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Newsletters Are Back in Style. Should Your Firm Have One?

We're in the midst of a freaking epistolary renaissance, and we largely have newsletters to thank. The electronic newsletter has been undergoing a rebirth over the past few years, with an ever growing number of informed, intelligent, and insightful newsletters ready to fill up your inbox. Celebrities send out......

OSHA Takes a Harder Tack on Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

OSHA has revised its guidance on settlement agreements in whistleblower cases, taking a stricter approach to what provisions can be included in OSHA-approved settlements. OSHA's new guidance, part of the revisions to its Whistleblower Investigations Manual, parallels efforts by the SEC to combat agreements that could impede employees from......

What Will the New Supreme Court Term Mean for Labor Law?

As the new Supreme Court term gets ever closer, we can start to see how the upcoming months might play out: some intriguing criminal cases, important debates about race and the justice system, a fascinating free exercise issue involving used tires, and very little labor law. Of the 31......

Judges Want to See More Young Lawyers in Court

When Kirkland & Ellis sent a junior associate to a status conference, Eastern District of New York Judge Nicholas Garaufis had a bit of a fit. For the BigLaw firm to send an associate instead of a partner, for it to "think so little of this court," was "outrageous,......

Will Snapchat's New Glasses Be the Privacy Disaster Google Glass Was?

When Google announced it was no longer supporting Google Glass, the recording, texting, streaming wearable, in January of 2015, we thought we were finally done with creepy, techie eyewear. Our sighs of relief might have come too soon, though. Barely a year and a half after Google Glass's much......

Court Won't Require Test Scores to Be Used in Teacher Evaluations

When grading teacher performance, school districts aren't required to incorporate students' standardized test scores, a judge in Northern California ruled last week. Contra County Superior Court Judge Barry Goode rejected arguments by the nonprofit group Students Matter that the school districts were required to make standardized test scores a......

Houston Shooter Was 'Disgruntled' Lawyer With 'Issues' at Work

Nine people were wounded in a mass shooting outside a Houston mall yesterday morning. The gunman wore a military uniform decorated with Nazi symbols as he opened fire on passing cars, according to witnesses, until he was killed in a shootout with police. Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner, identified the......

Are You Billing for Time Spent on Distractions?

Even the most focused lawyer can be pulled off task by distractions, by the urgent phone call, the quick email, the glance at Facebook that turns into a few minutes of scrolling. Such distractions are largely unavoidable. The problem is, time spent on distractions isn't billable. So how can......

The Internet - Latest Addiction

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet. We routinely hear about all sorts of addictions relating to drugs, alcohol, food, and even sex. But what about internet addiction? Is it real, and is it a problem? The answer to......

Will Insurance Cover a Ransomware Attack Against Your Company?

Consider ransomware a form of digital kidnapping. Ransomware takes over your computers, encrypts your most essential files, then demands payment or else your data gets it. And such attacks have become increasingly common, especially in industries that hold sensitive information, such as healthcare organizations. Dealing with these electronic hostage......

Simple Ways to Check and Improve the Readability of Your Legal Writing

Good writing is often simple writing. That maxim works as well for legal writing as it does for 'The Old Man and the Sea.' But as lawyers, it's easy to let simplicity get lost under a pile of legal complexities, terms of art, and subordinate clause after subordinate clause.......

Should Lawyers Wear Black Lives Matter Pins in Court?

The Black Lives Matter movement has certainly struck a chord with many lawyers, from Supreme Court justices to public defenders. Over the last Supreme Court term, for example, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has repeatedly called out perceived abuses in the criminal justice system. But support for BLM isn't always well received......

ABA Dodges a Bullet, Won't Lose Law School Accreditation Powers

The American Bar Association won't lose its ability to accredit new law schools, at least not in the immediate future. The Department of Education informed the bar association law week that it was rejecting a recommendation that it suspend the ABA's power to accredit new law schools for a......

Trump Revises His Supreme Court Picks

In May, Donald Trump released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees, a group of, as Trump described them, "great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want." But it seems that the Republican nominee for president wasn't totally content with just those 11. On Friday, Trump released......

Employers Can Ban Dreadlocks, 11th Cir. Rules

Does a prohibition on employee dreadlocks amount to racial discrimination, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act? Not according to the Eleventh Circuit. Though dreads may be closely associated with African American race and culture, a ban on the hairstyle doesn't amount to racial discrimination, the......

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of Dancing Babies and Offensive Names?

So far, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear just over 30 cases during the upcoming term, but that number is sure to balloon in the coming weeks and months. Next week, for example, the Court will begin its "long conference," going through the cert petitions that have accumulated......

7 Ways to Tell If Your Firm Is Succeeding -- or Failing

You can have plenty of clients, unparalleled courtroom success, a stellar reputation -- and your firm can still go belly up. That's because running a law firm requires business skills on top of your legal ones. And many lawyers simply don't know how to tell if their business is......

Fox Sues Netflix Over Poached Executives: Does It Have a Case?

Fox wants to keep its executives from streaming over to Netflix, and it's calling on its lawyers to help it out. 21st Century Fox sued Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday, accusing the online video streaming company of engaging in a "brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit,......

This Law School Had Only One Student Pass the Bar. Will It Lose Accreditation?

Indiana Tech School of Law opened in 2013, touting its emphasis on practical skills and "synergistic" approach to cross-disciplinary studies. It graduated its first class of J.D.s just this May, just 20 in all. Of that 20, only 12 sat for the bar exam in Indiana. Of that twelve,......

Get Ready for FindLaw's New Tennessee Codes Section

We've got good news for legal professionals in the Volunteer State. FindLaw has just released its new Tennessee Code and Constitution section, giving you access to the best source of Tennessee state laws you can find. So, if you're looking for information how to execute a will in Nashville......

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