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  •  I find stories like this to be incredible.  As in, not credible.  As in, there’s something more to the story – there must be. How could Dennis O’Riordan lie about his resume and get away with it?  Among lawyers, who are paid to be suspicious?  It takes mere seconds to check a person’s registration with the New York Bar (I was duly sworn in in 2008; I had to work quite hard to get there, even if I was certified for admission in ’05).  Having Harvard send over transcripts also takes only a few seconds.  Both these firms must have at least the same vetting process for partners that they do for associates. Somebody had to know, and to know early .  A lawyer’s job is often to distinguish truth from deception.  We have our instincts, but typically, we use neither magic nor psychological tricks – just experience looking at documents critically and asking for evidence.  Firms live and die by handling this process properly.  So, someone at the firms knew, right from the beginning – either they knew and said nothing – or they spoke up, and someone else either didn’t care.  So what is really going on? The lawyer was only found out after apparently using his fabricated CV to apply for a job at an unnamed barristers’ chambers in November last year. More likely, the “unnamed barrister” did precisely the same steps that these major, reputable firms did – then went further after finding discrepancies, and deemed that this offense simply could not be tolerated.  That barrister was willing to take a chance of a lawsuit – because truth is sometimes more important. Dear Clients: If you ever are uncertain about your counselors, ask them to validate their credentials.  It’s your right to do so before you pay them significant money.  Most lawyers post their diplomas and certificates on their office wall – take a peak.  Those credentials really don’t tell you much about the quality of your counsel’s skills and experience as they relate to your needs – but they do set a minimum baseline.  ”Trust, and verify.” 0

    Top City Lawyer lies about resume, Harvard, Oxford | Lawyer of Arabia

    I find stories like this to be incredible.  As in, not credible.  As in, there’s something more to the story – there must be. How could Dennis O’Riordan lie about his resume and get away with it?  Among lawyers, who are paid to be suspicious?  It takes mere seconds to check a person’s registration with the New York Bar (I was duly sworn in in 2008; I had to work quite hard to get there, even if I was certified for admission in ’05).  Having Harvard send over transcripts also takes only a few seconds.  Both these firms must have at least the same vetting process for partners that they do for associates. Somebody had to know, and to know early .  A lawyer’s job is often to distinguish truth from deception.  We have our instincts, but typically, we use neither magic nor psychological tricks – just experience looking at documents critically and asking for evidence.  Firms live and die by handling this process properly.  So, someone at the firms knew, right from the beginning – either they knew and said nothing – or they spoke up, and someone else either didn’t care.  So what is really going on? The lawyer was only found out after apparently using his fabricated CV to apply for a job at an unnamed barristers’ chambers in November last year. More likely, the “unnamed barrister” did precisely the same steps that these major, reputable firms did – then went further after finding discrepancies, and deemed that this offense simply could not be tolerated.  That barrister was willing to take a chance of a lawsuit – because truth is sometimes more important. Dear Clients: If you ever are uncertain about your counselors, ask them to validate their credentials.  It’s your right to do so before you pay them significant money.  Most lawyers post their diplomas and certificates on their office wall – take a peak.  Those credentials really don’t tell you much about the quality of your counsel’s skills and experience as they relate to your needs – but they do set a minimum baseline.  ”Trust, and verify.”

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  •  A special investigation of outgoing Utah Attorney General John Swallow (R) has found probable cause that he committed multiple violations of state law.  Swallow announced his resignation from office on Thursday, citing the multiple investigations targeting him while at the same time insisting that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. In a report released Friday, a special counsel to Utah's lieutenant governor said that despite the justifications given by Swallow for his actions, "the evidence developed through this investigation… is sufficient to establish probable cause that Swallow violated the finance disclosure and conflict of interest provisions" of Utah law.  The special counsel's report found that Swallow probably violated the law in not disclosing income and ties to several companies in his 2012 candidate financial disclosure and conflict of interest filings. "Swallow's explanations for his non-disclosure, when considered in light of internal inconsistencies and conflicting evidence, raise numerous questions of credibility that should be assessed by a finder of fact when applying the applicable law," the report said. "Whether these and other facts constitute a violation of any of the relevant Utah statutes… further will depend on how liberally or narrowly the Court construes the relevant statutes. If the Court construes the statutes liberally to carry out the intent of the Election Code… and looks to the practical realities of Swallow's conduct, it reasonably should find him to be in violation of law." Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) will now review the report and determine what if any further action will be taken.  Report on the Investigation of Attorney General John Swallow 0

    Utah Officials Find Probable Cause Outgoing Attorney General …

    A special investigation of outgoing Utah Attorney General John Swallow (R) has found probable cause that he committed multiple violations of state law.  Swallow announced his resignation from office on Thursday, citing the multiple investigations targeting him while at the same time insisting that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. In a report released Friday, a special counsel to Utah's lieutenant governor said that despite the justifications given by Swallow for his actions, "the evidence developed through this investigation… is sufficient to establish probable cause that Swallow violated the finance disclosure and conflict of interest provisions" of Utah law.  The special counsel's report found that Swallow probably violated the law in not disclosing income and ties to several companies in his 2012 candidate financial disclosure and conflict of interest filings. "Swallow's explanations for his non-disclosure, when considered in light of internal inconsistencies and conflicting evidence, raise numerous questions of credibility that should be assessed by a finder of fact when applying the applicable law," the report said. "Whether these and other facts constitute a violation of any of the relevant Utah statutes… further will depend on how liberally or narrowly the Court construes the relevant statutes. If the Court construes the statutes liberally to carry out the intent of the Election Code… and looks to the practical realities of Swallow's conduct, it reasonably should find him to be in violation of law." Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) will now review the report and determine what if any further action will be taken.  Report on the Investigation of Attorney General John Swallow

