December 19, 2014

NYSBA | Changes to Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting Requirement

http://www.nysba.org/probonorequirement/

Office of the President

New York attorneys will report their pro bono hours anonymously in the future--as was recommended by the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

The Office of Court Administration issued this statement on Dec. 18, 2014:

Today the Administrative Board of the Courts unanimously approved modifications to the mandatory pro bono reporting framework in New York, consistent with the recommendations of Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti and NYS Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee that were an outgrowth of their recent discussions on the subject.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said that he is confident that mandatory pro bono reporting in New York "will provide the Court System and the bar with the information that we need to chart a course that promotes pro bono work by the legal community very much in the spirit of our noble profession."

State Bar President Glenn Lau-Kee observed: "I am pleased the court system has responded to the concerns of the New York State Bar Association and other bar associations. The compromise is the outcome of collegial and productive discussions between representatives of the court system and State Bar leaders, which bode well for our future working relationship."

The earlier rule, which took effect in May 2013, required attorneys to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations to legal service organizations when completing their biennial registration forms.

The Administrative Board of the Courts adopted a resolution to amend the requirement as follows:  

  • Attorneys still are required to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations, but they will report the information anonymously.
  • The information will be made public only on an aggregate basis.
  • The courts will broaden pro bono and public service categories on the reporting form.
  • All reported pro bono information submitted prior to the requirement change will be designated confidential. 

The changes were recommended by the House of Delegates at its November meeting. 

Details of the changes will be available at a future date. 

Sincerely, 
 
Glenn Lau-Kee, President




Telegram Messenger


Telegram

https://telegram.org

Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a specific focus on security and speed. If you're concerned about your data privacy when messaging others, Telegram may be for you. There are two big advantages of using Telegram - it's open source and it's entirely cloud-based - so even if you don't have your phone, you can still access all of your data from your computer. Users can even set a timer for messages to self-destruct, erasing it from the receiving device as well. Telegram is available across all platforms. [CBD]



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December 14, 2014

Holiday Cards: To Send or Not To Send? - Legal Ease Blog


Every year at about this time, the subject of client holiday cards resurfaces. Should you send holiday cards to clients, former clients and referral sources? Why or why not?

Allison C. Shields sounds Scrooge-like about holiday cards; but with some very good reasons.

Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2014/11/holiday-cards-to-send-or-not-to-send.html#ixzz3LvuElVVr




6 browsers to change the way you surf the Web | The Download Blog - CNET Download.com







These alternatives to Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari transform your Web surfing experience.

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari are the most popular gateways to the Internet, but if you find these mainstream browsers lacking, we have six feature-rich alternatives worth checking out.

Read more and link to download here...



Google iOS: Material Design comes to the official Google iPhone app | BGR


Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its apps with the highly anticipated Material Design interface that Android fans have been waiting for. Interestingly, iOS users are receiving the updates as well, which is the case again this week after the latest update for the official Google app on iPhone and iPad.


December 9, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Study on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program - Issues - United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

(Patience may be required as there appears to be a significant demand for the documents)

Key Resources

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein on December 9, 2014, released the executive summary of the committee's five-year review of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. The release included redacted versions of the committee's executive summary and findings and conclusions, as well as additional and minority views authored by members of the committee.

Read more...



December 8, 2014

TidBITS: Five Fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite



From TidBITS, long-time Mac gurus:

It's common advice to wait for the X.Y.1 release of a new version of OS X before upgrading, since Apple often fixes bugs that crop up at launch quickly. OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite has been out for a bit now, though, and while it's working fine for many people, there are still a variety of complaints making the rounds on the Internet (for what was fixed, see "Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV 7.0.2," 17 November 2014). Here then is a collection of five problems and solutions (or at least workarounds) that we've either experienced or had reported to us.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet on the App Store on iTunes



1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. 1Password is free. You can start using it today!

1Password is an app that keeps all your vital information in one secure vault. 

◆ Store your logins, credit cards, identities, and secure notes
◆ Log in to websites without having to remember any of your passwords
◆ Fill credit cards and identities without typing
◆ Quickly access your most used items using favorites 
◆ Powerful search to find what you need fast

Everything in your 1Password vault is protected by a Master Password that only you know. 1Password:

◆ Encrypts all your data using authenticated AES 256-bit encryption
◆ Auto-lock protects your vault even if your device is lost or stolen
◆ Touch ID allows quick, secure access
◆ Strong Password Generator creates strong, unique passwords for every site 
◆ Syncs securely with your other iOS devices, as well as 1Password for Mac, PC, and more

Stay in control of your data and how it syncs between your devices.

iCloud support provides secure syncing with Apple simplicity (iOS 8 and OS X 10.10)
◆ Dropbox support provides cross-platform syncing and sharing
Wi-Fi Sync keeps your devices up-to-date (your data never leaves your local network)

Browse your most important and sensitive websites within the privacy of 1Password's built-in browser.

