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Afternoon Briefs: Florida lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney;’ suit challenges hotel resort fees

Lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney’

A Florida lawmaker says he was just joking when he said told a Jewish colleague that he was a “Christian, not an attorney.”…

A COVID-19 year in review: Courts, juries and technology

Happy anniversary. It’s been about one year now since the world was introduced to the coronavirus pandemic. What else can we say? This is as good a time as any to reflect on the changes to the world, especially to the world of law.

Legal tech CEOs urge lawyers to keep innovating beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Lawyers should continue to embrace and further develop the technological and business innovations they have adopted in recent months even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, two prominent legal technology leaders said Tuesday at the ABA Techshow 2021.

6th Circuit judges trade barbs over references to Marshall Project, Grateful Dead in compassionate release request

Appeals judges ruling on a federal prisoner’s compassionate release request agreed that it should be denied but disagreed over sourcing in a dispute played out in a concurring opinion and a footnote.

Working at home when everyone is home could pose confidentiality risks

As lawyers work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, family members as well as virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa might hear confidential client conversations they shouldn’t, according to Pennsylvania lawyer Daniel J. Siegel, who for the past year has done much of his work at the kitchen table.

Freelance for Law wins ABA Techshow 2021’s Startup Alley competition

An online platform that connects law firms with legal professionals who can handle a variety of tasks won the Startup Alley pitch competition at the ABA Techshow 2021 on Monday. The fifth annual event was the kickoff of the first all-virtual Techshow.

More people are applying to law schools, and those with top LSAT scores are also increasing

Securing a spot at a top law school could become more difficult this year, as more people with high scores on the Law School Admission Test are submitting applications.

Legal industry gained 7,200 jobs last month but is still below last year’s numbers

The legal services industry has gained jobs for two months in a row but still has 35,700 fewer jobs than a year ago.

At these top law firms, profit boosts followed layoffs of lawyers and staff members

Some of the nation’s top law firms posted substantial boosts in profits last year after laying off attorneys or staff members, according to an analysis by Law.com.

Capacity limits on businesses can be a ‘direct physical loss’ covered by insurance, judge rules in bellwether cases

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that pandemic-related business closings and capacity limits can qualify as a “direct physical loss” to property that is covered by "business interruption" policies.

Afternoon Briefs: Another state plans remote bar exam in July; Texas AG sues electric company over huge bills

So far, 9 jurisdictions have plan for remote bar exam in July

California’s July 2021 bar exam will be remote, the California Supreme Court announced Friday. The first testing day,…

Difficulties of pandemic should be acknowledged in law school transcript, students say

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on many student population groups, and law students at the University of Minnesota Law School are asking that it be mentioned in the transcript for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Pandemic worsens already-growing debt problem with many legal remedies on hold

While many Americans remain jobless, some companies have increased their collection efforts on old debt as they grapple with less revenue amid the sluggish economy. But with government offices and courts closed, it’s hard for attorneys to move cases along.

How law firms reacted to racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly three-fourths of surveyed law firms launched new programs to address racial injustice after Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the death of George Floyd last year, according to a new study.

What did law firms do that helped them outperform the market in 2020?

Law firms that posted double-digit gains in 2020 revenue and profits per equity partner had a strategic plan and a commitment to a high-performance culture, according to an analysis by two law firm consultants.

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