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State, county bars support gay marriage

The New York State Bar supports same sex marriage legislation in New York, former President Bill Clinton supports it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports it, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports it and last week the board of the Monroe County Bar Association voted to support it, too.

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ABA Ethics Commission looks at outsourcing

On Monday, the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 released its initial draft recommendations on domestic and international outsourcing that it will bring to the House of Delegates next year. One of the principal objectives of the Commission, formed in August 2009 ...

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State bar outlines legislative priorities

The New York State Bar Association has a few legislative priorities it would like state lawmakers to take action on this year. President Stephen P. Younger is asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature to enact sweeping reform of state and local government ethics laws ...

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State OKs new FLCC paralegal certificate

The state Education Department has approved a new paralegal certificate program at Finger Lakes Community College that will allow those who already have college degrees to move into the profession more quickly. Starting in fall 2011, eligible students can begin the 33-credit program ...

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ABA ethics proposals could impact small firms, solos

The ABA Ethics Commission 20/20 recently met to discuss a package of proposals that are likely to affect small and solo law firms. At the end of last year and earlier this year, the commission issued a series of papers that address the impact of technology and globalization on the practice of law.

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February bar results announced

The New York State Board of Law Examiners has announced that grading has been completed for the February 2011 bar examination. The board examined 3,881 candidates during the two days of testing Feb. 22 and 23.

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ABA considers relaxing rules on legal business structures

Lawyers and non-lawyers may be able to form law firms or businesses that provide non-legal services, in light of changes the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is weighing. The commission formed a working group to look into the ability of U.S. lawyers ...

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MCBA hosts Law Day CLE on John Adams

Imagine trying to defend people accused of taking part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. What about representing a serial killer or militia member who just gunned down local citizens? It has been done, sometimes at great personal cost ...

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