By Jaime Bochet
Of the Legal Staff
Welcome to your Monday morning round-up of stories in today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer. Click the links below to access stories directly, or head to The Legal homepage. (Some stories may require registration or a paid subscription.)
Leading the front page this morning, U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Shannon P. Duffy has an interview with Reginald T. Shuford, the new executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Also available on our website as a complement to the article is a videotaped portion of the interview -- simply click here to view it, or head to the homepage and click on "Featured Video."
Sharing the top of the page, senior reporter Gina Passarella has the localized results of the AmLaw's midlevel associates survey. According to Gina, "The bulk of Pennsylvania firms did a better job keeping their midlevel associates happy this year than they did last year. That comes amid a national picture that presented the lowest associate satisfaction score since 2004, according to the magazine’s 2011 Associates Survey."
Below the fold, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that a Philadelphia judge has ruled the $27.6 million awarded to a woman and her husband who said she was injured while taking part in a promotional video for an artificial knee implant should not be reduced.
Reporter Zack Needles has today's Page 3 Regional News story, reporting that Philadelphia-based Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin is now Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, marking the firm's first name change since its founding in 1994.
Today's Page 5 "Family Law" column is by Albert Momjian of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, who asserts that while family law may not make the practitioner a multimillionaire, it certainly is fascinating. Sometimes the facts of the cases are more unusual than the fiction created by soap opera writers. Sometimes the issues are more interesting than the tests created by law school professors.
Page 7 is where you'll find a "Commentary" article from our San Francisco affiliate, The Recorder. Frank H. Wu of Hastings College of Law writes, "I remain convinced that a Juris Doctor degree is an advisable investment. I'd like to explain why. I know, of course, that as a law school dean I have an interest in the matter, yet I have the role that I do because I believe in the professional training we offer and not vice versa."
Have questions or comments about any of today's stories, or our coverage as a whole? E-mail me or any of the reporters directly. We hope you'll enjoy today's Legal!