Feb 27, 2008

Highest court meets lowest billable rate

jail.jpgHow much does Michael Ray charge fellow South Carolina inmates for preparing legal papers? $0.29 per hour. Does Ray's work constitute the unauthorized practice of law (UPL)? We'll find out. Ray is being investigated by the South Carolina Attorney General. Of the hundreds of jailhouse lawyers, why did Ray become the target of a UPL charge? It might have been because Ray's legal arguments on behalf of one inmate led to a Supreme Court hearing next month. What percentage of the cases submitted to the Supreme Court are chosen by the justices for a hearing? Less than 1%.

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