As everyone is well aware at this point, the legal industry is going through some trying times. The demand for legal services simply isn’t high enough to support what the industry is currently suited to provide. To explain some of the damning numbers, what might be behind them and how the legal industry can move toward correcting itself, we bring in Ronda Muir, Founder and Principal of Law People Management, LLC and author on the Law People blog.
The advent of social media and the prevalence of mobile communications devices challenge employers seeking to prevent unlawful conduct in the workplace. Employees are no longer constrained by the need for physical proximity, or lack of access to a bulletin board, a telephone landline, or a fax machine.
On June 1, 2012, the Attorney General of Vermont announced a series of recent legislative moves to enhance the state’s consumer protection laws, including amendments to Vermont’s security breach notification law. The changes, which were signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin in early May, include a revised definition of “security breach,” the addition of a 45-day timing requirement for notifying affected consumers, and a requirement to notify the state Attorney General within 14 days of discovering the breach (or when notifying consumers, if sooner).
The Daily Beast had a great article on the cost of dying in America using one family’s story as an example. The article is adapted from Amanda Bennett’s book, The Cost of Hope: A Memoir. $33,382 for one hospital stay. $43,711 for the next. And a final $14,022 for the last three days of life. Across the country, sick people are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for “comfort care” at the end of their lives.
In the past year, there has been a spate of criticism of legal education. The upshot: it’s too expensive, it doesn’t actually train new lawyers, and it produces a lot of scholarship of no use to practitioners or judges. Pair this rising criticism with rising educational costs and rising legal unemployment, and it is hard to deny that law schools are facing a real crisis of legitimacy. As a very large consumer of legal scholarship, and a big fan of well-educated lawyers, this worries me.