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  •  S Monday afternoon, the Connecticut State Attorney's office released the full report from the investigation into last December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Terrifying as it is detailed, the report covers Adam Lanza's path through the school, his possessions, and his possible motives. The document lists an extensive timeline from the shooting. The morning of December 14, 2012, Lanza shot his way into the school using a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle and killed the school's principal and school psychologist in the hallway near the front office. He then walked into two classrooms and shot four teachers and 20 children to death before committing suicide. From the report: The response to these crimes began unfolding at 9:35:39 a.m. when the first 911 call was received by the Newtown Police Department. With the receipt of that call, the dispatching and the arrival of the police, the law enforcement response to the shootings began. It was fewer than four minutes from the time the first 911 call was received until the first police officer arrived at the school. It was fewer than five minutes from the first 911 call, and one minute after the arrival of the first officer, that the shooter killed himself. It was fewer than six minutes from the time the first police officer arrived on SHES property to the time the first police officer entered the school building. In fewer than 11 minutes twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives. Also included in the report is an extensive itemization of Lanza's possessions. In addition to many video games, police found news articles about prior mass shootings at schools in Lanza's room. Some of the items discovered, from the report: - A Christmas check from the mother to the shooter to purchase a CZ 83 firearm;39 - A New York Times article from February 18, 2008, regarding the school shooting at Northern Illinois University; - Three photographs of what appear to be a dead human, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic; - The book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Jossey-Bass, 2007, by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher; - Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children And here are the digital files that authorities believe belonged to Lanza, which included several spreadsheets about mass murders: - Bookmarks pertaining to firearms, military, politics, mass murder, video games, music, books, Army Ranger, computers and programs, ammunition, candy, economic books - Web page design folders - Two videos showing suicide by gunshot - Commercial movies depicting mass shootings - The computer game titled "School Shooting" where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students - Screen shots (172) of the online game "Combat Arms" - "Dance Dance Revolution" (DDR) game screen shots - Videos of shooter playing DDR - Images of the shooter holding a handgun to his head - Images of the shooter holding a rifle to his head - Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot - Images of shooter with a rifle, shotgun and numerous magazines in his pockets - Documents on weapons and magazine capacity - A document written showing the prerequisites for a mass murder spreadsheet - A spreadsheet listing mass murders by name and information about the incident - Materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles (not child pornography) - Large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings and documents on mass murders - Large amount of materials on firearms - Comedy videos - Music - Images of hamsters - Images of Lego creations Even with the above evidence, investigators still don't have a definitive motive for the shooting. From the report's summary: The obvious question that remains is: "Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?" Unfortunately, that question may never be answered conclusively, despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources. The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions, including the taking of his own life, but there is no clear indication why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is known that the shooter had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and to interact with others, even those to whom he should have been close. As an adult he did not recognize or help himself deal with those issues. What contribution this made to the shootings, if any, is unknown as those mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior. He had a familiarity with and access to firearms and ammunition and an obsession with mass murders, in particular the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Investigators however, have not discovered any evidence that the shooter voiced or gave any indication to others that he intended to commit such a crime himself. Read the full report here. [Image via AP] 0

    State Attorney Releases Horrifying Report From Sandy Hook Shooting

    S Monday afternoon, the Connecticut State Attorney's office released the full report from the investigation into last December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Terrifying as it is detailed, the report covers Adam Lanza's path through the school, his possessions, and his possible motives. The document lists an extensive timeline from the shooting. The morning of December 14, 2012, Lanza shot his way into the school using a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle and killed the school's principal and school psychologist in the hallway near the front office. He then walked into two classrooms and shot four teachers and 20 children to death before committing suicide. From the report: The response to these crimes began unfolding at 9:35:39 a.m. when the first 911 call was received by the Newtown Police Department. With the receipt of that call, the dispatching and the arrival of the police, the law enforcement response to the shootings began. It was fewer than four minutes from the time the first 911 call was received until the first police officer arrived at the school. It was fewer than five minutes from the first 911 call, and one minute after the arrival of the first officer, that the shooter killed himself. It was fewer than six minutes from the time the first police officer arrived on SHES property to the time the first police officer entered the school building. In fewer than 11 minutes twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives. Also included in the report is an extensive itemization of Lanza's possessions. In addition to many video games, police found news articles about prior mass shootings at schools in Lanza's room. Some of the items discovered, from the report: - A Christmas check from the mother to the shooter to purchase a CZ 83 firearm;39 - A New York Times article from February 18, 2008, regarding the school shooting at Northern Illinois University; - Three photographs of what appear to be a dead human, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic; - The book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Jossey-Bass, 2007, by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher; - Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children And here are the digital files that authorities believe belonged to Lanza, which included several spreadsheets about mass murders: - Bookmarks pertaining to firearms, military, politics, mass murder, video games, music, books, Army Ranger, computers and programs, ammunition, candy, economic books - Web page design folders - Two videos showing suicide by gunshot - Commercial movies depicting mass shootings - The computer game titled "School Shooting" where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students - Screen shots (172) of the online game "Combat Arms" - "Dance Dance Revolution" (DDR) game screen shots - Videos of shooter playing DDR - Images of the shooter holding a handgun to his head - Images of the shooter holding a rifle to his head - Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot - Images of shooter with a rifle, shotgun and numerous magazines in his pockets - Documents on weapons and magazine capacity - A document written showing the prerequisites for a mass murder spreadsheet - A spreadsheet listing mass murders by name and information about the incident - Materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles (not child pornography) - Large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings and documents on mass murders - Large amount of materials on firearms - Comedy videos - Music - Images of hamsters - Images of Lego creations Even with the above evidence, investigators still don't have a definitive motive for the shooting. From the report's summary: The obvious question that remains is: "Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?" Unfortunately, that question may never be answered conclusively, despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources. The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions, including the taking of his own life, but there is no clear indication why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is known that the shooter had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and to interact with others, even those to whom he should have been close. As an adult he did not recognize or help himself deal with those issues. What contribution this made to the shootings, if any, is unknown as those mental health professionals who saw him did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior. He had a familiarity with and access to firearms and ammunition and an obsession with mass murders, in particular the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Investigators however, have not discovered any evidence that the shooter voiced or gave any indication to others that he intended to commit such a crime himself. Read the full report here. [Image via AP]

