Archive for November 2012

Law students lose case against schools for misleading job stats

Law students lose case against schools for misleading job stats
Like most everyone, attorneys are finding themselves unemployed. Recently, several law school graduates have sued their schools for misleading them about the likelihood that they would be gainfully employed after graduation. Specifically, the lawsuits pointed to the schools’ published employment statistics, alleging that they were inflated and that new graduates were not employed at as... Read more »

Should criminal defendants have to pay for their prosecution?

Should criminal defendants have to pay for their prosecution?
There’s an idea out there that it might be a good idea to have defendants pay the costs of their prosecution if they’re found guilty. The main cost we’re talking about is paying the attorneys who are prosecutors. There are a couple of ways to look at it. First, not everyone can afford to pay.... Read more »

It’s time to give thanks (that you are not a lawyer)

It’s time to give thanks (that you are not a lawyer)
I love my job as an attorney because every day is different for me and I help people.  But it isn’t always great.  And I know a ton of attorneys that are miserable.  So with Thanksgiving upon us, here are a bunch of reasons why you should be thankful that you never went to law... Read more »
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Torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld thrown out

Torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld thrown out
Sometimes, when you read the news, it seems like you can sue for just about anything these days. However, limits do exist. Lawsuits get dismissed all the time because the person who is trying to sue doesn’t have a valid “cause of action.” This means that the type of claim they’re making is not a... Read more »

A lawyer’s success can be fools gold

A lawyer’s success can be fools gold
There is a lawyer in Chicago that likes to brag about his success.  He is a great marketer and so when people see a statement that says he’s recovered compensation on 98% of his cases, it makes him seem like a real go getter and fighter.  I’ve dealt with this guy many times over the... Read more »

Man sues wife over ugly baby

Man sues wife over ugly baby
What’s worse than a man suing his wife because she gave birth to an “ugly” baby? The fact that he won. This case took place in China. The guy married an attractive woman, without knowing that she had undergone significant plastic surgery before they met. When their daughter was born, the baby looked nothing like... Read more »
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Think of Olive Garden when hiring a lawyer

Think of Olive Garden when hiring a lawyer
When I was in high school, my extremely cool friends and I used to go to Olive Garden all of the time.  There isn’t much better for a hungry teenage boy than a never ending bowl of salad and breadsticks for something like $3.00.  Even if we got pasta too, the total cost was under... Read more »

Why I’m not voting for Obama tomorrow

Why I’m not voting for Obama tomorrow
Because I voted for him last week through early voting. He’s not perfect, but . . . In 2008 the GOP said he’d make us weaker against terrorists and play defense not offense.  That didn’t turn out to be true.  Not just killing Bin Laden, but many high level Al Qaeda leaders. They said he’d... Read more »
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