Monday, August 21, 2017

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Have You Ever Fired a Client? Lawyers Share Their Experiences

  Some people liken the relationship between lawyers and their clients to a marriage. However, just like marriages, in some cases that relationship just doesn’t work out and a lawyer has to let the client go (despite how much money they might lose.) Sure, it’s never easy firing a client, but sometimes you just have no […]

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Federal Judge Denies Witness Chance To See Total Eclipse

The judge apparently failed to experience a total eclipse of the heart.

Why The Easiest Job — Reporting What’s Happening — Is Hard

Sometimes, even a relatively easy thing requires both judgment calls and seeing the future.

Morning Docket: 08.21.17

Ed. note: We’re sure you already know this, but there’s a total eclipse today. If you’re planning to watch the eclipse, make sure you do so safely. Enjoy and have fun!

* More than 30 percent of law students are minorities, but only 15 percent of lawyers and less than 9 percent of partners are attorneys of color. Racial diversity in law firms seems to have flatlined, but some law firms are doing a little better than others when it comes to recruiting and retaining minority lawyers. We’ll have more on this sometime soon. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

* Is “Google” undeserving of trademark protection thanks to genericide? “There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the Internet using any search engine,” and perhaps that’s why Chris Gillespie, who lost his case at the Ninth Circuit when he attempted to have Google’s trademark invalidated, has applied to the Supreme Court for certiorari. [Ars Technica]

* Judge Jim Hinkle of Gwinnett County, Georgia, who was suspended after posting some controversial remarks about Charlottesville on Facebook — i.e., comparing “snowflake” counter-protesters to ISIS because they were “destroying history” — has officially resigned from the bench. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

* James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old accused of ramming his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring numerous others, has been charged with five additional felony counts on top of the five he was already facing, one of which was second-degree murder. [CNN]

* Some law schools are doing more than others when it comes to helping students with mental health and substance abuse issues. While some law schools are offering students and professors an impressive suite of awareness, reporting, and counseling services, others are a bit behind the eight ball. [Daily Report]

* In what could very well be one of the first virtual law firm mergers, FisherBroyles and Ntellect Law, two cloud-based firms, have tied the knot, combining to form the largest law firm of its kind. Kevin Broyles, the firm’s co-founder, thinks the firm will join the Am Law 200 by 2018. [Am Law Daily]

Sunday, August 20, 2017

How Robyn Pollack Plans To Boost The Attraction And Retention of Millennial Women At Law Firms

She thinks firms should be investing in millennial women to build the next generation of leaders.

Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.17

* The first letter of every paragraph in this rebuke to President Trump from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities spell out the word “Resist.” That’s putting your English degree to its highest possible use. [Politico]

* “[The Statue to Stephen Foster] was commissioned in 1900 by a local newspaper editor who imagined Foster, ‘catching the inspiration for his melodies from the fingers of an old darkey reclining at his feet strumming negro airs upon an old banjo,’ per a 2010 City Paper article.” The “culture” some people are defending is embarrassing for y’all. [Very Smart Brothers]

* This is why we can’t have nice things like democracy vouchers. Alternative headline: we can have democracy vouchers and catch the people who try to abuse them. [Election Law Blog]

* The ABA is rolling out a “fact check” website for the public looking for legal information. It’s an interesting idea. I wonder if they should do it for law schools? Hmm… if only there were some body, some “accreditation association” of some kind, that could professionally fact check law schools, and deny an imprimatur of legitimacy on schools that routinely mislead their students. I’m telling you, the ABA might be onto something here. [Simple Justice]

* I’m in the Daily Caller pooping on Roger Taney. I’m sure no minds have been changed but, hey, Dred Scott didn’t win either. [Daily Caller]

* Cass Sunstein heroically managed to talk about infrastructure. [Bloomberg View]

* This is probably the first day that I’ve been excited to check in with Breitbart. “Get Ready For Bannon The Barbarian,” they say. Yeah. This popcorn is so good, you guys. [Breitbart]