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California’s Chief Ethics Prosecutor Resigns Amid Ongoing Drama

As previously discussed here on Lawyerist, the State Bar of California’s head prosecutor of lawyers, Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, has been surrounded by drama for much of her five years at the helm of the bar’s disciplinary arm. This week she shocked the bar by resigning her position. Kim’s resignation comes just a few months after […]

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Briefs: BarBri Faces ADA Lawsuit, Say Goodbye to Thomas, Etc.

Lawsuit: BarBri Isn’t ADA-Compliant BarBri’s online bar prep is a great idea in that you no longer have to slog to some semi-disused auditorium all summer and sit in the dark, mole-like, for four weeks. Instead, you can sit in the relative comfort of your own home and be terrified that you do not know […]

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Briefs: Bill Your Clients for Interns, 25% of Texas Grads Don’t Have Law Jobs, Etc.

Another iPhone Privacy Case Solved Without Apple’s Help First, we had the big San Bernardino iPhone case end with a whimper rather than a privacy-destroying bang thanks to the FBI figuring out how to break into the thing without Apple’s help. After that, though, the FBI demanded Apple help it in a New York drug case, but […]

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Briefs: Uninstall QuickTime ASAP, Apple Trolls the DOJ, Etc.

Get Rid of QuickTime Now if You Are a Windows User You probably have not even been paying attention as to whether you still have QuickTime on your Windows machine, because Apple hasn’t issued a major Windows QuickTime release since 2005, which is one million years ago in internet time. In January, Apple stopped supporting QuickTime […]

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Briefs: Cornell’s Tech LLM, Everyone Thinks Law Is Bad At Diversity, Etc.

Another Order To Unlock Another Apple Phone Just when you thought the dust had settled from the San Bernardino Apple case, thanks to the feds figuring out a way to unlock the phone without Apple’s help, here comes another case where a judge has ordered Apple assist law enforcement in unlocking an iPhone. Unsealed Friday at […]

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Briefs: Evaluating Legal Tech, Posner Would Burn The Bluebook, Etc.

How To Evaluate Legal Technology: A Handy Checklist We have written here about how law technology often focuses on the wrong problems. How do you make sure that the latest piece of tech that you are utterly enamored with is actually working for you, rather than being a shiny new toy? Over at Slaw, a Canadian […]

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The Secret Style Guide the Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Read

You can't get any higher than supreme. So when the public gets a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, it's a big deal.

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Briefs: Casemaker Will Fight Fastcase, Employees Will Sell Your Passwords, and Chatbots Will Become Racist, Etc.

Casemaker Is Going to Fight the Fastcase Lawsuit After All A couple months ago, Casemaker declared that they were the sole publisher of Georgia laws, which is…not how the law works, as statutory codes cannot be copyrighted. Fastcase promptly sued. Although Casemaker initially (and wisely) said they would not fight the lawsuit, they have since […]

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Luring Law Students With Phony Employment Statistics Is (Somehow) Not Fraud

In 2011, Anna Alaburda alleged that the Thomas Jefferson School of Law fraudulently reported its post-graduate employment statistics in an effort to lure prospective students who didn’t know any better. She learned that her school (along with other law schools) tried to fool prospective students by including low paying non-legal positions including retail, food service, […]

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The Gloves Are Really Off In The Apple Versus FBI Fight

Well, this Apple versus FBI fight over whether Apple has to forcibly unlock an iPhone certainly is not getting any less rancorous, is it? Late last Thursday, the DOJ filed a memo in response to Apple’s motion to vacate the court’s order demanding that they develop the technology to create a back door so that the […]

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Can a Hashtag Influence the SCOTUS Nomination?

Back in February, David Lat and @SCOTUSplaces kicked off the #YesSri hashtag on Twitter, a social media campaign supporting the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to to the United States Supreme Court. It has also been enthusiastically championed by Texas appellate lawyer (and occasional Lawyerist contributor) Jason Steed. Nice Sri Srinivasan slogan! New #SCOTUS hashtag – […]

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Who Will Replace Justice Scalia? A List of Lists

It took approximately 30 minutes after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was confirmed for everyone to start rolling out their list of likely replacements. (Let’s set aside, for now, the fact that prior to any actual person being nominated, there are already GOP vows to block, well, anyone.) The pool of people in the “credible rumor” list […]

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ABA Opens the Door to “Non-Traditional Legal Service Providers”

Yesterday, after a heated debate, the ABA House of Delegates adopted Resolution 105, a set of model regulatory objectives. Resolution 105 was controversial because of the last sentence of the proposal, which merely acknowledged that some states are already permitting non-lawyers to provide limited legal services, and others may wish to. The news yesterday that […]

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New Study Confirms One Third of Lawyers Have a Problem with Alcohol

Everyone knows the hoary old Paper Chase quote that law professors used to always trot out, right? “Look to your left, look to your right, because one of you won’t be here by the end of the year.” I do not think law schools see one third of their students dropping or flunking out any […]

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Legal Cloud Computing Association Releases Security Standards

How do you know whether your cloud software is sufficiently secure to meet your obligation to protect your clients’ information? Right now, there is no easy answer. You just have to educate yourself and then make up your own mind. That could change as a result of the draft security standards that the Legal Cloud […]