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With 220 languages spoken in Calif., courts face an interpreter shortageOpen in a New Window

Judge CuellarFederal law enforcement began investigating California’s courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters. Read more in the Los Angeles Times...

 

Technology lets workday continue for Houston law firmsOpen in a New Window

Flooded hydrantHouston-based law firms ... as well as technology providers with offices in the region appear to have been largely able to keep operations going as flood waters crippled much of the city. Read more in Legaltech news...

 

In aftermath of Harvey, lawyers mobilize to help Houston victimsOpen in a New Window

Harvey shelterPro bono attorney Saundra Brown sat at a United Way in Houston for hours on Thursday, fielding questions about insurance claims and disaster-relief scams. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

 

Bar Examiners recommend no change to California standardsOpen in a New Window

"Bar Exam Pass Predictor : See your chances of passing the next bar exam!"The California State Bar’s committee of bar examiners voted ... to recommend that the state Supreme Court keep the bar exam minimum passing score at 144. Read more at Courthouse News...

 

The lawyers working as first responders to hurricane HarveyOpen in a New Window

House affected by Hurricane HarveyWith much of the Houston area still underwater… it might seem an odd time for victims of Hurricane Harvey to think about legal services. Read more in The Atlantic...

 

Cities are guaranteeing tenants a lawyer to help them fight evictionOpen in a New Window

Eviction notice on doorIn eviction cases, 90% of landlords have a lawyer, and 90% of tenants do not. To fight gentrification and displacement, cities are trying to correct that imbalance. Read more at FastCompany...

 

Jury duty is rare but most Americans see it as part of good citizenshipOpen in a New Window

Jury boxThe chances of serving on a jury in any given year are small, but most Americans still see it as part of being a good citizen. Read more at Pew Research...

 

Should judges use their roles to effect social change?Open in a New Window

Rainbow flag in front of courtA dialog about whether “activist judges” are real. Read more in Slate...

 

A judge wants a bigger role for female lawyers. So he made a rule.Open in a New Window

Judge WeinsteinIt is common for judges to publish guidance for lawyers who appear in their courtrooms on how to conduct themselves with regard to minor matters like how and when to file motions. Read more in The New York Times...

 

Bust the legal cartelOpen in a New Window

ABA OfficeThe American legal profession has long operated like a medieval guild, with a host of rules and regulations designed to keep down the number of practitioners. Read more in The National Review...

 

Why the legal industry must embrace diversity, technology and collaborationOpen in a New Window

Group of diverse womenIt’s time the legal industry pays more than lip service to embracing diversity, technology, and collaboration with other professionals. Read more in Forbes...

 

Mistaken for the court reporter: Litigating as a womanOpen in a New Window

Women consulting in courtroomAsk a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes. Read more at Bloomberg Law...

 

Justice Kennedy will take centre stage during the Supreme Court’s upcoming termOpen in a New Window

Justice KennedyWhen Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, said in the spring that he expected an imminent SCOTUS vacancy, all eyes turned to Anthony Kennedy. Read more in The Economist...

 

Sentenced to adulthood: direct file laws bypass juvenile justice systemOpen in a New Window

Orange County JailCurrently, 12 states and the District of Columbia allow prosecutors to make decisions on where kids end up based on a direct file statute. Read more at NPR...

 

Law deans argue over how to count jobs they fundOpen in a New Window

Law school made of moneyWhen times got rough a few years ago… law schools took solace in being able to give some refuge to unemployed graduates. Read more at Bloomberg Law...

 

Innocence is irrelevantOpen in a New Window

Public defender interviewThis is the age of the plea bargain and millions of Americans are suffering the consequences. Read more in The Atlantic...

 

Courtroom study finds women lawyers eclipsed in complex casesOpen in a New Window

Male female scales...“The low percentage of women attorneys appearing in a speaking role in courts was found at every level and in every type of court... Read more in The National Law Journal...

 

When good is good enough: finding appropriate legal delivery resourcesOpen in a New Window

Referees on football fieldLawyers are taught to strive for perfection. Read more at Forbes...

 

‘Rebooting Justice’: more technology, fewer lawyers and the future of lawOpen in a New Window

Guard at capitolThis book offers...historic perspective and startling data regarding the obstacles faced by average citizens in navigating our courts. Read more in The New York Times...

 

Is legal innovation just a smoke screen?Open in a New Window

poof!How innovation looks has become more important than what it does. Perception trumps results. Read more at LinkedIn.

 

Today’s law degree takes on a broader meaningOpen in a New Window

congrats!… As the number of law graduates continues to decline nationwide, more are getting jobs that don’t require a law degree. Read more at Bloomberg Law.

 

Wanted: STEM graduates for the legal industry - and some reasons they’re not applyingOpen in a New Window

We need you!“If you are smart and into science, go to medical school—otherwise, get a law degree…” Read more in legalmosaic.

 

Federal loans set to return to struggling Charlotte School of LawOpen in a New Window

Charlotte School of LawCharlotte School of Law says it on the verge of being approved for student loans for the coming school year.  Read more in The Charlotte Observer.

 

Ready for robot lawyers? How students can prepare for the future of lawOpen in a New Window

RobotThere was a time when law firm trainees (in the U.K.) were essentially glorified administrators. Read more in The Guardian...

 

NYC Bar guides attorneys on U.S. Border e-devices searchesOpen in a New Window

Phone wrapped in chainsAttorneys crossing the U.S. border now have more guidance on how they should protect confidential client information... Read more at Bloomberg Law...
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