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  • 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Office Look More Professional


    You want your office to be tailored to your work style and needs. But don't forget that your office is also a calling card -- it lets people who walk in know a bit about you and who you are. You don't have to be a skilled designer in......

  • Best Law Firm Billing Software Under $60 a Month


    It seems like a notion so simple it might have come out of Yogi Berra's mouth: If you don't bill a client, you won't get paid. And yet, lawyers leave money on the table when they don't accurately record their time. This is especially true of solos and small firms,......

  • Not My Jam: Pandora Didn't Pay Employees for Two Years


    In the frenzied environment of the Silicon Valley startup, employees join the company even though they're not sure when their paychecks will arrive, if ever. Many startups aren't even financially viable for a while (if ever). But how do you explain not paying wages at the company's inception? If you're......

  • Ethical Dilemma of the Week: Who Owns Your Frequent Flyer Miles?


    For our second installment of "Ethical Dilemma of the Week," we address a situation that many BigLaw associates may have wondered about. You're flying somewhere on a client matter. The client is ultimately paying the bill, but the firm bought the airline tickets (or you bought them with your "rewards"......

  • 3 Strikes Enhancement Can Only be Used Once, Court Rules


    California's three strikes law can lead to some complicated baseball. In general, the law is supposed to be fairly straightforward. Your second felony, or "strike," results in twice the term it would get if you didn't have a prior felony. If that second strike is for a serious felony,......

  • Union Not Responsible for Facebook Posts, D.C. Cir. Rules


    An AFL-CIO transit union cannot be held responsible for disparaging comments made by its members on Facebook, the D.C. Circuit has ruled. The case involved comments about picket line crossers made on the Union's private Facebook page during a strike. The comments, which predictably called non-union workers scabs and......

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  • Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:37:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.

  • Tuesday's the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:46:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America's gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:19:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes.

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

Political News

  • Clinton fundraisers show scope of family network

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:59:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is tapping some of the biggest donors to her family's philanthropy for her presidential campaign, even as the charity is under scrutiny over its own fundraising practices.

  • Liberians appeal to international community on trafficking

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:57:09 GMT

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Protesters gathered Tuesday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Liberia's capital, asking the American government to put pressure on Liberian officials to bring back some 60 Liberian young women allegedly trafficked into Lebanon between 2011 and 2012.

  • Hopes for Greek deal rise as prime minister, EU see progress

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:56:00 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Hopes for a deal on Greece's bailout rose on Tuesday after the prime minister said he expected an agreement could be reached within two weeks and the European Union reported a pick-up in the negotiations.

  • Senate panel advances bill to overhaul chemical regulation

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:55:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate.

  • Baltimore on edge: National Guardsmen take up positions

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:52:52 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — National Guardsmen took up positions across the city and hundreds of volunteers swept broken glass and other debris from the streets Tuesday, the morning after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.