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Why Are Seemingly Satisfied Female Lawyers Running For The Exits? Resolving The Paradox Using National Data, Joni Hersch, Erin E. Meyers Oct 2019

Why Are Seemingly Satisfied Female Lawyers Running For The Exits? Resolving The Paradox Using National Data, Joni Hersch, Erin E. Meyers

Joni Hersch

Despite the fact that women are leaving the practice of law at alarmingly high rates, most previous research finds no evidence of gender differences in job satisfaction among lawyers. This Article uses nationally representative data from the 2015 National Survey of College Graduates to examine gender differences in lawyers’ job satisfaction, and finds that any apparent similarity of job satisfaction between genders likely arises from dissatisfied female JDs sorting out of the legal profession at higher rates than their male counterparts, leaving behind the most satisfied women. This Article also provides a detailed examination of the specific working conditions that ...


Residency Requirements For Attorneys: Home Is Where The License Is?, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Residency Requirements For Attorneys: Home Is Where The License Is?, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


An All-Volunteer Force: Law Students And Pro Bono Lawyers Helping Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts Sep 2019

An All-Volunteer Force: Law Students And Pro Bono Lawyers Helping Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts

Patricia E. Roberts

No abstract provided.


From "War On Poverty" To Pro Bono: Access To Justice Remains Elusive For Too Many, Including Our Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts Sep 2019

From "War On Poverty" To Pro Bono: Access To Justice Remains Elusive For Too Many, Including Our Veterans, Patricia E. Roberts

Patricia E. Roberts

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty. The Legal Services Program of 1965, along with the Legal Services Corporation formed in 1974, considerably increased civil legal aid to America’s poor. Yet today, there is only one legal aid attorney for every 6,415 people living in poverty. Veterans, comprising 4.6%of those living in poverty, often suffer additional obstacles and extensive legal needs, including assistance in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled. While encouraging additional pro bono service among attorneys incrementally increases the availability of legal services to the poor, law school ...


Some Thoughts On Technology And The Practice Of Law, Fredric I. Lederer Sep 2019

Some Thoughts On Technology And The Practice Of Law, Fredric I. Lederer

Fredric I. Lederer

No abstract provided.


Book Review Of In The Opinion Of The Court, Laura A. Heymann Sep 2019

Book Review Of In The Opinion Of The Court, Laura A. Heymann

Laura A. Heymann

No abstract provided.


The Limits Of Prosecutorial Power, Jeffrey Bellin Sep 2019

The Limits Of Prosecutorial Power, Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin

No abstract provided.


Attorney Competence In An Age Of Plea Bargaining And Econometrics, Jeffrey Bellin Sep 2019

Attorney Competence In An Age Of Plea Bargaining And Econometrics, Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin

This Essay explores the concept of attorney competence in a criminal justice system dominated by plea bargaining. It focuses, in particular, on the results of a widely-reported empirical study of Philadelphia murder cases that found “vast” differences in legal outcomes based on the type of defense attorney assigned to the case. The first part of the Essay explores the implications of these empirical findings, which appear to stem from a counter-intuitive form of professional competence, persistence in convincing one’s client to plead guilty. The findings are particularly intriguing in light of the Supreme Court’s recent expansion of ineffective ...


Imputed Liability For Supervising Prosecutors: Applying The Military Doctrine Of Command Responsibility To Reduce Prosecutorial Misconduct, Geoffrey S. Corn, Adam M. Gershowitz Sep 2019

Imputed Liability For Supervising Prosecutors: Applying The Military Doctrine Of Command Responsibility To Reduce Prosecutorial Misconduct, Geoffrey S. Corn, Adam M. Gershowitz

Adam M. Gershowitz

No abstract provided.


Online Legal Document Providers And The Public Interest: Using A Certification Approach To Balance Access To Justice And Public Protection, Susan Saab Fortney Sep 2019

Online Legal Document Providers And The Public Interest: Using A Certification Approach To Balance Access To Justice And Public Protection, Susan Saab Fortney

Susan S. Fortney

No abstract provided.


