Giving Gifts to Keep Clients Returning and Referring | Larry Bodine

Michael Goldblatt:

Gifts are a rainmaking tool that keeps your name in front of clients for an extended period. Promotional gifts typically cost from about $5 to $25 for items like calendars, clocks, pens, mugs, and other desktop accessories. They show gratitude and promote the use of your firm’s services.  Read this article for tips about how to use promotional products and see the exhibits accompanying the article for resources on where to buy gifts and how to use them.

Why Big Law Is Taking On Trump Over Immigration – The New York Times

Corporate lawyers at Paul Weiss, a prestigious Manhattan law firm, often spend their days scouring the fine print of client documents and government regulations. But for the past few months, they have been on a different search.

In the firm’s Midtown offices, about 75 lawyers have been trying to find more than 400 parents who were separated from their families at the southern border this year and then deported without their children.

Paul Weiss, where partners charge more than $1,000 an hour and clients include the National Football League and Citigroup, is looking for these parents, pro bono, as part of a federal American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Trump administration over its family separation policy.

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Court: Suffolk sheriff illegally detained inmate for ICE | Newsday

By Yancey  @yanceyroy


In a case originating in Suffolk County, a court ruled Wednesday that state and local law enforcement have no authority to arrest and detain people on behalf of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for deportation purposes.

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, in a 4-0 ruling (full text), upended a policy implemented by former Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco of detaining for up to 48 hours any person who was subject to an ICE warrant. DeMarco announced the policy one month after the election of President Donald Trump.

Such a policy was “unlawful” under New York law, the court ruled. Shortly after the decision came down Wednesday, Sheriff Errol Toulon, who succeeded DeMarco, issued a staff directive saying: “This practice shall cease immediately.”



Harvard Opens Massive Caselaw Library Online – Technologist

By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 8, 2018 2:56 PM


The project is known as Caselaw Access Project API; API is the application program interface. It allows users to access the information in different ways.

The website has applications designed for different uses, such as compiling cases and doing word searches. The API is open for other developers to create other tools.

The digital library includes:

  • All official, book-published cases in the United States
  • Cases from all state courts, federal courts, territorial courts from 1658 to 2018

CNN files First Amendment suit against Trump for revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass–ABA Journal


CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, have sued President Donald Trump for revoking the reporter’s White House press pass after a staffer tried, without success, to take away Acosta’s microphone.

The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges violations of a First Amendment right of access and a Fifth Amendment right to due process. The suit also claims the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act by acting arbitrarily and capriciously. CNN’s statement and additional lawsuit documents are hereCNN, the Washington Post and Politico have coverage.


“There can be no question that the revocation of Acosta’s credentials is a content- and viewpoint-based punishment imposed on him because the president and his administration do not like CNN or Acosta’s reporting,” CNN’s lawyers say in a memorandum of points and authorities.


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EXCLUSIVE: 50 New York state prisoners died due to inadequate medical care over the past five years, death reports reveal – NY Daily News



State Correction Commission review panels repeatedly found medical staff failed to conduct basic checkups and mental health screenings. Doctors and nurses regularly ignored serious ailments until it was too late, according to the reviews.


Multiple deaths involved mentally ill prisoners who committed suicide after they were continually tossed in solitary confinement. At least four prisoners died from asthma-related ailments that could have been prevented had they been given inhalers and other medications.

Review: iPad Pro 12.9″ (third generation) — the perfect iPad for attorneys – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson,

Apple’s newest iPad Pro, the 12.9″ third generation iPad Pro, is the closest that Apple has ever come to an iPad Legal Pad.  The size is almost exactly 8.5″ x 11″ (letter size), the second generation Apple Pencil is even better than before, and the shape of the device with its flat edges almost feels like a brand new legal pad with crisp edges.  Moreover, the incredibly powerful processor inside combined with the latest iOS and powerful apps makes the latest version of the iPad an incredibly useful tool for lawyers.  Much like the legal pad is an essential tool for any lawyer, the third generation 12.9″ iPad Pro is the perfect iPad for many attorneys.  This device is amazing.

Supreme Court rules federal age-bias law applies to state and local governments of any size


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 applies to state and local governments, regardless of their size.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the 8-0 opinion, the first of the term


Challenging a parking ticket with the ParkMobile app – iPhone J.D.

iPhone J.D. is published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

I fought the law, and my app won.  Here is my story.

For many years now, there have been systems in place in many cities allowing you to pay for a parking spot using an iPhone app.  I live in New Orleans, and the system that we use here is called ParkMobile, which operates in 350 cities in the United States.  It is convenient that you can pay for a parking spot before you even leave your car, it is helpful to see how much time you have on the meter even when you are far away from your car, and perhaps best of all, you can add more time to the parking meter no matter where you are.  There have been multiple times when I have been in a deposition or a meeting which ran long and I was able to quickly add more time to the meter without having to go all the way back to my car.  The system works so well that it has almost seemed too easy, making me wonder if simply using the app really would protect me from getting a parking ticket.

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Personal Injury Firm Claims Rivals Lured Away Clients With ‘Briefcase Full of Cash’ |

In a new lawsuit claiming $30 million in damages, a prominent personal injury firm, Ginarte Gallardo Gonzalez & Winograd, is alleging two competitor law firms enticed clients to switch attorneys by offering them Uber rides from a doctor’s office and then money from a briefcase full of cash in a partner’s office.

New York courts have seen several scandalous spats among personal injury law firms. However, the lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court includes especially remarkable claims, such as competitor attorneys using “case runners” to meet clients at a pain management specialist’s office, then luring them to their firm and finally paying them off in cash if they agreed to substitute counsel.