Author: Cliff Lewis

Is Texas death row inmate innocent? ABA president urges clemency to prevent ‘irreversible act’

Home Daily News Is Texas death row inmate innocent? ABA president… Death Penalty By Amanda Robert November 12, 2019, 4:56 pm CST Image from Shutterstock.com. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging Texas not to execute a man whose guilt has been called into question by new evidence that hasn’t been reviewed by the courts. “The courtroom doors are effectively closed to Mr. Reed due to the procedural bars that prize finality of a conviction […]

Supreme Court appears to side with Trump administration in its defense of ending DACA

Home Daily News Supreme Court appears to side with Trump… Immigration Law By Debra Cassens Weiss November 12, 2019, 4:28 pm CST Image from Shutterstock.com. The Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that deferred deportation for some immigrants appears likely to survive U.S. Supreme Court review, according to several publications covering oral arguments Tuesday. The Supreme Court considered three consolidated challenges to the government’s decision to rescind the program known as DACA, an […]

Lawyer pleads guilty to tax charge for allegedly paying personal expenses through law firm account

Home Daily News Lawyer pleads guilty to tax charge for allegedly… Tax Law By Debra Cassens Weiss November 12, 2019, 10:51 am CST Image from Shutterstock.com. A lawyer in Cornelius, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of filing a false tax return based on allegations that he used his law firm account to pay personal expenses that included a condo mortgage and luxury cars. John Francis Hanzel, 70, faces up to three years […]

Where is the client-facing innovation in law practice?

Not long ago, I attended one of the typical “future of the legal industry” conferences in Denmark. All the usual speakers were there: A chief information officer from a large law firm talked about experiences with implementing a solution about two years ago; a consultant talked about breaking down silos and showed graph after graph in an effort to convince law firm leaders that they are doomed unless they go digital tomorrow; and of course, […]

Judge certifies class action alleging US women’s soccer team is paid and treated unequally

Home Daily News Judge certifies class action alleging US… Entertainment & Sports Law By Debra Cassens Weiss November 12, 2019, 11:06 am CST Image from Shutterstock.com. A federal judge in Los Angeles has certified a class action in a lawsuit alleging members of the U.S. Women’s National Team receive unequal pay and work in unequal conditions compared to players on the men’s team. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday against the defendant, the […]

Cravath announces associate bonuses; did the firm top Milbank?

Home Daily News Cravath announces associate bonuses; did… Law Firms By Debra Cassens Weiss November 11, 2019, 4:44 pm CST Image from Shutterstock.com. Associates who were hoping that Cravath would set the standard with higher bonuses this year will be disappointed with the law firm’s Monday announcement. Cravath is paying the same amount as last year and the same amount that Milbank will pay, Above the Law reports. Cravath’s associate bonuses will range from $15,000 […]

Defamation accusations fly in feud between Alan Dershowitz and David Boies

Home Daily News Defamation accusations fly in feud between… Law Firms By Debra Cassens Weiss November 11, 2019, 3:47 pm CST Image from Shutterstock.com. Defamation claims are multiplying following a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was a victim of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and Epstein’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, had sex with her when she was a minor. The initial defamation claim was made by Dershowitz’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Guiffre, in an […]

Judge says he’d consider giving reduced sentence to rapist if he paid $150K to victim

Home Daily News Judge says he’d consider giving reduced… Sentencing/Post Conviction By Debra Cassens Weiss November 11, 2019, 10:27 am CST Image from Shutterstock.com. A Louisiana judge told a convicted rapist Thursday that he would consider reducing his sentence if he paid $150,000 to the victim. Judge Bruce Bennett of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said the victim would have to agree to the deal; she declined it, report the Advocate and the Washington Post. The rapist, […]

University lawyer submits resignation after using N-word to make point about free speech

Home Daily News University lawyer submits resignation after… In-House Counsel By Debra Cassens Weiss November 11, 2019, 11:26 am CST Image from Shutterstock.com. An assistant general counsel for the University of North Texas submitted her resignation Friday after an outcry over her use of a racial epithet at an event to discuss hate speech. Caitlin Sewell had used the N-word on Thursday at an event called “When Hate Comes to Campus,” report the North Texas […]

Political unrest, violence have forced millions to migrate and seek protection of the rule of law

Home In-Depth Reporting Political unrest, violence have forced millions… Feature By Amanda Robert November 1, 2019, 4:10 am CDT Photo Illustration by Sara Wadford/Shutterstock Raquel Aldana’s interest in the cause and effect of international migration is both personal and professional. She was born to a Guatemalan father and a Salvadoran mother and raised in El Salvador. They fled the country in 1980, at the start of the 12-year civil war between leftist revolutionaries and government […]

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