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Norm Pattis: FBI Agent's Suit Notable for Anger and Pettiness

By Norm Pattis |

I'm not a fan of the Justice Department, so I ought to be rooting for Kurt Siuzdak, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Mark Dubois: Despite Best Efforts, Lawyers Can't Fill 'Justice Gap'

By Mark Dubois |

Anyone who has attended a session of the small claims, housing or family court lately is fully aware that great numbers of our citizens come to court every day without lawyers.

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Mark Dubois: Market Forces Reshape Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Some time ago I was cleaning out a desk and found a copy of the old (and now illegal) minimum fee schedule.

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Norm Pattis: Defense Bar Seething Over Attorney's Suspension

By Norm Pattis |

Criminal defense lawyers are lone wolves. We represent individual clients, one at a time, in sometime ferocious struggles over their lives and liberty. That requires the ability to go it alone, both in the courtroom, and, more generally, in life.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Supreme Court Shows Reluctance in Exercising Power

By Dan Krisch |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in two appeals, Heinen v. North Carolina and Holt v. Hobbs, in which the court wrestled with the limits of its own authority.

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Norm Pattis: Hospital Visit Offers Scare, But No Dying Declarations

By Norm Pattis |

The other night, I awoke feeling out of sorts. After tossing and turning for a few minutes, I got up to get a glass of water. Feeling worse, I debated waking my wife. Then I checked online for the warning signs of a heart attack.

Gideon

Gideon: Child Abuse Reporting Rules at Odds with Client Confidentiality

By Gideon |

There is an untenable conflict between the law on mandated reporting of suspected child abuse and the constitutional right to zealous, conflict-free representation of children and adults accused of crimes.

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Mark Dubois: Soon, Lawyers Will Be Displaced by Computers

By Mark Dubois |

Fairfield attorney Fred Ury, the Eveready Rabbit of the law who many wish would just go away, is at it again, circulating an intriguing paper from the Ontario Law Society about alternative business structures for law firms.

Gideon

Gideon: Defense Lawyers Not Focused Enough on Appellate Process

By Gideon |

A few weeks ago, I attended an oral argument before a panel of the Appellate Court, which was hearing a direct appeal from a criminal conviction after trial.

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Norm Pattis: Rowland Verdict Does Nothing To Halt Electoral Fraud

By Norm Pattis |

Somehow, the prospect of John Rowland's returning to a federal prison does not make me all warm, fuzzy and grateful to be living in this, the best of all possible worlds.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Campaign Law Problems Go Far Beyond Rowland

By Dan Krisch |

Don't get me wrong: I have no sympathy for our ex-con ex-gov.

Michelle Cruz: Former Victim Advocate Did Harm to the Office

By Michelle Cruz |

Recently, Garvin Ambrose left the post of Connecticut Victim Advocate after only 18 months in office to return to his hometown of Chicago.

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Norm Pattis: Ban on Opening Statements Should Be Lifted

By Norm Pattis |

During the past year, I've been surprised by the number of times jurors have requested read backs of testimony they just heard only a few days earlier in criminal cases.

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Mark Dubois: Mandatory CLE Is the Norm in Other Professions

By Mark Dubois |

The Superior Court judges recently met for their annual approval of Practice Book changes, including those dealing with the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Peter Benner

Peter Benner: Early Mediation Works for Lawyers as Well as Clients

By Peter W. Benner |

I have written and spoken regularly on the benefits of early mediation in a litigated dispute. The reasons for early assistance from a neutral third party are compelling: More than 95 percent of civil cases settle.

Michelle Cruz: Prosecutor's Bad Decision Puts Rice's Wife at Risk

By Michelle Cruz |

The recently released video of pro football star Ray Rice's vicious attack on his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer (they're now married) provides a rare window into the life of a domestic violence victim.

Goodusky: The Down Side of Legal Technology

By Amy Goodusky |

As some of you know, back when pterodactyls nested in New Haven, I was a working musician. I am wont to state, whenever anyone asks me about it, that there are circular slabs of grooved vinyl tucked into cardboard sleeves to prove that this actually happened.

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Dubois: Advocates Should Weigh In on Controversial Matters

By Mark Dubois |

I read that Tom Goldstein, the fella who started SCOTUSblog, filed a brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of no client which did not argue one way or the other on the merits of the case.

Gideon

Gideon: Producer's Arrest Illustrates Perils of 'Existing While Black'

By Gideon |

"Tall," "bald-headed" and "black male" are apparently the only identifiers of Charles Belk, who recently spent six hours in police custody because he fit the description of a bank robber.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Nation Paying Millions for Lock 'Em Up Strategy

By Dan Krisch |

The definition of insanity, Einstein supposedly quipped, is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. By that standard, our nation's criminal justice strategy belongs in Bellevue.

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Krisch: No Easy Answer to CBA Gun Law Amicus Question

By DAN KRISCH |

To speak effectively, moreover, lawyers must speak collectively; to triumph, as Edmund Burke famously noted, "the good must associate."

Monique Ferraro

Legal Technology: Google Is Scanning Your Emails and Client Files

By Monique Ferraro |

The recent arrest of a known sex offender in Texas for sending child abuse images via Gmail caused a media stir focusing on the fact that our emails and internet content are not private.

Norm Pattis: The Vanishing Trial Puts Justice in Peril

By Norm Pattis |

"If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." I think about this line of Friedrich Nietszche's more often than I care to admit.

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Mark Dubois: How the Legal Profession Is Like Amazon

By Mark Dubois |

My wife works in book publishing. Whenever I lament the changes overtaking the legal profession, she responds with something like, "You should try my business."

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Norm Pattis: 'Unleashed Attack Dogs' Won't Help in Ferguson

By Norm Pattis |

I couldn't stop thinking about the allegory of the metals in Plato's Republic as I read the op-ed piece in The Washington Post written by Los Angeles Police Officer, Sunil Dutta.

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Mark Dubois: Law Students Should Be Paid for Legal Work

By Mark Dubois |

If firms could employ law students who would be both paid and supervised, both by the firms and the schools, this might be a good way to fill what has been called the justice gap.

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Mark Dubois: Should UPL Rules Adapt to 21st-Century Realities?

By Mark Dubois |

When I travel for bar business, I have taken to using Air BNB, an Internet matching service that hooks me up with folks willing to rent out a room or an apartment for a few days.

Dan Krisch

No Easy Answer to CBA Gun Law Amicus Question

By Dan Krisch |

I am still in vacation mode. After a week happily spent consuming equal measures of blueberry pancakes, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Rummikub, returning to work has left me with a severe case of the mental bends. And while my brain adjusts to the pain of no longer quiescing in Maine, all I can muster up are a few Random Thoughts™: