Blog Profile / FindLaw's Writ - Legal Commentary


URL :http://writ.news.findlaw.com/
Filed Under:Industries / Law
Posts on Regator:13581
Posts / Week:27.6
Archived Since:April 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How to Tell Clients They're Being Stupid

It may come as no surprise that most Americans are ignorant about the law. According to the University of Pennsylvania, most Americans don't have a clue about the Constitution. Barley one-third can remember the First Amendment right; only one in three can name a branch of government; and even......

Where Are the Best Law Schools for Return on Investment?

'Go West, young man,' Horace Greeley's admonition, could apply to law students, too, with some exceptions for states like California. According to a new study on the best value for cost, the least expensive states for students to attend law school are public colleges in the West, such as......

Is This the Law Firm of the Future?

What will the law firm of the future look like? Will a robot take the place of the receptionist? Will smart software draft and review documents? Will attorneys appear virtually online and in courtrooms? Actually, that's already happening. And so is a new law firm that takes it one......

No Warrant Needed to Search Probationer's Cell Phone

The Fourth District Court of Appeal for the state of California has issued a ruling that, at first blush, appears to disregard the recent ruling of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a nearly identical issue. At issue in the People v. Sandee case is whether a......

Women Can Lead Trials With High Emotional Intelligence

People still talk about the legacy of Ellen Pao's high-profile sex discrimination case in the Silicon Valley -- even though she lost several years ago. Lynne Hermle, who led a team of mostly women defense lawyers, won the case. But the value of the "Pao Effect" -- which exposed......

Ginsburg to Congress: Stop the Nonsense

When the late Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him. In contrast two decades later, nearly two dozen Senators -- voting along party lines -- opposed the nomination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. A pattern of......

10 Most Popular FindLaw Blog Posts Honoring Judge Posner

Judge Richard Posner is perhaps the most interesting judge in the world (quick, someone call Dos Equis). The popular and widely celebrated (by legal correspondents, reporters, journalists, and writers) jurist recently announced his retirement. After serving on the bench for decades, Judge Posner explained that he felt like he was......

Best Law Schools for Older Students

To find the best law school as an older student, you need to think even farther ahead. Where are you going to work when you get out? No law firm or business will admit age discrimination in its hiring practices, but they all want young up-and-comers. Older students have......

When and How to 'Shred' Old Digital Client Files

When it comes to getting rid of old client files of the paper variety (after at least five years, of course), there's really only a couple good options: burning or shredding. The latter is much more environmentally friendly, as shredded paper can be recycled, whereas burnt paper just releases......

Justice Alito Wants People to 'Think Like a Lawyer'

In a recent speech this past week at the dedication of the new University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may have expressed a rather unpopular opinion. After comparing law schools to mosquito breeding pools, the jurist said that he......

Bad Neighbor Claiming No Bad Intentions Loses Appeal

Some judges were just born to write. Take Judge M. Margaret McKeown's recent opinion in the USA v. Max Spatig case. The opinion opens with this humdinger of a zinger: As the saying goes, fences make good neighbors. But when the neighbor collects thousands of containers of hazardous and......

Handling Parenting Challenges as a Full-Time Lawyer

Gennady G. Golovkin, who is a better boxer than $300-million-per-fight Floyd Mayweather, was facing the biggest challenge of his perfect-record career. "GGG" was preparing to fight a younger, stronger fighter who was thirsty to take Golovokin's championship crown. But that was not Triple G's biggest challenge. The biggest challenge......

Can Arts, Math, and Science Majors Get Into Law School?

A doctor, an accountant, and a writer walked in to a law school but couldn't get out. Why? Because the admissions office wanted them to stay for three more years. True story, and you thought it was a joke. More than ever, law schools want a diverse student population.......

Top 3 Tips for Digitally Storing Your Old Case Files

Storing old files can be rather costly. Depending on where your practice is located, storing a bankers box worth of client files for five years, or however long is required by your state bar's ethics rules, can add up, especially as the boxes of files stack up. Given the......

Can Your Company Buy or Sell Popularity?

When companies reach a certain size, being hip, trendy, or popular often can seem out of reach. Corporate governance and cool just cannot mutually exist, as a GC or in house, you know it's your job to be the bad guy and say "no." Despite generating revenue and profits......

Top 3 Tips for 1Ls Going Home for the Holidays

Are you a 1L that's thinking about going home for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you're more reasonable and you're thinking that going home for the winter break after exams is a good idea. Regardless of whether or not you have been shaped into the reasonably prudent person your law profs......

Pros and Cons of Being a Civil Rights Plaintiffs' Lawyer

So long as you're doing plaintiff work, being a civil rights attorney is about the most noble calling a private attorney can answer. But that's not to say that practicing in the area is not without its pitfalls. Below, you'll find a short list of some of the pros......

Boston Teamsters' Extortion Convictions Reversed on Appeal

The two Boston teamsters, Joseph Burhoe and John Perry, who were convicted in 2014 on federal union extortion charges have had their convictions reversed and cases remanded by the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The 75-page opinion provides an interesting glance into the nuanced complexity surrounding the issue of......

In House Counsel: 3 Tips to Get a Jump on the Holidays

If you have general counsel duties on your in-house lawyering plate, you may want to consider getting a jump on your holiday season duties. Every year, without fail, the holiday season seems to creep up earlier and earlier, and as such, so do your duties of reminding employees about,......

3rd Circuit Revives FMLA Case Against Boscov's

In a way, the farmer's market was mixing apples and oranges. Craig Zuber, who worked at the Fairgrounds Farmer's Market in Reading, Pennsylvania, signed a settlement agreement after he was injured on the job. He then sued the company for Family Medical Leave Act violations and other claims. Boscov's,......

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC