Commission Calls for Uniform Lawyer Discipline Standards | New York Law Journal

A commission appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recommended Friday that uniform standards for attorney discipline and punishment be adopted throughout New York state and follow guidelines developed by the American Bar Association.

While the existing machinery of disciplining attorneys would remain in place in each of the four Appellate Division departments, adopting uniform discipline rules would ensure that lawyers from Long Island to Buffalo would be subject to the same punishments for the same misconduct, according to the recommendations of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline.

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Shake-Up In Legal Research: Fastcase Acquires Loislaw From Wolters-Kluwer – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

The legal research company Fastcase has acquired one of its prime competitors among middle-market legal research providers, Loislaw. Fastcase has purchased Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer, which had acquired it in 2000 for $95 million.

LoisLaw subscribers began receiving notices over the weekend informing them of the news. The letter stated that WK will sunset the Loislaw product effective Nov. 30, and that “we are collaborating with Fastcase so they can offer comparable subscription plans on the Fastcase platform, including Loislaw treatise libraries, at the same or lower prices as your current Loislaw subscription.”

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For Research, Lawyers Turn First to Free Sources, ABA Survey Says – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

Lawyers spend an average of 20 percent of their work time conducting legal research, and when they start a research project, they generally turn first to free online research services before using fee-based services or research materials in print or on CD-ROM.

However, with respect to online research exclusively (excluding books and CD-ROMs), lawyers are more likely to start a research project using a fee-based service than a free one. Thirty-eight percent of lawyers say they go first to a fee-based resource, while 37 percent say they start with a general search engine such as Google or Bing. Fourteen percent say they start with a bar-sponsored research service such as Fastcase or Casemaker.

These are among the findings reported in the 2015 edition of the annual Legal Technology Survey Report, compiled by the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. These findings are from Volume 5 of the report, covering online research.

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Video: ‘You Be the Judge’ Gives Students First-Hand View of Sentencing | United States Courts

An innovative U.S. courts program is teaching students about federal sentencing decisions from a unique perspective: the judge’s bench.   

A newly released video shows high school students, guided through a simulated court case by a federal judge, deciding an appropriate sentence for a 17-year-old charged with starting a forest fire in a national park.

The presiding judge leads the student judges through a discussion of aggravating and mitigating circumstances that make their sentencing decisions a close call. The roles of the defendant, his parents and high school coach all are played by selected students, while their peers serve as judges responsible for deciding the sentence.

The “You Be the Judge” series of sentencing scenarios has been tested in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with national student groups visiting Washington. The program is available to interested federal courts across the country. 

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is seen in the video presiding over a student hearing, calls the program a “golden opportunity” to educate young people about the legal consequences of bad decisions.

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Pro Se Centers Help Even the Odds for Litigants Without Lawyers | United States Courts

When litigants come to federal court without a lawyer, they are at a

disadvantage. Even if their case is strong, they can easily get lost in

a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology. A single error can

doom their chances, long before a trial date is set.

In the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, that is changing. Since late

March, an innovative program has provided critical legal help to more

than 150 low-income pro se litigants, who file or must defend civil

lawsuits without a lawyer.

In Brooklyn, and in similar programs in a half-dozen federal courts,

clerk’s staff and judges refer pro se litigants to on-site centers,

where lawyers hired by bar associations and nonprofits assist with

strategizing, document drafting and procedural guidance, but do not

directly represent litigants in court. In most courts, pro se assistance

is given by clerk’s staff, who can answer technical and process

questions, but must not give legal advice.

“The goal of this program is to provide much needed legal assistance to

our pro se community,” said Chief Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District

of New York, at a recent ribbon-cutting. “Pro se cases represent a very

significant part of our docket. The program is showing early promise of

great success.” 

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