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Law School Warning: Don't Get Left Behind When It Comes To ....
Posted on 08-15-2017 by Erin Stonecipher

66% of litigation attorneys point to writing as an essential skill. The writing is on the wall: To be a great lawyer ... ... you need to be a great writer too. Law School Teaches You Everything You Need To Know To Be Great Lawyer, Right... Read More

Tags: drafting , Lexis® for Microsoft® Office , writing

MLB & Fan Dangers: Is Protective Netting the Answer?
Posted on 08-15-2017 by Sam Mullan

Baseball and foulballs: Do the dangers mandate a transformation of America's game? Violence in sports has never been more controversial than it is today. The difficult note on that debate often falls into whether or not the sport is inherently... Read More

Tags: sports , athletics , baseball

Women's Equality Day is Aug. 26th: In Honor, We’ve Put Together a List of Resources for Female Legal Professionals
Posted on 08-14-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Gender equality continues to be a struggle in the legal profession. Women's Equality Day is celebrated every year on August 26th. According to the National Women’s History Project: Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress... Read More

Tags: pay gag , glass ceiling , equality , gender equity , gender , gender equality

NFL & Marijuana: Could Legal Pot Destroy Fair Play?
Posted on 08-11-2017 by Sam Mullan

Marijuana in the NFL: How a rule change could create an unfair advantage Twenty-six substance abuse suspensions covering a total of 145 games. That’s what the NFL looks like in just 2017 (so far). The NFL’s substance abuse policy has... Read More

Tags: football , marijuana , NFL , pot

Law School Students: That Secret Stash of Info You’ve All Been Searching For ... Here It Is
Posted on 08-10-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Law school: It’s another new year for law students ... from 1Ls to 3Ls. Here’s a stockpile of info to help you start the school year right. Torts, the Socratic Method, syllogistic reasoning, case briefings, stare decisis, hornbooks and... Read More

Tags: Law school , law students

Marijuana: Big Money + Big Law (it's not if, but when)
Posted on 08-09-2017 by Erin Stonecipher

Marijuana today is an echo of yesterday's Prohibition. And like the beer companies of old, marijuana is poised for a Budweiser-sized explosion. During Prohibition, the money-making mindset never ceased. Some “entrepreneurs” produced... Read More

Tags: beer , marijuana , prohibition , pot , drugs

Ponzi Scheme Roundup: July 2017
Posted on 08-08-2017 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

By Kathy Bazoian Phelps PONZI SCHEME ROUNDUP: July 2017 Below is a summary of the activity reported for July 2017. The reported stories reflect at least 10 new Ponzi schemes worldwide: over 58 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

7 Writing Tips They Didn’t Teach You in Law School
Posted on 07-28-2017 by Erin Stonecipher

Legal writing is smart writing, but even the smartest of lawyers can botch basic writing . Basic writing wasn’t in your law school curriculum. But legal writing sometimes suffers from a lack of the basics. Unless you were a pre-law English... Read More

Tags: legal writing , writing

“Pre-Populated” Proxy Protocols and the Narrowing of Proxy Participation
Posted on 07-26-2017 by Lextalk Staff

“Pre-populated” voting instructions: Streamlining proxy voting “to a point that raises questions." By Eric Geringswald In a recent post on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation ,... Read More

Tags: proxy vote , proxy

Launching Your Solo/Small Law Career: 6 Things (And 1 Forward-Looking Tip) That Are Critical
Posted on 07-26-2017 by Sara C. Shore

Solo and small law lawyers: If you’re launching your career, here’s a plan to help you reach your goals. By Sara Shore Twitter / LinkedIn If you want to reach your solo/small law goals, you need to plan for the must-haves. Here... Read More

Tags: solo , law firm , small law

Glass Ceiling Report 2017 from Law360
Posted on 07-24-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Gender diversity efforts are—for many law firms—yielding little in the way of results. Law360, New York (July 23, 2017, 8:02 PM EDT) -- U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level... Read More

Tags: glass ceiling , gender equity , gender , female lawyers , gender equality , pay gap

Aug. 2, 1776: The Significance? Congress Signed the Declaration of Independence. Readings to Celebrate August 2nd
Posted on 07-24-2017 by Lextalk Staff

The Declaration of Independence gets a lot of love on the 4th of July. But almost as important as the 4th: the 2nd of August. On August 2nd, 1776, Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. There were 56 congressional delegates who signed... Read More

Tags: Declaration of Independence

New Associate Newsletter July 2017
Posted on 07-21-2017 by Lextalk Staff

New Associates: Read about predictive analytics, how to be a happy lawyer, and avoiding writing blunders I See … Data in Your Future Predictive analytics are shaping the future of legal technology. Explore tools for data-driven lawyers... Read More

Tags: Associates

Artificial Intelligence: Not Just a Legal Reality—A Legal Necessity!
Posted on 07-20-2017 by Erin Stonecipher

Artificial intelligence and the practice of law: If you're waiting for it to arrive, you're already behind. Star Trek opened with these four famous words: “Space: The Final Frontier.” Foreboding and yet adventurous, these words... Read More

Tags: AI , artificial intelligence

Top Attorneys Under 40 Announced by Law360
Posted on 07-20-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Rising Stars for 2017: 156 attorneys under 40, hailing from more than 75 law firms and spanning 35 practice areas. Law360, New York (July 16, 2017, 3:02 PM EDT) -- We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156... Read More

Tags: Law360 , Rising Stars

The Accountability Card: Does Good Legal Leadership Require It?
Posted on 07-18-2017 by Lakeshia Ekeigwe

Accountability and leadership: Your role is not to hold anyone accountable. Your role is to lead, inspire and support. By Lakeshia Ekeigwe Twitter / LinkedIn I had a very interesting conversation with my client Lynn (not her real name). Lynn... Read More

Tags: accountability , Leadership , lead

Ponzi Scheme Roundup: June 2017
Posted on 07-18-2017 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

By Kathy Bazoian Phelps PONZI SCHEME ROUNDUP: June 2017 Below is a summary of the activity reported for June 2017. The reported stories reflect: 4 guilty pleas or convictions in pending cases; over 44 years of newly imposed sentences for people... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: Part 2 of Law360's Exclusive Interview
Posted on 07-17-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Justice Breyer believes judges should consider the goals and context of a vague law or a statute and consider the consequences of different possible interpretations. By Sindhu Sundar Over the past two decades, Justice Stephen Breyer has earned... Read More

Tags: Justice Stephen Breyer , Supreme Court

Legal Heroes—Where “Super” and “Lawyers” Collide: Articles and Insights on Super Heroes and Super Lawyers
Posted on 07-17-2017 by Travis Burchart

Super lawyers and super heroes: They’re faster than a speeding bullet. ... More powerful than a locomotive. ... Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! “Super” deserves its place as a legal adjective. From super lawyers... Read More

Tags: heroes , super , super hero

"Sharking" the Good Name of Lawyers: Rethinking a Negative Nickname
Posted on 07-14-2017 by Erin Stonecipher

"Shark": Webster defines it as "sometimes dangerous to humans." Lawyers aren't dangerous. The truth is, they're critical to good law. It’s almost Shark Week 2017 (Discovery Channel/July 23-30). And you love it!... Read More

Tags: lawyer , nicknames , shark