Massachusetts’ 3 Strikes Law

Chris Dearborn, Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, discusses the Massachusetts 3 Strikes Law. Learn more about our nationally ranked clinical programs at http://law.suffolk.edu/academic/clinical/.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/suffolk-law/2012/08/massachusetts-3-strikes-law/

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It Happened to NASDAQ – What If It Happened to You?

On Thursday, August 22, the NASDAQ, one of the largest financial exchanges in the world, failed.  It had no backup, and was down for more than three hours.  The financial impact had to be in the billions of dollars.  

Even as big as NASDAQ is, even though they have a pivotal role in the global economy, they failed to have a plan for disaster recovery.  How and why they recovered is still, at this writing, a mystery.  The fact that they did recover is remarkable.  Even more remarkable is the fact that it has happened to them before.  According to an article in The New York Times, the exchange has been shut down twice before when squirrels chewed through power lines, and as recently as 2011 hackers breached its computer system.

If it happened to NASDAQ, it can happen to your law firm.  As I’ve written many times before, “disaster” for a law firm is not a question of if, but rather of when. The only unknowns are what the type of disaster, when it will occur and how bad it will be.  NASDAQ was out of commission for three hours.  A burst water pipe, a fire, a natural disaster, a computer meltdown could put a law firm out of commission for three weeks, or three months.  

NASDAQ had no backup.  How about your firm? The issue isn’t just backing up data files, although that is important.  Do you have disaster recovery backups like these?

·         An internal emergency communication system for lawyers, staff, clients, vendors, and the   court, incorporating recorded hotline messages and out of area contact points.

·         A plan for temporary office space that will accommodate furnishings, computers and phones.

·         A referral arrangement with another firm that will allow you to carry on key practice matters by requesting a continuance or rescheduling a deposition.

·         A solid relationship with your banker so you can get an emergency loan.

·         An employee assistance fund to help tide staff over in the event there are no ready funds to pay them.

 If you don’t, start planning to put them in place now.  If disaster happened to NASDAQ, it can happen to you.

 

Source: http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/LawBizBlog/~3/NeP7AOit2ik/

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Are American Law Schools Failing Students?

In his new book, Failing Law Schools, Washington University Law Professor Brian Tamanaha claims the American law school system is broken. He blames many institutional practices including skyrocketing tuition, bloated faculties, and unnecessary school rankings. But is this a fair critique? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi, examine these issues and more with Professor Tamanaha and Dean Susan Poser from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2012/06/are-american-law-schools-failing-students/

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N.Y. Federal Judge Mulls Violation of Argentina Debt Ruling

Argentina could be in trouble with a New York judge who wants to know why the government of President Cristina Fernandez shouldn’t immediately face the consequences of its losing fight over defaulted debt.

Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202617569110&rss=newswire

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Women Who Opt Out: The Debate over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance

Bernie Jones, Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, discusses her new book, “Women Who Opt Out: The Debate over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance.” To learn more about Professor Jones’ book, visit http://bit.ly/H6Fd2W.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/suffolk-law/2012/05/women-who-opt-out-the-debate-over-working-mothers-and-work-family-balance/

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Demystifying Technology Assisted Review; Taxation of Costs in Race Tires

Amidst growing data volumes and dwindling resources, traditional linear document review is quickly going the way of the dinosaur. On The ESI Report, host Michele Lange, Attorney and Director of Thought Leadership at Kroll Ontrack welcomes special guest, David D. Lewis, Ph.D., President of David D. Lewis Consulting and co-founder of TREC Legal Track and Kara M. Kirkeby, Esq., Manager of Document Review Services at Kroll Ontrack, Inc., to explore the exciting new developments in technology-assisted review, and how these developments are rapidly impacting the world of e-discovery. On the Bits & Bytes Legal Analysis segment, Kroll Ontrack legal correspondent, Alicia J. Smith, analyzes the March 16th 2012 appellate court decision in Race Tires America v. Hoosier Racing Tire.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/esi-report/2012/04/demystifying-technology-assisted-review-taxation-of-costs-in-race-tires/

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OPINION: The Broader Message of the Stop and Frisk Ruling

Federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s stunning 195-page opinion on August 12 about stop-and-frisk in New York City should be mandatory reading for every police commissioner and police chief in the United States.

Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202616277249&rss=rss_nlj

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USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse

Three years ago, USA Swimming was rocked by revelations of sexual abuse by coaches. Critics say it’s still not doing enough to help victims of abuse. A recent move by the organization is seen as a response to criticism of its approach.

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Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/27/216188040/usa-swimming-faces-lingering-doubts-over-sexual-abuse?ft=1&f=1070

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Are American Law Schools Failing Students?

In his new book, Failing Law Schools, Washington University Law Professor Brian Tamanaha claims the American law school system is broken. He blames many institutional practices including skyrocketing tuition, bloated faculties, and unnecessary school rankings. But is this a fair critique? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi, examine these issues and more with Professor Tamanaha and Dean Susan Poser from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2012/06/are-american-law-schools-failing-students/

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Will Lawyers Always Be Late Adopters?

Lawyers are known as notorious late adopters of technology. Is that a fair characterization? Of course it is. What makes lawyers so cautious about new technologies? Will lawyers always be late adopters? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss some recent experiences that have reinforced the idea that lawyers are late adopters, the reasons people do and do not adopt new technologies, and practical ways for lawyers to think about moving to new technologies.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2012/10/will-lawyers-always-be-late-adopters/

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