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Trump reportedly is paying legal bills in special counsel probe with campaign and RNC funds

President Donald Trump is reportedly paying his legal bills in the special counsel probe of Russian influence with donations to his re-election campaign and the…

Rodriguez to step down as dean of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law

Daniel Rodriguez, dean of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, will be stepping down from the position at the end of the 2017-18 academic year,…

Hogan Lovells offers voluntary retirement to about 400 business services staffers

Hogan Lovells is offering a voluntary retirement package to about 400 staff members in business services who have been with the law firm for at…

Automation guides Lexis Practice Advisor search of SEC docs

Using data mining and search term analytics, LexisNexis has made it easier to search through Securities and Exchange Commission filings. A revamp of the

Senate committee cancels testimony by Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen

The Senate Intelligence Committee has canceled an interview scheduled for Tuesday with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The interview was supposed to…

Women make up a third of recent equity partner classes in BigLaw, survey finds

Women lawyers in the nation's top law firms make up nearly a fifth of equity partners, but the numbers could improve as women make up…

Convicted mass shooter Dylann Roof seeks ouster of lawyers because they are Jewish and Indian

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist sentenced to death for killing nine black church members, is asking a court to remove his appointed appellate lawyers…

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort reportedly wiretapped as result of FISA court orders

Paul Manafort, a former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, was wiretapped as a result of secret FISA court orders, according to a report based…

Judge faces ethics probe after lawyer claims denied bathroom break led to courtroom accident

A Georgia judge acknowledges she is facing an ethics investigation over allegations she denied a bathroom break to a public defender who says she tried…

ABA urges SCOTUS to invalidate president's travel ban

The American Bar Association filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to permanently block President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from…

Journalist reportedly sparks uproar after overhearing Trump lawyers discuss conflict in Russia probe

A New York Times reporter overheard a lawyer for President Donald Trump discuss differences among the legal team in the special counsel's Russia investigation during…

Lawyers can accept payment in bitcoin, Nebraska ethics opinion says

Lawyers may accept payment in digital currencies such as bitcoin but must immediately convert the money into U.S. dollars, according to a Nebraska ethics advisory…

Does private probation company have a constitutional right to cash in on the poor?

They elect local judges in Craighead County, Arkansas, and two men decided two years ago to run for the bench there with a clear mission…

More law schools plan to accept GRE scores, but there's still hesitation, survey finds

In its 2017 survey of law school admissions offices, Kaplan Test Prep found that there's a sharp increase in those planning to accept Graduate Records…

Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Senate committee in Russia probe

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he will testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its probe of Russian influence in the…

About 80 people are arrested in third night of St. Louis violence after cop's acquittal

Police arrested about 80 protesters in St. Louis Sunday night during a third night of violence that followed the acquittal of a white police officer…

Erwin Chemerinsky named to lead Berkeley Law

Erwin Chemerinsky has been selected as dean for the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Chemerinsky, the founding dean of University of California Irvine…

Jeff's Law

Editor's Note: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a central character in numerous legal issues at the top of today's headlines. But what has made…

Public defender with 110 post-conviction cases gets stayed suspension for neglecting clients

The Missouri Supreme Court has imposed a stayed suspension with a one-year license probation period on a public defender who said he provided inadequate client…

7th Circuit's chief judge disagrees with newly retired Posner on pro se criticisms

Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is voicing her disagreement with newly retired Judge Richard Posner. …

Federal judge in Chicago blocks Trump administration's hold on grants to sanctuary cities

A federal judge in Chicago on Friday issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from refusing to release public safety grants to…

Psychic lawyer says his career choice was predicted

There are probably few if any psychic mediums who add the esq.' designation after their names. Steven Macek, a Massachusetts lawyer, touts his legal career…

JDs from middle-ranked schools in states with many public colleges may give best investment return

Between 2010 and 2014, net tuition declined the most at middle-ranked law schools, due to merit scholarship patterns associated with maintaining or improving rankings, according…

Former Trump campaign adviser files defamation suit over stories reporting on possible Russia links

Carter Page, a former informal adviser to President Donald Trump, has filed a defamation suit against the parent company of Yahoo and the Huffington Post…

Motel 6 will tell employees to stop giving guest lists to immigration agents

Motel 6 will tell employees that they can't voluntarily give guest lists to immigration agents after the Phoenix New Times spoke with motel workers at…

Trump ally Roger Stone says he will voluntarily testify before House Intelligence Committee

Trump associate Roger Stone says he will voluntarily testify on Sept. 26 before the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russian interference in the…

Can cops use iPhone X's facial recognition technology to access users' information?

