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How court costs trap people in poverty and how lawmakers are trying to fix itOpen in a New Window

How court costs trap people in poverty and how lawmakers are trying to fix it

Jail“One of the major issues with our criminal justice system is we are criminalizing poverty by imposing court costs, fines and fees on folks...”

 

Law is a profession and an industry, it should be regulated that wayOpen in a New Window

Law is a profession and an industry, it should be regulated that way

Person in robes holding bookLaw is a profession and an industry... Regulation of the practice of law and the business of law should be bifurcated.

 

When bail feels less like freedom, more like extortionOpen in a New Window

When bail feels less like freedom, more like extortion

Sign on street for Blair's Bail BondsAs bail has grown into a $2 billion industry, bond agents have become the payday lenders of the criminal justice world, offering quick relief to desperate customers at high prices.

 

Legal technician profession gains interest as first licensed graduates begin opening practicesOpen in a New Window

Legal technician profession gains interest as first licensed graduates begin opening practices

Barbara Esselstrom...the five-year effort to create a new type of legal professional known as an LLLT is beginning to pay off...

 

The future of legal services: putting a law firm in the palm of your handOpen in a New Window

The future of legal services: putting a law firm in the palm of your hand

Person using phoneRoughly 77% of U.S. adults say they own a smartphone . . . Individuals have become savvy, sophisticated consumers of online services, and this has led to a growing need for customer service-based mobile apps.

 

Legal transformation requires more than techOpen in a New Window

Legal transformation requires more than tech

CodeLegal tech is attracting plenty of interest, money, press, and hype.

 

Pa. Supreme Court Justice sees impeachment as an attack on the independence of the judiciaryOpen in a New Window

Pa. Supreme Court Justice sees impeachment as an attack on the independence of the judiciary

Tom Saylor"Threats of impeachment directed against justices because of their decision in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary..."

 

Maybe lawyers are what's missing from governmentOpen in a New Window

Capitol HillMaybe lawyers are what's missing from government

It’s hardly controversial to suggest that, at the moment, the federal government isn’t looking at all that it is capable of governing.

 

First thing we do is nudge the lawyersOpen in a New Window

The Good Wife

First thing we do is nudge the lawyers.

In early 1969, Ralph Nader placed an ad in the Harvard Crimson calling on law students to apply to work with him to investigate various federal agencies.

 

Harper Lee's estate sues over Broadway version of 'Mockingbird'Open in a New Window

Gregory Peck & Harper LeeHarper Lee's estate sues over Broadway version of 'Mockingbird'

One of the year’s most anticipated Broadway plays - the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” - faces a legal challenge...

 

Federal judiciary unveils first reforms from harassment working groupOpen in a New Window

Federal buildingFederal judiciary unveils first reforms from harassment working group

A working group has come up with nearly 20 reforms aimed at dealing with concerns about workplace harassment throughout the federal judicial system.

 

SCOTUS Justice Ginsburg fends off talk of retirementOpen in a New Window

Justice GinsburgSCOTUS Justice Ginsburg fends off talk of retirement

In Utah, she received a “hero's welcome.” In Rhode Island, she was greeted with “rapturous applause...”

 

He 'liked' something on Facebook. Then he went to jail.Open in a New Window

Court buildingHe 'liked' something on Facebook. Then he went to jail.

The judge warned Timothy Weiner to stop harassing his ex-wife on Facebook.

 

Justice Dept. weighs in on Florida Bar's battle with traffic ticket startup TIKDOpen in a New Window

DelrahimJustice Dept. weighs in on Florida Bar's battle with traffic ticket startup TIKD

The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a South Florida startup’s antitrust lawsuit against the state bar, adding its voice to a growing debate over how the bar views legal tech companies.

 

After 130 years Harvard Law Review elects a black woman presidentOpen in a New Window

Umana After 130 years Harvard Law Review elects a black woman president

It has been 27 years since the first black man, an older student by the name of Barack Obama, was elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review…

 

Yale, Cornell law libraries help launch global Rule of Law initiativeOpen in a New Window

LibrariesYale, Cornell law libraries help launch global Rule of Law initiative

In partnership with the United Nations, law librarians at Cornell and Yale are getting law journals, e-books and other legal content to people in low- and medium-income countries for free.

 

Justice Kagan recalls her days clerking for Justice Thurgood MarshallOpen in a New Window

Justice KaganJustice Kagan recalls her days clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall

On good days, the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall would call his then-clerk Elena Kagan “shorty.” 

 

Law schools get creative with their pitchesOpen in a New Window

ClassroomLaw schools get creative with their pitches

The competition for top undergrads among U.S. law schools is so intense that administrators at Case Western Reserve University School of Law are trying to recruit first-year law students at other universities.

 

When you cannot afford to go bankrupt because you can't afford a lawyerOpen in a New Window

Woman next to fence under treeWhen you cannot afford to go bankrupt because you can't afford a lawyer

There’s ample evidence many people don’t file for bankruptcy simply because they can’t pay an attorney. It’s a fixable problem.

 

LSAT-maker held in contempt over disability accommodationsOpen in a New Window

Large group of test takersLSAT-maker held in contempt over disability accommodations

The Law School Admission Council violated court-ordered rules meant to help disabled test takers gain accommodations on the Law School Admission Test...

 

Technology: law's collaborative catalystOpen in a New Window

World mapTechnology: law's collaborative catalyst

With all the legal tech frenzy, there is rarely mention of technology’s role promoting collaboration and helping to create an emerging global legal culture…

 

This new bill would make pro bono mandatory – or else pay upOpen in a New Window

Celebrate Pro BonoThis new bill would make pro bono mandatory – or else pay up

In Calif. legislation has been introduced requiring most active lawyers in the state to provide at least 25 hours of free legal services each year, or pay $500. 

 

Lawyers and law firms can no longer ignore dementiaOpen in a New Window

man in hat graphicLawyers and law firms can no longer ignore dementia

As a rising tide of Alzheimer's and other dementia diagnoses grips aging law firm partnerships, neither firms nor their lawyers have learned how to cope.

 

What makes Chief Justice Roberts lose his cool?Open in a New Window

Chief Justice RobertsWhat makes Chief Justice Roberts lose his cool?

“Impassioned rhetoric doesn’t work with the Supreme Court. If it did, I’d become impassioned.”

 

Help decipher justice's handwritten notes through this crowdsourcing projectOpen in a New Window

HandwritingHelp decipher justice's handwritten notes through this crowdsourcing project

The crowdsourcing project SCOTUS Notes hopes to unlock some of the mysteries inside the U.S. Supreme Court's closed-door conferences.

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