September 2, 2011 |
As a Washington reporter for The Inquirer during the tumultuous years of the President Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings and, later, the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq, I certainly knew of Jerome J. Shestack, the prominent Philadelphia lawyer who died Aug. 18 at age 88. He had been the American Bar Association president in 1997 and 1998, and earlier had sat on the ABA screening committee that split on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of...
June 12, 2011 |
Four months nearly to the day after Villanova University disclosed its law school had inflated grade-point averages and other admissions data, seemingly to improve its ranking in the pernicious yet all-too-closely followed U.S. News & World Report survey, the university appears to have settled on a communications strategy. And that would be to say nothing. Neither law school dean John Gotanda, who took over in January after the falsifying of data had ended, nor university spokesman Jonathan Gust is returning phone calls on this one. Although the disclosure deeply shamed the university and set off a wave of campus anxiety, Villanova has decided the most comfortable course of action is to, in a public-relations and marketing sense, plead the fifth.
January 11, 2014 |
Josh Blackman is a young, conservative law professor who has been getting plenty of attention for his history of the legal fight over Obamacare. Legal experts across the spectrum, including Harvard University's Lawrence Tribe and Georgetown University Law Center's Randy Barnett, a leading libertarian, have heaped praise on Blackman's book, Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare . It provides a granular account of how...
July 23, 2012 |
When the legal markets imploded in 2008, and law firms started to ratchet back on hiring first-year associates and filling summer classes, it wasn't at all apparent that law schools, too, would need to tighten their belts. Some law-school administrators bravely claimed that while it was true there were fewer legal jobs, the potential uses of a law degree were so varied that graduates would find a way to land somewhere. There was, at the same time, the hope that the job-market troubles would be temporary, that the economy would revive and things would return to normal.
September 19, 2010 |
It would appear that all's quiet on the western front. For law firms, the devastation that swept through the legal marketplace in 2008 and 2009 has come to an end. Layoffs have stopped or at least have been sharply curtailed, firms that suspended hiring are recruiting once again, and profits, though flat or down, have stabilized at numbers that would make average middle-class American wage earners click their heels with delight. Even the sky-high starting salaries for first-year lawyers, long the source of client frustration and complaints, appear to have come through largely unscathed.
December 28, 2011 |
It has been almost two months since Philadelphia lawyer Michael Kwasnik was charged with stealing more than $1 million from an elderly Cherry Hill widow and accused in a lawsuit by New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of many millions more. What comes through most from conversations with the people in the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics is just how satisfied they are with the way they have handled this matter. Kwasnik, according to the agency's own records, has been on its radar since at least 2006, with multiple allegations of fraud and misconduct.
November 1, 2010 |
Stephen G. Breyer is acutely, perhaps painfully, aware that the Supreme Court is the weakest branch of government. It has no police force or army, nor can it get its way by funding someone's favorite program - or putting it on the chopping block. It has only the force of its own legal reasoning and precious reserves of credibility with citizens it earns over generations by often, although not always, correctly resolving the most divisive disputes facing society. "It is the weakest branch of government, no purse, no sword - and obscure," says Breyer, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
May 27, 1993 |
If I didn't know Lani Guinier, the University of Pennsylvania Law professor who is President Clinton's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and I based my opinion of her on what has been written about her since her nomination, I would think that she was an irrational, racial separatist with radical and revolutionary leanings. I would think she is hellbent on overthrowing our democratic process. She has been characterized as a "quota queen," as a person who is outside of mainstream America.
March 2, 2002 |
Esther F. Giaccio Clark, 72, of Wallingford, a criminal-defense lawyer, law professor, and the first female president of the Delaware County Bar Association, died of cancer Wednesday at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. Mrs. Clark was once voted "Man of the Year" by the Lawyers Club of Delaware County, a distinction, colleagues say, that reflects not only the club's 1980s sensibilities, but also Mrs. Clark's toughness as a lawyer and a career marked by firsts. Mrs. Clark worked for $40 a day as a public defender in Chester during the 1960s.
September 2, 2010 |
Donald Michael Collins, 84, of Berwyn, a retired lawyer, died of heart failure Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Kindred Hospital in Havertown. Mr. Collins grew up in East Oak Lane and graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, where he was class valedictorian, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review. In the early 1950s, Mr. Collins was an attorney for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington and he helped write legal guidelines when nuclear-powered submarines and ships and thermonuclear weaponry were developed, his son Brendan said.