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


    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?


    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......

  • Need a Fake Boyfriend or Girlfriend? This Ex-Lawyer Can Help


    From the "here's what you can do when you don't want to be a lawyer anymore" files, have you tried becoming an Internet entrepreneur? Of course you have, but you aren't as inventive as Matthew Homann. Among his many projects, Homann created a website where people can create fake profiles......

  • SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Lethal Injection Case


    Why do these things always happen on a Friday? Last week, the Supreme Court dropped the bombshell that it was reviewing the Sixth Circuit's same-sex marriage case. Today, the Court announced that it would hear the appeal of Richard Glossip and two other death row inmates in Oklahoma scheduled to......

  • Law Office Ergonomics: Monitors Can Be a Pain in the Neck


    Big, roomy computer monitors are essential for comfortable lawyering. You spend a lot of your time at your desk, and a big monitor allows you to have multiple documents open side-by-side. But monitors, like every other part of your desk, are governed by the iron-clad Law of Ergonomics. If your......

  • Could Teva Pharmaceuticals Ruling Benefit Patent 'Trolls'?


    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has frequently been criticized as a "rogue" court, and the Supreme Court has been reining it in of late. (Of course, the Federal Circuit was also helped with the resignation of former Chief Judge Randall Rader, who never met a patent......

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  • Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:57:58 GMT

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the Boy Scouts that has been documented internally by the organization for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

  • Gunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:56:12 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.

  • Probation for ex-officer shot on job, lauded, later arrested

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:22:50 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer honored by the White House before a downward spiral that left him in custody on $60 million bail has been sentenced to probation.

  • Denver police shoot, kill woman who struck officer with car

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:56:43 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Two Denver police officers shot and killed a young woman who struck and injured one of the officers in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

  • US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.

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  • Lawmakers hear heated testimony about sex-orientation bill

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:44:34 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who had waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in the state.

  • EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:37:19 GMT

    More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:32:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

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  • USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:24:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

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  • The link between car accidents and your favorite music

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:59:51 GMT

    Many people love to listen to music while driving around Fort Collins, Colorado, but did you know that you may actually be more likely to get in a car accident if you have your favorite song playing? Reports have...

  • 10 killed in tragic prison bus accident in Texas

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:48:31 GMT

    Texas advocates and officials were in the news recently, according to a Jan. 21 report, because a fatal wreck of a prison bus led to the need for a review of transport procedures. The report states that the Texas...

  • Electronic monitoring, house arrest aren't as great as they sound

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:37:23 GMT

    Imagine a person who has been accused and convicted of a crime. They pay their debt to society and serve some time in jail, in addition to a bevy of other consequences. Now, as part of their crime and the...

  • Getting a divorce in Texas when uncontested

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:22:07 GMT

    A divorce usually entails determining a plan for any children a couple might have and dividing property and debts. An individual can get a divorce in Texas if they or their spouse have lived in the state for six months...

  • Texas man convicted for transporting drugs across border

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:21:56 GMT

    On Jan. 22, a 38-year-old Texas man was convicted on charges associated with smuggling drugs from Mexico. Investigators involved in the case reported that he played a part in the conspiracy to smuggle methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin between 2009 and...