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A Moment of Simple Justice - The ABA's Priorities

Mar. 9, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Is the American Bar Association doing harm to young lawyers by focusing on access to justice issues? Scott wonders if the ABA even cares....more

Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships To Boost Rankings

Oct. 10 ( Bloomberg Law) -- Law schools need to find ways to cut the expense of merit scholarships, which they "use to buy students . . . with high LSATs" to improve the schools' US News rankings, Brooklyn Law School Dean and Patton Boggs Partner Nicholas Allard tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. The money would be better spent on scholarships for students with financial need, he says.more

Dean: Law Firms 'Support' NYLS's 2 Year Degree Program

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the school's new 2 year law degree program and the prospects for a federal ranking system of higher education providers.more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of legal services. Among the changes ISBA recommends is the implementation of apprenticeships for third year law students in order to better prepare graduates to enter the profession. As current ABA rules prevent law students from receiving compensation while obtaining academic credit, ISBA's proposal would require a substantial policy change.more

NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment

June 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- James Leipold, Executive Director for the National Association for Law Placement, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's annual report on the job market for law school graduates. They've found that law firms are using more technology, and so hiring fewer lawyers, and that's unlikely to change in the immediate future.more

Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?

May 9 (Bloomberg Law) -- Elie Mystal, editor at Above the Law, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that his blog's new law school rankings sought to list the top 50 American law schools by relying on an "outcome based" methodology. Mystal says that focusing on the costs and rewards of a legal education allows this ranking to determine which law schools yield "the most bang for this extreme buck." The site's goal is to displace US News as the leading law school rankings. Mystal says the his site's focus on legal employment, along with its often snarky attitude that appeals to younger readers, give it a leg up on the competition.more

Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg Law) -- Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at University of Missouri School of Law who has written about law schools misrepresenting incoming student GPAs, LSAT scores and graduate employment data, says he may file legal ethics complaints with state bars against those who allegedly published the bogus data. "Almost every day when I get up, I have to wonder is today the day I'm going to break down and file a complaint" with state bar ethics panels, he tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. Trachtenberg would prefer ethics charges be filed by the schools that employed those who published the bogus data. "It's getting to be a little nuts that the folks who really know what's going on aren't doing anything about it," he says. He may file charges, if no one else has, once his article in the June 2013 issue of the Nebraska Law Review is published, he says. A draft of the paper is available here:

Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg Law) -- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 74,000 new lawyer jobs this decade, while American law schools will produce more than 400,000 graduates. Despite those numbers, "it's not clear to me there's an oversupply problem at all," says Case Western Reserve Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell. With so many legal needs of the poor going unmet, "finding different paths for people who truly want to be lawyers opens up all sorts of possibilities" for law graduates to find jobs, he maintains. "We're running a business" that's grown more expensive every year because of clinics and smaller class sizes, he tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. Contrary to popular wisdom, "I don't turn over a big chunk [of law school tuition dollars] to the university, and I'm not teaching 150 kids in a class," he says. Mitchell wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in late November, taking to task the many critics of legal education. "The attack on law school disregards . . . we're working hard in good faith" to help students find employment, he says. "That's why I schlep all over the country for two months every summer, like Willie Loman, talking to hiring partners at law firms trying to get my kids jobs."more

Weekly Brief: Will Congress Garnish Paychecks to Repay Student Loans?

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg Law) -- A proposal in Congress could mean big changes to the way debtors pay back student loans. Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri wants companies to automatically deduct student loan repayments from employees' checks -- just like the IRS does with your taxes. Also, new national banking regulations from around the world are starting to cause big banks to think twice about expanding their global operations. Finally, a new study has come out ranking BigLaw firms by value. Guess who came out on top.more

McEntee: Law Schools Should Cut Enrollment 50%

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kyle McEntee from Law School Transparency talks to Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the state of legal education in America. McEntee also talks about the LST Score Reports, his organization's new alternative to the US News & World Report Law School Rankings. McEntee hopes that the new information will help prospective law students make better decisions and "focus on the things that matter." McEntee feels that while laws schools need to substantially reduce their enrollment, it will probably be a combination of market forces and governmental oversight that will ultimately force legal education to reform itself. McEntee is the co-founder and Executive Director of Law School Transparency, a nonprofit legal education policy organization.more

Report Shows Bankruptcy Reforms Raised Costs For Consumers and Creditors

May 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Lois Lupica, professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and Counsel at Thompson & Knight, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about a recently released report showing how reforms passed in 2005 have impacted the consumer bankruptcy system. According to Professor Lupica the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) has resulted in higher costs for consumers who wish to file for bankruptcy and, consequently, lower returns for creditors.more

