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Make Your Law Firm a Great Place to Work

If you can't wait to get to the office, you probably work at a great law firm. If you feel like your co-workers are trusted friends, you probably work at a great law firm. If you don't care about how much money you're making, you probably work at a......

Threats on 'Anonymous' Messaging App Result in FBI Arrest

"Asalam alaikum, brother," the suspected terrorist messaged. He had talked about "jihad and shooting all the people all the time," but the time had come to act. Using an anonymous phone app, he revealed his plan to attack. "I cannot speak of anything," he said. "Say your dua, sleep,......

Former L.A. City Attorney Faces Discipline Charges for Prosecutor Misconduct

The California State Bar has filed disciplinary charges against a former Los Angeles City Attorney for allegedly hiding evidence in a death penalty case in 1985. Carmen A. Trutanich, 65, was a county prosecutor at the time. The disciplinary action comes after a federal judge overturned the defendant's murder......

Top Hollywood Myths About Lawyers

Hollywood lawyers -- those characters created for movies and television -- represent both truths and falsehoods about lawyers in real life. Bold or brash? Smart or smart-aleck? Self-assured or self-centered? Criminal attorney or redundancy? Seriously, the line between fact and fiction sometimes can be quite thin. After all, everyone......

Pros and Cons of Starting a Solo Practice Through a Legal Incubator

You have to have an independent streak to start your own solo practice. But that doesn't mean you have to be totally alone in the venture. More and more lawyers are taking advantage of legal incubators, programs that provide training, guidance, and even office space for lawyers bootstrapping their......

California's Rights to Privacy and Compliance Programs

California is famous for Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Online Privacy Protection Act. What? Did you think the Golden State was all fun and games? Californians do more than go to the movies and amusement parks. In fact, they value the right to privacy so much they enshrined it in......

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: The NBA, the Hyperloop, and a Side of Fries

What could be cooler than riding the Hyperloop, the pneumatic tube transit system promising to zip us around at airline speeds? Doing so with a Frosty and a side of fries. Or maybe working for the NBA. We'll let you decide. We've got a motley crew of listings for......

Technology Is Quickly Reshaping Workers' Compensation Claims

When Jarrod Magan writes about the future of worker's compensation, he sounds more like a science-fiction writer: Software robots will respond to claimant's calls. Virtual assistants will process paperwork. Doctors, advocates, and patients will meet using personal avatars. It's not like Magan is inventing the future; it's more like......

How Will the Court Respond to Trump's New Transgender Bathroom Policy?

President Trump rescinded Obama-era protections for transgender students on Wednesday. Those guidelines, now tossed, had interpreted civil rights laws forbidding discrimination 'on the basis of sex' as extending to gender identity. As a result, schools were told to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matched their gender......

Can You Change a Culture Like Uber's?

It's been a rough few weeks for Uber. First, the ride hailing company's mishandling of protests around the president's travel ban launched a #deleteuber campaign that saw thousands canceling their accounts. Then, last Sunday, a former Uber engineer's blog post detailing sexual harassment at the company went viral. Just days......

6 Tips for Finding Love, or Just a Lover, as a Lawyer

Relationships with lawyers aren't always the easiest. We've got big personalities, demanding jobs, crippling student debt -- and those are just the good parts. But being a lawyer (or law student) doesn't need to mean being alone. To help you find someone to love -- and to make it......

California Can't Stop IMDb From Telling You an Actor's Age -- for Now

California wants to protect actors from age discrimination -- a noble goal, certainly. But the state's way of going about it has raised some eyebrows. Under AB 1687, certain "online entertainment employment service providers" would be prohibited from publishing information about entertainers' ages. The law would apply perhaps exclusively......

Free the Nipple Order: Fort Collins Ban on Topless Women Blocked by Fed. Judge

One of the precepts of the rule of law is that the laws apply to everyone equally. And the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S Constitution prohibits states from denying "any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So when you have a law that only applies......

A 'Substantial Portion' Doesn't Mean One, SCOTUS Rules in DNA Testing Patent Dispute

When does something constitute a 'substantial portion of the components of a patented invention' under the Patent Act? Not when that thing is only one of many components, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in a fun little case involving DNA testing, international supply chains, and patent law. The case,......

Court Upholds Order to Save Salmon

Favoring fish over farmers, a federal appeals court upheld a water agency's decision to divert water to the lower Klamath River in California The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Reclamation lawfully diverted the water to prevent a die-off of salmon in 2013, when water......

A Goldendoodle Named Wonder Just Won a Supreme Court Case

All dogs go to Heaven, or so late 80s children's movies promise us, but only some make it to the Supreme Court. One such dog is Wonder, who won his first Supreme Court victory yesterday. Talk about a good boy! Alright, Wonder didn't technically win -- his family did.......

How to Protect Your Law Firm's Reputation

"He who steals my purse, steals trash," William Shakespeare wrote, explaining that money doesn't last. "But he who filches my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed." The great writer bled wisdom on the pages of literary history, leaving such truisms......

How Expensive Is AI for Law Firms Really?

While AI has arrived for work at some law firms, it is still in the future for most. It's not that law firms are lagging behind in technology. It's just that the high end solutions are too expensive for most lawyers. Sure, even a solo practitioner can buy a......

California Law School Deans Push Back at the Bar Exam

In the closing minutes of the Super Bowl this year, the Falcons sealed their fate when they made a critical mistake: they punted. To punt -- such a well-known expression you don't have to know football to know what it means -- is to put off taking action in......

Tax Loophole Upheld by 6th Circuit

Caligula, the notorious Roman emperor, posted the tax laws in fine print and so high that citizens could not read them. "How can citizens comply with what they can't see?" the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal said in comparing the short-lived emperor to the commissioner of the Internal......

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