Seeking Shelter In The Minefield Ofunintended Consequences - The Traps Oflimited Liability Law Firms, Susan Saab Fortney Sep 2019

Seeking Shelter In The Minefield Ofunintended Consequences - The Traps Oflimited Liability Law Firms, Susan Saab Fortney

Susan S. Fortney

No abstract provided.


Mandatory Legal Malpractice Insurance: Exposing Lawyers' Blind Spots, Susan S. Fortney Sep 2019

Mandatory Legal Malpractice Insurance: Exposing Lawyers' Blind Spots, Susan S. Fortney

Susan S. Fortney

The legal landscape for lawyers’ professional liability in the United States is changing. In 2018, Idaho implemented a new rule requiring that lawyers carry legal malpractice insurance. The adoption of the Idaho rule was the first move in forty years by a state to require legal malpractice insurance since Oregon mandated lawyer participation in a malpractice insurance regime. Over the last two years, a few states have considered whether their jurisdictions should join Oregon and Idaho in requiring malpractice insurance for lawyers in private practice. To help inform the discussion, the article examines different positions taken in the debate on ...


Law As A Profession: Examining The Role Of Accountability, Susan Saab Fortney Sep 2019

Law As A Profession: Examining The Role Of Accountability, Susan Saab Fortney

Susan S. Fortney

No abstract provided.


American Lawyers And International Competence, Charlotte Ku, Christopher J. Borgen Sep 2019

American Lawyers And International Competence, Charlotte Ku, Christopher J. Borgen

Charlotte Ku

Just over ten years ago, Germans tore down a wall that divided their country and the whole of Europe. Stepping through the hole in the Berlin Wall, they took the first steps towards the reunification of West and East Germany and the end of the Cold War. Today another wall is being torn down—that between purely domestic law and international law. Companies are engaged in international trade at ever increasing rates. Environmental degradation has proved to be a global problem that cannot be solved with uncoordinated local measures. Individuals worldwide are pressing their governments for the recognition of a ...


Combating Silence In The Profession, Veronica Root Martinez Aug 2019

Combating Silence In The Profession, Veronica Root Martinez

Veronica Root

Members of the legal profession have recently taken a public stance against a wave of oppressive policies and practices. From helping immigrants stranded in airports to protesting in the face of white nationalists, lawyers are advocating for equality within and throughout American society each and every day. Yet as these lawyers go out into the world on behalf of others, they do so while their very profession continues to struggle with its own discriminatory past. For decades, the legal profession purposefully excluded women, religious minorities, and people of color from its ranks, while instilling a select group of individuals with ...


Ethics 20/20 Successfully Achieved Its Mission: It "Protected, Preserved, And Maintained", James E. Moliterno Aug 2019

Ethics 20/20 Successfully Achieved Its Mission: It "Protected, Preserved, And Maintained", James E. Moliterno

James E. Moliterno

The legal profession tends to look inward and backward when faced with crisis and uncertainty. The legal profession could make greater advances by looking outward and forward to find in society and culture the causes of and connections with the legal profession’s crises. Doing so would allow the profession to grow with society, solve problems with rather than against the flow of society, and be more attuned to the society the profession claims to serve.


And Now A Crisis In Legal Education, James E. Moliterno Aug 2019

And Now A Crisis In Legal Education, James E. Moliterno

James E. Moliterno

The current crisis in legal education coincides with a crisis in the practice of law. Law practice has changed as a result of technology, globalization, and economic pressures. The market for legal education's product, law graduates, have diminished. Law schools cannot remain the same in this environment. Except for a very small number of elite schools, those that do not adjust are at serious risk of failing.

An economic change has taken place against a system in which mostly corporate clients willingly paid for the training of beginners at major law firms. Law firms could absorb those costs if ...


