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Legalweek Preview: Diversity in Legal in the Wake of #MeToo

Diversity has long been widely discussed in the legal industry. In the past year, however, new questions have been raised about equality in the profession, driven by prominent movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Even as stories continue to pour out of Hollywood and elsewhere, the legal industry is confronting difficult questions about whether women in law firms, or in the legal profession in general, receive equal representation and treatment. This is one in a series of posts previewing the u...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Time, Uncategorized, Pearson, Goodwin Procter LLP, Bob Ambrogi, Duane Morris, Drinker Biddle, Patrick Fuller, Steve Kovalan, Legalweek Preview, GCFC US Enterprise Commercial Microsoft, Ann Kappler, External Affairs Prudential Financial


Fourth Amendment Limits NYC’s Demands for Airbnb Customer Records

As part of its ongoing crackdown on short-term lodging, New York City passed an anti-Airbnb ordinance scheduled to take effect next month. HomeAway was also affected by the law, but I’ll focus on Airbnb. The ordinance addresses the challenges faced by the enforcement agency because Airbnb “Listings do not include a host’s full name, email address, telephone number, or the rental property’s exact address; Airbnb securely stores that information.” The ordinance requires Airbnb to provide monthly r...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, New York City, E-commerce, Airbnb, Ose, City Council, Privacy/security, McKenna, Content Regulation, Airbnb Customer Records


Legalweek Preview: Diversity in Legal in the Wake of #MeToo

Diversity has long been widely discussed in the legal industry. In the past year, however, new questions have been raised about equality in the profession, driven by prominent movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Even as stories continue to pour out of Hollywood and elsewhere, the legal industry is confronting difficult questions about whether women in law firms, or in the legal profession in general, receive equal representation and treatment. This is one in a series of posts previewing the u...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Time, Uncategorized, Pearson, Goodwin Procter LLP, Duane Morris, Drinker Biddle, Patrick Fuller, Steve Kovalan, Legalweek Preview, GCFC US Enterprise Commercial Microsoft, Ann Kappler, External Affairs Prudential Financial, Andy Yoo


Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors. Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW. Even so,...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Techshow, Alm, Abbott, Burke, Vermeulen, Bob Ambrogi, Christy Burke, Burke Company, Michael Abbott


How Lawyers Are Using Social Media in 2019

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** How Lawyers Are Using Social Media in 2019 I’ve been covering lawyers’ use of social media in my column for the Daily Record since 2008. Back then, most lawyers believed that social media was a passing fad, despite my ardent assertions to the contrary. Some even believed that it was both unethical and unwise for lawyers to use social media. Convincing lawyers that social media was a phenomenon t...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York, Law, Social Media, Web/Tech, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Gary Craig, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors. Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW. Even so,...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Techshow, Alm, Abbott, Burke, Vermeulen, Christy Burke, Burke Company, Michael Abbott, CLOC


Thursday round-up

For this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court, Amy Howe analyzes yesterday’s oral argument in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair, a challenge to Tennessee’s durational residency requirements for liquor licensing. For The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that “Supreme Court justices indicated … that they thought Tennessee’s tough residency requirements for those who want to run liquor stores have more to do with protecting in-state economic interests...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Bloomberg, United States, Tennessee, Medicare, Jackson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Washington Post, Trump, Round-up, Reuters, U S Supreme Court


NY Times op-ed explores "How to Make New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas"

The New York Times this week has this notable editorial about criminal discovery that bore the provocative (and fitting) headline that I have quoted in the title of this post.  As practitioners know, these discovery issues can have a profound impact on plea practices and sentencing outcomes.  Here are excerpts: In New York, prosecutors operate within a draconian system that gives them free rein to leave defendants in the dark about aspects of their cases for months or even years.  In cases big ...
Tags: New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Brooklyn, New York Times, New Jersey, North Carolina, Criminal Justice, Ny Times, Douglas A Berman


Morning Docket: 01.16.19

* Neil Gorsuch wrote an opinion in favor of labor rights and against mandatory arbitration. Yes, that Neil Gorsuch. [Slate] * The Trump Administration takes an L: S.D.N.Y. judge rules they can't ask citizenship questions in the census. [New York Law Journal] * Federal courts are now intending to squeak by on funding through January 25th. This is the second extension the Office of Court Administration has been able to muster due to aggressive cost cutting. [National Law Journal] * Kirsten Gill...
Tags: New York, Law, Boston, Npr, Kirsten Gillibrand, Courthouse News Service, Susan Berman, Robert Durst, Beantown, National Law Journal, Davis Polk, American Lawyer, New York Law Journal, Morning Docket, Office of Court Administration, Trump Administration


