Tag Archive: News

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Judge Slapped with $2.2 Million Suit when Driveway Feud Turns Ugly

Justice Barbara Wilson of Southampton, NY is being sued by neighbor Tony Gugliotta for defamation. The story begins as a fairly standard argument over a shared driveway, a portion of which Judge Wilson claims is hers. While surveys show that the part of the driveway in question belongs to Mr. Gugliotta, Justice Wilson claims adverse possession or “squatter’s rights” to the disputed ground.

While perhaps not the Platonic ideal of how we might expect a judge to act (who chains an SUV to a porch column? More importantly, who chooses that shade of yellow?), things didn’t get really interesting until the April 13th meeting of the Southampton Village Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation.

First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t direct you to the videotape of the meeting, the opening music of which would do John Tesh proud.

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LSAC Newsletter: Super Prep II and a February Increase

LSAC recently released its biannual newsletter, and the big news is the planned release of Super Prep II, a new prep book that will include three previously undisclosed LSATs along with explanations for every question. For those of you who weren’t frantically refreshing your browser waiting for LSAC’s thrilling newsletter release, this post is aimed to bringing out the key points for potential LSAT test-takers.

Super Prep II might be useful to prep students for several reasons. First, taking real tests is one of the best ways to test your comprehension of the methods, and some students plow through so much material that the additional exams will feel like manna from heaven to them.

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The Year in Prelaw News

We all know that the biggest news of 2014 was the return of French Toast Crunch. That announcement is exciting, to be sure, but don’t forget that 2014 brought some highlights in the world of law school applications as well. The year provided data galore – Employment data! Bar passage data! LSAT data! And, of course, it provided some pretty great memes too.

To refresh your memory, here’s a list of the biggest law school-related news of 2014:

The narrative to which we’ve become accustomed is that numbers in general are down, and 2014 was no exception to that rule. The number of law school applications dropped 8 percent from last year, totaling a decline of 37 percent since 2010.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.31.13

A) This Wednesday the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. Also, 2 million have already signed up (a much needed recovery following the disastrous rollout). Los Angeles Times.

B) Here are the best law firms to work for according to survey responses. If you haven’t already, start networking. Above the Law.

C) If you haven’t submitted your law school applications yet, stay on track with these three tips. Law Admissions Lowdown.

D) Target is the target again for another holiday snafu. If you have a Target holiday gift card, make sure it was properly activated. Kansas City Star.

E) Have a Happy New Year! Oh, and if you have a hangover tomorrow, don’t try any of these hangover cures. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.27.13

A) Read this article to learn the essential steps in choosing your legal practice area and how to land a legal job. Above the Law.

B) Apparently, the collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal, and as you can imagine, ACLU is p.o.’d. CNN.

C) Check out the ten most popular news headlines in all of 2013 for ABA Journal. ABA Journal.

D) Lowest enrollment in law schools since 1975. Hallelujah for current law school applicants! National Law Journal.

E) Most popular bars in 2013. Continue to drink up ‘Merica! BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.26.13

A) George Mason University School of Law freezes tuition for the next three years. Finally, a law school that understands law and economics. National Jurist.

B) Chillax with a cup of coco and recap the most important legal stories of 2013. ABA Journal.

C) The future of the law school library is very bleak indeed as most do legal research electronically. What does this mean for law school rankings? Wall Street Journal.

D) Best believe it – one of Detroit’s few burgeoning industries is tourism. People are visiting from as far as Europe to check out all of the abandoned factories, churches and schools. Los Angeles Times.

E) The best pranks pulled in 2013. These are epic. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.20.13

A) Prison sentences longer for black men than white men, study shows. Wall Street Journal.

B) Why we are ‘rightly obsessed’ with JFK. CNN.

C) Inside the world of wasteful billing. Readers beware! Above the Law.

D) Another American tourist has been arrested in North Korea. Oh, and he’s 85 years old. Yes…85 years old. Here’s a warning: don’t travel there. New York Times.

E) Um…..nope! I think not. Not doing it. Absolutely not. But if you are an adrenaline junky, you might want to venture to Kansas City to take on the world’s tallest and fastest water slide. Kansas City Star.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.19.13

A) Law School tuition is the seed of its own destruction. ABA Journal.

B) Virginian State Senator Creigh Deeds stabbed repeatedly in head and torso, and son is dead. Son is said to be responsible. CNN.

C) Planning on going to Yale Law School in the future? Dorm living (rather spacious and nice on-campus housing) is in your future thanks to a $25 million gift. National Jurist.

D) Learn more about your GPA and how it factors into your law school application. Law Admissions Lowdown.

E) Some of these passive-aggressive people are hil-ar-ious! BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.6.13

A) Should we ditch the current U.S. Constitution and replace it with a more 21st century governance? Yay or Nay? ABA Journal.

B) Chris Christie wins big in New Jersey (no surprise there), and his speech was quite telling — thank you speech, or an announcement speech? CNN.

C) Best law schools for a strong career right out of law school Forbes.

D) Now that Tuesday’s elections are all over, what does it all mean for 2016? Washington Post.

E) People with awesome (and not so awesome) names. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.1.13

A) Defying U.S. wishes, Russia granted Edward Snowden asylum for one year. Oh snap! CNN.

B) The monetary value of law school still far outweighs the expense of attending. So don’t worry future law school grads – you’re future is still very green. The National Jurist.

C) Read these amazing law novels!! That, or let us know which one is your favorite. ABA Journal.

D) Big fish get off the hook, and the small guy gets punished. Major win for SEC as the jury finds former Goldman Sachs trader liable. Forbes.

E) These kids know what’s up. I especially love #15. BuzzFeed.