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    • 12 Ways to Challenge the Status Quo
    • "But we've always done it this way!" could be the slogan of many law firms. Here are 12 examples of status quo thinking and suggestions to counter these comfortable but ultimately risky patterns.
    • Boards of Review:
      How to Contest Property Taxes
    • People who disagree with their real estate assessment can petition local boards of review for relief. The author explains how to do so and discusses recent statutory changes and case law having to do with timing and access.
    • The Immigration Consequence of a Plea
    • Many forms of relief for noncitizens convicted of deportable criminal offenses have been eliminated while the number of offenses that trigger an immigration consequence has expanded. Despite these changes, defense lawyers can still provide vigorous, effective counsel to noncitizen clients.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Your State Bar
  • Make Connections: Join a Section
  • Executive Director Larry Martin urges section membership. You'll gain valuable skills, peer recognition, and expertise while influencing the direction of the legal profession.
  • Technology
  • Social Media: Who's Got Your Data?
  • Aviva Kaiser and Christopher Shattuck say data available on Facebook and Google make clear that lawyers must take great care to safeguard client information.
  • Solutions
  • 4 Types of Challenging Clients
  • Australian lawyer Chris Hargreaves says lawyers worldwide experience challenging clients. Here's how he addresses them.
  • Managing Risk
  • What Is Malpractice 'Tail' Coverage?
  • Tom Watson explains tail coverage is an endorsement on the policy already in place. He covers this and other basics of malpractice insurance.
  • Reflections
  • Document Review 'Team'? I'm It
  • To practice law in an underserved location, Deanne Koll says be prepared to be a one-person team and, more important, a problem-solver.
  • Ethics
  • When Is a Client a 'Former Client'?
  • Distinguishing between clients and former clients is vital to avoid conflicts of interest and confidentiality. But, Dean Dietrich writes, there is no magic formula.
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