InCloudCounsel Crosses the Pond, Opens London Office to Serve UK and EU Market

InCloudCounsel, a U.S. company that provides corporations and law firms with freelance attorneys to handle routine legal work, is today announcing its expansion into Europe with the opening of an office in London to serve the UK and European legal markets. Leading the office and the company’s expansion there is Bridget K. Deiters, a London-based managing director at InCloudCounsel. Deiters formerly practiced corporate/capital markets law at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis in London and Chicago an...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Chicago, Kirkland Ellis, Bob Ambrogi, Cravath, EU Market, Deiters, Pond Opens London Office, Bridget K Deiters, InCloudCounsel Deiters


InCloudCounsel Crosses the Pond, Opens London Office to Serve UK and EU Market

InCloudCounsel, a U.S. company that provides corporations and law firms with freelance attorneys to handle routine legal work, is today announcing its expansion into Europe with the opening of an office in London to serve the UK and European legal markets. Leading the office and the company’s expansion there is Bridget K. Deiters, a London-based managing director at InCloudCounsel. Deiters formerly practiced corporate/capital markets law at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis in London and Chicago an...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Chicago, Kirkland Ellis, Cravath, EU Market, Deiters, Pond Opens London Office, Bridget K Deiters, InCloudCounsel Deiters, InCloudCounsel


New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group


Eight new grants, Ginsburg recovery from surgery “on track”

One day after Politico reported that White House officials were preparing for the possible “death or departure” of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had surgery in late December to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs, the Supreme Court announced today that there was no evidence of any other cancer, and that the 85-year-old Ginsburg would not require any further treatment. Ginsburg’s recovery from surgery is “on track,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement, althoug...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, White House, Usda, United States, South Dakota, United Arab Emirates, Davis, Wisconsin, Lgbtq, Smith, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Newton


Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligations

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligation Office water coolers used to be gathering places where people discussed current events and caught up on office gossip. But, like many other time-honored traditions, even water cooler conversations have been affected by technology. Certainly these in-office discussions still occur, but much of the day-to-day discours...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Social Media, Ethics, Web/Tech, Nopd, Louisiana, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Gill Pratt, National Guard, Jefferson


Conference Preview: AI in the Spotlight when Legalweek Convenes Jan. 28

With Legaltech, one of the world’s largest and most-important legal technology conferences, just two weeks away, we are at a time when it has never been more obvious how tech is transforming the practice of law. With the proliferation of legal tech startups and new apps on the market seemingly every day, lawyers are in a prime position to take advantage of innovations that offer the possibility to achieve what once seemed unachievable – doing more with less. Perhaps no legal technology has grabb...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Crowell Moring, Mayer Brown, Bob Ambrogi, Greg Lambert, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, LLP, Legaltech, Phil Rosenthal, Dan Linna, Jackson Walker LLP, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Gregory Culloo


New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group, Wolters Kluwer Today


Transfer of Title: Can Power of Attorney Person Sign Transfer of Vehicle Title

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Pennsylvania I have full power of attorney for my Mother (90 yrs old). I live in New York state and she lives in Pa. Due to medical issues, she is no longer allowed to drive and never will be. I want to sell her car so that she will have these funds for her expenses. If she does not agree (which is very possible), can I sign the title for the purpose of transferring it to a buyer? Thanks for any help.
Tags: New York, Law, Pennsylvania, Cars and Dealerships, Pa Due


Ownership Rights: Does a Neighbor Have the Right to Dispose of Another's Property

My question involves personal property located in the State of: New York Say Neighbor A pulls down a fence between his and Neighbor B's property, but located just over on B's property. When B questions A about it, A claims the fence was in disrepair and a public danger. He also claims that he had sent B a registered letter and asked that B take steps to either repair or remove the fence within 6 weeks, or he would demolish it. B says A had no right to pull down the fence no matter what he thoug...
Tags: New York, Law, Personal Property


"Reducing Barriers to Reintegration: Fair chance and expungement reforms in 2018"

The title of this post is the title of from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center to document the laws passed in 2018 aimed at reducing barriers to successful reintegration for individuals with a criminal record. Here is the report's executive summary: * In 2018, 30 states and the District of Columbia produced 56 separate laws aimed at reducing barriers faced by people with criminal records in the workplace, at the ballot box, and elsewhere.  Many of these new laws enacted more than one...
Tags: Florida, New York, Law, Colorado, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, District Of Columbia, Arizona California, Douglas A Berman


A “view” from the courtroom: Comity Central

This term of the court has had plenty of arguably boring cases on statutory interpretation, pre-emption and procedure. But every now and then a low-key case comes along that results in an argument amounting to a heady constitutional seminar. Today’s lone case for argument, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, will be one of those. Seth P. Waxman for petitioner (Art Lien) When the court takes the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is again absent as she recuperates from her recent lu...
Tags: New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Georgia, United States, Hawaii, Social Security, Broadway, Nevada, University Of California Berkeley, Social Security Administration, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hall


