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3 Issues to Watch in the 10th Circuit: SS Marriage, Abortion, Weed

Usually one of the quieter circuits, the Tenth Circuit is now giving legal professionals something to talk about. With cases percolating, and being argued before the Tenth Circuit (with almost-certain cert petitions following soon), three big issues have come to the forefront in the circuit home to states across the......

D.C. Circuit Roundup: Conflict Minerals, Trolls, and Filibusted

It's been a busy and exciting week in the D.C. Circuit, with important decisions in a variety of cases, from conflict mineral disclosure regulations, to copyright trolls' jankety joinder, plus a failed attempt to "fix" the filibuster through the courts. Ready for a surprisingly exciting D.C. Circuit roundup? Read on:......

Child Porn Mandatory Minimums: Think Before You Plead

Want to help your client turn a possible five-year sentence into twenty? You can do it in two easy steps. First, forget about federal sentencing enhancements. Second, let him plead guilty without an agreed-upon sentence. For an excellent demonstration, take a look at this case......

'weev' Conviction Vacated on Venue Grounds, Needs Bacon

We've been watching the progression of Andrew "weev" Auernheimer's trial and appeal and last week, the Third Circuit released its opinion in the hacker's appeal. Though "complex and novel issues that are of great public importance in our increasingly interconnected age" were presented, the case was decided on what some......

Get Ready Now. Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Next Wednesday, April 23, 2014, is Administrative Professionals Day -- mark your calendars. Yes, you're busy running your firm, managing a case load and rainmaking -- but you need to make time for this day. You've been warned. No, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, it's the......

Here We Go Again: NLRB Nixes Workplace Conduct Policy Using Sec. 7

Over the last few years, the National Labor Relations Board has continuously expanded Section 7's reach, a section which generally protects speech about working conditions, such as pay and hours. First, the NLRB stretched Section 7 to cover overly-broad social media policies, which often contain anti-disparagement language. And while "no......

'Secret' iPhone Features Can Make You a More Productive Lawyer

Ah, the iPhone. It has more power than the computers that took us into interstellar space. Yet, it does not come with a manual. Does its stylish body hide secrets, pehaps even ones that can make you a more productive lawyer? But, of course! Read on as we pull back the veil on......

California Debates Carbon Taxes and Chromium Limits

As the effects of global warming are felt every day as we weather this drought, California legislators continue to debate how to deal with the impending effects of climate change. And as cap-and-trade is debated, California's Department of Health is setting new standards by "adopting the nation's first-ever drinking water......

5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch This Marketing Webcast

As the owner of a small firm you know that what you do is so much more than lawyering -- you're running a business. If you've dabbled in marketing, then you've probably figured out that it's actually much harder than it looks. Figuring out what outlets to use, and what......

Coming Soon? Opt-In Anti-Theft Kill Switch and Facebook e-Wallet

Facebook, like Google, continues to add to its list of services -- Facebook wants to be our everything. And this week news broke that Facebook is weeks away from getting e-wallet approval in Ireland. Is the U.S. next? And as a California anti-theft kill switch bill gets debated, mobile phone......

Administrative Professionals Day Is a Thing. Get to Know It.

I remember my first year as an associate at BigLaw. I had my own office, and I shared an admin -- I hit the big time! But with admins, come responsibilities my dear young newbie associates; and one of those responsibilities are upon us -- Administrative Professionals' Day. Yes, that's......

Your In-House Interview -- Prepare Deeply

In-house counsel is not your typical job. You're a lawyer, but you're not working at a law firm: you're at a company that's focused on something else. In a way, you'll be both an insider and an outsider. If that is exactly the job you want, how will you bridge......

Court Can't Seal Case to Protect Accused Company

What do you think of when you hear the name GM? If you've been watching news, you're thinking faulty ignition switches and rolling death traps, even though only thirty-four cars, out of millions recalled, have actually crashed as a result of recalled switches. Of course, that defect is real. In......

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop: Access Your Computer From Anywhere

Remote desktop apps are not a new thing. Microsoft released a free app for accessing your Windows Desktop from your iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) devices a while back, but it was limited to certain versions of Windows (Professional and Server). Third-party solutions, like Splashtop, have been around for a......

Starting Out in Criminal Defense? Here Are Some Mistakes to Avoid

You'd think that for $100,000 dollars or so, law schools would teach you everything you need to know to hang out your shingle and start out in criminal defense, but it just ain't so. Hopefully you've got good mentors, good practice guides and good malpractice insurance. In case you have......

After the Heartbleed. It May Be Time for Two-Factor Authentication

You're probably all heart bled out, but further news of the biggest Internet security failure is worth noting. So now that the patches are up, and we can shop online and check our email without fear (fingers crossed), it's time to have a little chat and do a -- excuse......

Nailed for A DUI? Lawyers Have More to Lose, So Get Help

It was pretty stupid, getting behind the wheel after drinking. It's bad enough when a layperson does it, but you're a lawyer -- you know the penalties and you have more at stake. Fair enough. We came to help Caesar, not to lecture him. Here are a few things you'll......

Justice Stevens and 'The Fix'

For the last week, one of the top posts on The Washington Post's website has been retired Justice John Paul Stevens' "Justice Stevens: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment," an excerpt from his upcoming book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." Personally,......

Copyright a-Go-Go: Aereo, Google Books and Vimeo Challenges

There are a slew of copyright-related cases making their way through the Second Circuit, some even making it to the Supreme Court. The Author's Guild filed an appeal with the Second Circuit on Friday, challenging the district court's ruling in favor of Google. The Second Circuit also agreed to hear......

Wherein W&L Law Makes Headlines Over Confederate Flags in a Tomb

Three years I spent in fair Lexington, Virginia, as a law student at the world's greatest law school, Washington and Lee. And in three years, I never once saw a Confederate flag, at least on campus. Off-campus, sure. But never on campus. There are a few things you have to......

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