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Supreme Court rules against property owners in takings case - 6/23/2017 07:28

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled against four siblings who contended zoning regulations constituted a taking of their Wisconsin vacation property. …

Immigrant who got bad legal advice is entitled to vacate his conviction, Supreme Court rules - 6/23/2017 07:44

An immigrant whose lawyer wrongly told him he would not be deported as a result of a guilty plea is entitled to vacate his conviction,…

A second mistrial is declared for Ohio officer accused in fatal shooting of black driver - 6/23/2017 12:27

An Ohio judge has again declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Ray Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer accused of fatally shooting a…

A federal court asks jurors to confront their hidden biases - 6/23/2017 12:00

There’s something of a formula to the first morning of jury duty. It might involve a refresher on differences between civil and criminal cases, a…

Prepaid legal services provider LegalShield adapts by ‘adding a layer of technology’ - 6/23/2017 10:44

Ari Kaplan spoke with Keri Norris, the senior vice president for regulatory affairs and a chief legal officer at LegalShield, a provider of prepaid legal…

Marc Kasowitz’s law firm gets a ‘Trump bump’ in prestige rankings - 6/23/2017 10:10

The law firm founded by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has broken into the top 100 in Vault’s prestige rankings. Kasowitz Benson Torres…

5th Circuit tosses challenge to Mississippi’s controversial religious freedom law - 6/23/2017 08:58

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that LGBT activists and other plaintiffs don’t have standing to challenge a controversial Mississippi law that allows businesses…

7th Circuit refuses to reinstate conviction of Brendan Dassey in ‘Making a Murderer’ case - 6/22/2017 01:36

Updated: A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the conviction of a Wisconsin man convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a…

7th Circuit chastises lawyer for telling judge he was advocating for prosecutors, abdicating his job - 6/22/2017 11:02

A defense lawyer who told an 80-year-old federal judge that he was “advocating for the government” and “abdicating your job as a judge” can’t be…

Erwin Chemerinsky named to lead Berkeley Law - 5/17/2017 11:05

Erwin Chemerinsky has been selected as dean for the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Chemerinsky, the founding dean of University of California Irvine…

Amazon’s Alexa can now track billable hours - 5/10/2017 07:29

Corrected: As noted in its near-ubiquitous ad campaign, Amazon’s artificially intelligent virtual assistant, Alexa, can interact with users, give them important information like weather and…

Gorsuch, like Alito, will not join cert pool - 5/2/2017 12:58

The law clerks for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch have their work cut out for them. Gorsuch will not be joining the so-called cert pool, in…

Wrongly convicted man passes New York bar exam - 5/1/2017 06:00

Martin Tankleff, who was arrested at age 17 and would spend 17 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the murders of his parents,…

Trump’s tax plan largesse extends to law firms - 4/26/2017 01:15

President Donald Trump’s tax blueprint unveiled Wednesday contains a provision that would benefit law firms. Under the plan, corporations that currently pay a tax rate…

Conservatives seek to stop law school’s civil rights center from filing lawsuits - 4/24/2017 02:23

The Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina’s law school will be barred from filing lawsuits if conservatives on the university’s policy-making…

Lawyer who represents man dragged from flight now represents mom in airline stroller incident - 4/24/2017 07:07

Chicago lawyer Thomas Demetrio now represents a second unhappy airline passenger. Demetrio announced Monday that he represents a mother shown in an online video crying…

Lawyer for man dragged from plane sees lawsuit likelihood, wants to stop airline bullying - 4/13/2017 08:50

A lawyer for the man dragged from a United Airlines plane said at a press conference on Thursday that his client will need reconstructive surgery…

Should lawyers repeat a justice’s mispronunciation? Take this ‘antecedent’ example - 4/13/2017 08:19

Corrected: An assistant to the solicitor general had a choice to make when Justice Elena Kagan referred to the antecedent clause of a statute. Kagan…

Multistate bar exam scores drop to lowest point ever; is there a link to low-end LSAT scores? - 4/12/2017 05:00

The average score on the multistate bar exam in February 2017 dropped by another point, reaching the lowest level since the exam was first administered…

Justice Kennedy is said to be mulling retirement; will Roberts be the swing vote? - 4/11/2017 10:48

The U.S. Supreme Court’s swing voter, 80-year-old Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, is reportedly mulling retirement. According to CNN, former law clerks and others close to…

New Mexico outlaws ‘lunch shaming’ in legislation said to be first of its kind - 4/11/2017 06:00

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill intended to end “lunch shaming” practices that embarrass children when their parents can’t pay the bill…

Former Hunton partner is arrested in Florida after disappearing nearly 20 years ago - 4/10/2017 02:20

A former Hunton & Williams partner who disappeared nearly 20 years ago before he was charged in an alleged Ponzi scheme has been arrested in…

Law firm and its name partner are using the courts for ‘their own self-aggrandizement,’ suit says - 4/6/2017 05:30

A Chicago law firm claims in a lawsuit that the Edelson class action boutique and its founding partner are filing nuisance lawsuits and using the…

Title VII protects gay workers, 7th Circuit rules; Posner backs ‘interpretive updating’ of old laws - 4/5/2017 09:54

In an opinion praised by gay-rights advocates, an en banc federal appeals court has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees…

Programmer faces federal charges for creating software used by hackers - 4/5/2017 05:00

Updated: An Arkansas programmer who created software that is popular with hackers is facing federal charges of conspiracy, and aiding and abetting computer intrusions. Taylor…