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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."

While many people out there will tell you that there's more to life than the material objects you own, obviously those people have never owned a model of every single type of Lamborghini made for two decades.

Cars are more than just possessions. They're status symbols. They're an extension of your personality. They're good, clean, wholesome fun. And most importantly, they're freedom. And although not all cars appeal to all people, from the 10 year old inside us all, a lawyer's coolness can definitely be judged based upon what they drive.

Below, you can read about five of the coolest lawyer car collections and collectors.

In the game of worst ways to get disbarred, one former Florida lawyer has scored almost as high as the notorious Prenda Law 'porn-stortion' scheming lawyers. Jose Manual Camacho pleaded guilty to 14 felony charges related to forging the signatures of judges for cases he was working on. He probably would have gotten away with it too, if only he had minded judge Garcia-Wood's vacation schedule.

As a result of his guilty plea, Camacho was sentenced to 364 days in jail, as well as 10 years of probation. While some might think the sentence is too light, particular for 14 felonies, Camacho did admit guilt and he cooperated with authorities. Additionally, it's not likely he'll be able to practice again anytime soon, or ever.

Former Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Josh Kuiper was sued earlier this year after an alleged DUI crash injured another individual. In addition to the civil suit, he was charged criminally, and Kuiper resigned from his position.

However, the civil suit against Kuiper has gotten a whole lot more interesting since the plaintiff has now added three new defendants under a dram shop theory of liability. Kuiper allegedly stopped at three different local downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan establishments, drank at each, then drove away. What's more is that the former prosecutor was allegedly drinking to celebrate the retirement of a fellow prosecutor with other colleagues.

Students Fighting, Beating Loans in Court

Judges across the country are throwing out collection suits against students, wiping out their debt because private lenders lost critical paperwork.

Other students are suing the government for reneging on the promise to forgive student loans, while some are suing their law schools for leading them into debt without delivering on education.

The litigation reflects a trend as an unprecedented number of graduates are taking action to deal with a problem almost every law student must face: how to get away from crushing student debt?

When it comes to helping close friends, family, or colleagues, attorneys can often be tempted to get around the law, rather than follow the law. The line between zealous advocacy and criminal activity is usually pretty clear. But, so long as that activity doesn't add up to moral turpitude, it's all good, right?

Sadly, no matter how difficult it is to find a good legal assistant, paying someone to lie to the immigration authorities and to marry your legal assistant clearly crosses the line of turpitude. Based on the admission of one "Person A," a Texas lawyer is now facing a federal indictment for allegedly paying "Person A" to marry his legal assistant in order to allow her to continue working.

Lawyer on the Lam Spotted in New Mexico

Attorney Eric Conn, awaiting his sentence for a $550 million disability fraud scheme, was not about to trade in his pinstripes for prison stripes.

Before he got to the courthouse, he cut-off his ankle monitor and kept on driving. He had planned it long before authorities figured out he was cheating the system.

"In fairness to the FBI I had a year to plan for this," he said in a fax two weeks later.

Judge Hilary Green of Houston, Texas, was recently suspended after confirming allegations of illegal drug use, sexting with her bailiff, and illicitly taking prescription drugs. While the suspension is temporary, pending the final outcome of her case before the Texas Supreme Court, her own admissions are rather damning.

In her responses to written questions from the state's judicial council, Judge Green admits to taking marijuana, ecstasy, and cough syrup. In a deposition of her former "boyfriend," Claude Barnes, he details that Green also used cocaine and hired prostitutes. Barnes filed a complaint with the judicial commission allegedly after finding out that Green had been lying to and cheating on him. Along with Barnes' complaint, other allegations of judicial misconduct in actual proceedings surfaced, which Green contends are related to the nasty divorce she was a party to.

Women Lawyers and Alcohol Abuse: How Stress Is to Blame

Despite crashing into a parked car, the lawyer was not going to miss her court appearance.

Layne C. Savage had represented many criminal clients, only this time she was appearing for her own crime: driving under the influence. Savage, who allegedly had five times the legal limit of alcohol in her system, pleaded no contest.

Her case, unfortunately, is too common in the legal profession. But it is also surprising because it reveals a little-known fact about alcoholic lawyers -- more women than men have drinking problems.

What to Do If You Didn't Get a Summer Job

What ever happened to those lazy summer days, when we basked in the sun of our parents' labors and didn't worry about work?

For most of us, the answer is we got jobs. It's that thing we do 9 to 5 and often longer, rain or shine, sunrise, sunset, and all summer long.

But for those law students caught in between semesters, here are some ideas about what to do if you didn't get that summer job: