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How Would You Fix Legal Education?
Lisa's analysis (here's part 1 and part 2) of the draft report from the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education breaks its recommendations down into their component parts. But what everyone agrees on is that something needs to change. The ta…
Why Lawyers Will Benefit from UFO Disclosure
Hopefully at some point soon some very large powerful legal firms could become involved in disclosure out of self interest. The huge amounts of profit to be made through lawsuits and protection from lawsuits should be great enough of…
Is An Estate Plan Really a Good Graduation Gift?
I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal. The gist is that college students ought to get some basic estate planning done, since they are 18 but probably still want their parents to have a say in their care and finances if anything should …
New TCPA Rules Go Into Effect This Month
I added TCPA claims to my FDCPA lawsuits once or twice, and got bitten when the defense removed those claims to state court. I understand the TCPA looks way better to class action lawyers.
The new rules, which go into effect on October 16th, don'…
Should You Be Paranoid about "Exif" Meta Data in Your Photos?
Here's a really interesting article about a form of digital meta data that I'm certain most attorneys don't know about:
The Hidden Data Your Photos Are Giving Away | The Kernel
"Exif" data is attached to most digital photos and includes huge a…
What the ABA wants to do about law schools
The ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education released its draft report and recommendations (pdf) today. Here are the highlights, from the Key Conclusions section:
* Tuition pricing and funding practices favor high LSAT/GPA students, so t…
Offering Registered Agent Services
I was recently working on setting up a Montana LLC for a client who resides in another state. As I was putting together the articles of organization, I started to wonder about the registered agent for the company. The company is being organized fo…
The blogging Q&A thread
Whether you are a blogger already or just curious about becoming one, here is a discussion thread for you! Post your questions and thoughts about blogging here, and I will answer. I'm sure other law bloggers in the LAB will, too.
I love bloggin…
The social media privilege
According to Lawyers.com, over 60% of users of social networks (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Vine) think that what they post could not be used against them in court. Apparently they believe there is some sort of "social media privilege" th…
What did you do after finishing the Bar Exam?
I remember clearly what I did before the Bar Exam (my now-wife and I spent a week at my uncle's cabin, studying and trying to relax). I vaguely remember taking the Bar Exam itself (I brought the wrong pen, and my hand ached by the time I finished). …
The prisoner's dilemma, with actual prisoners
You probably encountered the Prisoner's Dilemma in law school, if not before. Here's the basic problem:
Two criminals are arrested, but police can’t convict either on the primary charge, so they plan to sentence them to a year in jail on a lesse…
How do you prepare for oral argument?
I argued an appeal last week, which was my first oral argument in nearly a year. But I used to argue a lot of motions, and I realized as I was preparing for last week's argument that I have developed a routine for preparing for important arguments. …
Digital asset inventory
As some of you know, I'm involved with an estate planning startup. I'm not going to try to promote it here, but I do want to show off a free tool we just put together, our Digital Asset Inventory. There are no strings and no catches. We just wanted …
How to mark all discussions as viewed
If you get intimidated by seeing a large number of un-viewed discussions when you visit the Lab, it's easy to mark the whole forum "read" so you will only see new and newly-updated discussions the next time you visit.
To do this, just click the ge…
Business/corporate law as a solo practice area?
Hey all. I'm starting work at a large "biglaw" firm after graduation and have my pick of litigation or corporate practice groups. Honestly, I'm on the fence. What I do know, though, is that my goal is to one day go out on my own and build my own sma…
Entity Formation by Accountants & Bookkeepers
On several occasions I've had clients bring me their documents for their LLC, Corporation, or Limited Partnership that was formed by an accountant or bookkeeper. The accountant/bookkeeper usually files the Certificate of Formation with (in Texas) th…