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Can You Really Ghostwrite a Pleading for a Client?

There are some clients that you just can't help. Try as you might, if helping a client jeopardizes your ability to practice law, you need to rethink what you're doing, and maybe call your local ethics hotline. However, sometimes a client just needs a little bit of help, or......

Pros and Cons of Getting a JD/MBA

If you already hate law school, or might just be looking to enhance your hire-ability, potentially even outside of practicing law, you may be considering a dual JD/MBA program. However, like any choice you make in law school, there are going to be positive things to consider, and negative......

Felony Against Sexting Teenager Upheld

This material may be unsuitable for children. Now imagine this: A 16-year-old girl texts a nude selfie to her 17-year-old boyfriend. In Washington, she is charged with a felony for distributing child porn. It's a bad situation all around, but three judges of the Washington Supreme Court say ...

Toys 'R' Us Files Bankruptcy: Retailers 'R' in Crisis

Even with the Christmas season coming, it must have been a 'Come-to-Jesus' meeting for Toys 'R' Us and its lawyers. Kirkland and Ellis, a top ranked restructuring firm, was hired to look at options for the struggling retailer. Refinancing was on the Christmas list, but the attorneys had some......

Lawyers Can Accept Bitcoin Payments -- With Conditions

Lawyers may accept digital currencies in payment for legal services, according to a new ethics opinion. The Nebraska ethics opinion is the first by a state ethics body, according to the ABA Journal. The Lawyers Advisory Committee issued the opinion in response to a growing use of the ...

Psychic Lawyer Knew the Future for His Legal Career

Every lawyer is expected to opine about the outcome of a case, but not to make psychic predictions. Attorney Steven F. Macek, however, is not like every lawyer. He is not like any lawyer because he is also a psychic. "I do it more than law," he told the......

Enrolling Now: Comprehensive California Family Law Training

If you have just hung your shingle out there as a California family lawyer, or are planning on doing so, The Rutter Group's CFLR is offering a three-day seminar that can teach you and your staff the ins and outs of California family practice: Basic Training: Family Law. Experienced......

What Should General Counsel Do If the Company Is Going Down?

If the company ship is foundering, what does the company lawyer do? Weather the storm? Go down with the ship? Jump ship? All of the above may apply, but general counsel is more like a first mate than a captain. The first mate watches after the ship and the......

When Is It Time to Trash Old Tech?

NASA deliberately crashed a $4 billion spaceship into Saturn. It was inevitable, the space agency said, because the craft was out of fuel and had completed its mission years ago. Plus, it could have contaminated one of Saturn's moons if it crashed there. So goes the rationale and our......

How to Tell Clients They're Being Stupid

It may come as no surprise that most Americans are ignorant about the law. According to the University of Pennsylvania, most Americans don't have a clue about the Constitution. Barley one-third can remember the First Amendment right; only one in three can name a branch of government; and even......

Where Are the Best Law Schools for Return on Investment?

'Go West, young man,' Horace Greeley's admonition, could apply to law students, too, with some exceptions for states like California. According to a new study on the best value for cost, the least expensive states for students to attend law school are public colleges in the West, such as......

Is This the Law Firm of the Future?

What will the law firm of the future look like? Will a robot take the place of the receptionist? Will smart software draft and review documents? Will attorneys appear virtually online and in courtrooms? Actually, that's already happening. And so is a new law firm that takes it one......

No Warrant Needed to Search Probationer's Cell Phone

The Fourth District Court of Appeal for the state of California has issued a ruling that, at first blush, appears to disregard the recent ruling of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a nearly identical issue. At issue in the People v. Sandee case is whether a......

Women Can Lead Trials With High Emotional Intelligence

People still talk about the legacy of Ellen Pao's high-profile sex discrimination case in the Silicon Valley -- even though she lost several years ago. Lynne Hermle, who led a team of mostly women defense lawyers, won the case. But the value of the "Pao Effect" -- which exposed......

Ginsburg to Congress: Stop the Nonsense

When the late Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him. In contrast two decades later, nearly two dozen Senators -- voting along party lines -- opposed the nomination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. A pattern of......

10 Most Popular FindLaw Blog Posts Honoring Judge Posner

Judge Richard Posner is perhaps the most interesting judge in the world . The popular and widely celebrated jurist recently announced his retirement. After serving on the bench for decades, Judge Posner explained that he felt like he was......

Best Law Schools for Older Students

To find the best law school as an older student, you need to think even farther ahead. Where are you going to work when you get out? No law firm or business will admit age discrimination in its hiring practices, but they all want young up-and-comers. Older students have......

When and How to 'Shred' Old Digital Client Files

When it comes to getting rid of old client files of the paper variety , there's really only a couple good options: burning or shredding. The latter is much more environmentally friendly, as shredded paper can be recycled, whereas burnt paper just releases......

Justice Alito Wants People to 'Think Like a Lawyer'

In a recent speech this past week at the dedication of the new University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may have expressed a rather unpopular opinion. After comparing law schools to mosquito breeding pools, the jurist said that ...

Bad Neighbor Claiming No Bad Intentions Loses Appeal

Some judges were just born to write. Take Judge M. Margaret McKeown's recent opinion in the USA v. Max Spatig case. The opinion opens with this humdinger of a zinger: As the saying goes, fences make good neighbors. But when the neighbor collects thousands of containers of hazardous and......

