AM Roundup: Holder Expands Voting Rights Battle; Loopholes Blunt Sanctions; Lawyers Defend Obama Suit

The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning’s news.


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The End of Website Home Pages?

Does the standard approach to the website homepage still make sense in the era of social media? Some feel that the role of the homepage on your website has so diminished in importance (and traffic) that it is no longer relevant. Is it time for a new approach? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss what people mean when they claim the website home page is dead, what role the standard website now plays, and what practical steps you might take to improve your web presence.
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Clippers Trust Precedents Leave Probate Attorneys Buzzing

Monday?s tentative ruling in the battle over the Los Angeles Clippers centered on two arcane provisions of California probate law. Attorneys who specialize in trusts and estates said the precedents that resulted would prove useful even when billions of dollars aren?t at stake.


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Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals

Hosts Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy have done a lot of public speaking at events like ABA TECHSHOW. Over the years, they’ve developed insights about using new platforms and how to avoid technology-related obstacles. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom discuss recent presentation lessons, practical tips for novice and veteran presenters, and some thoughts about better ways to do presentations. In the second segment, they address the open source SSL security issues associated with Heartbleed as well as their parting shots, their one tip recommendations for listeners to try.


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LawBiz® Legal Pad: Why Do Clients Leave Their Law Firm?

Ed notes that poor client service is responsible for 63% of clients leaving their law firm.


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Judge rules Colorado ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Wednesday struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday’s ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples [Reuters report] who brought a challenge to the 2006 marriage amendment [Amendment 43, PDF] in the state that defines marriage as a union between a…


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Illinois governor signs bill expanding medical marijuana for seizures

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] signed [press release] legislation [SB 2636 materials] Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of conditions currently available to adults. The bill also expands the list of conditions for which medical marijuana is available. Upon signing, Quinn said:This new law…


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Recruitment of child soldiers persists in DRC: UN report

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui [official profile] presented [press release] her fifth report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [UN backgrounder] to the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict Monday. The UN has documented almost 4,200 cases of recruitment of boys and girls by both government and rebel forces between 2010 and 2013. According to the UN report, one-third of…


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Mississippi Abortion Law Blocked by Fifth Circuit

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that would have had the effect of closing the state?s only remaining abortion clinic.


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Drawing Attention To Yourself? Not A Good Idea.


Working on your knife-throwing in a public area is not a good idea under normal circumstances.  How about under these circumstances, as reported by (Eugene, Oregon):

Police responded to the commercial district near NW 9th Street and NW Spruce Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of a man throwing a knife at trees [near a credit union drive-through].

The officer contacted [Drew William] Phillips, [23] who told police he was practicing his knife-throwing skills with a 3.5-inch fixed blade knife.

Phillips had 7 warrants out for his arrest. He was arrested and booked into jail.

Perhaps keeping a low profile would have been wiser? You’ll find the source, including mug shots, here.


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