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The Duty of Technology Competence Doesn’t Mean Technology Paranoia

Last month’s announcement of the marriage between Microsoft and LinkedIn had ethics gurus coming out of the woodwork, warning of a parade of horribles that would flow from the pairing. When the deal was initially launched, ethics CLE speaker Stuart Teicher wrote of potential threats to confidentiality – such as a Microsoft’s Outlook Calendar sending…

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A Really “Nift-y” Marketing Idea for Lawyers

I just came across this article  about a Boston-based online gift network called Nift that’s intended to help folks discover other local businesses by giving them a reward, in form of a gift card, to try those businesses out. Here’s a quick summary  of how Nift works in practice: Someone walks into Biyoshi [a local…

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Legal Ethics: Can Law Firms Pay for Their Clients To Uber?

With so many  articles about whether a new platform is the next Uber for lawyers  or whether legal services can be Uberized at all, lawyers are missing out on something even more obvious: how we can use the real Uber or other similar ride-sharing platforms to better serve our clients.  For example, if a client doesn’t own a…

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What Exit, New Jersey Ethics Regulators? The Last Century

If one were to ask New Jersey’s ethics regulators the popular native question, what exit?, the response would be ”the one that lets out at the turn of the century. The twentieth century, that is.  Because what I can tell from the various New Jersey ethics advisory committees, regulators have their eyes planted firmly on…

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