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We Need More Optimists in the Legal Profession

There are not too many optimists in the legal profession. By preparing for the worst-case scenario to solve client problems, lawyers are trained in law school to be pessimists and to embrace the negativity. Perhaps then it’s unsurprising that job dissatisfaction is the highest it’s ever been, according to Hon. Sarah L. Krauss (Ret.), chair … Continued
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NY Attorney General Letitia James Sees Pro Bono Work as a Sword and a Shield

Speaking about the importance of pro bono work in these uncertain times New York State Attorney General Letitia James delivered the keynote address to members of the New York State Bar Association during the President's Committee on Access to Justice (PCAJ) event on Thursday at the association's Annual Meeting.
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The Long-Awaited Modifications to the Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney Have Been Enacted

The changes to the New York Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney (POA) are long overdue.
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Partners Ready To Go Back to Office. Will Associates Follow Suit?

Managing law firm partners foresee that the traditional firm environment will return later this year, albeit with some changes.
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COVID-19 Is Causing Headaches Over Taxes

COVID-19 shut down offices and sent employees home to work  — often out of state — leaving a big question about state income taxes: Should they be paid where the employees are actually working, or where the employer is located? Alysse B. McLoughlin, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in New York, led a … Continued
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5 data-driven legal trends for lawyers to be aware of in 2021

This article lists five key takeaways from the report that lawyers should consider when envisioning the future of their practice.
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Lawyers, Judge in Only Queens Criminal Jury Trial Since March Discuss Trying a Case During COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in New York last March, only one criminal trial has been completed in Queens – beginning eight months later in November and ending just after the state court system once again had to shut down in-person trials due to a resurgence of the virus. The lawyers, including the judge who … Continued
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The RBG Manual: Fiery Dissents, Strong Listening, Persuasive Writing

She was not a commercial litigator, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead brought a particular type of litigator experience to the Supreme Court. It was her unique way of persuading people by connecting them to the type of wrong she tried to get the court to address. Often, this involved using male plaintiffs in her cases, … Continued
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NYSBA Honors Attorney General, Law Attorneys, Firms for Pro Bono Service and 2020 Empire State Counsel

New York State Attorney General Letitia James will deliver the keynote address and receive an award for her leadership and commitment to advancing access to justice for all New Yorkers by the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) President’s Committee on Access to Justice (PCAJ) on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the 2021 NYSBA Annual Meeting.
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Where are the Women Leaders in Sports?

Valerie Ackerman, the commissioner of the Big East Conference and founding president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, has worked her entire career in both. She spoke Tuesday to members of the New York State Bar Association’s Women in Law Section at the association’s Annual Meeting. She detailed the successes and failures of top collegiate conferences and international athletic associations…
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