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A few years ago, something unexpected started happening across the country: undocumented immigrants started seeking admission to practice law in the U.S..

Surprisingly, this even occurred before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was even passed. Although there is no federal prohibition on state bars admitting undocumented immigrants, recently, the ABA issued a statement in support of a congressional resolution to amend the current relevant code section to provide even stronger protections for undocumented immigrants seeking admission to a state bar. As a result of DACA, many undocumented immigrants that are just reaching adulthood do not have to fear deportation.

New ABA President: 'Just the Facts'

Attorney Hilarie Bass took a page from Detective Joe Friday when she became president of the American Bar Association.

"Just the facts, ma'am," Friday reportedly said in the television series, Dragnet. Bass said as much in announcing a new program, ABA Legal Fact Check.

"With all the various sources of information out there, what we know is there's a lot of false information about what the law is," Bass said as she assumed the presidency. "The ABA should stand for being the accurate source of information about what the law stands for."

Bass announced many goals in her first speech as the incoming president of the 400,000-member organization. As every lawyer knows, the results will depend on the facts and the law.

When it comes to choosing the right computer for law school, many prospective and current students often succumb to decision paralysis. After all, lawyers are known for loving their laptops. Luckily, choosing the wrong laptop is easily avoidable.

First and foremost, most law schools will provide some minimal guidance as to the requirements for student computers to work on their networks and be compatible with school specific software. For instance, Duke University School of Law warns students to not even bother bringing a Windows XP computer as these are no longer supported by the university, nor Microsoft.

Charlotte School of Law Is Expiring

For Charlotte School of Law, the funeral march started a year ago.

It began when the American Bar Association suspended its accreditation. Then the Department of Education stopped its federal student loans. Now its license as an educational institution has expired.

"[T]o ensure that CSL does not inadvertently run afoul of North Carolina law, we have taken down the school's website to avoid any perception that we may be engaged in unauthorized conduct," the law school president and dean told students in an email.

So that's it. The bitter end.

Being an attorney can be stressful. It requires skills in time management, people management, business administration, bookkeeping -- not to mention meeting strict filing deadlines while upholding ethical standards and exercising due diligence on behalf of clients. The stress of practice can often wear on a practitioner's mental health.

Mental health is really important. An attorney that isn't taking care of their health, either physical or mental, is doing their clients a disservice. A person doesn't need to have a diagnosable mental health condition in order to be cognizant of, and take actions to maintain and protect, their own mental health. For attorneys, failing to do so can have real consequences for both you and your clients.

Florida Bar Launches Pro Bono Online

The American Bar Association has made it a lot easier for lawyers to provide pro bono services in Florida.

Working through the Florida Bar Association, the ABA has launched a free legal service online in the Sunshine State. ABA Free Legal Answers is a website that provides legal answers and advice to people who cannot afford it.

"It sounds unbelievable," the Pensacola New Journal reported, "but there are already 500 licensed attorneys waiting to answer your questions."

Newly minted lawyers are hanging their own shingles at a much higher rate than ever before. While some law schools have started offering courses on the practical business skills for running a firm as a result of this increase, the ivory tower is a bit too far removed from the real world to teach real client acquisition strategies. When push comes to shove, without clients, you can't practice law, and paying the bills is going to be even harder.

But you went to law school to become a legal professional, not a legal marketing professional. Luckily, the Lawyer Marketing team here at FindLaw has put together a free playbook to help you resolve this very issue: Client Acquisition Strategies for Solo Practitioners. If you're about to start your own practice, or have already started, it's never too late to do some fine tuning to your marketing strategies -- especially with a little help from a leader in online legal marketing for small firms.

Tips for Lawyers After Getting Fired: Reevaluating Your Career

'You're fired!'

For many lawyers, that expression could be President Trump's most quotable expression because he has fired so many attorneys in his short tenure. But whether you've been canned by a president, a partner, or a client, getting fired is not a death spiral to your career. It is a rebirth and a chance to get ahead and out of the rat race.

It might be a bit of a far cry from Arlo Guthrie being asked if he'd rehabilitated himself after being a litterbug so that he could be drafted into the Vietnam War, but Reginald Betts, an ex-con like the most famous Guthrie, is being asked to prove his good moral character in order to be admitted to the state bar of Connecticut.

You see, Mr. Betts was convicted of something quite a bit worse than being a litterbug, and rather than being drafted, he is seeking to become a licensed attorney. However, Connecticut, like every other state, imposes that pesky moral character and fitness requirement, and if you have a conviction history, it can often be an insurmountable hurdle.

Georgetown Launches Constitutional Rights Center

Justice will not be delayed at Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

The institute, which was launched to show students how to fight for constitutional rights and values, filed an amicus brief the same day in ODonnell v. Harris County, a high-profile case that questions the practice of jailing poor defendants.

"(Detaining indigent defendants based solely on their inability to pay money bail, while others similarly situated but able to pay are released, offends the Constitution, undermines confidence in the criminal justice system, impedes the work of prosecutors, and fails to promote safer communities," the brief says.

For a one-day-old organization, that's quite an opening statement.