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Your Counsel: Criminal arrests and convictions

Lawyers tend to limit their practice to a few areas. Nonetheless, people come to us with myriad problems — many of which fall outside our expertise. Through this column, I provide practical information to help you assist those who have ...

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Advocate’s View: Second Circuit gives FLSA litigants a shortcut to settlement approval

In settling a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) action, reaching an agreement between the parties has usually been just the first step. Before the parties file a stipulation of discontinuance under Federal Rule 41(a)(1)(A), the court or the Department of ...

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Paralegal Perspectives: Review of 2019 shows many accomplishments for PAR

2019 was a BIG year for the Paralegal Association of Rochester Inc.! In the spring we welcomed new board members. In the summer we hosted our fourth annual “Par for PAR” golf tournament at Shadow Lake, raising $300 for Veterans ...

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IP Frontiers: A look back at Alice decisions in 2019

In this update to my prior articles on the state of patentable subject matter in the wake of the Supreme Court Alice decision, CAFC decisions in 2019 identified as precedential and involving abstract ideas (computer-related inventions) are considered. The two-part ...

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Legal Loop: ABA Report: 2020 Legal Research Trends

It used to be that legal research was expensive. There weren’t a lot of choices so most law firms simply paid exorbitant prices for access to case law, statutes, and treatises. But then along came the Internet, and it changed everything. ...

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MCBA President’s Message: Busy holiday season highlights MCBA’s importance

Happy New Year! Unexpectedly, the final week of 2019 was not the usually uneventful lull between the holidays. First, the legal community was jolted with the startling announcement that now-former Justice Matthew Rosenbaum would decline to take office for a ...

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Money Management Second biggest investor mistake

Last year, I wrote an article outlining the biggest mistake I believe investors can make. I argued that investors who lack patience, discipline and the inability to stay the course are effectively challenging their own choices and trying to time ...

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Collaboration Insights: Overcoming challenges to small firms

Reuters conducted a recent survey of law firms with less than 30 attorneys and found these five issues to be their biggest challenges: New client acquisition Time spent on administrative tasks Cost control/expense growth Lack of internal efficiency Pressure from ...

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Real Estate Law: Is your non-binding letter of intent actually binding?

Early in commercial real estate transactions, parties will often seek to agree on the primary terms of the proposed deal to determine if they are “close enough” to justify the time and money required to pursue due diligence and negotiate ...

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Legal Loop: Legal technology predictions for 2020

Now that 2019 is nearly behind us, it’s time to take a look at the big picture. What’s in store for lawyers in 2020? How will the legal profession change? And what can you do right now to position your ...

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Money Management: How to judge investment management

I believe the only way to judge the investment management of your assets is through analyzing your total returns: (1) adjusted for risk; and (2) net of all fees and expenses. Additionally, in this assessment, your returns should be evaluated ...

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