ABA Journal (52)

Lawyer's e-discovery error led to release of confidential info on thousands of Wells Fargo clients

A lawyer representing Wells Fargo in a lawsuit subpoena request has explained how she inadvertently turned over confidential information about thousands of bank clients. Lawyer…

Stoel Rives laying off 17 staffers; about half of law firm leaders report staff layoffs

Stoel Rives is laying off 17 administrative staffers as it changes its staffing model. Its decision is by no means unusual, according to a

Trump, Sessions reportedly heading to 'uneasy detente' after firing of AG is discouraged

Several presidential aides and lawmakers have warned President Donald Trump to work out his differences with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to back away from…

No immediate ban on transgender people in the military, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says in a memo that there won't be any immediate change in the policy regarding transgender people…

Condemned to death—and solitary confinement

Arizona death row inmate Scott Nordstrom lives alone in a room smaller than a parking space. He's allowed to leave his cell a few times…

Sneak peek into ABA Annual Meeting in NYC

Have you considered attending the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York City this August? In this special episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA…

Job bias law doesn't cover sexual orientation, Justice Department tells appeals court

The U.S. Justice Department has told a federal appeals court that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect workers from employment bias…

A healing response to 'The Lawyer, the Addict'

By now, most lawyers have read or heard about the recent New York Times article, The Lawyer, the Addict.' It is the sad story…

Be relevant and grow clientele by really using social media

Eighty-one percent of people use social media to connect with one another, engage with news, share information and entertain themselves. This number is up from…

ABA president applauds Senate subcommittee for Legal Services Corp. funding recommendation

A U.S. Senate subcommittee has recommended $385 million in funding for the Legal Services Corp. in fiscal 2018, the same amount of funds the civil…

Was denial of open-book bar exam for man with memory loss an ADA violation?

Mark Tetzlaff, the Florida Coastal School of Law graduate who recently argued that his student loans should be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing…

Drunken driving on private driveway can violate DWI law, state supreme court rules

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors can bring charges against a man accused of driving while intoxicated on his own private driveway. The…

Linda Oatman High wins ABA Journal/Ross Short Legal Fiction Contest

During her 35-year career as a writer, Linda Oatman High has written more than 20 books for children and young adults, three plays and…

Have you ever moonlighted to supplement your primary income?

This week's featured blawg is Financial Panther, which focuses on a Minneapolis government lawyer's management of his finances—including his “side hustles,” among them dog…

New York lawyer accused of calling in bomb threat to avoid sanctions hearing

A lawyer in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4 to enter a plea to allegations that she phoned in a…

Plaintiffs lawyer donates $7.5M to Duquesne Law for judicial education

Thomas R. Kline, a Pennsylvania plaintiff lawyer, has donated $7.5 million to Duquesne University School of Law, to set up a continuing legal education program…

Ohio inmate executed after SCOTUS denies stay; ABA had expressed concern

After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, Ohio inmate Ronald Phillips was executed Wednesday morning for raping and murdering his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in…

Tort suits in state courts are 'down sharply' as contract claims grow

The conventional wisdom that state courts are awash in tort lawsuits is wrong. Tort lawsuits are down sharply,' raising concerns among some…

Trump is said to mull ouster of Sessions; can the AG be replaced through a recess appointment?

President Donald Trump and his advisers are said to be mulling the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The idea is being discussed…

ABA expresses concern about Ohio plan to resume executions

The ABA is deeply concerned' about Ohio's plans to resume executions, according to a statement by ABA President Linda A. Klein. Ohio has not implemented…

Fewer in US working remotely, but it's a popular option at top law firms for women

Remote work is the most popular flex option among lawyers, and it's offered by all 50 law firms on Working Mother's list of the 50…

Former ABA president and WWII veteran David Brink dies at 97

Former ABA President David Brink has passed away at 97. Brink, who during his 1981-1982 tenure championed Human Rights Trial Observer programs and extending the…

Law school group moves Texas meeting because of bathroom bill, immigration law

The Association of American Law Schools is moving a 2018 clinical legal education meeting from Austin, Texas, to Chicago because of legislative action on immigration…

Federal judge refuses to bar collection of data by Trump's voter fraud commission

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has refused to block the collection of voter information by President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission. U.S. District Judge…

Women still make up fewer than 35 percent of lawyers in US law firms, survey says

Progress for women lawyers seeking greater representation in U.S. law firms is incremental at best, according to a Glass Ceiling Report' by Law360. Women made…

ABA urges Senate not to weaken Medicaid through Affordable Care Act repeal bill

The American Bar Association on Monday voiced opposition to Senate proposals to cut federal Medicaid funding through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.…

Lawyer who targeted tobacco companies encourages state suits against drug makers for opioid crisis

Four states and more than a dozen cities and counties have filed lawsuits contending drug makers misrepresented the risks and benefits of opioid use, spurring…

F. Leary Davis, founding dean of two law schools, dies at age 75

The only person believed to be the founding dean of two law schools has died at the age of 75. F. Leary Davis Jr. died…

Cartoon Caption: What's your diagnosis for this patient, doctor and judge?

