May 17, 2014 |
Managers of law firms have seen the future, and the future looks lean. Big firms - and many small ones, too - still sport hefty profits almost six years after the financial market meltdown unleashed tumultuous changes, from downsized firms and law schools to severely curtailed career dreams. But pricing pressure from clients and the corresponding need to cut costs have become lasting features of the legal landscape. That is the major takeaway from a survey by legal-consulting firm Altman Weil of managing partners at more than 300 U.S. law firms with 50 or more lawyers.
May 14, 2014 |
State Sen. Daylin Leach says Marjorie Margolies is continuing to violate federal campaign finance laws, and has lodged a new complaint as the Democrats vying for the 13th Congressional District seat enter the last full week before the May 20 primary. Leach said Monday he intends to file a supplementary letter with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Margolies has again spent contributions designated for the general election on her primary campaign. Four Democrats are battling for the nomination in the 13th, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
May 13, 2014 |
Jessica Saulnier's life story has been entwined with the military, and she plans to keep it that way. The theme began at birth, in 1984, on Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi - or even before, with her grandfather, who was captured and imprisoned in Poland during World War II. When she graduates this month from Rutgers-Camden, Saulnier will head to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a military lawyer with the Judge Advocate General Corps....
May 10, 2014 |
Joseph W. Marshall Jr., 88, of Philadelphia, a professor emeritus at Temple University Law School, died Sunday, May 4, of congestive heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. The law school hailed him on its website as "a legendary tax professor who served the law school from 1960 to his retirement in 1996. " His was a quick rise. He began as a lecturer in 1960, then served as an associate professor for two years before being named a full professor in 1968. In addition to teaching taxation, Mr. Marshall developed the Graduate Tax Program and directed it from 1970 to 1984.
May 7, 2014 |
So this is what history looks like in real time. For nearly 231 years, lawyers for Rawle & Henderson L.L.P. have been plying courthouses in Philadelphia for clients with urgent legal needs, and that would make it the oldest law firm in the United States. Fittingly, its offices at 13th and Chestnut Streets are redolent of its deep ties to the past. An oil portrait of name partner Joseph Henderson, a onetime president of the American Bar Association, hangs prominently. On display nearby is a letter from Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to firm founder William Rawle, delicately inquiring about progress in a case.
May 6, 2014 |
The U.S. Department of Labor's order last fall - under Section 503 of the Americans With Disabilities Act - that large government contractors show that 7 percent of their workers are "individuals with disabilities," is one reason tech companies are seeking to hire people with autism. Autism, a group of conditions that typically include repetitive behavior, can make working in many environments difficult. But the federal order is not the only reason some companies are looking for people with autism.
May 1, 2014 |
For Sara Navarro, being undocumented used to feel a lot like being hunted. That changed in 2012, with the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gave temporary protection to certain immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents before age 16. "It definitely feels different," said Navarro, of North Philadelphia, who was 11 when she emigrated from Honduras. "Now, we don't have to watch our backs. We can live with our parents, and they can't deport us. " But it was a bittersweet victory.
April 30, 2014 |
HARRISBURG A longtime good-government advocate told a Senate panel Monday that Pennsylvania's ethics and lobbying laws regarding gifts are among the country's weakest and must be "dramatically strengthened. " At a hearing before the Senate State Government Committee, Barry Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania, urged lawmakers to approve a ban that would elevate the state from its position behind states with expansive ethics laws. "The incestuous linkage between gifts, campaign contributions, and public policy must end," said Kauffman, whose group has advocated for tougher ethics laws in Pennsylvania for 40 years.
April 25, 2014 |
U . S. REP. ALLYSON Schwartz yesterday accused her fellow Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor of being "vague" in support of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. Schwartz was mostly talking about front-runner Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, who, like the other Democratic candidates, has publicly supported the law in his campaign. "Particularly, I think Tom Wolf has been evasive about expressing support for the law," said Schwartz, who this week started running a campaign ad on television, touting her role in helping to craft and pass the legislation.
April 25, 2014 |
Marjorie Margolies' fund-raising totals may have gone from minimal to illegal in the first three months of 2014, according to a complaint filed by one of her opponents in the 13th District congressional race. State Sen. Daylin Leach has told the Federal Election Commission that Margolies repeatedly broke campaign finance laws by spending money designated for the general election on expenses for the primary. Finance reports filed by her campaign show that Margolies ran out of primary funds on Jan. 15. However, she continued to make disbursements for her consultants, staff, travel expenses, and office supplies.