Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Should we stretch the limits of corporate product liability?

As we were discussing in yesterday's Law and Lawyers class, product liability cases  have grown since Melvin Belli and the American Trial Lawyers Association began demanding the "adequate award" in the 1950s, and absent another system of personal injury compensation, trial lawyers and juries have largely determined how much people will be paid for loss of life or limb because of another's negligence. Here is the story of two heart surgeons who want the limits of who is liable for medical device failures stretched from the corporation that manufactures them to the executives who run the companies. Read on for more:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's Still a Majority-White Legal Profession Out There

While gender imbalances in the legal profession have been radically improved over the last half century, racial imbalance has not. This story details a study done by a Columbia Law School professor who wanted to see if the perception that African-Americans are not improving their representation in the profession is true. He found that both the numbers and the proportion of African-Americans admitted to law schools have declined since 1993. He can't explain it, but he does have a theory about why:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Law School Clinics Facing Backlash

Here is an article of interest to anyone thinking about attending law school someday. One of the benefits of a good law school education is the opportunity to gain real-life courtroom experience by working in a  school-funded law clinic. Read this NY Times article to see how the activities of some law school clinics are being questioned by lawmakers.

Should state lawmakers remove funding from state law school clinics if they attack large corporations?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Nullification, interposition, whatever you call it, it's back---again

Here's a good overview of the history of the idea of nullification in the U.S. Not something relegated to the pages of your history text, this doctrine, discredited as it was by the Civil War, is alive and well today in some states of the nation. Read the full story by clicking below:,0,0

Then leave your thoughts and comments, please.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Cravath system of law firm hiring and promotion may be on its way out!

Here's an interesting story from today's NYTimes about new ways law firms are structuring their hiring and promotion plans. The Cravath system instituted at the turn of the twentieth century seems to be headed for extinction.

It's of some serious concern that because of the economy, law firms are now beginning to hire two or three tiers of new lawyers--some obviously (as George Orwell would say) more equal than others. 

But, we should also consider this: how often does a business model, like the Cravath system, last nearly 100 years?