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ABA weighs in on lawyer immunity

The American Bar Association has weighed in on a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether a lawyer in private practice hired by a city can claim qualified immunity from a civil rights lawsuit.

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Va. court defines ‘y’all’ as a plural

When a wife’s father said that a $15,000 payment was for “y’all,” he made a joint gift to the couple, despite his later testimony that he intended only to help his daughter, a Virginia trial court has ruled.

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Commentary: New lawyers must resist urge to go solo

With employment offers not coming in, there may be a temptation to go it alone; to hang out your own shingle, as the phrase goes. That temptation is to be resisted. My uttermost recommendation is — don’t.

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Commentary: Harness the power of referral marketing

Referral marketing is more than a tool of the trade; making it a priority in your practice often makes the difference between being a good lawyer and a great one.

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Help physicians protect their data

The federal mandate requiring that all medical records be converted to an electronic format by 2015 has heightened concerns about protecting the confidentiality of patient data. Even an unintentional security breach can land doctors in serious legal trouble, whether they are storing data or sharing it with third parties. Complicating the issue is the emergence of health information exchanges, which tend to vary from community to community in terms of their structure and security measures. Some simply relay data within a network, while others transmit and store patient information. Either way, it’s unlikely that an exchange will be 100 percent protected against hackers, so it’s important for physician practices to weigh the risks and benefits of participation.

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Changing firms: Who will represent the clients?

You don’t have to memorize rafts of statistics to know that lawyer mobility is far more common today than it was even 10 years ago. Depending on the size of the firm, the prominence of the departing lawyer, the amount of work in progress and other factors, such as the costs incurred by the firm in training the departing lawyer, a law firm breakup can mean anything from a manageable inconvenience to a major financial and organizational disaster.

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Bond writer, as in James Bond

His name is Deaver, Jeffery Deaver. And he is, for now, also Bond, James Bond. Deaver, a corporate lawyer-turned-master of the crime thriller, is also the author of the latest novel in the James Bond 007 series, “Carte Blanche.” His Bond is an updated version of the spy created by Ian Flaming in 1953. The latest Bond is still in his 30s, but now he’s a veteran of the Afghanistan war and equipped with a smartphone that gives new meaning to killer apps.

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