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Gideon

Gideon: Police Dishonesty Has Pushed America to a Flashpoint

By Gideon |

There is a crisis of faith in America. A crisis that exposes the deep chasms that exist in our society.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Newtown Lawsuit Based on Tortured Legal Theory

By Norm Pattis |

Word on the street is that Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider is so wealthy the law firm weighs, rather than counts, its money. I hope that's true, because the fight the firm just picked against Bushmaster and others is going to cost plenty to litigate.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Be Careful About Threatenting to Grieve Another Lawyer

By Mark Dubois |

Occasionally, I get a call from a lawyer stating that an opponent has threatened, either explicitly or implicitly, that if a matter involving a claim against an attorney is not resolved quickly, the client may feel it necessary to file a criminal or grievance complaint.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Decision Not to Indict Cop Was Correct

By Norm Pattis |

I've managed to offend my friends and delight my critics by asserting that the Staten Island grand jury was correct not to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of Eric Garner.

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Mark Dubois: Study Reveals Why People Don't Use Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

The American Bar Foundation just published a provocative study which may answer one of the most troubling questions those of us who worry about courts and justice wrestle with: why do so many people not use lawyers for really serious problems?

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: A Troubling Proposal for Changing Israeli Law

By Dan Krisch |

The Basic Law shields all Israelis, Jew and Arab alike. It does not ask your religion before deciding whether your 'life, body and dignity' and your 'privacy and intimacy' deserve protection.

Michelle Cruz: Don't Buy Into the Crime Victim Stereotype

By Michelle Cruz |

Many people gather their knowledge about our justice system from novels, television shows and movies. An entire multimillion-dollar industry has been build off of fictional depictions of the criminal justice system.

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Mark Dubois: Judges Would Prefer to Stamp Out Ex Parte Letters

By Mark Dubois |

A lot of lawyers seem to think that sending a letter to a judge is OK if they also include all counsel on the communication. I have to say, I never understood the idea that what was prohibited would become acceptable as long as the other side was aware you were breaking the rule.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Courts Partly To Blame for Ferguson Mess

By Norm Pattis |

It will take more than the Band-Aid President Barack Obama offers to staunch the bleeding wound caused by the police violence in Ferguson, Mo.

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Norm Pattis: No Need to Stew Over Heart Attack Scare

By Norm Pattis |

I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.

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Mark Dubois: Aging Attorneys Taking Toll on Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

Much of lawyering is a young person's game.

Amaris Elliott-Engel

Opinion: Lawyers Should Join Fight for Access to Information

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For the past year, my byline has appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune atop freelance news articles. But this time, I'm writing to discuss how the day job I've held for the last 14 months exemplifies how lawyers can use their law degrees without working for traditional legal practices.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Courts Should Hire 'People's Advocates' to Aid Pro Ses

By Norm Pattis |

I don't get out much, and when I do, I generally misbehave—a sign of congenital insecurity.

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Mark Dubois: Law Books Are Fighting a Losing Battle

By Mark Dubois |

I saw the other day that when New York firm Kaye Scholer recently moved to a new office it jettisoned 95 percent of its law library. The reason given was that most lawyers use electronic resources; the books took up valuable space, and were only occasionally used as a backdrop for Super Lawyer photos but for little else. Goodness, what a changed world!

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Mark Dubois: White Teeth, LegalZoom and Antitrust Issues in the Legal Market

By Mark Dubois |

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the North Carolina teeth-whitening case a few weeks ago.

Judge Patrick Carroll

Commentary: To Protect Privacy, State to Keep Family Court E-Filings Off Internet

By Patrick L. Carroll III |

In a column in the Nov. 4 edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune ("The Perils of E-Filing in Family Cases"), Westport attorney Eric Broder assumes that documents filed electronically in family cases will be publicly available on the Internet. This assumption is incorrect.

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Norm Pattis: Lamenting the Loss of a Provocative Facebook Friend

By Norm Pattis |

A friend of mine disappeared the other day. Vanished. A raucous and loud voice present one day, and then gone the next. Now that she is gone, I wonder whether she existed at all. I met her, laughed with her, and never really met her at all, on Facebook.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Child Abuse Case Highlights Role of Cross-Examination

By Dan Krisch |

Cross-examination, as Winston Churchill said of democracy, is the worst method for getting at the truth, except for all those other methods that have been tried from time to time.

Gideon

Gideon: Prosecutors Should Face Same Sanctions as Defense Attorneys

By Gideon |

On a recent day, in a Connecticut courtroom, something unprecedented happened: after a jury returned a guilty verdict in a trial, the judge, from the bench, suspended the defense lawyer for 20 days from the practice of law, for twice violating a court order.

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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.