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Should You Ask if Your Client Did It?

On a recent episode of "How to Get Away with Murder," Professor Keating posits a question to her murder class: Should you ask the client if he committed the crime? Keating suggests that a defense attorney has to "lie" to the jury about a client's innocence, but that's not really......

What's in New in Legal Tech? Highlights From ABA's Techshow

The ABA's Techshow took place in Chicago last week, gathering lawyers and tech vendors from around the world to look at the potential future of technology in the legal world. (As an aside, the ABA would like us to refer to the conference as the TECHSHOW, but we will......

Bad Airport Interviews No Basis for Discrediting Asylum Seeker

A Mongolian business man will get a second chance at asylum after the Seventh Circuit found that his credibility was inappropriately denied based on poorly conducted airport interviews. Gonchigsharav Nadmid had arrived in the United States in 2009, seeking asylum from alleged corruption and abuse by Mongolian politicians. An......

Analytics Now Being Used to Track Judges

"Analytics" is everywhere these days, from social media to baseball. It's the process of aggregating a bunch of data and then using those data to formulate trends or come to conclusions. The legal world is embracing analytics, too -- and in some interesting ways. A startup company called Ravel Law......

Stingray Uber Alles! St. Louis Cops Drop Case Against Robbery Suspects Rather Than Discuss Use Of IMSI Catcher

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

According to the FBI and the law enforcement agencies it slaps with restrictive non-disclosure agreements, it's better to have indicted and lost than to not have deployed the Stingray at all. Just one day before a city police officer...Show More Summary

Attorney Mariano Garcia: My Time in Teen Driving School

Last year, as my son approached his 16th birthday, I wondered whether my wife and I had done everything possible to prepare him to be a good driver.  My wife, a very safe driver, did an excellent job teaching our son about the rules of the road, to be patient and always exercise good judgment. ... Show More Summary

Patent Quality Plans and Submissions

Earlier this week I wrote about the upcoming deadline for comments on the USPTO’s patent quality initiative as well as the Berkeley Technology Law Journal’s parallel publication process.  Although the BTLJ’s project is not sanctioned by the PTO, we are working to coordinate our efforts in order to help the PTO evaluate the proposals and suggestions. Along that […]

“How Can You Represent Those People?”

The renewed fuss over Hillary Clinton’s defense of a man accused of child rape in 1975 is a familiar, if politicized, version of what criminal lawyers call the “cocktail party question.” We hear it all the time: “How can you represent...Show More Summary

Moving Forward: Judge Stoll

On a voice-vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Obama’s nominee Kara Stoll to be the next addition to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Now that the log-jam over Loretta Lynch’s nomination as attorney-general is coming to a close, I would expect full Senate approval within the next few weeks. See: Nomination memo; Q&A For the […]

Brownstein Hyatt Enjoys Growth Year, Hires Former Senator

The Denver-based firm's gross revenue and net income grew by more than 10 percent last year, and the lobbying operation inched into the top three among K Street firms in the new year. Brownstein announced this week it had hired former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska as a strategic adviser.       

Standard Of Review: Daredevil Blends Lawyers, Superheroes, And Mighty Ducks

How does Daredevil the Netflix original television show compare to the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck?

Cybersecurity Official Believes Encryption Can Be Backdoored Safely; Can't Think Of Single Expert Who Agrees With Him

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The government continues to looks for ways to route around Apple and Google's phone encryption. The plans range from legislated backdoors to a mythical "golden key" to split-key escrow where the user holds one key and the government shares the other with device makers. Show More Summary

Today’s Tech: A Silicon Valley Solo’s Mobile Law Office

Are you interested in starting a truly mobile law firm? This solo practitioner has some advice for you to follow.

Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest

On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham Henderson, the President of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) characterized the government's decision to extend the term of copyright in...Show More Summary

Trader Behavior Laid Bare in Record Deutsche Libor-Rigging Fine

In what might feel like worryingly familiar ground, the trader behavior that fueled manipulation of the Libor rate was once again laid bare today following Deutsche Bank's $2.5 billion fine by U.S. and U.K. authorities for manipulation of interest rates, in which it also agreed to plead guilty to U.S. Show More Summary

Morning Wrap: Report Says Tom Boggs' Son Will Leave Namesake Firm

Douglas Boggs is eyeing a job at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips while his father's former firm dwindles inside Squire Patton Boggs: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.       

Twitter and Sens. Leahy, Paul Honored as 'Constitutional Champions'

Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, received awards Wednesday night as "constitutional champions" for their efforts to reform the criminal justice system, including their opposition to mandatory minimum sentences.       

Cable's Top Lobbyist Just Can't Understand Why People Like Google Better

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Trying to justify the cable industry's latest lawsuit over net neutrality, former FCC boss turned top cable lobbyist Michael Powell has offered up an incredibly entertaining interview in which he struggles to understand why Google tends...Show More Summary

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