Seller Broker Contract

My question involves real estate located in the State of: New York In a listing agreement with a brokerage company (seller's broker), there is a clause that reads: "If you fail to close on the property, after a contract of sale is fully executed, then we shall be entitled to our full commission. " The first question I have is- is this standard to have such a clause in this type of an agreement? Second, I don't fully understand what "fail to close after contract of sale is fully executed" ...
Tags: New York, Law, Buying, Selling and Conveying Real Estate


The Case Against Natalya Veselnitskaya

Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya has been indicted in New York and charged with obstruction of justice pertaining to a declaration she filed under penalty of perjury in a civil case between her clients (Prevezon Holdings and its chief officer,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Law, Prevezon Holdings, Natalya Veselnitskaya


Spotlighting criminal-justice debt and its profound impact on the poorest Americans

The New York Times magazine has this lengthy new article about criminal justice debt under this full headline: "How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor: In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time." I recommend the piece in full, and here is a snippet: No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, America, West, New York Times, Louisiana, Washington State, Ross, National Public Radio, American Civil Liberties Union, Corinth, Southern Poverty Law Center


3 Questions For A Biglaw Challenger (Part I)

Recently, I was fortunate to have had a chance to conduct a written interview with a prominent IP attorney, David L. Hecht, co-head of the IP Group and New York office of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP (“Pierce Bainbridge”). I have known David for a few years, having first met him while he […]
Tags: New York, Law, David, Intellectual Property, Biglaw, Pierce, Boutique Law Firms, Gaston Kroub, IP Group, Pierce Bainbridge, David L Hecht, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price Hecht LLP, David Hecht


“Science Favors J&J in Talcum Powder Lawsuits”

For years lawyers have been suing Johnson & Johnson claiming that its baby powder has caused ovarian cancer, a theory that has mostly met with failure in court. This summer, however, a St. Louis jury found liability and ordered the company to pay $4.69 billion, on a related theory that asbestos contaminants in the product (as opposed to talc itself) caused the disease. On December 14 Reuters followed with a lengthy piece laying out, and implicitly siding with, the plaintiff lawyers’ accusations...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, California, Uncategorized, New Jersey, St Louis, Asbestos, Product Liability, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Nocera, Mark Lanier, Daniel Fisher Forbes, Toxic Torts, Joe Nocera Bloomberg


"Why Aren’t Democratic Governors Pardoning More Prisoners?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this notable new piece in The Atlantic by Matt Ford. The subtitle adds "It's one of the most effective tools for reducing mass incarceration, but few are taking advantage of it."  Here are excerpts: Governors in most states have the power to pardon or commute sentences, either at their sole discretion or with some level of input from a commission. Since most convictions occur at the state level, some governors can wield even greater infl...
Tags: Florida, New York, Law, California, Atlantic, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, New Mexico, Republican Party, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Susana Martinez, Brown, Rick Scott, Gray Davis


Lawyers In Demand — See Also

Demand For Legal Services Is Up: Even more so in New York. We Crown A Winner: Best legally themed holiday card. Legal Tech + Christmas Carols = Fun. Chief Justice John Roberts End Of The Year Report: Not that it means much. Managing Expectations For The New Year: Don't expect too much.
Tags: New York, Law, John Roberts, See Also


Good News For Lawyers: Demand For Legal Services Is Up — Especially In New York

Companies need lawyers now more than ever.
Tags: New York, Law, HBR Consulting, In-House Counsel, Legal Demand


Morning Docket: 01.02.19

* Out of the mouths of babes federal judges: “Those conclusions – that the president’s statements on national security are not always to be taken literally or to be trusted – are legal victories for his Justice Department....” Did you think you’d ever see a something like this written about the U.S. president? That’s our Trump! [USA Today] * A good New Year’s resolution for the federal judiciary? Chief Justice John Roberts says that while progress has been made when it comes to protecting law c...
Tags: Gender, New York, Law, California, Washington Post, Virginia, New York City, Nbc News, Domestic Violence, Hawaii, Courts, National Security, Usa Today, Women's Issues, Donald Trump, Sexual Harassment


January 2 roundup

Extended look at problems of the adult guardianship program in New York [John Leland, New York Times, earlier] “‘Professional Speech’: a Distinction without a Difference” after the NIFLA case [Cato podcast with Caleb Brown and Robert McNamara of Institute for Justice] New York enacts law imposing stiff new tax on opioid makers and wholesalers while forbidding them to recoup it by raising prices for buyers in other states. That won’t fly under the Dormant Commerce Clause, rules federal judg...
Tags: New York, Law, Australia, Uncategorized, New York Times, Oxford University, Trademarks, Religious Liberty, Institute for Justice, CALEB BROWN, Nate Raymond, Robert McNamara, Ilya Somin, Peter Brown, Opioids, John Leland



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