Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Greenhouse on Reading Durkheim in Darkness

Carol Greenhouse, Princeton University, has published Reading Durkheim in Darkness at 45 Journal of Law and Society 664 (2018). Here is the abstract. This article is a contribution to the occasional series dealing with major books that have influenced the authors. Previous contributors include Stewart Macaulay, John Griffith, William Twining, Carol Harlow, Geoffrey Bindman, Harry Arthurs, André‐Jean Arnaud, Alan Hunt, Michael Adler, Lawrence O. Gostin, John P. Heinz, Roger Brownsword, Roger Cotterrell, and Nicola Lacey. I have chosen Émile Durkheim's Division of Labor in Society (1893). As for many social scientists, Division was part of my introduction to anthropology, especially for its key concepts of collective consciousness and social solidarity. A standard reading of it formulates Durkheim's idea of law as the expression of collective consciousness; however, later circumstances of rereading gave me a sense of his own doubts on this very….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Atlanta Paper Exposes Widespread Violation of Federal Law by Private Investigators and the Lawyers That Enable Them

Great work by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on an issue that’s bugged me for years: the brazen violation of federal law by investigators and the lawyers who hire them. At issue is the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, meant to protect the confidentiality of banking records. You are not allowed to pretend to be someone else in order to trick the bank into handing over account information, and with a few narrow exceptions, you need a court order before a bank should be handing over a third-party’s banking records. Yet, all over the internet there are licensed investigators who claim it’s all legal. Lawyers who should know better rely on these people and get away with having their agents commit crimes. We turn away several people a month (including attorneys) who want pre-judgment banking records, and we’re both confident and saddened that these people will get what they are looking for with just a few more phone calls. We’ve written about this issue on our….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Davison on Law and Neighborhood Names

Nestor M. Davison, Fordham University School of Law, is publishing Law & Neighborhood Names in Vanderbilt Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Article provides a novel investigation of how law both enables and constrains the ability of city residents to claim, name, and often rename their neighborhoods. A rich interdisciplinary dialogue in areas such as geography and sociology has emerged on the significance of place names, but this literature has largely ignored the legal dimensions of the phenomenon, with its implications for urban governance, belonging, and community conflict. This Article’s empirical exploration of the role of law in change and conflict regarding neighborhood identity thus advances the discourse both for legal scholars focused on urban dynamics and across disciplines. From gentrification fights sparked by efforts to rename the southern part of Harlem as “SoHa,” to a successful community movement to change the name of the area once….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Attorney Christa Frank High Joins Firm

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Christa Frank High has joined the firm. Ms. High is a litigator, with a broad background representing clients in personal injury, civil and commercial litigation. Ms. High has also represented numerous clients in employment law, education law, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) matters, as well as higher education, university student disciplinary proceedings, class actions, employment, Title VII, consumer protection, contract disputes, and defamation. A 2007 graduate of Temple University School of Law (cum laude), Christa received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to send an email to Christa High, Esquire... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Road Rage Incident Leads To Suspension

Dan Trevas reports on a decision issued today by the Ohio Supreme Court The Ohio Supreme Court today suspended a Columbus lawyer for his conduct related to a 2015 incident with a bicyclist that led to a subsequent scuffle with….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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