Pakistan Attempts to Crush Protests by Lawyers (NYT)

y JANE PERLEZ and DAVID ROHDE

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 5 — Angry protests by thousands of lawyers in Lahore and other cities on Monday demonstrated the first organized resistance to the emergency rule imposed by the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. But the abrupt arrests of many of them threatened to weaken their challenge.

The real test of whether the opposition to General Musharraf will prevail appears to be several days off: The leader of the biggest opposition political party, Benazir Bhutto, has pledged to lead a major protest rally on Friday in Rawalpindi, the garrison city adjacent to Islamabad, the capital.

The Musharraf government’s resolve to silence its fiercest opponents was evident in the strength of the crackdown by baton-wielding police officers who pummeled lawyers and then hauled them by the legs and arms into police wagons in Lahore.

At one point, lawyers and police officers clashed in a pitched battle, with lawyers standing on the roof of the High Court throwing stones at the police below, and the police hurling them back. Some of the lawyers were bleeding from the head, and some passed out in clouds of tear gas. (more . . )

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LegalTech NY 2007 Kicks Off (Law.com)

By David Snow

Sunday night’s light snowfall and Monday’s bitter chill aside, New York weather has been unseasonably mild lately. But you can always tell when late January rolls around by one unmistakable sign: The LegalTech conference comes to midtown Manhattan, bringing much of the legal technology industry’s movers and shakers with it.

With more than 11,000 visitors and 285 exhibiting companies in attendance, ALM Media kicked off LegalTech New York 2007 on Monday, the start of a three-day run of educational sessions, technology demonstrations and parties. (more…)

Attorney Ad Rules Spark Unusual Collaboration Between Judges, Bar (Law.com)

John Caher
New York Law Journal
01-29-2007

The involvement of the bar in the formulation of new attorney advertising restrictions marked an unprecedented collaboration between the legal community and court administrators, and one entered into with considerable consternation, a top judge revealed Thursday.

Eugene F. Pigott Jr., now a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, said the presiding justices were reluctant to solicit opinions from the bar in drafting a new disciplinary rule on advertising, largely because they had never done so before. But ultimately the judges “knew what we didn’t know” and began a cooperative venture, he said.

Pigott, who was presiding justice of the Appellate Division, 4th Department, when the new rules were first crafted, suggested ground may have been broken for a new relationship between the rule makers and practitioners.

“This was the first time we ever asked for input,” Pigott said yesterday at the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting. “But I think we knew what we didn’t know, and we didn’t really know how it would impact practice.”

The presiding justices last June proposed amending the code of professional conduct to add sweeping new restrictions on attorney advertising. However, rather than just impose the rules, the justices opened a comment period. Approximately 100 attorneys and virtually all of the major bar groups expressed concerns, which are reflected in the final product. (more…)