Handling Parenting Challenges as a Full-Time Lawyer

Gennady G. Golovkin, who is a better boxer than $300-million-per-fight Floyd Mayweather, was facing the biggest challenge of his perfect-record career. "GGG" was preparing to fight a younger, stronger fighter who was thirsty to take Golovokin's championship crown. But that was not Triple G's ...

Can Arts, Math, and Science Majors Get Into Law School?

A doctor, an accountant, and a writer walked in to a law school but couldn't get out. Why? Because the admissions office wanted them to stay for three more years. True story, and you thought it was a joke. More than ever, law schools want a diverse student population.......

Top 3 Tips for Digitally Storing Your Old Case Files

Storing old files can be rather costly. Depending on where your practice is located, storing a bankers box worth of client files for five years, or however long is required by your state bar's ethics rules, can add up, especially as the boxes of files stack up. Given the......

Can Your Company Buy or Sell Popularity?

When companies reach a certain size, being hip, trendy, or popular often can seem out of reach. Corporate governance and cool just cannot mutually exist, as a GC or in house, you know it's your job to be the bad guy and say "no."  Despite generating revenue and profits......

Top 3 Tips for 1Ls Going Home for the Holidays

Are you a 1L that's thinking about going home for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you're more reasonable and you're thinking that going home for the winter break after exams is a good idea. Regardless of whether or not you have been shaped into the reasonably prudent person your law profs......

Pros and Cons of Being a Civil Rights Plaintiffs' Lawyer

So long as you're doing plaintiff work, being a civil rights attorney is about the most noble calling a private attorney can answer. But that's not to say that practicing in the area is not without its pitfalls. Below, you'll find a short list of some of the pros......

Boston Teamsters' Extortion Convictions Reversed on Appeal

The two Boston teamsters, Joseph Burhoe and John Perry, who were convicted in 2014 on federal union extortion charges have had their convictions reversed and cases remanded by the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The 75-page opinion provides an interesting glance into the nuanced complexity ...

In House Counsel: 3 Tips to Get a Jump on the Holidays

If you have general counsel duties on your in-house lawyering plate, you may want to consider getting a jump on your holiday season duties. Every year, without fail, the holiday season seems to creep up earlier and earlier, and as such, so do your duties of reminding employees about,......

3rd Circuit Revives FMLA Case Against Boscov's

In a way, the farmer's market was mixing apples and oranges. Craig Zuber, who worked at the Fairgrounds Farmer's Market in Reading, Pennsylvania, signed a settlement agreement after he was injured on the job. He then sued the company for Family Medical Leave Act violations and other claims. ...

Court Splits on Government-Led Prayer

For a prayerful people, there sure is a lot of bickering about prayer in government chambers these days -- and in the courts of appeal in particular. In Bormuth v. County of Jackson, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals split over the issue of county commissioners leading prayer......

Hackers' New Way to Attack Phones Using Bluetooth

Back in the day, you looked over your shoulder to make sure no one was following you. Now you have to look in your pocket or your purse. That's because hackers have found another way to get information from your cell phone or mobile device. They can access your......

How to Get Interesting Cases With Online Marketing

Often times, when high profile or legally fascinating cases get some media attention, the lawyers not handling those cases will be left wondering: how did THAT lawyer get THAT case? While a lawyer's personal reputation and personal network still has quite a bit to do with it, there's no......

Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Dies: Edith Windsor's Legal Legacy

Edith Windsor, who won a pioneering case for same-sex marriages, has died. She was not a lawyer, but she won a case that secured her legacy in civil rights history. Two past presidents honored her after news of her passing. "Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor......

3 Tips on How to Avoid Being Called on in Law School Class

Despite how annoying it is, law profs across the country still use the Socratic method, often referred to as cold calling. Naturally, this means that law students across the country actively do their best to not get called on in class, or just over-prepare out of fear of being......

How to Ambush by Deposition

'Ambush by deposition' is not as bad as it sounds. It means "to catch a witness by surprise," which is the Perry Mason paradigm. Nothing wrong with a little curve, right? It's not right to harass a witness with argumentative, irrelevant questions, but that's not what we're talking about.......

New iPhone X: Lawyers, Should You Upgrade or Fear Security Risks?

The newest iPhones were announced this week with the usual Apple fanfare. In addition to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone at the company's new "spaceship" campus, it announced three new models of their now flagship device: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, and iPhone X. While the......

'Selfie Monkey' Settles Copyright Case

There's a problem with the settlement in the selfie-monkey case: the monkey did not consent to it. If the monkey took a full-on, toothy selfie, he ought to be able to put a signature on a simple agreement. Don't laugh. Elephants can do it. Even a sloppy, banana smudge......

Law Schools Celebrate Diverse Admissions

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then behold the beauty of diversity in law school admissions. Yale Law School is celebrating the most diverse entering class in its history. The law school reported that 53 percent are women and 48 percent are people of color. That's......

No Drones for Marijuana Deliveries, Says Bureau of Cannabis Control

Where are Cheech and Chong when we need them? "Hey man, am I driving OK?" Cheech asks in the 1978 classic, "Up In Smoke." Chong, his partner in cannabis crime, looks around their smoke-filled car and then answers: "I think we're parked, man." Since California has ruled that marijuana......