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There’s little question that being easily found via the Internet is important for solos, particularly those practicing in highly consumer-facing areas like criminal defense, family law, and bankruptcy. And when it comes to Internet searches, Google reigns supreme, commanding two-thirds of the search market. Although building out a website and related online presences is critical to being found online, Google also offers a sweet little gift to your practice: a free Google Places profile. What’s Google Places? It’s the series of listings (typically 3 or 7) that appear at or near the top of the page when users search for local business related terms like “Chicago plumber” or “Miami DUI lawyer.” ABA GPSolo Report Детальніше-Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Michigan inmate who contended he should have received a Miranda warning before being interrogated in a prison conference room about sexual conduct with a 12-year-old boy. The court ruled in a 6-3 opinion (PDF) against inmate Randall Lee Fields, who confessed to molestation while incarcerated on a disorderly misconduct charge. The dissenters were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen G. Breyer. ABA Law Journal Детальніше-Read More
In what he admitted was a "novel holding" in an apparent case of first impression that required him to "apply an ancient legal doctrine to modern technology," a Franklin County, Pa., trial judge has allowed into evidence text messages between a husband and wife, ruling that the spousal communications privilege does not apply in criminal cases involving child abuse. Law Technology News Детальніше-Read More
In 1987, on the Constitution’s bicentennial, Time magazine calculated that “of the 170 countries that exist today, more than 160 have written charters modeled directly or indirectly on the U.S. version.” A quarter-century later, the picture looks very different. “The U.S. Constitution appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a new study by David S. Law of Washington University in St. Louis and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia. NY Times Детальніше-Read More
Lawyers may soon be allowed to practice in New Jersey using "virtual" law offices instead of having to keep up bricks-and-mortar locations. A state Supreme Court committee is recommending an loosening of the bona fide office rule, R. 1:21-1(a).. No longer would a physical plant be required, as long as the lawyer is reachable by clients, other lawyers and the courts for official business, including service of process. The proposed amendment would overturn a joint opinion by two other Court committees that found the virtual office insufficient to meet the rule. NJ Law Journal Детальніше-Read More
Europe and Eurasia, Field-based Internship Opportunity (Unpaid) in Ukraine
The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is currently seeking a candidate for its International Volunteer Internship Program in the Europe and Eurasia Division to work primarily on its program in Ukraine. The Ukraine internship is well suited for recent graduates or students currently enrolled in master’s or law programs. Candidates should have a proven background and interest in the region and international affairs and have excellent written and cross-cultural communication skills. Click Here to View Details
In a gathering storm that apparently may not yet have reached its full strength, lawsuits have been or will be filed today against another 12 law schools over the way they report employment data for their graduates, according to counsel for the plaintiffs. They say in a press release (PDF) that new litigation is being brought against law schools in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois and New York, concerning allegations that a number engaged in subterfuges such as hiring their own graduates for temporary jobs and counting law grads working in nonlegal jobs as employed. Links to some of the complaints can be found at plaintiffs lawyer David Anziska's website. Plaintiffs contend that they were misled by the statistics into taking on a heavy debt burden in pursuit of employment as attorneys that was much harder to find than the job stats provided by the law schools suggested. They also allege that salary figures may have been compiled from a small sample of law grads with fatter-than-average paychecks. ABA Law Journal Детальніше-Read More