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  •  Phoenix Wright and co. are put on trial once again in their first 3D outing. While Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies ties together many core elements and cast members from previous games, it also exhibits its own worthy additions to the court record. Apollo and Phoenix are back in session together this time and are joined by new recruit Athena Cykes. Thankfully, the trio take turns in the spotlight and no one seems underplayed or relegated to a customary supporting role for too long. Rather than just fan massaging, the setup refreshingly manages to balance each character. Each attorney has their own perspective on the action and a special skill to aid them during trials. Phoenix still dismantles defendant's testimony blocking Psyche-Locks with his (well, Maya's) trusty Magatama. Meanwhile, Apollo's trademark bracelet once again allows him to zoom into the action to 'perceive' nervous visible 'tells' given off by suspects. Likewise, Athena comes equipped with Widget—a computerized necklace that allows her to 'hear' people's emotions on a mood matrix. Using widget's hologram displays, she can pinpoint conflicting emotions felt by suspects during testimony. Pushing suspects for further testimony and presenting the correct evidence at the right time is still the bread and butter of Ace Attorney's visual novel style gameplay. Jeopardy familiarly comes in the form of our hero's health bar taking damage with every incorrect submission of evidence during trials. That drama is given a stark safety net this time around, as your co-defender will 'counsel' you with hints as to which part of a testimony requires you to present evidence. This appears after a few failed attempts. Be aware that the counsel feature is something that is optionally selected but can't be turned off once chosen. On-location investigations also have an added arm bands mode. Again, if the player gets lost you can peek at a 'court note' tab which will show you where to investigate and who to talk to. This is another element that takes away some of the critical thinking that the game demands and thrives upon. However, like the courtroom 'counsel' feature it is an optional shortcut that isn't pushed on the player. You can click the tab for a hint or leave it alone, it's the player's choice. Seasoned defense attorneys may find that the built in easy mode waters down the courtroom drama far too much. That said, it does serve as a more inclusive gameplay addition for newcomers and younger gamers In the past Ace Attorney games were often guilty of requiring the player to throw up the least plausible evidence at the weirdest of moments, which would de-rail the cohesion of the game's structure and narrative. Whether these instances had bad translation or iffy script writing to blame, Dual Destinies is certainly less prone to these pit-falls than previous entries in the series. The 'counsel' and 'court notes' additions are certainly effective tools to dig players out should they get stuck. The investigation portion takes further advantage of the 3D upgrade. Multiple angles and depths suit the 3DS and being able to explore a fully rendered environment rather than poking at a pixelated drawing of a cartoon landscape is what Ace Attorney was always waiting for. Stylistically Ace Attorney 5 has reached a new level for the series. High quality anime cutscenes (courtesy of studio BONES) are a welcome addition that fit naturally in the world of Ace Attorney. Finishing the game unlocks a gallery of anime cutscenes and illustrations. The illustrations are just the images of evidence and character accounts seen in the trials and are nothing special. It would have been great if they'd instead thrown in some pre-production concept art or character designs. I found that a little disappointing, it felt like a no-brainer. With Capcom repeatedly making so many terrible judgments with their core franchises in recent years, it's a relief to see them finally hit a home run. Despite Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies getting a bum rap as a less visible digital release, the game makes a strong case for being the best in the series to date and one of the better 3DS games out there this year. 0

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Review – Review …

    Phoenix Wright and co. are put on trial once again in their first 3D outing. While Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies ties together many core elements and cast members from previous games, it also exhibits its own worthy additions to the court record. Apollo and Phoenix are back in session together this time and are joined by new recruit Athena Cykes. Thankfully, the trio take turns in the spotlight and no one seems underplayed or relegated to a customary supporting role for too long. Rather than just fan massaging, the setup refreshingly manages to balance each character. Each attorney has their own perspective on the action and a special skill to aid them during trials. Phoenix still dismantles defendant's testimony blocking Psyche-Locks with his (well, Maya's) trusty Magatama. Meanwhile, Apollo's trademark bracelet once again allows him to zoom into the action to 'perceive' nervous visible 'tells' given off by suspects. Likewise, Athena comes equipped with Widget—a computerized necklace that allows her to 'hear' people's emotions on a mood matrix. Using widget's hologram displays, she can pinpoint conflicting emotions felt by suspects during testimony. Pushing suspects for further testimony and presenting the correct evidence at the right time is still the bread and butter of Ace Attorney's visual novel style gameplay. Jeopardy familiarly comes in the form of our hero's health bar taking damage with every incorrect submission of evidence during trials. That drama is given a stark safety net this time around, as your co-defender will 'counsel' you with hints as to which part of a testimony requires you to present evidence. This appears after a few failed attempts. Be aware that the counsel feature is something that is optionally selected but can't be turned off once chosen. On-location investigations also have an added arm bands mode. Again, if the player gets lost you can peek at a 'court note' tab which will show you where to investigate and who to talk to. This is another element that takes away some of the critical thinking that the game demands and thrives upon. However, like the courtroom 'counsel' feature it is an optional shortcut that isn't pushed on the player. You can click the tab for a hint or leave it alone, it's the player's choice. Seasoned defense attorneys may find that the built in easy mode waters down the courtroom drama far too much. That said, it does serve as a more inclusive gameplay addition for newcomers and younger gamers In the past Ace Attorney games were often guilty of requiring the player to throw up the least plausible evidence at the weirdest of moments, which would de-rail the cohesion of the game's structure and narrative. Whether these instances had bad translation or iffy script writing to blame, Dual Destinies is certainly less prone to these pit-falls than previous entries in the series. The 'counsel' and 'court notes' additions are certainly effective tools to dig players out should they get stuck. The investigation portion takes further advantage of the 3D upgrade. Multiple angles and depths suit the 3DS and being able to explore a fully rendered environment rather than poking at a pixelated drawing of a cartoon landscape is what Ace Attorney was always waiting for. Stylistically Ace Attorney 5 has reached a new level for the series. High quality anime cutscenes (courtesy of studio BONES) are a welcome addition that fit naturally in the world of Ace Attorney. Finishing the game unlocks a gallery of anime cutscenes and illustrations. The illustrations are just the images of evidence and character accounts seen in the trials and are nothing special. It would have been great if they'd instead thrown in some pre-production concept art or character designs. I found that a little disappointing, it felt like a no-brainer. With Capcom repeatedly making so many terrible judgments with their core franchises in recent years, it's a relief to see them finally hit a home run. Despite Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies getting a bum rap as a less visible digital release, the game makes a strong case for being the best in the series to date and one of the better 3DS games out there this year.

