June 30, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:55:32 pm Philosophically speaking, finding career inspriation in Obama's White House quest
June 30, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:54:54 pm MS Legal Search Among Houston's "Best Places to Work"
June 27, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:30:32 pm Whopper patent settlement of the week: McKool Smith
Intellectual property attorneys at Dallas-based McKool Smith, PC have reached an $83.3 million settlement on behalf of Dallas-based inventory management software
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June 26, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:09:10 pm News Flash: Family law can be nutty in any country
It was so easy to snicker at this seemingly ridiculous story out of Quebec with the headline, "Court overturns father's grounding of 12-year-old," when the article had just a few graphs and no context. Consider:
A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said
The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer.
But it's rarely so black-and-white and now a little more difficult to beat up on the judge after Canada's Globe and Mail filled in some of the details that explain this judge's head-scratching ruling. Some of the `complicating factors' can be found here, but suffice to say Canada's family laws are perhaps even more complicated than the ones we enjoy here, and apparently adults going through divorce act just as crazy north of the border.
June 26, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:28:26 pm XM-Sirius merger, so what's the holdup?
It's been a long 16 months and a wild and bumpy ride for stockholders of Sirius and XM since the two satellite radio companies began merger talks. Recent news
June 25, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:28:09 pm $4 Gas Causing Employers to Rethink the Work Week
While folks at The Legal Intelligencer have reported an interesting non-story related to the relentless rise in fuel prices – that lawyers in an unscientific
June 24, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:51:55 pm Barnett Shale Drilling: Some See Green, Some See Red.
June 23, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:58:59 pm Sky-high fuel prices have airline business plans grounded
The painfully high price of oil has really limited the bailout options for airlines on the brink of bankruptcy, says Steve Stapleton, a bankruptcy and aviation industry attorney at Cowles & Thompson. "Airlines have already taken extreme measures and cut their expenses to the bone, but they're still losing money," says Stapleton,
June 23, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:38:47 pm Tossing the bell curve, some law schools opt for new grading system
Stanford Law School soon joins the University of California and Yale University in abandoning traditional A-Fs. The new law school grading method will use a quota system both to recognize academic performance and shift students and professors away from obsessing about grades.
"It reduces the pursuit of grades as the chief concern of students - they're learning for the sake of learning, without choosing courses based on worries whether a professor is a tough grader or not," Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer told the San Jose Mercury News. "Students were too focused on grades, and choosing courses based on grades."
But don't expect most other law schools to follow suit, says legal recruiter Elaine Makris Williams of MS Legal Search. "Only the very top schools can afford to do this," says Williams. "Because Yale, Stanford and Berkeley are among the country's top schools, their graduates are highly recruited by employers. A graduate of a top-tier school is usually more sought after by employers than a ‘top grades' graduate of a lower-tier school." To interview Ms. Williams about trends in legal recruiting, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:13:54 am The Advocates, The Hit Men...You Decide
June 19, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:06:54 pm When Don Quixote attacks, call Trey Cox
June 19, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:26:24 pm The Social Networking Frontier
So what's an attorney to do? Should you care about Twitter and the opportunity to keep a network of contacts apprised of daily happenings in no more than 140-character messages?. Should a business litigator stoop to the level of Facebook or MySpace?
A confluence of recent news reports indicate that at least one social networking site has emerged as a dominant and potentially useful networking tool that no law firm
• According to legal blogger Steve Matthews, LinkedIn is adding tens of thousands of attorneys to its membership rolls each month.
• Kevin O'Keefe at Real Lawyers Have Blogs reports that there are now more attorneys in the LinkedIn directory than in Martindale.com, lawyers.com and findlaw.com. Many law firms have separate LinkedIn profiles as well.
• Finally, there was news Tuesday that LinkedIn had secured $53 million in venture capital and will likely be rolling out new services in the coming months.
According to the New York Times, LinkedIn is now valued at $1 billion and has seen its membership swell in the last year to 23 million members. The Times reports: "...The average age of a LinkedIn user is 41, the point in life where people are less likely to build their digital identities around dates, parties and photos of revelry. LinkedIn Gives professionals, even the most hopeless wallflower, a painless way to follow the advice of every career counselor: build a network. Users maintain online resumes, establish links with collegues and business acquaintances and then expand their networks to the contacts of their contacts."
June 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 9:49:33 am They are the Defenders
Reporters and editors at the Dallas Business Journal recently set out to answer a variation of one of the eternal questions that inevitably surfaces when two or more attorneys are present at a cocktail party: Who's the best business-litigation defense attorney out there?
The 2008 list of "The Defenders"(subscription only) in this week's edition was compiled based on outside nominations followed by an internal vetting by the DBJ staff.
Congratulations to this year's honorees:
Rodney Acker, Fulbright & Jaworski
Chris Akin, Carrington Coleman
Jerry Beane, Andrews Kurth
George Bramblett, Haynes and Boone
Trey Cox, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox
David Elrod, Elrod PLLC
Gregory Huffman, Thompson & Knight
Kenneth Johnston, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan
James Jordan, Munsch Hardt
Lewis LeClair, McKool Smith
Tom Melsheimer, Fish & Richardson
Retta Miller, Jackson Walker
Yvette Ostolaza, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Joel Reese, Winstead PC
Marcos Ronquillo, Godwin Pappas & Ronquillo
June 13, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:54:28 pm Barnett Shale Oil Fight: Sayles Werbner attorneys cry foul over treatment of minority contractor
ICC Energy is the largest African-Amderican-owned marketer of natural gas in Texas and had invested more than $3 million in the bidding process. The lawsuit charges that D/FW Airport's longstanding policy of awarding contracts only to companies that commit to utilizing minority-and women-owned businesses made Chesapeake's association with ICC Energy vital to securing the drilling lease, among other things.
June 11, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:24:47 am Stranger than Fiction: Attorney Mark Werbner on Short List for Legal Writing Contest
Werbner, cofounder of Dallas-based Sayles Werbner, is a veteran trial attorney who has handled some of the country's most notable cases during his 30 years of practicing law. His courtroom victory in a $200 million contract dispute between members of the de Boule mining family was been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top defense victories last year. I can see a screenplay-in-the-making for his efforts to strike a blow against terrorism by going after their financing sources, a case that has already received national media attention.
June 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:51:50 am Thompson & Knight climate change attorney: cap-and-trade legislation down but not out
Federal climate-change legislation may be dead in the water this year following today's Senate vote, but attorney SCOTT DEATHERAGE says it's now only a matter of time before Congress passes such a cap-and-trade system for U.S. industries to limit carbon emissions. Deatherage, who leads the Climate Change
June 5, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:09:36 pm E-mails confirm a child welfare system unprepared for FLDS challenge
Even outsiders sensed that the state's child welfare system was wholly unprepared to handle the seizure of hundreds of children following the raid on a polygamist ranch in Eldorado. Recently released e-mails between Texas child welfare, law enforcement and other government officials following the raid paint a picture of a state system in disarray, says attorney BETSY BRANCH of Dallas-based McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing. Branch and other attorneys at the Dallas family law firm
June 3, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:13:27 pm Silent for generations, Attorney Marcos Ronquillo unearths ranching dynasty secret
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