By CORREY STEPHENSON, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly firstname.lastname@example.org While many lawyers are taking advantage of abundant networking and marketing opportunities using Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they should be aware of ...Read More »
Fueled by Styrofoam cups of coffee, the attorneys sit around a small table every morning in what they call a "triage" meeting, sorting through more than 100 letters every day from inmates asking for legal assistance. This is life at N.C. Prisoner Legal Services, a nonprofit that contracts with the state to provide prisoners access to the courts. At any one time, the post-conviction team has between 80-120 cases open, according to Mary Pollard (pictured), executive director of Prisoner Legal Services.Read More »
The collapse of the real estate market and the effects of the recession have thrown the once relatively predictable practice of family law into turmoil, with attorneys having to learn new skills, work harder to calm down anxious clients, and even wait longer for payment. "It's presenting a whole new set of challenges, and we weren't especially well equipped to do that," said Lee Rosen, who practices family law with The Rosen Law Firm in Raleigh. "This is requiring us to relearn what we do. We have to be very creative."Read More »
Along with the summer heat comes summer attire, reminding lawyers and law firms about the importance of establishing a dress code for themselves and their clients. Over the years, dress codes have broadened to include more than clothing and footwear. They now discuss issues such as tattoos, piercings, hairstyle, grooming and even body odor, said Andria Lure Ryan, a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips who focuses on employment law.Read More »
NCBA distance learning coordinator Carroll Herndon poses with some of the new equipment in the new studio at the Bar Center. Photo by Russell Rawlings NCBA distance learning coordinator Carroll Herndon poses with some of the new equipment in the new studio at the Bar Center. Photo by Russell Rawlings Don't be surprised if you walk by a closed door with an "on air" sign lit up the next time you visit the Bar Center in Cary. The North Carolina Bar Association is putting the finishing touches on an in-house recording studio for its CLE programming. The studio will allow the NCBA to increase its online offerings, according to CLE director Ray Ruppert. The NCBA currently offers about 300 video replays per year, but Ruppert said the organization must up that number.
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From the time Renee Williamson was a little girl she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. "When she was 10 years old she had her mind made up," said her aunt, Toni Skvaril. "That's what she wanted to be. She said ‘I wanna be a lawyer.'"Read More »
This article was written on a deadline. It was finished just in time. Lawyers, like reporters, work on deadlines — tight ones. “Every tomorrow is a deadline,” said Greensboro commercial litigation attorney Jonathan A. Berkelhammer of Smith Moore Leatherwood. “I ...
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As a kid, Mike Hurley felt different. Growing up in 1960s Baltimore, the Raleigh lawyer was the youngest of four children in an alcoholic family. Keeping that secret was a part of daily life. “Baltimore is a very parochial town,” ...Read More »
Apple’s new tablet computer has been on the market for just over a month, and tech-savvy attorneys are already exploring the ways that it could change the way they practice law. Early testers heap praise the 1.5-pound device for its ...Read More »
Long before his rise from state senator to N.C. attorney general to U.S. senator, Robert B. Morgan served as clerk of superior court for Harnett County. “I got to know enough folks as clerk that I thought I could open ...Read More »