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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?

If you're a lawyer or law student that is, or is on the cusp of being, technologically savvy, then you're probably on Twitter. After all, if there's a place to show potential clients that you are cool, woke, with it, or that you can, at very least, dig it, you should probably be there. Social media is exactly the sort of place where you can do just that.

There's no need to solicit clients or say you're available for business. Just being there, being a real person, and positively interacting with others can result in some serious social media marketing gains. The general public doesn't see lawyers as regular humans, so social media can go a long way to humanize individual lawyers. However, there are definitely ethical, public relations, and career considerations to think about every time you tweet, post, or decide to joke about a sensitive topic. Just ask Justice Don Willett, Twitter's most popular tweeting judge, who nearly had his tweeting bird cooked during his recent Senate confirmation hearing.

Lawyer Wants Out of Usher's Herpes Drama

Lisa West was the go-to lawyer if you wanted to sue Usher, but now she's gone. 

West represented his ex-wife in divorce proceedings, and has been representing a woman who says Usher gave her a sexually transmitted disease. 

Now the lawyer wants off the case, saying she can no longer "effectively represent" her client. It's news because Usher is a high-profile singer, but inquiring minds want to know the story behind any lawyer-client meltdown.

If you're a lawyer who hasn't heard of Justice Don Willett, Texas's Twitter Laureate, then more likely than not, you're not on Twitter. And, if you're not on Twitter and are still thinking that the name sounds familiar, it is: Justice Willett was just nominated to the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump.

And while Justice Willett has a rather different approach to Twitter than President Trump, it appears that the nomination has caused him to go radio silent on the social media platform. The Twittersphere has been crushed by his rapid and silent departure. His zany remarks such as "That time I wrote 'queso' under blood type at the doctor's office" coupled against the more serious tweets focused on public education or sharing personal moments, just show his absolute perfect understanding of the platform.

Johnny Depp, likely the only man both crazy and rich enough to fulfill the dying of wish of the late, good doctor, Hunter S. Thompson, has now added his former attorney to the list of people he blames for his financial losses. Earlier this year, Depp filed a lawsuit against his former business manager seeking over $25 million in damages for the gross mismanagement of his finances.

Depp alleges that his former attorney colluded with the former business manager in obtaining a hard money loan in order to get paid, while the interest on the loan ate up much of Depp's residual income. Specifically, Depp is alleging, among other things, that the attorney and manager failed to get the required disclosures from Depp prior to obtaining the loan in order to expedite their own payments.

Recently retired from the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner has indicated that he is interested in directly helping pro se litigants. The retired judge is rather vocal with his criticism of how the justice system is stacked against pro se litigants and has some ideas for systemic change.

His book that states these views is drawing criticism from the circuit he used to serve. But since its release, he has received many inquiries requesting help from non-profits that assist pro se litigants and others. While Judge Posner has indicated that he "isn't ruling out handling a case on behalf of pro se litigants," his focus appears to be on making larger changes to the system.

Amazon's 'Goliath' Legal Drama Is the Right Mix

Why do people binge-watch lawyer shows on television, but will do anything to avoid lawyers in real life?

"Goliath," Amazon's legal drama, partially answers that question: television lawyers are interesting and not hourly expensive.

For attorneys who know better, however, there is another painful truth about the popular drama. It features an alcoholic attorney.

While you can't sleep in the weeks leading up to your big trial because you're so excited to deliver your best zingers to your all new jury and make your money to keep your coffers good and fat, you're all alone in your excitement. Okay, maybe other trial lawyers might get excited too, but that's it.

Unfortunately for the makers of the recently cancelled reality TV show 'You the Jury,' trial attorneys do not make up a significant percentage of the TV watching public. In fact, the one thing that 'You the Jury' seemed to do as good as any other competent trial lawyer: belabor the obvious fact that regular people don't want to be on a jury and want nothing to do with real court.

The American Bar Association has announced a new venture that aims to help journalists, the media, and general public fact check legal issues that hit the mainstream media.

The website, ABALegalFactCheck.com, allows anyone to email questions for legal fact checking, but does not promise that all questions will be answered. Rather, the website appears to just be an informative website where trending legal topics that are being confused by media, journalists and pundits, might be explained.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has reportedly hired renowned New York defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, who notably got John Gotti off. In addition to Gotti's champion, El Chapo has hired a whole team of "high powered," and likely high-priced, defense attorneys.

Previously, El Chapo, an international drug kingpin, was represented by the public defender's office. Prior to the announcement of the new counsel, who are still yet to appear in court, El Chapo's public defender filed a motion to dismiss based upon alleged misrepresentations made to Mexican authorities.