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Note: If you are interested in an internship instead of full-time employment, visit our legal internships page. Legal Administrative Position Price Benowitz LLP is currently offering multiple legal administrative openings for the 2016 semester and beyond. The Legal Administrative job is perfect for college and law students looking to expand their knowledge of the legal field […]

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Why Criminal Defense Work is Like Fantasy Football

Criminal Defense Fantasy Football

Unless you are passionate, and sometimes compulsive, about criminal defense work, you can’t be successful at it. I equate it to my feelings about fantasy football. I love football. I’ve been a Giants fan since I was three years old. I don’t think I’ve missed watching a game since 1984, including when I was in Australia during their fabulous Super Bowl run in 2007.

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Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington DC Part Four

Journey of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in DC

I’ve often felt like my destiny was to work as a public defender. From the day I walked into the basement at 451 Indiana Avenue, I felt like I was supposed to be there. However, my path to a job as a PDS attorney was not an easy one. Most of their attorneys had gone to Harvard or Yale and several had clerked for Supreme Court justices.

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Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC Part Three

Journey of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in DC

No one wanted to do it. Not the paid investigators. Not the other interns. I didn’t want to. The trial of three people accused of gang raping a young woman in an alley was rapidly approaching and no one had interviewed the victim.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds Case

US Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds Case

US Court of Appeals Scrutinizes Novel Obstruction of Justice Theory in Barry Bonds CaseLast week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting in an en banc session, heard argument in the case United States v. Barry Bonds. Bonds seeks to overturn his conviction at trial for obstruction of justice, arguing the evidence was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

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Neutral Arbitrator to Hear Ray Rice Appeal

Ray Rice Appeal to be heard by Neutral Arbitrator

Ray Rice Appeal to be heard by Neutral ArbitratorThe NFL, for the first time, agreed to the use of a neutral arbitrator to hear the appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension. NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith informed members by email of this development …

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Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC Part Two

One day I walked into the internship office at Penn to look for ideas about what to do after I graduated. As a Jewish kid from the northeast, it was more or less expected that I would either go to law school, medical school, or into my family’s insurance business.

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Journey of a Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC

David Benowitz recalls his time as a Big Brother.

I recently attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the formation of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where I had the privilege of working as a staff attorney for almost seven years. The anniversary weekend brought back a flood of memories that reminded me of why I became a criminal defense attorney in Washington, DC.

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Due Process in the NFL

David Benowitz discusses due process (or lack thereof) in the NFL.

Given the justifiable uproar generated by the developments in the cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, it’s not surprising that the Carolina Panthers deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

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Supreme Court Considers Police Ability to Search Cell Phones without Warrants

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard two cases this week related to whether or not police officers should be able to search an arrested individual’s cell phone without a warrant. Justices weighed in on the fine line between what constitutes a violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment rights versus the importance of […]

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The Sixth Circuit’s “Functional Approach” Regarding Distinctness

The Sixth Circuit breaks with the Second Circuit and others and employs a “functional approach” to find a corporate defendant distinct from an enterprise consisting of the corporation and wholly owned and controlled subsidiaries when each played distinct roles that helped the fraudulent scheme. In Classic Star Mare Lease Litig., the Sixth Circuit affirmed the grant […]

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Second Circuit Affirms RICO Dismissal

Jan. 21, 2014 Cruz v. FX DirectDealer, LLC, 720 F.3d 115 (2d Cir. 2013) Issue:  Is a corporate RICO defendant distinct from a RICO enterprise consisting of itself, its parent, and corporate officers who acted within their scope of employment, in perpetuating a fraud? Answer: The Second Circuit reaffirms the principles of Riverwoods and Discon […]

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