One of Bacal’s beefs is that many studies report people’s words, not actions. “It appears you have all these people who are affected very strongly by what they read on social media like Twitter and Facebook,” asserts Bacal. “But that doesn’t reflect what they do in real life, just what they say they do. There’s a lot of stuff online because there’s a vested interest in it being there. There are a lot of businesses selling expertise in social media.” … [Read more...] about Social Media or Snake Oil: Does Social Media Measure Up to the Hype?
When does the voice start
“The clients don’t know the right questions to ask, and the attorneys assume that clients know more than they do about the legal process,” DeStefano says. “My guess is that in the attorney’s mind it’s usually little things the client is asking for, but in the client’s mind it’s generally the focus of their day, and that’s what their life is about right now.” … [Read more...] about Voices of Reason
S: Well, there were just a few points on which—if I may put it this way—Bryan was just intractable. And he was going take that approach even though I thought it was fundamentally wrong. But he would not be moved because he had been digging these holes for himself for a number of years and was not going to repudiate his life’s work. That includes, if I can recall them all, the use of contractions, eliminating all substantive footnotes—without exception—and putting the citations in footnotes, rather than stringing them along. … [Read more...] about A Voice for the Write
“There can be no argument that detainees who plotted terrorist attacks against our country and killed thousands of innocent Americans should be brought to justice and be held fully accountable for their horrific crimes. At the same time, no matter how outrageous the conduct, we must ensure that detainees receive fair trials that meet the highest standards of due process and justice,” writes ABA President William H. Neukom in his letter to President George Bush. It was delivered yesterday to administration officials, according to an ABA press release. … [Read more...] about ABA Offers Gitmo Tribunal Help, UK Bar Groups Voice Fairness Concerns
Can You Find the Flaw? The matter before the Texas court was an adversarial proceeding over the nature of certain funds the debtor paid to his attorney. The Trustee was claiming the payments were fraudulent transfers because the debtor, by paying them to his attorney, relinquished control over the money. In response, the debtor brought in a legal ethics expert to talk about the relationship between the debtor and his attorney, the attorney’s treatment of the funds in this matter, and how that defined the nature of the payment. In the expert’s opinion, the funds transferred to the attorney were a “security retainer,” over which the debtor retained an interest, basing this opinion, in part, on the attorney’s deposit of the funds in his IOLTA account. Having served on many state bar disciplinary and legal ethics committees, the expert was highly-qualified. There was no dispute there. Rather, the Trustee’s Daubert motion was based on the … [Read more...] about Daubert Quiz: What Expertise Does Your Expert Need?