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Legal English: “Gag Order”

A “gag order” is an order that prevents disclosure of information. It can be directed at an individual or an organization, and can be issued by a court or other governmental authority, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or National Security Agency...

Washington University School of Law News and Events

Washington University School of Law will host the International Law Weekend – Midwest Regional conference Sept. 19-21.

Top Law Firm: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance, headquartered in London, is one of the top international law firms in the world. The firm serves clients throughout the world with 35 branch offices located in 25 countries, including the United States, China, Australia, Brazil, France and Japan.

Legal English: “Magistrate Judge”

A “magistrate judge” is a judge generally tasked with handling more routine and or administrative judicial matters. The position exists at multiple levels of government (i.e. local, state, federal), and actual responsibilities can vary depending on jurisdiction. In many cases...

Legal English: De Novo

De novo” means “anew” or “from the beginning.” In the legal field, it is used to describe judicial review that will be conducted as if prior proceedings had never taken place. That is, an issue or a matter will be heard as if it had just commenced for the first time...

Legal English: Writ of Certiorari

A “writ of certiorari” is generally a document issued by a higher court when it has elected to review the decision of a lower court for reversible legal error. In the United States, this writ is most commonly known in the context of appeals to the Supreme Court. In the event that a party...