Tag Archive: lawyers

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Logical Reasonings / 3.3.16

A. The best of both worlds: Man breaks electric skateboard speed record and eats asphalt in the process. Rolling Stone

B. Mars, our wacky red neighbor, had such powerful volcanic eruptions around 2.1 million years ago that it tipped the planet on its side. When reached for comment, Mars said, “Too much Taco Bell, broseph.” IFL Science

C. In oh-so-that’s-why-everyone-hates-lawyers news, the lawyers in a class action lawsuit against sandwich chain Subway took home more than 99% of the settlement of the suit. Dayton Daily News

D. In more Subway news, Jared of Subway has been in the slammer (for having sex with minors) for only 3 months and has already gained 30 pounds. We really hope he’s too fat to get through the door when his 16-year sentence is up. Gawker

E. Broken Heart Syndrome is really a thing, and, in a supremely ironic twist, it’s sometimes caused by happiness. Mental Floss

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Buy low, sue high.

Increasingly in the United States, there is a trend toward third-party litigation financing — in other words, allowing a non-participant in a lawsuit to “buy shares” in a plaintiff’s case. In return for this investment, the company or individual will receive a portion of any settlement or award. Before you read further, does this strike you as a good idea? Well…

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Hey, you can’t say that!

Alright, kiddos. Today we’re gonna do something a little different. We’ve been running a regular series on different areas of legal practice such as cyber law and space law. Since many of our beloved readers are aspiring lawyers, this can be helpful.

But there are areas of law big enough for their own professions, and then there are corners of the law that are interesting in their own right, but that don’t really rise to the level of an area of practice like entertainment law or animal rights law.

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Celebrities Who Don’t Have a Law Degree (But Should)

Any idea what the brilliant Natalie Portman would be like as a lawyer? Perhaps Emma Watson? Maybe David Duchovny? With their degrees from some of the most prestigious universities (*cough * Harvard, Brown, and Yale *cough*) there’s no doubt they could all double as impressive legal professionals.

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Our Favorite TV Lawyers

With your favorite shows back on TV, you’ll be replacing your days of beach hanging with nights of TV watching (not that you ever do anything besides study for the LSAT, of course). Let’s talk about some of our favorite characters on TV with a law degree. Who said procrastination can’t have a motivational element?

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Logical Reasonings / 8.24.15

A) For this week only, you can get 20% off all tutoring through Blueprint LSAT Prep. Blueprint LSAT Prep

B) Protip: Don’t ask a female lawyer if she’s “going through menopause.” (In fact, don’t ask any woman that – but especially not in front of a judge.) Lawyers for the Profession

C) This didn’t take long – a Canadian law firm has filed suit against the companies that own Ashley Madison. Time

D) Wiz Khalifa had an encounter with the policy because he refused to get off his hoverboard. To be fair, if I had a hoverboard I’d refuse to get off it too. Fox News

E) Female Trump supporters just feel more comfortable with a candidate who’s openly awful to them. The Onion

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What I Learned from My 1L Summer Job

I was in LA for my 1L summer. I got an offer to work at the Los Angeles DA’s unit that handles gang murders: The Hardcore Gang Unit.

You think, oh LA; that’s Hollywood, the Walk of Fame, Chinatown, Koreatown, beaches, sunshine, surfing. Sounds fun. After a few weeks at the DA’s office, LA seemed a helluva lot more dark. People really do get killed for being in the wrong neighborhood, for wearing the wrong color shoes, and for no particular reason at all. The gangs of LA are quite brutal.

Part of the reason is that killing someone gets you increased status within the gang. The other part might be the fact that about half of all murders in LA County go unsolved.

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The (Fictional) Lawyers You Want on Your Team

To Kill a Mockingbird was the first “grown-up” novel I was forced to read in English class way back when, and now Atticus Finch is in the news again. The publication (under questionable circumstances) of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, has revealed a less pleasant side to the fictional lawyer. Let’s take this chance to go through some fictional lawyers and see whether you’d want them representing you.

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird version). Representing someone that the town doesn’t want to see represented? Standing up for what’s right and presenting exculpatory evidence? These are all things you’d want to see out of your attorney. We can’t dock Atticus too much for failing to win the case; it’s fair to say the cards were stacked against him and he did the best he could.
Would you want him as your lawyer? 8/10

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Logical Reasonings / 7.30.15

A) In a move pretty much everyone can get behind, a Michigan lawyer quit lawyering in order to open a brewery. Click on Detroit

B) Meet South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof’s attorney. The Marshall Project

C) A toddler’s birthday party is making the news – the kid is so obsessed with a personal injury lawyer’s commercials that it was his party theme. BuzzFeed

D) There will be an actual blue moon on Friday – which won’t happen again until 2018. CNN

E) This panda may have faked a pregnancy in order to get access to better food. Huffington Post

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Logical Reasonings / 5.13.15

A) How to write a strong personal statement without sounding braggadocious. <-- New favorite word. Pen and Chisel

B) If you think you’ve read all the post-law school horror stories, wait until you get a load of this one about a young public defender who lived in his office for five months. Yikes. Above the Law

C) The lawyers who get paid the least are also the happiest. Boy, that homeless public defender must be REALLY happy! New York Times

D) A SCOTUS justice spoke with recent law school grads in New York. Her first name is Sonia — Miss Sotomayor if you’re nasty. Wall Street Journal

E) If you’re wondering why effects-driven blockbuster movies tend to disappoint, perhaps it’s because the filmmakers are ignoring the basic laws of reality when using CGI. Cracked