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California Lawyers Upset Over Proposed Client-Sex Ban

Some complain proposed rule goes too far

(Newser) - Ethics rules for lawyers in California are undergoing their biggest shake-up in 30 years, and some lawyers aren't happy about one proposed change: a near-total ban on having sex with clients. A state bar commission has proposed joining at least 17 other states in completely banning sex between lawyers... More »

NYT Lawyer Fires Back at Trump Attorneys

See you in court, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's lawyers have threatened to sue the New York Times over a story alleging that he groped two women —but the lawyers for the Times don't appear to be quaking in their boots. "The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of... More »

'Happy Birthday' Lawyers Score $4.6M in Fees

Judge awards money after copyright case

(Newser) - The lawyers who helped bring the song "Happy Birthday" into the public domain will be handsomely rewarded. A judge this week awarded the legal team $4.6 million after last year's successful copyright lawsuit , reports Courthouse News Service . The money will come out of a $14 million class-action... More »

It's Currently Fine for Lawyers to Sexually, Racially Harass Each Other

But that could change Monday

(Newser) - Rules against discrimination and harassment in the workplace are pretty much the norm. Except for one rather unlikely profession: lawyers. The New York Times shares accounts of female lawyers being called "honey" or "darling" in court, black lawyers being called racial slurs, demeaning physical contact ("I got... More »

She Gave a Law Firm a Bad Online Review. They Sued

Lan Cai's former attorneys say she wrote libelous half-truths

(Newser) - Things went from bad to worse after Lan Cai, a 20-year-old waitress working her way through nursing school at Houston Community College, was hit by a drunk driver on her way home from work at 1:30am. She'd broken two bones in her back, and she'd never been... More »

Top Lawyer Fees Just Cracked a Crazy Milestone

$1.5K an hour and up—inflation is low, demand is weak, but people are still paying

(Newser) - Better start digging for more than change in those couch cushions if you're looking for legal representation. According to Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, large corporate law firms have upped their rates by 3% to 4% every year since the Great Recession, with at least one New... More »

Meet the Lawyers Who Justified Killing Osama bin Laden

Their secret memos were a defense in case things went 'terribly badly'

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the New York Times published a fascinating story on the four government lawyers who secretly cleared the way for the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. It's one of the few stories behind the raid that hasn't been told before and... More »

How Our Legal System Is Failing Most Americans

Columnist: We need cheaper lawyers

(Newser) - A common refrain about the legal industry these days is that law schools are churning out way more lawyers than necessary, leaving many new grads hopelessly awash in debt. But at the Washington Post , Martha Bergmark makes a very different case in a piece headlined "We don't need... More »

Deep-Voiced Attorneys Less Likely to Win in Court

A male lawyer's voice can actually predict whether he wins his case

(Newser) - When it comes to leaders, men and women both prefer women who have more masculine voices, research shows. And men are more likely to vote for men who use deeper, more masculine tones, while CEOs with deeper voices tend to make more money and run larger companies. But when it... More »

Report: Robots Could Make Most Lawyers Obsolete

Experts point to possible 'structural collapse' at law firms

(Newser) - A new report looks at the state of the legal profession in 2030, and it doesn't look too pretty as far as employment is concerned, io9 reports. "It is no longer unrealistic to consider that workplace robots and their AI processing systems could reach the point of general... More »

Thanks to Spying, No One Talks to Reporters Anymore

Human rights agencies say sources fear being prosecuted

(Newser) - Journalists often face danger , compete with robots , and now may find their sources strangely mum: A joint report disseminated by two human-rights agencies today says that the US government’s relentless surveillance is scaring sources into silence and hampering lawyers’ efforts to protect their clients, reports the AP . The NSA’... More »

California Lawyers Must Now Swear to Be ... Nice

More specifically, show 'dignity, courtesy, and integrity'

(Newser) - All new lawyers in California will soon have to make an added promise when joining the bar—to be nice to one another, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Beginning May 23, the oath one takes to "faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney" will be joined by language stating... More »

Lawyers Are Killing Themselves—but Why?

Bar associations trying to get a handle on grim trend

(Newser) - Overworked and burdened by a mix of worries unique to their profession, lawyers have a growing tendency to kill themselves—and bar associations are just beginning to grapple with it, CNN reports. Eight of the nation's 50 associations are trying to stop the pattern after South Carolina lost six... More »

Kentucky Sees Spate of Lawyer Suicides

At least a dozen since 2010

(Newser) - Kentucky is experiencing a rash of suicides among a group that probably wouldn't come first to mind: middle-aged lawyers. The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports that at least 12 lawyers have killed themselves since 2010, and half of those came in the last year. The head of the state Bar... More »

Needed: Rural Lawyers; Subsidies Available

South Dakota offers pilot program for attorneys

(Newser) - Lawyers are having a hard time finding jobs these days, but all they really need to do to get hired is move out of the city. Rural America is increasingly short on lawyers, and as a result, one state is offering subsidies to law school grads who practice there. Other... More »

Whistle-Blower Lawyers Give Obama $3M

And why not? His policies are making them rich

(Newser) - Attorneys for whistle-blowers have donated millions of dollars to President Obama—which is hardly surprising, considering that his fight against corporate fraud has put millions in their pockets, the New York Times reports. With the Dodd-Frank Act empowering whistle-blowers, Obama's administration has paid them $1.6 billion so far,... More »

Lawyers Have Lost $70M to ... Email Scammers

One will be prosecuted this fall

(Newser) - Even lawyers can be taken in by email scams—and one US Postal Inspector estimates law firms have lost at least $70 million to such scams since 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scammers email lawyers—known for their eagerness to gain new clients, often via the Internet—with a... More »

Up to 1M Americans Too Poor to Go Bankrupt

They can't afford $1,500 fees

(Newser) - Between 200,000 and 1 million Americans this year are so down-and-out they don't even have enough money to file for bankruptcy, a new study finds. The average cost of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is about $1,500—$300 just for the paperwork fees in court and... More »

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