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Should Small Firm Lawyers Spend More Time Marketing?

Workaholic attorneys may be spending too little time marketing and too much time lawyering. In the long term, this can make lawyers vulnerable to economic dips. The realities of today's economy make it necessary for attorneys both at large firms and small to be mindful of making hay while the......

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Bookworm Attorneys

When everyone else was complaining about the amount of reading in law school, did you secretly think, "Hey, this is awesome?" Where other associates grumble about pecking at their keyboards all day, do you get excited about the prospect of a few more hours of research? Well, you might......

3 Tools to Make You a More Productive Lawyer

We all want to do less and earn more. But when that doesn't happen, we need to do more to earn more. But you don't need to work through the night in order to get work done. There are plenty of tools out there to help increase your productivity,......

Judges 'Appalled' by Delay on Garland Nomination, Former Judge Says

Today marks the 100th day since D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court. That is 100 days without formal consideration of his nomination; 100 days without a hearing by the Senate; 100 days with no Senatorial advice and certainly no consent. As Senate Republican......

First Circuit Dismisses Gun Law Challenge, Upholds Restrictions

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter graced the First Circuit, sitting by designation, for an appeal involving the Second Amendment. It seems like guns are getting all the press these days. But Souter's opinion wasn't exactly what we would call a treatise of judicial erudition. The darn thing was only......

5 Times When You Should Fire an Associate Attorney

Your business is growing and you're lucky enough to need another pair of hands to handle all the work. So you've hired an associate, hoping that by bringing on another attorney, you can take on bigger cases, generate bigger pay-outs, and help another lawyer start off their career. But......

Get the Best Delaware Codes on FindLaw, for Free

Life just got a little better for legal professionals from Wilmington to Rehoboth, as FindLaw recently unveiled its new Delaware Code and Constitution section. The legal practitioners in the First State and beyond now have access to the best, easiest-to-use Delaware codes around. So, if you have a client......

Lawyer Wears KKK Hood, Swastika, Files Free Speech Complaint

The California attorney who was arrested after it was determined his KKK comment card could be a hate crime has filed two claims against the city of Los Angeles. He's demanding a little over $750,000 in damages owing to damage to his practice and to emotional distress after the arrest.......

Nevada Agency General Counsel Out of a Job After Tweets

After Carolyn Tanner suddenly lost her position as Nevada's Public Utility Commission General Counsel, we couldn't help but look a little deeper into what sounded like a "loose lips sink ships" story. Allegedly she is no longer employed due to her actions on Twitter. Tanner, however, claims the timing was......

Keep Your Facebook Drama Out of the Courtroom, Judges Warned

Judges are just like everyone else. They love, they fear, they cry, they tweet. But on Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court cautioned judges against crossing lines on social media. Sure, judges can go ahead and repost that funny cat pic or hop on a trending hashtag. But the......

Kennedy's Shift Saves Race-Conscious University Admissions

College admissions that consider applicants' racial background still do not violate the Equal Protection Clause, the Supreme Court ruled this morning. The ruling, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, ends a long-running dispute about the University of Texas's admissions criteria, which considers "intangible characteristics" of the incoming......

Obama's Immigration Plan Defeated by Deadlocked Supreme Court

The Supreme Court split four to four today in a case challenging one President Obama's signature immigration reform efforts. The case, United States v. Texas, was one of the Court's highest profile disputes of the term, touching on a host of significant issues, from the ability of states to......

Supreme Court Upholds Race-Based University Admissions

In a victory for affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas's admissions criteria that takes an applicant's race into account. The case was brought by a white female applicant, Abigail Fisher, who was denied admission to the university in 2008 and claimed that the school's holistic......

Top Tips in International Law for In-House Counsel

In a globalized marketplace, in-house counsel are increasingly called upon to address international issues. And recent events have made knowledge of international law and business even more important, as a potential Brexit threatens to upend European markets and as the U.S. moves to crack down (or not) on international......

Switching to Macs in Your Law Practice: The Basics

According to a recent survey by the Legal Technology Resource Center at the ABA, approximately eight percent of responding lawyers reported that they used a Macintosh in their practice (Macbook, Air, etc.). That doesn't sound like a lot, but it sounds more impressive when you note that the number used......

What Practice Areas Are Best for Flat Fee Billing?

A good bit of your solo or small firm practice will be devoted to maintaining the books and making sure money is coming in. As times change, the usual practice of taking in about a third of your client's takings is becoming less and less pervasive -- and there's good......

#DearFindLaw: What's Up With Guns, Scrutiny, and Standards of Review?

At FindLaw, we love to get questions from our readers. So when you ask, we try to answer. One reader recently wrote us to wonder about the relationship between judicial scrutiny, appellate standards of review, and recent Second Amendment cases. In sum: what's up with all that? The question......

D.C. Codes Come to FindLaw, Free and User-Friendly

Sure, residents of Washington, D.C. don't have real representation in Congress and can easily have their laws overturned by that same body, but they've got something that's almost better now. FindLaw now has the best, easiest-to-use District of Columbia Codes around. And unlike the Metro, they're actually mobile (-friendly). And......

Supreme Court Won't Hear Assault Weapons Challenges

In the wake of the most deadly mass shooting in America's history, the US Supreme Court has declined to hear new challenges brought against assault weapons bans out of New York and Connecticut. Those bans were put into place following the tragic Sandy Hook shooting. It seems to be a......

Want Fries With That? Why More Lawyers Should Cross-Sell.

You're no fast food cashier, but attorneys could learn a thing or two from McDonald's. The world's largest burger joint brings in billions of extra dollars a year, simply by asking "would you like fries with that?" It's the classic example of upselling. Now, you don't offer fries with......

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