University of Pittsburgh Law School http://wesa.fm en New Law Firm Aims To Help Clients Of Modest Means http://wesa.fm/post/new-law-firm-aims-help-clients-modest-means <p>Legal help can be expensive, but a new law firm in Pittsburgh has a mission of serving clients of modest means.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fair Shake, an environmental legal service located on Butler St., had its grand opening Thursday.</span></p><p>The firm provides legal services to the tri-state area for issues such as community health, environmental protection and cleanup and development.</p><p>Emily Collins, the executive director, said she got the idea for the firm when she was a clinical assistant professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 29682 at http://wesa.fm The Innovation Practice Institute Innovates Law School Education http://wesa.fm/post/innovation-practice-institute-innovates-law-school-education <p>As our technology evolves and the economy becomes increasingly entrepreneurial, the role of the lawyer and law school is changing.</p><p>Stephanie Dangel, Executive Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/ipi">Innovation Practice Institute </a>says with the changing economy, 40% of lawyers are not currently practicing law, and 30% of students in law school do not intend to be lawyers. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:48:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22997 at http://wesa.fm The Innovation Practice Institute Innovates Law School Education The Low Income Legal Dilemma http://wesa.fm/post/low-income-legal-dilemma <p>It may come as a shock to those who think that there are too many lawyers, but many Americans cannot get their legal needs met. That's because many can not afford legal representation and don’t qualify for legal services.</p><p>In fact, according to <a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/">University of Pittsburgh Law</a> Professor David Harris, 80% of Americans who have legal needs can not find help.</p><p>“Even if you just look at the people who come into legal services offices, for every one person served, one person is turned away."</p><p>While the issue of cost of legal representation is well known, Barbara Griffin, coordinator for <a href="http://www.pittsburghprobono.org/">the Pro Bono Center</a> of the <a href="http://www.acbf.org/">Allegheny County Bar Foundation</a>, points out that due to funding cuts in community legal service centers, and the present economy, there are more people in need of aid than lawyers to serve them. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:42:06 +0000 Nick Frost 17760 at http://wesa.fm The Low Income Legal Dilemma Montgomery County Marriage Licenses Challenged in Court http://wesa.fm/post/montgomery-county-marriage-licenses-challenged-court <p>Officials in Montgomery County have issued more than 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and currently Pennsylvania has a law that deems same-sex marriage illegal.</p><p>The question many are asking is what will happen to these marriage licenses? Jules Lobel, a constitutional law Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, attempts to give some insight on the marriage licenses. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:44:26 +0000 Nick Frost 15981 at http://wesa.fm Montgomery County Marriage Licenses Challenged in Court Internships: Drawing the Line Between Experience & Exploitation http://wesa.fm/post/internships-drawing-line-between-experience-exploitation <p>Is scoring the ideal unpaid internship a boon or a financial burden for college students looking to break into the job market? A recent ruling by a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/business/judge-rules-for-interns-who-sued-fox-searchlight.html?_r=0">New York court</a> against Fox Searchlight Pictures over their misuse of interns has many questioning the value of doing unpaid work for credit or experience. And leaving employers wondering what sort of labor they can ask an intern to do.</p><p>According to Ben Bratman, an associate professor who specializes in employment law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, what separates an unpaid internship from exploitation is the learning element. While making copies from time to time isn’t illegal, what some firms are guilty of is using interns “to replace what an employee would normally do.” Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:25:17 +0000 John Lavanga 13350 at http://wesa.fm Internships: Drawing the Line Between Experience & Exploitation The Legality of DNA Swab Testing After Arrest http://wesa.fm/post/legality-dna-swab-testing-after-arrest <p></p><p></p><p>In a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/justice/supreme-court-dna-tests">5-4 majority</a>, the United States Supreme Court concluded suspects can be subjected to a police <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57587331/supreme-court-says-police-can-take-dna-swabs-after-arrest/">DNA test</a> after arrest and before trial and conviction. DNA samples would go into a national database and could possible be used to solve "cold cases."&nbsp;However, it calls into question the issue of personal privacy vs. public safety.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11743 at http://wesa.fm The Legality of DNA Swab Testing After Arrest Breaking Down the Steubenville Verdict http://wesa.fm/post/breaking-down-steubenville-verdict <p></p><p>On Sunday, a verdict was announced in the rape case of two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio. University of Pittsburgh law professor, <strong>David Harris</strong> breaks down the details of the verdict and the role of social media in the case.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:39:58 +0000 Heather McClain 3505 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down the Steubenville Verdict