The services that lawyers can provide to individuals are nearly incalculable. The reasons why you may need a lawyer can range from assistance with your will and estate to helping you with criminal matters. There is a new platform available to those who are in need of lawyer services in New York. Through a partnership with tech company legal.io, the New York State Bar Association has developed a new lawyer referral and information service or LRIS. Legal.io provides nationwide referrals and a legal industry marketplace. The platform is accessible 24/7 online or you can call the LRIS number to gain access to services. Only the best attorneys with valid credentials that have been vetted by the New York State Bar Association are included, such as Jeremy L. Goldstein’s firm. The intention behind the creation of the platform is to increase the scale of services available to New Yorkers at a lower cost. The platform is meant to be a trusted one stop shop for businesses and consumers.
The service works by allowing you to visit the site, complete a brief & confidential questionnaire detailing what the legal need is and where it will be needed. The New York State Bar reviews the completed questionnaire and pairs the inquirer with an attorney in a nearby community. Once the individual or business owner has been referred and has spoken to an attorney, a $35 fee applies. However, there are some cases where exceptions are made to the fee including; social security, personal injury, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, military law, veterans, and unemployment. There is no requirement to retain the referred lawyer.
Partner Jeremy L. Goldstein is the operating partner of a boutique law firm with a special focus on corporate governance and advising compensation committees, executive management teams, and corporations. Goldstein founded his own firm but prior was a partner of the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Goldstein also holds the chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Business.
Goldstein and Associates discuss Short-Termism, Performance Goals and Executive Compensation
Sujit Choudhry is the founder and the Director of Center for Constitutional Transitions. The Center is the first of its kind. It is a University-based center that is responsible for the generation and mobilizing of knowledge that is used for Constitutions writing. Choudhry is also recognized internationally for his contributions in constitution drafting in several countries. He has a wide scope of knowledge regarding Comparative Law. Choudhry has an in-depth field experience in the constitution-building process. He has taken part in writing the constitution in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tunisia just to mention but a few.
Professor Sujit Choudhry has researched on a variety of issues. The research mainly has been to address the issues of comparative constitutional law. Additionally, he has also addressed the issue of constitutional design. The design of the constitution is mostly used as a tool to manage transitions from conflicts to democratically sound politics. He has also written on Canadian law and published over a hundred articles, book chapters, working papers, and reports. He has held several leadership positions in his career. Among them being a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law (ICONS). He is also the Editor in the Editorial Board of ICON.
Comparative Constitutional Law is a branch of the Comparative Law as a Whole. It is a study of the differences in the constitution of different countries. It includes the analysis and the description of the laws being compared. As a result of globalization, the importance of studying the comparative constitutional law has gone up. With a better understanding of the constitutional law of a country, states involved in economic partnerships have been found better ways to which they relate.
Rising of new nations and states, and expanding economies around the world has also led to the need for understanding the comparative constitutional law. It is important to comprehend the structure of the constitution, its limitation, and strengths. Knowledge regarding the constitution is core to lawyers and parties representing their clients. With the understanding of the constitution, the rights provided by one’s constitution is mandatory for proper representation. The Study of Constitutional Law ensures that all legalities are met in representation.
If you knew your boss was engaging in illegal activities, you would want protection from retribution to report the wrongdoing. So too, do those on Wall St.
What Qualifies as a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower?
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law in 2010 by President Obama is the most far-reaching piece of financial legislation passed since the Great Depression. The drafters of this legislations realizing that actual change to financial practices must come from within wrote whistleblower incentives into the legislation and those incentives became law with the bill’s enactment. Since its inception, several awards have been made to whistleblowers, the largest in September 2014 was for $30 million and just as many have been denied. Therefore, it would be wise to “know before your whistle blow”. The following are instances that have been judged as violations or covered actions:
- Fraudulent hedge funds
- Money laundering
- Securities fraud
- “Security-based swap agreements”
- Insider trading
- Market manipulation
- Retaliatory behavior
According to the Commissioner of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, Sean McKessy, “The Commission has paid more than $54 million to 22 whistleblowers since the Commission’s new whistleblower rules went into effect in August 2011.” Awards may be 10-30 percent of the sanctions enforced of more than $1 million. None of the award or incentive money ever comes from investors.
The purpose of the Whistleblower Program is to provide an atmosphere of transparency for investors and investment advisors. Although there has been some criticism of a program that provides rewards or incentives for whistleblowers, there have also been many compliments. The main goal of the program is to provide measures to protect investors and bring out into the open previous practices that robbed unwary investors and the American taxpayer.
Many believe that the longer the program is in effect and the more incentives are paid to informants for their tips, referrals, and complaints, the greater number of knowledgeable people will step forward and report improper deals, policies, and practices that do harm or have the potential to do harm to investors.
What to Do When You Suspect Wrongdoing or Misconduct
When you have information that you believe could be a violation the Consumer Protections Act, let a skilled evaluator investigate the merits of your information before divulging publicly any information you may hold. Whistleblowers are safeguarded against retaliation and lawyer/client confidentiality applies. You may remain anonymous and there is no requirement to name names during the initial consult. Case evaluations and initial consultations are free and without further obligation from the Labaton Sucharow SEC Whistleblower attorneys. To request an evaluation of your case contact us.
Organizations that help take care of homeless animals, and also do trap-neuter-release, and otherwise care for pets who have no one else to care for them, are indeed doing very good work. Often times, however, they experience budgetary shortfalls and private citizens are needed to help bridge the gap. New York City attorney Ross Abelow has done just that by setting up a GoFundMe page to raise $5000 to benefit animal shelters in the city. There have been record low temperatures in New York City this year, so the need is that much greater.
Ross Abelow started this campaign to raise funds for medical care, vaccines, blankets, and food for shelters. With the record low temperatures, shelters are packed and they are suffering from a shortage of space, and a shortage of supplies. Without additional funds, shelters must turn animals away, and they are then left out in the cold. Those who care about the welfare of animals can support Mr. Abelow’s efforts by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/ross-abelow-pets.
Mr. Abelow joins the ranks of many in New York City who are great philanthropists when it comes to the welfare of animals. In fact, the Mayor of New York has an Alliance For New York City’s Animals. The Alliance was established in 2003, and has been working to organize care for animals in New York City ever since. Ross Abelow is joining the ranks of so many who are concerned for the welfare of animals at a time when the need could not be greater.
Ross Abelow is an attorney who currently lives and works in New York City. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Abelow is committed to making New York a better place to live. A lifelong resident of this city, he is very familiar with what the needs of the city are. He is also a graduate of Brooklyn College of Law. Currently he specializes in matrimonial, commercial, family and litigation law. He has been licensed to practice law in New York City for over 20 years.
A longtime proponent of animal welfare, Ricky Gervais once said something to the effect of “in the end we will be judged by how we treated our animals.” If this is true, Ross Abelow is in good stead.