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Social Media Ethical Guidelines: What Lawyers Need to Know

06/18/2014   |   BY

Don’t let your online activities land you on the bar discipline docket. The New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal... Read More »

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The Work-Product Doctrine Has Limits

06/09/2014   |   BY

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently issued a decision which should remind lawyers of the limits of the work product doctrine. The... Read More »

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The Law of Lawyering According to Lincoln: Honest At All Events

05/22/2014   |   BY

The Pew Research Center recently revealed that only 18 percent of Americans feel that lawyers contribute a lot to the... Read More »

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To Err is Human . . . But May Not Always Cause Harm

12/11/2013   |   BY

The practice of law is not an exact science.  Even the Supreme Judicial Court has said that the “law does... Read More »

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Lawyer Reboot: Starting Over at a New Firm

11/07/2013   |   BY Thomas F. Maffei

Not that long ago, a lawyer joined a law firm, rose through the ranks, became a partner and finished out... Read More »

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Ten Carat Engagement Letters

10/07/2013   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”  -Mae West Engagement rings... Read More »

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Seize the Day – Diligence as the Hallmark of Good Ethics

09/12/2013   |   BY

In the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, an idealistic high school teacher gives his students these words to live by:... Read More »

Lawyers Advise: Clients Decide

09/05/2013   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

It is your job as an attorney to help your clients make smart choices.  As much as you would like... Read More »

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Mentoring to Avoid Malpractice

08/15/2013   |   BY

One would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  While... Read More »

Federal Jurisdiction Over Patent Malpractice Claims

01/29/2013   |   BY

On January 16, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Gunn v. Minton, a case in which... Read More »

The PTO Takes Steps to Conform with the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

12/28/2012   |   BY

After more than twenty-five years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) plans to replace its Code of... Read More »

ABA Commission on Ethics Recommends Changes To the Model Rule Governing In-House Counsel

11/06/2012   |   BY

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 recently submitted for comment several proposed changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct... Read More »