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Can the government really collect phone records from all of Verizon’s customers?

Jun 6, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The recent revelation that the NSA has been continually monitoring U.S. phone communications has a lot of Americans upset. Can the government get away with this?

The Definition of Confidence

Jun 6, 2013 By: Marsha Hunter

When Brian Johnson and I teach speaking skills to small groups of lawyers, we always ask why the participants are there. What

Hot Docs: Zoo responsible for death of two-year-old killed by African wild dogs, lawsuit claims

Jun 6, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The surviving parents of a child killed by a pack of African wild dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo are suing the Zoo, claiming the exhibit was negligently maintained.

Doggie Distribution

Jun 6, 2013 By: Legal Solutions

Trial court in dissolution proceeding erred in awarding custody of parties’ dog to husband with visitation rights in wife; …

Westlaw Topical Highlights: Labor and Employment, June 5, 2013

Jun 5, 2013 By: Casey Hall

Top Labor and Employment cases of the week. This week’s highlights include arbitration, workers’ compensation, hour and wage cases, and more.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jun 5, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

The new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Here are some highlights from the

Black’s Law Dictionary: My Sherpa Guide to Law School

Jun 5, 2013 By: Jake Knadle

Black’s Law Dictionary was the key to unlocking “legalese,” this new language I had to learn in law school.

Insurer Liable for Claimant’s Attorney Fees Despite Absence of Coverage

Jun 5, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

A recent Idaho Supreme Court decision illustrates that an insurer’s decision to honor its obligation to defend despite harboring doubts about coverage itself poses risks for insurers.

“Welcome mat”

Jun 5, 2013 By: Legal Solutions

A necessary precondition for equitable estoppel against the government is a governmental act or omission that …

Legal Business Development: Client Development and Service

Jun 4, 2013 By: Casey Hall

Most law firms expect associates to acquire their first client in the 4th year, or shortly thereafter. Yet, many law firms do not require their associates to develop a personal marketing and client development plan. Without a plan, associates may find it difficult to build a network from which they can acquire new clients.