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Aug 21, 2020

The importance of planning for law firm resiliency during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country, you’re likely wondering about the future of your law firm and its book of business. One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm for whatever may come. Make sure you’re never caught flat-footed and take steps to ensure […]

Aug 20, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court strengthens church autonomy doctrine

Last month, in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morissey-Berru,[1] the United States Supreme Court decided two Catholic schools were exempt from employment discrimination claims from teachers they had terminated. This decision was a follow-up to the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor decision, in which the court recognized the “ministerial exemption” — a judicial doctrine that exempts religious […]

Aug 18, 2020

IP Frontiers: Design patents should be in every portfolio

A patent confers the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling an invention, as recited in the claims of the patent, within the jurisdiction or from importing the invention into the jurisdiction in which the patent is obtained. When most people think of patent protection, they typically think of the […]

Aug 12, 2020

MCBA President’s Message: MCBA making changes in response to trying times

For so many, this year has been one of the most life altering we have ever experienced. I don’t have to recount to you the ways in which the pandemic has hit each of us. And how we have been unable to gather our usual support network — friends, family, colleagues, to mourn losses, grieve […]

Aug 11, 2020

Workplace Issues: What role do pet perks play in combatting attorney stress during the pandemic?

Working from home has some benefits especially that of pet care and pet additions to one’s family. During COVID-19, anxiety has run high and legal work being done remotely has prevented colleagues from discussing cases and sharing ideas about theories. The isolation of dealing with clients without “in-person” meetings can add to the stress of […]

Aug 10, 2020

Commentary: Federal court decision expands medical and family leave under the FFCRA

With September approaching and many schools operating under a hybrid or at-home model of teaching due to COVID-19, it is expected that parents will be seeking to take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to care for their children. A new decision from the Southern District of New York may impact the […]

Aug 7, 2020

COVID-19 survey: Lawyers continue to work remotely and in the cloud

It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly 6 months — and will likely be around for months — or even years — to come. As a result of COVID-19 and its effects, some firms are busier than ever, while others are finding that business has slowed down. This newfound reality that […]

Jul 31, 2020

Legal Loop: Zoom court hearing tips from the Boston Bar Association

It’s the end of July 2020, and we’re months into the COVID-19 crisis with no end in sight. As surges occur across the country, working remotely has become commonplace for most members of the legal profession. Because of that, court appearances, hearings, and jury trials are also part of our newfound reality. As lawyers increasingly […]

Jul 30, 2020

Commentary: Social media advertising and attorneys — words to the wise

There are two two-word warnings for any attorney seeking to exploit social media to help build their practice. Watch out and be careful. The ethical rules for attorney advertising — long based primarily on direct client solicitation or print advertising — are a long way from catching up to the 140-character — Twitter — and […]

Jul 29, 2020

Real Estate Law: Initiation fees may be doorway to needed revenue for HOAs during pandemic

No homeowner likes to learn that their homeowners’ association (“HOA”) dues are being raised, especially during a global pandemic when finances are tight. The reality, though, is that maintaining an HOA is expensive, and the expenses do not decrease or slow down even when the rest of the world appears to. Given the current economy, […]

Jul 24, 2020

Legal Loop: New York judge weighs in on coaching witnesses during Zoom proceedings

It’s hard to believe that in the span of just a few short months, lawyers across the country have suddenly become technologically adept and are using a host of remote technology tools, including videoconferencing software. In the blink of an eye, interacting via videoconference is now a daily occurrence for both attorneys and judges alike, […]

Jul 23, 2020

Matrimonial Matters: Tips for online practice of family law

Online resources in family law practice have been available for several years. However, the fact that lawyers must make use of them because of COVID-19 concerns has pushed many of us out of our comfort zone. I freely admit that I am one of those people who is learning impaired when it comes to anything […]

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