Valarie Wallin, a graduate of an online law school, has passed the bar in California and Wisconsin. Now she wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to allow her to take the exam there.Wallin is joining with three other petitioners to ask for a change in Minnesota rules that allow only graduates of ABA-accredited law schools to take the state bar exam, according to PineandLakes.com. Wallin graduated from the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy, an unaccredited distance-learning law school in California that touts its Biblical approach.Today the average annual tuition at the four law schools in Minnesota is $27,890, according to Wallin’s petition (PDF). That compares to an annual tuition of $9,250 at the online Concord Law School and $3,500 at Oak Brook College of Law.Wallin says Minnesota is one of 19 states that do not have some kind of waiver for graduates of unaccredited law schools. Her Supreme Court petition seeks an amendment to the rules to allow lawyers licensed in … [Read more...] about Online Law Grad Petitions to Take Bar, Cites High Cost of Traditional Ed.
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FREED AND PAYING BACKWrongly imprisoned, these men spent many years behind bars for crimes they did not commit. Plenty of convicted felons claim to be innocent; too many of them actually are. The criminal justice system stole from these men the carefree years of young adulthood. While many prisoners dream of going to law school, these three did it. Now they’re working to prevent others from suffering unjust imprisonments, and to eventually end the injustice of wrongful convictions.Photo of Marty Tankleff by Arnold AdlerMARTY TANKLEFFIt took an astounding array of forces to spring Marty Tankleff from a New York prison in December 2007: Armies of lawyers donated tens of thousands of hours—megafirms, small firms, plus Barry Scheck and the Innocence Project. A PR firm got his plight into the news. And there was a lot of luck.Now he awaits his results on the New York bar exam. Tankleff, 43, until recently worked as a paralegal at the law firm that helped free him; and he is … [Read more...] about These JD-carrying exonerees are using their experiences to right wrongs
On July 14, 2015, the 2015-2017 Biennial Budget Bill took effect. The Budget Bill, adopted as 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, created a means for resident students of public school districts who are enrolled in home-based private education programs ("home-schooled students") to participate in school district athletic and extra-curricular programs. Section 118.133, Wis. Stats., was created to provide home-schooled students avenues of participation; in the process, however, the law created confusion, as it conflicts with Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association ("WIAA") eligibility requirements for participation in athletic programs. The Law's Mandate: Opportunity to Participate in Interscholastic Athletics and Extra-curricular Activities is RequiredThe new law mandates school districts to allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic athletics and extra-curricular activities in the district "on the same basis and to the same extent" as district enrolled students. This … [Read more...] about New Home-School Sports Law Creates Confusion as Districts Work to Clarify their Obligations Prior to the Start of the School Year
Charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Wisconsin have until September 30 to renew their registrations to solicit contributions in the State of Wisconsin. Most charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Wisconsin have long been required to register with the State prior to soliciting those contributions. While some charitable organizations, such as churches and other religious organizations, some schools, and some organizations soliciting relatively low levels of contributions in Wisconsin, are exempt from registration, the majority of charities must comply with this registration requirement. Prior to November 1, 2013, the registration requirement was imposed under Chapter 440 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and the requirement was enforced by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). However, in the past many charitable organizations failed to register or let their registrations lapse in Wisconsin. On November 1, 2013, … [Read more...] about Due Date Fast Approaching for Wisconsin Charitable Registration Renewal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act. The Act prohibits employers and schools in Louisiana from requesting or requiring access to the personal e-mail, social media and other types of online accounts of employees and job applicants. It also prohibits schools from demanding access to the personal e-mail, social media and other types of online accounts of students and prospective students. The new law, signed on May 22, 2014, goes into effect immediately. Tennessee and Wisconsin are two other states that have enacted similar laws this year. Following is a brief summary of the new law.The Act applies to any employer doing business in the state and any educational institution, from nursery schools to universities and business schools. It protects personal online accounts that are unrelated to any business purpose of the employer or educational institution. In general, employees and … [Read more...] about Louisiana Limits Employers’ Access to Personal Online Accounts of Employees, Job Applicants
