Posted on June 30, 2014 by Jean Magistrale, Esq.
In a stunning victory for Fourth Amendment rights and personal information privacy generally, the United States Supreme Court in Riley v California has held that police may not search an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. This unanimous decision suggests that both the liberal and the conservative wings of the Supreme Court agree that personal information on cell phones (and presumably other mobile devices) is protected under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading
Filed under: Criminal Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: arrest, cell phone search, criminal defense, Fourth Amendment, personal information, privacy rights, search warrant, warrantless search | 6 Comments »
Posted on June 27, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Settling a case that involves potential court-awarded attorney fees raises a big issue—a conflict of interest between plaintiffs’ counsel and their clients. But it’s definitely possible for plaintiffs’ attorneys to deal with this sticky situation with their ethical duties intact. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: attorney ethical duties, attorney fees, attorney-client privilege, case settlement, conflict of interest, court-ordered attorney fees, settlement | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 25, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The new teen drivers are out in force for the summer season, giving their parents a lot to be anxious about. Among the countless fears parents have every time their teen takes the wheel should be their own liability. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, Personal Injury, Tort Law | Tagged: automobile liability, car accidents, parent liability, personal injury law, teen drivers | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 23, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Seasoned litigators know how important it can be to have a good relationship with courtroom staff. Bringing holiday treats or morning coffee can certainly bolster that relationship, but is it ok to do?
Filed under: New Lawyers, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney conduct, attorneys, courtroom behavior, courtroom conduct, courtroom staff, gifts, inappropriate gifts, jury | 3 Comments »
Posted on June 16, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For many people—especially avid courtroom drama watchers—the anticipation of being cross-examined is terrifying. If your client is one of these people, try these calming techniques. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: attorney-client relationship, cross-examination, Jury trial, litigation, trial, trial witness, witness preparation | 6 Comments »