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Another ethics opinion, another OK for cloud computing (access required)

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In March, Virginia joined the growing number of jurisdictions that have addressed the ethical issues presented by lawyers who use cloud computing in their practices and/or practice law from a virtual office. Why are so many ethics committees suddenly addressing these issues? Well, it’s because lawyers are increasingly using cloud computing platforms in their law practices and opening up virtual law offices (made possible by virtue of cloud computing technologies).

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Will Obama’s proposals rein in patent trolls? (access required)

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The Obama administration has announced five executive actions and seven legislative proposals aimed at holding back the tsunami of litigation by patent trolls, and lawyers are weighing in on whether the recommendations will wall off the tidal waves or merely be sandbags on the shore. “These are more symbolic, [rather] than having a meaningful impact,” said Anthony Biller, an intellectual property lawyer at Coats + Bennett in Cary, N.C.

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SC in middle of pack for new-lawyer hiring (access required)

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South Carolina isn’t the worst place in the country for a law grad seeking an entry-level position. That dubious distinction, if you believe the Law School Tuition Bubble blog, belongs to Mississippi, where there were 10.53 law grads for every job in 2011. The Palmetto State clocked in at No. 22, with 2.09 grads per job.

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Foster home sex abuse suits keep coming (access required)

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A Camden attorney who has carved out a niche representing plaintiffs who say they were abused while in foster care has gained backing from the national organization Children’s Rights in a new far-reaching lawsuit against Gov. Nikki Haley and a long list of social services staff.

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Teeth whitening ruling weakens antitrust shield (access required)

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A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a dispute over teeth whitening has exposed just about every occupational regulatory board in the Carolinas, including the N.C. State Bar, to federal antitrust attacks. The S.C. Bar may be less affected, however, as regulation of lawyers in the Palmetto State is handled by the Supreme Court, rather than by lawyers themselves.

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In the name of the father (access required)

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Children are precocious, and most parents have had the unpleasant experience of forking over cash to clean up a mess that junior has caused. But today a quarter of the nation’s twenty-somethings live at home with their parents, and bigger kids have bigger calamities, often alcohol-related. Thus, the South Carolina Supreme Court had to consider the extent of one father’s liability for his grown son’s damage—and came up with an answer that may give full-nesters even further cause for worry.

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In defense of student privacy (access required)

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When tragedy strikes, rational judgment becomes vulnerable to passions of anger, sadness and fear. Any grade-schooler knows that an accused in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. But read the news after revelation of a horrific crime, and the ordering of American values seems fuzzy.

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