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TweetRomantic relationships in the workplace can often wreak havoc. However, one law firm’s fraternization program is now the basis for an employment lawsuit. Kimberly A. Elkjer is suing her Texas law firm over its policy of prohibiting male and female employees from being “alone together,” both in and out of the office. Elkjer further claims […]

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TweetWhile everyone agrees that the U.S. Supreme Court dictates the law of the land, many argue that it should stay out of social issues. The issue recently resurfaced during the same-sex marriage debate. Of course, this is not the first time the justices of the Supreme Court have been asked to make fundamental changes to […]

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TweetUnfortunately, wrongful convictions are not isolated events. Since 1989, more than 250 people have been exonerated through DNA testing alone. There is no way of telling how many more innocent may be currently sitting in jail cells across the country. Thanks to growing attention on the problem, funding and resources are now being devoted into […]

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TweetThe relationship between employment agreements and social media continues to break new legal ground. In Oklahoma, a federal court recently considered whether a Facebook post violated a former employee’s non-solicitation agreement. The defendant, Todd Cahill, was a regional manager of Pre-Paid Legal Services. Because the position allowed Cahill to access trade secrets and other confidential […]

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TweetA recent decision by a New York Appellate Court could have a dramatic impact on how prenuptial agreements are enforced. In a rare turn of events, the court threw out the agreement based solely on a subsequent oral promise. The divorce law decision is groundbreaking because courts generally view prenups as etched in stone, even […]

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TweetWorking as a New Jersey municipal judge should give a stand-up comedian a lot of great material. However, the Canons of Judicial Conduct also hold members of the judiciary to a very high ethical standard. As a result, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently considered whether a part-time municipal court judge Vince A. Sicari should […]

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TweetJudges need not be banned from sites like Facebook, but they also can’t friend, tweet, and post like the rest of us. According to a recent formal opinion by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, judges need to exercise caution when participating in electronic social media (ESM). As articulated by […]

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TweetLawyers are accustomed to being the subjects of verbal attacks from clients, opposing parties, and even their peers. However, recent violent attacks against the legal community are unsettling. Understandably, many attorneys are looking over their shoulder and questioning the strength of security measures at their offices and local courthouses. The Center for Judicial and Executive […]

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TweetFor fans that enjoyed last week’s Super Bowl, it may be time to soak it up. Given the legal and public relations fallout from the National Football League’s handling of head injuries, the tradition may not be around forever. Over 4,000 former players have now filed lawsuits alleging that the league hid the risks of […]

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TweetThanks to innovations in technology, many attorneys no longer need a physical office in order to practice law. Given the high cost of office space in some areas, it even makes good business sense. However, several states still require attorneys to hang a shingle outside of the digital world. For states that still follow the […]

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