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Cromwell worries judicial gaffes won’t be cured through education

Former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell says he’s not convinced that mandatory judicial education can prevent the blunders that get some judges into trouble in sexual assault trials.

The Supreme Court’s edict that appellate courts must strictly review lower courts’ interpretations of standard form contracts will expand the scope of appellate scrutiny of contracts in many industries, counsel say.

The integration of the Internet and mobile devices into the consumer experience has radically changed the way goods and services are provided around the world.

What do you get when you mix sudden death with debt? A few months ago, I received a phone call from an insurance broker who was sending payment out of the proceeds of a large life insurance policy to a client who had lost her husband unexpectedly, many years before either spouse expected to be settling the matrimonial estate.

Family law can be highly charged, given that clients are often on edge with deeply personal issues. So might light-hearted banter, a strong sense of camaraderie and a no-work weekend in the Big Apple be just what the partner ordered to keep a firm running smoothly? Lisa Gelman, who oversees 11 other lawyers at Gelman & Associates, thinks so.