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Bar/Bri class action Yields Settlement

Above the Law Says: You Are Probably $125 Richer Right Now

According to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Bar/Bri class action settled for $36 million, to be paid out to 290,000 clients. Each client will get $125.

It must be wonderful having lawyers for clients…

Mixtapes & the Law

From the NY Times: With Arrest of DJ Drama, the Law Takes Aim at Mixtapes

On Tuesday night [DJ Drama] was arrested with Don Cannon, a protégé. The police, working with the Recording Industry Association of America, raided his office, at 147 Walker Street in Atlanta. The association makes no distinction between counterfeit CDs and unlicensed compilations like those that DJ Drama is known for. So the police confiscated 81,000 discs, four vehicles, recording gear, and “other assets that are proceeds of a pattern of illegal activity,” said Chief Jeffrey C. Baker, from the Morrow, Ga., police department, which participated in the raid.

DJ Drama (whose real name is Tyree Simmons) and Mr. Cannon were each charged with a felony violation of Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization law(known as RICO) and held on $100,000 bond.

I’m not all that in to the hip-hop scene myself, but I wonder if people of a certain generation realize how ludicrous this appears to our own? What these DJs do is not piracy, viewed from any sane policy angle, and as the RIAA will discover eventually, culture trumps law.

Life on the Slow Track

The Wall Street Journal profiles a lawyer temp agency placing high-profile lawyers looking to duck big firm life – Finding Happiness On the Slow(er) Track ($).

Thomas Lee is one young lawyer who considers himself a perfect fit for Axiom. The 2000 Yale Law School graduate says he wants to practice law as well as devote significant time to writing fiction, something that was getting squeezed out of his life while an associate at law firms in New York, first at Davis Polk & Wardwell, then at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. “As time was going on, I realized I couldn’t [write fiction] and be a law-firm lawyer,” he says.

Mr. Lee started working for Axiom this summer, around the time he and his wife moved to California. Axiom placed him at Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, Calif. He likes the work, which mostly involves working on agreements with Cisco’s resellers and distributors. He says “the best part” of the Axiom experience is that while he’s expected to work very hard while on the job, his work week is a predictable 50 hours. “No weekends,” he adds.

Still, Mr. Lee admits he had to adjust to what Axiom doesn’t offer. “That’s the thing about Axiom: There’s no defined goal at the end of it,” he says. So, when Mr. Lee eyeballs his professional future in law, say, five years down the road, what does he see? “I really don’t know,” he says.

What is it with lawyers that want to write fiction? What, not enough masochism in the law for you?

1.2 Million Awarded to Houston Legal Aid Groups

Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation has awarded 1.2 million to various Hosuton Legal Aid Groups.

The following Houston-based groups will receive grants: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse ($295,870), Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ($145,652), Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program ($265,754), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ($167,579), South Texas College of Law ($59,425), Southeast Texas Legal Clinic ($24,202), the University of Houston Law Center ($122,556), and YMCA International ($145,652).

Houston Business Journal: Foundation awards $1.2 million to local legal aid groups

Free access

One of the reasons I was excited to go back to school, other than the usual improving oneself, starting a career, blaw blaw blaw… is admittedly shortsighted and near term – free access to the Wall Street Journal. I’m a bit of a news junky. I read the NY Times and the Houston Chronicle and Christian Science monitor every day, occasionally the L.A. Times, Boston Globe and the San Antonio Express-News, all freely available on the web. Only one publication thwarts my attempt at omniscience – the WSJ with their dastardly $79 a year subscription. I’m all for capitalism and fair market value for information but I don’t have $79 a year to blow on the WSJ.

The UH library, however, employing their slightly pinko communal tendencies, gives all students online access to the Wall Street Journal through library website.

  1. Subscribe to the RSS feeds (I get US News, US Business, and Health)
  2. When you see something you want to read, fire up the browser and point it to the WSJ page in the UH Online Journal system (proquest).
  3. Sign in with your last name and the number on the back of your Cougar ID. If you have cookies turned on most browsers will keep you signed in so you only have to do this once.
  4. Then browse for the article by date or search by keyword.
  5. Reading the WSJ for free is 11.5% more enjoyable according to the latest economic indicators.

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