New York Courts Say: Hand It Over | The Marshall Project


The link between wrongful convictions and Brady violations prompted the New York court system to release a¬†new rule this week. Beginning in January, judges will issue an order reminding prosecutors of their obligation to turn over “information favorable to the defense.” Some judges already routinely issue such orders, but this will require all judges to do so in every criminal case.

3 New Ethics Opinions Guide New York Lawyers on Marketing Issues – Legal Ease Blog


  • Allison C. Shields
The New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics issued three opinions within the past several months that provide guidance for New York lawyers on marketing issues. Opinion 1129, issued in July 2017, addresses attorney newsletters. Opinion 1131, covering payment for marketing or lead generation fees, and Opinion 1132, discussing the use of Avvo Legal Services, were both issued on August 8, 2017.

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Stay Up To Date With These Legal Technology Blogs | Above the Law

Subscribe to some of these blogs and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your ethical obligation to stay abreast of changes in legal technology.


The majority of jurisdictions (28) now require lawyers to stay on top of legal technology changes. This means that the majority of lawyers have an ethical obligation to learn about and understand technology in order to make informed decisions about whether to use technology in their practices.

Of course, the challenge for most lawyers is figuring out how to find the time to learn about technology, given the ever-present demands of practicing law and running busy law practices. Aside from attending on-point CLEs, one of the easiest ways to learn about legal technology is to use an RSS feed reader such as feedly (my feed reader of choice), subscribe to number of legal technology blogs, and spend a few minutes each day reading them and learning about the latest legal technology trends.

There are a lot of blogs out there, however, so knowing which ones to subscribe to isn’t always easy. To get you started, here are some of my favorite legal technology blogs. I read posts from these bloggers each and every day and find their insight and advice to be invaluable.

Ethics in the Age of the Internet NYC Live & Webcast–NYSBA General Practice Section CLE

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Stephanie A. Bugos
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Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:


The General Practice Section is sponsoring the following program in New York City the evening of October 24. For those outside of the NYC area, there is also a live webcast option.


This program offers 2.0 MCLE credits in Ethics, and the GP Section member rate is only $50.


We hope to see you there!

Legal Ethics in the Age of the Internet

October 24, 2017 | 6-8pm

Penn Club of New York (30 W. 44th Street) / Live Webcast Option available


This practical program will address two timely topics:

·         Protecting confidential and personally identifiable information in compliance with amended Rule 1.6(c), and

·         How to ethically utilize the internet in litigation and avoid social engineering scams.



·         Professor Roy D. Simon, a Legal Ethics Advisor to law firms

·         Brett Scher, Esq., a Partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP


Learn more and register here:…


Best regards,



Stephanie A. Bugos  Section Liaison

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207


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Law firm’s automatic deletion of spam emails is blamed for failure to file timely appeal–ABA Journal

A Florida law firm’s failure to appeal an order assessing attorney fees doesn’t constitute excusable neglect when its email system apparently perceived the order to be spam and erased it, a Florida appeals court has ruled.
The Aug. 10¬†decision¬†by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal is being touted as a cautionary tale for lawyers,¬†¬†(sub. req.) reports.

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Donald Trump’s lawyers fail at basic lawyering: Privacy –


President Donald Trump may be focusing on how to wriggle out of the Russia scandal that threatens to envelop his administration, but in order to do that, his legal team will first need to get their proverbial house in order.

Exhibit A: The fact that Trump lawyers Ty Cobb and John Dowd were¬†overheard by New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel¬†dishing over their frustrations with the administration’s legal strategy.

The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed “a McGahn spy” and saying Mr. McGahn had “a couple documents locked in a safe” that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to. He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for “some of these earlier leaks,” and who he said “tried to push Jared out,” meaning Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been a previous source of dispute for the legal team.

Lawyer Referral Fees: Worth Paying?–

By Allison Shields

Referrals from other attorneys are a huge source of business for many law practices. But should those referrals prompt the payment of referral fees? Is it OK to insist another lawyer pay a referral fee in exchange for sending a client to them?
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