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NABE News - October 2017

Supreme Court of Texas Clears Way for Assistance from Out-of-state Lawyers

Hurricane Harvey Flooding - Army National Guard PhotoThe Supreme Court of Texas entered an order to allow any attorney not licensed to practice in Texas, but licensed and in good standing in any other jurisdiction of the United States, to provide legal assistance to individuals and entities affected by Hurricane Harvey. This should help in the effort to recruit volunteer attorneys to address the need for legal services by the mounting number of flood victims. Lawyers may volunteer through programs supported by the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association. The Louisiana State Bar Association is currently monitoring the need for any mobilization of volunteers in that state and encourages Louisiana attorneys to support efforts in Texas. For a summary of information on national mobilization of legal relief efforts, visit the ABA Hurricane Harvey Relief resource page. 

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Ease up on California’s bar exam to achieve more diversity among lawyers

Dean Gilbert HolmesCalifornia’s bar exam is notoriously difficult. Or, more to the point, it’s notoriously difficult to pass, which is not quite the same thing. Read more in The Los Angeles Times.

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SCOTUS says live streaming would ‘adversely affect’ oral arguments

Supreme Court of the United StatesChief Justice John Roberts Jr. told members of Congress that live streaming even the audio portion of its oral arguments might impact the outcome. Read more in Ars Technica...

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What resilient lawyers do differently

Lawyer at workBusy lawyers, already maxed out by the general pressure and stress of the profession, are trying to keep up with practice areas that are becoming more specialized and complex. Read more in Forbes...

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Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

in the balanceRecently retired Judge Richard Posner says people without lawyers are mistreated in the American legal system. Read more in The Conversation...

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Law schools are letting down their students and society – here are three steps they can take to fix

Gavel DownLaw schools in the US today have become depressingly single-purpose: training members of a closed profession and failing to equip them… Read more in QUOSHE...

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California bar spins off its sections amid concerns over liquor spending, resort functions

The State Bar of California sealThe State Bar of California has spun off its 16 voluntary sections into a nonprofit entity... Read more in the ABAJournal...

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A record number of people in the U.K. are representing themselves in court...

Looking at justiceIn the U.K., the number of people seeking support in court because they have no lawyer is up 520% since 2011. Read more in BuzzFeed...

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Who will train tomorrow’s lawyers and how will they learn?

2D POVThe legal industry is an ecosystem; there’s an inter-dependency between and among its elements. Read more in Forbes...

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Why do we still need courtroom artists?

Hold on...why...in an age where everyone carries a camera in their pocket—do old-fashioned drawings remain the main way we document memorable moments in courtRead more at artsy...

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PwC makes push into US market with launch of Washington DC firm

pwc logoPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is set to launch a law firm in the US, in a clear sign that the concerted push into legal services by the Big Four accounting firms is continuing. Read more in LegalWeek...

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