Benitez v United Home of N.Y. LLC

2015_30794 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Decision of Interest – Professional Responsibility – Bank awarded summary judgment on liability against closing attorneys who failed to disclose subject premises did not have certificate of occupancy

U S v Skelos 15 Mag 1492 (Filed)

Dropbox is Not “Insecure”–Lawyerist.com

by Sam Glover on April 9th, 2015

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“…Asking whether Dropbox is secure or not is asking the wrong question. What you need to figure out is (1) what security measures does Dropbox take, and (2) are you and your clients comfortable with those security measures. Most lawyers aren’t sufficiently technologically competent to accurately assess the first question, much less decide the second — and that is a problem. But maybe I can help a bit with that…”

Read entire article here.

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New York County Issues Ethics Opinion Clarifying Rules on Lawyers’ Use of LinkedIn – Legal Ease Blog

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Last week, the New York County Lawyers Association Professional Ethics Committee released Formal Opinion 748, addressing the ethical implications of lawyers’ use of LinkedIn.

Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2015/03/new-york-county-issues-ethics-opinion-clarifying-rules-on-lawyers-use-of-linkedin.html#ixzz3WTPhbXEq

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AMICI – N.Y. State Courts

The “Amici” podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York’s judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics. 

In these brief programs you’ll find:

  • Interviews with judges and other participants in the justice system
  • Commentary on current issues of interest to the bench, bar and public

Just click on a title and your computer’s audio player should automatically begin the program. Additionally, using your mouse, you can ‘right click’ on podcast titles, save them to your desktop or other file and import them to your MP3 player.

If you have a suggestion for a topic on Amici, call John Caher at 518-453-8669 or 

send him a note at jcaher@nycourts.gov.

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Enjoy the first Amici Podcast:

  • Indigent Legal Services: A Discussion with William Leahy

The Duty of Technology Competence and What It Means for E-Discovery

Robert Ambrogi will be moderating this free webinar next Wednesday March 25, 2015, which will discuss the evolving duty of technology competence in the context of e-discovery.

An interactive webinar on what this means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel: 

  • The legal/ethics groundwork for the duty of technological competence 
  • Biggest “danger areas” and most common mistakes 
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery 
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review (and why Continuous Active Learning is such a hot topic now)

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will interview Catalyst’s professional services team to get insight on the key issues and what they wish people knew about e-discovery. 

Sign up here.

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New York Court Watcher: Preet Bharara on Sheldon Silver: Prosecutorial Ethics?

Is U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara behaving more like a politician or like a prosecutor bound by the rules of legal ethics?

Do his press conferences, speeches, interviews, and other public comments about Sheldon Silver, the now-indicted former Speaker of the New York Assembly, sound more like he’s running for elected office, or like a prosecutor who is abiding by the ethical restrictions on over-zealous, prejudicial out-of-court statements?

Read Prof Bonventre’s analysis of the applicable rules of conduct and statements made by US Attorney Bharaara here.

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