2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Legal Writing & Intellectual Property Law Programs at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Among the Best in the Nation

(PRWEB) March 12, 2013

Two programs at The John Marshall Law School have climbed in the legal specialty rankings of 2014 U.S. News & World Reports Best Graduate Schools published on March 12, 2013.

The Legal Writing Program is ranked second in the nation. It was ranked sixth in 2013. The Intellectual Property Law Program is now ranked 12th, a jump from 17th place.

At John Marshall, the Lawyering Skills Program (commonly called legal writing) is one of the most rigorous research/writing programs in the country, designed to immerse students in the art of legal writing and research over four semesters.

I am pleased that our peers have recognized the strength of our Lawyering Skills program at John Marshall, said Professor Anthony Niedwiecki, director of the Lawyering Skills Program.

I believe that the high ranking is a result of the steps we have taken to better reflect current legal practice. We recently surveyed our alumni and employers to see which skills they want our graduates to have, he said. In response to the results of the survey, we have revamped our program to better reflect what lawyers do in practice. Overall, we have been ahead of other law schools in producing practice-ready graduates.

Niedwiecki also said the leadership roles of John Marshall faculty are being recognized in rankings by the legal writing community. Many of our professors are accomplished leaders in our field with several serving on the boards or as officers of all of the major legal writing organizations, he noted.

John Marshalls Intellectual Property (IP) Program is ranked 12th in the nation. The IP Program, one of the oldest in the country, offers more than 30 specialized IP courses, making it one of the most extensive sets of IP offerings anywhere. The program draws students from around the country and across the globe. It has partnered with IP lawyers in the Peoples Republic of China for 20 years.

This great news shows that my colleagues in the IP community recognize the strength of our program, said Professor Doris Estelle Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law. We have a great deal of synergy at John Marshall, from our innovative courses with their focus on real-world, practice-ready training to our online journal, Review of Intellectual Property Law, to our Chinese IP Resource Center and our cross-curricular offerings with our Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law.

I believe it says much about how we prepare our students for their legal careers in intellectual property law, Long said. With our new innovative programs now offered as part of the law schools eDegrees online option, we look forward to continuing to be on the leading edge of intellectual property education, she added.

To learn more about our outstanding law programs, visit http://www.jmls.edu.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicagos legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshalls Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

Global Tower Partners Launches First Geothermal Cooled Cell Site in the U.S.

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) January 11, 2013

Global Tower Partners (GTP) today announced that it has deployed the first geothermal cooled wireless site in the United States in partnership with REHAU, a Leesburg, VA systems and service provider for polymer-based solutions. The stealth, alternative energy site resembles the color and texture of the original concrete Bluemont Grain Elevator built in 1900.

To create a much-needed cellular site that maintains the historical look and feel of this Virginia village was a huge undertaking, stated Tim Dennis, GTPs Site Development Director on the Bluemont project. After spending eight years to see this project through to fruition, weve created an infrastructure to serve thousands of wireless customers while preserving the significance of Bluemonts history and providing an environmentally-friendly energy solution at the same time, added Dennis.

Verizon Wireless has signed a Master Lease Agreement to add service to this tower located at 18293 Railroad Street, joining AT&T and Roadstar.

This solution provides an environmentally-sound cooling and heating system by utilizing the sub-surface conductive heat transfer where naturally-renewable temperatures of the earths crust are used as a heat sink in the summer months and a heat source in the winter, stated Bernard Borghei, GTPs Sr. VP of Operations. The solution is suitable for controlling the climate of a large structure such as the Bluemont site to provide an efficiently-produced and stable climate environment for our tenants equipment inside this historic building, added Borghei.

GTP previously deployed its first alternative energy solution in 2011, in partnership with Design Energy Alliance, at one of its fully generator-powered cell sites located in Sleeping Beauty, CA.

About Global Tower Partners

Global Tower Partners (http://www.gtpsites.com), based in Boca Raton, Florida, is one of the leading providers of outsourced antenna site facilities to the wireless communications industry in the United States. GTP’s business includes the ownership, development, leasing and management of antenna sites on towers and commercial real estate rooftops. GTP owns, manages, or master leases more than 15,000 wireless sites. GTP’s customers are leading wireless communications providers including AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless, Clearwire, US Cellular, Metro PCS, Claro and Telefonica.


REHAU delivers Unlimited Polymer Solutions, and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The independent, privately held company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 17,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world contribute to the success of high-profile construction projects and globally respected brands such as Steelcase, Mercedes-Benz and Airbus.


