Each weekend, I round up the best law blog posts I have found during the previous week. You can help by sending me links using our contact form, starting discussions in the Lab, or tweeting the link to @lawyerist. Or just tell me what I missed in the comments.
Slate Thinks It’s Time to Go To Law School
No. [ATL: Redline]
In Which A Not-Yet-Licensed Law School Grad Recommends a Change to Rule 1.5 on Billing
In my mind, there is no question that Model Rule 1.5 needs a makeover. Rule 1.5, “Fees,” lists eight factors to be considered in determining whether a fee is reasonable. Of these eight factors, only one accounts for the value of the legal service to the client. In contrast, at least three of the eight factors directly address the cost of the representation to the attorney, including preclusion from the attorney seeking other work, the time and labor required, and time limitations.
And here is the marked-up rule. [Legal Rebels]
Get a Warrant, Bitches
Nobody expected the Supreme Court to come out so clearly in favor of requiring police to get a warrant before searching a cell phone:
Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple— get a warrant.
I think Scott Greenfield best characterized that sentence:
This may be the first time I have ever felt it unfortunate that Supreme Court opinions don't end their holding with "bitches."
— Scott Greenfield (@ScottGreenfield) June 25, 2014
Assessing Your Work Product
At Attorney at Work, Mary Lokensgard lays out three questions you should ask yourself about every piece of legal writing you do, whether it is a contract or a brief:
- Does this document, as it’s written, accomplish everything my client wants?
- Is it appropriate for the parties involved?
- What would a litigator do with this?
[Attorney at Work]
I’m officially making an appeal to the Internet to make this graphic pop up every time an argument breaks out online:
Watch Out for Human Botnets Spewing Social Media Spam!
Can you be successful on social media if all you do is go through the motions? Adrian Dayton thinks so, and he’s building the service to make it happen. Bob Ambrogi just revisited ClearView Social, Adrian Dayton’s master plan/app. Apparently, it is essentially a human botnet for distributing ghostwritten Findlaw blog posts. But lawyers who use it will at least be able to raise their hands at the next marketing seminar when someone asks the room how many lawyers are using social media. Oh yeah, we’re engaging now, baby! [LawSites]
Big Bird on the Lam
Last and sort of least, if you’re going to steal a giant yellow bird costume, maybe don’t wear it when the police come looking for you. [Lowering the Bar]
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