State ex rel. Guilford County Board of Education v. Herbin Filing a motion to set aside a bond forfeiture does not constitute an appearance before a judicial body; therefore, a bail agent is not engaging in the unauthorized practice of law when he files such a motion. We affirm the trial court’s ruling that permits a bail agent to appear pro se to contest a bond forfeiture.Read More »
Charlotte attorney Gene Pridgen graduated from law school in 1978 with a clear-cut career path in front of him. He'd clerked for the large firm of Kennedy Covington - now K&L Gates - the previous summer and received a subsequent offer for a position as an associate. Five years later, he made partner. Pridgen called his longevity at the firm typical for lawyers of his generation. But times have changed. New lawyers who aspire to ascend the ranks at large firms may not follow the straight-arrow path to partnership that attorneys once did, opting instead for lateral moves or taking experimental detours into government or in-house work.Read More »
Everything is on the table. That is the message from N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (pictured) concerning how to deal with the state's projected $3.2 billion budget shortfall. Is a tax on legal services on that table? Maybe.Read More »
By ED POLL, Special to Lawyers Weekly firstname.lastname@example.org Contingency fees are one of the most frequently used alternative-billing arrangements, especially in personal-injury and collection matters, as a flat percentage of the value recovered for the client. They are ...Read More »
How do you feel about your job today? How about yesterday? Last year? Surveys on lawyer job satisfaction tend to be snapshots of a particular moment. But a new study looks at one group of 360 lawyers, starting with the date they entered the University of Virginia law school in 1987, and catching up with them again 20 years later. A longitudinal study of law graduates 20 years after they entered school has never been done before, according to Professor John Monahan, a psychologist and law school faculty member.
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Smithfield attorneys watch as lawyers from Raleigh walk into the Johnston County Courthouse with dozens of traffic-ticket shucks in their hands. In Union County, attorneys are feeling the squeeze as law firms in Charlotte take on more personal-injury cases. And in Pender County, the local bar is trying to change the rules for the indigent-defender list to keep Wilmington-based lawyers from signing up. Turf battles among attorneys are nothing new. But with today's financial pressures, some lawyers in urban areas may be quicker to look for business in outlying counties, according to interviews with attorneys across the state.Read More »