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College football’s next great social media scandal: Compelled speech?
Posted on 10-20-2015 by Travis Burchart

Today’s college coaches are clobbering the 1st Amendment. Social media is being banned; student-athletes are being muzzled. Minnesota, Purdue, Connecticut, Clemson, Florida State … they’re just a few of the transgressors . It’s... Read More

Tags: football , social media , college , LIT , First Amendment , college athletics , Free Speech , compelled speech , featured , constitutional amendment , Top Stories

Voting age in the digital age: 16 ... your time has come
Posted on 08-30-2016 by Travis Burchart

Birthers ... you’ve heard of them. Voting agers .... probably not. Voting agers (my own term) believe the voting age should be lowered to 16. They’re not as noisy or influential as other political agitators, but they’re very much... Read More

Comedy & free speech: Do the offended have rights? (Part 2)
Posted on 08-29-2016 by Travis Burchart

In my last post , I wrote about The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and its recently released documentary, Can We Take a Joke ? . Can We Take a Joke? delves into comedy on college campuses and, to a larger extent, entertainment comedy... Read More

Comedy & free speech: Do the offended have rights? (Part 1)
Posted on 08-29-2016 by Travis Burchart

Freedom can suffer a dangerous tunnel vision. It happens when the fight for one freedom censures or devalues a counter freedom. One of my freedom heroes - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) - wants comedy audiences to lighten... Read More

Federal court's rejection of LGBT discrimination claim on religious grounds has scary implications
Posted on 08-29-2016 by jhyman

Last week, a Michigan federal judge rejected the EEOC’s claim that Title VII covers transgender status or gender identity as protected classes. In EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes (E.D. Mich. 8/18/16) [pdf] , the agency pursued... Read More

Tags: department of labor , labor and employment , LIT , LE , labor laws

12 mistakes employers make in paying non-exempt workers
Posted on 08-29-2016 by jhyman

Given that on December 1, 4.2 million exempt workers will transition to non-exempt status , it is timely that the Richmond Times-Dispatch though to share 9 mistakes employers make in paying hourly/non-exempt workers . I’ve added numbers 10, 11,... Read More

Tags: department of labor , labor and employment , LIT , LE , labor laws

When the Department of Labor can’t even figure out the FLSA…
Posted on 08-29-2016 by jhyman

According to Employment Law 360 , the U.S. Department of Labor has agreed to pay $7 million to settle claims that it failed to pay overtime to thousands of its employees: “This is the agency that goes around fining all the private employers for... Read More

Tags: department of labor , labor and employment , LIT , LE , labor laws

Anytime vs. Any Time
Posted on 08-18-2016 by Georgia Akers

Anytime vs. Any Time Is there a difference? YES! And I see the mistake a lot. And it’s not pretty when it’s in 100-point type staring you in the face. Grammarly can help you understand the difference. No one wants to see this error at... Read More

Tags: legal writing , legalwriting , LIT , #writing legally , Catapult Your Career

Making the Most of Your First Year in Law School
Posted on 08-16-2016 by Tracie Morris

As a first-year law student, you’ll face a gauntlet of challenges: Con Law, case briefings, the Socratic method, to name a few. To conquer these challenges, you’ll need some words of wisdom. So we recently asked a number of experienced... Read More

Tags: Law School Faculty

George Washington’s political message from the past: America, end your bickering!
Posted on 08-10-2016 by Travis Burchart

George Washington, writing in 1783, sends us this political message: My fellow Americans. Quit all this damned* divisiveness! Stop being so malicious and mean-spirited! Washington’s words? Not exactly. But there’s a little talked... Read More

July 2016 Ponzi Scheme Roundup
Posted on 08-08-2016 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

Posted by Kathy Bazoian Phelps Below is a summary of the activity reported for July 2016. The reported stories reflect: 7 guilty pleas or convictions in pending cases; over 21 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved in Ponzi schemes; at... Read More

Tags: Industry Insights & Trends , Ponzi , Practice Insights , Securities

A higher education on lawlessness: Are some colleges teaching disregard for copyright law?
Posted on 08-05-2016 by Travis Burchart

Ivory towers should keep flawless law. Some don’t. Take a step over the higher ed line, and some laws start to unravel. Free speech? Herd yourself to a designated "zone." Social media? Strap on your Twitter muzzle . ... Read More

August 16th is an unofficial national holiday – It’s Tell a Joke Day!
Posted on 08-03-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

Attorneys often find themselves at the center of jokes, and in April during National Humor Month, we asked you to share your favorite lawyer joke. Most of you who commented embrace being the ‘butt’ of so many jokes; although a few of you admitted... Read More

Tags: joke , entertainment , lawyer

The Importance of Data Visualization in the Legal Industry
Posted on 08-03-2016 by pavan

Legal work requires being able to identify and recognize patterns in patterns in information – or data – quickly and efficiently. For some, the term data visualization may be a foreign concept, yet is vastly important to others, but what exactly... Read More

Tags: Industry Insights & Trends , legal research , LIT , legalresearch , data visualization

Law school wisdom: 10 chapters from 10 diverse books (Part 3 of 3)
Posted on 08-02-2016 by Travis Burchart

60 minutes of pleasure reading. For law school students, it’s a waste. During law school, I never wasted 60 minutes on pleasure reading. If a book didn’t have “Casebook” or “Bluebook” or “Law” in the... Read More

Tags: Catapult Your Career

Law school wisdom: 10 chapters from 10 diverse books (Part 2 of 3)
Posted on 08-02-2016 by Travis Burchart

60 minutes of pleasure reading. For law school students, it’s a waste. During law school, I never wasted 60 minutes on pleasure reading. If a book didn’t have “Casebook” or “Bluebook” or “Law” in the... Read More

Law school wisdom: 10 chapters from 10 diverse books (Part 1 of 3)
Posted on 08-02-2016 by Travis Burchart

60 minutes of pleasure reading. For law school students, it’s a waste. During law school, I never wasted 60 minutes on pleasure reading. If a book didn’t have “Casebook” or “Bluebook” or “Law” in the... Read More

Tags: LIT , lawschool

Rising Pro Bono Hours Reflect Legal Industry’s Changing Face via Law360
Posted on 08-02-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Melissa Maleske . Law360, Chicago (July 27, 2016, 8:38 PM ET) -- Lawyers work an average of 64 hours of pro bono work annually, up eight hours from two years ago, according... Read More

Tags: LIT , Pro Bono , Cares

Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans via Law360
Posted on 08-02-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Melissa Maleske . For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious... Read More

Tags: writinglegally , legal writing , legalwriting , LIT , #writinglegally , Catapult Your Career

Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech via Law360
Posted on 08-02-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, Upsolve . Law360, New York (July 27, 2016, 10:16 AM ET) -- In accounting, consumers have TurboTax to complete personal tax returns. In... Read More

Tags: Industry Insights & Trends , legal research , LIT , legalresearch

Survey Shows Top Firms For Women Lawyers via Law360
Posted on 08-02-2016 by Tracie Morris

The article below has been republished in full courtesy of Law360, written by Andrew Strickler . Law360, New York (July 26, 2016, 11:16 PM ET) -- The percentage of BigLaw management seats and equity partnerships held by women ticked up again last year... Read More

Tags: Industry Insights & Trends , rainmakers , #womensequality , Women Rainmakers