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Legal-Support Start-Up Gains Ground

The legal case management platform Clio is becoming the service provider of choice for firms of all sizes. So reports Above the Law.

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Legislator’s Former Law Firm Sues Him For Fraud

The former law firm of David Denenberg, an attorney who was running for New York State Senate, has filed a lawsuit accusing him of overbilling $2 million. So reports Crain’s.

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Court Denies Dead Sperm Donor’s Family a Happy Ending

A court in China has denied the family 0f a young man who died in a sperm bank the more than $800,000 they sought as compensation for his death. So reports the International Business Times.

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Viral Video Beach-going 'Thieves' Sue Fox for Airing Footage, Commentary

Sisters caught on camera trying to pilfer beach equipment are suing Fox News for airing the footage along with commentators’ statements that they were caught “red-handed.” So reports New York’s Daily News.

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VC Firm Boss Asked Female Employees About Sexual Practices: Settlement

A California venture capital firm and its former chief operating partner have settled a sexual harassment suit filed against them by three former female employees. So reports Gawker’s Valleywag.

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The Deep Web: New Tools for Legal Research

There’s a deeper web lurking in cyberspace, one few people know about and take advantage of. But, it’s not yet a replacement for established legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw, says Stephen Lief, a New York-based eDiscovery, Information Governance and Litigation Support consultant with decades of experience.

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Judge Dresses Down Sock-Less Lawyer

 

An Indiana judge issued a formal order requiring an otherwise appropriately dressed male lawyer to wear socks with his dress shoes. So reports Above the Law.

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Texas Woman Executed For Torturing Young Boy

Convicted for starving and torturing her roommate’s 9-year-old son to death, Lisa Colman became the 15th woman to be executed on death row since 1976. So reports Dallasnews.com.

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Inmate Appeals Conviction Based on Dubious ‘Forensic Dentistry’

A disputed bite-mark identification is at the heart of a Mississippi man’s appeal of his conviction for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman. So reports The New York Times.

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Lawyer Suspended for Posting Phony Photos with Celebs

A California judge has called for the 6-month suspension of an attorney who posted photoshopped images of herself with celebrities on her professional website. So reports The Recorder.

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The Deep Web: New Tools for Legal Research

There’s a deeper web lurking in cyberspace, one few people know about and take advantage of. But, it’s not yet a replacement for established legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw, says Stephen Lief, a New York-based eDiscovery, Information Governance and Litigation Support consultant with decades of experience.

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Potential Clients Turn to Yelp For Law Firm Recommendations: Study

Consumers turn to Yelp more than any other web site when they’re looking for a lawyer. So reports the blog maintained by the self-proclaimed law-firm marketing guru Larry Bodine.

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Can Going Paperless Make You a Better, Richer Lawyer?

In the year 2000, when New Orleans lawyer Ernest Svenson was handling a case requiring an abundance of discovery -- meaning paper documents -- a friend offered use of his scanner. A somewhat novel piece of office equipment at the time, using the scanner allowed Svenson to organize the discovery on his laptop so he could access it easily and quickly. “It was an epiphany,” he says.

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What 'Apps' Do Attorneys Really Need?

More than 1.2 million applications, or “apps,” are available at the iPhone App Store as of June 2014, according to a recent About.com article. Compare that with October 2008, when only 800 such apps existed.

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Legal-Support Start-Up Gains Ground

The legal case management platform Clio is becoming the service provider of choice for firms of all sizes. So reports Above the Law.

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Court Denies Dead Sperm Donor’s Family a Happy Ending

A court in China has denied the family 0f a young man who died in a sperm bank the more than $800,000 they sought as compensation for his death. So reports the International Business Times.

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Viral Video Beach-going 'Thieves' Sue Fox for Airing Footage, Commentary

Sisters caught on camera trying to pilfer beach equipment are suing Fox News for airing the footage along with commentators’ statements that they were caught “red-handed.” So reports New York’s Daily News.

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VC Firm Boss Asked Female Employees About Sexual Practices: Settlement

A California venture capital firm and its former chief operating partner have settled a sexual harassment suit filed against them by three former female employees. So reports Gawker’s Valleywag.

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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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ABA Celebrates 136 Years of Dedication to Justice

In the historic Saratoga Springs, New York, a group of 75 well-respected lawyers pledged to organize and advance the quality of the practice of law in the United States.

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Cheerleaders Seek Free Speech Protection For Bible Verse Banners

A cheerleading squad in Texas has asked that state’s Supreme Court to declare that their Bible-scripture-inscribed banners qualify as protected speech. So reports CBS News.

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Florida Jury Delivers $23B Verdict Against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages to a woman claiming her husband died of lung cancer because the tobacco industry hid smoking risks. So reports CNN.

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Supreme Court Decisions Prove Justices Are Tech-Savvy

Three recent SCOTUS decisions prove that the justices are tech-savvy enough to accurately apply the law to emerging technology. So reports Salon.com.

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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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Hanging a Single Shingle: A Primer for Practicing Law Solo

According to the American Bar Association, the United States is home to nearly 1.3 million attorneys. Of those, it is estimated that about one-third are solo practitioners.

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Judge Judy Settles Suit Against Attorney Who Used Her Photo in Ads

TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin settled a lawsuit she filed against an attorney for using clips of her in an advertisement promoting his law firm. So reports New York’s Daily News.

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First Native American Woman Confirmed as Federal Judge

Diane Humetewa has become the first female Native American to serve as a federal judge. So reports the Huffington Post.

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Depressed Lawyers Blog: Meet the Creator

Dan Lukasik took a painful time in his life and made it the impetus to create a resource for others facing similar challenges.

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Meet the Pinball Wizard Attorney and Other Legal Collectors

Collections give attorneys a fun way to relieve stress.

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