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BigLaw's 21 Best Firms for Promoting Women in 2016

For the first time ever, there are more women in law school than men, and women continue to make up an increasing percentage of the lawyers. But when it comes to making partner at many BigLaw firms, well, it's still very much a boys' club. But some firms bucked......

Men Arrested for Facebook Posts Sue Police

In the summer of 2014, Brandon Duncan and Aaron Harvey were arrested in connection to their rap lyrics and social media posts and were accused of violating an obscure California law making it illegal to promote gang activity. They were kept in detention for months, before their charges were......

Could Volkswagen's In-House Lawyers Be Prosecuted?

Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and settle the federal investigation into its "clean diesel" emissions fraud -- for $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties. That comes on top of the nearly $15 billion the company has agreed to pay to consumers, making VW's emissions......

Is Giuliani a Good Choice for Cyberczar?

President-elect Donald Trump announced that Rudy Giuliani would be serving the new administration as a cybersecurity advisor last week. As "cyberczar" the former mayor of New York will lead a government cybersecurity task force and conduct meetings "from time to time" with corporate leaders. The post, which comes with......

Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Air Bag Scandal

Japanese auto-parts maker Takata will pay $1 billion as part of a criminal settlement stemming from the company's cover-up of defective air bags that contributed to the deaths of at least a dozen motorists and injuries to almost two hundred others. The U.S. Justice Department announced the deal Friday, which......

Law Grad Argues to Take Bar Exam After Failing to Disclose Traffic Violations

Shamir L. Coll may have felt he had a fool for a client in his first case before the Ohio Supreme Court. Coll, representing himself in the case, faced tough questions from the justices about his failure to disclose traffic convictions on an application to take the bar exam.......

Supreme Court Will Not Consider Backpage.com CDA Section 230 Case

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) generally grants broad immunity to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with respect to third-party content posted on the ISP sites. The legislative history behind CDA......

What Fonts Are Acceptable for Legal Documents?

When it comes to assembling legal documents, does font matter? Yes! Quite simply, fonts influence how your writing appears and is perceived. There's the elegant (and ink-efficient) Garamond, the matter-of-fact Lucida Sans Typewriter, the "I might as well have just written this in crayon" Comic Sans. Beyond that, some......

Checklist for Updating Your Law Office Technologies

Usually, technology evolves faster than the law firm. Sometimes, however, law firms evolve faster than their technologies. This can be a good thing because it may be a sign a law firm is growing. At the same time, lagging technology may be one of the growing pains. In any case,......

Workplace Tips for Setting Up Small Law Firms

Tips are like opinions: everybody has one. That's not a great spin of the original phrase, but at least it's printable. What we're really talking about here is spinning some new ideas on setting up a small law firm. Because, seriously, aren't we a little tired of the same......

'Inventor of Email' Sues Techdirt to Prove It

The supposed inventor of email has sued a blogger website that doesn't believe he invented it. Techdirt, an irreverent blogsite about changes in government policy, technology, and legal issues, reported in a series of stories that Shiva Ayyadurai falsely claims to have invented email. Ayyarduri, who copyrighted "Email" and......

New SCOTUS Justice Could Decide Cases Previously Argued -- but Will They?

In the Supreme Court, it's traditional for new justices to sit out of decisions in cases that were argued before they took the bench. That means if, for example, a Trump-nominated justice were to join the court on February 1st, they would not take part in decisions in cases......

Career Advice for Millennial Lawyers From Vince Lombardi

As the Super Bowl approaches, it is fitting to review a few lessons from Vince Lombardi, the greatest coach in NFL history. After his team lost the title one year, he took his players back to training camp to teach them the fundamentals. He held up a pigskin and......

California Lawyers, Your Blog Probably Isn't Attorney Advertising

If you're a California lawyer with a stand-alone blog, you can probably keep blogging without worrying that your posts are violating rules on attorney advertising. That's because the State Bar of California's ethics committee recently finalized an ethics opinion holding that many common forms of attorney blogging don't count......

California Sets Guidelines on Lawyer Blogging, Attorney Advertising

If you've ever sat down to a WordPress blog and started typing out your thoughts on tort reform, legal tech, or the trials of starting your own firm, you've probably wondered: At what point does my attorney blogging become advertising? Sure, you're not posting "10 Reasons to Hire Me Today......

NY Times Promotes David McCraw, Lawyer Who Called Out Trump During Election

David E. McCraw, newly appointed deputy general counsel for the New York Times, isn't one to shy away from confronting powerful people. At least, that's the reputation he earned for himself when he stood up against Donald Trump's lawyers during the presidential campaign last year. They demanded that the......

Apple Gets Legal Setback at the App Store: Antitrust Suit Revived

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against Apple that alleges the company monopolizes the market for apps that run on its products. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that Apple distributes third-party developers' applications directly from its App Store, giving purchasers standing to sue the company under......

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Animal Law

Are you interested in the ways the law impacts non-human animals? Are you fascinated about the rights of primates, or the implications of biomedical science? Do you just want to hug every cat? Well, then you might be interested in animal law -- and luckily, there are a few......

New Data Company Releases Analytics on International Commercial Arbitration

A new database has been published with more than 66,000 data fields on thousands of commercial arbitration cases in 136 countries, enabling legal professionals to analyze international arbitration in new ways. No, it's not from Wikileaks or Edward Snowden. It's from a start-up company called Dispute Resolution Data, which......

Supreme Court Stays North Carolina Redistricting Decision

The Supreme Court on Tuesday acted to stay an order that would have required North Carolina to redraw its state legislative districts by March 15th and hold special elections in the fall. That order, issued by a three-judge federal district court in November, came after the panel found that......

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