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Differentiation in the new legal marketplace and why it mattersOpen in a New Window

MosaicThe legal marketplace is transitioning from guild to marketplace. Read more at Forbes...

 

A better way to select judgesOpen in a New Window

Justice O'ConnorMore than 1/2 of all states that elect Supreme Court judges have what @BrennanCenter calls "million-dollar courts." There is a better way to choose judges: The O'Connor Judicial Selection Plan. Read more at the IAALS website...

 

Could gaming help close the access to justice gap?Open in a New Window

Courtroom gameA joint project between legal aid organizations in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine is hoping games can help distribute important legal information to pro se litigants. Read more at Legaltech News...

 

This judge has a mission: keep defendants aliveOpen in a New Window

Group in front of judgeThere are two kinds of defendants who enter Judge Craig D. Hannah’s courtroom: Those who stand on the far side of the bench to have their cases considered in the usual way, and those invited to step closer. Read more in The New York Times...

 

Why it’s a great time to be a lawyerOpen in a New Window

Legal Services 5c - The lawyer is inSimply put... there is a tremendous manifest and latent need for just about ALL legal services. Read more at Forbes...

 

For the New Year, ABA aims to help firms with well-being policiesOpen in a New Window

Waking down hallPromoting wellness in law firms is a key project for ABA President Hilarie Bass amid reports of higher-than-average depression, anxiety and substance abuse problems in the legal profession. Read more in The Daily Business Review...

 

Lawyers’ group fuels Republicans’ ire over its negative reviews of Trump judicial picksOpen in a New Window

Court hearingIn their quest to fill the federal courts with conservative judges, President Trump and Senate Republicans have found an unlikely bogeyman: the venerable American Bar Association. Read more in USA TODAY...

 

Mandatory bar association fees face new challenge in the U.S. Supreme CourtOpen in a New Window

Column of courthouseLast year in the U.S. Supreme Court fight over public-sector union fees, the conservative Goldwater Institute urged the justices to strike down the decades-old decision that upheld mandatory attorney bar associations. Read more at Supreme Court Brief...

 

Even imperfect algorithms can improve the criminal justice systemOpen in a New Window

Selma Bail Bond buildingBail decisions have traditionally been made by judges relying on intuition and personal preference. Read more at The New York Times...

 

What makes lawyers happy?Open in a New Window

Happy lawyersHappy lawyer – sounds like an oxymoron, right? Read more at Forbes...

 

Law’s emerging global community and what it meansOpen in a New Window

Colorful web There is an emerging global legal community that is reshaping the culture, face, contours, composition participants, skillsets, and priorities of the legal industry. Read more at Forbes Business...

 

Lawyers who provided pro bono assistance at airports are the inspirational attorneys of the yearOpen in a New Window

Protesting outside airportThe work of these lawyers will remain ingrained in our country’s conscience for quite some time. Read more at Above the Law...

 

BYU law students want to give Utah debtors a fighting chanceOpen in a New Window

Chris EdwardsThousands of Utahns are dragged to court every year for relatively small debts that can easily spiral out of control. A group of @BYULawSchool students wants to change that. Read more at KUER...

 

App offers help to Floridians who can’t afford a lawyer in family courtOpen in a New Window

Two people at podiumA new phone app can help the tens of thousands of low-income Floridians who must defend themselves in family court because they can't afford a lawyer. Read more in The Tallahassee Democrat...

 

Confronting a legal profession in distress [Editorial]Open in a New Window

liquid courageBetween 21 and 36% of practicing lawyers are problem drinkers. Read more at Connecticut Law Tribune.

 

Hate those cheesy lawyer ads? You can thank Arizona.Open in a New Window

Bates v. AZA 1977 U.S. Supreme Court case opened the door for lawyers across the country to advertise their services. The case originated in Arizona.  Read more at azcentral.com.

 

Fla. Supreme Court to hear case on judges’ Facebook friendshipsOpen in a New Window

SCOFLAThe court agreed to decide a closely watched case about how judges can interact with attorneys on social media. Read more at Daily Business Review.

 

Trump Administration asks SCOTUS to overrule precedent helping unionsOpen in a New Window

White HouseSCOTUS has been asked to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows compelling public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them... Read more in The Washington Post...

 

Lawyers walk fine line to navigate state, federal pot lawsOpen in a New Window

MarijuanaJust as entrepreneurs getting into the retail pot industry need a good lawyer, some of those lawyers might be wise to consult an attorney of their own. Read more at The Associated Press...

 

Law school applications on the riseOpen in a New Window

Hands upAs of Dec. 1, the number of law school applicants was up by 12 percent while the number of applications was up by 15 percent. Read more at Law.com...

 

After the inferno, many Sonoma lawyers dig deep, work for freeOpen in a New Window

FEMA lineNot all lawyers scan our charred landscape and see green. Amid the lawsuit frenzy, a good many lawyers are stepping up to counsel fire victims for free. Read more in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat...

 

Students from elite law schools vow to combat mental health suffering on campusesOpen in a New Window

TriangleThe student leaders from 13 of the nation’s top law schools have pledged to broaden mental health initiatives on their campuses and to fight the stigma of seeking treatment. Read more at Law.com...

 

ABA deploys war veterans to thwart legal aid cutsOpen in a New Window

Hilarie BassThe American Bar Association has adopted unusual tactics to fight Congress over legal aid funding... Read more at The Law Society Gazette...

 

Can the GRE solve what ails law schools?Open in a New Window

Chairs in classroomAn analysis provides a window into why law school deans are pinning their hopes on the GRE to boost diversity and the sheer number of applicants. Read more at lawdotcom...

 

Legal consumer research: how do customers decide on a lawyer?Open in a New Window

Browsing internetEven though the United States has 70% of the world’s lawyers, it can be difficult for clients to find the right legal representation. Read more at Law Technology Today...
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