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Five Things Every Lawyer Should Know About The Ebola Virus

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Ebola is a frightening disease — even the name sounds scary. If you think the subject has all but disappeared from the headlines of today’s 24-hour news cycle, you are sadly mistaken. According to the World Health Organization, staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate…
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“Don’t Quote Me On That”: New Standards For Legal Advertising

Did you ever hear about the case of the lawyer and judge who went to court over the issue of whether the lawyer could run an ad claiming that the judge thought he was a great lawyer? It all began in 2008 when Andrew Dwyer, a Newark, New Jersey workplace discrimination lawyer, quoted three judges…
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Legal Start-Ups Offer Hope For Change

These are trying times: it’s hard to avoid reading about diminishing law school enrollment, the difficulty of graduates landing jobs with firms, and the alleged decline in legal profession prestige. Based upon headlines, it’s easy to conclude that all is doom-and-gloom in the legal profession, with little prospect for rejuvenation. Somewhat ironically, while lawyers are…
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We Are Teaming With The American Bar Association To Explore Expanded Online Opportunities For Lawyers.

It’s a very happy Friday here at Rocket Lawyer indeed. Today we announced that we are teaming up with the American Bar Association to explore innovative solutions to a vexing legal paradox – the difficulty small businesses face finding affordable legal services at a time when many lawyers would welcome expanded professional opportunities. Through a…
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The Right To Self-Incriminate

Under “Everything I Learned About My Legal Rights I Learned From Watching ‘Law & Order’ And Its Myriad Off-Shoots,” millions of Americans can recite the mantra law enforcement officials robotically recite while they’re cuffing a perp: “You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. Everything you say can and…
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How Should Lawyers Respond To Negative Online Reviews?

Back in the far, far distant past – namely, this past Spring – we looked at the pros and cons of business owners suing customers who posted venomous reviews of their enterprises on Yelp. Now the “negative chickens” have come home to roost, if you will, with the Wall Street Journal saying that lawyers are…
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Who Can Afford To Go To Jail?

If you’re ticked off at all by the extra fees airlines have added the past few years, just be thankful you’re not a “passenger” caught up in the U.S. criminal justice system. I mean, you know, aside from the obvious reasons. There was a time when incarceration, at the bare minimum, offered some solace to…
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Can YOU Tell If A Lawyer Is Real?

In this week’s annals, we have stories of people impersonating attorneys, and a real lawyer accusing himself of impersonating a lawyer. Yes, according to the ABA Journal, there is a recent surge in the number of folks pretending to be attorneys. As you might imagine, nothing good comes of it. In the first case, a…
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A Lawyer’s Best Friend: The Supreme Court

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to hand it to the U.S. Supreme Court: every year at this time, it throws lawyers years of potential new cases to litigate! The Supremes have this – habit? tradition? – of waiting until their last session or two to drop their most momentous decisions. Since the court,…
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Two-Fisted Judge Dispenses Justice, Florida Style

From the state that gave us Stand Your Ground, we now have Stand Your Ground, Courtroom Edition. Or perhaps it’s Stand Your Gavel – On the Public Defender’s Head. You have to hand it to Florida. Time and again, on the scale of judicial craziness, the state does something, like earlier this year when the…
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