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Lawyers: Take a look at these two social media platforms

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As you plan for a successful 2021 for your law firm, don’t forget to consider how you plan to use social media to forward your firm’s marketing and business development goals in the coming year. Importantly, you may want to ...

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ABA offers ethical guidance on responding to negative online reviews

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Now that we live in a digital world, online reviews are becoming increasingly useful tools for consumers. Using these reviews, consumers are able to make more informed decisions when making purchasing decisions about products or services. Online reviews are great ...

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Three New Year’s resolutions for lawyers

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We’ve finally left 2020 behind and are looking forward to a new year — and hopefully a much less turbulent one! Of course, no matter what the year brings, one thing is certain: times will continue to be uncertain until ...

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ABA releases ethics opinion on working remotely

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In 2020, the pandemic changed just about everything. One of the biggest areas impacted was the way that work was performed. Out of necessity, it was the year of working remotely for businesses across the country. And with increasing COVID-19 ...

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Legal Loop: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for lawyers

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2020 has been quite the year, and it’s been anything but easy. No doubt, you’re ready for this unprecedented year to end so that we can look forward to a new, hopefully much less eventful 2021. In the meantime, the ...

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NYC Bar on the ethics of lawyers appearing in court during the pandemic

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In October, I wrote about an opinion issued by the New York State Bar that addressed the ethical issues presented when a lawyer sought to withdraw as counsel due to health-related concerns regarding in-person court appearances during the pandemic. As ...

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Case shows why lawyers must encrypt e-communications

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Whenever your firm’s employees work remotely during the pandemic (and beyond), electronic communications will increase out of necessity. If those communications aren’t encrypted, you run the risk of inadvertently disclosing confidential client data. That’s why it’s imperative that your firm ...

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Legal Loop: Can the pandemic provide an excuse for sanctionable conduct?

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As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic and COVID-19 numbers are surging across the country, lawyers and judges alike are bracing for newfound full or partial shutdowns. If and when the shutdowns occur, our court systems will undoubtedly ...

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Legal Loop: Should you copy clients on emails to opposing counsel?

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As a result of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely now more than ever before. This means that out of necessity, in-person meetings are far less common during the pandemic, and lawyers are increasingly relying on email to communicate with ...

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Does Facebook have an obligation to prevent murder?

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These days, we spend a lot of time online — probably more than we should. And for most of us, especially during the pandemic, a good percentage of our after work downtime occurs on social networks. We share (and sometimes ...

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New York on withdrawing as counsel due to COVID-related fears

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In New York, court appearances have been sharply curtailed at times due to the pandemic. Online court appearances have become commonplace out of necessity and have been surprisingly well-received, especially by some members of the judiciary. That being said, in-person ...

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California Bar on ethical obligations in the event of a cyberattack

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Now that more lawyers are working remotely than ever before, cybersecurity has become a top-of-mind issue. This is because most businesses, including law firms, were not prepared for the unexpected shift to remote working, and as a result, bad actors ...

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