The America Invents Act: The End of the Lottery?

Two of the dirtiest words in business are usually associated with patents: "unpredictable" and "expensive." Now that the America Invents Act (AIA) is being implemented, three surprising new words will be used to describe the patent application process: "fast," "transparent...

Are You Ready? New Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules Set for Early 2014

In the 1970s, the expression “future shock” made its way into common use. It started, of course, with Alvin Toffler’s hugely successful book with that phrase as its title. Like others, Toffler had observed the overwhelming effects on post-industrial societies that were experiencing...

The Volcker Rule: Will It Work, Will It Last—and Who Benefits?

Negative visualization is a fundamental tenet of Stoic philosophy. It refers to the practice of imagining bad things that can happen to prepare for the possibility that they might actually unfold. For many bankers and their legal advisors, waiting for a final Volcker Rule stemming from the Dodd-Frank...

This is Real Law: Thoughts and Prayers: The Role of Faith and Moral Beliefs in Jury Selection

Those “Twelve Angry Men” should not have surprised anyone with their verdict. That observation is made while acknowledging that anything substantially different in their story would deprive audiences of a powerful and thought-provoking drama . Still, there is a legitimate point of instruction...

This Is Real Law: Expert Witness Malpractice: Making The Case For—And Against—Civil Liability

Captain Corcoran was never, never sick at sea. Well, hardly ever —as audiences familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved 1878 comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore know so well. Indeed, they eagerly await the moment early in the opera when, challenged in song by his gallant crew, the ship’s...

This is Real Law: Risky Business: More IPOs Could Lead to More Litigation

Few public entertainers have topped the showmanship of Jean François Gravelet-Blondin. The 19th-century French tightrope walker and acrobat was famous for many astounding feats, including crossing Niagara Falls numerous times—while blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts and even carrying...

This is Real Law: The Future of Law Librarianship: An Interview with Mike Timpani

Technology is changing the role of law librarians. That reality recently prompted LexisNexis to hold a Twitter contest asking law librarians 10 questions about their profession for the chance to win a trip to the Presidential Library of their choice. We received many insightful answers from law librarians...

This is Real Law: Green Side Up: The Current State of Renewable Energy Mandates

By the Real Law Editorial Team With a hundred or so empty pop cans, you can comfortably heat a small building. Perforated and sealed end-to-end, those cans become a manifold inside a wood or metal frame with a clear panel sealed on the front. Solar energy is used to warm air that enters the unit...