Law Clerk Purporting to Represent U.S. Capitol Rioters Faces Felony Charges
Ryan Marshall is a recent law school graduate working for John Pierce, together representing several defendants implicated in the Capitol attack. Pierce's use of Twitter rivaled that of former President Donald Trump before he was banned from the platform. Marshall's legal license is now in jeopardy.Read more about "Law Clerk Purporting to Represent U.S. Capitol Rioters Faces Felony Charges"
Law Schools Get Bigger (and Better?) Incoming Class
Law school applications and enrollment took a nosedive with the 2008 crash and fell for a decade after. That trend has officially reversed, with the last two years seeing a spike in applications. Law schools have thus been able to be more selective about their incoming classes. According to Spivey Consulting, a firm that helps law schools with their admissions processes, the median LSAT score at many law schools increased for the class matriculating this fall. Even top law schools saw an increase in median LSAT score. For example, the incoming class at Yale Law had a median LSAT score of 176, while a year ago it was 173. The acceptance rate at Yale also fell to 4%, down significantly from last year's 7%. Median college GPA has also increased across law schools.Read more about "Law Schools Get Bigger (and Better?) Incoming Class"
Remembering Superstar Defense Lawyer F. Lee Bailey
America has a love/hate relationship with criminal defense lawyers, particularly those that manage to transcend their profession to become household names. One of the best-known criminal defense lawyers of the 20th century, perhaps no one was simultaneously more admired or more criticized than F. Lee Bailey.Read more about "Remembering Superstar Defense Lawyer F. Lee Bailey"
New Study: One in Four Female Attorneys Has Considered Leaving Profession Over Mental Health Concerns
No attorney reading this will be surprised to hear that the legal profession is a demanding one. Nor is it surprising, then, that the profession has had long-running struggles with mental health, work-life balance, and substance use. It is a topic that has been covered well, including by FindLaw. Yet, just because we know that the profession needs to focus on attorney wellness does not mean it is an easy task to complete.Read more about "New Study: One in Four Female Attorneys Has Considered Leaving Profession Over Mental Health Concerns"
Posting Nude Photos of Member of Congress Was Protected Speech, California Court Rules
Katie Hill was still a relatively new member of Congress when she resigned in 2019 after a story broke about an intimate relationship with a campaign staffer, a violation of House rules that led to an ethics investigation. As part of the coverage, the Daily Mail published nude photos of Hill without her consent. One of the defendants in the case, Jennifer Van Laar, co-wrote one of the stories for the Daily Mail in which the photos were published.Read more about "Posting Nude Photos of Member of Congress Was Protected Speech, California Court Rules"
Federal Judiciary Requests More Money, Judgeships to Handle Increasing Workload
An overburdened federal judiciary is requesting 79 new federal judgeships across the country even as courts begin to tackle the backlog of litigation arising from the pandemic. On Tuesday, March 16, the Judicial Conference of the United States recommended to Congress that it create as many as a dozen new positions in Texas and 11 in Florida, among others. It also recommended adding two judgeships on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Currently, there are 678 U.S.Read more about "Federal Judiciary Requests More Money, Judgeships to Handle Increasing Workload"
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