—Manatt has let 17 attorneys and 8 staff go. Allen Matkins is lowering wages. Delayed starts for incoming associates at Arent Fox. More at Above the Law.
—Connie Keel is to be free after being imprisoned for 29 years for her part in a murder of a liquor store owner by her abusive husband. USC law student Adam Reich helped free her. SF Gate, Daily Trojan, CBS2.
—The law of sexting? According to Sentencing Law and Policy, a niche awaits the right attorney, expert, or professor. "Any new or aspiring law professor might do well to start a sexting law and policy blog. The combination of issues here—involving juvenile sexuality and criminality, severe child porn laws, new technologies, legal uncertainty and prosecutorial discretion, and constitutional law —all but ensures that sexting topics will draw lots of legal and social attention for quite some time." The blog also has the story of plea deal that includes a resurrection clause.
—According to a press release, "Seven years ago, Paul Young was a plumber living in Pasadena with a case winding through the legal system after a long time employee embezzled a significant amount of money from his company. Young was faced with potentially closing his plumbing company started by his grandfather....He then heard about Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) School of Law....Over the next four years, Young attend the live classes as often as he could but would also download the lectures, burn them to CDs, and listen to them in his truck as he drove to various plumbing jobs....After graduating and being admitted to the California Bar in November, Young....is growing his own personal collection law practice, the Law Office of Paul Young, which he started last November."
—The Metropolitan News lists new California Judicial appointments. In Los Angeles, attorney Mark A. Borenstein of Overland Borenstein Scheper & Kim and Deputy District Attorney Christian R. Gullon have received appointments.