Supreme Court to Weigh in on Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Email & Text

Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will rule for the first time on whether government employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy when they send electronic messages on digital devices supplied by their governmental employers. At stake are employer’s and employee’s privacy rights in our new digital age and how far a government employer may go to monitor the private communications…

Put Out the Fire

“That’s the way many of us are. We’re very good lawyers. It’s just that we’re very bad businesspeople.” So opens Put Out the Fire an interesting article by Jim McElhaney on the ABA Journal website, where he aptly points out that many attorneys are simply bad at business. In fact, I have often mulled the fact that there has always seemed to…

WebJuris on YouTube

I was delighted earlier tonight when I went on YouTube to take a look at a couple of our MicroSeminars and I found a ton of video clips from Jose Rosa of WebJuris. I had the pleasure of presenting with Jose in our 1 hour CLE program entitled Due Diligence When Selecting a Web Development Firm. We often debate the role that…

Facebooking Florida Judges Beware Who You Friend!

While a judge in Florida may post comments and other material on the pages of a social networking site like Facebook, a judge may not “friend” lawyers who may appear before them and may not permit such lawyers to add the judge as their “friend.” This from the latest Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee Opinion 2009-20 issued on November 17. I wonder…

ACLU Loses 25% of Its Yearly Donations

The American Civil Liberties Union lost 25% of its yearly donations because a major donor cut off $19 million in annual donations due to economic difficulties. David Gelbaum, a wealthy conservationist, said he was discounting the donations that had previously made him the group’s largest anonymous donor. A native of Minnesota who now resides in California, Gelbaum made his fortune working for…

MicroSeminar on YouTube: Legal Ethics of E-mail

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 issues that plague attorneys that can be avoided with just a little forethought. Our second MicroSeminar on the Legal Ethics of Email details the ethical areas that attorneys must be concerned with when sending and…

Greenhouse Gases a Public Threat

In a decision that could eventually lead to new emissions regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now states that greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare. To see the press conference, click here. The “endangerment finding” announced Monday by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson may be the first step in moving ahead on new emission standards for cars. Down the…

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…