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

The 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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Why do we still need courtroom artists?

… 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 court? Read more at artsy.

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

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

PricewaterhouseCoopers (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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The legal industry needs fresh leadership with new skill sets

The legal industry has been slow to adapt to powerful socioeconomic forces that have changed the buy-sell dynamic. Read more in Forbes.

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Client Intake

This Silicon Valley start-up wants to replace lawyers with robots

Silicon Valley’s next hot start-up isn’t likely to be a video chat app… But maybe it could be — and this isn’t a joke — a law firm.  Read more in The Washington Post.

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Congress should end partisan ‘nonsense’ over SCOTUS nominations, Ginsburg says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …called on Congress to end partisanship surrounding Supreme Court nominations… Read more in the ABA Journal.

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