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Joe Milowic's Story of Depression Should Spur Renewed Focus on Lawyer Well-being | New York Law Journal
Joe Milowic's Story of Depression Should Spur Renewed Focus on Lawyer Well-being | New York Law Journal  Law.comJoe Milowic's story of his battles with depression struck a chord with readers and helped bring the topic of lawyers' mental health out of the shadows this year.

Texas Senate Passes Religious Liberty Bill to Shield Lawyers Who Reject LGBTQ Clients | Texas Lawyer
Texas Senate Passes Religious Liberty Bill to Shield Lawyers Who Reject LGBTQ Clients | Texas Lawyer  Law.comThe Texas Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would protect lawyers who have sincerely held religious beliefs from losing their law licenses based on ...

New defense lawyer switches strategy in Alex Jones case
New defense lawyer switches strategy in Alex Jones case  Austin American-StatesmanIn a stunning last-minute change of strategy, the new attorney representing Alex Jones in a lawsuit brought by a Sandy Hook shooting victim's mother said ...

5 Professional Lifestyle Tips For The New Lawyer's First 5 Years Of Practice
5 Professional Lifestyle Tips For The New Lawyer's First 5 Years Of Practice  Above the LawOnce in a while, new and not-so-new lawyers ask me for advice on what they should do for the first three to 10 years of their career. I must admit that this is ...

Michigan Supreme Court denies Nassar appeals in Eaton County Court
Michigan Supreme Court denies Nassar appeals in Eaton County Court  The State NewsThe Michigan Supreme Court denied Larry Nassar's appeals for resentencing and by a new judge in Eaton County Circuit Court.

Barr's legacy on the line as Mueller team fumes
Barr's legacy on the line as Mueller team fumes  POLITICOWilliam Barr is just seven weeks into his new job and he's already in the middle of a gathering political storm over special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page ...

Jussie Smollett Case: Petition Filed Asking Special Prosecutor to Investigate After Charges Dropped
Jussie Smollett Case: Petition Filed Asking Special Prosecutor to Investigate After Charges Dropped  PEOPLE.com"I want to see that the right thing is done, the right way," Chicago attorney Saani Mohammed tells PEOPLE about his petition.

Twitter Blasts Chris Darden, Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect's Lawyer | News One
Twitter Blasts Chris Darden, Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect's Lawyer | News One  News OneThe tragic murder of Nipsey Hussle all of a sudden has the unfortunate potential to turn into a three-ring circus now that the rapper's accused killer has found a ...

Chicago Attorney Files Suit For Release of Mueller Report
Chicago Attorney Files Suit For Release of Mueller Report  NBC ChicagoA Chicago attorney who specializes in Freedom of Information and open records lawsuits has filed suit against multiple defendants, including the United States ...

Rudy Giuliani Wealth: Where Trump Lawyer's Money Comes From
Rudy Giuliani Wealth: Where Trump Lawyer's Money Comes From  BloombergWhile he represents the president for free, he travels the world consulting, giving speeches, and building his brand.

System is ‘broken,’ Bay Area immigration attorney tells real estate professionals
System is ‘broken,’ Bay Area immigration attorney tells real estate professionals  The Mercury NewsAt “Understanding Silicon Valley Immigration,” a program hosted by the Global Business Council of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Realtors listened ...

Mueller's office would tip-off Trump's lawyer to incorrect press reports about Russia investigation
Mueller's office would tip-off Trump's lawyer to incorrect press reports about Russia investigation  Daily MailRobert Mueller and President Trump actually got on behind the scenes, with the special counsel's office even notifying the White House 'in code' of errors in ...

Cyber not just an IT concern anymore, as DOJ recruits tech-savvy lawyers
Cyber not just an IT concern anymore, as DOJ recruits tech-savvy lawyers  Federal News NetworkAttracting enough cyber and IT talent is a well-known problem across government, but technology always has ripple effects, and those are starting to affect hiring ...

Jussie Smollett Won't be 'Intimidated' into Reimbursing City, Lawyer Says
Jussie Smollett Won't be 'Intimidated' into Reimbursing City, Lawyer Says  PEOPLE.comMark Geragos, one of the lawyers representing Jussie Smollett, says demands for the Empire actor to reimburse the city of Chicago more than $130,000 incurred ...

Prominent Lawyer Will Plead Guilty to Role in College Admission Scandal: 'I Am Deeply Ashamed'
Prominent Lawyer Will Plead Guilty to Role in College Admission Scandal: 'I Am Deeply Ashamed'  PEOPLE.comA high-powered lawyer announced Friday that he plans to plead guilty to the criminal charges he faces in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Alberta lawyer's bid to change jury rules rejected by appeal court
Alberta lawyer's bid to change jury rules rejected by appeal court  CBC.caAn Edmonton lawyer has failed in his bid to change the way juries are selected in Alberta. Defence lawyer Simon Renouf filed a notice of appeal in 2018 that ...

