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Nearly 25% of Law Schools Plan to Use JD-Next Admission Test

Fri, 2023-12-08 17:20

Nearly 25% of American Bar Association-accredited law schools have been granted a variance from Standard 503 to use JD-Next as an admission test, which can be used in lieu of the Law School Admissions Test and the Graduate Record Exam.


ABA Proposal for Accrediting Fully Online Law Schools Out for Notice and Comment

Fri, 2023-12-08 14:06

"I applaud the working group for coming up with this proposal," Steven C. Bahls, president emeritus, said during the meeting. "It's something that other professional creditors have done some time ago. And I believe that the American Bar Association is an outlier here, and I am particularly attracted by your argument that this creates an opportunity for some to reduce the cost of legal education and may enable some rural areas without access for law schools to enter the profession to serve our underserved areas."


8th Circ. Affirms Mount Rushmore Slip-and-Fall Dismissal Over Discretionary-Function Exception

Fri, 2023-12-08 13:54

"Even if this were an accurate characterization of the Government's position, the argument belies our precedents. In determining whether the discretionary-function exception applies, we ask whether the challenged conduct is 'susceptible to policy analysis,' not whether it was in fact subjected to that analysis by the decisionmaker," Judge Bobby Ed Shepherd wrote on behalf the Eighth Circuit panel. "Furthermore, safety concerns are a typical policy consideration we identify when applying the discretionary-function exception."


Appellate Court Reverses Conviction for Failure Ask Jury Pool About Potential LGBTQ+ Bias

Fri, 2023-12-08 13:23

"It is immaterial that Muldrow identified as straight. A juror could reasonably hear the evidence at trial and assume that Muldrow was homosexual or identified with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual. It is the jury's perception of the defendant as homosexual that is the relevant consideration," Judge Joseph M. Getty wrote.


Kansas Judicial Branch to Slowly Return Online Following 'Sophisticated Foreign Cyberattack'

Fri, 2023-12-08 09:59

"Based on our preliminary review, it appears the stolen information includes Office of Judicial Administration files, district court case records on appeal, and other data, some of which may be confidential under law. A full review of what may have been stolen is a high priority to us but it will take time. Once this review is complete, we will notify those affected," the Kansas Supreme Court recently said in a statement.


What Happens When You Go Viral? How One Law Firm Associate Manages Her Social Media Success

Fri, 2023-12-08 09:01

"I was already at my first firm when I started gaining a following, as opposed to just getting some followers or having something go viral," said Reb Masel, an associate at a mid-size law firm and viral TikTok content creator. "As an associate seeing that happen, where is it in our legal handbook that says, 'When you go viral this is probably the point where you need to call a meeting.'"


The Law Firm Disrupted: What's The Path Forward for Distributed Firms?

Fri, 2023-12-08 08:02

Attorneys who've already abandoned the brick-and-mortar model are likely committed to their new way of work even with uncertainty facing the most established distributed firm. But most others seem content with hybrid work.


Beyond Coffee and Client Alerts: Strategizing Your Client Nurture System for Multidimensional Relationships

Fri, 2023-12-08 07:53

Business development is, first and foremost, about people and your relationships with these people. While marketing and visibility activities (speaking, writing, etc.) are critical, it's the people who ultimately make the hiring decisions. As a lawyer, while time is rarely on your side, developing your Nurture System will help you strengthen and deepen your important relationships in ways that are sustainable and effective.


What Legal Learned About Gen AI This Year: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2023-12-08 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Associates at UK Firm Slaughter and May Say Pro Bono 'Just Isn't Worth My Time'

Fri, 2023-12-08 04:30

The associates say they work long hours just to do their regular work and that there's no time for hours on pro bono.


Butler Snow, Polsinelli File Suit Accusing Telecommunications Executive of Misusing $3M Overpayment on Personal Expenses

Thu, 2023-12-07 23:05

This suit was surfaced by Radar, ALM's source for immediate alerting on just-filed cases in state and federal courts. Radar now offers state court coverage nationwide. Sign up today and be the first to know about new suits in your region, practice area or client sector.


As 2023 Closes, Here's the Delaware Litigation Elon Musk Still Needs to Worry About

Thu, 2023-12-07 17:02

More than a year after trial, there's still no Court of Chancery ruling on whether Tesla's compensation plan for Musk, valued at $56 billion, was fair to shareholders and properly vetted by Tesla's directors.


For Legal Tech Providers, How Easy Is It to Switch Generative AI Models?

Thu, 2023-12-07 16:59

Even for companies that have built in an architecture that allows them to switch out large language models, doing so is not always a straightforward, or quick, endeavor.


Plaintiff's Attorney: Family Files Lawsuit Against Deputy's 'Brutal and Unconstitutional Attack' Against Disabled Second-Grader

Thu, 2023-12-07 16:54

This suit was surfaced by Radar, ALM's source for immediate alerting on just filed cases in state and federal courts. Radar now offers state court coverage nationwide. Sign up today and be first to know about new suits in your region, practice area or client sector.


SEC and CFTC Should Create Joint Standards to Address Crypto, Ex-Agency Chairs Say

Thu, 2023-12-07 16:50

"The basic problem here is that crypto trading platforms and other crypto intermediaries are essentially unregulated," Timothy Massad said.


Judge Declines to Hold Medical Staffing Agency in Civil Contempt for 'Honest Efforts' to Fix Payroll

Thu, 2023-12-07 15:57

"Although the [c]ourt finds [p]laintiff arguments for civil contempt compelling, [d]efendants have now come into compliance, thus rendering it unnecessary for the [c]ourt to address sanctions and attorneys' fees," wrote U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia. "Further, [d]efendants provided a good-faith defense for delaying compliance with the [c]ourt's [o]rder. Therefore, the [c]ourt does not find [d]efendants in civil contempt."


'What if the Jury Awarded $1B?': Ga. Appellate Court Weighs Maximum for Nominal Damages

Thu, 2023-12-07 15:25

"These are fairly uncharted waters," Judge Stephen Dillard said of a case that explores a jury award in a case where there was no award for pain and suffering or medical costs.


'Staggering' Jump in Law Firms Planning to Expand Nonequity Partner Ranks

Thu, 2023-12-07 15:18

The average annual growth in income partner classes at some of the most profitable firms between 2017 and 2022 was 13.4%, while at other large, two-tier partner firms, it was 4%, according to a report this week.


A Circuit Split Over HSIs? / Ohio's Adult-Use Law / Nevada's New Regulator / Democrats' Legalization Plea

Thu, 2023-12-07 15:10

Did the 2018 Farm Bill preempt states from regulating hemp-synthesized intoxicants? Federal courts have offered two different answers so far.