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ABA Silver Gavel Awards Honor Documentaries on Fights for Justice

Two documentaries on people who fought for justice are among four Silver Gavel award winners announced this week by the American Bar Association. The Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, according to a press release. The Standing Committee […]

Criminal Defense Lawyer Plays Role of Killer in Award-Winning Independent Film

If criminal defense attorney Kevin Broughton was ordering his final meal on Earth, he’d want it to include frog legs. But when asked to order on behalf of his character, a twisted Mississippi killer headed to execution in Old Oak, he opted for fried chicken, pork chops, black-eyed peas, cornbread and mashed potatoes. To be […]

Still Practicing at 100, ‘Miss Alice’ Talks of Harper Lee and Working in Their Dad’s Law Firm

Nelle Harper Lee, the famous and reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has rarely, if ever, given interviews since a few years after the book was published in 1960. But her older sister, “Miss Alice,” is still sharp as a tack at age 100, working as the oldest practicing lawyer in the state of […]

Florida Jurors Banned From Using Social Media to Discuss Criminal Cases

The Florida Supreme Court banned jurors from using electronic devices or social media to talk about their cases Thursday. The detailed opinion adopts the work of the court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, which builds on more broad-ranged 2010 juror instructions prohibiting the use of social media, the Daily Business Review reports. […]

Workers Who Drive While Using Cellphones Are Big Risks for Employers

As cellphone-related car crash rates continue to rise, so does employer liability for workers who chat and drive on the job. The National Safety Council estimates that about 1.2 million car crashes each year involve drivers talking or texting on cellphones, a statistic that also means a greater number of lawsuits aimed at corporations that […]

Mass. Bar Task Force: Legal Education Could Take a Page from Medical Education’s Book

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Task Force on the Law, the Economy and Underemployment released a report last week exploring the causes of and solutions for underemployment of law school graduates. The task force, made up of 12 licensed lawyers, one law student and one university pre-law adviser devoted six months to the report, titled “Beginning […]

More Than 2,000 Exonerations for False Convictions in the US Since 1989, New Report Says

An unprecedented report asserted today that more than 2,000 falsely convicted people of serious crimes have been exonerated in the United States in the past 23 years. In the most complete database of exonerations ever compiled, the new national registry closely examines 873 exonerations from 1989 through March 1, 2012 in close detail, of which […]

Senators Sessions and Grassley Question Decision to Hold 9th Circuit Conference in Maui

Maui will be hosting the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ annual conference this year, and two Republican U.S. Senators are questioning the wisdom of that, as the federal court system faces potential funding cuts. The court conference, set to take place in August, is booked at the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Wall Street Journal […]

Lawyer’s Suit Saying Ex-Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell Owes Him $20K Heads to Court

A lawsuit that a lawyer aide filed against former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell alleging that he wasn’t paid opened today in Delaware’s New Castle County Court of Common Pleas. Jonathan Moseley, a Virginia lawyer, claims O’Donnell owes him more than $20,000, the Associated Press reports. He testified today that he served as her […]

Former Rutgers Student Gets 30 Days for Webcam Spying on Roommate

The former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after rejecting a plea deal that called for no prison time. Dharun Ravi could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the New York Times and the New Jersey […]