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Commentary: Toward a More Perfect Union?

The Law Day theme this year — “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change” — at first struck me as a dodge, an effort to avoid talking about the disease that afflicts America by shifting the ...

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Debt following divorce: How your ex’s student loans can follow you

Like most couples, many don’t plan for divorce. When tying the knot, you may think that all your boons and burdens will be shared with your partner till death do you part. But sometimes life leads you in separate directions. ...

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Commentary: Tips for successful privilege review setup

Kicking off a managed document review requires many steps, from the drafting of the review protocol to setting up the coding panel for review. Attorneys who have set up managed review projects are familiar with many of the components that ...

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Commentary: Local study shows parent education reduces family strife, court disputes

Parent education for couples involved in family disputes works. As lawyers, judges and educators, we have long known that parent education can ease conflicts in families and promote reasonable family-based solutions to divorce, custody, visitation and other family disputes. Now ...

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Commentary: What’s a reasonable fee?

The Second Circuit recently issued a thorough review of contingency fees in claims for disability benefits under the Social Security Act. In its first paragraph, the court recognized the benefits of contingent fees in these types of cases: “getting parties ...

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Commentary: How will the legalization of marijuana impact my criminal record?

Back in March, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. While marijuana was already accessible and largely distributed for medical ...

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Defending against Title IX sexual misconduct charges: What students, parents need to know

Title IX charges are pursued aggressively by colleges and universities across the country. A Title IX allegation has the potential to ruin a student’s academic future and should not be taken lightly. Although these proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature, they actually afford students far fewer ...

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Commentary: Six steps toward building a stronger security profile in 2022

These days, there’s a lot of emphasis on the implications of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other system compromises from bad actors on the world stage. We read about the “parade of horribles,” which can ensue after an event, and ...

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Commentary: Pigeons and the Law

What could pigeons possibly have to do with the law? It turns out that the bird’s presence in our lexicon is extensive. Take, for example, the phrase “stool pigeon.” In the current context the phrase describes a person involved in ...

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