Updated: Apple's new iPhone X promises convenience to users who can unlock it through facial recognition technology, but it's also raising some privacy concerns among…

Sessions reportedly submitted resignation after Trump berated him

President Donald Trump reportedly told Jeff Sessions he should resign during a diatribe in May in the Oval Office, leading the U.S. attorney general to…

California bar brief pokes holes in some arguments for a lower bar exam cut score

Amidst arguments that lowering the California bar exam cut score may help diversity in the profession, increase lawyer access for moderate-income residents and have no…

Venture-backed, technology-focused law firm launches

With $10.5 million, serial entrepreneur Justin Kan is about to take on Big Law. After three months operating under the radar, Atrium LLP publicly…

Sessions reportedly submitted his resignation letter after Trump berated him over Russia recusal

President Donald Trump reportedly told Jeff Sessions he should resign during a diatribe in May in the Oval Office, leading the U.S. attorney general to…

Equifax won't require arbitration of cybersecurity claims; are there lawsuit impediments?

Scores of federal lawsuits and class actions have been filed against Equifax by consumers since the credit reporting agency revealed last week that a data…

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli's bond revoked after Clinton Facebook posts seen as an assault solicitation

A federal judge revoked the $5 million bond for self-described “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli on Wednesday because of Facebook posts by the former drug company…

Legal aid hotline opens for Hurricane Irma victims

Updated: A legal aid hotline has opened for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida who can't afford a lawyer. The hotline number is 866-550-2929, report the…

Suit claims hot tea spill at Starbucks drive-thru burned woman and killed her dog

A Colorado woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that a hot tea spill at a Starbucks drive-thru in Denver severely burned her and killed her…

It's 'pretty clean and clear' that Comey broke the law, White House press secretary says

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that it's pretty clean and clear' that former FBI director James Comey violated federal law by…

Emotional intelligence of female trial lawyers can work in their favor, BigLaw partner says

If I were a client, I would want a female lawyer leading my trial team, according to an employment partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.…

ACLU suit challenges warrantless searches of electronic devices at border

A lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges warrantless searches of smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices at the border.The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier…

DoNotPay chatbot adds feature allowing users to sue Equifax over data breach

Joshua Browder has unleashed his legal chatbot, DoNotPay, for those affected by the Equifax security breach. Multiple outlets reported Monday that DoNotPay will allow users…

Do you volunteer on a regular basis?

Many people chose to make Monday—the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks—a national day of service by spending the day volunteering. And the…

Photographer settles suit asserting monkey owned the copyright to his selfie

A photographer who claimed he owned the copyright to a selfie snapped by a monkey has settled a suit brought on the macaque's behalf by…

Many offices of Florida's BigLaw firms are open again after Hurricane Irma closings

Many offices of Florida's large law firms were reopening after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. Cesar Alvarez, senior chairman of Greenberg Traurig, told

Lawyer resigns from firm after tweet saying he'd be 'OK' if DeVos were sexually assaulted

A lawyer has resigned from his partnership at a central Texas personal injury law firm after tweeting that he'd be “OK” if Education Secretary Betsy…

Supreme Court blocks 9th Circuit decision that would have allowed more refugees to enter the country

Updated: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked part of a federal appeals court decision that would have required the federal government to allow about…

In a 5-4 split, Supreme Court stays orders in Texas gerrymandering case requiring redrawn districts

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday evening stayed federal court decisions requiring the redrawing of some congressional and state electoral districts in Texas because of…

John Tredennick of Catalyst took the lead in the '80s to bring tech to his law firm

John Tredennick started a focus on legal technology in 1988—back when law firms saw it as something limited to fancy computers and adding machines. He…