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Poor Bar Exam Results Puts Test Officials and Law School Deans on the Defensive

Last summer’s bar exam results—the poorest in almost a decade—have some bar officials questioning the ability of the current bar admission applicant pool, and some law school deans questioning the usefulness of the exam. So reports The New York Times.

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High School Students May Face Charges For Exchanging Nude Selfies

Four students at an Illinois high school face possible charges for disseminating harmful material to a minor for exchanging nude photos via Snapchat, a smartphone messaging app. So reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Man Convicted of Killing Son with Poison Pizza

A man who pled guilty to murdering his son and trying to murder his daughter by putting rat poison on their pizza has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. So reports NBC News.

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Judge Orders Winner to Pay Loser's $10.5M Legal Fees in Battle Over Inheritance

A New Jersey judge has ordered the winner of a battle over a nine-figure inheritance to pay Samantha Perelman—the woman who contested the will and lost—$10.5 million in legal fees. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Missouri Executes Elderly, Brain-Injured Murderer

Missouri has executed Cecil Clayton, a 74-year-old murder convict who was missing part of his brain from a sawmill accident that he suffered more than a decade before he committed the crime. So reports the Associated Press.

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When a Law Isn't Used for Lawyering Should it Be a Law?

If it looks like a law, and reads like a law, it’s probably a law; but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be used like one. There has been a great deal of rhetoric surrounding an open letter penned by Republican Senators criticizing a potential nuclear agreement between President Barack Obama and Iran, with both sides of the isle making political and policy claims and accusations.

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Texas Bill: Students to Get $2,000 for ‘Mental Anguish’ After Finding Opposite Sex in Bathroom

A Texas lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require the state’s schools to pay $2,000 in damages to students who prove they experienced “mental anguish” upon finding a person of the opposite sex in a school bathroom, locker room or shower. So reports the New York Daily News.

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Florida ‘Nurse’ Faces Federal Charges for Not Having a License

A woman who administered vaccines and medication over the course of her year-long employment as a Registered Nurse in a Sarasota health clinic is facing criminal charges for not having a license. So reports WFLA.

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Early Garbage Pick Up Lands Georgia Sanitation Worker in Jail

A man who picks up garbage in an Atlanta suburb for a company contracted to do sanitation work will serve 30 days in jail for starting the job earlier than a city ordinance allows. So reports ABC News.

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Accused ‘Slender Man’ Stabbers to Be Tried in Adult Court

A judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the two girls accused of stabbing their classmate 19 times to satisfy Slender Man, a fictional character they believed was real, will be tried as adults. The girls were 12 years old at the time of the attack. So reports the Associated Press.

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Is Your Practice's Website Focused on the Right Stuff?

Sure, you can buy a URL to give your web site an online address, but just having a web address doesn’t necessarily mean people are going to visit your site.

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Cloud Storage and Client Confidentiality: A Perfect Match or Perfect Storm?

If you thought storing your clients' files on the clouds not only ensured nearly constant access to the information anytime, anywhere as well as complete confidentiality, think again.

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Reuters Offers Interactive Library of Legal Forms

Thomson Reuters is offering a new NetClient CS module containing an online library of legal and business forms that tax and accounting professionals can give their clients access to through secure Web portals.

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Enhance Workplace Communication in Real Time from Any Device, Anywhere

An enterprise collaboration tool known as Intellinote, which is rapidly growing in popularity and workplace usage, just announced new real-time features that could further enhance the product's use, the company announced in a press release.

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Best Place to Work in Law, Is Your Firm Registered?

Progressive Law Practice Best Places to WorkProgressive Law Practices’ Best Places to Work is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published by Progressive Media Group, Inc.

Best Places to Work in Law

Why participate?

By participating you can find out if you are one of the county’s best employers! It can also result in significant organizational benefits for entrants:

1) Heightened Company Pride.
2) Public Relations and Marketing Advantage.
3) The Employee Feedback Report.

Included with registration, participants will receive their Employee Feedback Report detailing the company’s employee responses. Also included are employee and employer benchmarks.

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Poor Bar Exam Results Puts Test Officials and Law School Deans on the Defensive

Last summer’s bar exam results—the poorest in almost a decade—have some bar officials questioning the ability of the current bar admission applicant pool, and some law school deans questioning the usefulness of the exam. So reports The New York Times.

