Law Schools Gain Greater Autonomy

By , The National Law Journal

August 19, 2013

The American Bar Association is loosening its reins on law schools following years of criticism that its myriad rules have driven up the cost of a legal education and discouraged experimentation.

The ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on August 9 embraced a series of changes that outgoing chairman Kent Syverud described as… (click here for more)

USPTO adopts guidelines closely following ABA Rules

Posted Jul 26, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
By Steven Seidenberg

On May 3, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office put a new set of ethics rules into effect. The new rules have drawn some criticism from attorneys, but at least no one can accuse the PTO of acting in undue haste.

The PTO’s new Rules of Professional Conduct replace a set of ethics rules that were based on…(click here for more)

8 Best Law-Related Humor Blogs on Tumblr

By William Peacock, Esq. on August 19, 2013 11:54 AM

We’ve all been through the three years of hazing known as law school, all the while wishing that someone would punch that gunner in the forehead. We’ve graduated, spent months studying for the bar, only to spend more months waiting for results.

And when we make it out into the real world, many of us have also been through unemployment and the excruciating job hunt. And when we do land that job? We have to deal with crap from ungrateful clients and opposing counsel.

With that much stress, and cynical, analytical minds, comes some truly great inside jokes, presented here as a list of…(click here for more)

How to work productively with state attorneys general

By ,

July 26, 2013

State attorneys general have been involved in some blockbuster settlements over the past decades, including a 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies and, more recently, deals related to the mortgage crisis, off-label drug marketing and more. Recent regulations such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Consumer Protection and Reform Act and the Consumer product Safety Act have given state AGs even more enforcement power.

Given this, it’s in every company’s best interest to cultivate a relationship with… (click here for more)

American Juries: Seekers of Truth or Mere Consensus?

Published July 27, 2013

By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

John Grisham’s crystallized cynicism surely doesn’t hold true for all jurors but the point to be made is that jurors are not “big picture” deciders of great issues of the day utilizing lofty principles. Instead, jurors tend to recoil from abstract notions of truth and justice and delve more deeply into…(click here for more)

 

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