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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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Of mountains and mole hills

“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” — Al Neuharth Although this is an op-ed column, I tend to avoid writing about politics, if only for the simple fact that I prefer to write about less ...

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Making your law practice more portable

I know, I know. Some of you are wondering, “Why in the world would I want to take my law office with me≠ It can stay right where it is, thank you very much.” Rest assured there are a number ...

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Does security require the loss of liberty≠

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.” — D.H. Lawrence, “Classical American Literature,” 1922 “I prefer liberty with ...

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War on terrorism collides with attorney-client privilege

In an effort to combat the somewhat nebulous concept of “terrorism,” laptops and other digital devices are currently subject to warrantless inspections at the border. On July 16, in response to demands from civil liberties groups, two Department of Homeland ...

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Wannabe lawyers gamble on the New York bar exam

“You only get one chance to roll the dice of life, make your bet wisely.” — Nathan Detroit, “Guys and Dolls” Just last week, aspiring lawyers across the state endured the anxiety-ridden hazing ritual of sitting for the New York ...

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We are some wild and crazy lawyers

Sometimes, we lawyers take ourselves far too seriously. While the legal matters that we handle for our clients are most certainly serious, there is levity to be found in the law as well. In fact, I have an entire legal ...

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Tiffany fights losing battle against inevitable change

“Ahh… Do I detect a look of disapproval in your eye≠ Tough beans buddy, ‘cause that’s the way it’s gonna be.” — Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Like many large, traditional companies, the jeweler Tiffany & Co. made the ...

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When private concerns become public domain

Federal judge Louis L. Stanton caused an uproar among privacy advocates last week when he issued an order in Viacom v. YouTube Inc., 07 Civ. 2103, a closely watched case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District ...

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Social media latest networking tool for lawyers

“Social media is an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. … Social media or social networking (one example of social media) has a number of ...

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Is justice obtained if not consistently applied≠

The death penalty is one of the few issues with which I have difficulty reconciling my rather liberal criminal defense tendencies. While the concept of the state executing another human being is repugnant to me, I find that on rare ...

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