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  •  Rick Bowmer / AP Utah Attorney General John Swallow speaks during a news conference on Thursday, in Salt Lake City. By Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced Thursday that he is stepping down amid multiple investigations of bribery and misconduct that have hounded him ever since he took office at the beginning of the year. Swallow discussed his resignation at a news conference as he vigorously denied breaking any laws and said the toll of the investigations had become too much for him and his family. "Now is the time for the madness to stop and for the state to move forward. The toll on my family, the toll on my office and the toll on our finances has been too much. It is time for it to stop." It marked a stunning fall for a politician who was elected with nearly two-thirds of the vote one year ago and seemingly had a bright political future. But within his first week in office, accusations surfaced that the Republican engaged in questionable financial dealings with a businessman under federal investigation for fraud. The allegations set off a series of investigations and calls for his resignation that were unusual in the squeaky clean world of Utah politics. Jeff Peterson, the executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said the party's central committee would recommend three candidates to replace Swallow. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert would then choose one of those candidates to fill the office until a special election could be held next November. Swallow's resignation is the first time a Utah attorney general has stepped down midterm, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. The state has seen two governors resign, but both left for other political posts and not in scandal, he said. "Under these circumstances, this is unprecedented in Utah political history," Chambless said. Swallow has been accused of arranging a bribery plot and trading offers of protection in return for favors from several businessmen. He is also accused of failing to disclose business interests on campaign forms and violating attorney-client privilege while serving in the attorney general's office. He has been or is currently being investigated by the state elections office, two county attorneys, the Utah House, the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Utah State Bar. Swallow has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. At his nearly half-hour news conference Thursday, Swallow repeatedly accused the Utah House of launching a politically driven investigation and cited his concerns about the amount of public money they were spending. "I believe the investigation was calculated to make it very difficult for me to stay in office," he said. Swallow didn't specify why he thought the investigation was politically driven beyond saying that House investigators were falsely accusing him of not cooperating. He was at times defiant and even raised his voice slightly when defending himself or discussing the allegations against him. When he thanked his family and supporters and spoke of his time in office, he frequently paused between sentences and bit his lip. "If I truly am innocent, as I claim I am," Swallow said. "Today is truly a sad day in Utah because an election has been overturned." The scrutiny of Swallow began within days of his inauguration, when Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson accused him of arranging a plot to bribe U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Johnson was under investigation at the time and reached out to Swallow to use his connections with Reid to make the issue go away. Reid and Swallow both denied the allegation. Swallow said he simply connected Johnson with a Nevada payday-loan operator who could set Johnson up with lobbyists to plead his case. Johnson said he paid Check City founder Richard Rawle $250,000. He said some of that money was later funneled to Swallow. Legislators launched their investigation this summer. Thus far, investigators have talked with 140 witnesses and issued 15 subpoenas during the first three months of the inquiry, with the price tag nearing $1.5 million, said Rep. Jim Dunnigan, who chairs the bipartisan panel. Dunnigan and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart said late Thursday that the House investigation will continue, but they need to meet with their investigators to see if the scope will changed because of Swallow's resignation. Beyond the probes by the Utah lieutenant governor's office and the Utah House, Swallow has been the subject of several other investigations. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in September it had closed a bribery probe of Swallow and was not planning to file any charges. Two complaints against Swallow were lodged with the Utah State Bar. One of those complains was dismissed; another is pending. Swallow estimated he has so far spent about $300,000 of own money defending himself. Swallow easily won election last year to succeed the retiring Mark Shurtleff. He previously served as chief deputy attorney general and directed the civil division where he oversaw lawsuits against the federal health care reform. Swallow has previously run for office, losing in 2002 and 2004 to Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. He was a legislator from 1997 to 2002. The investigation could cause his election last year to be invalidated. Utah Democrats said late Thursday they would file a legal challenge over the Republican process to replace Swallow if a judge rules the election was invalid. "If that's the case, then this is not something that should be appointed by just a few people in a back room," said Matt Lyon, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. Lyon said Democrats would argue an election should be held before November. © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0

