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resume girlA few weeks ago, I asked for stories from former solo practitioners who have closed up shop and their reasons why. I received a fair number of responses. Some did well, moving on to BigGov, better larger law firms, or decent non-legal jobs, and some even started profitable businesses.

Others dug themselves into a deeper hole. Some got further into debt. Others made no money for years. And others became estranged from family and friends.

From time to time, I want to feature these stories as case studies for people considering going into solo practice.

For today’s inaugural feature, I will profile a lawyer who became a solo practitioner because he had no other options. Things seemed to be going well until something went wrong….

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41YtD+ApH+L* A Saul Goodman Bobblehead. You know you want it. [Amazon (affiliate link)]

* It looks like that Jimmy John’s non-compete agreement we reported on is going to spawn a congressional inquiry. [Huffington Post]

* His dreams of becoming a solicitor were sidetracked when he was “jailed for slapping a sleeping woman in the face with his penis while a friend filmed it on his phone.” Well, yeah that’ll happen. [Daily Mail]

* A bunch of Blackwater guys got convicted. It did astoundingly little to fix the “hiring unsupervised mercenaries” thing. [Redline]

* The final report, drafted by Cadwalader, reveals that UNC’s African and Afro-American Studies department was basically a sham to keep athletes academically eligible. For almost 20 years. I don’t get it, I mean, UNC wasn’t even good for most of those years. [Deadspin]

* Apparently it’s frowned upon for prospective judges to say that someone “would prefer to see [my opponent] remain on the bench since [she] would allow him to have unsupervised visits with his own daughter, in spite of the evidence.” Good to know. [The Times-Picayune]

* Bob Ambrogi interviews David Lat about lawyers and social media. [Legal Talk Network]

* Hey NYC law community! The Young Professionals Leadership Council is throwing a prom at 230 Fifth to raise money to cure Cystic Fibrosis. So break out your formal wear and try to get through this prom without puking out of a limo window. All for a good cause. [Cystic Fibrosis Foundation]

* Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee passed away yesterday. Bradlee may be most famous for his role in pursuing Watergate, but fighting the Pentagon Papers case all the way to the Supreme Court helped shape First Amendment law in the latter half of the 20th century. [What About Clients?]

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facebook_logoWhen we founded LexBlog, blog posts were delivered directly to readers by way of RSS feeds, email subscription, search results and bookmarks.

Fast forward 11 years and Facebook, with Google, dominates media distribution. Readers are no longer receiving blogs directly. Blog posts are being distributed socially.

From Frédéric Filloux (@filloux), general manager of the French ePresse consortium:

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Above the Law and Kaplan Bar Review are heading to Washington, D.C., for trivia night on Thursday, November 6. If you missed us last time, here’s your chance to have some fun. Drink up, prove your smarts, and get a chance to win mini iPads for your team (maximum of five per team).

Here are the details…

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Joe Borstein

Joe Borstein

Did you hear that sound? Listen carefully. What is that row? It’s the sound of alternative legal providers’ footfalls, gaining on you.

According to Legal Business magazine (a UK-based trade publication), one of the top ten “overall advisors” in the UK market is Axiom. Huh? Let me repeat that. In a survey of major corporate clients in the UK, one of the top ten “advisors” is NOT a law firm, but an alternative legal services corporation.

Step quickly, chaps! We’ve got a spanner in the works, and pretty soon we’ll be ten a penny! (look it up)

Legal Business noted, that this breach of the coveted top ten, was “significant” and “demonstrate[ed] how non-law firm providers are winning over some bluechip clients.” I take something different from these results: Big Law take note, alt.legal firms are not just “winning over some bluechip clients,” we are gaining the respect and trust of their corporate counsel clients. To be recognized as commercially viable is one thing, but this recognition awards that ephemeral prize of every attorney’s desire: prestige. For those of you who believed that change is coming, keep reading. For those that don’t… well, the link probably won’t work on your Blackberry anyway.

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[R]eading the record with just a dash of common sense tells us that chefs who happen to be American citizens surely have the capacity to learn how to cook Brazilian steaks and perform the relevant related tasks. To maintain otherwise, as Fogo de Chao does, is to imply that Brazilian chefs are essentially born with (or somehow absorb during their formative years) a cooking skill that cannot be acquired through reasonable training, which seems an entirely untenable proposition.

– Judge Brett Kavanaugh (D.C. Cir.), dissenting in an interesting case regarding whether certain foreign chefs can qualify for the L-1B visa, granted to workers with “specialized knowledge.” Why does this feeder judge hate… food?

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In Pennsylvania, testifying experts usually are not deposed before trial; typically, their written reports are provided in advance of trial and delineate the substance and scope of their testimony. Attorneys often wish to communicate with their client’s expert and comment on drafts of the reports. Until April 2014, the law was not clear whether these communications were discoverable. This uncertainty made it problematic and potentially perilous for a party’s attorney to communicate with the party’s testifying expert, particularly in advance of the disclosure of the expert’s report. In Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hosp. of the Sisters of Christian Charity, No. 2014 WL 1688447 (Pa. Apr. 29, 2014), the Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania took up the issue of the discovery of attorney-expert communications and split 3-3. This left intact the Superior Court’s bright-line rule preventing discovery of attorney-expert communications—a rule now to be applied by Pennsylvania trial courts.

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The 'coma patient' (Photo credit: Wales News Service)

The ‘coma patient’ (Photo credit: Wales News Service)

Going to court is a huge pain in the ass.

Come on, who really wants to do that? Nobody — especially not the guy who pretended to be in a coma for two years, just so he could avoid having to go in the first place.

Who is the man who pulled off this most impressive feat?

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29-11-2011When it comes to choosing a law school, conventional wisdom dictates that one should attend the best school possible — that usually means a law school that’s perched atop the prestigious heights of the U.S. News rankings. Conveniently, going to an elite law school also means that one’s salary will usually be quite high, but just how high are we talking?

According to the latest salary rankings produced by PayScale, the answer is “pretty damn high” — so high, in fact, that at the midpoints of their careers, alumni of certain law schools beat out graduates from almost every other graduate school in the country.

So which law schools were ranked the highest? You made be surprised by some that made the cut…

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