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20
Aug

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News

Australian man playing baseball at an Oklahoma college is shot and killed by ‘bored’ teens (ESPN)
Freedom of Speech? Pastor to burn nearly 3,000 Koran’s on 9/11 (CBS Tampa)

Law student application drop 18%, how does that help current students? (ABA Journal)

Lawsuit against for profit schools who inflated post-grad employment numbers settle lawsuit (Wall Street Journal)

Now this is a Chinese law I can get on board with: Public bathroom users to be fined for missing the toilet, bad aim (China Morning Post)
Big Brother: Google Glass app allows police to view live feed from nearby surveillance cameras (Tech Crunch)
Man strangles girlfriend… because she deleted all of his numbers out of his phone (Jakarta Globe)

Watch out for prank phone calls: Large amount of fake phone calls being made, telling people to show up for jury duty, want personal info (ABA Journal)

24
Jun

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News

The Scarlett Letter 2013- Florida man is falsely labeled a sexual predator. (Courts and Sports)

2011 murder of civil rights attorney remains unsolved (ABA Journal) For more, see our previous article, “In The Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession?” (Courts and Sports)

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After the Miami Heat wont the title, many of the Heat players went to Miami clubs and partied with rappers. Shane Battier went to Denny’s and ate a Grand Slam. (CBS)

Jacksonville, Fl Dad rents out movie theater so his son and his friends can play videos on a huge screen. (Gawker)

Best sports GIF of the year: Chris Bosh being extra Boshie vs. finals confetti.  (Mashable)

Here is a recap of the SCOTUS ‘s three biggest decisions in the last session. (AP)

New pill/microchip remembers all of your passwords- it can be swallowed, and then it transmits information from inside your body (Daily Mail)

Man waiting in line for the new LeBron’s (shoes) shoots man who tried to rob everybody in line, police do not press charges. (Sporting News)

Videos of LeBron and D. Wade partying in celebration of championship is annoying. So is Drake. (TMZ)

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25
Feb

Legal Links 2/25

Talk of NBA’s amnesty clause sparks feud: Kobe v. Mark Cuban (NBC Sports)

While visiting a client, lawyer accidentally gets locked in cell, police call the accident an “unfortunate incident” (ABA Journal)

Desmond Bryant arrested for criminal mischief, his mugshot is a must-see (USA Today)

Drug dealer tells jury he and lawyer worked on witness hit list, among other crimes (The Record)

What is it going to take? Increased penalties for dopers in MLB could be coming (Yahoo!)

Tom Brady signed to 3-year extension with Patriots (ESPN) Takes big pay cut (USA Today)

Just FYI, since you loaded this page, Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez has made ~100$,  almost $1.00 every second. 

21
Feb

Delaware Courthouse Shooting Update, Shooter was After Lawyer who Wasn’t There

Last week we posted an article, In the Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession? , in which we listed several recent acts of violence within the legal community. One of those stories was about a courthouse shooting in Delaware in which a gunman shot and killed two women before taking his own life. Since that post, chilling information has come forward.

According to an ABA Journal article, among the items found during a search of the shooter’s home was a book titled, Kill All the Lawyers. The ABA Journal also reported that, “when (the shooter) arrived on Feb. 11 at the Delaware courthouse, apparently had with him handwritten ‘death certificates.'” The death warrants were written for attorney Timothy Hitchings and his client. Fortunrately, Hitchings did not appear in court that day.

18
Feb

ABA Midyear Meeting: Scrapping the Third Year of Law School?

The hot topic at this year’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas was the discussion of cutting law school programs from three years to two years. Proponents of the idea believe that eliminating the third year would decrease the financial burden on law students and in effect decrease the cost of obtaining legal representation. Duke law professor Paul Carrington, who brought the idea forward at the meeting, has been the leading advocate for the one year reduction.

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Graduating from law school with overwhelming debt not only hurts the student’s personal financial situation, but the legal profession as a whole. Illinois State Bar Association President John Thies explained why, “New lawyers have too much debt to work in public interest positions, to make a living providing affordable legal services, to work in rural areas, and to work in small law firms.” He continued, “Debt burdened lawyers are less likely to engage in pro bono work and judging by the anecdotal evidence, they could be more likely to commit ethics violations.”

Courts & Sports’ John M. Phillips believes that cutting programs down to two years would have a negative impact on the legal profession, “The third year is not a waste. You are recieving a doctorate. The amount of lawyers (that would enter the industry) would increase dramatically – with it, more depserate law grads would be seeking to enter an already crowded marketplace where ethics are going down the drain.”

After analyzing the numbers, Jim Chen, a professor and former dean at the University of Louisville School of Law, said law graduates need “an annual salary equal to two-thirds of their law school debt to make law school viable.” Chen recommended a few alternatives to cutting a third year, such as, “requiring law professors to take a one-third pay cut or give up job security.”

Another alternative would be to offer a degree similar to a nurse practitioner in the medical profession. More than a paralegal (nurse) but not quite a lawyer (doctor).

I asked Michael Galdenzi, a second year student at the Florida Coastal School of Law, what he thought. His first questions was, “How would that affect bar passage rates?” The answer, also discussed at the Midyear meeting, was that the ABA would push the Supreme Court to lower the amount of subjects tested on the bar, allowing two years of law school to be sufficient. Yet obviously, this would decrease the general legal knowledge of attorneys entering the field. And this begs the question- Would potential clients be weary of hiring a new attorney with only two years of legal education as opposed to an older attorney who had three years of legal education?

“I think it would just create lawyers who are not as good as the ones we have today.” Galdenzi said, “It would water down the already flooded lawyer market. Completing a three year program means that one has to be absolutely committed to the profession. Comparing this to a doctor works well because doctors have to spend many years in school in order to achieve their title and ability to practice in the field. Barriers to entry into certain fields are good because it keeps people out who are not passionate about the profession.”

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