January 23, 2014 |
Villanova University Law School said Tuesday that it would double the number of full scholarships available to members of the incoming 2014 class, to as many as 50. The scholarships would cover the full three years of law school, said dean John Y. Gotanda. Law schools nationwide have been under pressure to recruit new students as applications have fallen in the face of declining job opportunities for newly minted lawyers, and many have cut their enrollments in recognition of that trend.
January 20, 2014 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Jamie Kerstetter is in her pink slippers with the pom-poms. And why shouldn't she be? It's a Sunday morning, and she's settling in to a long day during which she won't leave the apartment. The cards are dealt, on the screen, four tables going at once, a far cry from the 20 poker games this former tax lawyer used to fire up on her computer screen in Mexico, where she would spend hour after twitchy hour playing online Texas hold 'em. "My boyfriend and I would sit all day and not talk to each other except when one of us would say, 'Wanna order out?
January 19, 2014 |
A COMMONWEALTH Court judge yesterday struck down Pennsylvania's voter-ID law, noting that attorneys for the state had shown nothing but "a vague concern about voter fraud" to justify legislation that could have cost hundreds of thousands of voters the right to cast ballots. Judge Bernard McGinley declared the law unconstitutional in a ruling that said about 430,000 registered voters still don't have the type of identification that would have been needed to vote. Attorneys for Gov. Corbett's administration offered no examples of in-person voter impersonation - the alleged problem that the law was meant to address.
January 16, 2014 |
ACTOR Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. The letter - published yesterday by the Independent, a British newspaper - comes in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which have been the focus of a backlash in the West regarding the law. Passed last year, Russia's law bans promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations" to minors and has prompted calls by gay activists and others for a boycott of the games, which begin Feb. 7. McKellan - known to millions as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films - wrote the letter with his friend, chemist Harold Kroto.
January 15, 2014 |
WITH THE STROKE of his pen, Mayor Nutter signed the land-bank bill into law, making Philadelphia the largest U.S. city to have a streamlined procedure for land disposition. Supporters of the land bank packed the mayor's reception room yesterday to witness the bill signing - the outcome of a six-year campaign for Philadelphia to do something with its blighted and abandoned plots of land. City Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, the prime backers of the legislation, congratulated each other on reaching an agreement to bring the measure to life.
January 14, 2014 |
In what became the second -most interesting day Chris Christie had last week, the New Jersey governor on Tuesday held a ceremonial bill signing, flanked by young students, to herald the discount in-state college tuition program recently enacted for eligible undocumented immigrants. The move put the Garden State among 15 states with similar DREAM Act laws aimed at providing educational assistance to undocumented youth. Though immigrant rights groups will continue to push for federal immigration reform, "2014 is going to be a year with lots of movement at the state level," said Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, a Washington organization with member groups in 25 states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
January 13, 2014 |
Carter R. Buller, 80, of Center City, a lawyer, civic leader, and chair of the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of kidney failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Starting in 1962, Mr. Buller practiced at Montgomery McCracken for his entire career. "He was going until the end," said his son, Pierce. "His last title was 'of senior counsel.' " As a partner in the firm, Mr. Buller served in many management capacities.
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...
January 11, 2014 |
Like a thunderbolt, the decision hit the news with a crash. Calling it "almost Orwellian," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington found on Dec. 17 that the National Security Agency's collection of telephone data - of practically every call made by every U.S. resident - likely violated the Constitution. "It's one thing to say that people expect phone companies to occasionally provide information to law enforcement," Leon wrote in a case brought by a Torresdale man. "It is quite another to suggest that our citizens expect all phone companies to operate . . . a joint intelligence-gathering operation with the government.