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Civil Litigation

by Andrew Bach ’05 Nearly every great fictional lawyer was a criminal lawyer. Jack McCoy from “Law and Order” prosecuted criminals. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird defended criminals (or defended Tom Robinson whose only crime was overuse of the word ‘chifferobe’).  There are really no inspirational figures (no, I will not count Ally  Continue Reading »

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 By Bob Bailey, Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and Assistant Dean Once upon a time, litigation reigned as the legal mechanism for resolving disputes.  Today, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration processes resolve the vast majority of legal disputes.  These dispute resolution processes formerly were called alternative dispute resolution (ADR),  Continue Reading »

Professional Responsibility — The Law of Lawyers and Other Professionals

By Ben Trachtenberg, Associate Professor of Law Because Professional Responsibility is required for graduation, everyone at the law school takes the course.  Some students wonder, however, if it provides any value beyond fulfilling the graduation requirement.  My answer is yes, but perhaps that goes without saying because I teach the course. Even if you were  Continue Reading »

Katie Vogt ’12 – Why go to the Expo?

I was very fortunate to find my current job as a result of the Small Firms and Public Interest Expo.  As a third-year law student in my final semester, I was very worried about finding a legal job.  I decided to approach the Expo like it was going to be a series of short interviews.   Continue Reading »

Labor and Employment Law

By Whitney Pile Cooney ’08 One of the first questions I’m often asked when I say I practice Labor and Employment law is, “What’s the difference between labor law and employment law?”  This is a great question and is often confusing for those outside our practice area.  “Labor law” generally refers to the law pertaining  Continue Reading »

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

by Susan Glass ’98 Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors are a rare and unique breed—mostly because there is only one of us in most states.  This program started out several years ago in states like Iowa and Florida where it was decided that prosecutors needed some help in impaired driving cases.  In most prosecutors’ offices, the  Continue Reading »

American Tax Relief Act of 2012 Moves Estate Planning Focus Where It Should Be

By Jason Salinardi Congress avoided the so-called fiscal cliff by passing- at the 11th hour- the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Tax Act), signed into law by the President on January 2, 2013.  The 2012 Tax Act makes several important revisions to the tax code that will affect estate planning for the  Continue Reading »