By MARK McGRATH, Special to Lawyers Weekly firstname.lastname@example.org Somewhere in the dark recesses of our memories, most of us can recall a measure of what we learned during our first year of law school. Ah, how fondly I recall ...Read More »
It has become more than a cliché and the basis of innumerable jokes, but few of us will ever forget the late Johnnie Cochran's closing argument mantra "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit." (Ironically, it is purported that the much lesser-known Gerald Uelmen actually penned this phrase.) Of all of the evidence and all of the testimony from O.J. Simpson's 134-day televised murder trial, these seven words will be forever etched in our collective minds. Why? The power of storytelling.
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In a recent article, I asked whether the billable hour method of billing clients is dead or on life support. It turns out that there is a third option: Hibernation. A recent survey reported that almost 73 percent of 2009 outside counsel fees were based on arrangements other than the standard hourly rate, up from 66 percent the year before. It is clear that law firms are scrambling with deals to retain clients. But is it also an inescapable conclusion from the survey that law firms are moving away from the standard hourly rate?Read More »
Who's the next potential U.S. Supreme Court justice on Obama's list? Why does your firm need a social media policy - and an employee handbook? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this year's edition of "20 Things Lawyers Need to Know," complied by Lawyers USA, Lawyers Weekly's national sister paper. From the hottest technology tools to the latest tips for marketing your practice, we give you the insight you need to run a better law practice in the year ahead.Read More »
By MARK E. SULLIVAN and CHARLES R. RAPHUN, Special to Lawyers Weekly email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org A recent case in the North Carolina Court of Appeals illustrates an everyday error of judges and trial attorneys when dealing with alimony. This common ...Read More »
Of my immediate circle of friends, I was the only person who flew to see family over Thanksgiving. Being a frugal flyer, we left Raleigh on Thanksgiving Day. And during my layover in Houston, I happily responded to all of the text messages that people sent wishing me a happy Turkey Day. (I also felt immensely popular, which made up for the fact that my husband dragged me out of bed at 3:30 a.m. to catch the first flight of the day.) But of all of the warm wishes, my favorites came from the people who know my sense of humor best: "So, did you get the erotic pat-down?"
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By SYLVIA ADCOCK, Staff Writer email@example.com After narrowly losing his Court of Appeals seat to Doug McCullough, Judge Cressie Thigpen Jr. said last week that he was “open to having discussions with the governor” about filling the seat that ...Read More »
By PAUL THARP, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org To this day, Wilmington attorney James Lea III doesn’t know the underlying motive for Melissa Jarrell’s legal attempts to unwind the adoption of her biological son by her former partner Julia C. Boseman. “I ...Read More »
This year, more than 2,700 refugees arrived in North Carolina seeking a new start in life. On New Year's Day, those in the Triad will find a new agency to help them do it. The Elon University School of Law has established the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, which will provide free legal services to refugees and those seeking asylum in the state. Its doors open Jan. 1. According to Greensboro immigration attorney Gerard Chapman, the timing for the clinic's opening couldn't be better.Read More »