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  • Lawyer's Suspension Shows the Ethical Perils of Co-Representation

    2015-01-27T19:52:01Z

    The perils of co-representation! Representing two parties at the same time usually comes up in the divorce context, where the parties are (more or less) agreeable and really just want to save money by using just one lawyer. That sounds great and all -- except when things go south, or......

  • Keeping Our Tech Love Alive

    2015-01-27T16:55:01Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. We live in a world in which we are bombarded with information data from many sources, and so much around us on the tech landscape is transparent. How, then, do we keep our......

  • 10 Things Lawyers, Law Students Can Do on a Snow Day

    2015-01-27T16:11:01Z

    Well, it's "Snowmageddon" on the East Coast as a nor'easter batters much of the region with high winds and heavy snowfall. Though blizzard warnings have now been lifted for New York and New Jersey, according to CNN, many schools and offices throughout New England are closed. For many people, it's......

  • Why Lawyers Should Have More Emotional Intelligence

    2015-01-26T21:50:01Z

    Canadian Lawyer magazine suggested last month that lawyers should have emotional intelligence -- and especially corporate counsel. There's quite a debate going on about whether lawyers should even use their emotions (unrelated to a separate debate about whether lawyers have emotions). Well, it's either a bunch of granola-and-Birkenstocks nonsense or......

  • What Can You Learn From Competitors' Law Firm Websites?

    2015-01-26T20:53:01Z

    Business people know that one of the best ways to figure out what you're doing right or wrong is to spy on what the competition is doing. Back in Ye Olde Times, that might have involved sending a "secret shopper" in to report back what happened at another law firm's......

  • Does Your Small or Solo Practice Need a Virtual Receptionist?

    2015-01-26T20:15:01Z

    Solos and small firms likely can't afford much in the way of overhead, whether it's expansive office space or support staff. Fear not! Technology is here to help. When someone calls the office, who's going to answer the phone? You? Try again: You're at a court date, a deposition, a......

Criminal Law News

  • Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:43:03 GMT

    A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:36:48 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has tossed out the convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement.

  • After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:28:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.

  • Senate opens hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:13:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement — and with Congress — at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday as she sought to become the nation's first black female to hold the post.

  • Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:12:30 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Political News

  • Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, killing 2 soldiers

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:53:00 GMT

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, killing two soldiers in an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.

  • Shareholders OK tobacco firm Reynolds' deal to buy Lorillard

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:44:05 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of Newport seller Lorillard Inc. is moving forward after shareholders approved the deal at special shareholder meetings Wednesday.

  • DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:37:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes.

  • Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:36:48 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has tossed out the convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement.

  • EU centers on passenger data in anti-terror fight

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:29:49 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq.

Trending Legal News

  • Wrong medications can lead to serious injury

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:12:47 GMT

    Medication errors are often serious because a dosage mistake or the wrong drug can cause injuries or even fatal results. A negligent physician who does not check for allergies, or a pharmacist who fails to read the doctor's handwriting properly...

  • Can I sue for a dog bite under Illinois premises liability law?

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:02:27 GMT

    The short answer is yes. Under Illinois laws, a property owner has a legal obligation prevent hazards on his or her property that could cause injury to others. In fact, state legislators have taken the unusual step of including...

  • NYC Trenching Accident Illustrates Dangers

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:58:37 GMT

    A recent accident on Manhattan's Lower East Side illustrates the dangers of working in trenches. According to media sources, worker was injured when the sidewall of a trench collapsed, leaving the man buried under several feet of sand and...

  • Interstate child support guidelines for Texas parents

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:57:21 GMT

    Houston couples may anticipate a lifelong relationship when they marry, but we all know some marriages are not built for distance. Parenthood continues beyond the end of a break-up or divorce. Whether or not parents were married, former partners...

  • Distracted drivers can be deadly to motorcyclists

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:43:49 GMT

    With the growing use of personal electronics, many drivers find themselves distracted by numerous tasks even during a short trip. Cell phones and computer tablets can cause drivers to lose focus on their surroundings and pose a threat to other...