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Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Report: Meeting client expectations in a changing world
Over the course of this week, Latin Lawyer will be publishing material from its inaugral Latin Lawyer Elite Leadership Meeting, held in São​ Paulo earlier this year. Today, we begin with the highlights from the keynote speech by Tony Williams of Jomati ...
Consumer Protection Is a Two-Way Street, Says Legendary Adland Lawyer
Consumer protection and privacy are not one-way streets, and consumers themselves need to step up to their obligations of "shared responsibility." That's the view of recently inducted Advertising Hall of Famer Carla Michelotti, for many years the top ...
Jailed Chinese lawyer reappears to deliver a 'confession,' but the script seems familiar
BEIJING — In another time, or another place, Wang Yu's reappearance would have been good news. Wang, who is one of China's most respected human rights lawyers, was detained more than a year ago as part of a sweeping crackdown on the legal ...
City lawyer: Minneapolis can't force cops to buy own insurance
The city currently insures officers, but CfPP believes that if cops had to pay for their own lawyers every time they got sued for brutality, they would be a lot more cautious and courteous. CfPP wants to put this question before Minneapolis voters on ...
China releases prominent human rights lawyer on bail
FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Wang Yu, a lawyer for Chinese activist Li Tingting, speaks during an interview in Beijing. China released the prominent human rights lawyer on bail amid protests Monday, Aug, 1, 2016, outside a northern city ...
Lawyer is charged with alleged $4 theft of policy manual pages
A legal aid lawyer in Texas who won a suit against a housing authority has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing some pages from its policy manual. The lawyer, Christina Trejo of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, represented a retiree who sued the ...
Lawyer for Cory Batey asks to be removed for appeal
The primary lawyer for Cory Batey, a former football player convicted of raping an unconscious woman at Vanderbilt University, is asking to be removed from the case. Worrick Robinson, Batey's lawyer, said he made the request because he does not do ...
Business Owners: Why You Need A Reliable Lawyer.
(ThyBlackMan.com) When you start a business, you need to make sure you are protecting yourself and your company if you want it to be a success. Therefore, one of the top people you should get in touch with first is a good lawyer. They will be able to ...
A U.N. Kenya human rights lawyer tours America and sees enduring racial inequality
Kiai is a widely respected Kenyan human rights lawyer and is serving his second term as the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. His trip to the United States was spurred by growing concerns that ...
Pocket Constitution becomes a bestseller after lawyer Khizr Khan's convention speech
Pocket Constitutions have become a best-seller after a Muslim-American lawyer, Khizr Khan, waved his copy in the air during a speech at the Democratic National Convention. A $1 pocket Constitution was Amazon's second-best seller on Monday, the ...
Capitol Notebook: Collins, Trump and a lawyer named Roy
Sen. Susan Collins has modeled herself after her hero, Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, one of the icons of Maine political history. Collins has cited a visit with Smith as an inspiration for her political career. It was Smith's willingness to ...
In wake of renowned lawyer's murder, UN experts urge Kenya to put an end to police impunity
“The recent murder of a well-known lawyer and human rights defender is having a dramatic and detrimental impact on civil society, especially on those active in the field of human rights,” the experts noted in a statement issued late last week ...
Human Rights Lawyer Is Released in China After Videotaped Confession
BEIJING — A prominent lawyer jailed as part of a crackdown on human rights lawyers in China has been released from detention, according to news reports on Monday, even as her colleagues suggested that a videotaped confession she offered was ...
There Has Not Been a Non-Lawyer on a Democratic Presidential Ticket for Three Decades
It has become a given for Democrats to nominate lawyers in recent decades. All of the party's candidates going back to 1984—Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, John Edwards, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Bill Clinton, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale, and ...
Trump's Former Lawyer Pens Massive Article Explaining Why He Mustn't Be President
In his piece published Sunday, Thomas M. Wells recalls his experience working as Trump's attorney nearly 30 years ago: “Donald Trump was then, as he is now, larger than life, particularly in his own eyes, and at the same time frighteningly small, with ...
Former Top CIA Lawyer: 'I Am Not Prepared To Vote For Either Candidate'
JR: You know, I was at the CIA for 34 years as a lawyer. I served under seven presidents, both Republicans and Democrats, and I was – and I think so are most career people at the [Central Intelligence] Agency – apolitical. CIA employees will serve and ...
Ask The Lawyer: Writing a will
(WTNH)–New Haven-based attorney Tara Knight joined News 8 on Monday as part of a new weekly segment called “Ask the Lawyer.” In this edition, we discussed wills, and some of the benefits and challenges of creating them. Some of the questions we ...
