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Starting Out in Criminal Defense? Here Are Some Mistakes to Avoid

You'd think that for $100,000 dollars or so, law schools would teach you everything you need to know to hang out your shingle and start out in criminal defense, but it just ain't so. Hopefully you've got good mentors, good practice guides and good malpractice insurance.

In case you have all of the above but could use a few more tips, here are a few criminal law "gotchas" you'll want to avoid.

Three years I spent in fair Lexington, Virginia, as a law student at the world's greatest law school, Washington and Lee. And in three years, I never once saw a Confederate flag, at least on campus. Off-campus, sure. But never on campus.

There are a few things you have to understand about old Dubyanel. It's in the rural South. And the University is recognized as both one of the top liberal arts schools and law schools in large part because of two men: George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Washington donated James River Canal stock, which still provides funding for the university's students today. Lee, after he lost the Civil War, turned Washington College from a backwoods school to a world-class university, and annexed the nearby Lexington Law School. Both men are revered for their contributions to the school, even if both had ties to slavery. And despite Lee's ties to the Confederacy, this is a modern university -- there are no battle flags flying over the Colonnade, or displayed proudly in the classrooms.

But there is the Lee Chapel, and beneath it, his family tomb and museum. W&L's motto is "non incautus futuri" (not unmindful of the future), but the school, and the town, take the past very seriously as well.

Told you we're screwed.

We're the many, the sad, the Class of 2011. And ladies and gents, we are rock bottom, at least in terms of employment.

That being said, from the data released last week, any gains over last year were modest, and those were barely above the year before, so while 2011 may mark the low point for law graduates, 2013 is barely a hair better.

How bad is it? We'll have our fingers crossed for my dear brother, a member of the Class of 2017.

Young lawyers under the age of 36 listen up! You have one more day to apply for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Scholarship. Just like your taxes, the scholarship application is due tomorrow.

Designed to encourage participation by minority attorneys, or attorneys in the private sector, military service, solo/small firm, or government in the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, the YLD scholarship program gives priority to applications with a desire to be actively involved in the Young Lawyers Division, and who require financial assistance.

In a recent interview on NPR, Shankar Vedantam shared a theory on why men outnumber women in business school, and eventually later in the c-suite. And, surprisingly, it may have to do with ethics -- or the lack thereof.

Vedantam spoke with Professor Laura Cray, of the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and discussed a few studies she conducted regarding the gender gap in ethical considerations and negotiations. In her studies, she's made two findings, "What I found is firstly that men tend to have more lenient ethical standards than women, and secondly, that negotiators are more likely to tell a blatant lie to a female counterpart than a male counterpart."

Ok, I can hear it coming: "What does this have to do with us? We're in law school." Or, "we're lawyers, not MBAs." What does this have to do with you? Everything -- here's why.

We've all heard that it's not what you say, but how you say it, but do you ever consider that advice in your work life? Sometimes we're concentrating so much on getting the facts and legal analysis right, and meeting a deadline, that we neglect common communication.

One of those times when you really need to be aware of your body language is in meetings. We do so much work sitting alone at our desks that we forget that when we are in a meeting, we need to watch our body language, as well as what we say. Here are some tips for ensuring that your body language is not saying something that you don't want it to.

Attorneys have a pretty bad rep when it comes to alcoholism and substance abuse. Maybe you have a serious problem, or maybe just one night you had a few too many and made the wrong decision to get in your car. But now you find yourself arrested for driving while intoxicated (or under the influence, depending on where you live).

Now what? You have a few options: Represent yourself, get a buddy to help you, or find a great DUI lawyer. Which one do you think is the way to go?

"2014 will be the year law schools begin to attack not only the quality issue -- that is the value proposition of a JD -- but also the affordability issue. Law schools will finally begin to attack their irrational and inequitable business model by taking on the heretofore unmentioned elephant in the room, the huge amounts spent on merit scholarships that drive tuition up paid by students who do not receive the scholarships."

Oh hey, Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard. It's been awhile. When we last heard from the heavily indebted school's leader, he was making a number of optimistic (and some might argue, unrealistic) predictions for law schools in 2014. One of them was that schools will slash tuition rates (and by extension, merit scholarships).

Brooklyn just put its money where its predictions were. What were some of the reactions?

On the great list of party fouls, wasting beer is not at the top of the list. No, expelling bodily fluids in inappropriate places, or spilling beer on people and/or furniture ranks far higher. Nonetheless, at every great law school party, there are those who cannot finish their beers. And when morning clean up time arrives, the forgotten and abandoned brews are typically wasted, as no one wants to drink flat beer.

Worry and waste not. In honor of National Beer Day, we bring you a list of uses for leftover beer, whether opened or unopened, canned, cupped, or kegged.

Two former associate professors at the John Marshall Law School are suing the school for discrimination and breach of contract.

Last week, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied in part, and granted in part, the school's motion for summary judgment.

Here's a breakdown of the claims against the school: