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January 2007 Issue

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Cover Story

Next!

We’ve consulted with some of the le­gal profession’s best prophets, prognosti­cators and soothsayers to bring you a report from the future.

In 2007, judges will in­creasingly get creative with sentencing, shaming defendants in the hope they will think twice about violating the law again. Part­ners being pushed out by their firms will have new lev­erage to negotiate sweeter severance deals. And pat­ent holders will find their way to a forum that re­solves their dis­putes in record time.

Americans will battle over who’s really a citi­zen, online background checks will raise thorny ques­tions about discrimination, prosecutors will zero in on medi­cal ID theft, and lawyers will discover that MySpace ain’t just for kids.

For a closer look into our crystal ball, read on.

Feature Section

    Forces of Change

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1944 decision in U.S. v. South-Eastern Underwriters Association probably didn’t receive much public attention at the time. Besides covering the tedious domain of insurance regulation, it was released June 5, the eve of D-Day.

ABA Connection

Strange New World

It was early 2005, and G. Victor Tiscornia II was thinking about how to broaden the scope of his law practice. This solo practitioner in Salem, Ore., handled mostly trust and estate work, but he was planning to expand his sideline in bankruptcy work. That plan was shot down, however, when Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. When the law went into effect in October of that year, the landscape of bankruptcy law changed.

McElhaney on Litigation

No Place for Fights

Corner Office

The Ratings Game

Associates in the Trenches

A Lucky Break

Career Audit

Board Surfing

Ideas from the Front

Green Fees

Puttin’ On the Ritz

Life Audit

Adding Light Motifs

President's Message

Serving in the Boardroom

Obiter Dicta

Boxed in By the Bench

Precedents

January 22, 1973