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Aug 21, 2017

Bad immigration lawyers hard to find, harder to stop

HOUSTON — Soon after he opened his office serving immigrants fighting to stay in the United States, Raed Gonzalez became a lawyer who goes after other lawyers. A person with a winnable case can be thrown into deportation by a missed deadline or a botched court filing, and attorneys quietly known by others to do […]

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary: Spring cleaning for your delinquent clients

Spring is not too far around the corner. And during spring, you can’t escape those killer dust bunnies. They lurk in corners, growing larger and more ominous with time. And eventually, no matter how frightening, you have to deal with them. That is what spring cleaning is all about — getting rid of those dust […]

Feb 9, 2017

Commentary: Embracing failure as an opportunity for improvement

Being a lawyer often involves a fair amount of sales and persuasion. Whether you are delivering an argument or pitching yourself as the lawyer who can deliver for his clients, a common burden for lawyers is the idea that you have to project invulnerability while constantly being aware of the opposite. Downside of perfection This […]

Feb 2, 2017

Keyboard for lawyers saves time, irritation

It all started with the pesky section symbol. About a year ago Brian Potts, a lawyer then working at Foley & Lardner in Madison, Wisconsin, found himself getting frustrated when he would regularly have to pause in the middle of writing briefs to go about the cumbersome task of inserting section symbols. For Potts back then […]

Jan 31, 2017

After Trump order, volunteer lawyers descend on big airports

NEW YORK — It had been a few years since attorney Roman Zelichenko left immigration law for a career in finance, and longer still since he pulled an all-nighter. But after President Donald Trump issued his immigration order, Zelichenko spent 21 straight hours at what swiftly became one of the nation’s most closely watched immigration […]

Sep 14, 2015

Lawyers sending out text messages to try and get work

You’ve just been in a car accident or accused of a crime. You’re confused and overwhelmed. You need help and don’t know where to turn. Just at your most vulnerable moment, a lawyer steps forward and slips you his card. He’ll get money from the person who hit you. He’ll get the charges tossed, he […]

Jul 6, 2015

Lawyers reinvent careers with virtual law firms

Attorney Nakia Gray’s website greets visitors with a simple message: “Welcome to my digital world.” But unlike many lawyers, Gray’s online presence is the home base of her firm rather than simply an extension of her physical office. Burned out from seven years of logging billable hours as a litigator in a mid-size suburban firm, […]

Sep 5, 2014

Lawyers supply backpacks for students

One word comes to mind while poking through a backpack filled with a bundle of pencils, colored markers, folders, glue sticks and other school supplies. No, not homework, although Rochester City School 29 first-grader Mya Malabe said this will help her with her after-school tasks. This word is a bit more, well, expressive. “Awesome!” said […]

Jun 9, 2014

Beating stress can pay dividends at work, home

Lawyers, stressed? The job has an inherent amount of conflict — lots of clients, lots of cases, lots of late nights. Their own clients are emotionally charged. The other side is emotionally charged. Judges have a responsibility of moving cases along, so that adds a bit more tension to the mix. That’s if you’ve found […]

Feb 20, 2014

Lawyers allowed to question Khalid Sheik Mohammed

NEW YORK — A New York judge says self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can be made available to answer written questions from lawyers for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan issued an order Wednesday after the government and lawyers for defendant Sulaiman Abu Ghaith agreed Mohammed can answer written questions. Abu […]

Jul 1, 2013

Only lawyers now can argue before the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — You must be a lawyer to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thought that already was the case? It wasn’t until Monday, when the Supreme Court revised its 80-page rule book for the first time since 2010. The update covers items such as filing deadlines but also adds Rule 28.8, which requires anyone […]

May 16, 2013

Lawyers for low-income NYers go on strike

NEW YORK — Over 200 lawyers and support workers who represent low-income New Yorkers have walked off the job in a contract dispute. The strike by the Legal Services NYC employees began Wednesday. They serve about 450,000 people. The organization is the largest provider of civil legal services in the country. It receives about a […]

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