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July 6, 2015
What is the most underrated law school? The answer may surprise you

A 30-page paper published online Sunday by a law professor at the University of North Carolina contains a lot of data and analysis. But the…

July 6, 2015
Cartoon: Is this mummy seeking or giving legal advice?

In this month’s contest, cartoonist Jeff Dionise intrigues us with a scene of a mummy who appears to be seated in a law office or…

July 6, 2015
BP to pay $18.7B to settle oil spill claims by US and Gulf states

BP has agreed to pay five states and the federal government $18.7 billion to resolve environmental and economic claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil…

July 6, 2015
Should BigLaw firms be donating more of their record profits to legal aid?

BigLaw firms are earning record profits, amounting to more than $100 billion last year. Yet they are donating only a tiny fraction of their earnings…

July 6, 2015
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Last week at Attorney at Work, Canadian law firm consultant Jordan Furlong wrote about a great piece of advice he received as a 15-year-old.…

July 6, 2015
‘The Secret of Magic’ awarded the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Deborah Johnson has been awarded the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for The Secret of Magic. “We’re thrilled with this year’s selection,” said…

July 6, 2015
Chemerinsky: What does this memorable SCOTUS term mean for the future?

October Term 2014—from Monday, Oct. 6 to Monday, June 29—will be remembered for its decisions that created a right to marriage equality in every state…

July 6, 2015
Top state court nixes 10 Commandments monument at capitol

A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds violates the state’s constitution and must be removed, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled (PDF) on…

July 6, 2015
2nd Circuit OKs verdict against Apple in $450M e-book price-fixing case

A divided federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a 2013 antitrust verdict against Apple Inc. It centers on the company’s participation in a price-fixing conspiracy concerning…

July 6, 2015
Supreme Court agrees to reconsider whether unwilling state can be hauled into another state’s court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in which a California tax agency claims it was treated unfairly in Nevada courts. The Supreme Court…

July 6, 2015
SCOTUS to consider First Amendment rights of public workers forced to pay for collective bargaining

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge by California school teachers who contend that a law forcing public employees to pay union…

July 6, 2015
Posner: Chief justice’s gay-marriage dissent is ‘heartless’

Federal appeals judge Richard Posner is using an op-ed to criticize Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. for a “heartless” dissent in the gay-marriage case…

July 6, 2015
Obama announces new overtime rules in op-ed; 5 million people are expected to benefit

President Obama announced new rules on Monday that will allow salaried workers making up to $50,440 to be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. Obama announced…

July 6, 2015
Divided US Supreme court votes 5-4 to freeze Texas abortion law as it mulls whether to hear appeal

By a 5-4 vote, the nation’s top court on Monday stayed enforcement by the state of Texas of a state law that could have forced…

July 6, 2015
EPA must consider cost of toxic air pollution regulations for power plants, says SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when it decided to regulate toxic air pollution from…

July 6, 2015
SCOTUS upholds use of lethal-injection drug; two justices want death penalty re-examined

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Eighth Amendment claim by Oklahoma death-row inmates who challenged the use of the sedative midazolam in executions. The…

July 6, 2015
County clerks, judges with religious qualms can refuse to issue gay marriage licenses, Texas AG says

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says in a legal opinion that government employees may refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if doing so violates their…

July 6, 2015
Jail moves to video-only visits; fee will be charged to visitors

Add another jail to a growing list of penal institutions that don’t allow inmates in-person visits with family and friends. Instead, those who wish to…

July 6, 2015
Supreme Court strikes down portion of federal law enhancing sentences for ‘career criminals’

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a portion of the Armed Career Criminals Act is unconstitutionally vague. The Armed Career Criminals Act boosts the…

July 6, 2015
Gay marriage is a constitutional right, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a right protected by the Constitution. Gay couples’ fundamental right to marry is protected…