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Professional Development

TweetA recent disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of New York offers a cautionary tale about attorneys who leave essential work to a non-attorney and fail to supervise the non-attorney’s work.  In a case entitled Matter of Thomas F. Cusack III, an attorney and counselor-at-law, D35005 (N.Y App. Div. 2nd […]

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TweetAttorney, Lawrence Spivak, was recently reprimanded by the Second Circuit for defaulting or otherwise failing to comply with the court’s scheduling orders in ten cases, causing the dismissal of all ten cases.  The Second Circuit adopted the recommendations of the Grievance Committee that Spivak be publicly reprimanded and required to submit to periodic status reports.  If […]

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TweetA suspended Long Island attorney is challenging what he claims is the New York Appellate Division, Second Department’s draconian enforcement of disciplinary rules governing attorney escrow accounts.  Attorney Peter Galasso of Garden City, Long Island was suspended by the Second Department for what the court termed was his failure to appropriately oversee his firm’s bank […]

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TweetA Staten Island man who had been imprisoned in the 1980’s for dealing prescription drugs and attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend has finally been admitted to practice in the First Department, New York State Appellate Division after his nine previous attempts to be admitted, which spanned the past seventeen years, were rejected out of hand.  […]

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TweetFor law students hoping that their legal degree would be the ticket to steady, high-paying jobs, the reality of the current economy is understandably disappointing. But are law schools to blame? According to a growing number of class-action lawsuits, many believe the answer is yes. In February, twelve law schools were slapped with class-action lawsuits […]

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TweetFACTS In the recent case, Zalewski v. Shelroc Homes, LLC 1:11-CV-1159 (N.D.N.Y. 3/6/12), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York grappled with the issue whether to disqualify plaintiffs’ attorney, Lee Palmateer, because he had once been interviewed by defendants with a view to representing them in the identical or substantially similar action. The court […]

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TweetA recent survey by ALM Legal Intelligence entitled “Fans, Followers and Connections: Social Media ROI for Law Firms” has disclosed that law firms are finally reaping dividends from their use of social media. Over 40% of the American law firms surveyed reported that participating in social networks and blogging led to new clients or business leads. About 180 law firm partners, marketers and administrators […]

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TweetFor all of us who use LinkedIn to expand our professional networks, there is a new kid on the block named BranchOut whose membership now numbers ten million registered users. BranchOut is a professional networking app built on Facebook which takes advantage of Facebook’s social network effect to reach hundreds of millions of users and, according […]

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TweetLawyer blogging presents challenges that laymen do not face. In most cases, you can avoid running into trouble by using common sense and patience.  Most of us have heard that timeless phrase: “think before you speak.” Think before you blog! Before you submit a blog post ask yourself if it contains any of the following […]

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