Suffolk Law CLE Newsletter

January, 2010

Finding and Interpreting the Science in Forensic Evidence-Impact of NAS on the Justice System

"Stakes are high in forensic science debate after doubt is cast on wide range of lab techniques" read a recent headline in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas.  Since the release of the National Academy of Sciences report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States", much scrutiny has been directed at a variety of types of forensic evidence. Lawyers and judges are grappling with how to interpret the results of the report and apply them to trials. On February 11, both lawyers and judges will have a unique opportunity to hear from Marvin Schechter, a member of the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Community and then continue the discussion in separate break-out sessions with the Honorable Kenneth Fishman and experienced lawyers.


Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States:

A Path Forward

Elder Law Institute XVI:

Understanding the Elder Law & Medicaid Consequences of Estate Planning

The focus of Elder Law practice has shifted over the years as the regulatory environment has changed. What is Elder Law? How do you define yourself as an Elder Law attorney?  Is Elder Law your practice or part of your practice? Elder law or Medicaid lawyers can no longer remain ignorant of tax planning, business planning, and complicated trusts matters.  In addition, estate tax planners need a basic understanding of public benefits programs even if they are dealing with high net worth clients since some beneficiaries may be elderly or disabled.  This year's Elder Law Institute XVI is focused on understanding the Elder Law & Medicaid consequences of tax planning.  Find out how to avoid planning traps as well as learning about potential business and planning opportunities.
Multi-Disciplinary Practice Issues for GALs

GAL cases usually involve a multi-disciplinary analysis with various professionals weighing in with their perspectives. To simulate the type of analysis involved in representing the various parties, Multi-Disciplinary Practice Issues for GALs presents two case studies and a detailed review of the potential issues raised in each. You will hear about what is persuasive, what is compelling and what is important from the different professionals in each of the two scenarios. Our panel of experts from different disciplines helps you identify the issues that you should be thinking about in representing your clients. This unique format will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about cases that include a GAL no matter what your role in these cases might be.

Avoiding the Ethical Minefield of Online Social Networking and Marketing: Do You Know Who Your Friends Are?

Do you know the answers to these questions?

Is it deceptive to "friend" someone in order to investigate their page?


If you post information on a blog, can that be considered legal advice?


Under marketing rules, can a lawyer pay a non-lawyer for each Internet-based client lead that the non-lawyer generates?


Can blog information violate rules against multi-jurisdictional practice?


While there is growing and widespread use of social networking sites, many issues remain unresolved. Stay out of trouble by attending and learn how to make the most of these new marketing tools.


South Carolina Opines On Judges and Facebook
Forensic Evidence/Impact of NAS
Annual Elder Law Institute
Practice Issues for GALs
Ethics & Social Networking

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28th Oxford Summer School CLE

The Oxford CLE program is designed for practicing attorneys, judges, clerks and their families and companions. Attendance at the program is not limited to legal professionals. Anyone with an interest in the British legal system may attend. The two-week summer program examines both the similarities and the differences of the British and America legal systems with a principally British faculty.


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