    Utah attorney general announces resignation in wake of bribery …

    Rick Bowmer / AP Utah Attorney General John Swallow speaks during a news conference on Thursday, in Salt Lake City. By Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced Thursday that he is stepping down amid multiple investigations of bribery and misconduct that have hounded him ever since he took office at the beginning of the year. Swallow discussed his resignation at a news conference as he vigorously denied breaking any laws and said the toll of the investigations had become too much for him and his family. "Now is the time for the madness to stop and for the state to move forward. The toll on my family, the toll on my office and the toll on our finances has been too much. It is time for it to stop." It marked a stunning fall for a politician who was elected with nearly two-thirds of the vote one year ago and seemingly had a bright political future. But within his first week in office, accusations surfaced that the Republican engaged in questionable financial dealings with a businessman under federal investigation for fraud. The allegations set off a series of investigations and calls for his resignation that were unusual in the squeaky clean world of Utah politics. Jeff Peterson, the executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said the party's central committee would recommend three candidates to replace Swallow. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert would then choose one of those candidates to fill the office until a special election could be held next November. Swallow's resignation is the first time a Utah attorney general has stepped down midterm, said Tim Chambless of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. The state has seen two governors resign, but both left for other political posts and not in scandal, he said. "Under these circumstances, this is unprecedented in Utah political history," Chambless said. Swallow has been accused of arranging a bribery plot and trading offers of protection in return for favors from several businessmen. He is also accused of failing to disclose business interests on campaign forms and violating attorney-client privilege while serving in the attorney general's office. He has been or is currently being investigated by the state elections office, two county attorneys, the Utah House, the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Utah State Bar. Swallow has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. At his nearly half-hour news conference Thursday, Swallow repeatedly accused the Utah House of launching a politically driven investigation and cited his concerns about the amount of public money they were spending. "I believe the investigation was calculated to make it very difficult for me to stay in office," he said. Swallow didn't specify why he thought the investigation was politically driven beyond saying that House investigators were falsely accusing him of not cooperating. He was at times defiant and even raised his voice slightly when defending himself or discussing the allegations against him. When he thanked his family and supporters and spoke of his time in office, he frequently paused between sentences and bit his lip. "If I truly am innocent, as I claim I am," Swallow said. "Today is truly a sad day in Utah because an election has been overturned." The scrutiny of Swallow began within days of his inauguration, when Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson accused him of arranging a plot to bribe U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Johnson was under investigation at the time and reached out to Swallow to use his connections with Reid to make the issue go away. Reid and Swallow both denied the allegation. Swallow said he simply connected Johnson with a Nevada payday-loan operator who could set Johnson up with lobbyists to plead his case. Johnson said he paid Check City founder Richard Rawle $250,000. He said some of that money was later funneled to Swallow. Legislators launched their investigation this summer. Thus far, investigators have talked with 140 witnesses and issued 15 subpoenas during the first three months of the inquiry, with the price tag nearing $1.5 million, said Rep. Jim Dunnigan, who chairs the bipartisan panel. Dunnigan and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart said late Thursday that the House investigation will continue, but they need to meet with their investigators to see if the scope will changed because of Swallow's resignation. Beyond the probes by the Utah lieutenant governor's office and the Utah House, Swallow has been the subject of several other investigations. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in September it had closed a bribery probe of Swallow and was not planning to file any charges. Two complaints against Swallow were lodged with the Utah State Bar. One of those complains was dismissed; another is pending. Swallow estimated he has so far spent about $300,000 of own money defending himself. Swallow easily won election last year to succeed the retiring Mark Shurtleff. He previously served as chief deputy attorney general and directed the civil division where he oversaw lawsuits against the federal health care reform. Swallow has previously run for office, losing in 2002 and 2004 to Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. He was a legislator from 1997 to 2002. The investigation could cause his election last year to be invalidated. Utah Democrats said late Thursday they would file a legal challenge over the Republican process to replace Swallow if a judge rules the election was invalid. "If that's the case, then this is not something that should be appointed by just a few people in a back room," said Matt Lyon, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. Lyon said Democrats would argue an election should be held before November. © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  •  it should be a given that the job of court reporter New Orleans become a highly in-demand job. This is because the said job is only given to those who are qualified. It is a challenging job that is why it will be good for those people who knows how to work hard. The said job will be offered to those who are reliable. For those who are looking for a chance to get this job, they will have to remember to gather the right documents necessary for the hiring. There are a bunch of papers that must be gathered and made before the person can actually send in an application. Without these papers, the person has no chance of getting hired. One of the most important documents that is important to have is the resume. This is something that the person can personally make. With the resume, the person is basically summarizing the qualifications, credits, and other similar skills that one possesses. It is important so learn the proper way to write it. First of all, it is only appropriate for the person to include personal information. This will then make up the personal profile in the resume. The person has to fill out the personal profile since this is the same as introducing one’s self to the employer. This section is where the company will get to know their applicants. There is surely a need to discuss about one’s educational background with the resume. For the educational background, the person will have to write down more about where one went to for primary, secondary, and tertiary education. One will also have to write down the achievements done during this time. Try to include one’s work experiences in this section. This section might not be useful for those people who have yet to experience working. However, this section will be beneficial to those who already have past employments. They can show off their past experiences in this section of the resume. It is true that people have at least one or two affiliations. Affiliations technically refers to those organizations, groups, or associations that one is a member of. Since the person has affiliations, make sure to include this in the resume too. It is good to cite affiliations that are relevant to the work industry one is in. There is also a need to list some references. The person’s resume should have some references which will basically contain the names of those who can provide a good feedback about one’s performance. With the reference list, it will be easy for the potential employer to know how good this applicant will be for the job. Be sure to write a cover letter as well. This is a separate part from the resume but one will need this when aiming to find a job as a court reporter New Orleans . The person should prepare a cover letter that will not lose out to the others. Make it as straightforward as possible so that the clients will take interest in it. You can visit the website www.gulfreporting.com for more helpful information about How To Write A Better Resume For A Court Reporter 0

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    it should be a given that the job of court reporter New Orleans become a highly in-demand job. This is because the said job is only given to those who are qualified. It is a challenging job that is why it will be good for those people who knows how to work hard. The said job will be offered to those who are reliable. For those who are looking for a chance to get this job, they will have to remember to gather the right documents necessary for the hiring. There are a bunch of papers that must be gathered and made before the person can actually send in an application. Without these papers, the person has no chance of getting hired. One of the most important documents that is important to have is the resume. This is something that the person can personally make. With the resume, the person is basically summarizing the qualifications, credits, and other similar skills that one possesses. It is important so learn the proper way to write it. First of all, it is only appropriate for the person to include personal information. This will then make up the personal profile in the resume. The person has to fill out the personal profile since this is the same as introducing one’s self to the employer. This section is where the company will get to know their applicants. There is surely a need to discuss about one’s educational background with the resume. For the educational background, the person will have to write down more about where one went to for primary, secondary, and tertiary education. One will also have to write down the achievements done during this time. Try to include one’s work experiences in this section. This section might not be useful for those people who have yet to experience working. However, this section will be beneficial to those who already have past employments. They can show off their past experiences in this section of the resume. It is true that people have at least one or two affiliations. Affiliations technically refers to those organizations, groups, or associations that one is a member of. Since the person has affiliations, make sure to include this in the resume too. It is good to cite affiliations that are relevant to the work industry one is in. There is also a need to list some references. The person’s resume should have some references which will basically contain the names of those who can provide a good feedback about one’s performance. With the reference list, it will be easy for the potential employer to know how good this applicant will be for the job. Be sure to write a cover letter as well. This is a separate part from the resume but one will need this when aiming to find a job as a court reporter New Orleans . The person should prepare a cover letter that will not lose out to the others. Make it as straightforward as possible so that the clients will take interest in it. You can visit the website www.gulfreporting.com for more helpful information about How To Write A Better Resume For A Court Reporter

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  • At 47 years old, Zachary Fardon becomes the next U.S. attorney of the northern district of Illinois. Surrounded by friends and family and a room full of political VIPS, as well as top notch lawyers, guest speakers took a few jabs 0

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    At 47 years old, Zachary Fardon becomes the next U.S. attorney of the northern district of Illinois. Surrounded by friends and family and a room full of political VIPS, as well as top notch lawyers, guest speakers took a few jabs

