California MCLE Compliance Card

I received this question from an Attorney Credits client: This is my first MCLE course and I was told that I was supposed to receive a compliance card. Is that true? will you notify the state bar? How does that work? I am a little concerned that I will not receive credit. My response: Thank you for your inquiry regarding the compliance…

Rise of the Robots Presents Legal Issues

Remember Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons? Well, with our current technology we’re not quite there yet – but we’re not that far off either. Soon, as technology advances and become cheaper and more accessible, we’ll be sharing more of our space with robots – machines perform routine household functions or even provide comfort for an elderly parent. What if one of…

New ITC Cases Involve BlackBerries, Semiconductors and LCD Technology

With four new, high profile IP complaints filed in the last few days, it’s been a busy week at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Considering that only 25 other cases have been filed in the last 11 months, four cases is quite a glut. These high-stakes cases involve LCD technology, semiconductors, and BlackBerries. In the fist complaint of December, Samsung Electronics sued…

Legal Industry Sheds Nearly 3,000 Jobs

The pace of job loss in the United States slowed significantly in November. This according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report that stated that the economy shed only 11,000 jobs in November, the lowest such figure in nearly 2 years. The overall unemployment rate fell to 10 percent, down from 10.2 percent in October. The New York Times has…

Blogging & The First Amendment

Opening arguments took place yesterday in the Brooklyn federal court trial of Hal Turner, in a case that pits bloggers rights versus the First Amendment and asks us to consider if blogging is really journalism. Turner is the New Jersey blogger and Internet-radio talk-show host who is accused using his blog to threaten to assault and kill three federal judges because they…

MicroSeminar on YouTube: Ethics of Attorney Websites

Attorney Credits has started a new feature in an attempt to reach out to attorneys online – our new MicroSeminars on YouTube. Our MicroSeminars will detail specific areas that attorneys may need further educating. Our first MicroSeminar on the Ethics of Attorney Websites details the ethical areas that attorneys must be concerned with when maintaining a website for their law practice. Domain…

Thank You FDR!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. What could be more American than stuffing your face all day and watching the Lions lose again? With this post, on this Thanksgiving Day 2009, I just wanted to take the time to thank FDR. On this day sixty-eight years ago, some two weeks before America’s entry into World War II, President Franklin…

Former Levinson Axelrod Attorney Sued Over “Gripe Site”

A New Jersey law firm is trying to shut down a disgruntled ex-employee’s “gripe site,” calling the website a cyber assault of “toxic fire” on its reputation. Former Levinson Axelrod attorney Edward Heyburn – who worked for the firm for six years – started his website “Levinson Axelrod Really Sucks” in late September, using the domain address levinsonaxelrod.net. The law firm’s website…

ESI in the Criminal Context

In the arena of civil litigation, the rules governing the preservation, collection, production, and use of electronically stored information (ESI) have been developing rapidly over the last few years. Spurred in part by the Sedona Principles which were a precursor to the 2006 amendments of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2006, litigators at least have some guidance to deal with…

Attorney Credits on YouTube

Check out Attorney Credits on YouTube. As part of our new outreach to our attorney clients, we have decided to reach out through social media outlets to gauge the pulse of the legal profession. As part of this outreach, we have begun posting video clips about current legal topics and questions on YouTube. Something that has always interested me is the intersection…