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You’ve got acceptance! First Department holds that email containing attorney’s signature block constitutes a signed settlement

Laura Myers

Email communication between attorneys has been the norm for some time now, but courts are still grappling with circumstances when an email constitutes an offer or acceptance of a settlement agreement. A recent First Department Appellate Division decision, Philadelphia Insurance ...

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New ABA survey: Lawyers and stress go hand-in-hand

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It’s indisputable: the pandemic’s effects will be long-lasting. No matter how you look at it, the pandemic has significantly impacted the legal profession and the practice of law.  Statistics from a recently released survey conducted by the American Bar Association ...

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Tread carefully when responding to negative online reviews

In recent months there have been a spate of ethics opinions and headlines focused on the social media antics of lawyers. The behavior runs the gamut, whether it’s questionable or downright offensive social media posts, Zoom gaffes, or over-the-top responses ...

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Civil Litigation: Are Zoom depositions making us all a little crazy?

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The “new normal” of practicing law remotely has its challenges. Zoom depositions are one of them.  Preparation is tedious. Computer screens notoriously freeze mid-sentence. And how about those lawyers who love using the limitations of virtual testimony to feed helpful ...

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IP Frontiers: The U.S. Supreme Court finds, and fixes, constitutional defect in Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions

Kristian Ziegler

In U.S. v. Arthrex, case number 19-1434; Smith & Nephew v. Arthrex, case number 19-1452; and Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, case number 19-1458, the Supreme Court recently held that the law empowering Administrative Patent Judges of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ...

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Think before you post to social media lest you face 6-month suspension

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If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: think before you post. This recommendation applies to everyone, of course. But if you’re a lawyer, then you’d best heed my advice and tread lightly when posting commentary online on social ...

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Your Counsel: Tips to practice civility during your mediation

Steven Modica

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, we provide practical information to help you assist those who have ...

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Here’s why your firm needs to be in the cloud

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If you’re familiar with my column you know that I have been urging lawyers to learn about — and use — technology for over a decade now. I always stress how important it is for lawyers to educate themselves about ...

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Will lawyers continue to be averse to technology post-pandemic?

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As the pandemic recedes and we head into the “new normal,” no one is exactly sure what law offices will look like post-pandemic. Will lawyers work remotely more often than before? Will the “face time” requirements of year’s past fall ...

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