April 22, 2015

Jaffe OSC


A judge in Manhattan has ordered a hearing that will touch upon the continuing debate over whether caged chimpanzees can be considered "legal persons," in the eyes of the law, and thus sue, with human help, for their freedom.



Jaffe OSC by Leonard E Sienko Jr




April 21, 2015

60 Apps in 60 Minutes 2015 - iPhone J.D.

iPhone J.D. is published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

This past Saturday morning at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, I teamed up with Dallas attorney Tom Mighell, Ohio attorney Joe Bahgat and Florida legal tech consultant Adriana Linares to present the 2015 installment of 60 iOS Apps in 60 Minutes.  Lots of useful and fun apps were discussed during the session, and the enthusiasm from the standing-room-only crowd was fantastic.  I know that the session was fast-paced, so for those of you who attended and who may have missed an app or two, and for those of you who could not make it to ABA TECHSHOW 2015 this year, here is a list of the apps that we discussed.

For the apps that I previously reviewed here on iPhone J.D., I added a link to the app name.

Connect to the Apps list here.


April 19, 2015

Launching Today (4/14/15): A Cloud Platform for Bankruptcy Attorneys - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites



Launching today (April 14, 2015) is NextChapter, a cloud platform for bankruptcy attorneys designed to help them prepare, manage and electronically file bankruptcy cases. Its founder says it is like TurboTax for bankruptcy cases, in that it uses guided forms to help attorneys move through the preparation of bankruptcy documents.

It is the first true cloud-based bankruptcy platform for legal professionals that works on all desktop and mobile devices, the company's founder says. Another bankruptcy platform, CINcompass, is accessed through the cloud, but because it is built using Microsoft Silverlight, it can be accessed only on Windows-based tablets, not on iOS or Android devices.

It is also offering a unique pricing model. Users pay only when they file a case. There is no charge to start using the site to create petitions or load client information. Only when you actually file the case do you pay a fee of $59.

More frequent users can opt for one of two monthly subscription plans. For $149 a month, you get up to 24 filings, and for $699 a month, you get unlimited filings.

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One important feature that is not yet operational is electronic CM/ECF filing. That will be in place within 60 days, by June 15, the company says. In the interim, attorneys can use the site to prepare petitions to file after June 15 or they can download the petitions they prepare and file them manually.


Read entire article by Bob Ambrogi at the first link below:



April 17, 2015

Xmarks | Bookmark Sync and Search


Xmarks

https://www.xmarks.com/

Often considered the number one bookmarks add-on on the market, Xmarks is built to be compatible with Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The program can be downloaded in seconds. From there readers may begin backing up and synchronizing bookmarks in an intuitive and friendly template. In addition, Xmarks will sync bookmarks across computers, and, if desired, across different web browsers. While Xmarks is free for personal computer use, a premium version ($1 per month) is necessary for readers who want to sync with their iPhones, Blackberries, and Androids. Xmarks is the most popular bookmark sync add-on for a reason: it's easy to use and convenient. 


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12-inch MacBook with Retina Display: Early impressions-gizmag.com


gizmag has Apple's new 12-in Retina MacBook in house, and, though they aren't ready to run their full review, they do have some early observations.

The first thing you'll notice is how ridiculously light and thin this puppy is. 

Impressions....



April 13, 2015

Next Version of Lexis for Microsoft Office: New Integrations and Features - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Robert Ambrogi:


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"...LexisNexis Legal & Professional will announce a new, enhanced version of Lexis for Microsoft Office, an application that provides direct access to Lexis research and citation tools and Web search tools from directly within Microsoft Word and Outlook.

The most significant of several new features in this release is integration with Lexis Search Advantage, which enhances search capabilities across a firm's internal document management collection, incorporating Shepard's Signal Indicators and embedded links to citations in a firm's internal documents. From within Word and Outlook, users can perform a single search across internal firm content, external content in Lexis Advance, and the open Web, or narrow the search to any of those types of content.

This new version 4.9 of Lexis for Microsoft Office also adds the ability to directly download into CaseMap, the Lexis case analysis litigation software. Users can choose to have documents delivered in a format compatible with CaseMap, so that they can be incorporated into case planning and assessment...."

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Read entire article by clicking on first link below:

April 12, 2015

The iPhone Extension Trick -- MacSparky

David Sparks:

Have you got any contacts that have extensions in their phone numbers? If you do, you'll know that adding extension information to your contacts can give your iPhone fits when placing calls. There is, however a trick.


Or connect at the first link below:

Dropbox is Not "Insecure"--Lawyerist.com



by Sam Glover on 


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"...Asking whether Dropbox is secure or not is asking the wrong question. What you need to figure out is (1) what security measures does Dropbox take, and (2) are you and your clients comfortable with those security measures. Most lawyers aren't sufficiently technologically competent to accurately assess the first question, much less decide the second -- and that is a problem. But maybe I can help a bit with that..."



