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Practice Pointer: Don't Hit "Send"

Friday, February 19, 2016 Practice Pointer: Don’t Hit “Send” A 30-day suspension has been imposed by the Indiana Supreme Court for the following Respondent sent a threatening and obscene private social media message to a clients ex-husband. He was sorry and took the medicine Violation: The parties agree that Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule […]

Immaterial

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Immaterial A decision from the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department Although the deposition testimony submitted on renewal is not cumulative of the evidence presented on defendant’s original motion, it would not have changed the motion court’s original determination (see Cammeby’s Equity Holdings LLC v Mariner Health Care, […]

How to Show Your Client You Don’t Really Care

Sure, it is no more important to show gratitude for a client on Valentines Day than any other day of the year. But, confronted with mountains of heart-shaped boxes and an avalanche of sweetheart sales, its only natural for some to ponder, Who loves ya, baby? Im not talking about romantic love with secret notes, […]

REMINDER: Risk Survey Deadline Looming

For those interested in receiving copies of the2016 Law Firm Risk Survey reports (when available), please take note of this reminder (and the invitations in your inbox). The survey will be open for one more week. (The final report will be reviewed live at Intapp Inception 2016, which will feature a dedicated, day-long Risk Roundtable […]

Virgin Islands Supreme Court: Advocacy 1, Contempt 0

The Virgin Islands Supreme Court has reversed an order finding an attorney in contempt of court. The attorney represented a mother whose children had been taken from her and was trying to get them back. The purported contempt came when the judge suggested that the attorney’s client should readily submit to counseling. The problem started […]

Pink Slip

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Pink Slip Reciprocal disbarment has been imposed by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department based on that same sanction in Florida. The Florida Bar commenced disciplinary proceedings against respondent by filing a complaint on December 11, 2012, alleging, inter alia, that after being banned by a company […]

McCree Suspended

Friday, January 29, 2016 McCree Suspended A former judge has been suspended for two years in Michigan Respondent appeared at the hearings and filed an answer to the formal complaint. The hearing panel found that respondent had committed professional misconduct during his tenure as a Wayne County Circuit Judge, when he engaged in an extra-marital […]

The Trap of Vertical Speaking Notes

I coach hundreds of lawyers one-on-one each year. When they plop their legal pads on the table as we work, I can see the notes they have created for public speaking or trial advocacy. With just a glance, its immediately obvious how unhelpful those notes are for the task at hand. Written too small and […]

Photo Finish

Friday, January 22, 2016 Photo Finish An attorney convicted of a tax crime has been disbarred by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department. On April 14, 2015, respondent pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the […]

Biglaw Trouble: Big client fee savings are bad for biglaw

Big savings in legal fees for big clients is really bad news for biglaw. There are perhaps 50 US law firms grossing over $1 billion per year and the gross legal product, last time I checked, was a little under $400 billion. Just from the natural downturn in big cases (given a downward shove by […]