Alena Allen, a former interim dean at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) School of Law, and "nationally recognized figure in legal education," will become deputy director at the Association of American Law Schools on Aug. 1.
The Maryland Court of Appeals reinstated a man's murder conviction, finding a state's witness did not need to be qualified as an expert to testify that cellphone users can adjust a cellphone's ability to track and collect location data.
An Ohio attorney received a one-year suspension for multiple ethics violations after a disciplinary investigation revealed that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a client and made false statements about his conduct to opposing counsel, a police chief and a municipal court.
"If an attorney who has committed multiple felonies is ever to be reinstated—a debatable proposition in itself—at a minimum he or she must demonstrate a complete acceptance of responsibility and extraordinary remorse and rehabilitation," U.S. District Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV of the District of Massachusetts wrote in his order filed Tuesday.
By putting their money—that is, their billable hours requirements—where their mouth is, firms will demonstrate they are serious about mental health and well-being—and reap valuable benefits for their bottom line, too.
In recent weeks, insurance companies have racked up even more wins in business interruption cases. But earlier this month, a state appellate court broke rank, providing a potential avenue to victory for some policyholders even as so many others have proven to be dead ends.
Latham & Watkins and its client, VTB Bank, have already missed two deadlines to get substitute counsel to file an appearance notice, and requested, in a letter addressed to a federal judge, an additional two-week extension until July 7.
In this marketplace, one thing is abundantly clear: To remain competitive, you must adapt. So how can you adapt in a way that meets the increased expectations of today's client? Focus on client experience.
Mikal Watts predicted hundreds of thousands of cases. "Indeed, counsel anticipate that this will be one of the largest multidistrict litigations in the history of the United States," he wrote in a motion this month before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
In this week's episode, author, political commentator and former Big Law attorney Sophia Nelson discusses the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings regarding abortion and gun control, the legal industry's increasing inability to remain silent on political and social issues and shifting attitudes toward mental health and diversity in the profession.
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"We cannot conclude that a kitchen mixer falls within the same general class as the items enumerated in section 8104-A(1)(A) through (F)," Associate Justice Andrew M. Horton wrote on behalf of the majority. "Other than being a machine, the mixer does not meet the criteria we defined in New Orleans Tanker: it is not a transportation device, it is unlikely to be transported, it is unlikely to come into contact with the general public, and it is unlikely to be covered by an insurance policy."
"If you're a company and you can avoid talking about a controversial issue, that's the easier way out because there are employees and customers on both sides of this issue," said Rob Chesnut, a former general counsel and chief ethics officer for Airbnb.
The Colorado Supreme Court has reversed an Appellate Division ruling that said a "strong presumption" should be applied in a claim that a general partnership is, in fact, operating as an investment contract.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide who gave a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of the Trump White House on Jan. 6, is counseled by two veteran Alston & Bird litigators, Jody Hunt and William Jordan.
The plaintiffs' attorney, Mark G. Weinberg of the Law Office of Mark G. Weinberg, called the decision "harsh": "[F]olks who have served their time are forced to wear a GPS for the rest of their lives. There's no getting your crime behind you, ever."
Sergeant Stefani McMichael-Gombar was suspended for a private Facebook post which allegedly violated the Phoenix Police Department's Social Media Policy, according to the opinion. Although the content of the post was not included in the court record, the Phoenix New Times reported that a team of Philadelphia attorneys had published "hundreds of offensive Facebook posts" made by Phoenix Police Officers.
"So much of the learning process in law is informal—we learn by observing and doing and making mistakes and correcting them. But having a vibrant, official mentoring program is critical to provide a "space" where both mentor and mentee come together."
The trustee, Elissa Miller, had filed a motion to turn over the $750,000 earrings, claiming that Tom Girardi purchased them in 2007 with a check drawn against a Girardi Keese client trust account that held settlements over diabetes drug Rezulin.
When cyber defenses work, there is a human tendency to become complacent. If you fall into this perception trap, you will quickly find yourself in survival mode — scrambling to restore and recover, and in a position where the best explanation was that the attack was somehow "unexpected." The global cyberthreat is also still very real.
Then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone told the aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, that White House officials could be investigated for obstruction of justice or defrauding the United States if the president personally marched to the Capitol with his supporters.
"Obviously, all law practice is stressful, but criminal practitioners are dealing with a human being's freedom, and sometimes even their life. That is a weight that cannot be quantified," attorney Jude Faccidomo said.
Concluding that "amendment would be futile," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has rejected a bid by a class of female employees to collect a more than $3.5 million judgment entered just before their employer, John Varvatos Enterprises, filed for bankruptcy.
A Washington, D.C., attorney who admitted to negligently misappropriating an elderly client's funds while serving as a court-appointed conservator has received a reciprocal seven-month suspension in Maryland and Virginia.
In its first application of the Daubert standard regarding the admissibility of expert testimony, the Maryland Court of Appeals has affirmed that a trial court acted within its discretion to admit a scientist's testimony about the use of photogrammetry to identify a murder suspect's height, despite an unknown degree of uncertainty in the measurements.