April 10, 2015

Boston College Subpoena News



Boston College Subpoena

https://bostoncollegesubpoena.wordpress.com/

The Troubles, the 30-year sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, divided neighborhoods, friendships, and even families. When the Good Friday Agreement was reached in 1998, there were several attempts to preserve these histories, which included interviews with republican and loyalist paramilitary members and were to be housed under a confidentiality agreement at Boston College's Burns Library. But when the British government demanded access to the tapes in 2011, and the U.S. attorney general complied with a subpoena, controversy erupted. Should the tapes be held until interviewees died, as per the original agreement? Or should they be used to try paramilitary members for their actions during The Troubles? This site offers links to dozens of articles from around the web, as well as legal documents surrounding the case, radio interviews, and television specials from CNN, PBS, and the BBC. For educators teaching modern Irish history or for anyone interested in the ambiguities of international law or sectarian conflict and reconciliation, this site is a must read. [CNH]


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April 6, 2015

David Whelan,"Law Practice Technology"--Robert Ambrogi

David Whelan, the former director of the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center, has published a free e-book that provides an overview of the basic technology needed for a law practice. Called Law Practice Technology: An Introduction...


ProtonMail



Advanced cryptography meets modern design.

  •  No installation, instant setup.
  •  No private / public key management.
  •  Automatic encryption / decryption.
  •  Tablet and mobile friendly.
  •  Compatible with other email services.
  •  Designed to be fast and beautiful. 
  •  RSA-2048 and AES-256 Encryption.

ProtonMail is FREE.  A premium version is being planned, but the basic service will remain FREE unless you choose to upgrade.

April 5, 2015

Overcome Chronic Back Pain with Healthy Habits--Lawyerist



by Sam Harden on 

Lawyers, like many office workers, are susceptible to chronic back pain. We sit and stare at computer screens for long hours, and our careers are plagued with stress-inducing situations. Those are the primary causes of chronic back pain.

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This article may be dated April 1st; but the issue of back pain can be very serious for many of us who are more "mature".  Read the entire article here.


New York County Issues Ethics Opinion Clarifying Rules on Lawyers' Use of LinkedIn - Legal Ease Blog

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Last week, the New York County Lawyers Association Professional Ethics Committee released Formal Opinion 748, addressing the ethical implications of lawyers' use of LinkedIn





ownCloud.org


https://owncloud.org/

For readers who know about Dropbox, ownCloud will be an intuitive find. The services are similar. They both provide online storage space for documents, graphics, mp3s, and other files. They both make sharing files with friends and coworkers simple and allow access from mobile devices and multiple desktops. However, more sophisticated users may prefer ownCloud for at least two reasons. First, as an open-source system, it is more flexible, so that users can adjust the services to their needs. Second, while Dropbox charges for extra storage, users can store huge amounts of data on ownCloud for free. The only catch is that users will need to run and install ownCloud on their own server. This is relatively simple for those who have a website and a little knowledge of hosting. [CNH]


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March 30, 2015

AMICI - N.Y. State Courts

The "Amici" podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York's judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics. 

In these brief programs you'll find:

  • Interviews with judges and other participants in the justice system
  • Commentary on current issues of interest to the bench, bar and public

Just click on a title and your computer's audio player should automatically begin the program. Additionally, using your mouse, you can 'right click' on podcast titles, save them to your desktop or other file and import them to your MP3 player.

If you have a suggestion for a topic on Amici, call John Caher at 518-453-8669 or 
send him a note at jcaher@nycourts.gov.

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Enjoy the first Amici Podcast:


  • Indigent Legal Services: A Discussion with William Leahy

March 29, 2015

Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster--Gizmag


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March 26, 2015


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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter's distribution network.

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or click first link below:

Starting a Podcast? Here's What to Buy--Lawyerist

by Sam Glover on 

"...When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn't have to research what to get, buy it, realize it's the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast...".




March 28, 2015

A report from the NLRB General Counsel concerning recent Employee Handbook Rule cases.

"...This report presents recent case developments arising in the context of employee handbook rules. Although I believe that most employers do not draft their employee handbooks with the object of prohibiting or restricting conduct protected by the National Labor Relations Act, the law does not allow even well- intentioned rules that would inhibit employees from engaging in activities protected by the Act. Moreover, the Office of the General Counsel continues to receive meritorious charges alleging unlawful handbook rules. I am publishing this report to offer guidance on my views of this evolving area of labor law, with the hope that it will help employers to review their handbooks and other rules, and conform them, if necessary, to ensure that they are lawful..."

March 23, 2015

New iOS 8.3 Features: Speaker Calls With Siri, No Password Required to Download Free Apps - Mac Rumors


With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone's speaker. If you ask Siri to "Call [name] on speaker," the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri's hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the "on speaker" part and places the call as normal. 






March 21, 2015

The Duty of Technology Competence and What It Means for E-Discovery




Robert Ambrogi be moderating this free webinar next Wednesday March 25, 2015, which will discuss the evolving duty of technology competence in the context of e-discovery.

An interactive webinar on what this means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel: 

  • The legal/ethics groundwork for the duty of technological competence 
  • Biggest "danger areas" and most common mistakes 
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery 
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review (and why Continuous Active Learning is such a hot topic now)

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will interview Catalyst's professional services team to get insight on the key issues and what they wish people knew about e-discovery. 


Sign up here.