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High School Students May Face Charges For Exchanging Nude Selfies

Four students at an Illinois high school face possible charges for disseminating harmful material to a minor for exchanging nude photos via Snapchat, a smartphone messaging app. So reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Man Convicted of Killing Son with Poison Pizza

A man who pled guilty to murdering his son and trying to murder his daughter by putting rat poison on their pizza has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. So reports NBC News.

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GE’s GC Tops List of Highest Paid

General Electric's general counsel's 2012 compensation package afforded him almost $11 million in cash, making him the highest paid general counsel on Corporate Counsel magazine's latest list of the nation's 100 highest paid GCs. So reports Law.com.

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Rash of Kentucky Lawyer Suicides Cause for Concern

In the wake of the suicide of a dozen lawyers in Kentucky during the past three years, several organizations are looking at different ways to curb the tragic trend. Reports have cited as many as six suicides in the last year and 12 dating back to 2010.

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Ex-Nixon Peabody Partner’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme

After entering a guilty plea, John Farahi, founder of Newpoint Financial Services Inc., was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on March 20, according to a National Law Journal story. The Beverly Hills businessman admitted his role in a $20 million Ponzi scheme and the plea could have ramifications for former Nixon Peabody securities partner David Tamman, who was found guilty for his role in the scheme.

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Herbalife Legal Coffers Bolstered to Fend Off Pyramid Scheme Charge

A Los Angeles nutrition company is locked in a legal battle with billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has accused the company of perpetuating a pyramid scheme. Herbalife officials said the company will up their legal defense costs from $25 million to $40 million in the wake of Ackman’s accusations, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

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When a Law Isn't Used for Lawyering Should it Be a Law?

If it looks like a law, and reads like a law, it’s probably a law; but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be used like one. There has been a great deal of rhetoric surrounding an open letter penned by Republican Senators criticizing a potential nuclear agreement between President Barack Obama and Iran, with both sides of the isle making political and policy claims and accusations.

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Dispelling Legal Myths: Trespassing and Deadly Force

Law governs nearly everything one does -- from taxes, to traffic, to murder, merchandising, mandates and more.

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Federal Legislation On Tap to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’

Scorned lovers, vengeful exes and other smut peddlers are among those perpetuating revenge porn, according to those trying to legislate the practice to its end.

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Ebola Quarantines: The Legal Debate Rages

The Ebola virus, a major problem for some African countries, has penetrated America sparking panic, outrage and claims of Constitution violations.

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Kung-Fu Lawyer’s Promotional Video Pulls Out All the Stops

A young attorney in Texas has launched a publicity campaign with an over-the-top YouTube video featuring flames and screeching birds. So reports Lawyers Weekly.

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LinkedIn Helps Small Law Firm Attract Work

A partner in a small Northern California law firm attracted work worth $12,000 in billable hours by investing three-to-five hours on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

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In Pets We Trust: Providing for Animal Care After Death

Pet ownership in the United States has tripled since the 1970s, when, according to the Humane Society, approximately 67 million American families owned a pet. In 2012, that figure ballooned to more than 164 million, meaning a staggering 62% of American households included at least one pet. Correlated with the impressive number of American pets is the incredible amount of money spent on caring for them.

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Deaf Lawyer Breaks Barriers in the Courtroom

Being in the minority is something Jared Allebest knows all too well. First, he is among the 11 million Americans who are either deaf or hard of hearing. Allebest is also a member of another distinctive minority: one of the approximately 200 practicing attorneys in the United States who can’t hear.

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February Verdicts: Lady Gaga, The Dread Pirate Roberts, And a Hate Crime for Punching a Straight Guy

From the Dread Pirate Roberts to Lady Gaga, hate crimes and murder, here are some of the most notable verdicts from February.

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Snowden Leak Shows Dutch Company As Target of Brits, NSA

Edward Snowden’s proliferation of leaked documents has again caused an international stir. Documents posted on the website the Intercept show British intelligence agencies and the NSA stole codes that would ultimately allow them to eavesdrop on mobile phone users. So reports the Associated Press.

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Murder Victim’s Family Sues Funeral Home for Burial Mistake

The family of 40-year-old murder victim Nequia Webb-Davidson is suing the New York City funeral home and the New Jersey cemetery they entrusted with her remains for ruining her burial. So reports CBS News.

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