Letter to Expert’s Employer Gets Defense Attorney Disqualified

A Philadelphia judge has ordered that a defense attorney who wrote a letter to the employer of a plaintiff’s expert witness be disqualified from representing her own client as a sanction. The attorney calls the order “absolutely outrageous” and “a complete witch hunt” that imposes punitive damages “without any basis.”

Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/law/sign_me_in.jsp?article=http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202569644546&rss=newswire

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Mark Woods: Everybody needs a rock, and to know where to find one (Florida Times-Union)

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Federal judge partially blocks Florida voter registration law

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Tuesday blocked [order, PDF] Florida from implementing a portion of its controversial voting law [HB 1355 materials] that shortens the deadlines for groups conducting voter registration drives to submit registration forms to the state. The Florida law imposes a $1000 per day fine on any group that fails to provide voter registration forms to state election officials within 48 hours of voters filling…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2012/08/federal-judge-partially-blocks-florida-voter-registration-law.php

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David Lange: Golan, Again

David L. Lange, Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law at Duke University Law School, revisits the Supreme Court case, Golan v. Holder, discussing the decision and its aftermath. Read more about Professor Lange at http://bit.ly/rw3ueY.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/suffolk-law/2012/03/david-lange-golan-again/

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Essential iPad Apps for Lawyers

Everywhere we go, we see lawyers using iPads. But what are they using them for? There are thousands of Apps available for the iPad – so many that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, Tom Mighell has written a new book called, iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers. In this episode, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the importance of iPad apps for effective use of iPads, Tom’s book, and their favorite iPad Apps for lawyers and others.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2012/06/essential-ipad-apps-for-lawyers/

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Cost-Effective E-Discovery in Small Cases

The high cost of e-discovery is a major problem for most small firms and solo lawyers. On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest, Bruce Olson, the President of ONLAW Trial Technologies, and discuss cost-effective e-discovery for small cases. Find out what is the single most important step an attorney can take to minimize e-discovery costs, when is the right time to seek outside expert advice and which software tools and cloud based solutions can help contain costs.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2011/12/cost-effective-e-discovery-in-small-cases/

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Judges Toss Out Texas’ New Redistricting Maps

A federal appeals court has thrown out Texas’ redistricting plan, barely two months before the November election. Carrie Johnson talks to Melissa Block about ruling.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160196041/judges-toss-out-texas-new-redistricting-maps?ft=1&f=1070

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LawBiz® Legal Pad: Do You Guarantee Your Work?

Ed reveals the communication tools professionals can use to guarantee their work.

Source: http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/LawBizBlog/~3/eg3wPGMSnS4/

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The Great Book Giveaway Contest (Woo Hoo!!!) (Winner Update)

The contest may not be all that great, but the book is.  I was sent a copy of Steven Stark’s “Writing to Win,” and from everything I hear, it’s a terrific book on legal writing, and one that every new lawyer should read.

So rather than stick it on a shelf, why not have a contest and share with a reader?  And, just to sweeten the pot, I’ll include a check in the amount of $3.45, rounding out the total value of the prize to a huge $15!!!

How can you win this incredible prize?  In a comment below, complete this phrase:

The law doesn’t suck; it’s just . . .

Have fun.  And if nobody responds or if the responses are just awful, I’m sending the book to Brian Tannebaum, even though there are no pages to color.  Could you live with yourself if that happened?  I don’t think so.

*Chances of winning this prize are 1 in 24,394,874.238.12.

** The contest will end whenever I decide it will end.

*** There is absolutely nothing fair about this contest.

**** Employees of Simple Justice New York LLC and any and all parent, subsidiary, related and affiliated companies, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents and their dependents and immediate families to the third degree of consanquinity, as well as employees of contest Sponsors and vendors, are not eligible to win. Winner must be a United States citizen or know someone who is a United States citizen, over the age of 12 years by December 31, 2026 and sentient.

Originally posted 8/26/2012 9:16 AM

UPDATE:  And the winner is…Brian Tamanaha, with utterly brilliant response:

The law doesn’t suck; it’s just misunderstood.

It’s just so good on so many levels. Come on, admit it, Brian’s response was better than yours, and yours kinda sucked anyway. 

But Brian, a law professor at some school in St. Louis inexplicably named Washington (seems like somebody could use a geography refresher course, eh?) tells me that as much as he admired Steven Spark, he really doesn’t need a copy of Writing to Win.

And so, having thoroughly reviewed all responses, completed background checks, conflict checks and otherwise exercised due diligence, Brian has advise me to give the book to anybody I want, as if that wasn’t the point in the first place.

So without further ado, the grand prize goes to (ta da) Moshe Glickman, together with my check in the whopping amount of $3.45!!!  Congratulations, Moshe. Send me an email and claim your prize!!!

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Sandusky Sex Abuse Victim Sues Penn State

The young man’s 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and criminal convictions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. His lawsuit claims university officials deliberately chose not to report Sandusky to authorities.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/25/160034579/sandusky-sex-abuse-victim-sues-penn-state?ft=1&f=1070

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