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Dystopian Texas Abortion Law Written to Make it Hard to Challenge Legally

Under cover of darkness Texas passed the most draconian abortion law since the passage of Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago. SCOTUS just refused to act, so the law is in place. The law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be heard – six weeks after conception. There are no exceptions for incest […]

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Top 5 Tips for Incoming Law Students

OK, I see a lot of people on #lawtwitter and elsewhere posting tips for incoming 1L law students and for reasons I can’t explain even to myself I’ve decided to chime in. As an adjunct professor at two law schools for the past 12 years, including having taught the 1L Writing Class for 8 of […]

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We’re Returning to Normal. But What If I’m Not Ready?

I was a guy in the courthouse halls you wanted to run into. I liked to chat people up; tell a joke or quick war story; ask for and give advice on a case, a judge, etc. As we are coming out of the pandemic with courts returning to live in-person appearances you would think […]

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Getting Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption

Many of my firm’s business clients have been calling me to see if they can obtain money in addition to available government assistance for the losses they are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I advise them that it all starts with a deep dive into their insurance policies. Let’s face it, most of us […]

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Big Change in the Real Estate World: NY Just Eliminated Renter’s Paying Brokers’ Fees

When my son was looking for an apartment in Manhattan a few years ago, the sticker shock of the rental prices was the least of our issues. The worst was that some brokers wanted 15% of the annual lease up front along with first and last month’s rent and two month’s security. So for a […]

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NY’s Chief Judge Proposes Sweeping Court Change But Is It Enough?

The Times-Union in Albany reported today that Janet DiFiore, the state’s top judge, is proposing a monumental overhaul of New York’s judiciary structure in an effort to streamline an antiquated system she said is far too cumbersome for judges, lawyers and the people they serve. From the article: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore contends the existing […]

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Why Mina Malik Should Be Queens DA

This blog post is a bit of a detour from the normal scope of the website. But even though I am not a Queens resident, the race for Queens County DA is too important for me to not to put in my two cents: I would vote for Mina Malik if I could. Why?: (1) […]

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What Keith Bush’s Exoneration Teaches Us About Wrongful Convictions

Keith Bush  spent 33 years in prison for the attempted rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl on Long Island. He was exonerated at an emotional court hearing in Suffolk County Wednesday. For those interested in working in the field of wrongful convictions or those who just have a general interest in these types of cases, […]

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NYS Bar Issues New Civility Guidelines for Lawyers

Thanks in large part to the proliferation of social media (and, I would argue, the current WH occupant) civility has been going the way of the horse-and-buggy in public discourse. Emails, Tweets, Instagram, etc etc have made it easy and the norm to be rude, offensive and demeaning in a variety of communication platforms. So […]