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Firms’ Signing Bonuses for SCOTUS Clerks Hit All-Time High

At least six New York City-based law firms, including Gibson Dunn and Munger Tolles, have offered lawyers who served as clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2012 October Term $300,000 signing bonuses. So reports Above The Law.

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A Perfect Storm Threat to Quality of Justice

Between the recession, sequestration and the privatization of legal work some experts are worried a perfect storm is brewing, leading to a rapidly shrinking court system, and in turn, a threat to justice and the Constitution.

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New Republic Details Escalating Plight of Big Law Firms

The law-firm ecosystem has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. A recent article from the New Republic uses shocking first-hand accounts of current and former partners and associates at the Chicago-based law firm Mayer Brown to illustrate what life is like at big law firms now that there are many more high-priced lawyers than there is high-priced legal work.

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How Does Your Firm’s Billing Rate Stack Up?

A recent analysis of invoices from law firms shows that in 2012 corporate clients were charged an average hourly rate of $536.47 for partners and $370.25 for associates. So Law.com reports.

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Pro Bono Not Just About Fixing Individual Legal Needs

Pro bono isn’t just being employed to resolve legal disputes for those with limited financial resources. Today, pro bono has entered the world of problem solving.

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Can ‘Stand Your Ground’ Stand Its Ground?

By now everyone knows a jury of six Florida women found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But, the long-lasting legacy of this case might be the impact it has on the controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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New Voting Rights Formula Unclear

On the heels of a number of high-profile decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States, many are left to wonder what the long-term implications of their landmark decisions will be.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Core of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional the section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that set the formula determining which states with a history of racial discrimination need federal approval to change voting laws. So Reuters reports.

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CA Governor Taking Too Long to Cut Prison Population: Judicial Panel

A panel of three federal judges last week threatened to hold California Governor Jerry Brown in contempt if he doesn't swiftly implement a plan to cut down California's prison population by 10,000 inmates—a task the panel first ordered the state to undertake 2009 in response to a class action accusing the state of failing to provide prisoners with adequate healthcare. So Reuters reports.

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SCOTUS: Arizona Can’t Make Voters Produce Citizenship Docs

The U.S. Supreme Court last week held that Arizona may not require people to provide documents proving citizenship in order allow them to register to vote, according to The New York Times.

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