Question: How Many US Laws Are There? No One Knows!

Question: How Many US Laws Are There? I saw this question on Quora this morning and thought it deserved a serious anwer. Here is what I can say: No one knows. What is a Law?  Even the definition of law is Read More …

Practical Legal Education and Access to Justice: Problems That Can Help Solve Each Other

by RICH CASSIDY on NOVEMBER 28, 2011 The point of this series of posts is simply this. We have a huge access to justice problem. We also have a serious problem with legal education: it simply doesn’t actually prepare students Read More …

ABA House of Delegates Rejects Uniform Collaborative Law Rules and Act

by RICH CASSIDY on AUGUST 8, 2011 I am disappointed to report that today, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates rejected Resolution 110B, which would have added ABA approval to the Uniform Collaborative Law Rules and Act. The vote Read More …

New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to Criminal Defense Leaders: We must Provide Access to Justice or We may as well Shut Down the Courthouses!

by RICH CASSIDY on JUNE 21, 2011 The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, (New York state’s highest Court) addressed an audience of some 70 invited criminal defense lawyers and legal scholars at the Read More …

Congratulations Peter Langrock and Langrock, Sperry & Wool, LLP

by RICH CASSIDY on DECEMBER 31, 2010 I can’t close the book on 2010 without congratulating my friend and colleague, Peter Langrock, his law partners, and all the staff at Langrock, Sperry & Wool, LLP, on the 50th Anniversary of Read More …

ABA Resolutions Intended To Adopt Civil Gideon Are Too Narrow.

by RICH CASSIDY on SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 In Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S.335 (1963), the United States Supreme Court held the 6th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution require that defendants in serious criminal cases be afforded representation Read More …

David Boies Addresses the Rule of Law at ABA Opening Ceremony of 2010 Annual Meeting

by RICH CASSIDY on AUGUST 15, 2010 Most lawyers who regularly attend the ABA Annual Meeting skip the so-called “Opening Ceremony.” In fact, I must admit that before I became a member of the ABA Board of Governors, I skipped Read More …