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Han Solo, Capt. Kirk and Ellen Ripley are going to need help

When Sagi Kfir meets people and tells them he is a “space attorney,” they usually think he has a strange way of saying he is in real estate. He says that when he adds that he is chief counsel of an asteroid mining company, people start telling “Star Wars” jokes. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

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Irish eyes are smilin’ when it comes to pro bono

“It’s definitely a new movement, but it’s one that is growing,” said Pila coordinator Rachel Power of pro bono work in the legal profession. Pila (Public Interest Law Alliance) has released findings from the first survey of pro bono practices in Ireland, and the results were largely positive – almost three quarters of the lawyers surveyed provided free legal services at some point in their careers to those who could not afford it. Read more at the Irish Times...

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NYSBA backs governor’s ethics proposal

The New York Bar Association has come out in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ethics proposal requiring that state lawmakers disclose more about outside income, saying it will still protect attorney-client confidentiality. Read more at The Associated Press...

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Average tenure in legal jobs is 5.4 years

Some companies are so focused on retaining employees that they employ experts to figure out, statistically, which workers are most likely to leave. Read more at

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NY bar wants lawyers to recognize human trafficking 

The New York State Bar Association wants to help lawyers recognize clients who are human trafficking victims. Read more at the Oneonta Daily Star...

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Court rights a 125-year old racial injustice

Hong Yen Chang came to San Francisco 125 years ago and applied for a license to practice law to help his fellow immigrants, but the prevailing winds were against him — the federal Chinese Exclusion Act and a set of California laws denying citizenship and employment to Chinese Americans. Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle...

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Oh, Ca-na-da!

In less than two years, two Canadian lawyers have opened law firms in eight Walmarts, offering wills at rollback prices. Here’s how they did it. Read more at Precedent magazine...

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Safeguarding Judges

Attacks on federal judges are rare. When there is violence, it usually occurs away from the heavy security of courthouses. Protecting them is a real challenge. Read more at The National Law Journal...

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Toledo lawyers make impact in community

Sisters in Law is a group of female lawyers who volunteer their time to give legal advocacy and mentorship to young mothers at Mom’s House. Read more at Toledo Free Press...

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Corruption in judiciaries is a problem on every continent, including Asia

Recently, the President of the International Bar Association, David W Rivkin, hosted a high-level meeting in Singapore to develop ideas for the IBA Judicial Integrity Initiative, a new project aimed at combating judicial corruption worldwide. Read more at the IBA...

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Canadian Bar Assn. denounces govt’s anti-terror bill

The Canadian Bar Association says the Conservative government’s anti-terrorism bill contains “ill-considered” measures that will deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing their safety. Read more at The Toronto Star... 

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Public pleased with Michigan trial courts, survey shows

The public is pleased with their experience using the state’s trial courts, according to a survey the Michigan Supreme Court released Monday. The results of the survey, conducted at the end of 2014, was slightly more favorable than the prior year, officials said. Read more at The Detroit News....

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Everything must go!

Pace University Law School in New York isn’t the first law school to slash its prices to lure more students. But a new tuition program the private school is set to announce takes the discounting trend to a whole new level. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

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Bar exam, the standard to become a lawyer, is under fire

For decades, law school graduates have endured a stressful rite of passage, spending the first 10 weeks after classes end taking cram courses in the arcane details of the law before sitting down for the grueling, dayslong bar exam. Those who do not pass cannot practice law… Read more at The New York Times...

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Calif. judicial council gets “The Slap”

A Calif. legislator delivered a public tongue-lashing at a budget hearing, asking judicial council executives, “What the hell did you do with that money?” Read more at The Recorder...

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Black law students show middle schoolers: Law school’s in reach

Fifty black law students from some of the nation's top schools hunkered down with 80 African-American, Latino and African middle schoolers in Portland Thursday to coach them through legal exercises. Read more at The Oregonian...

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Groundbreaking Native American Attorney Study to be unveiled

Next month, the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA), will release the results of a comprehensive research study designed to explore the perspectives and experiences of Native American attorneys. This research will result in the first-of-its-kind study, and the findings will be used to develop educational materials and programming that will help improve the retention and advancement of Native American attorneys in every corner of the legal profession.

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