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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 […]

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The Death of the Death Penalty?

Fifty years ago or so, the American Law Institute (ALI) was given the profound task of devising a method of making the death penalty constitutional in a country where the Eighth Amendment of its constitution prohibits “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” The ALI (made up of about 4,000 judges lawyers and law professors) has now announced […]