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The Tax Cut and Jobs Act – let the (tax) games begin

On Dec. 19, a 1,097-page “simplified tax code” was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law on Dec. 22. The bill went into effect Jan. 1, with paycheck withholding changes likely starting in February. This article ...

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MCBA President’s Message: Demographics and our aging lawyers

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My presidential duties over the past several weeks have included delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Monroe County Elder Law Fair, welcoming the new dean of the University of Buffalo Law School, Aviva Abramovsky, at a reception co-hosted by MCBA and UB Law School’s Rochester alumni group, and giving some brief remarks at the annual memorial service for attorneys who passed away during the past year.

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White Collar Corner: Hold the phone: the duty to preserve cellular phone data

With the proliferation and technological advances of cellular phones, the role of these devices in the workplace has evolved at a rapid pace. While five years ago it was common for employers to provide employees with a “work phone,” now ...

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Constitutional convention a first step toward updating the state’s court and voting systems

This November, New York voters have the opportunity to call for a constitutional convention to modernize the outmoded document that forms the basis of our state government. It is an opportunity we should not squander. New York’s Constitution is broken. ...

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Commentary: Emojis and law in the 21st century

For lawyers, there is a new language in town, coming to you from your iPhone courtesy of millennials: Japanese picture art and the desire for ever more cryptic expression for all. Emoticons and their more expressive cousins — emojis — ...

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