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  •  Posted November 25, 2013 Jameis Winston’s name was linked to a year-old sexual battery case. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual assault case, according to the Associated Press . Meggs’ statement finishes up a week in which attorneys for the Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, and his accuser exchanged contrasting statements on the alleged sexual assault. Winston’s attorney, Timothy Jansen, suggested that the player and the alleged victim may have had consensual sex. SI Wire: Jameis Winston’s attorney claims sex was consensual Jansen’s comments followed the release of results from a DNA report showing Winston’s DNA was found in the underwear of the accuser. Jansen said he was “not surprised” that the DNA was found and that he “anticipated” it would be discovered. The family of the alleged victim issued a statement disputing the sex with Winston was consensual. “To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was a rape,” the family said in the statement, released late Friday. Prosecutors have the DNA report and have also interviewed the victim. Meggs on Friday said that prosecutors — who have the DNA reports and have interviewed the victim — need to complete four or five elements to their investigation before coming to a decision. A day later, Meggs said that “not everything has fallen into place.” “I very seriously doubt that we will be finished by Thanksgiving,” Meggs said. “We still haven’t gotten everything we need to get.” Whether or not Winston is charged with a felony could — but not automatically — determine his status for the remainder of Florida State’s season. The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday that Winston may not be suspended automatically from the football team if he is charged with a felony because the FSU athletic department code of conduct includes a provision allowing for exceptions to the suspension rule. The Seminoles’ athletic policy manual reads: “In the event the student-athlete is charged with a felony, absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration, he/she will not be permitted to represent FSU Athletics in game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met.” The undefeated Seminoles — ranked No. 2 in the latest BCS poll — are scheduled to end their regular-season schedule next Saturday against Florida. The alleged sexual assault was first reported to police in December. The family said earlier this week that the victim did not know the identity of her attacker until early January, when she identified him as Winston. 0

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    Posted November 25, 2013 Jameis Winston’s name was linked to a year-old sexual battery case. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual assault case, according to the Associated Press . Meggs’ statement finishes up a week in which attorneys for the Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, and his accuser exchanged contrasting statements on the alleged sexual assault. Winston’s attorney, Timothy Jansen, suggested that the player and the alleged victim may have had consensual sex. SI Wire: Jameis Winston’s attorney claims sex was consensual Jansen’s comments followed the release of results from a DNA report showing Winston’s DNA was found in the underwear of the accuser. Jansen said he was “not surprised” that the DNA was found and that he “anticipated” it would be discovered. The family of the alleged victim issued a statement disputing the sex with Winston was consensual. “To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was a rape,” the family said in the statement, released late Friday. Prosecutors have the DNA report and have also interviewed the victim. Meggs on Friday said that prosecutors — who have the DNA reports and have interviewed the victim — need to complete four or five elements to their investigation before coming to a decision. A day later, Meggs said that “not everything has fallen into place.” “I very seriously doubt that we will be finished by Thanksgiving,” Meggs said. “We still haven’t gotten everything we need to get.” Whether or not Winston is charged with a felony could — but not automatically — determine his status for the remainder of Florida State’s season. The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday that Winston may not be suspended automatically from the football team if he is charged with a felony because the FSU athletic department code of conduct includes a provision allowing for exceptions to the suspension rule. The Seminoles’ athletic policy manual reads: “In the event the student-athlete is charged with a felony, absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration, he/she will not be permitted to represent FSU Athletics in game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met.” The undefeated Seminoles — ranked No. 2 in the latest BCS poll — are scheduled to end their regular-season schedule next Saturday against Florida. The alleged sexual assault was first reported to police in December. The family said earlier this week that the victim did not know the identity of her attacker until early January, when she identified him as Winston.

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  •  A teacher who slipped while avoiding a slice of HAM and another who tumbled on a pen lid are among dozens of bizarre compensation payouts made by schools, it emerged yesterday (Weds). The teacher scooped £17,000 after side-stepping the meat slice on the dinner hall floor and slipping on “something gooey”. One council had to shell out £83,000 after an eight-year legal battle over a teacher who tripped on a football net. The payouts are among £150,000 paid by councils in the Bristol area for school compensation claims. Matthew Sinclair of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Education chiefs must resist the creeping compensation culture that is to be found in too many schools these days.” South Gloucestershire Council found itself embroiled in an eight-year legal battle of the football net fall which ended in a four day court hearing. The teacher got his foot caught in a loose goal net and was demanding £30,000 in compensation – but was handed just £619.50. But because the council was judged to be partly to blame for the accident it was forced to pay £82,070 in legal fees, including the cost of the claimant’s solicitors. The money was paid in 2011-12, eight years after the accident at the undisclosed South Gloucestershire school in 2004. Council spokesman Dominic Moody said: “The council contested the claim on the basis that the teacher had been negligent of their personal health and safety. “The judge found that not only was the claimant 50 per cent responsible for their own accident but the injuries were far less serious than claimed, resulting in a compensation payment of only £619.50, significantly less than the £30,000 originally claimed. “The bulk of the costs were the claimant’s solicitors’ fees which, in spite of our success in the case, were awarded, in their entirety, against the council. “Under the old regulations, the costs followed the case, regardless of contributory negligence being found on the part of the claimant. “This particular case ran for eight years with four days in court, hence the high level of costs, and, as the council were found contributory negligent, the costs were awarded in their entirety against the council.” He added that reforms introduced at the end of July this year meant that in future cases, such “disparity of costs compared to damages” should not happen again. North Somerset Council has dealt with 35 claims made by teachers, support staff and pupils between 2008 and 2013 relating to incidents in its schools. A teacher at Backwell School, in Backwell, won £17,000 in compensation after she sidestepped a piece of ham on the floor in the lunch hall but then slipped on “something gooey”. At St Katherine’s School, in Pill, a pupil was awarded £15,719 after he cut his knee open on a protruding paving slab. The youngster was running towards the school’s playing fields with his classmates to play rugby when he slipped on wet leaves and fell down a grass bank. A pupil at Worle School, Weston-super-Mare, was awarded £9,666 after he slipped on a wet floor in his tutor room and landed on his elbow, causing it to fracture. At St Martin’s School, in Worle, a pupil was handed £12,442 after suffering burns to one of their arms while working with a teacher to build a wooden rocket. The youngster said the teacher had refilled a glue gun and pumped it, causing the substance to drip on to the unnamed pupil’s arm, causing burns. Other recent claims in South Gloucestershire include one by a teaching assistant who fractured her foot after catching her shoe on an uneven playground surface while loading waste into a skip. In February 2011, she received £2,800 in compensation and the council had to pay a further £7,500 to cover the claimant’s legal fees. Bristol City Council said it could not supply details of compensation claims made by teaching staff and students in the last few years because it could lead to the disclosure of personal data, Hilda Kalap, spokeswoman for the authority, said: “We have only had one successful compensation claim made by teaching staff against the council over the last five years.” The total claimed by tripping teachers and slipping students in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire was £148,127. Matthew Sinclair of pressure group TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Education chiefs must resist the creeping compensation culture that is to be found in too many schools these days.” But NASUWT teaching union general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is a myth that compensation is easy to obtain.” Category : News 0

