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Lawyer Spends Millions on Kids' Parties

When Grammy winners come to your parties, you got something.

Attorney Thomas J. Henry has it -- it's called money. He had enough to drop $4 million on his son's 18th birthday party, and $6 million on his daughter's quinceanera.

Henry also had enough for a dozen rap and hip hop stars to entertain guests, not to mention some off-the-chain gifts for his kids. So where are you going to party for the holidays?

Students Pledge to Improve Mental Health

When it comes to stressful professions, lawyers and surgeons have a lot in common.

The big difference is that when a surgeon is operating on a patient, there isn't another doctor in the room disrupting the procedure. Law is a really competitive business, and it starts in law school.

That's why leading universities are committed to helping students deal with the emotional challenges of law school. It's an outreach to promote mental health.

If you're not sitting down, you might want to, because a recent NLJ report breaks down the complete lack of diversity among SCOTUS justices' clerks. And while that probably isn't that surprising, some of the specific stats might be.

For example, the social media favorite, Justice Ginsburg, The Notorious RBG, only hired one African American law clerk in the over two decades she's been a SCOTUS justice (and she never hired an African American clerk while sitting on the Circuit Court in DC).

So, what's going on? If even the justice everyone would've thought would be pro-diversity isn't hiring minorities, are any of the justices? Surprisingly, the High Court does not keep records on this, though that's likely because the majority of clerks have always been, and continue to be, white men.

Below, you can read some highlights, or lowlights, from the report's findings.

Do law schools really need to teach students how to use the emerging legal tech of today and tomorrow? Or maybe just yesterday? After all, some Millennials don't even know how to Google.

While it might sound nice for schools to require students to pass certain technological core competencies, there's a pretty strong argument against tech being a requirement: Law school is for learning the law, not how to create or use legal tech. However, considering how ingrained some legal tech has become in the practice of law, it really begs the question of whether it's time for schools to re-evaluate the tech that is taught.

CBS Making New Comedy About Law School

If you were going to create a television show about law school, it would have to be a sitcom.

At least, that's what CBS is planning. "Class Action" is loosely based on the law school experiences of Jay McGraw, who was a student at Southern Methodist University's law school.

According to reports, the story follows a law student looking for the easy way out but ends up in over his head. Wait, isn't that what happens to law students in real life?

Most Underrated Law Schools in America

Remember the cliquish stereotypes of high school -- jocks, nerds, etc.?

They seemed to form naturally, as kids gravitated to their own kind. It is not so different in college, what with fraternities formalizing the divisions. But law school?

Perhaps we matured by then, but student groupings become a science in graduate school anyway. And that could be a good thing. This becomes relevant when discussing law school rankings. Where do the best students go? And which schools are the most underrated?

One of the biggest hurdles to landing a good job for law students is taking the time to prepare a thoughtful application. That's why over winter break, law students might want to actually consider spending some time on their resumes and cover letters, and maybe even start sending some out.

While it's important to get some rest and relaxation over winter break, slacking on the job hunt really is not an option if you don't have a job or something lined up. Below are a few helpful tips for those law students looking to get the jump on the job search over winter break.

Tips to Decrease Law School Expenses

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

That advice should top the list of tips on how to save on law school expenses. It's about cost-cutting, wherever you can.

Jeremy Kemp, a law student at the University of Virginia, is a great example. He cut out paying rent. Instead, he lives in his van.

Choosing a law school isn't easy. It's almost as tough as getting chosen by one. Sure, a large number of law students will either be going to a hometown school, or whichever one will take them. But those with the academic credentials to be choosy might want to consider whether the school they choose can actually teach them about the newest and most innovative legal tech out there.

With the way legal tech is headed, schools are now offering courses that will help students learn about the newest innovations in the legal tech sector. And in some programs, the law students are the ones tasked with creating new legal tech to solve old legal problems. Which law school tech program is best for any given law student will depend on the course offerings and the student's interest. Luckily, Michigan State University has started an innovation index that may soon be much more useful for prospective students.

Several law schools are leading the way by offering courses and programs geared towards developing tech savvy lawyers with different focuses. Below, you can read about a few of the law schools that offer students the chance to learn to use, or build, innovative legal tech.

New State Named Top 'Judicial Hellhole'

'We're number two! We're number two!'

Rarely does that statement raise the roof. But for California lawyers, it's almost something to brag about because California is no longer the No. 1 Judicial Hellhole in the nation.

Florida has snatched that title from the Golden State, which has been a perennial leader in the annual ranking. It's not easy to lead a nation into a litigious hell, but somebody has to do it.