Thursday, February 25, 2010

Judicial Conference-Model Jury Instructions re Social Media

Jurors' use of social media and electronic technologies generally to communicate details of their jury duty and to perform research regarding their case has resulted in "mistrials, exclusion of jurors and imposition of fines" according to Judge Julie A. Robinson, Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. The Judicial Conference has released these proposed jury instructions to educate jurors in the scope of prohibited communications.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lawdibles

CALI Lawdibles are 10-minute MP3s of law professors talking about a narrow legal subject in a straightforward way you can understand. The Lawdibles blog is now open (http://lawdibles.classcaster.net). And you can even subscribe to Lawdibles as a podcast on iTunes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bombay High Court rules against the practice of law by foreign firms in India.

Ashurst law firm has closed its liaison office in New Delhi after the Bombay High Court ruled against the practice of law by foreign firms in India.

The office closure comes after a December ruling in the long-running Lawyers Collective case, during which Ashurst's license has been annually renewed by the Reserve Bank of India without question.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Legal Process Outsourcing - Ethical?

Your firm outsources its legal work to an offshore entity. Are there ethical issues with outsourcing? Ethics opinions from the ABA and state bar associations are raising this question.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ABA Backs Major Reform of Immigration System

Yesterday, the ABA House of Delegates voted to adopt a number of the recommendations of the ABA Immigration Commission to improve adjudication of immigration cases, including the removal of immigration adjudication from the Department of Justice and the creation of an independent Article I (or legislative) court for immigration. Boston College Law School's own Daniel Kanstroom participated on the Commission responsible for this extensive immigration reform study. This blog entry's title links to the ABA's press release which outlines the immigration reform recommendations and, in turn, provides a link to a pdf of the ABA Immigration Commission's executive summary of its report.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lexis and Microsoft to integrate products

Imagine that you're working on a brief and need to quickly Shepardize a cite. No need to access the web, log in to Lexis and start your research - access to Lexis will present as part of the tool ribbon on your Word screen. This is the scenario anticpated by Microsoft and Lexis in a plan unveiled at the LegalTech show in New York this week.