Category Archives: Reform

Civil Justice System Reform

How do you change the deeply ingrained culture of the American civil justice system? According to Rebecca Love Kourlis by: polling the American public; engaging in focus groups and conversations with judges, lawyers, and court administrators; and reporting the results. Ms. Kourlis is … Continue reading

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The Chief Justice Chides Lawyers and Judges

We start the new year with a review of Chief Justice Roberts’ 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, which is the subject of a December 31, 2015 article in The Washington Post, titled Roberts urges lawyers, judges to help improve … Continue reading

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More Technology for Legal Consumers in Massachusetts

Attorney William Palin is at it again, this time with his PaperWork app for iOS, which enables family law legal consumers in Massachusetts to fill out, edit and save documents in Family Court.  The app allows the user to share the … Continue reading

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It’s National Love Your Lawyer Day!

The American Lawyers Public Image Association (ALPIA) announced in a press release that November 6, 2015 is National Love Your Lawyer Day and to commemorate the occasion, ALPIA is asking the public to cease lawyer jokes and bashing for the … Continue reading

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From “Grand Bargain” to “New Deal”?

Historically, certain professions, including attorneys, have enjoyed the benefits of a “Grand Bargain” with society – prestige, income and self-regulation – in exchange for their expertise, integrity and client-side manner.  But according to Richard and Daniel Susskind, father and son authors … Continue reading

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Court Square Law Project To Serve Moderate-Income New Yorkers

The New York City Bar Association (NYCBA), The City University of New York Law School (CUNYLS), and a number of BigLaw firms have banned together to serve moderate-income legal consumers in New York who don’t qualify for legal aid – … Continue reading

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Judicial Transparency

We have posted on a number of occasions about the benefits of cameras in the courtroom, and recently another controversy sparking video has surfaced.  In an August 8, 2015 post titled, Tearful woman gets judicial scolding, 3 days in jail for failing … Continue reading

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ABA and Rocket Lawyer Announce New Service For Small Business

On October 1, 2015, the American Bar Association (ABA) and Rocket Lawyer announced the launch of “ABA Law Connect,” which matches small businesses with lawyers.  $4.95 buys the small business one online question, answered by an ABA-member lawyer in the … Continue reading

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Should You Pay For Attorney Mistakes?

Patrick Lamb, an attorney and blogger, wrote about attorney mistakes in his August 6, 2015 post on abajournal.com titled “How lawyers can embrace mistakes.”  In his piece, Mr. Lamb suggests that lawyers and law firms should conduct “After Action Assessments,” to … Continue reading

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Best Practices? Look Across The Pond

This weekend, the ABA hosted the 2015 London Sessions commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, with a series of presentations including a panel discussion titled “What can US and UK lawyers learn from each other about best practices?“ There were … Continue reading

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