Back to school: Leigh Jones reports that slashed school budgets, combined with social factors including Internet harassment, school violence and employee discontent, have made the work of attorneys who represent the nearly 14,000 school districts nationwide increasingly complicated — even as billable hour rates for legal services have lagged.
Party animals: Todd Ruger reports on what lobbyists and lawyers were up to last week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He also explored what clues the conventions held as to the various legal issues at play in this year's presidential election, from judicial nominations to lobbying reform.
F-bomb in court: Did dropping the f-bomb in a courtroom warrant criminal contempt proceedings for a pro se litigant in South Carolina? Mike Scarcella reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is weighing a case that explores how far a judge can go in curbing expression in a courtroom.
A D.C. gun law for tourists?: Zoe Tillman reports on legislation before the D.C. Council that would give prosecutors discretion to give non-D.C. residents the option of a civil penalty for violating certain local gun laws. Lawyers say city officials have tried to walk a fine line in recent years between respecting gun owners' rights and protecting public safety.