Supernatural Happenings & Law

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Law Cases - (0 Comments)
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New York has experienced some very interesting legal happenings. Law is constantly changing as new issues are brought about, and the cases which shape these changes hold the utmost importance. Staying up to date with your continuing legal education, whether in live classes or online CLE, is a must.

Today i’d like to take a look at a spooky court case which is very appropriate for the Halloween season! Stambovsky V. Ackley created quite a raise in the early 90s, and later became a staple in property law teachings. The Ackley family owned a home in Nyack, New York, which they had reported was haunted. Apparently spirits had shaken the mother’s bed, and stolen belongings from the children numerous times.

The entire town knew of the hauntings, as they has become a part of Nyack folklore. The Ackley’s had also had works published about the disturbances in outlets such as Reader’s Digest.

In 1990, the Ackley’s sold the house to New Yorker, Jeffery Stambovsky, without ever telling him of the poltergeist. He then later found out of the home’s reputation and brought the Ackley’s to court for fraudulent misrepresentation. Stambovsky’s case held up, not necessarily because the house was haunted, but because it was such common knowledge and had been written about in the past. This reputation affected the home’s value, thus upholding Stambovsky’s argument. Stay up to date with your New York continuing legal education with Marino Legal.


Art Law Pt 1.

September 16th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Law Cases - (0 Comments)
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Throughout time copyrights and intellectual property have brought about some extremely controversial court cases. While most of the larger cases fell years ago, some have made a major impact in more recent years. I’d like to focus on a case that took a few different turns between the years of 2009 and 2011.

It started when Richard Prince decided to make a series of paintings he called “Canal Zone”. These paintings were exhibited at the Gagosian gallery. He made 28 paintings that included images from French Photographer;s book Yes, Rasta from 2000. The book was a photo diary of Rastafarian people he had made while traveling in Jamaica.

In 2009 Cariou brought a suit upon Prince for copyright infringement through his Canal Zone exhibit. On March 18, 2011 US District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled against Prince claiming that his use of the works was not fair, and Cariou was completely in the right. This decision stood for a while, and Cariou actually destroyed some of the works during that time.

On April 25, 2013, the US Court of Appeals fort he Second Circuit decided otherwise and overturned Judge Deborah A. Batts Ruling. They ruled that 25 of the works were deemed transformative and fair, and only 5 of the works were to be send back for further review.

Staying up to date on intellectual property laws is a much, and through CLE online you can do so. Nobody want’s to be the one to make an awful court decision. Stay up to date with the law. Check out the Marino Legal CLE website for inoformation on New York continuing legal education.


A Guide to Relaxing on Vacation

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Law | Lawyer - (0 Comments)

NY continuing legal educationAfter a year of depositions, contracts, and client calls, August is an ideal time for a getaway to de-stress. The catch is, many of us don’t quite know how to relax when finally granted a rare respite from our hectic schedules.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a how-to for those in need of some quality relaxation.

Unplug and switch off. You may consider your cell-phone an additional limb you can’t do without normally, but quality down-time is difficult to achieve without cutting yourself off a little. Certainly, utilize modern technology for navigating around your vacation resort and use your currency exchange app to see if you’d be scoring a deal on that decades old bottle of brandy but, by and large, you want to limit time spent tapping on your touchscreen.

Call a halt to military planning. It’s understandable you want to make the most of your free time but drafting to-the-hour itineraries is ultimately going to breed stress rather than serenity. Make vague plans and stay flexible – you aren’t attending NY continuing legal education courses now.

Catch some ZzzZz’s. The last thing you want from a vacation is to return home more exhausted than when you departed. Don’t hesitate to hit snooze on your morning alarm clock!

Bon voyage from all at the leading New York continuing legal education providers!

Financing Your New York CLE

February 13th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleConsidering the current economic climate is far from hospitable, gathering together the funds to finance your NY continuing legal education can be very labor intensive. That is why we at Marino Legal are pleased to offer attorneys a convenient payment plan that won’t see you crippled with expenses.

