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WANNA PARTNER UP WITH NON-LAWYERS?

Office of the President Small Firm Survey on Potential Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms (www.nysba.org/NLOSurvey) Dear Lucas: In 2000, NYSBA's House of Delegates passed a resolution opposing any form ...
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APRIL'S FOOLS: WE'VE GOT NEW RULES

New Rules of Professional Conduct Effective April 1, 2009 The new Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys go into effect on April 1, 2009. These rules replace New York' s Code of Professional ...
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LEARN TO LOVE THE RULES

The New York Women's Bar Association is pleased to announce a program on the New Ethics Rules. All information is below, and please see program notice and registration form, attached. New York Women's ...
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CLINTON HITS A NEW LOW

In Matter of Clinton, attorney David Clinton was charged with one count of professional misconduct for engaging in behavior that impacted his "fitness as a lawyer." In 2002, David convinced his ...
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WAS THIS A HACK JOB?

In Matter of Burks, the Committee on Professional Standards (CPS) sought to have New York attorney Edwin Burks disbarred for committing a federal felony. Burks, who was then an Assistant City Attorney ...
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ATTORNEY CENSURED FOR DRUGS

In Matter of Garrahan, the Committee on Professional Standards sought to impose "reciprocal discipline" on Shannon Garrahan after she was censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court for pleading guilty ...
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AN AIMSTER MISSES

In Deep v. Boies, John Deep creator of an Internet file-sharing service known as "Aimster," was involved in a number of copyright and trademark disputes. In one, America Online sued Aimster for ...
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THIS BISHOP GOT DISBARRED, TWICE!

In Matter of Bishop, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Judicial Department (DDC) filed a disciplinary proceeding against Winford Kent Bishop -- an attorney -- after he was disbarred ...
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ATTORNEY DISBARRED OVER $9K?

In Matter of Jones, Hersy Jones, Jr., faced disbarment from the practice of law in the State of New York after being disbarred in the State of Louisiana. The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board ...
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WHAT THE FALK WAS GOING ON?

In Falk v. Chittenden, Robert Falk attempted to have Timothy Chittenden's attorney, Jonathan Lovett, disqualified because of a "conflict of interest." When Falk, the lieutenant of Rye's Police ...
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A HEARST BATTLE

In Hearst v. Hearst, John Randolph Hearst, Jr. fought to protect his family fortune and inheritance from his wife, Barbara Hearst, after she filed for divorce. John and Barbara were married in 1990, ...
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ATTORNEY "AUTOMATICALLY DISBARRED" FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD

In Matter of Brown, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department (DDC) sought to prevent Louise Brown from practicing law in New York State. Brown, together with others, ...
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LUCK OF THE UNPRIVILEGED

In Pellegrino v. Oppenheimer & Co, Inc., Christine Pellegrino, Andrea Bertoline and Irina Alter filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against their employer -- Oppenheimer & ...
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LAWYER SUSPENDED FOR DEFAULTS

In Matter of Stewart, Zelda Stewart's client was injured while crossing the street, and retained Stewart to file a personal injury lawsuit against the City of New York and another party. When those ...
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ATTORNEY FINED $15,000 BY NYC

Wouldn't you want to work for someone who pays for all of your expenses AND also allows you to pocket all the income you generate from your personal activities? That's the "deal" attorney ...
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FORMER EMPLOYEES ARE FAIR GAME

Nicholas Dermigny, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., (Siebert) , which was involved in a dispute with Intuit, Inc. , a financial ...
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WAS CLEARY DOING THE CONGO?

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a highly regarded law fim with some 950 lawyers in twelve offices worldwide. On its website, Cleary boasts: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was ...
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WHAT'S THE STATE BAR SMOKING?

As we reported yesterday, a federal court judge struck a large chunk of the attorney-advertising restrictions that had been promulgated by the Presiding Justices of New York State's four Appellate ...
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ATTORNEY ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

"VICTORY IS OURS!" On July 20, 2007, in a 30-page decision, Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., Senior United States District Court Judge of the Northern District of New York, enjoined and ...
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YOU MEAN PROSECUTORS CAN BE TRUSTED?

With former DA Michael Nifong's ethical lapses and eventual disbarment receiving national headlines over the past year or so, we found the case of People v. Marks to be particularly intriguing. In ...
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CALL US PRESCIENT: NIFONG DISBARRED

It's not that we take pleasure in another's pain or travails, but we anticipated that things didn't look too rosy for former District Attorney Michael B. Nifong -- the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse ...
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LYNNE STEWART GOES BYE-BYE

Lynne F. Stewart was embroiled in a maelstrom when she was accused by the United States government of an array of wrongdoings committed during the course of her representation of a convicted ...
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BRIEF FILED IN FEDERAL "ATTORNEY ADVERTISING" CASE

As we have previously reported, York's new attorney advertising regulations are the subject of a federal lawsuit filed by Public Citizen, Inc., a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. The litigation ...
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"ATTORNEY ADVERTISING," NOT!

As we anticipated, the first federal lawsuit has been filed challenging the constitutionality of New York's new attorney advertising regulations (which took effect yesterday, February 1, 2007). The ...
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DON'T YOU CALL ME STUPID, STUPID!

Judge Gerald Lebovits has a monthly column called "The Legal Writer" featured in the Journal, a publication of the New York State Bar Association. In this month's issue (Vol. 79, No. 1), ...
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