The Trouble With Lawyer Regulation, James E. Moliterno Aug 2019

The Trouble With Lawyer Regulation, James E. Moliterno

James E. Moliterno

The American legal profession has been a backward-looking, change-resistant institution. It has failed to adjust to changes in society, technology, and economics, despite individual lawyers' efforts to change their own practices and entrepreneurs' efforts to enter the legal marketplace to serve the needs of middle- and lower-income clients. When change does come, the legal profession is a late- arriver, usually doing no better than catching up to changes around it that have already become well ensconced. This failure robs society of what could be a positive role of the legal profession in times of change, and it deprives the profession ...


The Future Of Legal Education Reform, James E. Moliterno Aug 2019

The Future Of Legal Education Reform, James E. Moliterno

James E. Moliterno

The article discusses the criticism raised against legal education including high cost, disconnection between law schools and profession, and lack of employment opportunities. It examines the role of the bar examinations and reflects that the model in place is dysfunctional. It suggests that modern law school should teach students not only legal analysis but also business aspect of law practice such as project management and creative resolutions of disputes.


Rise Of The Robot Lawyers?, Milan Markovic Jul 2019

Rise Of The Robot Lawyers?, Milan Markovic

Milan Markovic

The advent of artificial intelligence has provoked considerable speculation about the future of the American workforce, including highly educated professionals such as lawyers and doctors. Although most commentators are alarmed by the prospect of intelligent machines displacing millions of workers, this is not so with respect to the legal sector. Media accounts and some legal scholars envision a future where intelligent machines perform the bulk of legal work, and legal services are less expensive and more accessible. This future is purportedly at hand as lawyers struggle to compete with technologically savvy alternative legal service providers.

This Article challenges the notion ...


The Power Of Imagination: Diversity And The Education Of Lawyers And Judges, Barry Sullivan Jul 2019

The Power Of Imagination: Diversity And The Education Of Lawyers And Judges, Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Main Street Multidisciplinary Practice Firms: Laboratories For The Future, Susan Poser Jun 2019

Main Street Multidisciplinary Practice Firms: Laboratories For The Future, Susan Poser

Susan Poser

This Article examines the debate over multidisciplinary practice in the wake of the collapse of Enron and Arthur Andersen. Part I addresses the history of the scholarly debate about multidisciplinary practice in the United States. It discusses the focus on large multidisciplinary firms, feared threats to independent professional judgment, and the current rule concerning lawyers and multidisciplinary practice.

Part II examines the reasons for allowing multidisciplinary practice. The author argues that client demand, lawyer demand, and policy reasons all provide valid reasons for permitting "one-stop" shopping. Part I also discusses existing forms of multidisciplinary practice. The author argues that the ...


Kentucky's Future Need For Attorneys, Leslie W. Abramson Apr 2019

Kentucky's Future Need For Attorneys, Leslie W. Abramson

Leslie W. Abramson

No abstract provided.


The New-Breed, “Die-Hard” Chinese Lawyer: A Comparison With American Civil Rights Cause Lawyers, James E. Moliterno, Rongjie Lan Apr 2019

The New-Breed, “Die-Hard” Chinese Lawyer: A Comparison With American Civil Rights Cause Lawyers, James E. Moliterno, Rongjie Lan

James E. Moliterno

In times of social upheaval, lawyers can mark the way toward social change. In particular, when lawyers become more aggressive than traditional lawyers in the cause of fighting injustice, they face backlash from multiple sources, including government and their own profession. Such was the case during the U.S. civil rights movement. Unusually aggressive behavior by cause lawyers was met with hostility from their own profession and from government action. Those lawyers, while battered at times with physical violence, bar ethics charges, contempt of court, and state hostility, survived and changed social conditions at the same time they altered the ...