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    A teacher who slipped while avoiding a slice of HAM and another who tumbled on a pen lid are among dozens of bizarre compensation payouts made by schools, it emerged yesterday (Weds). The teacher scooped £17,000 after side-stepping the meat slice on the dinner hall floor and slipping on “something gooey”. One council had to shell out £83,000 after an eight-year legal battle over a teacher who tripped on a football net. The payouts are among £150,000 paid by councils in the Bristol area for school compensation claims. Matthew Sinclair of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Education chiefs must resist the creeping compensation culture that is to be found in too many schools these days.” South Gloucestershire Council found itself embroiled in an eight-year legal battle of the football net fall which ended in a four day court hearing. The teacher got his foot caught in a loose goal net and was demanding £30,000 in compensation – but was handed just £619.50. But because the council was judged to be partly to blame for the accident it was forced to pay £82,070 in legal fees, including the cost of the claimant’s solicitors. The money was paid in 2011-12, eight years after the accident at the undisclosed South Gloucestershire school in 2004. Council spokesman Dominic Moody said: “The council contested the claim on the basis that the teacher had been negligent of their personal health and safety. “The judge found that not only was the claimant 50 per cent responsible for their own accident but the injuries were far less serious than claimed, resulting in a compensation payment of only £619.50, significantly less than the £30,000 originally claimed. “The bulk of the costs were the claimant’s solicitors’ fees which, in spite of our success in the case, were awarded, in their entirety, against the council. “Under the old regulations, the costs followed the case, regardless of contributory negligence being found on the part of the claimant. “This particular case ran for eight years with four days in court, hence the high level of costs, and, as the council were found contributory negligent, the costs were awarded in their entirety against the council.” He added that reforms introduced at the end of July this year meant that in future cases, such “disparity of costs compared to damages” should not happen again. North Somerset Council has dealt with 35 claims made by teachers, support staff and pupils between 2008 and 2013 relating to incidents in its schools. A teacher at Backwell School, in Backwell, won £17,000 in compensation after she sidestepped a piece of ham on the floor in the lunch hall but then slipped on “something gooey”. At St Katherine’s School, in Pill, a pupil was awarded £15,719 after he cut his knee open on a protruding paving slab. The youngster was running towards the school’s playing fields with his classmates to play rugby when he slipped on wet leaves and fell down a grass bank. A pupil at Worle School, Weston-super-Mare, was awarded £9,666 after he slipped on a wet floor in his tutor room and landed on his elbow, causing it to fracture. At St Martin’s School, in Worle, a pupil was handed £12,442 after suffering burns to one of their arms while working with a teacher to build a wooden rocket. The youngster said the teacher had refilled a glue gun and pumped it, causing the substance to drip on to the unnamed pupil’s arm, causing burns. Other recent claims in South Gloucestershire include one by a teaching assistant who fractured her foot after catching her shoe on an uneven playground surface while loading waste into a skip. In February 2011, she received £2,800 in compensation and the council had to pay a further £7,500 to cover the claimant’s legal fees. Bristol City Council said it could not supply details of compensation claims made by teaching staff and students in the last few years because it could lead to the disclosure of personal data, Hilda Kalap, spokeswoman for the authority, said: “We have only had one successful compensation claim made by teaching staff against the council over the last five years.” The total claimed by tripping teachers and slipping students in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire was £148,127. Matthew Sinclair of pressure group TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Education chiefs must resist the creeping compensation culture that is to be found in too many schools these days.” But NASUWT teaching union general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is a myth that compensation is easy to obtain.” Category : News

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  •  In this competitive legal market, employers are bombarded with resumes. In most cases, they do no have the time or manpower to give resumes more than a cursory two-minute glance to make an initial determination. What does this mean for your resume? The formatting on your lawyer resume should be impeccable to give the reader an immediate positive impression. You should also consider submitting a single page lawyer resume; shortening the length of your resume could give you a better chance of being read and considered. The Benefits of the Single Page Lawyer Resume When limiting the length of your lawyer resume to one page, you are forced to provide a precise and concise document that focuses specifically on the skills and experience a potential employer is looking for. In other words, you have to make the document more targeted, get rid of old, irrelevant, or extraneous information that could be cluttering your resume. The result could mean a more impactful resume. If you are a recent graduate, a law student, or a lawyer who has only worked for one employer, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be an easy task. If on the other hand you are an experienced lawyer, or one that has made several transitions, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be a tall order. In that case, you may need an additional page. However, you can still enjoy the benefits of the “single page” lawyer resume format if you capture the most relevant information on the first page of your resume. In other words, you should aim to include your education and entire work history – or most relevant work history – onto the first page of your lawyer resume. To know what is “most relevant” to include on that first page of your resume, assume that a potential employer never sees the second page. This will allow you to determine whether the information included is sufficient to provide an employer with a good understanding of your skills and qualifications. Constructing the Single Page Lawyer Resume Your single page lawyer resume should be highly organized to include the following sections: * Name and contact information. You should include you name, mailing address, at least one telephone number, and a private email address. If you have a good LinkedIn profile, you may want to include it there as well (See “Optimizing Contact Information On Your Legal Resume” for more information about using your contact information effectively). * Education. You should list the schools of higher education you attended in reverse chronological order. One of the most common questions asked by lawyers who are writing their legal resumes is whether to include their legal education at the top or bottom of the resume. If you have been out of law school three years or less, you should consider placing your education at the top of your resume (See “Top 20 Legal Resume Writing Tips” for more information on this topic). * Work History. Here you should list all of the jobs you’ve held, and try to limit them to law-related positions, unless you are a recent graduate of law student. Begin with the full legal name of the company, law firm or organization you have worked for, provide your full title, as well as your dates of employment, and the city and state where you practiced. Finally, provide a short description of the worked you performed, your responsibilities, and various accomplishments. Use active verbs to set off each sentence, keep them very brief and to the point, and list them with bullets if you have enough space (See “Using Active Verbs in Your Legal Resume”). * Bar Admission. Your lawyer resume should always include a separate bar admission section. If you are short on space you can include professional associations in this section as well. Be sure to include the year of admission for each jurisdiction you were admitted to. Information that you can easily omit on your resume is “references available upon request” citations, and personal hobbies (e.g. reading, knitting, gardening etc.). Because the modern resume is a marketing tool, it’s best to keep personal interests, hobbies, and other non-essential materials for the interview process. If you are keen on listing organizations, affiliations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities on your legal resume, only list those that are relevant to your practice as a legal professional, or that are directly related to your targeted job. Again, if it’s not related to your practice or the position, do not include it. Single Page Lawyer Resume Sample Here is a single page lawyer resume sample that contains all of the features we’ve mentioned: JOHN B. DOE 555 N. Westminster Road • New York, NY 20021 • (212) 555-555 • EXPERIENCE: Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, NY Litigation Associate, September 2003 – Present Summer Associate, Summer 2002 * Represented clients on a wide variety of litigation matters including securities, breach of contract, unfair business practices, product liability, professional malpractice, and aviation. * Handled arbitration matters involving claims of securities fraud, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract on behalf major financial institutions and brokers. * Assisted in government contract matters relating to municipal law, contract and procurement, transportation, and infrastructure development. New York Supreme Court, Nassau County, NY Intern for the Honorable Phillip B. Connor, January – March 2003 * Conducted legal research on a variety of substantive and procedural issues with an emphasis on commercial litigation matters, drafted memoranda, and attended oral arguments. United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Albany, NY Intern for the Honorable Geoffrey E. Peterson, June – August 2001 * Performed legal research, reviewed and evaluated pleadings and motions, and assisted Judge in drafting opinions and bench memoranda. EDUCATION: Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, NY Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2003 * Notes and Comments Editor, Cornell Law Review New York University, New York, NY Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History, May 1999 * Vice-President, Asian-American Student Association ADMISSION: New York (2003) Releted Article : More Product Here My Product Listing Online Power & Hand tools for shopping Power & Hand tools List 0

