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About the Authors

Richard Granat is president of DirectLaw Inc., a virtual law firm platform provider, and LawMediaLabs Inc. He also serves as co-director of the Center for Law Practice Technology at Florida Coastal School of Law and co-chairs the ABA’s eLawyering Task Force.

Marc Lauritsen, author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter With Knowledge Tools (ABA Law Practice Division 2010), is president of Capstone Practice Systems and of Legal Systematics. He directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School and has worked extensively on document drafting and decision support systems. He also co-chairs the ABA’s eLawyering Task Force.

The Collapse: How a top legal firm destroyed itself

On an April morning in Manhattan last year, Steven Davis, the former chairman of the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, reached for his ringing cell phone. He was sitting in the back seat of a taxi, on the way downtown to renew his passport. Dewey & LeBoeuf, which was often referred to in the press as a global “super firm,” was largely his creation. In 2007, he had engineered the merger of a profitable but staid midsized specialty firm—LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae—with a less profitable but much better-known firm, Dewey Ballantine. (Thomas E.

The Branches of the Armed Services

The five branches of the U.S. armed services are staffed by volunteer enlisted men and women who hold various ranks. Military personnel are no longer conscripted, or drafted, into service.

The Army was the first branch of the armed services established by Congress. The U.S. Army evolved from the Continental Army, created on July 14, 1775, by the Continental Congress to fight the Revolutionary War against the British.    

Welcome to the Monkey Lab: The Battle over Animal Research

In May 1981 Alex Pacheco, cofounder of an animal rights organization called PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA), went to work as a volunteer at the Institute for Behavioral Research, a private research center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Pacheco told the institute's chief research scientist, Edward Taub, that he was fascinated by animal research.

Whose Civil Liberties, Anyway? The ACLU and Its Critics

Since 1920 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stood at the forefront of nearly every great legal battle over personal freedom in the United States. The C in ACLU might easily stand for Controversial. Although the ACLU's role as a major institution in U.S. law is indisputable, its effect on the law and on the lives of citizens is frequently in dispute. Political debate over the group yields very little middle ground and a great amount of passionate disagreement.

Welfare and Immigration

In 1875 the United States passed the first of many restrictive laws intended to keep out certain aliens. A powerful force behind federal legislation has always been widespread hostility toward certain new arrivals. Disliking everything from skin color to habits of speech, appearance, and worship, citizens have consistently opposed certain immigrants: the Irish in the 1800s, Jews and Slavs in the early twentieth century, and Southeast Asians subsequently. Illegal aliens have upset many U.S. citizens for decades.

Aliens and Civil Rights

Since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the status of aliens physically within the United States or its territories has been decidedly more tenuous. Aliens (noncitizens owing political allegiance to another country) are generally afforded certain fundamental rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Drinking on Campus: A Rite of Passage Out of Control?

Alcohol has had its advocates and its critics, particularly on college campuses, where the desires of students to enjoy the rights and freedoms of adults collide with the concerns of parents, university officials, and the police. Although some widely publicized studies from the late 1980s and early 1990s indicated that student drinking was at an all-time high, threatening students' health and academic careers, others indicated that the problem of student drinking was overblown and on the decline.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The courts have long struggled with the problem of what sanctions to impose on people who violate the law while under the influence of liquor. Punishing these offenders fails to address the root cause of the behaviors, the uncontrolled consumption of alcohol. Many judges order offenders to undergo alcohol dependency treatment or counseling as part of a sentence or as a condition of probation.    
One of the most popular programs for treating alcoholism is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Disparate Impact Age Discrimination

In 1967 Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which protects workers age 40 or older from employment DISCRIMINATION based on their age. Anyone who employs 20 or more people is subject to ADEA; it covers hiring, firing, compensation and benefits, training, job assignments, promotions, and layoffs.