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Time for NY to Pass Criminal Discovery Reform

Most people think of New York State as a bastion of liberalism and being “soft-on-crime.” In fact, New York has one of the worst sets of rules when it comes to providing discovery to people accused of crimes. An organization I am affiliated with called It Can Happen to You (ITCHY) which traditionally has supported […]

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Federal Courts Will Soon Feel Effects of Shutdown

As this article is being written, the US government is in Day 20 of a government shutdown. Tomorrow, January 11 – will tie the record for the longest shutdown and it is also the first day that many Federal workers will miss a paycheck – if goes through the 15th even more workers will lose […]

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Resolve to Get Your Legal Practice Ready for 2019

While we are all making our personal New Year’s resolutions this time of year, for solo and small firm practitioners, its just as important to engage in some introspection and planning for the coming year. Lawyers are busy people and solos and small firm practitioners are running a business while simultaneously practicing law. Its easy […]

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Can’t You Just Write a Letter for Me?

At least once a month, I get a new inquiry from a prospective client; a current or former client; or, most commonly, from a family member or friend asking for legal help about a small dispute. The underlying damages are usually worth under $5,000 in total and often involve matters of $1,000 or less. When […]

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NY Places Drastic Limits on Packages and Books to the Incarcerated

Beginning in January 2018, people at Greene, Green Haven and Taconic Correctional Facilities in NY will no longer be able to receive packages directly from family members or friends. All packages must be ordered through an approved vendor. Its currently a pilot project but in September 2018, this policy will apply to ALL 54 prisons […]

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General Litigation

Golf is a Lot Like Trying Cases

Out on Long Island, where I have a law office and where I live, lawyering and golfing go hand in hand. Its expected that if y practice law out here, you golf. Personally, I hate golf and only do so rarely and only at Golf Outings. I’m terrible at it since I only took the […]

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Death of a Champion

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson passed away today at the age of 50 and as result the City of NY – no, the United States of America – lost one of the greatest champions of the wrongfully convicted. Ken was a sharp, brilliant lawyer who went from the US Attorney’s Office to leading a successful […]

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Constitutional Law General

ABC’s New Show “Conviction” Is Guilty of Being Terrible

It would have been impossible to imagine say 5 years ago that the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted has become so mainstream and commonplace that it would be the subject of a network prime-time drama. But tonight, ABC unveiled “Conviction” starring Hayley Atwell in the lead role as a lawyer heading the NY County DA’s […]

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One Opinion Judge Ginsburg Should Have Kept to Herself

Disclaimer: The opinions in this blog post do not lessen my respect and admiration for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as the Notorious RBG. That may not be rational but love is blind. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview in this Sunday’s NY Times stated that she and her husband would move […]