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after video 'confession'
According to monitor China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG), more than 300 lawyers, law firm staff, human rights activists and family members have been questioned, surveiled or detained in the past year. The United States has denounced ...
Evander Kane's lawyer disputes bouncer's claims
Evander Kane's defense lawyer on Monday said video recorded by a bar's surveillance camera does not support a bouncer's account of what the Sabres player did to a woman on a dance floor. “The allegations that I read in the paper and so on are extremely ...
China sentences activist in first trial of lawyer crackdown
China found a rights activist guilty of subverting state power on Tuesday in the first trial to be held since a wide-ranging crackdown on legal activism was launched by Beijing last year. Around 300 lawyers and activists have been detained since last ...
Mukilteo shooter's lawyer says tragedy was 'compounded by the tools' available
Allen Ivanov appears at Snohomish District Court in Everett, Wash., via video link from the Snohomish County Jail, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. A lawyer representing the 19-year-old accused of fatally shooting three other teens at a party in Washington state ...
Lawyer for Trump Attack Suspect Wants Him Returned to UK
Michael Sandford was arrested June 18 during a Trump rally in Las Vegas and is due to go on trial Aug. 22. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including disrupting an official function and firearms possession. Sandford's family and lawyers say the ...
Ex-Bush lawyer tries to stop ex-wife from collecting $29M
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former White House lawyer in prison for the attempted murder of his wife is asking a Connecticut judge to stop her from collecting a nearly $29 million verdict while he appeals. The Advocate of Stamford reports ...
China puts activists, lawyer on trial for subversion
China is putting three human rights activists and one lawyer on trial this week in the eastern city of Tianjin, and on Tuesday the court handed down the first verdict, finding one defendant guilty of subversion and imposing a three-year suspended ...
Lawyer Representing Cory Batey Asks To Be Removed
Worrick Robinson is the primary lawyer for 22-year-old Cory Batey, who was found guilty after a trial in April and sentenced last month to 15 years in prison. Robinson told The Tennessean ( (link) 2aKQEXz ) he asked to be removed from the case ...
Lawyer who raised concerns about Greg Abbott's failing child support revamp was fired, paid 'emergency leave' to ...
Lawyer who raised concerns about Greg Abbott's failing child support revamp was fired, paid 'emergency leave' to ...
Laurie Dhues Lawyer Slams Foxs Probe Into Roger Ailes Harassment Claims
Dhue's lawyer, Bruce Schaeffer, issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the law firm Paul, Weiss, which top 21st Century Fox execs Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch hired on July 6 to conduct an investigation of charges in fired Fox anchor Gretchen ...
Nine Washington lawyers for DC Superior Court judgeships
They include Errol Rajesh Arthur, a magistrate judge at the courthouse; lawyer Willa B. Perlmutter; lawyer Gary Thompson; former prosecutor Emily A. Gunston; lawyer Deborah J. Israel; lawyer Lee W. Jackson; Julie R. Breslow, a former prosecutor who is ...
Struggling Firm Desperately Seeking Savior As Lawyer Headcount Sinks
help unemployment In January, we wondered whether once-thriving intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon would be able to survive 2016. Numerous partner departures followed, and in April, we heard that although Kenyon had extended offers to ...
Ask the Lawyer: What's the best way to find a lawyer?
Q A developer sold us a house, but had to dismantle the basement because of mold. The mold is now gone, but the basement remains a mess. We have asked the developer to complete it as promised, but he ignores us. A lawyer could help but who and how ...
South Portland lawyer's license suspended for 'sexting' female client
Attorney Paul L. Letourneau, who has been admitted to the Maine Bar since 2003, must turn over the handling of his pending cases to another lawyer, who has yet to be appointed, until the disciplinary case brought against him by the Maine Board of ...
Contempt finding thrown out in defense lawyer handcuff case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A deputy public defender was cleared Tuesday by a Nevada state court judge of a contempt-of-court finding by a Las Vegas judge who ordered her handcuffed and then sentenced her client to jail for petty theft. The deputy Clark County ...
Turkish lawyer files complaint accusing US generals of aiding coup attempt
ISTANBUL — Barely a day after the Pentagon's top official arrived in Turkey in a bid to cool growing tensions between Ankara and Washington, a Turkish lawyer filed a criminal complaint against him and two other senior U.S. officials. It accused Marine ...
