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Lawyers May Advise on Clients’ Social Media Clean-Up

Most lawyers can easily recall a litigation scenario where a client’s past social media post, photo, or video caused more than a little consternation in both client and lawyer. A new opinion from The Florida Bar now allows...more

125 Years Later, CA Supreme Court Grants Membership Posthumously to First Chinese-American Lawyer

On March 16, 2015, the California Supreme Court corrected an 1890 decision that denied Hong Yen Chang admission to the California State Bar because of his Chinese heritage. It took a team composed of Chang’s descendants and...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

New York State Bar Association Issues Updated Opinion On Lawyers’ Social Media Use

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) issued a new opinion on lawyers’ use of social media last week to “assist lawyers in understanding the ethical challenges of social media.” The opinion provides new insight on the...more

Do State Bar Associations Have Antitrust Risk?

It was only a matter of time after the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, 135 S. Ct. 1101 (2015) (*), that a state bar association would face an antitrust...more

Finders Bill Finds Success In Assembly Committee

In February, I wrote about the resurrection of a bill that would clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  Earlier this week, the bill, AB 667 (Wagner) cleared its first policy...more

Proposed California Bar Opinion Seeks to Clarify Advertising Rules for Lawyer Blogs - California Joins Growing Number of States in...

There has been some confusion in recent years regarding how state disciplinary boards would – or should – treat lawyer and law firm blogs. While commentators and ethics boards have generally agreed that comments by a blogging...more

Delaware Bar Proposes Amendments to Ban Fee-Shifting Provisions and Allow Delaware-Only Forum Selection Provisions in Corporate...

The Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently released proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that would prohibit fee-shifting provisions in a...more

California Bar Committee Publishes Venture Capital Sample Opinion

The Opinions Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar recently published a sample opinion for venture capital financing transactions. In a sad testament to the lowly status of the California General...more

Delaware Prepares To Eliminate Fee-Shifting Bylaws And Charters

The Delaware State Bar Association is submitting new legislation that will prohibit the use of fee-shifting bylaws or corporate charters for litigation involving “intracorporate” disputes. ...more

New Arbitration Act Prepared

The Delaware State Bar Association has prepared a new “Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act.” The DRAA is designed to address the current problems with costs and delays that infect many arbitrations....more

Blog: No Surprises In Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council Proposals On Forum Selection And Fee-Shifting Bylaws

The Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council is proposing amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law that would address forum selection provisions, and, more significantly, the debate roiling the Delaware bar regarding...more

And the Academy Award for the Most Competent E-Discovery Counsel Goes To . . .

After all the jokes were told, the statuettes (both Lego and real) were handed out, and the speeches were made, one image stood out above the rest from this year’s Academy Awards: John Travolta clutching the chin of “Adele...more

FDA Lawyer Epiphany: Lawyers Helping FDA

So I had an epiphany last night—I was thinking about why more FDA lawyers do not get involved in helping Congress or FDA with developing legislation, regulations, and guidances to help FDA do its business....more

Status Updates - February 2015 #4

Blawg rules. The California State Bar has issued an opinion outlining the circumstances under which an attorney’s blog would be subject to the requirements of the California State Bar Act’s Rules of Professional Conduct...more

Former California State Bar Director Files Wrongful Termination Suit

Former senator Joe Dunn has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the State Bar of California, claiming that the organization fired him from his position as Executive Director after he reported various ethical breaches...more

Federal Court Strikes Florida Lawyer Advertising Rules

Finding that "naked paternalism" will not justify "protecting the public from truthful information," a Florida federal court held that two Florida Bar rules restricting attorney advertising violate the First Amendment to the...more

California State Bar to Undertake Second Revision of Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court has returned to the State Bar 17 revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct that the Bar had previously submitted to the court. The court asked the State Bar to set up a second...more

State Bar, Environmental Law Section Presents Update on Fracking Regulations

The California State Bar, Environmental Law Section hosts an annual conference which welcomes attorneys and students from across the state to learn and discuss cutting edge environmental law issues. This year’s Environmental...more

Corcoran: Bar Associations Need to Stop Preventing Change in Law  [Video]

August 13, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Tim Corcoran, president of the Legal Marketing Association, talks with Lee Pacchia about a recent decision by the Texas State Bar to limit the use of non-lawyer professionals in the management...more

Public Comments to USPTO’s Preliminary Examination Instructions in View of Supreme Court Decision in Alice Case

As reported here last month, the USPTO recently issued a memorandum to the Examination Corps, entitled “Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

Report from the BHBA’s Review of the Three Bankruptcy-Related Supreme Court Decisions

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section recently held a program discussing the three recent bankruptcy-related Supreme Court decisions: Law v. Siegel (a case regarding surcharge, which was discussed on this...more

Securities Regulation Radar: Top Topics in New York

On July 16, the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee held a meeting to discuss three of the recent developments in securities regulation. The first discussion focused on the Supreme Court’s June...more

Do You Use Social Media in Your Practice?  [Video]

Will social media help your law practice? How do clients find you? And how do you find referral sources? CEB asked attendees at the 2013 California State Bar Annual Meeting about their use of social media....more

Bar Associations: Protecting Consumers or the Status Quo?

Some Bar Associations are behind the times. And some are challenged by the dual and potentially conflicting roles they play: one, to self-regulate the practice of law in order to protect consumers; and two, to protect the...more

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