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Former Law Student Sues Over Sexual Harassment at University of Iowa

This is not a typical "he said, she said" case.

In a multi-faceted sexual harassment claim, this story has more cross-overs than a bar exam fact-pattern. First, Matthew Bailey sued the University of Iowa to keep the law school from suspending him. Then he sued a fellow student who allegedly harassed him. Now he is suing the law school for failing to investigate his harassment claim.

Oh, and then there's the disorderly conduct matter against Bailey. Wait, maybe this is a typical college case.

Moonlighting for Lawyers: How to Improve Your Career by Taking a Second Job

Kim Pearson, a real estate attorney, opened a hot dog stand because he wanted to do something different on the side.

Forty years and tons of hot dogs later, he's more famous for his Law Dogs than his lawyering. Los Angeles news stations, and even the Walt Disney Company, took note of Pearson's hot dog business.

Pearson said he sold Disney the rights to his story for a sitcom, but the company declined his request to cast Robert Redford to play his part.

"They said they were thinking more about Danny DeVito," he said.

If his story makes you smile, then maybe you should consider a side job, too. Sure it's about making extra money, but it can also be about doing something you really enjoy.

Why Going to the Best Law School Is Not the Best Choice

True or false? Going to the best law school is not the best choice.

Like those tricky LSAT questions, the counter-intuitive choice here is the correct answer. According to Malcolm Gladwell, the famed columnist and author on relative choices, going to the best law school actually hurts your chances of success in the real world.

Writing for the New Yorker, Gladwell said law school rankings do not tell students where they will get the best results. For example, he said, the annual U.S. News & World report is not a guide to the best teachers.

"There's no direct way to measure the quality of an institution -- how well a college manages to inform, inspire, and challenge its students," he said. "So the U.S. News algorithm relies instead on proxies for quality -- and the proxies for educational quality turn out to be flimsy at best."

Denver Lawyers Fight for Marijuana Extract in Suit Against DEA

Not all drug wars take place on the streets. Some spill over into the courts.

In the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a long-fought battle over marijuana is coming back to the forefront. The Hemp Industries Association is challenging a rule by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that outlaws the marijuana derivate "cannabidiol."

It is a feud that dates back so many administrations and generations ago, like the Hatfields and the McCoys, that some have forgotten how it started.

Berkeley Settles Sex Harassment Case Against Former Law School Dean

Ending a story that may never be told in court, UC Berkeley School of Law has settled a controversial sexual harassment case against the school and its former dean.

Sujit Choudhry, who resigned as dean last year after a former assistant sued him for sexual harassment, has settled the case. So has the university, which will pay $1.7 million to Tyann Sorrell and her attorneys.

Although the settlement agreement with the university is confidential, it has already been released on the internet. It does not admit liability and contains no details of Sorrell's allegations.

"This has been a long and challenging road for herself, her family and the campus community," said Leslie Levy, who represented Sorrell in the case. She and the university declined to comment further.

Top 1L's, Are You Getting Ready to Transfer?

Many people move in the summer time, and that includes first-year law students -- especially those who want to move up.

Michael Matta, for example, was attending George Washington University Law School in 2015. But as he was completing his first year, he took a chance and applied for a transfer to UCLA School of Law.

He succeeded, landing in a higher-ranked law school and paying less for tuition. It turned out to be the best move in his legal career, and it was easier than he expected.

"Even if it doesn't end up panning out, it's still totally worth it to try," he told the ABA Journal. "I think a lot of people would really kick themselves in the butt if they knew they could do it and didn't."

Which State Has the Worst Bar Pass Rate?

Is it harder to pass the Mississippi bar exam or to spell the state's name -- without looking or repeating that memory jingle?

If that mnemonic jumped into your head or you looked, no worries -- let's just say 50 percent of the people can't spell "Mississippi" without cheating a little. But did you know that barely 36 percent of the people who took the Mississippi bar exam in February passed?

That is just wrong. Or at least, that is the worst bar pass rate in like forever.

If you're looking to make an impact, however small, on human rights and legal education, consider checking out "The Promise" this weekend. The film, which stars Christian Bale and debuts on Friday, tells the tale of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which saw as many as 1.5 million Armenians massacred.

You won't just be watching a movie, though. You'll be helping support UCLA law school's new Promise Institute for Human Rights. The institute will be funded by $20 million in proceeds from the film and will dedicate itself to research and advocacy on genocide and human rights.

Whittier Law School Is Closing After Years of Declining Enrollment

In the wake of declining enrollments at law schools across the country, Whittier Law School will become the first ABA-accredited law school to close its doors to new students.

According to reports, Whittier trustees voted not to enroll new first-year students in the fall and to start shutting down the program. They had explored other possibilities, including merging or selling to other entities, but decided closing was their only option.

"We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program," said Alan Lund, the board's chairman said in a statement. "Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome."

Disillusioned by Mandatory Sentences, Judge Joins Civil Rights Firm

Why would a federal judge leave a lifetime appointment, opportunities for advancement, and an excellent retirement plan to go back to the trenches of law practice?

Three words: mandatory minimum sentences.

Judge Kevin H. Sharp sentenced a young man to life because it was mandatory under sentencing guidelines, but he regretted the decision.

"If there was any way I could have not given him life in prison I would have done it," Sharp told the Tennessean.