Here is how it works:

Simply pay the deposit of $250, complete our financing agreement, and furnish a copy of your driver’s license or ID card. The remaining balance to be paid for your course will be broken into equal payments and automatically charged to your credit card.

You can choose to begin your payments immediately or you can wait until two months before the bar exam to start your payments. Payments can also be extended to 12 months after you take the bar exam. Another benefit is that you can also choose how many installments you would like to pay your balance.

Some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to our finance plan for New York continuing legal education are answered below:

Who can use the financing program?

Anyone! As long as you have a Visa, Master Card, or American Express credit card, we can set up your automatic payments.

What can you use financing for?

Financing is available for the Marino Bar Review, the Marino Weekender Bar Review, the Marino Skill Builder Bar Review, and the Marino Custom Bar Preparation.

ny cleOne of the hottest topics in the legal world today is centered around intellectual property law and the legal issues surrounding creative industries such as art and fashion design. Our New York CLE Art Law and Intellectual Property Package offers attorneys the chance to explore some of the most controversial and litigated issues in the field today, learning from noted experts from the bench and bar, as well as specialists from museums, galleries, academia, media and law enforcement.

For just $399, attorneys can acquire a wealth of knowledge on the following issues surrounding intellectual property law: copyright and fine art; protecting antiquities; government restrictions on artistic expression; looted art, detecting fraud; proving provenance; dealing with artists’ estates and foundations; appraisals; legal issues relating to installation art, biennials and art fairs; deviations from trust indentures; Cy Pres and deaccessioning; as well as ethical considerations.

One of the several courses included in this 23-credit package is ‘Representing a Fashion Client’ – a course dedicated to examining the intellectual property issues of the fashion industry. Much discussed in recent years due to high profile cases between high-end designer brands and mammoth high-street retailers, copyright and fashion is a fascinating topic and one of increasing importance for both veteran attorneys organizing their New York continuing legal education, as well as newcomers seeking ‘bridge the gap‘ courses.

Interesting CLE Facts

January 30th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online cleWe have discussed online CLE at length on this blog, examining its benefits, workings and where best to find quality CLE courses at affordable prices, but perhaps it is time to go back to basics. What exactly is CLE?

Continuing legal education, or CLE, is professional education of lawyers that takes place after the lawyer’s initial admission to the bar. As we have previously mentioned, many states in the U.S. require CLE participation of attorneys in order for them to maintain their license to practice law. In the U.S., CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis. There is no nationwide accreditation since CLE programs are administered by the state supreme courts through special CLE Commissions or Boards.

Interestingly, the state of Kentucky allows all licensed attorneys in the state to fulfill their CLE requirement without paying a registration fee as part of a two-day program known as Kentucky Law Update. This unique program is offered annually in at least seven locations throughout the state.

More experienced attorneys are sometimes entitled to receive credit for speaking or teaching at an accredited CLE program; for moderating or participating in a panel presentation at an accredited CLE activity, for teaching law courses at an American Bar Association-accredited law school as well as for participating in several other courses and activities.

To learn more about the specifics of New York continuing legal education, consult the leading providers of both ‘bridge the gap‘ and veteran-appropriate CLE courses, Marino Legal.

NY continuing legal educationFully grasping the ins and outs of New York continuing legal education can prove testing at times. As a navigation aid, this post will address credits, courses and New York-centric requirements as they relate to newly admitted attorneys.

New York-based newly admitted attorneys, take note – 16 transitional credits must be completed in each of your first two years of admission (a total of 32). Of these 16 credits, 3 must be in Ethics, 6 must be in Skills and 7 must be in Professional Practice or Practice Management. That is to say, newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their continuing legal education requirement by taking accredited transitional NY continuing legal education courses or programs in traditional live classroom settings or through the attendance of fully interactive video conferences, where the video conference technology has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.

