Structure and Agency in Legal…

The study of cause lawyering has grown dramatically and is now an important field of research in socio-legal studies and in research on the legal profession. The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice adds to that growing body of research by examining the connections between lawyers and causes, the settings in which cause lawyers practice, and the ways they marshal social capital and make strategic decisions.

The book describes the constraints to cause lawyering and the particulars that shape what cause lawyers do and what cause lawyering can be, while also focusing on the dynamic interactions of cause lawyers and the legal, professional, and political contexts in which they operate. It presents a constructivist view of cause lawyering, analyzing what cause lawyers do in their day-to-day work, how they do it, and what difference their work makes. Taken together, the essays collected in this volume show how cause lawyers construct their legal and professional contexts and also how those contexts constrain their professional lives.

About the authors

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Stuart Scheingold is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Washington. Together, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold are the authors of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyering (Stanford University Press, 2004) and the editors ofCause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities (1998) and Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era (2001). Theywere granted the National Equal Justice Library’s 2004 Reginald Heber SmithAwardin recognition oftheir work on cause lawyering.

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Morgan & Morgan tells its lawyers to offer insurance carriers no courtesies

Insurance companies may be celebrating a change in Florida law intended to limit aggressive litigation. But the state’s largest personal injury law firm will give carriers no quarter.

A Morgan & Morgan the company-wide memo suggests the firm’s only adjustment in legal strategy will be to push defendants harder.

“As we enter this new era, I want to make it unequivocally clear that we will not be giving an inch to carriers ever again,” wrote Matt Morganthe firm’s morgan/”managing partnerand Reuven Moskowitzthe firm’s Chief Operating Officer. “Not one inch.”

The memo says lawyers are not authorized to grant extensions to attorneys representing insurers.

“They can figure it out or file a motion,” the executives wrote. “Under no circumstances will we be agreeing to any continuity, discovery extensions, or request to extend (the) deadline to answer complaints.”

Describing “red line rules” for the new legal environment, Morgan and Moskowitz said it would be a “serious internal offense if we find any courtesies being extended to the insurance industry.”

That posture goes across the board, including for any litigation that predates the March and the Legislative Session.

The Legislature approved a massive tort package (HB 837) that became the first bill passed in Session to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The bill eliminates the requirement that policyholders cover attorneys’ fees for any party prevailing in a lawsuit against an insurance company.

While lawmakers stressed that Florida statute still allows avenues for plaintiffs to recover court costs, trial lawyers stressed that it’s less likely in cases where parties settle, the outcome of a vast majority of lawsuits against carriers.

It’s clear from the memo that lawyers take the change personally.

“We may want to help the human being defense attorney because we know them

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Morris Bart lawyers to screen misdemeanor gun charges for DA | courts

The “exponential increase” in guns on the streets has led the Orleans Parish district attorney’s office to bart/article_ee2f178e-bac9-11ed-8419-63a88d2ecf2b.html”drafts of Morris Bart’s civil law firm for free help in screening cases for prosecution.

“When you’re the murder capital of the world, you have to start thinking differently,” District Attorney Jason Williams said Tuesday in announcing the unusual partnership. “As opposed to pointing fingers, [Bart] saw a need.”

A team of at least six lawyers affiliated with Bart, a personal injury lawyer regionally famous for his prolific advertising, are reviewing police reports on misdemeanor weapons arrests and making non-binding recommendations on whether prosecutors should file formal charges, Williams said.

Hoping to curb violence

Williams said he hopes the screening assistance helps his prosecutors move faster through those cases and, eventually, curb shootings and other violent crimes.

In a city where the number of murders has been Increasing for more than three years, Bart said his firm won’t be paid for its public work. Instead, he said of the partnership, “I wanted to step up. I wanted to do something very meaningful.”

Dane Ciolino, a professor of legal ethics at Loyola University, called the arrangement “unusual but not unethical.” And he hailed the partnership: “Anything you can do to get the community and lawyers in the community more involved in public safety – it’s a good thing.”

Gun cases dismissed

The announcement came two weeks after one of Williams’ division heads, Emily Maw, unilaterally dismiss gun complaints against nine people in Magistrates Court on Mardi Gras. Williams has called her decisions williams-raps-deputy-emily-maw-over-gun-releases/article_eead9262-b3da-11ed-941b-cf51b5f38cb0.html””improper and unrepresentative of office policy.” But he denied Tuesday that her actions prompted him to sign up for Bart’s firm for help.

