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  • Principal Can Be Fired for Speaking out to Save Her School


    When we think of free speech in schools, it's often student speech that comes to mind. However, plenty of free speech disputes arise from school employees' public disagreements with their administration. Those cases often involve the balancing of a state employee's interest in participating in public debate against a......

  • Ethical Concerns When Representing Mentally Ill Clients


    Nearly one in five American adults suffer from a mental illness at some point, with almost ten million adults experiencing serious mental illnesses that interfere with daily life. This means that, sooner or later, most lawyers will encounter a client with some sort of mental illness or impairment. Working with......

  • Shark Week: Who's the Head Shark in Discovery's Legal Department?


    Happy Shark Week, in-house counsel! As Discovery celebrates sharks for the 28th year, we at FindLaw are highlighting the sharks in the legal profession. This topic raises the question: who's the head shark of Discovery's legal team? Meet Bruce Campbell, General Counsel and Chief Development Officer at Discovery Communications.......

  • Don't Overlook Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Law Firm Brand


    How do you set yourself and your firm apart from others? Your skill and expertise, yes. Your reputation as a trusted adviser, of course. But how is a potential client supposed to pick you out from all the other skilled, trusted attorneys? Your brand. We know, you aren't selling cereal,......

  • Bar Exam Prep: 5 Tips to Improve Your Memory


    There's about three weeks left before the bar exam. You know how to write an essay. You've studied all the black letter law. You've got the MBE under your belt. Or you would, if only you could remember whether singing the curtains is enough to get you charged with......

  • Shark Week: Our Three Favorite Sharks on the Supreme Court


    If you happen to flip through to the Discovery Channel this week, you'll notice that it's "Shark Week," the station's wildly successful tribute to the attorneys of the sea. In honor of our gilled-brethren, we here at FindLaw are celebrating shark week ourselves with a look at legal sharks......

Criminal Law News

  • 2nd defense expert says theater shooter was legally insane

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:41:10 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A second defense expert testified Tuesday that the Colorado theater shooter was so mentally ill that he couldn't tell right from wrong at the time he opened fire on a packed auditorium, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

  • Trial alternative considered for Hawaii telescope protesters

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:29:52 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation.

  • Pier shooting suspect pleads not guilty amid more outrage

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:01:14 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican national at the center of a national immigration controversy pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday as lawmakers voiced criticism over the way he was released before being accused of shooting a woman at a popular city pier.

  • Prosecutors: Plans for terror defendants' release 'untested'

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:45:26 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three men accused of trying to leave Minnesota to join the Islamic State group have not renounced the group's violent ideology, and proposals for their pretrial release won't adequately protect the community or guarantee that they'll show up for court, prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.

  • News guide: The case that led to Cosby's drugs-sex admission

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:36:20 GMT

    Bill Cosby's admission under oath in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes to give to young women with whom he wanted to have sex came during a lawsuit brought by a former Temple University employee.

Supreme Court News

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

Political News

  • Education Dept. dismisses Asian groups' complaint

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:52:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Tuesday dismissed a complaint against Harvard University by some Asian-American groups who say the university uses racial quotas to keep out high-scoring Asians.

  • Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:39:26 GMT

    LA RONGE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday to help battle raging wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest.

  • APNewsBreak: Texas AG figures in federal securities probe

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:35:19 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose admitted violations of state securities laws will go before a grand jury this month, has also figured in a federal investigation of a Dallas-area technology company suspected of defrauding investors.

  • Mexican rights agency asks army to avoid ambiguous orders

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:33:13 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government's human rights agency is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

  • Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:19:33 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated and angry eurozone leaders fearing for the future of their common currency gave the Greek prime minister a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.