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It's like a real life crossover episode between the casts of two very different television dramas. One involving the chaotic fight over an oil baron's vast billion dollar estate, and the other being the life and times of a fast talking, high paid, and damn good lawyer who tows the line and once called a donkey named Buddy to the witness stand (this last part is actually true and got the case settled).

The Texas Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether that damn good lawyer's $7.5 million contingency fee (which amounts to $48K per hour) is valid. However, it's not really the amount of the fee that's contested, and in fact, the actual contingency the attorney would have earned was more than double that. Why this lawyer now has to fight to defend his fee is the sort of cautionary tale every attorney that agrees to accept a contingency should be aware of.

Charlotte Law School's Twisted Tale Has a Criminal Subplot

Good stories, even the bad ones, have subplots.

Like the story of Charlotte School of Law. It's a bad story because it tells of greed, where the owners seemed to put profits over standards and led students and the school to failure.

It's also a good story because of subplots, with scores of students alleging the school tricked them to get their money. And now the twist: criminal investigators are looking for a smoking gun.

Is Online Education Coming to a Law School Near You?

With practically everything connecting to the internet, why are law schools so slow to connect students to online education?

It's been four years since the American Bar Association approved the first distance learning program for juris doctorates. The Internet of Things has changed everything but legal education -- there's still only one ABA school offering an online degree.

Now the bar association is circulating a proposal to allow law schools to offer online courses for up to 50 percent of a student's credits. But isn't it about time, especially when even a toaster can connect to the internet full-time, to give students more distance learning?

Just outside Pittsburgh, PA, Beaver County Magisterial District Judge Andrew Hladio may surely have found himself in a sort of judicial ethics pickle. It seems that while charges against him were pending in one ethics complaint with the state's judicial ethics board, he allegedly violated additional judicial ethics rules.

In the recently announced state judicial board complaint, it is alleged that he committed acts of retaliation against the complainants and witnesses to the ethics complaint that was initiated in 2016. And while the 2016 complaint may allege more egregious conduct, the alleged acts of retaliation would certainly call into question any judicial officer's ability to perform.

What to Do When Judges Make Courtroom Speeches

Sometimes, a judge has to speak his or her mind.

And when a judge steps down from the bench, walks down to the well and addresses the courtroom audience, it's really time to listen. It's not about the record; it's about the lesson.

That's the law between the lines. Here's what to do when judges make speeches in the courtroom.

Judge Unaware He Gave Child Custody to a Child Rapist

It's hard to put a positive spin on a really bad move.

But perhaps Judge Gregory Ross could become the poster child for "Wake Up Your Judge Day." He's the judge who awarded joint custody of a child to a twice-convicted child rapist, apparently because of a blunder on a legal form he signed.

A Michigan court spokesman said it was really the prosecutor's mistake, but somebody's head is going to roll. For now, the judge is facing a recall.

ABA Considers New Law School Admissions Standards

As more law schools accept alternative admissions tests, the American Bar Association is considering doing away with the tests entirely.

The Law School Admissions Test has been the standard for generations, but some law schools have started accepting the Graduate Records Exam. An ABA committee has proposed three alternatives for law schools: continue accepting the LSAT; accept alternatives such as the GRE; eliminate the testing requirements.

The Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will consider the proposals at a meeting in November. For now, educators are moving forward with their own plans.

Law Students Fight Sex Trafficking

Quinnipiac University School of Law is a small, middle-tier school, unremarkable on the national landscape except perhaps for its variety of clinical programs -- and its outreach against sex trafficking.

According to the Hartford Courant, Quinnipiac law students have trained nearly 1,000 hospitality industry workers how to recognize and report signs of sex trafficking. The program has given students a front-seat at the table fighting the crime in Connecticut.

"There's a lot that's been done but there's still a lot more that needs to be done," U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told them at a roundtable.

Have you ever dreamed of arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court? If you're a lawyer, you probably have, but you might not have ever been motivated enough to pursue that dream.

Well, bad news first: If you've never done a SCOTUS case before, you might have to eat your fees the first few times, or maybe until you actually have a case accepted for review. But, if you can get some experience and become one of those elite attorneys that seem to make annual appearances before the High Court, you could be looking at a real nice pay day, whether you win, lose, or draw.

To properly prepare for the bar exam requires more than just taking the right classes and locking yourself in a room for weeks on end with your books, notes, and practice exams. One often overlooked aspect of preparation is the financial aspect. If you can't afford to take the bar immediately after law school, you're taking a big risk that you'll retain enough information.

You not only need to pay for your post-graduation bar prep course and sitting for the bar exam itself, but you also need to pay all your living expenses. If you delay too long to financially prepare for the bar, you may find yourself looking at taking a private loan, which is not easy, nor advisable.

Below, you can read about how to financially plan for the bar exam study period.