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Select Resources for the Soon-To-Be Solo or Small Firm Practitioner

By the numbers, solo and small firms are the places to be. According to statistics from the National Association for Law Placement (NALP, for short), employment patterns for recent law school graduates entering private practice have trended toward small and solo firms in recent years. ABA demographics suggest that regardless of where they get their start, half of all private practice attorneys in the U.S. become solo practitioners. Still, the prospect of practicing with few or no in-house mentors can be daunting. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources in the law library and on the Web to help. Here are a few to get you started: Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be by Carolyn Elefant (Call No. KF300.E42 2011): This book contains insights into the decision to become a solo practitioner as well as strategies for successfully managing a one-attorney firm. Small Firms, Big Opportunity: How To Get Hired by Linda Calvert Hanson and Samantha C…

Access Bloomberg Law Reports from the New Bloomberg Law App

Bloomberg Law recently released a new app that is available for both Apple and Android devices. This app will allows users to access Bloomberg Law reports including Bloomberg BNA publications such as the Environment Reporter and Daily Tax Report. Users first need to log on to the Bloomberg Law database and take the following steps:
Click the "BNA Law Reports" link from the main search pageClick "Manage E-mail Notifications" from the right side of the pageChoose from the list of publications by subject and click the "set notification" link for the publication(s) selectedAccess the app to read the articles from the publication(s) selected Law students and faculty can access the Bloomberg Law database by clicking "Register a Law School Account" from the Bloomberg Law website (make sure to use your UH Cougarnet e-mail address when registering).

New Justice Index from the National Center for Access to Justice

Laws of Mardi Gras

Today, on March 4, 2014, the Mardi Gras festival is occurring across the state border in Louisiana.  For any of our neighbors interested in the laws applicable to their celebration, for any Houston residents planning to travel to New Orleans to join in, or far anyone simply interested in the law as it relates to Mardi Gras, the following legal resources may be of interest:
Mardi Gras is a state holiday in parts of Louisiana as per La. Rev. Stat. § 1:55(A)(3).
To celebrate Mardi Gras, the normal rule against wearing festival masks in public is waived by La. Rev. Stat. § 14:313(C)(2) (except for sex offenders).  Setting up ladders to get a better view of passing parades is permissible, but for the first time this year ladders must remain at least six feet from the curb and may not be chained together to reserve sitting room; to find out more, read Chapter 34 of the New Orleans Municipal Code, the entirety of which is devoted to regulating the Mardi Gras celebration.
Anyone hop…