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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Practice Area for Solo Attorneys

It’s a question that has dogged young lawyers for generations: How do I choose my area of practice? Some people are lucky in the sense that they knew right from a tender age that they wanted to be a lawyer and knew exactly what area of law they wanted to......

Do Flat Rates Attract Middle Class Clients?

The wealthiest clients can afford to pay hundreds of dollars an hour for representation. The poorest may be able to find a lawyer for free. It's those in the middle that can be the hardest to attract. For, while Internet marketing has made it easier to get your name......

Judge Handcuffs Lawyer in Court to 'Teach Her a Lesson'

A Las Vegas judge handcuffed a public defender and seated her with inmates after she spoke over him in court. Assistant public defender Zohra Bakhtary had been arguing to keep her client out of jail when Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen told her to "be quiet,"......

Top Lessons for In-House Counsel From Major Corporate Scandals

God bless the corporate scandal. Not only does it provide a bit of voyeuristic schadenfreude, it's a valuable teaching moment. "See kids, don't do what that white collar criminal did." And whether it's a Bank of America executive's claims that the bank has become a sexist "bro's club" or......

San Francisco's Law on Sugary Drinks Defeats Injunction Attempts

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District in California refused to grant an injunction to halt the law recently approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that would force very prominent warnings on ads of sugary drinks. It means that there's effectively nothing to stop the law from......

How to Convince Start-Ups That They Need In-House Counsel

New start-ups need many things: the best young talent, a fair amount of funding, sometimes even gourmet lunches and on-hand masseuses. But what they don't need is lawyers. After all, many start-up behemoths like Uber and Airbnb started up with business plans which skirted or even ignored the law.......

Gunning for BigLaw? You'd Better Attend One of These Law Schools

Increasingly, students are motivated to pursue BigLaw simply as a way to eliminate their monumental debt-load as quickly as possible. It's the price one must pay to be educated as an attorney these days. Of course, getting into BigLaw is easier said that done -- and one of the most......

Google's Paris Office Raided as Part of Tax Evasion Investigation

According to Reuters, French police arrived at Google Paris offices Tuesday and raided the location as part of an ongoing investigation into whether or not the Internet company is dodging taxes. The probe, opened last June, is part of an anti-corporation sentiment that started when the public became increasingly aware......

4 Things New In-House Attorneys Should Do

In-house lawyers are special within the legal community in that they are beholden only to a single client and are not burdened by the daily concerns of making the bills and paying employees. If you landed an in-house job, you are the employee. But you’re also likely the employee who......

Best Tech Gadgets and Services for Lawyers on a Budget

It costs to be on the cutting edge. When it comes to going digital, going paperless, going hi-tech, you can easily start shelling out thousands of dollars on products and services, some of which may be obsolete in a few years, or even months. But if you shop around,......

'Badass Lawyer' Forgets 1st Amendment, Loses Twitter Parody Suit

What's the best response to someone making fun of you on Twitter? Probably not to sue them for libel. One lawyer learned that lesson the hard way last week, after his case was tossed from court. Todd Levitt is a Michigan lawyer, former adjunct at Central Michigan University, and......

US Trades Murder Charge for El Chapo Extradition

It seems that the world's largest trafficker in illicit drugs likes his prison in Mexico, or at least, he doesn't want to face jail and court time in America where he is less likely to escape this country's maximum security prisons. It's a bit of an annoying development for American......

Lawyers, Is It Okay to Curse at Work?

Legal practice is often a high-stress job. There's the trying work hours, the high-stakes outcomes, and the horrible opposing attorneys or trying clients. It's enough to cause an esquire or two to unleash a near-constant stream of unprintable profanities. Cursing under his breath at court got one attorney publicly......

6th Cir. Upholds 1-Day Sentence for White Collar Criminal

For his role in a tire recycling scheme gone bad, Paul Musgrave was convicted of four counts of white collar crime. His punishment? Essentially no punishment at all. Despite a sentencing guideline range of 57 to 71 months' imprisonment, the district court ordered Musgrave to serve a day in......

Jared Fogle's Latest Pitch: A Plea for a Shorter Sentence

Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway pitchman, is attempting to reduce his sentence by pushing an argument that's sure to cause a stir: sex fantasies with minors cannot support an enhanced sentence. It's an argument that some legal analysts regard with some skepticism, particular when seen in context of the......

Tips for Training Associates for Loyalty

Associate attorneys occupy a strange area in the law firm hierarchy. As far as clients are concerned, one lawyer is the same as the next: they charge too much. But there’s much more to the whole associate makeup than just that overly abridged characterization. Part of the problem is that......

3 Things Law Students Should Do This Summer -- Besides Work

Ah, law school summers. Those long days on the beach and care-free nights, finding young love in the sand dunes. Actually, that's the start of "Grease," not a law school summer. When you're in law school, summer tends to mean one thing: work. And you should be focused on......

Virginia Politicians Cannot Sue Over Redistricting, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Virginia's court-imposed redistricting yesterday, ruling that three Virginia Congressmen could not show that they were harmed by the new plan. The ruling brings an end to a long-standing dispute over Virginia's congressional districting which arose after a federal district court ruled in......

WWII Vet Writes 2nd Cir., Reprimands the Panel Over 'Deflategate'

The Deflategate scandal is beginning to strike some as getting a little long in the tooth, particularly owing to the fact that the entire scandal revolves around the PSI of a football, but it looks like it will continue on. While probably everyone is tired of this scandal, no one......

Lawyer Conference in Cuba Moved to Miami Over Political Fears

Despite warming relations between America and Cuba, the annual meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association has been relocated from Havana to Miami. An abundance of caution, apparently, is to blame. If the conference had moved forward, it would have been the first time IABA had met in Cuba since the......

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