Judge OKs Blind Grad's Computer Use for Bar Exam

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (AP) - A federal judge says a blind law school graduate can use a computer during the multiple-choice portion of the California bar exam, a test all must pass to practice law in the state. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled Friday that University of California Los Angeles...

Judge Admonished After Attorney Paid with Coupons

A California judicial commission has admonished a retired judge for ordering that an attorney who settled a class-action lawsuit be paid in $10 coupons for women's apparel. The lawsuit accused Windsor Fashions Inc. of invading customers' privacy by requesting personal information during credit...

LexisNexis Announces Lexis for Microsoft Office

At LegalTech 2010, LexisNexis announced Lexis for Microsoft Office, a new set of research capabilities that will enable legal professionals to access content and services from LexisNexis and other sources while operating directly within Microsoft Office applications. Legal professionals can now find...

Law Firms Make Fortune’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For

Fortune magazine has issued its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For . Congratulations to law firms Bingham McCutcheon, Arnold & Porter, and Baker Donelson, which placed 12 th , 65 th , and 77 th in the list, respectively. The rankings are based on, among other factors, pay, benefits...

City Attorney Fired for Filing Toyota Lawsuit

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) - New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant in nearby Blue Springs. Robert M. Carter said he'll fight his dismissal, which came last week after aldermen met in a closed-door session. Full version...

Budget Pressures Cancel Nebraska Legal Training

Citing budget pressures, the Nebraska Supreme Court has canceled legal training set for this spring and summer for judges and other court employees. But court officials say they will boost online offerings to help judges and court staff meet their annual continuing-education requirements.

Lawyers Rethink 'Billable Hours' in Down Economy

For the graduating law class about to embark on a career that lives and breathes in six-minute increments, Stephen Ellis had an unusual message. The commencement speaker at Case Western Reserve University Law School told students that a mainstay of the legal profession the billable hour was a recipe...

Virginia Lawmakers May Again Impose Strict Fee Caps

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers desperate for cash to balance the state budget are considering reimposing ironclad caps on the fees court-appointed attorneys can receive for representing indigent defendants. The General Assembly averted a threatened class-action lawsuit three years ago by increasing...

Obama Taps Georgia Attorney for Fed Bench

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - President Barack Obama nominated a former school board attorney to become a federal judge with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Amy Totenberg would fill one of four vacancies on the federal bench in Atlanta if she's confirmed by the Senate.

Lawyer Named New Georgia Ethics Executive Secretary

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - The state ethics commission has selected a new executive secretary. Stacey Kalberman will take the helm in April. Kalberman was an attorney in the insurance and reinsurance practice. She concentrated her practice in regulatory matters for alternative risk programs.

Duane Morris Holding First DC Event for Sen. Scott Brown

BOSTON, Ma. (AP) - A law firm will host Sen. Scott Brown's first Washington fundraiser. Duane Morris announced Tuesday it will host the event on March 24. Daniel Winslow in the firm's Boston office serves as legal counsel to the Brown campaign.

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Jones Walker Combines with Alabama Firm

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The New Orleans-based Jones Walker law firm says it is combining with the Birmingham, Ala.-based law firm of Walston Wells & Birchall. The deal, effective May 1, will bring the number of attorneys in Jones Walker's Birmingham office to 26. The combined firm will operate...

Hearing to Determine Who Pays Stanford Legal Fees

HOUSTON, TX (AP) - Jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford and three executives all facing charges of bilking investors out of $7 billion as part of a massive Ponzi scheme will have to wait another five months before learning if they will have to foot their own legal bills. Full version available...

Census Says Women Equal to Men in Advanced Degrees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women from recent job losses. Yet they continue to lag behind men in pay. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Ark. Lawyer Helps Negotiate Contracts for Athletes

CONWAY, Ark. - Texarkana, Ark., native Judy Simmons Henry has accomplished something no other female in the state of Arkansas has done before. A business litigation lawyer and partner with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Conway, Henry can now add one more designation: certified contract adviser...

Legal project management: Fundamental shift or flavor of the month?

Last month, the Canadian magazine Lexpert ran an article about legal project management that began by describing two partners at Stewart McKelvey who participated in our Certified Legal Project Manager TM program . The article went on to discuss other project management initiatives at such firms...