Following the enactment of similar laws in Wisconsin and Tennessee earlier this year, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act, into law prohibiting employers and schools in Louisiana from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts. The Act applies to just about any employer doing business in the state and any educational institution, from nursery schools to universities and business schools. The Act protects the personal online accounts of employees, applicants, students and prospective students that are unrelated to any business purpose of the employer or educational institution. In general, employees, students, job applicants and prospective students that refuse to provide access to their personal online accounts are protected from being fired, disciplined, denied employment, or otherwise penalized or threatened, and in an educational setting, being … [Read more...] about Louisiana Follows Wisconsin and Tennessee in Protecting Employee and Student Personal Online Account Access Information
Bullying is a persistent problem for educators and lawmakers, particularly with the ubiquity and popularity of social media platforms. The problem has become so embedded in the culture that 23 states have cyberbully laws.“Cyberbullying appears to be somewhat less frequent than face-to-face bullying, but the consequences may be even more severe,” says social psychologist Elizabeth Englander, who directs the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University. “Issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, academic problems and social problems can result from cyberbullying.”Schools have responded by amending anti-bullying codes to include cyberbullying in their social media policies, and at least 18 states have criminal laws on cyberbullying, according to Justin W. Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a criminal justice professor at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. “The media and the public are paying … [Read more...] about Is cyberbullying free speech?
As more potential clients search for attorneys online, lawyers are finding new ways to gain a competitive advantage in advertising.One strategy is to employ techniques to ensure that the lawyer’s name will appear on the first page of search-engine results.Search-engine companies allow lawyers to buy specific words or phrases—called keywords—that will cause their names and ads to pop up when prospective legal consumers use them. Keywords are not sold exclusively to one user, so the same keywords may be used by a number of advertisers.In a process known as competitive-keyword advertising, a lawyer will buy the name of another lawyer or firm as a keyword. As a result, the name of Lawyer A and, perhaps more important, a link to Lawyer A’s website, will be displayed on the search engine’s results page anytime a potential client calls up Lawyer B’s name using the search engine, even if Lawyer B did not authorize Lawyer A to use Lawyer B’s name as a … [Read more...] about Texas lawyers may use competitors’ names in keyword marketing
Introduction1For all its efficiencies and productivity enhancements, technology in this digital age continues to trend well ahead of American jurisprudence. We have found more ways to exchange information about where we are, what we’re doing, where we’re going and what we’ll do when we get there than can possibly be consumed in a rational and thoughtful manner. One can only wonder whether Sting knew the prophecy of his words when he penned the lyricsEvery breath you take and every move you make2Electronic mail, internet blogging, cellular phone text messaging, instant messaging, and global positioning satellite systems (GPS) are only some of the tools available to employers and employees to help them communicate with customers, clients and co-workers. Managing these tools has proven to be difficult for employers as more companies try to avoid liability for improper use of company information technology. The “now” phase of communicating has created an even … [Read more...] about Every Breath You Take: Blogging, Texting, E-mails and Social Networking in the Workplace
Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state agencies and municipalities that administer employee benefit plans and other state investment vehicles. This Q&A seeks to highlight some of the issues relating to soliciting business from, or doing business with, these instrumentalities and also seeks to explain some of the important differences between state and local laws and the SEC’s pay-to-play rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Rule 206(4)-5. ( Richard Guidice, Jr. contributed to this post) Q1: We are an SEC-registered investment adviser and comply with the SEC pay-to-play rule. If we comply with the SEC rule, must we also comply with state and municipal laws relating to pay-to-play?A1: Yes; the SEC pay-to-play rule does not … [Read more...] about Questions and Answers on State and Local Variations on the SEC Pay-to-Play Rule