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“Taking the Fifth”

What does it mean when a person invokes his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution or “takes the Fifth” or  “pleads the Fifth”  or “lawyers up” as they say in the vernacular.  Of course, you could actually teach an entire law school semester on the various nuances involved, so this is […]

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Court to Assess Value of Free Lawyers

The NY Times reported last week  that the Court of Appeals, NY’s highest court, would examine the adequacy of the public defender system in the State as a result of a class action lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union.   The NYCLU alleges in its complaint that the State violates the rights of […]

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Unrestricted Lawyer Advertising? Oh My!

The Second Circuit, which is the Federal appeals court that covers New York, issued a decision on Thursday that removed almost all restrictions on lawyer advertising. In Alexander v. Cahill, the court was faced with an incredibly tacky ad: the upstate firm Alexander & Catalano used a graphic depicting the two principals of the firm […]