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Georgia Divorce Lawyer Killed by Husband of Former Client

An angry litigant walked into an attorney's office and shot him to death.

If it sounds familiar, that's because it happens far too often. Many people hate lawyers -- especially the adversaries -- and will rage on them.

Antonio Mari, however, was not a typical lawyer. People really liked him.

Former Jones Day Partner Sues Firm for Gender Bias

Jones Day has a mysterious history, which started more than 100 years ago when a founding partner was murdered in Cleveland.

Today, the firm is a multi-billion dollar business with some 2,500 lawyers around the world. But mystery again surrounds the law firm as a former partner has sued over a secretive "black box" compensation system.

Wendy Moore, on behalf of other female attorneys, claims the firm has a "code of silence" about pay that discriminates against women.

In what is certainly not a puzzling display in some hokey 'believe it or not' museum, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has just been charged with 22 criminal charges, including one count for taking a historic desk home with him from work.

Other charges include several varieties of fraud and false statements, as well as witness tampering. It is alleged that he misused "Supreme Court vehicles" and used his government credit card to fill up that car. While this may seem a bit petty, it's alleged that when he was questioned, he lied and engaged in further alleged misconduct.

Septuagenarian Law Grad an Oldie but Goodie

At the ready age of 71, John VanBuskirk graduated from law school.

Although he was the oldest student in his class, he was ready to take on the world. When he took the bar exam, however, a rumor started that he had passed.

"That's too bad," a classmate said. "I really liked the guy."

By "passed," he thought VanBuskirk had died. Of course, that's not the story.

Everyone who tries to enter a specialized industry is faced with the same dilemma: You need industry specific job experience to get jobs in most specialized industries. It's no different than that age old saying: You need money to make money.

For law students, there's a certain art to landing the highly coveted legal summer jobs to build up your resume, as landing a summer job at a law firm or legal non-profit is as competitive as it has ever been. This means more and more law students may need to find alternative routes to getting legal experience before graduating and entering the lawyer job market.

Here are three tips to help set yourself ahead of your competition.

One of the not-so-new hallmarks of a legal education is the prohibitive cost. And while there are student loans available to most law students, the risk of taking on massive student loan debt when the legal job market isn't that strong is not insignificant.

It is generally accepted that student loan debt cannot be discharged through bankruptcy, or at least that it is next to impossible. And that still may be the case, but some bankruptcy court judges are, as the ABA Journal explains, getting creative and finding some "wiggle room" to get student borrowers some relief. For future student loan debtors that get some relief, you may have the judge's heavily indebted law clerk(s), or even the judge's debt-saddled child, to thank.

Former Convict Defies Odds, Becomes a Lawyer

Tarra Simmons was troubled on every side, locked in a prison of her own making.

Incarcerated on drug and theft charges, she stared at the walls for almost two years. She never imagined what she recently experienced when she passed the bar exam.

"This day is the finale of a really long and hard journey that started when I was in prison," Simmons told the Associated Press. "When I was at my lowest moment, I never thought that it would be this amazing."

Redefining 'Think Like a Lawyer' for Modern Law Practice

Lecturing at Harvard Law School, Professor Kingsfield said it best:

"You come into here with a skull full of mush and leave thinking like a lawyer."

It was a fictional account, but still good enough in 1973 for John Houseman to win an Oscar in the "Paper Chase." It raises a real question, however: is thinking like a lawyer a good thing today?

Lawsuit: Harvard Admissions Gave Asian Americans Low Personality Scores

It's hard to say that Harvard is being dumb.

But it is dumb to screen out students based on likability, isn't it? That's like high school popularity contest dumb.

According to a lawsuit based on extensive research, however, Harvard lowered the number of Asian-American admittees by giving them lower ratings for likability and other personality traits.

A program for the state appellate court in Indiana, called Appeals on Wheels, might not be the courthouse inside a food-truck that your modern mind envisions, but it's still awesome!

The focus of the program is to help educate the public about how the justice system works by holding real oral arguments, in real cases, off-site. Unfortunately, unlike The People's Court, or Judge Judy, the public likely feels a bit let down when they learn a decision won't be forthcoming at the end of the episode.