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Are social and professional networking mutually exclusive≠

Last week I attended the LegalTech conference in New York City. LegalTech New York is sponsored by Incisive Media and focuses on distributing information about technology and law practice management. While at the event, I attended a number of seminars ...

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Passengers beware: You can be frisked

In Arizona v. Johnson, No. 07-1122, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether police officers who perform a lawful traffic stop have the authority to frisk the vehicle’s passengers. The facts in Johnson are not complicated: The defendant ...

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Carelessness trumps the exclusionary rule

In February 2008, I wrote an column about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Herring v. U.S. I predicted the court would conclude that the exclusionary rule did not apply to the facts of the case. At ...

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Technology (already) invades the courtroom

Technological advancements are affecting courtrooms across the country, much to the consternation of many in the legal profession who staunchly resist technological change. Two recent events — a decision from Appellate Division, First Department and live reporting of a trial ...

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Surviving and thriving in the midst of a recession

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The times they are a-changin’ and lawyers aren’t immune from the global economic restructuring now underway. Average citizens are worried about losing their jobs, keeping their businesses above water and making ...

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The future is now

It’s time for the legal profession to pull its collective head out of the sand when it comes to technology, the Internet and Web 2.0. Technology is here to stay and ignoring it no longer is an option. Law firms ...

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The state of New York

“It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York.” — O. Henry The State of New York is not good, as is evidenced by a review of recent events. For starters, we will lose an extraordinary woman from ...

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The legal profession and the recession

“It isn’t so much that hard times are coming; the change observed is mostly soft times going. ” — Groucho Marx What was once a fearful prediction is now a disturbing fact: Our country is in the middle of a ...

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Fear and liberty must co-exist

“[F]ear cannot…allow…the evisceration of the bedrock principle of our Constitution that no one can be arrested without probable cause that a crime has been committed.” — Farag v. U.S., __F.Supp.2d__, 2008 WL 4965167 (EDNY 2008) Just before Thanksgiving, the U.S. ...

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Sometimes you have to laugh at the law

I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday; now I offer you the following humorous tidbits, parsed from my Legal Antics blog at nylawbog.typepad.com/legalantics. I hope they’ll tide you over until the December holidays. First, as this quote from a recent ...

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Can lawyers afford to ignore social media≠

Social media is radically altering our world. People of all ages are increasingly relying on the Internet and mobile-based tools to share, discuss, and disseminate information. Lawyers cannot afford to be left out of the loop. Attorneys who successfully leverage ...

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Religious liberty for some, not all

“Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.” — Hosea Ballou I was intrigued when the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm that purports to protect all religious expression, recently confirmed it would be filing ...

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