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Mark Dubois

Lawyer Techies

By MARK DUBOIS |

The idea that disputes need to be adjudicated in a room in a courthouse with two litigants standing before a judge, each accompanied by a lawyer, when internet-based services such as Modria adjudicate tens of millions of disputes every year for eBay and other online sales platforms, is about as absurd as requiring litigants to ride horses to court wearing morning suits and top hats.

Mark Dubois

Reworking the Curriculum

By MARK DUBOIS |

It seems that enrollment in some graduate programs has suffered the same fate as law schools lately; liberal arts dropping significantly with STEM subjects holding steady or growing.

Agostinho J. Ribeiro, chief executive officer of Ventura Law.

Attorneys Must Unite to Protect Future of Citizens

By AGOSTINHO J. RIBEIRO |

Lawyers must also now step up to the plate and recognize their role in the democratic society in encouraging an informed election of our next presidential candidate.

Mark Dubois

As the Leaves Fall and the Days Shorten...

By MARK DUBOIS |

I just can't see returning to the days of extreme exclusionary immigration policies, especially when it condemns many victims of our feckless foreign policy to certain death.

Mark Dubois

Running From Trouble: When Lawyers Should Alert Ethics Officials

By MARK DUBOIS |

A recent draft Virginia ethics opinion wrestles with the issue of whether and when lawyers have a duty to alert ethics folks that a fellow lawyer has become disabled or is showing signs of impairment.

Mark Dubois

The Importance of Writing Well

By MARK DUBOIS |

There was a kerfuffle the other day when the powers that rule on such things proposed reducing the length of federal appellate briefs by 1,500 words. After much hand-wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth, the limit was reduced from 14,000 to 13,000. Civilization will continue.

Mark Dubois

Lawyers' Powers Not as Broad as Many Think

By MARK DUBOIS |

Lawyers' powers are only as broad as the grant of authority we receive. We can't make up new ways of doing things, either on the civil or criminal side, simply because they save time or are more efficacious. For that we need to change the law.

Mark Dubois

Media Circuses Deny Due Process and Fair Trials

By Mark Dubois |

Jurisprudence in the last few decades has wrestled with balancing lawyers' First Amendment rights, the public's right to know, the need for open courts and the accused's rights to a fair trial.

Mark Dubois

The Use and Misuse of the Rules of Conduct

By MARK DUBOIS |

A recent New York City Bar ethics decision on the duties of criminal prosecutors raises interesting questions regarding the interplay of the rules of conduct and standards of lawyer conduct applicable in civil and criminal contexts.

Connecticut's Political Economy: Destroy the Family, Blame Wal-Mart

By CHRIS POWELL |

A century ago Theodore Roosevelt, while regarded as a flaming liberal, nevertheless argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull his own weight. The collapse of schools, cities, and the state itself is what happens when public policy disagrees.

Is Bitcoin Acceptable Payment for Legal Services?

By NORMAN PATTIS |

Bitcoin lives in a dark world outside the law, unregulated, murky, indeed, even suspicious. It is the very sort of medium of exchange one would most expect the IRS to be interested in.

Mark Dubois

Jurisdictional Boundaries

By Mark Dubois |

Many states still take their sovereignty seriously and will not hesitate to haul out-of-state lawyers into their disciplinary courts if they believe they are fishing without a license.

A Game of Financial Chicken

By NORMAN PATTIS |

Hartford is apparently teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, if its mayor, Luke Bronin, is to be believed. If Bronin is serious about avoiding bankruptcy, he ought to call the city's lawyers and ask them just what they are doing in the case of 'Harris v. O'Hare,' a federal civil rights action set for trial this month.