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    In this competitive legal market, employers are bombarded with resumes. In most cases, they do no have the time or manpower to give resumes more than a cursory two-minute glance to make an initial determination. What does this mean for your resume? The formatting on your lawyer resume should be impeccable to give the reader an immediate positive impression. You should also consider submitting a single page lawyer resume; shortening the length of your resume could give you a better chance of being read and considered. The Benefits of the Single Page Lawyer Resume When limiting the length of your lawyer resume to one page, you are forced to provide a precise and concise document that focuses specifically on the skills and experience a potential employer is looking for. In other words, you have to make the document more targeted, get rid of old, irrelevant, or extraneous information that could be cluttering your resume. The result could mean a more impactful resume. If you are a recent graduate, a law student, or a lawyer who has only worked for one employer, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be an easy task. If on the other hand you are an experienced lawyer, or one that has made several transitions, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be a tall order. In that case, you may need an additional page. However, you can still enjoy the benefits of the “single page” lawyer resume format if you capture the most relevant information on the first page of your resume. In other words, you should aim to include your education and entire work history – or most relevant work history – onto the first page of your lawyer resume. To know what is “most relevant” to include on that first page of your resume, assume that a potential employer never sees the second page. This will allow you to determine whether the information included is sufficient to provide an employer with a good understanding of your skills and qualifications. Constructing the Single Page Lawyer Resume Your single page lawyer resume should be highly organized to include the following sections: * Name and contact information. You should include you name, mailing address, at least one telephone number, and a private email address. If you have a good LinkedIn profile, you may want to include it there as well (See “Optimizing Contact Information On Your Legal Resume” for more information about using your contact information effectively). * Education. You should list the schools of higher education you attended in reverse chronological order. One of the most common questions asked by lawyers who are writing their legal resumes is whether to include their legal education at the top or bottom of the resume. If you have been out of law school three years or less, you should consider placing your education at the top of your resume (See “Top 20 Legal Resume Writing Tips” for more information on this topic). * Work History. Here you should list all of the jobs you’ve held, and try to limit them to law-related positions, unless you are a recent graduate of law student. Begin with the full legal name of the company, law firm or organization you have worked for, provide your full title, as well as your dates of employment, and the city and state where you practiced. Finally, provide a short description of the worked you performed, your responsibilities, and various accomplishments. Use active verbs to set off each sentence, keep them very brief and to the point, and list them with bullets if you have enough space (See “Using Active Verbs in Your Legal Resume”). * Bar Admission. Your lawyer resume should always include a separate bar admission section. If you are short on space you can include professional associations in this section as well. Be sure to include the year of admission for each jurisdiction you were admitted to. Information that you can easily omit on your resume is “references available upon request” citations, and personal hobbies (e.g. reading, knitting, gardening etc.). Because the modern resume is a marketing tool, it’s best to keep personal interests, hobbies, and other non-essential materials for the interview process. If you are keen on listing organizations, affiliations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities on your legal resume, only list those that are relevant to your practice as a legal professional, or that are directly related to your targeted job. Again, if it’s not related to your practice or the position, do not include it. Single Page Lawyer Resume Sample Here is a single page lawyer resume sample that contains all of the features we’ve mentioned: JOHN B. DOE 555 N. Westminster Road • New York, NY 20021 • (212) 555-555 • EXPERIENCE: Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, NY Litigation Associate, September 2003 – Present Summer Associate, Summer 2002 * Represented clients on a wide variety of litigation matters including securities, breach of contract, unfair business practices, product liability, professional malpractice, and aviation. * Handled arbitration matters involving claims of securities fraud, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract on behalf major financial institutions and brokers. * Assisted in government contract matters relating to municipal law, contract and procurement, transportation, and infrastructure development. New York Supreme Court, Nassau County, NY Intern for the Honorable Phillip B. Connor, January – March 2003 * Conducted legal research on a variety of substantive and procedural issues with an emphasis on commercial litigation matters, drafted memoranda, and attended oral arguments. United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Albany, NY Intern for the Honorable Geoffrey E. Peterson, June – August 2001 * Performed legal research, reviewed and evaluated pleadings and motions, and assisted Judge in drafting opinions and bench memoranda. EDUCATION: Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, NY Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2003 * Notes and Comments Editor, Cornell Law Review New York University, New York, NY Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History, May 1999 * Vice-President, Asian-American Student Association ADMISSION: New York (2003) Releted Article : More Product Here My Product Listing Online Power & Hand tools for shopping Power & Hand tools List

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