The False Ideals of the Web – op ed piece by Jaron Lanier “The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which is being considered in the House while the Senate looks at a similar bill, is deemed the worst thing ever. Popular sites like Wikipedia staged a blackout on Wednesday to protest the bills. Google put a black banner over its name. Nothing quite like that has ever happened before. This is extraordinary, because it shows that belief in the priority of fighting SOPA is so absolute as to trump the stated nonpartisan missions of these sites.” Absolute positions are not the foundationRead More →

The American Bar Association plays a key role in setting a policy framework that States look to when regulating the conduct of lawyers.  The current Ethics commission debates have reached an impasse on the topic of virtual practice.  See  20120619_draft_release_for_comment_rule_5_5_comment_4_virtual_practice . But as any tax lawyer or any international business lawyer will tell you,  jurisdictional boundaries for the practice of law are problematic when either your subject matter or your clients’ business crosses state boundaries.  Tax lawyers advise on the consequences of 50 state tax laws and federal tax law routinely.  International business lawyers structure global transactions taking into account the laws of multiple jurisdictions.  I am not familiarRead More →