Do LinkedIn Endorsements Violate Legal Ethics? · Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

UnderABA Model Rule 7.1, a lawyer is not to make any false or misleading claims about his or her services. If a lawyer permits an endorsement to remain on the lawyer’s LinkedIn profile that the lawyer knows to be misleading, even if someone else posted the endorsement, that would seem to be a problem under Rule 7.1.

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“Social Security Disability: Topics of Interest to Representatives at the Administrative and Federal Court Phases”

Please join the NDNY FCBA for a CLE Program in Syracuse on Thursday, June 27, 2013

“Social Security Disability:  Topics of Interest to Representatives at the Administrative and Federal Court Phases”

Presenters of this program will be:

Catherine M. Callery, Esq.
Empire Justice Center

Hon. Bruce S. Fein
U.S. Administrative Law Judge, SSA

Maria P. Fragassi Santangelo, Esq.
Office of General Counsel, SSA

Karen Southwick, Esq.
Olinsky Law Group

Louise M. Tarantino, Esq.
Empire Justice Center

Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks

U.S. Magistrate Judge NDNY

When: Thursday, June 27, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Where: James M. Hanley
U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
100 South Clinton Street,
Jury Assembly Room, 7th Floor
Syracuse, New York
Credits: This program has been approved in
accordance with the requirements
of the New York State Continuing
Legal Education Board for 3.5 credits towards the Professional Practice

(Registration closes June 20, 2013)


The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York
(February 16, 2013 through February 15, 2016).

This program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

This is a single program.  No partial credit will be awarded.

This  program is complimentary to all Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Members.  Click on the link below to join.  The CLE program materials will be posted to our website.  As a member you may access all historic CLE materials for the NDNY FCBA CLE programs at:

If you have any questions you would like to submit prior to the program please submit them in advance to:

Thank you for your interest in the NDNY FCBA.  We look forward to seeing you at this upcoming CLE program.

Melissa Withers
NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.


IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations

U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2012, may have a U.S. tax liability and afiling requirement in 2013.

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Mother Ordered to Stop Posting About Her Children on Facebook | Rochester Family Lawyer


In Melody M. v Robert M., 103 A.D.3d 932 (3rd Dept. 2013), the Third Department affirmed a Family Court order that among other changes to the prior joint custody, issued an order of protection against the mother that prohibited her from, among other things, posting any communications to or about the children on any social network site.

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Dropbox and the Paperless Office on Steroids | SlawTips

Here’s a tip that will ensure you always have every document in your client file handy, wherever you are.  Copy your entire client folder toDropbox (or Google Drive) the day before any court appearance or other major event.  Your client folder will then be available to you remotely, via the Cloud, if you need to check any documents that you left behind.

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Negotiating Justice: The New Constitutional Spectrum of Plea Bargaining |

By Ken Strutin, Published on May 19, 2013


The Supreme Court’s decisions in Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper, and the upcoming appeal in Burt v. Titlow1, have put plea bargaining front and center on the national stage.2 As a result, they have divided practitioners and scholars into two camps: (1) those who consider the rulings to be a new statement in the law of plea bargaining and right to effective assistance of counsel; and (2) those who believe they are only a restatement of established principles.3 In any event, these cases have generated interest in the centrality and regulation of plea bargaining, the ethics and effectiveness of defense counsel as negotiator, the oversight of prosecutors regarding charging decisions, sentence recommendations and pre-trial discovery, and the scope of federal habeas corpus review and remedies.

This article collects high court opinions, scholarship and commentary regarding the themes addressed by the Supreme Court in Lafler and Frye as well as their implications for the administration of criminal justice.4

See first link below for entire article:

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Marvin for iOS for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Marvin is a fast, intelligent eBook reader for your iPad. What sets Marvin apart are its unique features and an incredible Artificial Intelligence engine that reads your books with you and helps you discover amazing things about them, their characters, places and anything else.

• Look up characters, places and names in your book to see their biographies, articles about them or their photos.
• See the first time names appear in your book to remind you who they are.
• Find articles about the book and its author. Was the book ever made into a movie, a play, or a radio drama?
• Pin any review, article, video or website to your book.
• Build summaries. Marvin actually creates a new eBook that you can read, annotate and share separately.
• Save all your research and share it easily with your friends.

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In a Paperless Office, A Bigger Monitor is Better

English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Mus...
English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Music Studio Setup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Music Studio Setup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



In a paperless practice, screen size is critical. Don’t skimp on the screen real estate. You have two choices: jumbo monitors or multi-monitor setups. I’ve opted for the jumbo monitor. Here’s why:

Multi-monitors are great for segregating programs to different screens. They look very cool. But if you are reading this, you are an attorney, not a day-trader. You will spend the majority of your time at your computer doing two things: reading and writing. Most of what you do falls in one of those two categories. And for those purposes, jumbo monitors excel.

Read why here.

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New US manual for diagnosing mental disorders published | DSM-5 |


The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders.

Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical opinion so firmly that authors of previous editions are among the most prominent critics.

Known informally as the psychiatrists’ bible, the $199 tome from theAmerican Psychiatric Association is the guidebook that US doctors will use to diagnose mental disorders. The latest edition is the first major update in 20 years.

Read entire analysis by Guardian.


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NYSBA Pro Bono Appeals Program

The New York State Bar Association is proud to provide an innovative Pro Bono Appeals Program that offers free representation to individuals of modest means in selected appeals to the Appellate Division in both the Third and Fourth Departments.

The Program, which began in the Third Department three years ago, was recently expanded to the Fourth Department. Family law appeals have proven to be the area of greatest need. The Program also offers appellate representation in cases involving education, health, housing, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation. The Association’s Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction selects cases based on several factors, including the merits of the issues raised and the potential impact of the case.

If you have clients of modest means who could benefit from this Program, please tell them about it and help them complete an application, available at, along with other details about the Program. Applicants with income up to 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for representation. Also, if you have appellate experience and would like to participate in the program, please contact the Program at


Seymour W. James, Jr., President

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