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FTC Completes Rollout of Free Credit Reports Across Eastern States and All U.S. Territories

Lancaster, CA (PRWEB) September 3, 2005

Residents of the eastern states and all U.S. territories joined the rest of the nation on September 1st, 2005 in obtaining easy access to their credit reports as allowed by federal law.

The people of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. territories and possessions, and Puerto Rico were granted a right the FTC fought years for ? the right for every US resident to have access to copies of their credit report for free every 12 months.

Consumers worried about identity theft, concerned about loan rejection, or simply curious about what their report says can go online to http://www.annualcreditreport.com. There, within 15 minutes they will be able to view or download their credit report, the document that defines their credit-worthiness, for once without being asked for a credit card.

The rollout of free credit report eligibility that the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act mandated started with the western states in December 2004. There has since been a rush of orders as the rollout continued across the Midwestern and southern states, delaying credit report processing for the first few days of regional eligibility.

Many people are unfamiliar with the implications of the growing speed and ways in which their credit information is used. Some even question the urgency of staying on top of their personal credit reports.

Why the need for a current credit report?

Errors on your credit report ? ?Your credit report has information that affects whether you can get a loan ? and how much you will have to pay to borrow money,? states the Federal Trade Commission. That means that employers, insurers, mortgage lenders, car loan lenders, and landlords all use your credit report to decide whether to accept or reject you. ?79 percent of the credit reports surveyed contained either serious errors or other mistakes of some kind,? states the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, who did a major study on the accuracy of credit reports. ?Twenty-five percent (25 percent) of the credit reports surveyed contained serious errors that could result in the denial of credit, such as false delinquencies or accounts that did not belong to the consumer.?

Identity theft ? Identity theft has become a rising problem in both the public and private sector. Consumers can become victims without even realizing it. Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada has put out a Public Advisory Special Report warning consumers, ?One reason for the increase in identity theft may be that consumers often become victims of identity theft without having any direct contact with the identity thieves who acquire their personal data. Simply by doing things that are part of everyday routine — charging dinner at a restaurant, using payment cards to purchase gasoline or rent a car, or submitting personal information to employers and various levels of government ? consumers may be leaving or exposing their personal data where identity thieves can access and use it without the consumers’ knowledge or permission.? Thieves gain personal credit information through theft of payment cards and documents, shoulder surfing, skimming, e-mail and website spoofing and theft from company or government databases.

The site http://www.annualcreditreport.com was set up specifically to handle requests for free credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax, as mandated by the new law. Reports from each of the three credit bureaus vary because not all creditors report to each of the agencies. Consumers are advised to order their free credit reports from all three of these credit reporting agencies. Credit reports can be ordered by phone toll-free at (877) 322-8228, or by mail at P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281.

Because some consumers have been misled into signing up for costly ($ 79.95) credit monitoring services by alluring promises of free credit reports, the FTC recently penalized Experian $ 950,000 for using deceptive practices at the website freecreditreport.com. They have warned the public to stay away from ordering any services in exchange for free credit reports. Beware also of pop-up ads that claim to be from http://www.annualcreditreport.com or a soundalike website.

TransUnion, Experian and Equifax all charge fees from $ 9.50 on up to order additional credit reports, but some states have set caps on the fees these agencies are allowed to charge. Thanks to the FTC you are eligible to get free credit reports if:

You have not already ordered a credit report in the previous 12 months

A person has taken adverse action against you because of information in your credit report

You are the victim of identify theft and place a fraud alert in your file

Your file contains inaccurate information as a result of fraud

You are on public assistance

You are unemployed but expect to apply for employment within 60 days

Those who are concerned about their social security numbers getting into the wrong hands can order their free credit report by mail and request that their social security numbers be truncated on the report. When you go to order your credit report, have the following information handy:



Social Security number

Date of birth

Your previous address(es), if you have moved in the last two years

The FTC championed several rights for consumers regarding their credit reports:

You have the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information

Consumer reporting agencies must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information, within 30 days

Consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information more than seven years old and bankruptcies more than ten years old

Access to your file is limited to those specified by the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and you must give your consent for reports to be provided to employers

You may limit ?prescreened? offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report; you may seek damages from violators

Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have additional rights. (More information can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/credit and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/freereports.htm.)

