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Mark Dubois: YouTube, Snapchat and the Murky Waters of Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Though I am very unlikely to do any of them, I now understand that to communicate with another you can email, tweet, retweet, subtweet, poke, chat, snap, vine, pin, post, YouTube and a host of other things that seemingly change daily.

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Norm Pattis: Boston Bombing Leads to Deeper Thinking About Death Penalty

By Norm Pattis |

I've been reading the press reports about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's jury selection in Boston with a growing sense of ambivalence. Tsarnaev, you will recall, is the surviving suspect in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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Norm Pattis: Decline in Judicial Power Results in Renegade Juries

By Norm Pattis |

Power, Moises Naim tells us, is everywhere on the decline: whether in the realm of corporations, the effective military reach of the state, or religion—leaders don't have the unquestioned clout they once enjoyed.

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Mark Dubois: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie Hebdo

By Mark Dubois |

The shock waves from the killings at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo continue. After the newspaper sold millions of copies of its first edition after the massacre, riots tore apart cities in francophone North Africa where the remnants of French colonialism continue to be felt.

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Dan Krisch: Charlie Hebdo, Intolerance and the Case for Free Speech

By Dan Krisch |

Je suis Charlie—but too much of the world, I fear, is not. In the aftermath of the murders at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, grief has given way to controversy over its two covers since the attack.

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Norm Pattis: The High Risk of Flat-Fee Billing

By Norm Pattis |

Those of us walking on the wild side of the law are bemused that large firms are turning to flat-fee billing in order to keep legal fees down. Small firms have survived with flat-fee billing for a long time. Few clients can afford to pay hourly fees. But can law firms afford to survive on flat fees?

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Mark Dubois: Nonlawyers Gain Bigger Foothold in Legal Job Market

By Mark Dubois |

Michael Bower, the Statewide Bar Counsel, has many duties. One of them is keeping charge of attorney registrations.

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Gideon: 'Serial' Podcast Misses Opportunity to Examine Justice System

By Gideon |

To say that our system of laws that regulates conduct between members of society is a complex entity is an understatement. While the principles underlying the passage of laws that prohibit criminal behavior and the description of behavior as criminal itself are fairly straightforward, there is almost nothing else beyond that which can be so classified.

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Norm Pattis: Ike's Famous Words Foreshadowed Cybersecurity Scares

By Norm Pattis |

I've never really thought of Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, as a prophet. The former general, politician and university president seemed more of a technocrat, a dry-as-dust sort of fellow fit for the 1950s, but not much more. He was Ozzie and Harriet's president; not mine.

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Mark Dubois: Number of Jury Trials May Be On the Rise

By Mark Dubois |

I had the opportunity to hear Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall give her annual "state of the district" report to the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Section the other day.

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Norm Pattis: More Police Miconduct Cases Should Go to Trial

By Norm Pattis |

Under current Fourth Amendment law, police are forgiven the use of such force if it was objectively reasonable for them to believe that they faced an imminent risk of harm. The trouble with most deadly force cases is that dead men can't talk.

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Mark Dubois: Sony Hacking Case Should Open Eyes at Law Firms

By Mark Dubois |

Every time client information leaks, we now have to self-report to the Connecticut attorney general and will be expected to take remedial measures, such as credit monitoring, for years to come.

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Norm Pattis: Prosecutor Should Be Punished for Allowing Bogus Testimony

By Norm Pattis |

Ferguson, Mo., state's attorney Robert McCulloch admits he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering whether to charge Darren Wilson with murder or some other offense in the killing of Michael Brown. Disbarment would be an appropriate penalty for this feckless prosecutor.

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Mark Dubois: White Cops, Black Citizens and Deep-Rooted Bias

By Mark Dubois |

I have been struck by the different reactions we have had to the deaths of young (and some not so young) men of color at the hands of the police in the last few months.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.