "cocktail party" if it's just......

Cal. Supremes to Review Confidentiality of Police Personnel Files

A police officer's personnel file could be a gold mine for a defendant -- past misconduct, especially the really juicy stuff like beating a defendant or falsifying a police report, could destroy an officer's credibility and sway an otherwise teetering jury. But who screens those police files to determine whether......

One-Word Mistake by Judge Nixes Conviction, 50-Year Sentence

I will now explain the presumption of innocence and the people's burden of proof. The defendant has pleaded guilty to the charges. The fact that a criminal charge has been filed against the defendant is not evidence that the charge is true. You must not be biased against the......

EEOC Wins Suit on Behalf of a One-Armed Security Guard

"The company is a joke. You sent me a one-armed security guard." The complaint, from a community association that had hired Florida Commercial Security Services to provide it with a security guard, led to the removal of Alberto Tarud-Saieh from an $8-an-hour security guard position. (Tarud-Saieh lost his right arm......

3 Simple Tips for Law Firms on Facebook

Truth be told, if someone asked me whether their law firm should have a Facebook page, my gut reaction would be "no." Why? Practically speaking, it's a lot of work for little payout, more so now that Facebook has entered the "Pay to Play" era. A Facebook page that pays......

10 Things to Do After Getting Bar Results, Pass or Fail

It's bar results season! On Tuesday, New York dropped results a day earlier last year, and weeks earlier than expected, reports Above the Law. Californians are going to be waiting in agony for at least a few more weeks. If you're from one of the flyover states, the length of......

13 Legal Tech Stories Scarier Than Dracula or Wolfman

Think Verizon and the NSA shouldn't be in the same category as Wolfman and Frankenstein? Think again: Behind you! It's... it's... packet shaping! So maybe James Clapper isn't as scary-looking as Lon Cheney in "Phantom of the Opera," but the implications of warrantless surveillance are terrifying. For Halloween,......

Mediation Ordered in Trinity Guardrail Case

Last week, we covered the enormous verdict in the Trinity guardrail case: $175 million which, when tripled under federal law, could mean a verdict of $525 million. While Trinity has indicated it plans to appeal the jury verdict, that may not be necessary. Why? The judge in the case has......

5 Things Lawyers Can Learn From Fantasy Football

I only just started playing fantasy football this year. I knew it was a thing people did, and they enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enlisted some friends and we created a league. Fair warning, though: I know almost nothing about football. I just know......

Half-Uncle's Marriage to Half-Niece Not Incestuous: N.Y. Court

What is incest, really? Back in February, we mentioned that the Second Circuit had certified that question to the New York Court of Appeals. Huyen Nguyen became a conditional permanent resident of the United States in 2000 thanks to her marriage to Vu Truong, a U.S. citizen. Nguyen petitioned to......

Should We Elect Judges? Shady Money Answers Obvious Question

Is electing judges a good idea? Our gut reaction is "no," but for the sake of argument, let's take a look at the current state of the courts to see just what's happening with elected versus appointed judges. In Pennsylvania, a former Supreme Court judge just dropped her appeal of......

With McCaffery, Castille Leaving, Pa. High Court Set for Change

Earlier this week, the long-simmering and now-public feud between Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and Chief Justice Ronald Castille finally ended with McCaffery's resignation. Their bitter battle goes back years (and ended with a pornographic email scandal); many suspect it was the reason why Castille ran a retention election......

10th Cir. Explains Why Citizens United's Film Donors Can Stay Secret

Last week, we reported about a quick, three-paragraph order allowing Citizens United to show the film "Rocky Mountain Heist" without having to disclose the names of the people who donated to the project. The Tenth Circuit promised that it would deliver a substantive opinion on the issue soon, and on......

SCOTUS Stays Execution of Mo. Inmate Abandoned by Counsel

Convicted murderer Mark Christeson got the rarest of reprieves: a Supreme Court stay blocking his execution (for now). With an execution set for midnight (Wednesday morning), he was spared with just a few hours to go over the dissent of Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. Why the reprieve? The order......

FBI Allegedly Posed as Repairmen to Illegally Search Vegas Villa

A group of Chinese high rollers is accusing the FBI of posing as Internet repairmen in order to secretly infiltrate and search their Las Vegas villa. As part of a motion to suppress evidence filed in federal criminal court on Tuesday, the men accused of running an illegal gambling operation......

FBI Agents Cut DSL, Posed as Repairmen to Conduct Search: Motion

Las Vegas is set to become the focal point for a Fourth Amendment issue that's as brazen as it is kooky. Suspecting several high rollers staying at Caesars Palace were engaged in an illegal bookmaking operation, the feds allegedly cut off Internet access to their $25,000-per-night private villa, then posed......

An Unusual Incentive: Company Offers Beer for Timesheets

Does this sound like a weird incentive to you? A company has an issue with people not turning in their timesheets on time. Its response? Build a custom "kegerator" that dispenses beer when an employee, whose timesheet has been submitted, swipes his or her keycard. Out here, in Silicon Valley,......

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