Opening Statements

Hearsay: July 2013

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Lawyers are the most socially responsible professionals, donating an estimated 25 hours a year of their time to pro bono services.

Source: Taproot Foundation social responsibility ranking for office professionals, May 2013.


The amount of money spent on television ads in this year’s race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Source: “Buying Time: Wisconsin Judicial Election 2013,” an online analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, April 2, 2013.

Get Blogging

Well-executed blogs influence the hiring decisions of 53% of in-house counsel

Source: In-House Counsel New Media Engagement Survey, April 2013.

Say What?

“There was a time when we actually prepared to sue the Supreme Court over the credential thing, and it was mostly because I was in love with the name of the lawsuit: SCOTUSblog v. SCOTUS.

—lawyer and SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein to New York magazine (April 7, 2013).


The amount by which Northwestern University Law School will reduce its fall 2013 first-year class, resulting in 20 to 25 fewer students.

Source: Northwestern University news release, March 11, 2013.

Sometimes It Pays to Hire a Lawyer

According to a forthcoming study in the Stanford Technology Law Review, applicants for trademarks who are represented by lawyers are 50 percent more likely to have their registration issued than those who do it pro se.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, April 10, 2013.

Keep Your Eyes Open

On a trip through Huntington, Ind., one of our sharp-eyed editors noticed a legal historical marker outside the courthouse. On closer inspection, the sign marked the site of the courthouse where the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Ex parte Milligan began.

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