Friday, February 25, 2011

ABA Journal's Special Edition on What Lawyers Earn

Today, the ABA Journal released its special edition on What Lawyers Earn. The electronic issue features: i) a report on an empirical study of the geography of lawyer salaries -- where the jobs are and what they pay, ii) a database to search wage data by county, and iii) an article highlighting ten smaller markets that pay salaries commensurate with major metropolitan areas. Click on the title to this blog entry to access the What Lawyers Earn special edition.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Judge Scheindlin: Minimum Fields of Metadata

Must the federal government provide metadata along with the documents it produces in response to a Freedom of Information Act request? Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, author of notable decisions dealing with electronic discovery matters, has addressed this question in her opinion and order on National Day Laborer Organizing Network v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, S.D.N.Y., Docket No. 1:10-cv-03488, Feb. 7, 2011. In addition, Judge Scheindlin set out a list of minimum fields of metadata required to be produced in electronic discovery whether by a government entity or a private entity.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Convicted man asks Supreme Court to reconsider non-unanimous verdicts

Troy Barbour, a Louisiana man convicted of attempted murder, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a nearly 40 year-old decision that allows for such convictions with a non-unanimous jury verdict. Barbour received a 48 year prison sentence after a 10-2 vote.

The prior U.S. Supreme Court decision held that states, unlike the federal government, are not compelled to require unanimous juries in all criminal cases. Apodaca v. Oregon, 406 U.S. 404 (1972).

Barbour's lawyer, Jeffrey Fisher, is arguing that the Supreme Court's recent decision in McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010), which held that the 2nd amendment applies to states, changes the landscape surrounding this question.

The case is Barbour v. Louisiana, No. 10-689. To read the Louisiana decision, see Louisiana v. Barbour, 35 So.3d 1142 (La. 2010).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mass. Superior Court Judges Offer Practice Tips and Advice

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Superior Court, MCLE is offering, as a free public service, a series of 10-minute videos of more than 50 active and retired judges offering practical tips and advice for lawyers. The video archive includes Judge Fahey on Mentors, Mentoring and How to Handle Difficult Clients, Judge Connolly on Judging vs. Lawyering, Judge Lauriat on Jury Trial Innovations and the Rules of Civil Procedure, Judge Giles on Sincerity, and Judge Welch on The Ten Things Lawyers Do that Most Irritate Judges. There are a host of other interesting videos in this series. The title to this blog entry links to the Practice Tip Video Archive.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Legal Movie Trivia Contest!

Think you know a lot about Hollywood, movies, and the law? Take a break and enter the Library's legal movie trivia contest! 10 questions, 15 answers, and a chance to win My Cousin Vinny on DVD. In the foyer at the entrance to the Law Library.

US Code Expands to 51 Titles

Public Law 111-314, enacted December 18, 2010, created Title 51, "National and Commercial Space Programs". This title does not provide for any new programs, rather it is part of the codification project of the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives. Since 1926 OLRC has been engaged in a continuing comprehensive project authorized by law to revise and codify, for enactment into positive law, each title of the Code. See what else they are working on at http://uscode.house.gov/codification/legislation.shtml.