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Prize in New Legal Fiction Contest Is Pride of Publication

If you have a shorter legal story you’d like to tell, a new fiction writing contest will give you a chance to have your work judged by some high-profile authors. You don’t have to be a lawyer to enter, but your story has to take place in a legal setting or focus on a law-related […]

Gloria Allred and Politicking Law Prof Make List of Top 10 Quotes of the Year

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred and former Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren are being recognized for their turns of phrase on a list of this year’s top 10 quotations. Yale law librarian Fred Shapiro assembled the list that will be used in his next edition of the Yale Book of Quotations, the Associated Press reports. “We […]

BigLaw Attorney Makes His Mark in Viral Metal Band Video Panned as Worst of 2011

Corrected: By day, Steven A. Delchin is a senior attorney at Squire Sanders & Dempsey specializing in litigation and appellate matters. But on his off hours he lets his imagination take him far from the corporate world, as a viral YouTube video demonstrates. Featuring Alternate Reality, a metal band in which Delchin is the lead […]

Michigan Law Dean Makes Almost $458K, Ranks 11th on School’s Pay Scale

The law school dean at the University of Michigan makes an annual salary of $457,964.

That puts Evan Caminker in 11th place among the school’s highest-paid employees, after its current business school dean ($550,000), former b-school dean, who remains on the faculty ($448,155), medical school dean ($524,509) and engineering school dean ($470,195), reports

Six […]

Annual Santa Gigs Bring Joy to Mich. Attorney, Along With Serious Responsibilities

A Michigan lawyer has attended a continuing education class every year since 2004 that he takes as seriously as law school. It’s for those, like attorney Roland Davenport, for whom playing Santa every year is a top priority. Although his day job as an Ann Arbor sole practitioner prevents him from working an eight-hour shift […]

Another Feared Victim of Serial Killer John Gacy Is Found Alive and Well Decades Later

For at least the second time in less than two months, a family who thought a young man might have been murdered by a notorious serial killer decades ago got good news this holiday season. Carpenter Ted Szal, 59, was found living in a suburb of Portland, Ore., by Chicago authorities. They have been working […]

Lawyer Comp: The Third Rail of Legal Value Conversations

Note: In this two-part piece, New Normal contributor Susan Hackett, the former general counsel for the Association of Corporate Counsel, and now the CEO of her own consulting practice, Legal Executive Leadership, explores lawyer compensation in the New Normal. Here, in part one, she addresses the issue of firm comp from the end-of-year perspective, as […]

Bank of America to Pay $335M to Alleged Victims of Countrywide Mortgage Lending Bias

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay a $335 million to settle claims that the Countrywide Financial unit it purchased discriminated against minorities by giving them mortgages with less favorable terms than the ones granted to whites.

An independent monitor will be appointed to determine how the settlement should be distributed among alleged victims, […]

Indy’s Bingham McHale to Wed Ky.-Based Firm; Merged Bingham Greenebaum Will Have 250 Lawyers

A marriage of equals is to take place in January between Indiana’s Bingham McHale and Kentucky-based Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, the two law firms announced today. The combined law firm, which will have almost 250 lawyers, will be known as Bingham Greenbaum Doll, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports. “Each firm recognized the need for an […]

ACLU Backs Young Defense Lawyer Jailed by Judge for Asserting Client’s 5th Amendment Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union is backing an appeal by a young Michigan attorney who was briefly jailed after asserting his client’s Fifth Amendment rights when a judge tried to ask about drug use during an arraignment early this month. Briefs are expected to be filed today by Miel & Carr (PDF) and the ACLU […]