All of us at the Law Office of Howard D. Popper, P. C. wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015 !
Archives for November 2015
Meadowlands Seminar 2015
Law Office Management for Small Firms
The Business of Law:
Going Solo, Making a Move or Taking the Final Bow
Friday, November 20, 2015
9:00 am – 11:45 pm
Hilton Meadowlands Hotel, East Rutherford, NJ
Howard D. Popper, Esq.
Law Office of Howard D. Popper, P.C.
Carlo Scaramella, Esq.
Law Offices of Carlo Scaramella, LLC
Jacqueline M. Vigilante, Esq.
The Vigilante Law Firm
Mullica Hill, NJ
6:30 am – 8:30 am
Litigation at Sunrise
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast & Registration * Exhibit Hall
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Law Firm Mergers – What are the Factors to Consider
Retirement Planning – How to Plan for Your Retirement
Joel A. Rose * Joel A. Rose & Associates, Inc. * Cherry Hill, NJ
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Buying or Selling an Existing Law Practice
Ethics of Buying or Selling a Practice
Nathaniel S. Wasserstein, Esq. * Nyack, NY
10:00 am – 10:40 am
Practical Realities of How to Acquire an Existing
Law Practice and Integrate it Into Your Firm
– What You Should Consider Before Merging Your Practice or Moving Firms
– Ethical Issues and Concerns: Notifying Clients, Taking Files, Fee Sharing
Eric G. Kahn, Esq. * Springfield, NJ
Saul G. Gruber, Esq. * Mount Laurel, NJ
10:40 am – 10:55 am
Coffee Break * Exhibit Hall
10:55 am – 11:10 am
Our Experience and Tips for Success
Hon. Kenneth C. Strait Jr. * Montclair Municipal Court * Montclair, NJ
11:10 am – 11:30 am
Legal Malpractice Insurance –
Prior Acts Coverage for When You Start a New Firm or Join a New Practice
and Tail Coverage for When You Leave or Retire From the Practice
Gary L. Pinckney, Esq.* Hackensack, NJ
11:30 am – 11:45 am
Advertising – Print, Web, Electronic, Other –
What is the Best Way to Build and Develop a
Successful Practice Whether Solo or Small Firm
Walter Kilby * Dex Media * Paramus, NJ
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Luncheon * Exhibit Hall
It seems like there’s a new story of police misconduct in the news about every week. It’s had a devastating impact on the public trust, but according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, it’s also hitting the taxpayer in the pocketbook.
According to an article published earlier this year, the American cities with the ten largest police forces saw an almost 50% increase from 2010 to 2014 in the amount they paid out to settle lawsuits involving allegations of law enforcement officer misconduct. In 2010, those cities paid $168 million for wrongful conduct by officers—a seemingly staggering amount, but modest in comparison to the $248 million paid out in 2014.
The authors of the article—Zusha Elinson and Dan Frosch—conclude that a significant reason payouts have increased so dramatically is the greater prevalence of video evidence, either from bystanders or from the police officer’s vehicle or uniform. A number of states now require police officers to have either a dash-mounted or uniform-mounted video camera on at all times. Unfortunately, that suggests that the problem is not a new problem…it’s now one that is easier to document and prove. And the old strategy of trying to impeach the credibility of the victim (by portraying him as a “criminal”) tends to lose much of its power in the face of videotape evidence showing misconduct or wrongful behavior by a police officer.
Officials say the problem may only get worse. They contend that increased incidences of demonstrated police misconduct will only diminish trust in and respect for those officers who follow the rules. They fear that, as a consequence, people will be less inclined to defer to police officers in the performance of their duties, and more likely to push the boundaries of acceptable social behavior.
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