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11
Jul

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News

Freedom of Speech? No thanks: 7 people who have been arrested because of something they wrote on Facebook (Business Insider)

If the SCOTUS/Anthony Kennedy do not intervene, California will release 10,000 prison inmates (Business Insider)

Lawyer abandons his $200k Ferrari to get to court on time (Above the Law)

Attorney John M. Phillips gives his case for a conviction of manslaughter of George Zimmerman (Know The Lawyer)

Death Valley is so hot you can fry an egg- literally…And it is becoming a problem [Video] (Yahoo! News)

Here is one of the better summaries of the Aaron Hernandez situation (US News)

A second Denver Broncos executive is facing DUI charges (CBS Sports)

A woman was caught trying to to hire an undercover cop to kill her husband, because “divorce” and “breaking his heart” were not options (YouTube)

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court today, makes first public appearance (Chicago Tribune)

World’s largest debt collection agency agrees to pay record settlement of $3.2 million for harassing individuals with phone calls (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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28
Feb

Legal Links 2/28

A zip line rider has filed a negligence lawsuit against Zoom Air Daytona Beach (Daytona News-Journal)

5 takeaways from SCOTUS Voting Rights discussion, Justice Scalia is fired up (Politico)

Lying in an online dating site profile could come back to bite you, in a divorce (ABA Journal)

Four ‘Bama football players dismissed from team after being arrested for two robberies (Yahoo!)

Man accused of killing and dismembering mother appears in court wearing trash bag (AP)

If you have read the news recently, you might be wondering, what is sequestration? (Politico)

Not all lawyers are bad: 3L who wants to save the world, help children, given $20k towards student loans by Ellen. (ABA Journal)

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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