Community Law Practice, Luz E. Herrera Mar 2019

Community Law Practice, Luz E. Herrera

Luz Herrera

Community-embedded law practices are small businesses that are crucial in addressing the legal needs that arise in neighborhoods. Lawyers in these practices attend to recurring legal needs, contribute to building a diverse profession, and spur community development of modest-income communities through legal education and services. Solo practitioners and small firm lawyers represent the largest segment of the lawyer population in the United States, yet their contributions to addressing the legal needs of modest-income clients are rarely recognized or studied. This essay sheds light on the characteristics, motivations, and challenges these law practices face in providing access to justice to modest-means ...


Clinical Legal Education And Legal Aid - The Canadian Experience, Frederick H. Zemans, Lester Brickman Jan 2019

Clinical Legal Education And Legal Aid - The Canadian Experience, Frederick H. Zemans, Lester Brickman

Frederick H. Zemans

Last fall CLEPR sponsored the first workshop of Canadian law schools devoted exclusively to the subject of clinical law training in Canada. The seminar was co-hosted by the McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law Schools and CLEPR, and was held at the Law School of McGill in Montreal, on November 29th and 30th, 1973. The workshop was organized and co-chaired by Professor Frederick H. Zemans of Osgoode Hall Law School and Professor Lester Brickman of the University of Toledo Law School, who are responsible for this report of the proceedings. A list of those attending is included at the conclusion ...


Unauthorized Legal Practice Prosecutions And Independent Paralegals In Ontario And The United States, John A. Flood, Frederick H. Zemans Jan 2019

Unauthorized Legal Practice Prosecutions And Independent Paralegals In Ontario And The United States, John A. Flood, Frederick H. Zemans

Frederick H. Zemans

The issue of unauthorized legal practice involves questions of professionalism and market protection. The legal profession, like other professions, is seen a being particularly successful at excluding others from its area of jurisdiction. Disputes over jurisdiction occur at the edge of this jurisdiction, specifically when certain condition arise. The e conditions are characterized by the "indetermination/ technicality (I/T) ratio", where "I" represents the ideological underpinning of the profession and "T" represents the technical knowledge. "If either the knowledge base or the ideological underpinning deteriorates, the occupation will lose control over its spheres of activity....For an occupation or a ...


The Market For Legal Services: Paraprofessionals And Specialists, Selma Colvin, David Stager, Larry Taman, Janet Yale, Frederick H. Zemans Jan 2019

The Market For Legal Services: Paraprofessionals And Specialists, Selma Colvin, David Stager, Larry Taman, Janet Yale, Frederick H. Zemans

Frederick H. Zemans

This is a working paper prepared for The Professional Organizations Committee.


The Changed Legal Profession: Who Has Control Of The Market For Legal Services?, Frederick H. Zemans Jan 2019

The Changed Legal Profession: Who Has Control Of The Market For Legal Services?, Frederick H. Zemans

Frederick H. Zemans

During the nineteen sixties, it was provincial governments rather than lawyers or their professional societies, which determined that there would be a significant increase in the number of places for Jaw students at Canadian universities. Formula-funding programmes (in place in several provinces) along with a growing demand for law degrees stimulated government- funded universities to open their doors to students seeking a legal education and ultimately entrance to the legal profession. Prior to the late seventies, little opposition was encountered from the profession to its loss of control of the supply of lawyers. The economic recession, combined with the growth ...


Can Ontario Sustain Cadillac Legal Services?, Frederick H. Zemans, Lewis T. Smith Jan 2019

Can Ontario Sustain Cadillac Legal Services?, Frederick H. Zemans, Lewis T. Smith

Frederick H. Zemans

Recently described in the American Lawyer as Canada's Cadillac legal services, the Ontario legal aid scheme--Canada's first and today its most costly-is in serious need of repair. This paper, which grows out of a presentation made by Robert Holden, Director of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, describes both the introduction of legal aid services in Ontario and the evolution of the original pro bono scheme into a government-funded judicare scheme.

It is not surprising that in 1952, when contemporary legal aid was introduced into Canada, both the bar and government of Ontario looked to the United Kingdom for ...