Why Mukilteo shooter's lawyer released suspect's 'suicide' note
Messages are left at a memorial in the parking lot of Kamiak High School Sunday, July 31, 2016, after a community vigil for the victims of a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning at a house in Mukilteo, Wash., killing three teenagers and ...
China Jails Activist For 7.5 Years For Subversion Amid Lawyer Crackdown
Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday jailed a prominent pro-democracy activist and unofficial “house church” leader for seven years and six months on subversion charges as part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights lawyers ...
Belfast Lawyer Who Bilked Two Elderly Clients Disbarred in Maine
A Belfast lawyer in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly clients can no longer practice in Maine. The Maine Supreme Court this week disbarred 62-year-old William Dawson, Junior. He was also ordered to pay than $10,000 ...
Lawyer: Edwin Lara may be eligible for death penalty
BEND, Ore. (AP) – The attorney for a community college security guard charged with murder in Central Oregon is asking a court to approve a co-counsel, saying he expects the charge to be elevated to aggravated murder, making him eligible for the death ...
How a Top GOP Lawyer Guided a Chinese-Owned Company Into ...
How a Top GOP Lawyer Guided a Chinese-Owned Company Into ...
Old Lady Lawyer: Is There An Echo In Here?
The cartoon comes to mind because sometimes dinosaur lawyers can give young lawyers advice and it sounds parental, even patronizing, condescending, or [insert your own adjective of choice], and thus, to be avoided at all costs. However, when the advice ...
Rio School District sues lawyer for $11 million in damages
A lawyer who last month won his lawsuit against Simi Valley for $533,000 in back legal fees is being sued by the Rio School District for the return of $4.8 million in attorney's fees, plus $6.5 million in other damages. The lawsuit alleges that lawyer ...
Adnan Syed is Innocent and I Can Prove It: Lawyer Rabia Chaudry
After the 2014 podcast Serial became a worldwide sensation, many were left doubting that convicted murderer Adnan Syed was guilty of killing former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, when Syed was 17. The Syed family friend who brought the ...
Lawyer: Video shows police officer caused confrontation with social worker
Lawyers for a 28-year-old social worker who was charged with resisting arrest say surveillance video proves a Metro police officer, not the woman, caused a physical confrontation without provocation. Earledreka White was arrested in March by a white ...
Top lawyer facing criminal inquiry over 'bribes' paid to Iraqis bringing abuse claims against British troops
One of the country's leading human-rights lawyers faces a criminal inquiry into claims Iraqi civilians ​were bribed ​to bring abuse claims against British soldiers, The Telegraph can reveal. Phil Shiner is accused by legal regulators of ​knowing about ...
Weatherford lawyer under investigation was detective, professor
A Weatherford attorney under investigation after an ex-client filed a complaint of sexual assault was a former detective in Fort Worth. i. A Weatherford attorney under investigation after an ex-client filed a complaint of sexual assault was a former ...
How To Find The Best DUI Lawyer By Yourself
A good DUI lawyer who will listen to you, understand your case, and help you in court isn't just going to jump right out at you. It is essential to research various DUI attorneys in order to choose the one that is best for your specific case ...
Lawyer: Seat missing from car crash that killed CBS newsman
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Bob Simon's widow says a seat is missing from the Lincoln Town Car that was carrying the CBS newsman when it crashed in New York City, killing him. Attorney Howard Hershenhorn writes in court papers Wednesday that the ...
Cory Batey's lawyer says case was unfair
A lawyer for convicted rapist and former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey opened up about the case Wednesday after what could be his final court appearance in the matter. Worrick Robinson said he believed it was unfair that two men ...
China Lawyer in Court in 3rd of Series of Subversion Trials
A Chinese lawyer was in court Thursday in the third of a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party's determination to shut down independent human rights activists and government critics. Zhou Shifeng faces a possible heavy ...
Kelly Osbourne 'Publicly Exposed Michelle Pugh to Hatred, Contempt, Ridicule and Disgrace,' Says Lawyer
Amid rumors of the affair in May, Kelly sent a series of angry tweets, releasing Pugh's direct phone number and accusing her of "elder abuse." In this week's issue of PEOPLE, Pugh explains the reason behind her lawsuit was because of the public ...
China Jails Activist Lawyer For 7 Years on Subversion Charge
A court in China jailed a prominent human rights lawyer for seven years on Thursday for subverting the government, state media said, the latest in a string of convictions linked to an unprecedented crackdown on legal defenders. Zhou Shifeng, 51, the ...