Order your free credit report from http://www.annualcreditreport.com today. If you’ve done anything financial: given permission to an employer or landlord to run a credit check on you; applied for credit cards, a line of credit, a home equity loan, or mortgage; or you think you might do so in the next 6 months to a year, you are going to need it. You might also want to order your credit score, otherwise known as a FICO score. While it’s not free, it is a useful bottom line number to know. It will be what a mortgage lender is looking at when they decide if you are a poor or good credit risk and what interest rate to offer you.

Since credit report disputes often take up to six months or more to resolve, the smart consumer should plan to thoroughly know his or her credit health months ahead of applying for a major loan. Now residents of any U.S. state or territory can get started with a credit report free of charge thanks to the FTC.

About the Author:

L Frizzell writes articles on free credit reports for http://www.CreditStraightTalk.com, a website dedicated to providing consumers with honest and accurate information on how to fix and manage their personal credit.


Cheryl J Smith, Director of Public Relations





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Greenberg Traurig Receives Most Overall First-Tier Rankings in the 2013 U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firm Listings

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

For the second consecutive year, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the most overall first-tier rankings and the most first-tier metropolitan rankings for the United States in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers? 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings released today. The firm is also one of the top 20 firms with the most first-tier national rankings and is tied for the most practice areas with first-tier rankings in the United States.

The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of experience, according to the publication. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas.

One Law Firm of the Year is named in 79 of the nationally ranked practice areas. Greenberg Traurig was selected as the 2013 “Law Firm of the Year” in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation – Bankruptcy.

The mission of Best Law Firms is to help guide referring lawyers and clients from the countrys largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues.

The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Reports Money issue, on newsstands Nov. 20, 2012. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the Best Law Firms standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The Greenberg Traurig rankings are posted online at: http://bit.ly/Txq3ff.

In the 2013 Best Lawyers in America peer-review directory, published by Best Lawyers?, Greenberg Traurig had, for the sixth consecutive year, the most attorneys listed, as well as 22 attorneys named Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and metropolitan regions.

Below is a summary of the firms first-tier rankings in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers? 2013 Best Law Firms publication.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyers of the Year and their respective location and practice area are:

????Cesar L. Alvarez, International Trade and Finance Law, Miami
????Ian C. Ballon, Information Technology Law, Los Angeles
????Kerri L. Barsh, Litigation – Environmental, Miami
????Hilarie Bass, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Miami
????Mark F. Bideau, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, West Palm Beach
????Burt Bruton, Litigation – Real Estate, Miami
????Juan Pablo Cappello, Derivatives and Futures Law, Miami
????Lucia A. Dougherty, Land Use & Zoning Law, Miami
????Gary M. Epstein, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Miami
????Robert C. Gang, Public Finance Law, Miami
????Clifton R. Jessup, Jr., Litigation – Bankruptcy, Dallas
????Bradford D. Kaufman, Securities / Capital Markets Law, West Palm Beach
????Joel D. Maser, Tax Law, Orlando
????James D. Masterman, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Boston
????Richard C. McCrea, Jr., Employment Law – Management, Tampa
????Robert R. McDonald, Real Estate Law, Tallahassee
????Barry Richard, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Tallahassee
????Gil Rudolph, Financial Services Regulation Law, Phoenix
????Michael J. Sullivan, Real Estate Law, Orlando
????Mark G. Tratos, Trademark Law, Las Vegas
????Bruce H. White, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and

Reorganization Law, Dallas

????Peter W. Zinober, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Tampa

Greenberg Traurig received the most first-tier rankings in the U.S. in the following practice areas:

????Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
????Commercial Litigation
????Criminal Defense: White-Collar Governmental Investigations
????Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation
????Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television
????Government Relations Practice
????Immigration Law
????Litigation – Bankruptcy
????Litigation – Construction
????Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation
????Litigation Environmental
????Litigation Real Estate
????Real Estate Law
????Tax Law
????Transportation Law

Greenberg Traurig has a national first-tier ranking in the following practice areas:

????Appellate Practice
????Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
????Commercial Litigation
????Construction Law
????Corporate Law
????Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
????Employment Law – Management
????Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television
????Entertainment Law – Music
????Environmental Law
????Equipment Finance Law
????Immigration Law
????Information Technology Law
????International Trade and Finance Law
????Labor Law – Management
????Land Use & Zoning Law
????Litigation – Banking & Finance
????Litigation – Bankruptcy
????Litigation – Construction
????Litigation – Environmental
????Litigation – ERISA
????Litigation – Intellectual Property
????Litigation – Labor & Employment
????Litigation – Real Estate
????Litigation – Securities
????Litigation – Tax
????Mergers & Acquisitions Law
????Native American Law
????Natural Resources Law
????Oil & Gas Law
????Patent Law
????Public Finance Law
????Real Estate Law
????Securities/Capital Markets Law
????Securitization and Structured Finance Law
????Tax Law
????Trademark Law
????Transportation Law