Some important points to note with regard to NY legislation are that your CLE deadline is measured from the date of your admission, and that New York is a self-reporting jurisdiction. Newly admitted attorneys within this self-reporting jurisdiction must certify along with the submission of his or her biennial attorney registration statement that the attorney has satisfactorily completed 32 credit hours of transitional continuing legal education. The attorney must also certify that he or she has retained the Certificates of Attendance or other documentation required by the CLE board.

Fortunately, Marino Legal offers a convenient solution to completing CLE requirements. Entitled ‘Bridge the Gap‘ courses, these weekend courses are designed to save you money and time in complying with NY state law.

Bridging the Gap

January 16th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleReceiving news that you have successfully passed your bar exams and are legally qualified to practice as an attorney is a joyous experience. However, this time can also be disorienting and somewhat intimidating as you attempt to transition from education to practice.

At Marino Legal, we have been educating attorneys since 1946 and know well the challenges faced by newly admitted attorneys. Having witnessed the confusion experienced by many new attorneys, we introduced our ‘bridge the gap’ New York CLE – a series of live lectures offered to newly admitted attorneys in New York and New Jersey, intended to aid attorneys in applying the vast knowledge they gained while studying.

Our ‘Bridge the Gap’ weekends are designed to satisfy a full year of New York newly admitted CLE credits, i.e. 3.0 Ethics CLE credits, 6.0 Skills CLE credits and 7.0 Professional Practice CLE credits, allowing you to acquire the wherewithal to practice as an attorney without having to sacrifice excessive amounts of money and time. If you cannot manage to schedule an entire weekend for your ‘Bridge the Gap’ course, then simply attend one day of one weekend, and complete your course by attending another day of another weekend course that suits your schedule.

At just $350 for a complete weekend, Marino Legal, the New York continuing legal education specialists, offer the leading ‘bridge the gap’ package for newly admitted attorneys eager to begin making their mark.

New York continuing legal educationWill you be getting qualified to practice as an attorney in 2013?

If so, our 24-credit Getting Started package comes highly recommended. The 24-credit Getting Started package is perfectly suited to new attorneys, attorneys establishing a general practice or those attorneys who are simply in need of a refresher course in order to ensure continued familiarity with the most recent NY legal developments. This package covers a broad range of legal areas including matrimonial law, estates and trusts, bankruptcy and litigation. Courses offered include ‘E-Litigation for Dummies’, ‘Ending with a Bang: The Art of the Perfect Closing’, as well as ‘Winning Evidence: Techniques and Strategies in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Cases’.

At Marino Legal we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional New York continuing legal education at affordable prices; that’s why the 24-credit Getting Started package is currently offered at just $399, allowing you to save 49%. For those who prefer to pick and choose courses based on their own strengths and weaknesses, we offer a Custom Package service which allows attorneys to choose a la carte the courses most relevant to them. Simply choose whether you want a 6-, 8-, 12- or 24-hour package and then add courses as you see fit. Practically every course you need as part of your New York CLE is offered, from criminal to family law, civil and corporate law to ethics.

Getting Leverage with CLE

December 5th, 2012 | Posted by TimD in Education | Law | Lawyer - (0 Comments)

There are many ways to have leverage in negotiations. As a lawyer, quite a few of these circumstances are outside of your control. The circumstances surrounding a certain case or even certain laws that a case deals with generally set most of the parameters for leverage. Still, as a lawyer you can create your own leverage when you present a case. The best way to be in control of the leverage is to understand as much as you can about the case.

Understanding cases comes from directly engaging with clients, witnesses and evidence–this much is clear. What is less clear is how simply keeping yourself sharp through various New York CLE programs, or even online CLE, can help you build a case.

Through improved understanding of the surrounding issues, you can apply the information about your current situation in a variety of ways. Seeing those angles is why seeking out expertise through lectures, web seminars and more New York continuing legal education is so vitally important. There is no other way to adept with the law than studiously disseminating the details of the law in question and laws in general.

Getting leverage in a negotiation is key. You can win without it of course, but why would you try?