Lawyers

A JURY OF YOUR TECHNOLOGICALLY-SOPHISTICATED PEERS

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted some particularly egregious examples of inappropriate social media use in the courtroom, such as a judge sending a Facebook “like” request to one of the parties in a case she was ruling on, jurors polling their friends on Twitter regarding the guilt or innocence of the defendant in…
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New Attorney Task Board Streamlines Legal Advice Experience

Technology. It’s kind of a big deal these days. From banking to shopping to the endless proliferation of new apps, technology increasingly is penetrating our everyday lives. Even the legal industry, which has long-resisted technology’s embrace, is facing a new wave of online, cloud and paperless technologies that is reshaping the legal future. One thing…
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Getting Disbarred is Harder Than You Think

Two down, 48 to go. Attorney Douglas E. Mackenzie recently got suspended from practicing law in his second state in two years. The latest was Minnesota. Previously, California suspended, and then disbarred him. If he keeps this up, this may turn into a real-life 50 state bar arcade game, “Whack a Mac.” Actually, California suspended…
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CODIFYING ‘COURTLY’ BEHAVIOR

Breaches of decorum during trials and hearings have been occurring at least since a judge first angrily banged his gavel and proclaimed “Order in the court!” And some of the most memorable courtroom scenes in the movies and TV are variations of the judge threatening to hold an attorney or defendant in “contempt,” and that…
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Making the Grade After Law School

Harvard Law School recently commissioned an online survey of 124 lawyers from the university’s 11 largest employers on the topic “What Courses Should Law Students Take?” The questionnaire took the positive approach, foregoing cynical or snide responses like “Anything But Law,” “How To Collect Unemployment Insurance,” “Managing Anger, Depression and Ulcers,” “Writing the Bulletproof Pre-Nup,”…
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Judge and Juries Losing Face Over Facebook

Recently we noted the phenomenon of phenomenally stupid law-breakers who “catch themselves,” like the Florida store robber who was arrested after posting photos of himself on Facebook brandishing a fistful of money along with a similar-looking gun and hat to the one picked up by the store’s surveillance camera during the robbery. Some folks are…
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Lawyers Fall Down List of ‘Best Jobs’

A few blogs back I wrote about a self-help book for attorneys called “Lawyer Wellness is NOT an Oxymoron” that offered strategies to combat the gloom and doom that author Andy Clark claims permanently permeates the disposition of all-too many legal eagles, and I’m going to link to it here because after reading this column,…
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Will SCOTUS Put an End to Lying Politicians?

A case to be decided later this year by the U.S. Supreme Court challenges an Ohio state law that makes it illegal for candidates or interest groups to lie about an opposing politician’s record during election season. I’m sure some of you are pondering, “Then what’s LEFT for them to say?” Which is a fair…
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Are You a Stressed-Out Lawyer? Well, Well, Well

You may not know it, but you are an Unhappy, Unhealthy and Unfulfilled wretch. If not you, then your colleague in the next office. And if neither of you, then certainly that miserable sun-tanned SOB with the trophy wife sitting across from you at the negotiating table. Or else Andy Clark doesn’t have a book.…
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Ashley Madison, Welcome to the Catfish Club

You have to give props to Canada. Long dismissed as our bland, pleasant neighbor to the north, Canada finally became entertaining, news-wise, in the past year thanks in large part to Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking when in a drunk-stupor, grandma-trampling train wreck of a mayor. But it also provided us with one of the most…
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