A new Alabama law is the most pervasive, dehumanizing immigration law in America, say local church leaders, who claim that the law violates their right to do Christian acts of kindness. The bold law, which seeks to entirely cut off illegal immigrants from the rest of society, requires that a number of public workers, including […]
A pending Supreme Court appeal out of Louisiana may have major ramifications to due process standards. Since 1963, Brady vs. Maryland has been one of the most important due process rulings in America. The landmark case demands that exculpatory evidence, the kind that could be withheld to strengthen a prosecutor’s case, be shared with the […]
Great news for recent law school grads! Not only are firms around the country laying off new lawyers and is the supply of lawyers rapidly outpacing the demand, a California judge ruled that law school grads clerking before entering the bar are not eligible for overtime pay. A Northern California lawyer sued Brayton Purcell LLP, […]
At one time or another, we’ve all received generous offers in our inboxes from Nigerian princes looking to compensate someone for transferring money to a US bank account. Just send them your personal information and bank account number! Most have been wise to that scam from the start, but dozens of lawyers and firms were […]
Baseball has moved on from Barry Bonds. Players, besides Prince Fielder, are shrinking back to the size of regular humans, and the epic home run totals of the 1990s and early 2000s have subsided. But if fans are eager to push the years so obviously tainted by steroids from their minds, the courts have not […]
But before the hegemonic rise of social media, lawyers couldn’t use all evidence available to them simply because it existed. There are ethical rules that attorneys must abide by, and that doesn’t change simply because social media marks new and untested territory. Writing for the New York Law Journal, Christopher Boehning and Daniel Toal point to three recent ethics decisions that may shed a light on the future of social media use for lawyers. These ethical quandaries include the debate over social media use among jurors, propriety issues surrounding social media, and the prospect of “friending” potential witnesses.
If you drive, it’s likely that you’ve talked, texted, or typed on your smart phone while behind the wheel, and it’s even more likely that you’ve seen others drive distracted. But despite the overwhelming prevalence of technology, a new report by GMAC Insurance suggests that people are starting to get the message about the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, nearly 75 percent of teenagers, the demographic most likely to text and drive, have said they have stopped using their cell phones in the car altogether. The report credits awareness programs, state laws prohibiting distracted driving, and technology that have made cell phones safer.
Supreme Court justices are notoriously opaque when it comes to detailing why they take up some cases but reject seemingly similar appeals. This trait was pushed front and center this week as the Supreme Court decided to hear debate on EPA enforcement of the Clean Water Act despite rejecting a similar case brought by General Electric Co. just three weeks earlier, reports the New York Times. Both cases claimed that the EPA routinely violates due process under the Fifth Amendment, but environmental lawyers predict the Supreme Court decided to hear Sackett v. EPA because it included the question of wetlands regulation, to which the Court has previously shown “overt hostility.”
It’s undeniable that the legal profession is in limbo. The recession forced the country’s largest law firms to cut corners and lay off hoards of new lawyers. And for aspiring attorneys currently working hard in law schools across the country, prospects for employment look grim while loan commitments continue to rise. To adapt to the changing market, a number of law schools have developed a new set of curricula designed to teach practical legal experience rather than rely on academic teachings that often don’t prepare lawyers for real world situations.
Just weeks ago, Google launched its response to social media giant Facebook, and speculation has already soared. Some have predicted that the Google Plus Project could be a “Facebook killer,” while others say it’ll fail like the search giant’s past social flops, Buzz and Wave. It’s most likely that Google+ will fall somewhere between those two fates, but what’s certain is that lawyers who have embraced other social media platforms are sure to join. To help out with the move to Google+ some of the best legal blogs out there have offered best practices advice.