Bart was the

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Faces of Personal Injury Law

For 29 years, Frenkel & Frenkel has continued to successfully hold negligent companies and individuals responsible for the consequences of their actions. Mark Frenkel, Scott Frenkel, and Gene Burkett are personal injury attorneys with an award-winning history of results, representing clients in courtrooms nationwide who have suffered catastrophic injuries from the careless actions of others.

They are advocates for their clients, and they are persistent in the pursuit of justice in every case. Frenkel & Frenkel handles commercial vehicle collisions, as well as most other personal injury cases. They are known for their results representing clients who have suffered injuries from automobile, trucking, motorcycle, collisions. As experienced and tenacious personal injury trial lawyers who previously defended insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors, they use their knowledge from the other side’s playbook to bring valuable insight to each case. They take the “counselors” part of “attorneys and counselors” very seriously and believe every client needs an advocate. They thoroughly prepare cases for trial, bringing in specialists, such as accident reconstructionists, audiovisual professionals, engineers, medical experts, and economists, when needed. The firm also has an in-office attorney/medical doctor who is an asset to clients due to expertise about the nature of complex injuries.

All three partners have been named Best Lawyers in Dallas the past eight years, were named Super Lawyers in Texas Monthlya Thomson Reuters publication, in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and Top Attorneys in Fort Worth Magazine the past five years.

The success of Frenkel & Frenkel is best summed up by the clients they serve. Says client M. Hargrove, “After our wreck we were so confused about everything. Not only did they handle our legal matters, but they helped us with all the insurance paperwork and were

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The Perecman Law Firm, PLLC

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The Perecman Firm, PLLC is recognized as one of New York City’s premier plaintiffs’ personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms. Since 1984, the firm’s award-winning attorneys have recovered more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements in high-stakes claims involving construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, premises liability and wrongful death.
The Perecman Firm is led by David H. Perecman, winner of the Best Lawyers 2022 Lawyer of The Year award for Personal Injury Litigation in Long Island, and selectee many years in a row to Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The firm is known for its personalized and relentless approach to handling cases and for its roster of proven trial lawyers who have earned professional distinctions, including multiple attorneys selected to New York Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch.” The firm is ranked among US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and has secured numerous results published in the New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts & Settlements list.
“When asked what single factor has led to our results, the answer is unbridled passion,” says Founding Attorney David Perecman. “It’s a nice feeling when in winning a case you know that you have helped rebuild someone’s life.”
We serve clients across New York in personal injury and workers’ compensation matters, and offer free consultations.

New York Office:
250 West 57th Street, Suite 401, New York, NY 10107

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Amber Heard’s lawyers want her defamation trial verdict dropped. They claim a juror hadn’t been vetted properly and that the sum awarded to Johnny Depp was

Amber Heard.

Amber Heard’s lawyers wrote that the identity of one of the Depp v. Heard trial’s jurors had not been properly established going into the trial.EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

  • Amber Heard’s lawyers have asked that the verdict in her defamation trial be tossed.

  • Heard’s team cited a lack of evidence and an “excessive” amount of damages among their reasons.

  • Heard’s team also alleged that one of the jurors had not been properly vetted going into the trial.

Amber Heard’s lawyers filed a 53-page document on Friday, asking that the jury’s verdict against her in the high-profile defamation lawsuit with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, be tossed.

The memorandum requests that the jury’s verdict to be set aside on all three counts that Heard was found liable for, to dismiss Depp’s complaint, and for claims that a juror assumed a false identity to be investigated.

In the document, Heard’s lawyers Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn, argue that there was insufficient evidence to support Depp’s claims that Heard had defamed him. They also asserted that the “jury’s compensatory and punitive damage award were excessive as a matter of law,” saying that Depp only deserved “reputational damages.”

Heard and Depp were found to have defamed each other in June. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages and awarded Depp $15 million — $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The heard-will-owe-johnny-depp-less-verdict-defamation-trial-2022-6?utm_medium=referral&” data-ylk=”slk:judge later lessened the punitive damages to $350,000″ class=”link “judge later lessened the punitive damages to $350,000citing limits set by state law.

Following the trial, Heard’s lawyer said in June that the actor wouldn’t be able to pay the monetary penalty awarded to Depp.

Also included in Friday’s memo was an allegation that the identity of a jury member —

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