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UK/US Update: Former DLA Piper partner up for fraud; Linklaters goes green

UK/US Update: Former DLA Piper partner up for fraud; Linklaters goes green

LAW STUDENT NUMBERS SOARA RECORD number of students have been accepted into UK law courses this year, according to figures published by the admissions service UCAS. As reported by The Lawyer,…

LAW STUDENT NUMBERS SOAR

A RECORD number of students have been accepted into UK law courses this year, according to figures published by the admissions service UCAS.

As reported by The Lawyer, 18,394 students have had their places confirmed in law schools across the UK - an increase of 1.2 per cent on last year. This makes law the most popular subject for students entering postgraduate education.

FORMER DLA PIPER PARTNER UP FOR FRAUD

A FORMER DLA Piper partner is facing forgery charges, according to The American Lawyer. Rudy Lim, who left DLA to open a Singapore office for US firm Duane Morris, has been accused of falsely inflating his pay at DLA to obtain a better salary offer at Duane.

Morris allegedly forged a payroll statement showing that his monthly drawings at DLA were $65,000 ($71,300) instead of $25,000.

US LEGAL BLOG SUED BY PROFESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF Miami law professor Donald Marvin Jones is suing law blog abovethelaw.com, legalweek.com reports. Jones was arrested for soliciting an undercover officer for sex. The blog covered the story in a series of posts, dubbing Jones "The Nutty Professor". Jones alleges that the posts were racist and invaded his privacy. He is seeking $22 million in damages.

US FIRM'S CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN AFTER 20 YEARS

FOR THE first time in 20 years, US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has elected a new chairman, legalweek.com reports. Taking up the role is James Maiwurm, who has been the firm's global managing partner since 2003, replacing Thomas Stanton, who has held the position since 1990.

Stanton was ineligible for re-election because of a clause in the firm's partnership agreement.

LINKLATERS SCRAPS BROCHURES TO GO GREEN

In a salute to the environment, Linklaters is considering scrapping its hard copy graduate recruitment brochures, but only if students like the idea.

As reported by The Lawyer, the firm will decide whether to get rid of the 7,500 brochures over the next six to eight months, after it has gauged student reaction. The firm has also done away with law fair freebies this year, donating the money to charity instead.

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