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Phony Law Firm Scam Used Lawyer Names Found Through Craigslist

Two Florida men have been arrested in connection with a Craigslist scheme which involved using lawyers' names and bar numbers without permission to provide loan modification and foreclosure defense services. Can anyone say "unauthorized practice of law"?

You're terrified of getting cold called and stumbling to remember the procedural posture in Pennoyer v. Neff. Alternatively, you can't wait to get called on and perfectly recite Pennoyer's procedural posture and throw in some background details on the Pacific Christian Advocate and 1870's Multnomah County, Oregon. (Really, tone it down, gunner.)

What do you do to prepare? You brief the case. But here's a hint: you don't have to do it all yourself. Westlaw can do a lot of it for you.

Melania Trump has been busy lately. Not only is she helping her husband, Donald Trump, run for president, she's now sending a bevy of cease and desist letters to media outlets who've written about rumors that she worked as an escort when she first came to New York from Slovenia. Of course, accusations of defamation are to be expected when someone makes such claims; no one is surprised by that.

What stands out, though, is the name on Melania's demand letters. They were not sent out by Michael D. Cohen, the Donald's usual lawyer, but by Charles Harder, the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against the website Gawker. Harder is also closely associated with Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who has made it a bit of a personal hobby to finance lawsuits against the press.

Jeffrey Ostrow, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, has some pretty big name clients. Intel comes to him for legal advice, as do Marvell, Spotify, and Cisco. But as the chair of Simpson's IP practice, his work doesn't usually get him invited onto the evening news.

So imagine Ostrow's surprise when his inbox was suddenly inundated with invitations to appear on NBC News, NPR, and CNN. Suddenly, everyone thought he was representing Ryan Lochte.

Life as a Law Firm Partner: It's Not All Glory and Good Times

It's the undeniable goal of most lawyers to see his or her name affixed within the firm name. Who doesn't want to be partner? The ego, the prestige, the salary -- and of course, perks!

As it turns out, being a partner isn't desirable for everyone. Partners don't necessarily live the blessed lives young lawyers imagine. Also, there are good reasons to believe that the traditional partner-track model for lawyers may soon be a thing of the past.

The people you meet in law school likely won't disappear from your life after just three years of law school. Many of them could become your colleagues, lifelong friends, or opposing counsel. A few you may just see at the local bar, or local bar events.

The opinions your law school peers make of you in law school will follow you for some time. And some of your law school classmates might kind of hate you. Especially if you're a gunner.

It's back-to-school season, and that includes you law students. So, we hope you've enjoyed your summer internships. If you're lucky, you might have even gotten a bit of vacation in there. Now, it's back to the grind.

Here are five tips to help you get back into the law school state of mind and to help keep you at the top of your game when you're there, from the FindLaw archives.

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Copyright and Trademark

Maybe you're in that group of attorneys who always wanted to practice patent law, but couldn't because you were hampered by not having earned a B.S. in your undergrad years. And the thought of having to go back to school to earn enough science credits just so you can sit for the exam...? Agh, does it ever end?

Well, the next best thing for you IP types is copyright and trademark law. These IP areas don't require a patent attorney's license and you can start today. As part of our ongoing affiliate program with Indeed, we bring you these copyright and trademark jobs.

Becoming a judge is no easy task. It requires building a name, making connections, and winning an election or appointment. But once you've made it, what a great gig it is. There's the pantless defendants, the screaming lawyers, the endless petitions from pro se Sovereign Citizens, the baby splitting.

But one Chicago lawyer recently got to test the role out in advance. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Valarie Turner allegedly let one of the court's clerks, attorney Rhonda Crawford, sit on her bench, wear her robe, and preside over two cases. Now Turner has been removed from the bench and currently faces claims that she violated judicial ethics and may have broken the law.

New Lawyers Are Finding Fewer Private Practice Jobs

If you’re a recent grad and are having trouble landing that private law job, you’re in good company — or least you have company.

According to a new report from the National Association of Law Placement, private law placement of law grads is the poorest it has been since 1996.