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New Local Rule Adopted

Judicial Administration Rules Change

Per an Order of Court dated August 18, 2010, Westmoreland County Rule of Judicial Administration WJ510 is adopted and effective 30 days after publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Click here to view the order and full text of the rule change.

Google Scholar: A Review

From Betty Ward, Westmoreland County Law Librarian

Most attorneys are familiar with Google—and use it to research all sorts of information for their practice and daily life. What would we do without it?? Recently a new component of Google Scholar became available, which allows the user to conduct free searches of U.S. case law and more. Google Scholar, which has been specifically geared to scholarly research, now allows searches of general articles and/or patents, full text legal opinions and law journals. Although, Google Scholar is still in the beta testing stage, it shows much promise. The legal content includes U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1791; federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy court opinions since 1923; and state appellate and Supreme Court cases since 1950. It requires no registration or sign-on, it is as easy to use as Google, it is amazingly fast, and it is free. The display is simple and pleasing, with features such as: highlighted search terms, internal page numbers, “How Cited” tabs, “Cited By” boxes and “Related Documents” lists. Preferences and advanced search options may be selected and results are ranked according to relevance.

Major Policy Change Adopted by Most National Title Insurance Agencies

From James J. Conte, Esq., WBA Real Estate Law Committee Chair:

The Real Estate Law Committee and the joint Orphans’ Court/Elder Law Committees want to inform attorneys about the major change in policy adopted by most national title insurance companies. Title insurance agencies have been advised that it is no longer permissible to accept letters from counsel promising that they will see to the filing of the PA Inheritance Tax Return and payment of taxes post-closing.

Law Departments Hiring More Contract Lawyers, and the Pickings Are Good

Good News for Displaced Pennsylvania Lawyers

An increasing number of corporate law departments are hiring contract lawyers and sending them more projects, according to two principals with Pennsylvania legal staffing firms.

Nearly 51% of American Voters Support Arizona Immigration Law, Survey Says

Americans support Arizona immigration law

Although condemned by the White House, Arizona’s controversial new immigration law has popular support among American voters.

The Arizona statute, which requires law enforcement officials to ask someone's legal status if there is "reasonable suspicion" to believe the person is in the U.S. illegally, was approved of by 31 to 51 percent of the survey’s respondents, and 35 to 48 percent said that they want a similar immigration law enacted in their state, according to a nonpartisan Quinnipiac University Poll, reports USA Today.

Divorce Lawyer Changes Approach After Her Own Marriage Crumbles

Maryland divorce lawyer learns empathy

Maryland divorce lawyer Regina DeMeo changed the way she practices law after her own marriage ended.

Before her divorce, DeMeo took a businesslike approach when counseling divorce clients, the Washington Post reports. “OK, come on," she would think. "Get yourself together and let's move on."

Women Lawyers Need to Exude More Confidence

ABA holds leadership academy and reports on female lawyers confidence

Women lawyers need to exude more confidence in the courtroom, even if they have to fake it, according to a Pennsylvania federal judge.

There are few differences between great male and female lawyers in the courtroom, three judges said at a program at the ABA's Women in Law Leadership Academy in Philadelphia on Thursday. But they identified some things women could do better, the Legal Intelligencer reports in a story reprinted by New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

Being confident in the courtroom is one way women lawyers could improve, according to U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro of Philadelphia. "Women in general lack the confidence that men seem to have in the courtroom," she said. And if lawyers don’t have confidence, jurors and judges will also lack confidence in their arguments.

Rainmaking Tricks Even Old Dogs Can’t Afford to Ignore (Podcast)

ABA offers tips for gaining clients in a bad economy

This ABA podcast is informative about new ways to network to grow YOUR law practice.

What should attorneys be doing to keep current with technology to be competitive. Learn about attorney websites, social media and other ways attorneys should be doing to capture clients.

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