In addition to the first-tier rankings, the firm also ranked in the following practice areas:

????Advertising Law
????Banking and Finance Law
????Copyright Law
????Derivatives and Futures Law
????Energy Law
????Financial Services Regulation Law
????Health Care Law
????Insurance Law
????International Arbitration – Commercial
????Litigation Antitrust
????Litigation Mergers & Acquisitions
????Litigation Patent
????Litigation Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
????Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Defendants
????Railroad Law
????Securities Regulation
????Technology Law
????Trusts & Estates Law
????Venture Capital Law

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLPis an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 35offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journals 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

Profit Confidential Expert Reports: Latest Housing Data Suggest U.S. Economy in 2013 Will Be Too Slow for Housing Market Rebound

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 10, 2012

In a recent Profit Confidential article, lead contributor and financial expert Michael Lombardi reports that, according to recent data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the total number of mortgage applications filed in the U.S. fell 12% for the week ending October 19 compared to the week earlier. (Source: Mortgage Bankers Association, October 24, 2012.) Lombardi notes that this lack of appetite for borrowing is just one of many signs that suggest the U.S. housing market is still in poor condition. According to Lombardi, for the housing market to recover, the U.S. economy in 2013 will have to improve significantly, which he doesnt see happening.

Yes, there has been good housing market data flow from some parts, but overall the housing market is still beaten to the ground, says Lombardi. He believes the U.S. economy in 2013 will be worse than people expect.

Lombardi notes that while home prices may have increased a little, the overall market is still in trouble.

In the article Think Theres a Recovery in the Housing Market? Think Again, Lombardi reports that in September, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate in the U.S. fell to the record low of 3.47%, compared to 3.60% in August, according to Freddie Mac. (Source: National Association of Realtors.) But the growth in buyers for homes has not been from homeowners; it has come from investors.

To have a healthy housing market, the people who actually buy the homes need to live in them, reasons Lombardi. However, record-low interest rates are not luring would-be homeowners back into the housing market.

According to the Profit Confidential expert, in order for there to be a healthy recovery for the housing market and the U.S. economy in 2013, several areas will need to see an improvement, including an increase in mortgage lending, an increase in first-time homebuyers, an improvement in existing home sales, a decrease in distressed home sales, and mortgage payments made on time.

A housing market recovery is crucial to an economic recovery for America, but it has to be a real recovery; not investors buying houses to rent them out to tenants, Lombardi concludes, warning that both the housing market and the U.S. economy in 2013 are on the edge.

Profit Confidential, which has been published for over a decade now, has been widely recognized as predicting five major economic events over the past 10 years. In 2002, Profit Confidential started advising its readers to buy gold-related investments when gold traded under $ 300 an ounce. In 2006, it begged its readers to get out of the housing market…before it plunged.

Profit Confidential was among the first (back in late 2006) to predict that the U.S. economy would be in a recession by late 2007. The daily e-letter correctly predicted the crash in the stock market of 2008 and early 2009. And Profit Confidential turned bullish on stocks in March of 2009 and rode the bear market rally from a Dow Jones Industrial Average of 6,440 on March 9, 2009, to 12,876 on May 2, 2011, a gain of 99%.

To see the full article and to learn more about Profit Confidential, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com.

Profit Confidential is Lombardi Publishing Corporations free daily investment e-letter. Written by financial gurus with over 100 years of combined investing experience, Profit Confidential analyzes and comments on the actions of the stock market, precious metals, interest rates, real estate, and the economy. Lombardi Publishing Corporation, founded in 1986, now with over one million customers in 141 countries, is one of the largest consumer information publishers in the world. For more on Lombardi, and to get the popular Profit Confidential e-letter sent to you daily, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com.

Michael Lombardi, MBA, the lead Profit Confidential editorial contributor, has just released his most recent update of Critical Warning Number Six, a breakthrough video with Lombardis current predictions for the U.S. economy, stock market, U.S. dollar, euro, interest rates and inflation. To see the video, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com/critical-warning-number-six.

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