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Twitter For Lawyers, Part 1: Goal-Setting and Timing

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Twitter is the ultimate in worlds colliding for attorneys. Our job is to keep things confidential, maintain the attorney-client privilege, and make sure we don’t accidentally disclose something that shouldn’t be disclosed. But Twitter is all about constant, persistent sharing of thoughts, impressions, news items, current affairs, opinions, and politics. The list goes on and on. In a 24-hour world, lawyers using twitter have to keep a very sensitive balance in mind between being a part of the social media ...

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE DIGNITY GRANTED TO INDIVIDUALS BY OUR COURTS

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality is so historic that it would be hard to write about any other topic this week.   One of the most beautiful, and most quoted, passages from the majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy is as follows:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some ...

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Writing Tips For Large Projects

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Practicing law comes with many writing projects. Emails, internal memos, motions, oppositions and the like. And then there are “briefs.” One of the more ridiculous ways to describe the writing projects of the longest and most complex type, the word “brief” belies the undertaking it requires to create one. Briefs require, in fact, the most rigorous attention and devotion if they are to turn out right. But, to make the process more palatable, there are a number of things you ...

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Modern Family Configurations and Loss of Consortium Claims in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of cohabiting unmarried partners increased tenfold between 1960 and 2000.  Many of these relationships are long-term, stable and committed relationships.  Currently, approximately 40% of children are expected to live in a cohabiting household at some point in their lives. In addition, the number of children being raised at least partly by a step-parent has risen dramatically; 1300 new step-families are being formed every day. Taking all groups of non-traditional families into account, ...

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Five Keys To Maintaining A Healthy Work Environment In A Small Law Firm

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Most law firms are managed by attorneys who were educated to practice law but were never trained in management. We pick it up piecemeal, reading books and articles about it, learning from our predecessors, sharing thoughts and questions with other managing partners, etc. Having managed Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow for over ten years, I would like to share some of what I’ve learned about how to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

1) Communication: The ...

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How Accessible Is The Language of Law?

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As trial lawyers, the presentation of a case naturally includes the language and vocabulary we use to describe the case, the parties and the issues. We are tasked with presenting complicated topics and issues to a set of jurors, the vast majority of whom have no legal training whatsoever. And yet we become desensitized to the words we use offhandedly every day. Words like “motion,” “appellate,” and “summary judgment.” These are a part of our everyday vernacular and it is ...

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Many Diverse Ways To Structure A Law Firm

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There are numerous ways to organize a law firm, and different clients prefer different firm structures. Some firms have each attorney responsible for an entire case, from the day the clients walks in, through the “discovery” period (depositions, interrogatories, investigation, etc.), through settlement negotiations, trial and appeal. In a way, these firms are like a collective of solo practitioners, sharing support staff, offices, overhead, etc. Other firms are seniority-based, structured like a pyramid: the lowest associates perform the “grunt” work, ...

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Finding And Hiring The Right Attorney

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Hiring an attorney is a significant, life-altering decision. Here are some tips for making the process less intimidating and increasing the likelihood of finding the right match for you.

To begin, consult with a lawyer you trust, even if you know that he or she is not the right attorney for your particular need. Real estate attorneys often know personal injury attorneys, and vice versa. If you don’t know any attorneys, then speak with a trusted family member or friend and ...

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Workplace art and the federal agency that regulates trucking companies

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Symbols are important.  When we put them in our office, they remind us – and everyone who works in that space – of our goals and aspirations, and why we are there in the first place.

Sometimes, we can find out a lot about a person not just by what they write and accomplish, but also by the mementos or photos they choose to display in their workplace.  One example of this is Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier ...

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We Still Have A Way To Go: Men’s Treatment Of Women In The Legal Profession

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

The topic of sexism – latent or blatant – in the legal profession often engenders (no pun intended) very strong feelings. Nonetheless, having spent much time discussing, reading and thinking about it, I am adding my two cents worth to this discussion.

Most agree that sexism still rears its ugly head not only in the legal profession, but throughout society, and many would like to see it reduced. As expressed by Attorney Sybil Dunlop, sexism “makes our profession a ...

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