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The LGBT Bar Criticizes ALJ.   We Respond.

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

The National LGBT Bar Association in Washington, D.C. "demanded an apology" on behalf of itself and our guests for a recent program. We– and several key guests– begged to differ. ▶︎

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BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Lawyers for Simon Tam and rock group The Slants abandon the "reappropriation" argument before the U.S. Supreme court, betting everything on the First Amendment. (3:03)

'WILD WEST' OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS (Lawyer's Cut)

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New caselaw— Tincher, specifically— makes this area of practice wildly unpredictable. Watch this ‘Lawyer’s Cut’ to get the full picture. (38:11)


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    Northampton County, PA District Attorney
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    Former Chief Judge
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CHRISTOPHER CULLETON ON NURSING HOME ARBITRATION

SWARTZ CULLETON

A federal court blocked Medicaid's new rule cutting off funding for facilities that required arbitration clauses in residents' contracts. Is arbitration really a simpler, swifter and more cost effective way to settle disputes? Or does it keep abuse and neglect from the public eye? Watch Attorney Culleton "Nursing Home Abuse, Litigation & Arbitration."

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ROBERTA LIEBENBERG HONORED WITH ABA AWARD

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The American Bar Association honored Roberta Liebenberg with the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award. The ABA recognized her for leadership positions in organizations focusing on the advancement of women in the legal profession, and class actions, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. Watch her on "Equal Pay For Women: Still Waiting?"

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In recognition of the Support Center for Child Advocates' 40th anniversary, The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine interviewed SCCA's Executive Director in 10 Questions for Frank Cervone. Cervone discusses at what point courts typically bring in an advocate, "High Conflict Custody: Abusive, Addicted, Mentally Unstable Ex's."

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