Dignity Rights for Mrs. Doubtfire: A Place for Fathers in Custody Disputes

Dignity Rights for Mrs. Doubtfire: A Place for Fathers in Custody Disputes 
 
Frank Taddeo Jr., New York Law Journal 
 
July 7, 2016 

Decision and Order Supreme Court of the State of New York




Searching for Character in the Practice of Law

The demonization of attorneys in popular media continues unabated. This time, a New York Post article on Matter of Wiesner[1], about an individual who, 22 years after imprisonment for serious crimes, 17 years after passing the New York State Bar Exam and numerous failed applications, was finally admitted to legal practice by a New York State Appellate Division panel. “Crook Demoted to Lawyer: Ex-con makes NY Bar”, the headline trumpeted. [2]

LEAVENING LAW WITH LITERATURE

                        By “literature” in the classic sense, we mean those works that by popularity, influence, and durability have stood the test of time.  They include the monuments of Western culture – the Judeo-Christian Bible, and works by Homer, the Greek tragedians, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Melville, and Hugo, among many others, but also those of innumerable writers of lesser texts, including popular fiction, etched in memory and passed along to succ

A Moral Code for Legal Ethics

Social commentators of all stripes generally agree: there is no God in the public square, nor is there every likely to be any time soon.

Dignity Rights in a Digital Age

De Tocqueville hated abstraction.  “Nothing is so unproductive for the human mind as an abstract idea,” he wrote.  An abstract word he likened to “a box with a false bottom; you may put in it what ideas you please and take them out again unobserved.”

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