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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 […]

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, […]

Apple v. FBI

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 […]

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. Srinivasan currently sits on the United States […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lawyer Hires Internet Tough Guy to Silence Internet-Tough-Guy Lawyers

Jump down to the latest update » Trying to get websites to take down pages that make you look bad is inherently problematic, but it’s even harder when your approach is to go around threatening lawyers who are well-known for not backing down in the face of threats. Florida lawyer Gary Ostrow apparently wanted to […]

The Impact of White Teeth on Legal Tech

After the U.S. Supreme Court decided that dental associations can’t regulate teeth whitening services, professional associations of all kinds were hit with similar lawsuits—including bar associations. Now, to avoid looking like they have a monopoly on legal services, bar associations may be forced to play ball with some legal tech companies they have been trying to push […]