Skiba Law Group a Featured Case Study in New ABA Book

ba Law Group a Featured Case Study in New ABA Book Written by John Skiba, Esq. in Collection Law Suits,Self-Help Legal Services This month marked the release of the new book by Stephanie Kimbro “Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client.” Ms. Kimbro is an attorney and author. One of her more recent works, Virtual Law Office: How to Deliver Legal Services Online was a great inspiration to me as I opened my own law practice and began offering legal services through the web. A while back Stephanie contacted me about my limited scope services practice and asked me if I would be willing to answer a few questions for her on how I ran that part of my practice. In this latest book she features my office and about a dozen other law practices from around the country in case studies on how these type of services are offered and the pros/cons of such a practice. I am just getting into the book but so far it is very interesting and and discusses a lot of the vital questions out there on this emerging platform for practicing law. What are Limited Scope Legal Services? I meet with a lot of people who are being sued by an old credit card or a debt buyer like Midland Funding who are stuck in a tough spot. Often these lawsuits are for amounts less than $5,000 (often much less). Most traditional litigation attorneys will not take on the case for less than $5,000 - paid up front. It is pretty hard to justify paying an attorney $5,000 when you are being sued for $5,000! The second issue is that many people do not have the kind of money it takes to hire an attorney. Attorneys can be very expensive. If you have ever had to fight a case out in court you are painfully aware of how expensive it can be. Limited scope legal services, or unbundling of legal services, allows the attorney to assist clients with various parts of the lawsuit. For instance, in my practice I do everything from full representation in a collection lawsuit to limited work like drafting an Answer to a complaint or even legal coaching for the person who is comfortable representing themselves but would like someone to bounce ideas off of. These types of services are much less expensive and allow clients to do some of the leg work to help reduce the costs in their own case. In the age of Legalzoom and other online legal service providers I think this is really going to be an emerging trend for providing legal services. The benefit to the client when an attorney offers online services is not only a reduction in cost but having an attorney their to review documents and provide guidance with the legal issue- something you won’t get simply from a website alone. Image Credit: American Bar Association Related posts: Announcing Self-Help Legal Services at Skiba Law Group, PLC (16.8) Legal Services are So Much Cooler Online: Online Legal Services and Your Small Claims Court Case. (6.4) Avoid the Attorney’s Fees Pit with Self Help Legal Services (5)more

Digital Photos Have Metadata Too

Does your company or law firm email photos/JPEGs? Do you upload family photos to social media sites. Digital photo metadata is overlooked by companies -- and most common "scrubbing" software. Find out what metadata lurks and how to prevent it. This article is from the June 2011 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin.more

Osler Franchise Law Review - Feb 2011

This latest issue of Osler Franchise Law Review contains legislative updates (proposed changes to Ontario's Arthur Wishart Act; New Brunswick's franchise legislation; Manitoba's pending legilsation; Bill C-28 (Canada's new anti-spam legislation)and Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, commentaries on recent cases (Suncor, Pet Valu, Sears and Timothy's, practice tips as well as news on our Franchise & Distribution team at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.more

Should Attorneys Have a Client Relations MCLE Requirement?

Exploring incorporation of Client Relations into Attorney MCLE requirements.more

California State Bar Publications: For the Lawyer and the Legal Consumer

A review of a variety of publications put out by the California State Bar and its various sections.more

Regulating Online Marketing? Red Alert - The ABA Isn't the Enemy.

There's a lot of hyped-up commentary regarding the ABA's proposed regulation of online lawyer marketing, as though this will end all law firm marketing on the internet. To the contrary, this is not really much of an issue from a constitutional law perspective. This article discusses why we shouldn't fear the ABA. In fact, we should support the ABA's efforts, in order to encourage more states to use the Model Rules. The real enemy isn't the ABA, it's the arbitrary and confusing patchwork of 50 states rules with which national law firms or national marketing campaigns must comply. We're not at risk by ABA regulation in this area - in fact the ABA has been moving in the right direction in recent years, easing the Model Rules restrictions. We shouldn’t be arguing about regulating the free-flowing internet or social media as though it's a special case that requires new rules -- that’s a red herring. The Rules don’t care whether it's TV or Twitter, Facebook or face-painting. The Supreme Court, in the Texans Against Censorship case (, held that speech can be regulated if you use it in a way that "beckons business." If you don’t, it can't be regulated. Very simply, if you paint "Hire me." across your face, then you're beckoning business. As such it is commercial speech, and the government has the responsibility to regulate it for the protection of the consumer. That wouldn’t change regardless of whether you conveyed that same "Hire me" language in a billboard, blimp, bulletin, blog, brochure, or business card. Or in a print ad, newsletter, T-shirt, TV commercial, radio spot, or direct mailer. Or via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, AVVO -- or JDSupra. more

How to Choose a Lawyer

Advice and suggestions on how to select the right lawyer to handle your casemore

Law Firms Beware - New Twist on Conterfeit Check Schemes.

Beware of a new twist on check schemes with Law Firms.more

Lawsuit Against Documents and More

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Original pleading from a lawsuit filed by seven residents of the Rio Grande Valley against McAllen-based company Documents and More. The residents claim the company scammed them out of their money with the promise of helping with divorces.more

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