NY to Hold Lawyers Accountable on Foreclosures

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The move comes amid an uproar over accusations that mortgage lenders nationwide cut corners on paperwork and legal procedure as they moved to seize millions of homes. It follows a slew of other state efforts to challenge the foreclosure debacle.

In New York, attorneys there already have an obligation to ensure that the documents they present to the court are valid, but New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said having them sign something affirming that all papers got a proper review will hold them accountable like never before.

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Why lawyers should be on Facebook

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Avoiding Facebook? This insightful article by Lawyerist explains why a Facebook account is essential for practicing law today.

Lawyers who are not on Facebook are missing out on critical opportunities to network for referrals, research defendants and potential jury members, market their law firms, and vet potential legal hires and current associates.

For those lawyers who still need persuading, here, in no specific order, are the top six reasons why lawyers should be on Facebook:

  1. Facebook can bring you referrals and clients by helping you to reconnect with old classmates, colleagues, and friends through direct contact both formal (messages) and informal (wall posts), events, and interest groups

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Recommended reading for all women lawyers

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The Woman Advocate, Second Edition

Abbe F. Fletman and Evelyn R. Storch, Editors

According to the Illinois State Bar Association,

The Woman Advocate is by women advocates for woman advocates. It contains first-hand accounts by successful women lawyers of their experiences at all stages of career development. In the four parts of the book—Where We Are; How We Got There; What Our Environment Is Like; and Where We’re Going—the contributors provide reflections, advice, guidance, and, of course, “war stories” in lively, entertaining and insightful prose.

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Lawyer Sues for $700K After His Arrest for Failing to Show ID in Courthouse

A Maryland lawyer in a hurry to file some briefs decided to take a stand when an officer at the appeals court in Annapolis asked to see his ID.

Norman Christopher Usiak refused, the Baltimore Sun reports. His resulting arrest spurred Usiak to file a $700,000 lawsuit claiming false arrest, false imprisonment and assault.

Moral of the story, just show your damn ID.

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TEN ETHICS QUESTIONS FROM YOUNG LAWYERS

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From billing inquiries to law firm names–here’s the top 10 Ethical Questions posed by new attorneys.

Question #1: Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
Question #2: Hourly Billing
Question #3: Multi or Cross-Jurisdictional Practice
Question #4: Business Transactions with Clients
Question #5: Firm Names and Letterheads
Question #6: Duty to Report Lawyer Misconduct
Question #7: Law Firm Dissolution or Departure
Question #8: Advertising: Targeted Mailing Solicitation
Question #9: Referral Fees
Question #10: Serving As Director and As Lawyer for a Corporation

Source: iardc.org

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How to Identify If You Are Tweeting With a Lawyer | Social Media Law Student

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1. “I need more than 140 characters.”

2. “Have you checked out my legal blog?”

3. #ilta09 #techshow #getalife #legalrebels #lma

4. “I’m a thought leader.”

5. “I was the first social media lawyer expert guru. Have you read my book?”

6. “I usually don’t follow the first night but for you I’ll make an exception to the rule.”

via How to Identify If You Are Tweeting With a Lawyer | Social Media Law Student.

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