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An online real estate scam: Wire transfers targeted

Wooden gavel with a brass decoration lying on a computer keyboard conceptual of online auctions or law enforcement

RICHMOND, VA — A pervasive scam that can victimize lawyers, homeowners and real estate professionals is showing no signs of letting up in southeast states. State bars and legal insurance officials are urging lawyers in Virginia, North Carolina and South ...

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Baltimore defense attorney accused of obstruction, witness intimidation

BALTIMORE, MD — A Baltimore defense attorney has been arrested for allegedly offering to pay a victim to not testify in a rape case and threatening her with deportation if she did. Christos Vasiliades, a solo practitioner, was indicted Tuesday ...

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Law firms are setting up cyber specialities as attacks grow

Wooden gavel with a brass decoration lying on a computer keyboard conceptual of online auctions or law enforcement

Data breaches might look like fodder for headline news or primetime television, but lawyers warn that the legal drama that can unfold following an errant keystroke is real and increasingly common. “Some of these attacks are so sophisticated, and every ...

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Ore. golf course overcomes odd legal hurdles

Along the southern Oregon coast, on a 350-acre cliff-side property, two golf-industry veterans are looking to break ground this year on the next go-to golfing destination in North America: Pacific Gales. The Knapp Ranch site near Port Orford overlooks the ...

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Commentary: Mixing emotions and logistics in jury selection

The most effective panel voir dire I have ever seen began with the plaintiffs’ attorney expressing great sympathy and interest in one juror’s opinion that it was unseemly for the plaintiffs to be asking for millions of dollars. Before we ...

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Commentary: Sprucing up your brief’s fact section

I’ve been thinking about factual background sections of briefs. I’ve been writing several of late. And I’m co-teaching a CLE on the topic next week. Over the past 10 years, I have heard lots of advice and opinions about drafting ...

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Can workplace wellness make you healthy?

How effective employee wellness programs are depends greatly on how well a program is designed and aligned with workers’ needs and abilities to access what is offered, health experts agreed. “It’s like any other product or service — some are ...

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Commentary: Is teaching CLEs worth the time?

I’m teaching a lot of CLEs these days. Like one-or-two-a-month a lot. Topic-wise, my CLE portfolio is diverse. I’ve taught courses on arbitration, federal practice, legal writing, and implicit bias, among others. I enjoy teaching, but the massive time commitment ...

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Commentary: In selecting jurors, smart can be overrated

Jury selection is about identifying biases, and whenever we think about biases, we need to look at our own biases first. The desire to have a smart jury is especially common among defense teams in civil and criminal trials. It ...

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