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May 12, 2007

Other New York State Bar Association Weblogs

Fresh off the Section Leaders conference, here is a list of other weblogs that the New York State Bar Association offers:

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Blog

Elder Law Section (NYS State Compact)

General Practice Law Section

August 2, 2007

New York City Signed Contract with Online Settlement Program

New York City recently signed a contract with online alternative dispute resolution company Cybersettle that will extend and expand the use of Cybersettle to resolve a larger number, and greater variety of claims that are filed against the City.

Cybersettle's press release states:

New York City initiated a pilot program with Cybersettle in 2004 to help reduce a huge backlog of lawsuits against the city and to try to reduce the costs of those lawsuits to the City and its taxpayers. During the two-year pilot, New York City enjoyed a settlement rate of 67% of cases that went through the system within 60-days, and saw the administrative costs of claim settlement drop dramatically. The pilot program was estimated to have saved taxpayers more than $25 million.

The New York Post wrote about the contract here.

August 19, 2007

New York's NYCRR Will Soon Be Available On-Line and For Free

New York was sorely missing a vital legal resource on the Web: a free on-line version of the NYCRR. No longer. Governor Spitzer just signed Bill A7885A into law, requiring that the New York Department of Statement to post or maintain a link on its website to an unofficial version of
the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, at no cost to the public.

The Department of State's Website has not yet complied with this Bill.

August 26, 2007

Rate New York Justices -- The Robing Room

The Robing Room (Where Judges Are Judged) has recently added New York Supreme Justices to its Webpage. This site allows you to provide anonymous comments about New York Supreme Justices throughout New York State. You can also read the comments for free by searching for the Justice alphabetically. Although a new feature, the New York section is growing daily.

September 24, 2007

New Material from Automobile Liability Committee

Our very own Ken Krajewski has recently posted some valuable information on "serious injury" and case law concerning automobile liability on TICL's Webpage. You can find those documents posts under "Committee Web Pages" ---> "Automobile Liability."

These are the new documents:

Serious Injury In SUM Claims;
Serious Injury Threshold Sept. 2007; and
CPLR 5002/Serious Injury Threshold.

December 12, 2007

Your Very Own Personal Assistant

How many times during the day do you forget a little task? Do you ignore your Outlook reminder box, even though you diligently put things on your calendar?

I've found a solution: Sandy the personal assistant ("I Want Sandy"). This free, web-based e-mail assistant send emails to your Inbox and also to your cell phone (if you choose to do so) pursuant to your requests. Sandy also starts your day with an overview of the tasks on your calendar. The emails also have attachments that allow you to import them into your Outlook calendar.

Sandy also interacts with Jott, a free service that allows you to dictate short messages to yourself and have them emailed to your Inbox.

For some reason, my Outlook reminder box goes unnoticed. The emails from Sandy and Jott do not and help me to remember all the small things during my day.

Both services are extremely easy to setup and use (approximately 10 minutes a piece).

January 21, 2008

New Blawg for the Young Litigation Attorney

Advice for the Young Lawyer: Learning to Litigate is a new blawg on, what else, tips for the young litigation attorney.  Frank Ramos writes substantive posts on such topics as deposition techniques, expert research, and tips on litigating certain types of cases.

January 28, 2008

Free Webcast of New State Bar Association's Presidential Summit

Through the efforts of the New York State Bar Association's Electronic Communications Task Force, the State Bar will be webcasting the Presidential Summit on January 30th at 2 PM.  Here is the agenda (Download presidential_summit_agenda.pdf).

If you can't be at the NYSBA Annual Meeting, you can catch part, the webcast.  Just go to the  http://www.webcatter.com/live/nysbar/ to view the summit live over the Internet.

Unfortunately no CLE credit is available for viewing the webcast.

April 4, 2008

New Legal Search Engine

While giving a presentation on legal research on the Web earlier this week, one of the presenters showed me this new legal search engine -- PreCYdent.  It contains free access to federal and state case law and continues to accumulate older case law.  The webpage explains:

PreCYdent search technology ranks results by 'authority', using mathematical techniques, such as eigenvector centrality, similar to those used by advanced Web search engines, as well as proprietary techniques we have developed that are specialized to the legal domain. PreCYdent search technology is able to mine the information latent in the 'Web of Law', the network of citations among legal authorities. This means it is also able to retrieve legally relevant authorities, even if the search terms do not actually occur or occur frequently in the retrieved document."

Here is an interview with one of its developers at Law Librarian Blog.  Here is Robert Ambrogi's post about it on his Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

May 20, 2008

New New York Insurance Coverage Blawg -- Coverage Counsel

New Yorkers represent when it comes to the legal blogosphere.  Add another N.Y. blawger to the list: Roy Mura edits Coverage Counsel.  The blawg is case law focused and Roy is an experienced attorney, who offers his expertise to each post.  Please help me welcome Roy and Coverage Counsel to the blogosphere.

May 30, 2008

Appellate Division, First Department Now Offers Decisions and Orders in .pdf and HTML Format

From what I can see, the Appellate Division, First Department recently added a feature similar to the Second Department.  The Court website now offers its Decisions and Orders in .pdf or HTML format. 


Hopefully the Court will follow the Second Department's lead and offer access to the appellate briefs.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.

June 2, 2008

New Resource for Attorneys

Nicole Black of Sui Generis, Greg Bell of D.S. Leach Consulting, Inc. and Iput together this webpage for a presentation we gave last month: "Practicing Law in the 21st Century". The webpage includes free office tools, productivity webpage, links to blogs, blawgs, podcasts, and much more.

If you have any questions about the content, please feel free to contact me.

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