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Supreme Court of Texas Clears Way for Assistance from Out-of-state Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Texas entered an order to allow any attorney not licensed to practice in Texas, but licensed and in good standing in any other jurisdiction of the United States, to provide legal assistance to individuals and entities affected by Hurricane Harvey.  This should help in the effort to recruit volunteer attorneys to address the need for legal services by the mounting number of flood victims.  Lawyers may volunteer through programs supported by the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association.  The Louisiana State Bar Association is currently monitoring the need for any mobilization of volunteers in that state and encourages Louisiana attorneys to support efforts in Texas.  For a summary of information on national mobilization of legal relief efforts, visit the ABA Hurricane Harvey Relief resource page.

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The legal industry needs fresh leadership with new skill sets

The legal industry has been slow to adapt to powerful socioeconomic forces that have changed the buy-sell dynamic. Read more in Forbes.

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Client Intake

This Silicon Valley start-up wants to replace lawyers with robots

Silicon Valley’s next hot start-up isn’t likely to be a video chat app… But maybe it could be — and this isn’t a joke — a law firm.  Read more in The Washington Post.

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RBG & ACW

Congress should end partisan ‘nonsense’ over SCOTUS nominations, Ginsburg says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …called on Congress to end partisanship surrounding Supreme Court nominations… Read more in the ABA Journal.

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Big Four vs. Big Law

Do the Big Four accounting firms pose a big threat to Big Law?

New study warns law firms should prepare for a "significant increase in competition" as Big Four accounting firms continue push into legal services.  Read more in Above the Law.

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No Coronas!

After Hurricane Irma, Florida legal community is in it for the long haul

Legal aid is critical after a natural disaster. Legal issues are just beginning.  Read more in Above the Law.

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Mary Juetten

How can technology solve our access to justice crisis?

Access to justice, the justice gap, or equal justice, all describe the same problem.  Read more in the ABA Journal.

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