What happens when a patient, a doctor and a judge all end up in the same room? Did the patient get a clean bill of…

Judge offers shorter sentences for offenders who get vasectomies or contraceptive implants

Dozens of inmates in White County, Tennessee, have taken advantage of a judge's offer of a 30-day sentence credit if they undergo vasectomies or contraceptive…

Truck driver charged in deaths of 10 immigrants in Texas; could face death penalty or life in prison

A truck driver could face the death penalty in the deaths of 10 immigrants who died after riding in his sweltering tractor-trailer. James Matthew Bradley…

Can the president be indicted? Memo from Ken Starr's office says yes

A memo prepared for Ken Starr's office by a prominent law professor argues that a sitting president can be indicted. The memo by Ronald Rotunda,…

Russian ambassador reportedly said he and Sessions discussed campaign-related issues

Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak reportedly told his superiors that he and Jeff Sessions discussed campaign-related issues and matters important to Moscow in two meetings during…

How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quo

In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal's Victor Li speaks with attorney and activist Paul Harris about his work stretching back to…

'The Originalist' draws appellate judges to weigh in on Scalia legacy

Poland parliament passes law forcing its top justices' resignations; ABA has voiced concern

Updated: The upper house of Poland's parliament Saturday approved legislation that would force its 83 Supreme Court justices to resign and give the Law &…

Marc Kasowitz reportedly takes on reduced role amidst Trump defense team shakeup

The team of lawyers defending Donald Trump in the ongoing Russia investigation has undergone a major shakeup, according to multiple reports. On Thursday evening, several…

Parents can lose custody of troubled children despite no finding of fault: California Supreme Court

In an appeal involving a teenage girl who repeatedly ran away from home and gave birth to two children, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday…

In its expansion quest, Dentons picks up Scotland's largest independent law firm

Dentons recently announced a merger with the Scotland law firm Maclay Murray & Spens, which has 62 partners. Maclay Murray is one of the biggest…

DLA Piper picks up Los Angeles-based boutique firm Liner

Corrected: Liner LLP, a Los Angeles-based boutique law firm, is merging with DLA Piper. Liner has two Los Angeles offices, and one in New York,…

Cafeteria committee comes with the job for Gorsuch

Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court's cafeteria committee is among the tasks assigned to the newest member-and not one they tend to relish, the

ExxonMobil fined $2M for Russia deals under Tillerson; oil giant sues US Treasury in repsonse

Citing “reckless disregard” for sanctions levied against Russia while current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson led Exxon Mobil Corp., the oil giant was…

How does an entrepreneur know when to shift the business model—or completely start over?

Ari Kaplan spoke with Nehal Madhani, the founder and CEO of Alt Legal, an intellectual property docketing software company. Madhani spent four years as an…

Texas Southern's law school receives ABA public censure after sex discrimination allegations

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law has been publicly censured by the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar after…

F. Lee Bailey: Where is he now?

F. Lee Bailey is broke and working as a consultant above the hair salon of his girlfriend. The Washington Post has that summary of…

ABA opposes 2 bills requiring states to recognize concealed-carry permits issued by other states

The ABA is opposing two federal bills that would require states to allow individuals to carry concealed weapons within their borders if they have permits…

OJ Simpson wins parole in unanimous vote by board

After spending nine years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson will be paroled. A four-member board voted unanimously Thursday to grant parole,…

Lawyer is accused of arranging sham marriage to gain immigration status for assistant

A Dallas lawyer has been indicted for allegedly arranging a sham marriage to allow his assistant to gain lawful permanent resident status. Lawyer Bilal Ahmed…

Unsealed document describes cozy relationship between Chicago cops and prosecutors

In a document unsealed on Wednesday, a former Cook County, Illinois, prosecutor described how Chicago police played suspects against each other in a 1994 case…

North Dakota judge laments decline in civility, cites 'Seinfeld'

A North Dakota judge has denied a prosecution request for a new judge in a murder conspiracy trial in an opinion that took the lawyers…