CLE Program - Bridging the Gap - All Things Social Media: Advertising, Advising, Analyzing & Winning Efficiently & Ethically

The New York State Bar Association hosted a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE Program in Buffalo, New York, on July 13, 2018, to newly admitted law students. John Larimer was one of the presenters for the program entitled All Things Social Media: Advertising, Advising, Analyzing & Winning Efficiently and Ethically. 

CLE Program - Are You “Competent” in e-Discovery? Practical Advice for Efficient, Ethical and Defensible Discovery in an Electronic Age

The Rochester Chapter of the UB Law Alumni Association, in conjunction with Counsel Press, hosted its annual CLE and Spring Reception at City Grill in Rochester on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. John Larimer  moderated this year's CLE program, which focused on eDiscovery. Panelists, WDNY Magistrate Judge Marian Payson, Megan Dorritie (Harter Secrest) and Pauline Kiser (in-house paralegal at B+L), discussed the ins and outs of an eDiscovery project from their various perspectives. The discussion tied in to an attorney’s ethical obligations to understand technology and to manage non-lawyers. The CLE was followed by remarks from the Dean of UB Law, Aviva Abramovsky, and a reception to welcome UB Law students newly admitted to the bar. 

Legaltech 2018

It’s hard to believe that yet another Legalweek conference (formerly known as Legaltech), has come and gone. J. Alfred Prufrock once claimed to have measured out his life with coffee spoons. These days it seems like we here at Larimer Law are doing the same with Legalweeks. Fortunately, Legalweeks are more interesting than coffee spoons (to us anyway) and Legalweek 2018 in New York City was no exception. According to Legalweek, more than 9,000 in-house counsel, firm partners, legal professionals and others attended the 2018 session. Self-billed as an event that “brings together the legal industry to address the biggest challenges and issues facing legal professionals,” this year’s Legalweek had something for just about everybody.

“Cybersecurity” was a prominent theme: both of the Legalweek keynote speakers focused on it and it was the topic of many panel discussions during the week. For instance, keynote speaker Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security 2013-2017, addressed cybersecurity from a national security perspective. Although interwoven with humor, Johnson’s keynote address served as a sobering reminder that cyber attacks continue to be a national security threat and that it is up to all of us to take measures in our own daily lives and workplaces to guard against it.

For legal professionals working at the intersection of law and cutting edge technology (that’s us), there is the ever popular “Legaltech,” the technology track of Legalweek. In addition to presentations and panel discussions addressing the use of technology in law, Legaltech features a gigantic tradeshow crammed full of exhibitors peddling their technological wares – and handing out free water bottles. This year, we spent considerable time wandering through the exhibits halls, visiting both familiar faces and getting acquainted with new ones. The diversity of products out there is impressive and frankly, can be a lot to take in. But love it or loathe it, technology in the law is here to stay. Legaltech demonstrates, and our own experiences as a law firm teach us, that the practice of law can and must embrace the use of technology. The judiciary is increasingly embracing it – see our article on Judge Peck’s fairly recent decision endorsing the use of technology assisted document review HERE.

For you legal luddites out there, fear not – we wholeheartedly agree that the practice of law can never solely be about technology: the brain still has a seat at the table – and yes, we are talking about the human brain. However, when used wisely, technology can free lawyers up to solve their clients’ problems more efficiently and cost effectively. It’s really an exciting time to be a lawyer.

Learn Why Courts Matter: You Be the Judge

On January 23, Larimer Law attorneys Lawrence Bice, Jennifer Castaldo and Normal Polizzi volunteered their time at an event called “Learn Why Courts Matter: You Be the Judge,” put on by the Rochester chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. At the event, which was open to the general public, participants were asked to be judges for a night and assess the constitutionality of a voter ID law from Wisconsin. Larimer Law attorneys, along with other attorneys and judges from the Rochester legal community, led small groups of participants through an analysis of the relevant laws and facts to reach a verdict.

The event also featured informative speeches by Hon. Karen Morris, Brighton Town Court Judge and Hon. Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Judge Morris spoke about the structure of the federal and New York court systems and the process that judges follow to analyze and decide cases. Judge Geraci gave a personal account of the exhaustive vetting process he went through in order to become a federal judge.

This well attended event was both entertaining and educational. Many thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women for bringing together the community around important issues that affect us all.

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