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Author Archives: Dan McDonald

Improving your firm’s SEO

While 95 percent of law firms now have a website, not all are getting the biggest bang for their Internet dollars. The solution is Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. SEO is essentially the manipulation of search engines to improve your firm’s ranking in a Google search.

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ABA adopts policies on online marketing, technology, data

The American Bar Association adopted new ethical guidelines for lawyers regarding online marketing and staying aware of current technology at its annual meeting this month. The ABA House of Delegates also approved a policy requiring law schools to provide detailed ...

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Mass. attorney fights for unemployment benefits

Worcester, Mass. patent attorney Gerry A. Blodgett usually advocates for his clients. But lately he’s been fighting on behalf of himself. The attorney is challenging the state of Massachusetts in a bid to receive unemployment benefits, arguing that a dip ...

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Police officer’s lawsuit divides town, settles for $1.2 million

At first, attorney Michael Sacco thought he was handling a routine disability claim. A sole practitioner in Westfield, Mass. who typically represents retirement boards, Sacco quickly found himself knee-deep in a civil rights lawsuit that offered a glimpse into the inner political machinations of a sleepy town and its police department, revealing a sordid mess.

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Federal judges brace for funding shortfall

Late last month, Judge Julia S. Gibbons went before a congressional subcommittee and made a pitch for $7 billion in appropriations for the federal judiciary next year – amounting to a 3 percent increase in this year’s funding. Gibbons, who sits on the 6th Circuit and chairs the Committee on the Budget of the Judicial Conference of the United States, painted a grim financial picture of what will happen to the federal courts barring congressional action: furloughs, layoffs, program cuts, the deferral of certain defense counsel services and, possibly, the suspension of the use of civil juries.

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