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Making A Dent In Law School Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

There is a little known federal program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which entirely forgives the indebtedness of a lawyer who elects to work in public service, rather than at a law firm or in-house at a corporation.

When Divorcing, Beware of Meddlers!

Mark Baer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I was recently contacted to potentially mediate a litigated divorce matter prior to trial, which is rapidly approaching. My name had been included on a list from the attorneys, along with two other mediators.

Disgruntled Grad Spreads Insane Tale Of Law School Debt Woes With Windshield Flyers

Above The Law | STACI ZARETSKY | Posted 06.24.2015 | College

According to the hopes, wishes, and dreams of law school administrators, the end is near for disastrous application and plummeting enrollment numbers....

The Hidden Truth About Law School Employment Stats

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Tamesha Keel

The perception of law graduates is that they are standing solemn holding a law degree, resumes, and a heavy burden of loan debt they can't pay off. However, this isn't the case for all graduates. Many are becoming savvier and using their versatile J.D. beyond the traditional practice of law.

Law Schools Create 'Minor League' To Train Recent Graduates

AP | SUDHIN THANAWALA | Posted 06.15.2015 | College

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Baseball has the minor leagues. Medicine offers residency programs. But recent law school graduates have no equivalent training ...

Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Oliver R. Goodenough

This crisis of representation is not an aberration. It is a structural feature of the system of lawyer professionalism we have built, and it will not go away until we build a different way to deliver the benefits of law to people in need of them.

Choose How to Live Out Your Life

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith A. Salerno

I once asked a simple question to a roomful of young residents I was training: "How many of you have advance medical directives?" Of course, all of th...

Entrepreneurshi#!

Jon Vaughn | Posted 05.28.2015 | Chicago
Jon Vaughn

I called a friend. He said, "Pick five scenarios that you think MIGHT happen at this investor presentation, write them down and get it out of your head." It reminded me of the chorus to The Cranberries' "Zombie." I've been here before, I'll keep fighting.

Why An LSAT-Optional Policy Could Ultimately Hurt Students

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.10.2015 | College

The State University of New York-Buffalo Law School as well as the University of Iowa College of Law recently announced that they would not require ap...

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

Workplace Domestic Violence Legal Standards Continue to Develop

Brad Reid | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

A restraining order has been a traditional legal tool in domestic violence situations. However, the restraining order alone (printed on paper) will not physically protect an individual from a determined assailant.

Chief Justice Calls On American Lawyers To Mend Partisan Divide

AP | PHILIP MARCELO | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should p...

Jurors' Social Media Posts Now Fair Game For Lawyers

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethic...

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

Covering The Clintons, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, lit up when we asked her to replay the details of some of her favorite moments as a young journ...

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

Edward H. Jurith, 1951- 2013, Attorney, White House Drug Policy Leader

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

Is The 'Gay Panic' Defense FINALLY Dead?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Bar Association (ABA) formally voted on Monday, Aug. 12, to curtail to use of "gay panic" and "trans panic" defense arguments during pros...

Lawyer Jokes -- Humor or Reality?

Adam Resnick | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Adam Resnick

While there are lawyers on both sides who are the salt of the Earth (I believe I know some) and guided by an ethical conscience, society should remember that a license to practice law is a license to uphold that law, not subvert it.

Three Reasons Why Smart Is the New Dumb on Criminal Justice

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Jesse Lava

This trifecta of Holder's speech, reduced phone rates, and reform of stop-and-frisk has meant a glorious few days for the panoply of organizations pushing criminal justice reform.

Clinton Slams Contentious Voter ID Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Hillary Clinton denounced recent voter identification legislation in a speech at the American Bar Association's annual conference on Monday. On the...

Report: U.S. To End Mandatory Sentences For Some Drug Offenders

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug orga...

Ralph Nader Taking On Exciting New Cause

AP | STEPHEN SINGER | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ralph Nader has a new cause. After dedicating nearly half a century to battling businesses over almost everything from dangerous p...

Florida Democrat's Vote Advances 'Anti-Religious Hate' Bill

Shawna Vercher | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

Democratic State Senator Geraldine F. Thompson cast a deciding committee vote in Tallahassee that advanced Bill 58, which national advocacy organizations have labeled the "Anti-Religious Hate" bill.