A selection of the week's most interesting law-related articles from across the globe.
Non-lawyer Robert Vitaglione has represented thousands of clients in New York"s federal immigration courts, until the powers that be ruled this New York priest was no longer fit to handle cases. The New York Times examines the role of "accredited specialists" in the justice system.
|Priest"s Former Caseload Exposes Holes in Immigration Courts For more than three decades, Robert Vitaglione never turned down a client, representing thousands of immigrants in New York's overburdened federal immigration courts. But he is not a lawyer. He is a Roman Catholic priest without formal legal training or supervision - and it showed. |
"I consider myself an entrepreneur first and lawyer second," says Jay Mandel, founder of innovative online legal service provider LawPivot. Bloomberg Businessweek profiles the man changing the way lawyers do business.
|LawPivot's Jay Mandal, Startup Counsel - BusinessWeek Jay Mandal Gabriela Hasbun for Bloomberg Businessweek In Silicon Valley, there's a vocabulary of asceticism: "ramen-profitable" and "bootstrapping" are terms to live by for young companies that need to make every dollar count. It's hard to scrimp on legal fees, however. Incorporating a company or raising venture capital requires professional legal advice that can cost thousands of dollars. |
News Corp shareholders are preparing for a legal fight in the wake of the News of The World hacking scandal, reports The Guardian.
|News Corp shareholders attack Murdoch | Media | The Guardian A powerful group of News Corp's shareholders have accused Rupert Murdoch of "egregious" behaviour and treating his media empire like a "family candy jar". The shareholder group, which includes banks and pension funds, accused Murdoch of "rampant nepotism" and using News Corp resources for "his own personal and political objectives". |
Meet Joe Levin, a private investigator with a difference... in this profile by The New York Times.
|The Private Eye Wears a Skullcap and Tzitzit Dave Sanders for The New York Times JOE LEVIN, a private investigator in Brooklyn, was waiting to meet a new client in the parking lot of a kosher supermarket in Borough Park one recent morning. |