Apparently more and more young lawyers are deciding against the pursuit of partnership at big law firms. According to this Wall Street Journal article:
According to an NALP Foundation study unveiled last year that looked at
law firms for the three years from 2002 through 2004, nearly 60% of all
entry-level associates at firms with more than 500 lawyers had left
their firms by the end of their fourth years. For firms of all sizes,
it was 62%, a record since NALP began tracking it nearly 10 years ago.
Those numbers are fairly impressive; especially when you think about the time and money spent by law firms on new associates. As a recent law firm to solo lawyer, I can definitely relate to some of the points raised in the article.
Here is a MS Court of Appeals opinion discussing heart attack apportionment in workers' compensation cases. The Court does a good job covering the somewhat confusing history of this area of comp practice. In the end, the opinion stands for the fact that an appellate Court will not overturn the MWCC if its decision is supported by substantial evidence.
Technology has invaded the last bastion of Americana...the fast food drive-thru line. According to this NY Times article, McDonald's is experimenting with a central call center that takes and processes drive-thru orders from around the country. The order is then sent via the Internet back to the "restaurant" where the order is packaged. This call center method shaves a few precious seconds off of the ordering process...which in the big scheme of McDonald's, can add many new $$$$'s to a day.
Here is a recent MS Supreme Court opinion addressing a Tort Claims Act wrongful death suit. In particular the Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of the suit based upon the claim being based solely upon negligence (and not malice) for the death of an individual while incarcerated in the County jail. The Court correctly identified the Tort Claims Act exemption for prisoners or inmates of state jails; and the Court also noted malice was never alleged in the Complaint so Plaintiff's could not argue on appeal that the actions of Defendants were outside the scope of Tort Claims immunity.
Not only is this lady a Mayoral candidate, she is the Clerk of Criminal Court. In Orleans Parish, that Clerk is in charge of the entire election process!.....this should be one hilarious election for Mayor in New Orleans!
You may be if you use a wireless internet (Wi-Fi) connection. As noted in this NY Times article, "piggybacking" occurs when an unauthorized person uses another person's wi-fi connection. If this is a concern to you, make sure you encrypt your wi-fi and use passwords to protect your internet connection. I will admit that finding wi-fi zones has come in handy when I have been out of the office. I have found (before and after doctor depos) most hospitals have wide open wi-fi access... this seems a little odd given all the privacy issues facing hospitals these days.
The Mississippi Supreme Court recently issued this decision discussing the proper party to be named in a Tort Claims Act suit against a County Sheriff's Department. Although the MTCA does not specifically identify which bodies are "governmental entities" or "political subdivisions," there are some guides in the statute which point to the individual County as the proper defendant in a claim against a Sheriff. This case is pertinent since notice was provided to the County Board of Supervisors, but the County was not listed as a defendant in the suit. The dismissal of the action was upheld since the "Bolivar County Sheriff's Department" was improperly named as the defendant.
You are probably familiar with "key-logging" if you are the parent of a teenager and you have purchased a security program to monitor the computer activity and chatting of your teen. The program basically records all key strokes made on the computer's keyboard. The bad news is that hackers may be secretly planting these programs in your computer and learning all your passwords and codes without you having the slightest clue... just something else to add to concerns over computer viruses, etc.