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IP Frontiers: The TRIPS COVID-19 Waiver

Christina E. Brule, Esq.

On May 5, the Biden administration signaled the United States’ support for a proposed waiver of certain World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that require member countries to enforce intellectual property (IP) rights, particularly those related to confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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ABA report provides post-pandemic advice for lawyers

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The pandemic and its effects have dramatically affected the practice of law and will continue to have a long-term impact on the ways that legal work is conducted in the years to come. The good news is that now that vaccine ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Review of recent 4th Department Family Law Decisions

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In March and April of this year, the Fourth Department considered several family law appeals. While family law practitioners know the applicable provisions under the law, it is sometimes useful to consider how these provisions can be applied in particular ...

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It’s lawyer well-being week, so make sure to take care of yourself

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It’s not easy being a lawyer. Even though it’s a fulfilling profession, practicing law can be also be stressful. That’s why the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being established Lawyer Well-Being Week, and the goal is to ensure that lawyers focus ...

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Real Estate Law: Get your vacation rental agreements in shape for the summer

Sarah A. Pellerin

Warm weather, sandy beaches, sunsets … so many visions of idyllic summer vacations were seemingly washed away in the COVID-19 wave of 2020. However, with distancing, quarantine, and other similar restrictions now being loosened in several states, the thought of ...

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Top gadgets for lawyers working from a home office

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It’s been more than a year since the start of the pandemic, and what a year it’s been! The good news is that as we head into the spring, the light is finally visible at the end of the tunnel ...

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The rule of law must be a just and equitable one

Shani Mitchell

The rule of law is a principle where all persons, institutions and entities are subject to laws which provide accountability, equal applicability, public promulgation, and accessible justice. Is the rule of law “void ab initio” when it fails to be ...

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ABA president: ‘We the people’ must promote rule of law

Patricia Lee Refo

The rule of law — the idea that no one is above the law and everyone is treated equally under the law — ensures a just and orderly society. Countries around the world strive to uphold the rule of law ...

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Thoughtful response to challenges keeps rule of law strong

Kevin Ryan

What is the rule of law? A number of years ago, when asked to develop a series of lectures on the subject, I found a great deal of disagreement and superficiality about the term. Government spokespeople tended to use the ...

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Insurance and Injury Corner: Expanding ‘immediate family’ in claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress

Daniel S. Galan

Courts have often grappled with ever-evolving familial relationships in applying the law where relevant. A recent Court of Appeals decision involving negligent infliction of emotional distress illustrates the challenges associated with defining “immediate family” in the 21st century. On Feb. ...

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Tips for managing remote employees

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The shift to remote work was an abrupt and unexpected change for most businesses, including law firms. For that reason, it didn’t always go smoothly. However, over time, most legal profession employers were eventually able to work through the challenges ...

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