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  • 7 Lawyer Commercials That Are So Bad They're Good


    Sometimes you aim for greatness and fail. Sometimes that failure itself can be a form of triumph, as in the lawyer commercial which begins "Are you thinking of choosing a lawyer based on his dogs?" Attorney commercials aren't typically Oscar-worthy. Bad lawyer advertising has essentially become its own artistic genre.......

  • A Lawyer's Guide to HTGAWM Season 2, Episode 2: Hostile Witness


    The Golden Age of Television continues, with How to Get Away With Murder at its vanguard. Yesterday's episode featured two court proceedings, as many dead bodies, and a very chemistry-free Sapphic love scene. In typical HTGAWM fashion, they got most of the law wrong. But it made for great,......

  • There's a 70 Percent Chance You're Incompetent, Survey Suggests


    In the opinion of Sam Glover, founder of Lawyerist, there's a 70 percent chance that you're incompetent and unfit to represent your clients. That's a pretty bold statement. According to a recent 2015 ABA survey of legal technology, only 35% of lawyers actually employ email encryption -- a number that......

  • Where Lawyers Live and How Far Their Dollar Goes


    We all know the legal market is in flux, still recovering from its 2007 downturn. But that recovery isn't even across the nation. As a recent ABA attorney population survey shows, some states, like Florida, have seen their legal sectors explode over the last ten years. Others are still well......

  • Cash Payments to Athletes? No. Ban on Cash Payments? No.


    The NCAA lost some and won some in the wake of the Ninth Circuit decision. The court ruled 2-1 that the National Collegiate Athletic Association was not required to pay athletes royalties for the use of their names and likenesses. On the other hand, the court also found that a complete......

  • How In-House Counsel Can Handle a Government Shutdown


    A government shut down over Planned Parenthood has been averted. Yesterday, Congress went to the brink of shutting down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding and pulled back at the last minute. But the compromise could only be temporary, according to The Washington Post. And of course, there's......

Criminal Law News

  • Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:57:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information.

  • Top economies move to crack down on corporate tax evasion

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:36:32 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Leading world economies are close to adopting sweeping changes to international tax rules that could end tax-dodging by powerful multinationals.

  • Clinton pushing new gun controls after Oregon shooting

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:08:25 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Days after a deadly shooting in Oregon, Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled new gun control measures Monday aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers and eliminating legal immunity for sellers.

  • 2 Palestinian youths killed in West Bank clashes

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:08:14 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Palestinian teens, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli army fire in West Bank clashes Monday, raising concerns about a further escalation after a violent weekend that left several Israeli civilians dead and hundreds of Palestinians wounded.

  • NY district attorney's policy barring guns prompts debate

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:59:28 GMT

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — After a suburban district attorney barred her prosecutors from keeping handguns, even at home, her office said the goal was safety. But the now-changed restriction has touched off debate about whether prosecutors should be packing heat.

Supreme Court News

  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:48:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is starting a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues, and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

  • Today in History

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:58 GMT

    Today is Sunday, October 4, the 277th day of 2015. There are 88 days left in the year.

  • Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:20:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

  • Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

  • Supreme Court justice says she owes female predecessors

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:16:18 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Wednesday she stands "on the shoulders" of the women who came before her on the court.

Political News

  • Syrian insurgent groups vow to attack Russian forces

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:58:12 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow's air campaign in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the "occupiers" of Syria.

  • Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:57:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information.

  • United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:56:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to an ambitious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations' intellectual property.

  • High court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:54:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that gives Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy a chance to be restored to the dealer network through federal arbitration.

  • Accused leader of Guatemala corruption ring turns himself in

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:54:15 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, the alleged leader of a customs corruption scandal that has rocked the Guatemalan government, has turned himself into authorities.