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May 24, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Trujillo has a lot of balls in the air, and he doesn't give the impression that he is at risk of dropping any. Not so far, anyway. He merged his small, litigation-focused firm, Trujillo, Rodriguez & Richards, with the much larger Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P. last year. His practice is white-collar defense, class actions, and corporate compliance, advising big companies on how to stay on the right side of business laws and regulations, and to defend them if the government claims they have strayed.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
GOV. CORBETT has said he won't appeal the judicial fiat legalizing same-sex bliss between the Alleghenys and the Poconos. He has done exactly what our long-tressed attorney general has done and abdicated his duty to Pennsylvanians who care about the rule of law. So it's fairly certain that Adam and Steve and Madame and Eve can start wiggling to the electric boogaloo. There is, I say with the manic certainty of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, hope to live and fight another day. But I gotta tell you, it's looking fairly grim at the moment.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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