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New York Halloween Laws!

October 30th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online CLEHalloween is tomorrow, and that means that a night of trick-or-treating and mischief is sure to ensue. In addition to offering New York CLE, Marino Legal wants you to stay informed and safe this holiday. While it’s a very fun time for all, there are some laws that must be remembered while partaking in the festivities!

Zero Tolerance – In New York City, sex offenders must remain inside on Halloween. They cannot wear costumes, and cannot answer the door for trick-or-treaters. Given this rule is followed efficiently, it can offer a sense of relief for parents letting their children go about this Thursday.

Fake Gun Law – Fake guns are outlawed in NYC. So, if you’re going to be an outlaw yourself, you may need to consider a costume change. One exception is fluorescent colored fake weapons, which may kill your hard look, but will keep the police and people surrounding you happy.

The Mask Laws – Anyone over the age of 16 cannot wear a mask, unless you are at a masquerade. This is to protect all, and should be taken seriously. If you’re over the age of 16 and are going to wear a mask, you must be inside a home or at a masked event.

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Visit Marino Legal for your CLE online needs!

Strange Laws in New York

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

Throughout your online CLE, you may not come across some of these extreme laws. Having knowledge of them may help you along the road, but regardless, some of these are kind of ridiculous. Many laws have been created are far more applicable the past, and some that are just extremely irrelevant in today’s world.

First, let’s take a look at the Kendall County law which poses restrictions on what you can do on your own personal property. The law states, “It is against town ordinances to camp out on your own land more than 72 hours a month. If you want to camp out for 2 weeks you need a permit, which can only be obtained once a year.” While humorous, this law is a classic case of invading people’s property rights and has the potential to raise some issues if enforced. Granted, this law is from the 1960s and may not be enforced as much these days.

Another state wide law in New York that has yet to be thrown out due to changes in times is one that states a fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll. Stay up to date on your New York CLE with Marino Legal.

Marino Legal CLE will be holding a weekend of continuing legal education this October in New York, New York. This will be one of their Bridge the Gap weekends. Bridge the Gap weekends are designed to satisfy a full year of New York CLE credits. These classes are open to any attorney, newly admitted or veteran from New York or New Jersey. Hosting these weekends semi-frequently, if one is not able to attend both days for one weekend of sessions, they may come to another session of the same day on a different weekend.

Bridge the Gap weekends feature two days of education, each day consisting of four individual lectures which cover different topics of law. For those would rather attend a live lecture than complete CLE online, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. The next Bright the Gap weekend will be in October.

Here are the details:

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Sunday, Obtober 20th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

NY continuing legal education is sometimes considered something to be taken with a pinch of salt by legal professionals, but the reality is, if you don’t keep up with the times, then you get left behind in ways you probably never imagined.

Consider the recent case of former congressman Alan B. Mollohan, who served in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District for nearly 20 years. On July 26 of this year, the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of 42 attorneys, Mollohan being among them.

The 42 attorneys failed to provide proof by July 31, 2012, that they had taken the necessary 24 hours of continuing legal education between July 1, 2010, and July 30, 2012. As a result, they are suspended from practicing, with the suspension remaining in effect until the attorneys take the necessary CLE hours and pay the state Bar a late fee.

Not adhering to New York CLE requirements (or other state’s CLE requirements for that matter) not only lands you with a hefty fine, but also irreparably tars your reputation. Entrusting a lawyer with a case requires immense trust on the part of the client, and failing to fulfill obligations is far from a good start for legal professionals looking to raise the standard of success.

Ensure your clients rest assured by signing up for online CLE today!

online CLEThough the current job market for law grads is far from promising nationwide, there are certain states which offer particularly few opportunities for those seeking to get their foot in the door of a legal practice. Newly admitted attorneys, take note – here are the ratios of graduates from ABA approved law schools to the average annual number of job openings between 2010 and 2020.

In Mississippi, there are a whopping 10.53 grads per job opening, while in Michigan 6.43 grads compete for each available position. Delaware follows close behind with 4.20 grads competing for each job opening.

The remaining seven of the top ten worst states are ranked below:

Nebraska at 4.04, Vermont at 3.50, Massachusetts at 3.27, Indiana at 3.03, Oregon at 2.98, Louisiana at 2.95, New York at 2.92.

While the current prospects are far from ideal, a competitive job market forces applicants to better themselves in order to secure employment. This means brushing up on orating skills, never failing to keep up to date with new legal developments, as well as bettering client management skills. And, of course, CLE is of essential importance.

Ensure you optimize your potential by fulfilling your New York CLE requirements, either through online CLE or live lecture weekends. Learn more at MarinoLegalCLE.com and read more about the ratio of graduates to jobs here.

online cleThough fulfilling your New York CLE requirements is certainly a step in the right direction, upping your legal game is going to take considerably more than gaining your NY continuing legal education credits. If you’re eager to make it to the top, we’ve got the advice to aid you on your way.