Democracy and Economics
Democracy and Economics  Courthouse News ServiceI've been reading Michelle Obama's “Becoming” lately because, naturally, I wanted to find out how to become Michelle Obama. Imagine my disappointment ...

Ruling illustrates lawyers must work on affidavits
Ruling illustrates lawyers must work on affidavits  Law TimesLitigators say a recent family law decision serves as a warning to lawyers to clean up their affidavit practices.

Ted Cruz issues Yale Law School quite the ultimatum
Ted Cruz issues Yale Law School quite the ultimatum  Campus ReformSen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued a warning to Yale Law School after the dean's response to leftist students. The students had complained to the school after ...

Three Emerging Labor and Employment Risks in M&A Transactions | Texas Lawyer
Three Emerging Labor and Employment Risks in M&A Transactions | Texas Lawyer  Law.comIt is basic that any company making an acquisition should conduct due diligence concerning the target company's business operations and potential liabilities, ...

What’s a Lawyer’s Duty When a Data Breach Occurs within the Law Firm: Cybersecurity Best Practices
What’s a Lawyer’s Duty When a Data Breach Occurs within the Law Firm: Cybersecurity Best Practices  JD SupraWhen I spoke at the University of Florida E-Discovery Conference last month, there was a question from the live stream audience about a lawyer's duty to ...

Lawyer leads talk on the meaning of Sharia
Lawyer leads talk on the meaning of Sharia  The Flat HatApril 4, students at the College of William and Mary attended a talk entitled “What Sharia Means for American Muslims and American Rule of Law.” The talk was ...

Lawyer X puts Victoria’s legal system in uncharted waters, judge says
Lawyer X puts Victoria’s legal system in uncharted waters, judge says  The AustralianVictorias most senior judge says the justice system is in uncharted waters as it prepares to hear appeals by people whose convictions may have been tainted by ...

The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 16: Through fits and starts, testimony continues
The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 16: Through fits and starts, testimony continues  Tampa Bay TimesBolan says he spoke to psychiatrist Emily Lazarou last night and again today about the court's ruling regarding the last three questions on the PCL-R: they are ...

Mueller report: Attorney General William Barr intends to release report "within a week"
Mueller report: Attorney General William Barr intends to release report "within a week"  CBS NewsAttorney General William Barr hopes to release special counsel Robert Mueller's report, with redactions, "within a week," he told members of a House ...

Kim Kardashian Facing Backlash After She Announces Plans To Become A Lawyer
Kim Kardashian Facing Backlash After She Announces Plans To Become A Lawyer  The Inquisitr NewsKim Kardashian recently revealed to Vogue that she plans to become a lawyer, as The Inquisitr previously reported, and some fans aren't having it. They're ...

'An Ongoing Dialogue About How You Get It Done': Work-Life Choices Still in Forefront | New Jersey Law Journal
'An Ongoing Dialogue About How You Get It Done': Work-Life Choices Still in Forefront | New Jersey Law Journal  Law.comThis is a conversation we have at the bar [association] level said Kelly S. Crawford of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti. It's an ongoing dialogue about how ...

Top FBI lawyer discussed a special counsel before James Comey's firing
Top FBI lawyer discussed a special counsel before James Comey's firing  Washington ExaminerFormer FBI General Counsel James Baker said top officials at the Justice Department and FBI discussed appointing a special counsel before the firing of FBI ...

Kim Kardashian Is Studying to Become a Lawyer, Wants to Take the Bar in 2022
Kim Kardashian Is Studying to Become a Lawyer, Wants to Take the Bar in 2022  PEOPLE.com"The reading is what really gets me. It's so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds," says Kim Kardashian.

Lawyer announces 2020 bid for Baltimore mayor's office
Lawyer announces 2020 bid for Baltimore mayor's office  CityNews VancouverBALTIMORE — An ex-Maryland deputy attorney general says he's running for Baltimore's highest office as first-term Mayor Catherine Pugh is embroiled in a ...

Gregory Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, expects to be charged in relation to Ukrainian work with Manafort, his lawyers say
Gregory Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, expects to be charged in relation to Ukrainian work with Manafort, his lawyers say  The Washington PostAttorneys for former White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig said Wednesday that he expects to face federal charges in the coming days in relationship to legal ...

Diddy Shares That Lawyer Responsible For Kaepernick NFL Lawsuit Was Once His Intern
Diddy Shares That Lawyer Responsible For Kaepernick NFL Lawsuit Was Once His Intern  HotNewHipHopNot every Bad Boy intern turns to a career in music by choosing to become the next Diddy or Jay Z. One former intern is Ben Meiselas, a 33-year-old attorney ...

Chicago media lawyers are flush with work
Chicago media lawyers are flush with work  Crain's Chicago BusinessMedia lawyers are doing a booming trade in Chicago right now as news outlets challenge government secrecy in headline-grabbing cases. Last week, Loevy ...

