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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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Rochester needs a law school

Within the last year, officials at both SUNY Binghamton and St. John Fisher College announced their educational institutions were considering the possibility of establishing new law schools. Lawyers across the state decried the addition of two new law schools in ...

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Twitter 101 for lawyers

While I’ve often repeated my recommendation that lawyers ought to take advantage of the networking and micro-blogging service, Twitter, I’ve yet to explain how to do so. Not surprisingly, it is the “how” that matters because, at first glance, Twitter ...

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Promote your practice through social media

Online identities are becoming increasingly important in the Web 2.0 world in which we live, along with the need to understand how to use social media to promote a law practice and manage online identities. The Internet no longer is ...

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Criminalizing the victims

The Appellate Division, Fourth Department on Oct. 10 declared that the City of Rochester’s youth curfew was uninforceable in Anonymous v. City of Rochester, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 07724. At issue in the case was the legality of the youth ...

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Technology, social media and the penal code

While working on the annual update for the West criminal law treatise that I co-author, “Criminal Law in New York,” I noted with interest the effect of the increasing use of social media and technology on New York’s penal code ...

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Organize your law practice, and your life, online

A few weeks ago I encouraged you to explore Google’s free, online Web applications, such as Gmail, Google’s word processing platform, Google Docs and Google’s online calendaring system. One of the reasons I recommend using Google’s applications is their compatibility ...

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Very nice: Borat takes glorious victory in federal court

“[T]he movie employs as its chief medium a brand of humor that appeals to the most childish and vulgar in its viewer. At its core, however, Borat attempts an ironic commentary of ‘modern’ American culture, contrasting the backwardness of its ...

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