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December 17, 2014
Susman Godfrey bonuses start at $40K for associates who have been at the firm at least a year

Add another law firm to the list of those that have topped the benchmark $15,000 to $100,000 end-of-year associate bonus schedule established by Simpson…

December 17, 2014
What changes would you make to ethics rules for lawyers?

This week, a Northwestern University law professor argued that in light of the revelations about lawyers for the U.S. government who condoned the CIA’s…

December 17, 2014
Controversial American Apparel chief is fired after years of litigation against the company

The founder and chief executive officer of a sucdessful clothing company known for its suggestive advertising has been fired for cause. American Apparel Inc. said…

December 17, 2014
Can a new breed of firms solve the attrition problem for women in the legal industry?

Earlier this year, The National Association of Women Lawyers released the results of its National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms.…

December 17, 2014
Obama’s immigration order is unconstitutional, judge rules; parties didn’t raise the issue

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has struck down President Obama’s executive order on immigration, even though a prosecutor and defense lawyer had argued the executive…

December 17, 2014
Germany OKs prosecution of former Nazi SS guard, now 93

Amidst a waning hunt for Nazi war criminals, a rare prosecution is being pursued in Germany. Authorities in Hanover plan to try former SS…

December 17, 2014
Cartoon Poll: Vote for your favorite clown-court caption

No clowning around: The ABA Journal staffers had a hard time picking three favorites from more than 200 submissions. Now it’s your turn to pick…

December 17, 2014
After last-minute lead plaintiff substitution, iPod users seek $350M at trial and get zilch

Corrected: A $350 million federal class action noteworthy for its last-minute appointment of a new lead plaintiff made it the jury this week—only to have…

December 17, 2014
Is torture unconstitutional? Scalia returns to the subject

Torture isn’t necessarily unconstitutional, Justice Antonin Scalia claimed in a radio interview last week. Scalia said the U.S. Constitution says nothing about torture, though it…

December 17, 2014
1L enrollment drops nearly 30 percent from 2010 high; when were figures last so low?

Corrected: First-year enrollment at ABA-approved law schools dropped this year to the lowest point since 1973, when there were 53 fewer accredited law schools. The…

December 17, 2014
New database created by ABA Criminal Justice Section charts state-by-state conviction restrictions

Got a client who is wondering what career repercussions and other restrictions will result from a criminal conviction? A free database developed by the American…

December 17, 2014
Former judge is convicted for conspiring to plant meth under car of his accuser in ethics probe

A former Georgia judge has been convicted on federal charges for allegedly conspiring to plant methamphetamine under the car of a woman who claimed he…

December 17, 2014
Is teaching rape law too risky? Sensitive law students don’t want to discuss it, law prof says

Some law professors are dropping the study of rape law from their criminal law classes—and others are considering it—because of complaints by sensitive students, a…

December 17, 2014
Should ‘do no harm’ be added to lawyer ethics rules? Torture memo shows need for change, op-ed says

Legal ethics rules should be changed to make clear that legal approval of torture and other unlawful abuses is not permitted, according to law professor’s…

December 17, 2014
Lawmakers say piercings and tattoos are for people, not pets

Joining at least one other state, lawmakers in New York have banned people from piercing and putting tattoos on their pets. The law was signed…

December 17, 2014
Dr. Dre hands out big bonuses to attorneys and staff at his longtime law firm

Holiday bonuses got extra oomph at a Los Angeles law firm on Friday when hip-hop icon Dr. Dre celebrated a stunningly successful year in which…

December 17, 2014
Sony Pictures hires David Boies, who warns media to destroy hacked documents

Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone on the offensive after computer hackers posted corporate documents online, including employee medical information and embarrassing emails written by…

December 17, 2014
New crowdfunding site helps individuals raise money for legal fees

While reading the book Things a Little Bird Told Me last spring, Chicago attorney Michael Helfand was struck by one of author Christopher Isaac…

December 17, 2014
Officer’s reasonable mistake about brake-light law justified traffic stop, SCOTUS rules

A police officer who mistakenly believed North Carolina law required both brake lights to be working did not violate the Fourth Amendment when he stopped…

December 17, 2014
Is ban on mandatory life sentences for juveniles retroactive? SCOTUS to decide

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether a 2012 decision banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles has a retroactive reach. The court…