Gregory Craig, Ex-Obama Aide, Is Indicted on Charges of Lying to Justice Dept.
Gregory Craig, Ex-Obama Aide, Is Indicted on Charges of Lying to Justice Dept.  The New York TimesThe charges grew out of the investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and involve work steered to Mr. Craig by Paul Manafort.

Schwab connected lawyer's InvestmentNews column erupts like a sudden spring storm, roiling advisors, after firing a warning shot at RIAs without revealing connections
Schwab connected lawyer's InvestmentNews column erupts like a sudden spring storm, roiling advisors, after firing a warning shot at RIAs without revealing connections  RIABizLawyer Robyn Crowther of white shoe LA law firm Steptoe penned article; both Schwab and InvestmentNews disavowed knowledge of its origin or author ...

Lawyer-turned-fashion entrepreneur Kiran Tuljaram on her clutch brand Elevate
Lawyer-turned-fashion entrepreneur Kiran Tuljaram on her clutch brand Elevate  Options The EdgeStarting a business might seem a difficult thing to do, but for Kiran Tuljaram, it runs in the family. “I actually have business in my blood. My parents, my ...

Christie Brinkley Offers To Help Wendy Williams With Her Divorce: ‘I Know A Phonebook Of Lawyers’
Christie Brinkley Offers To Help Wendy Williams With Her Divorce: ‘I Know A Phonebook Of Lawyers’  Hollywood LifeChristie Brinkley discusses Wendy Williams' divorce with the talk show host and offers to help her with lawyer recommendations!

Christie Brinkley Offers to Find Wendy Williams a Divorce Lawyer After Husband's Alleged Affair
Christie Brinkley Offers to Find Wendy Williams a Divorce Lawyer After Husband's Alleged Affair  PEOPLE.comA source says Wendy Williams filed for divorce after she learned her husband allegedly cheated on her again, this time fathering a child.

Innovation a hot topic at CCCA conference | Canadian Lawyer Mag
Innovation a hot topic at CCCA conference | Canadian Lawyer Mag  Canadian Lawyer MagazineI recently attended the National Conference of the CCCA. Unsurprisingly, there were several sessions that dealt with some aspect of innovation in legal services.

Judge: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling
Judge: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling  POLITICOAttorney General William Barr has created public distrust about whether the Justice Department is committed to sharing as much as possible about the Russia ...

Time for Ontario lawyers to scrap rule that violates their freedom of expression
Time for Ontario lawyers to scrap rule that violates their freedom of expression  The Hill TimesWhile I teach the values of equality and diversity, I oppose forcing all lawyers to promote these or any other government-prescribed values.

Kim Kardashian Crams Ahead of Her Torts Exam After Revealing Her Plans to Become a Lawyer
Kim Kardashian Crams Ahead of Her Torts Exam After Revealing Her Plans to Become a Lawyer  PEOPLE.comEarlier this month, Kardashian revealed she's studying to become a lawyer and has a goal of taking the bar in 2022.

State's attorney calls Jussie Smollett 'washed up,' R. Kelly a 'pedophile' in texts
State's attorney calls Jussie Smollett 'washed up,' R. Kelly a 'pedophile' in texts  ABC NewsCook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx referred to "Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops," according to newly revealed text ...

Commentary: New York, religious laws agree on vaccinations
Commentary: New York, religious laws agree on vaccinations  Minnesota LawyerBy Noah Feldman. Bloomberg Opinion. A group of parents filed suit Monday against the New York City Department of Health to block an emergency order ...

Women Describe Their Experience Working in Big Law, And It's Not Pretty
Women Describe Their Experience Working in Big Law, And It's Not Pretty  Law.comEarlier this month it was revealed that six women are in the process of suing Jones Day over accusations of alleged gender discrimination (to catch up see here ...

Kim Kardashian Knows 'Some People Are Laughing at Her' for Becoming a Lawyer: Source
Kim Kardashian Knows 'Some People Are Laughing at Her' for Becoming a Lawyer: Source  PEOPLE.comA source tells PEOPLE that Kim Kardashian "realizes that some people are laughing at her, but she really doesn't care"

Trial tip: Preparing a witness outline
Trial tip: Preparing a witness outline  Minnesota LawyerWhen it comes to organizing for trial and questioning witnesses, there is no “one size fits all” way to do it. Nevertheless, there are good reasons for and.

Where's the Zeal? | New York Law Journal
Where's the Zeal? | New York Law Journal  Law.comIf lawyers only knew of the shift in what is expected of them they might feel a sense of relief which in itself could improve their physical and mental health even ...

Gender Discrimination in Biglaw
Gender Discrimination in Biglaw  Legal Talk NetworkKathryn Rubino and Deborah K. Marcuse discuss the current workplace environment in big law firms and the importance of gender diversity within the ...

How The Am Law 100 Left $4.4B On the Table in 2018 | The American Lawyer
How The Am Law 100 Left $4.4B On the Table in 2018 | The American Lawyer  Law.comDiscounted billable rates are costing law firms billions in lost profits. They aren't helping clients much either. How can Big Law move beyond the discount?