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Why Are Lawyers So Expensive? I’ll Tell You Why

There is a lot of discussion lately about the need for lower-cost legal fees. This is an important discussion for lawyers to have, but I think it is also important to stop and reflect on why hiring a lawyer is so expensive in the first place.

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Briefs: QuickBooks Goes Online, Fastcase Sues Casemaker, the Texas Law Hawk Eats Tacos, Etc.

Intuit Removes APIs from QuickBooks Desktop and Shifts Focus to QuickBooks Online In a press release announcing its new integration with QuickBooks Online, Rocket Matter dropped this bomb: As Intuit changes its strategic focus to the cloud, they are eliminating communication channels (APIs) to their desktop product that companies rely on for synchronization. In other words, […]

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Briefs: And/Or is Unfair, Bilzerian Gets SLAPPed, Collaborative Editing Comes to Dropbox, Etc.

Collaborative Editing Comes to Dropbox One of the best features of Google Docs is collaborative editing. You can hash out contract terms with another lawyer over the phone while both of you are looking at the same document instead of wrestling with Track Changes over a period of days or weeks. Your second chair at […]

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A Teenager Wants to Replace Lawyers with Robots

The idea of robots replacing lawyers is not novel (see here, and here, and listen here). It’s a major discussion in the legal profession—whether lawyers are going the way of codes and robots and full automation. And, if one 19-year-old Brit has anything to do with it, they might. Joshua Browder, a teenager in the UK, […]

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“I Have a Dream”

Why courts are closed today.

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If An Online Review Is Libelous, You May Be Able To Collect Damages

Being a lawyer in the Yelp/Avvo era can be tough. People get to review your services online and, while some of those may be honest (and perhaps chock full of praise!) some of them are just venting by an unhappy client. Usually, there is nothing to be done. People throw up some anonymous hate and […]

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Open Source “Baby Blue” Project Could Finally Kill the Bluebook

Last year, we speculated about whether we might soon see an open-source Bluebook, as the folks that publish it had forgotten to renew the copyright on an older edition, which opened the door to a free electronic version.1 It looks like that will soon be a reality. The latest turn came this month when open-records activist […]

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How To Serve Clients Pro Bono

Attorneys doing pro bono work are on the decline. Here's how you can help.

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Lawyerist’s Most Popular Lab Discussions in 2015

Every day in the Lab, our community of solo and small lawyers connect and discuss how to start, run, and market their practice. These were were the most popular discussions in the Lawyerist Lab in 2015.

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Lawyerist’s Most Popular Articles from 2015

Assuming none of our articles hit the viral lottery by 2016, these are the articles you clicked on and shared the most over the past year. Dig out your favorite reading app — we're fans of Instapaper or Pocket — for something to read over the holidays.

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Briefs: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Serial Returns, Facebook at Work, Etc.

The terms that went with the sale of Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 million album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, include this amazing provision: As Aaron pointed out in our chatroom, “I assume ‘no legal repercussions’ means Bill Murray can murder at will. (As part of the caper.)” Indeed. I think we all know what the […]

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The Death of Leading Questions?

Take this test. Watch a cross-examination from almost any televised trial. You’ll probably find it’s pretty bad, maybe even as bad as Cristina Gutierez’s cross-examination of an expert witness (ending at 2:03) in the Adnan Syed case (the topic of last year’s Serial podcast): Getting it Right Any lawyer who fails on cross forfeits a major opportunity […]

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Here’s What it Looks Like on the Law-Firm Shareholder Rollercoaster

Some advocacy groups in the U.S. have promoted the idea of letting non-lawyers invest equity in law firms as a way to provide access to justice, enable innovation in the legal marketplace, and expand legal services. But what about creating more jobs for lawyers by causing more shareholder lawsuits? The first law firm in the world to […]

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Lower Law-School Admissions Standards Lead to Fewer New CA Lawyers

As law schools receive fewer and fewer applications for admission, is one tactic for their own survival to admit students who are unlikely to ever pass the bar exam?  Results coming out of California for the July 2015 bar exam certainly make one wonder, as the pass rate hits a 30-year low of 46.6% overall, […]

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