Check out the below tips on client relations:

Don’t promise your clients the world and all that’s in it. It’s essential you manage client expectations from the outset. All that’s required is that you pledge your honest effort, not that you assure the client they’ll win their case.

Cultivate an air of exclusivity. Never appear too available to a potential client, even if you really want the case. Remember that your initial discussion is a mutual consultation. The client is assessing whether they trust you’re the best person for the job, and you’re deciding whether or not the client is someone you’d like to represent.

Keep your client in the know. Furnish your client with a file of basic information that explains the legal matter at hand in language that’s accessible rather than esoteric. Additionally, keep in regular contact with your client. If you can’t return a call, ensure that your secretary does.

11 Unusual New York Laws

July 3rd, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

ny continuing legal educationWe all know of the major laws which forbid acts such as murder, theft, sexual or physical assault, but did you know there is a plethora of other lesser-known laws which are a little more bizarre in nature?

Here are some of the New York state laws you may not be familiar with, nor taught about in most New York CLE or online CLE courses:

  • Women are permitted to be topless in public, provided it is not in the name of business.
  • Donkeys are not permitted to sleep in bathtubs.
  • All businesses must have spittoons, which must be cleaned every 24 hours.
  • NY citizens may not greet one another by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers.”
  • The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
  • A $25 fine can be levied for the crime of flirting. Specifically, this unusual law targets men who, on a city street, look “at a woman in that way,” whatever ‘that way’ is.
  • Slippers may not be worn after 10pm.
  • It’s a crime to dye or, in any way, color a baby chick.
  • A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
  • One may not walk around on Sundays with an ice-cream cone in his/her pocket.
  • Also ice-cream related – ice-cream made with wine must bear a warning.

ny continuing legal educationFollowing on from last week’s Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code vs. Baigent and Leigh and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, here’s the next installment in our top IP disputes featuring a serious alpha female face-off:

Most of you reading this will likely be familiar with the blonde bombshell Barbara Millicent Roberts, maybe not by her full title, but surely with her world renowned moniker, Barbie. The Barbie doll was a product created by Mattel Inc., a company for which designer Carter Bryant once worked while he was also engaging in consultancy work for MGA Entertainment Inc.

The result of Bryant’s work for MGA was the now highly popular Bratz doll. A few years after MGA began selling Bratz dolls, Mattel sued both designer Bryant and MGA claiming Bryant’s work with MGA while still an employee at Mattel was an instance of copyright infringement.

Not surprisingly, since Bryant was an employee of Mattel, and listed on their payroll at the time of consulting with MGA and designing the Bratz doll, the courts sided with Mattel, justifying the claim that the Bratz name and design were Mattel trade secrets. MGA was ordered to pay $100 million in damages.

Learn more about these kinds of cases by enrolling in one of our New York CLE courses dedicated specifically to the intricacies of intellectual property, and designed to easily allow you to accrue New York continuing legal education credits.

NY continuing legal educationAs many of you will know, intellectual property law is one of the hottest territories in the legal profession right now. In today’s blog post, we’re highlighting the first in our series of the most noteworthy IP disputes in recent years, from the world of fiction to fashionable dolls.

The Da Vinci Code Case

Authors of the non-fiction book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claimed author of best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, infringed on the copyright of their publication. Interestingly, the case was based on “non-literal” copying, since Brown didn’t directly copy text from Baigent and Leigh’s book. Rather the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail alleged it was the “manner” in which Brown told his story which was plagiarized.

Ultimately, the claimants’ case was dismissed in 2006, when it was ruled that there was neither textual, nor non-textual copying.

Interested in keeping up with the latest developments in IP law? Sign up for one of our IP-focused New York CLE courses, or learn more via online CLE. Check back next week for the next installment in the most famous IP disputes.

online cleWhile New York continuing legal education requires the expense of a certain amount of time and money, both the hours and dollars invested are certainly not going to go to waste. Here are the six top reasons for fulfilling your New York CLE requirements:

  • A person with a higher education and career level has a higher earning capacity
  • A person with a higher education and advanced certification will be selected for employment over those who do not have these qualifications
  • Those who continually learn new things in their chosen practice are much more valuable employees, and are therefore more likely to enjoy job security at their workplace
  • Those who continually learn tend to have a higher level of responsibility and greater degree of job satisfaction
  • An employee who does not consistently learn will in time lose their skills, find that their knowledge is outdated, and will eventually fall back in their career
  • A person who actively makes the commitment to continually learn remains competitive in a tough job market; this is especially important in today’s economic climate

If you were in any doubt before, these reasons should make the importance of CLE plain to see. Professionals who do not actively engage in consistent learning, will eventually lose out to those who do. Don’t get left behind, find more info on a variety of CLE courses and packages, including ‘bridge the gap‘ weekends, at MarinoLegalCLE.com.