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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History in Your Firm

It's Black History Month, the annual celebration of African American contributions to culture, society, and, of course, law. While Black History Month is hardly the card-sending, cocktail-houring, office-partying event that some other winter holidays are, it's still worth celebrating in your firm. Here's how.......

How Lawyers Are Content Marketing Geniuses

We swear we're not making this up: lawyers are absolutely dominating the field of content marketing. According to Contently, law firms both large and small are getting into the game of providing regular (and useful) content for potential clients. This is perhaps a little surprising considering the profession's reputation for keeping......

Non-J.D. Program Enrollment Is Way up in Law Schools

According to Prof. Derek Muller of Pepperdine University's School of Law, 10 percent of law school enrollment is in one of the variety of non-J.D. programs. For non-lawyer types, this means that 1 in 10 students in law school have no intent to eventually become a lawyer. There has been......

Is It Time to Take a New Look at Your Arbitration Agreements?

Arbitration remains an essential litigation prevention tool, and one that's regularly been given favorable legal treatment by the Supreme Court and Congress. But two recent opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit, serve as an important reminder of some of the limits to arbitration......

'White Knight' Laws Should Be Treated With Skepticism, Brief Says

From the past to the present, there have been hundreds of laws that seek to "protect" women by denying them full rights: laws shielding women from the corrupting influence of politics, and voting; laws guarding women from hearing "sordid evidence," by keeping them off juries; laws keeping women from......

Arbitration Agreements Can't Wholly Reject the Law, 4th Cir. Says

Payday loans tend to be exploitative. Tribal payday loans tend to be really exploitative, since those quick cash advances can be made outside the restrictions placed on non-tribal lenders. That means payday loans with annual percentage rates of over 500 percent in some of the worst cases. This case......

A Lifetime of GPS Monitoring for Sex Offenders Is Constitutional

A Wisconsin law requires convicted sex offenders who have been released from civil commitment to wear a GPS ankle bracelet all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. And that is not an unconstitutional violation of their privacy, the Seventh Circuit ruled recently. The ankle monitor sends......

TPP Potentially Is Coming to Its 12 Member States

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka the TPP, has been approved recently by 12 member states. If the published text of the treaty next is ratified by each state (a process that could take some......

What American Territory Graduates the Most Non-Lawyer JDs?

Think one territory: Puerto Rico. According to data collected from the ABA and put together by Startclass, the territory of Puerto Rico takes the crown for graduating JDs who don't eventually put their degrees to work as attorneys. Not to say that there is a causation issue here, but if......

8 Years Later, Still No Hi-Speed Train; Case Goes Back to Court

If you've been wondering whatever happened to California's high speed rail, you're not the only one. The latest news is that it's back in court. So far, the project hasn't been very "high speed" at anything except rustling up legal issues.......

Famous Authors File Supreme Court Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of "massive copyright infringement. The Supreme Court has......

Legal Academics Weigh in on Ted Cruz's Presidential Eligibility

U.S. Senator from Texas and current presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, was born in Canada. Normally, that wouldn't matter much. Cruz's Canadian roots haven't made him politer, more boring, or any better at hockey. But, those roots might make it harder for him to become president, for the U.S. Constitution......

Do Employee Perks Matter for Law Firms?

According to data by Glassdoor, 3 out of 5 employees rate the employer's perks as being a top consideration before accepting a job. So why should lawyers be any different? Law firms aren't really known for being overly generous or creative with their perks. Maybe it's time that law firms......

Life Will Get Tougher With E.U.'s New Patent Court

Most of the EU member state-countries have already signed on to ratify the Unified Patent Court agreement and only a few more states are left before this thing becomes reality. Rumor has it that Germany and the UK are already inking up and the UPC will be up and running......

Thomson Reuters and Nate Silver Debut eDiscovery Point

When you're a corporate behemoth trying to look hip, you bring Pharrell to your corporate campus, as Apple did last April. When you're trying to look all-American, you bring in Clint Eastwood, as the GOP did for Mitt Romney's nomination. And when you're a data nerd, you bring in Nate......

Recruiting for Diversity in Your Law Firm

Diversity matters. It increases the variety of viewpoints available, improves performance, and boosts revenue -- a lot. The most racially diverse companies bring in 15 times more revenue than the least diverse, according to a study by the American Sociological Association. In the legal market, diversity isn't just good......

If You're Reading This, You're Probably Already Drunk

Plenty of attorneys will slump in to work today, bleary-eyed, bloodshot, and with a slight ringing in their head. Sure, it's the day after the Super Bowl, so that explains a bit of it. But for many lawyers, that's just the regular start to their day. Lawyers are drunks.......

9th Circ. Overturns 34-Year-Old Arizona Death Sentence

The Ninth Circuit just overturned a 1982 death sentence handed down by an Arizona court because it found that the convicted was intellectually disabled at the time of the crime; and thus his execution would be cruel and unusual under the Eighth Amendment and prongs of Atkins v Virginia. There......

8 Top Alito Posts for the Justice's 10th Supreme Court Anniversary

Happy Birthday, Justice Alito! No, Samuel Alito doesn't turn ten today (he'll turn 66 this April Fool's day, however). Instead, this week saw Justice Alito celebrating his tenth anniversary as a Supreme Court justice. To celebrate, we're pulling together our favorite Alito-related posts. For while Justice Alito often gets......

Arrest the Wrong Mario Garcia, Lose Qualified Immunity

When Mario Garcia was arrested for a DUI in Riverside County, California, the police booking system matched him to an outstanding felony warrant in Los Angeles. Garcia was quickly transferred to L.A. Except the police had the wrong Mario Garcia. And despite Garcia's numerous objections, officers refused to perform......

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