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A person browses through media websites on a computer in Singapore on May 30, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

ABA Creates Fact Checker Website For Legal Issues in the News

ABA Creates Fact Checker Website For Legal Issues in the News

The American Bar Association is launching a new website in the hopes of becoming the authoritative source on legal facts in the news. The site, ABALegalFactCheck.com, aims to be a source for journalists and the general public whenever misrepresentations about existing laws are made in the public discourse. Hilarie Bass, who took over as ABA

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Mistaken For The Court Reporter: Litigating As A Woman

Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes.  Teri Drew, who specializes in the defense of commercial liability claims, said it happened to her just a few months ago. “I went to a plaintiffs’ firm for a deposition, and the receptionist

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Documentary Puts Struggles Of Women Lawyers in Generational Context (Review)

American women in the law have come a long way since Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at Harvard Law School in the 1950s, rushing back and forth between two buildings because only one had a women’s restroom. But, as Ginsburg notes in the new documentary, Balancing The Scales, “we haven’t reached Nirvana yet.” Her recorded remarks

The building that houses Blackstone Group headquarters is reflected in the Doubletree Hotel in New York, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Blackstone Group LP's $6.6 billion takeover of Alliance Data Systems Corp. is near collapse after the leveraged-buyout firm said bank regulators had placed extraordinary requirements on the deal. Photographer:  JB Reed/Bloomberg News

Dispatches From Law Firm Interviews at NYU

Tourists hoping to get to their rooms at the DoubleTree Suites in Times Square on Thursday likely encountered some unexpected elevator traffic. Across nearly 20 floors of the hotel, rising second years at New York University Law School shuttled up and down throughout the day, some catching a moment’s break from their marathon effort to land Big

Employees ride the elevator in an office in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Photographer:  Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg News

Stark Gender Divide Between Private and Public Sector Cases in New York

Female attorneys in New York are nearly twice as likely to represent parties in the public sector than private litigants, a study by the New York Bar has found. The study found that female lawyers accounted for 38.2 percent of lead counsel in public interest cases, and 19.4 percent of lead counsel in private practice. Similarly, women

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Kerrie Campbell Launches Firm, Says Chadbourne Caused Transition Issues

Kerrie Campbell, a former Chadbourne & Parke partner suing the firm for gender discrimination, has launched her own practice in Washington, D.C. KCampbell Law, which has been operating for a month, provides legal services in the areas of defamation, reputation, regulation, commercial speech and unfair trade practices, according to Campbell. Campbell made waves last summer

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Partner Suing Proskauer For Gender Bias Argues She’s An Employee

A female partner suing Proskauer Rose for gender discrimination is urging a Washington, D.C. federal judge not to toss her complaint, arguing she should be classified as an employee of the firm. The plaintiff, a D.C. partner who sued Proskauer anonymously under the name ‘Jane Doe’ in May, alleges she was objectified by male partners at

Law Graduates (left to right) Shan Cole, Elizabeth Gilworth Laura Tracey, and Sophie Gallant, celebrate after collecting their degree's from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.   (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images)

Today’s Law Degree Takes on a Broader Meaning

It can be awkward for law school deans to talk about: As the number of law graduates continues to decline nationwide, more are getting jobs that don’t require a law degree. That’s not such a good look for law schools, where many students attend with high hopes of earning a place at a prestigious law firm, or,

A ransomware demand for the payment of $300 worth of bitcoin sits on the screen of an Apple Inc. Macbook Air laptop infected by the 'Petya' computer virus. Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

Blank Rome’s New CIO Expects Security Budget to Increase

In the wake of a string of hacks into law firms, Blank Rome has hired Faegre Baker Daniels’ former IT head, Andrea Markstrom, as its new chief information officer.  Markstrom said her number one priority in her new role is data security although she’s responsible for overseeing all technology initiatives at the firm. “I only see the security side of

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