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The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law has introduced "Admission Through Performance," allowing rejected applicants to enroll in a free, four-week course on the Federal Rules of Evidence taught by Duncan faculty. If the applicants do well, they can earn a spot in next year's 1L class. Meanwhile, the school is aiming for a sort of second chance for itself: After the ABA denied Duncan's initial accreditation bid in late 2011, the school reapplied. A decision could come as soon as December.
Eric Turkewitz, of The Turkewitz Law Firm and author of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, offers dos and don'ts for first-time legal bloggers.
Vermont has become the first state in the U.S. to file a "patent troll" lawsuit, taking action against a company that has written to businesses, claiming patents related to document-scanning technology. The suit seeks a permanent injunction against MPHJ Technology Investments for demanding about $1,000 per employee to buy licenses for use of its patents.
See also: Vermont Sues Troll Over Alleged Patent Shakedown
Diamond McCarthy, a litigation shop with a track record of suing other lawyers, has been brought in by Dewey & LeBoeuf's liquidation trustee to recover money from some former Dewey partners. Diamond McCarthy will investigate whether to pursue unfinished business claims related to work that former Dewey partners took to their new firms, as well as clawback claims against 115 former partners who didn't sign on to a $71 million settlement.
Making good on its stated priorities for the year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this month filed -- and quickly settled -- its first lawsuit accusing an employer of gathering illegal genetic information during a job applicant's medical exam. The agency followed it up last week by filing its first class action against another employer on similar grounds.
D. Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, mesmerized a standing-room crowd at LegalTech West Coast with a keynote speech that described how law firms bidding for Kia's business lost out when their associates flunked Flaherty's test of their skills in using basic business tools like Microsoft Word and Excel.