◆ Use Go & Fill to launch 1Browser and automatically login to websites
◆ Easily access and fill your logins, identities, and credit cards from the Auto-fill menu
◆ Browse multiple sites at once using tabs
◆ 1Browser protects your browsing sessions behind your Master Password

Upgrade to 1Password Pro and add many great additional features: 

◆ Multiple and Shared vaults
- Collaborate securely between team members
- Share strong passwords with the whole family
- Automatic sync keeps everyone up-to-date
◆ Additional categories including driver's license, passport and many more
◆ Organize your data into folders or browse by tags
◆ Customize your items with multiple URLs, custom fields and more




December 5, 2014

Gift Tax Exclusion Amount - YouTube





Find out which of your clients need to pay the federal gift tax and what the annual exclusion amount is for 2014 and 2015 in this new YouTube video.

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel.


Automatically organize your desktop shortcuts and icons with Fences!

Fences

http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

Having trouble keeping your desktop clean? Try Fences. CBS Money Watch called the desktop organization software "utterly transformational," and it's been featured everywhere from Oprah Magazine to lifehacker. The tool allows users to organize clutter by creating shaded areas, showing and hiding icons, and moving between pages. This software is available for Windows 7 or newer. 


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December 1, 2014

Dropbox and Microsoft Word apps can now share documents - iPhone J.D.

Last week, Dropbox and Microsoft updated their iOS apps to work together, and the result is really nice.  With the updated versions of the apps, it is easier than ever to take a file from Dropbox to Word and back again.

In the Dropbox app, you can now select any Word file in your Dropbox.  Then tap the edit icon, which is four over at the bottom of the screen.  In fact, when you open your first Word file after the app is updated, the Dropbox app will even give you a friendly reminder of the new feature, as shown in the picture below.  After you tap the edit icon, the Dropbox app lets you select a helper app, and for now Microsoft Word is your only option.

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November 28, 2014

WAZE---Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App


https://www.waze.com

Phone based navigation systems are one of the great innovations of the early 21st century. But they have their drawbacks - like when they take you down a road dead-ended by construction. Waze seeks to improve on the greatness by tapping into real drivers driving real roads. Put simply, it's a community-based navigation and traffic app. So when a waze user sees traffic or other obstacles, they tell the app, and the app tells all the other drivers. It's a fluid, continually self-updating account of the roads as they actually are. Available for Apple devices (iOS 5.0 and up) and Android (2.2 and up). 


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I've been using this app for a few months and I enjoy the detail found in the maps.  I especially like the ease of change of perspective when "moving" the map locations.  



November 27, 2014

Six Steps to Better Depositions -- Lawyerist



by Evan Schaeffer on 


My first depositions were often frightening experiences. Like most new lawyers, I plunged ahead and tried to do my best, but I rarely felt at ease.

As my discomfort gave way to confidence, I developed techniques I began to use at every deposition. What follow are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. But I consider these techniques so useful I continue to use them today.

Read the entire article.


November 26, 2014

FREE Webinar: Virtual Law Practice - How to Deliver Legal Services Online - MyCase Blog


Please join us for our upcoming webinar, "Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online" on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11am PT 12pm MT / 1pm CT2pm ET.

REGISTER HERE

Ever wonder about living and practicing law abroad?  Daydream about working from the Caribbean or simply outside the office walls?  Virtual law practices are revolutionizing legal services and allowing attorneys more flexibility than ever before. Attend this webinar and find out if it's a good fit for you.

You'll hear everything you need to know about virtual law practices from Stephanie Kimbro, the foremost authority on the topic and author of four books, including Virtual Law Practice.

Join us to learn about:

  • Different virtual law firm models
  • How to create fixed fee service packages for online delivery
  • How to market a virtual law firm
  • Best practices to avoid ethics issues
  • The future of online delivery of legal services

Register Now!

In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn


The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York invites you to attend the In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at United States Courthouse, Third Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 S. Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York.  A reception will follow on the 5th floor.  

Please RSVP by December 1, 2014 via email special_events@nynd.uscourts.gov or by calling (315) 234-8599.

November 25, 2014

State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson --September 16, 2014 Testimony Before Grand Jury

Via CNN:


The St. Louis County prosecutor has released grand jury documents, including a transcript of Wilson's testimony and evidence photos of Wilson after the altercation with Brown.

November 24, 2014

Law Review Commons--Robert Ambrogi


Launched in August 2013, Law Review Commons is the largest open-access law review portal on the web. It provides access to more than 200 law reviews containing more than 150,000 articles. The oldest law reviews in its collection date back to 1852.



November 23, 2014

The NDNY-FCBA's CLE Committee Presents "Hot Topics in Intellectual Property"



"Hot Topics in Intellectual Property"

Thursday, December 4, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration at 12:30 p.m.)

R.S.V.P for CLE by Monday, November 24, 2014

The Genesee Grande Hotel 1060 East Genesee Street Syracuse, New York 



"Hot Topics in Intellectual Property" has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 credits towards the professional practice requirement 

*This program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys and is a single program. No partial credit will be awarded. This program is complimentary to all Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Members. 


This CLE Program will review current issues concerning copyright law, trade secrets and patents.

Presenters:

Michael Sciotti, Esq., Moderator Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

George R. McGuire, Esq. Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

John G. Powers, Esq. Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Robert C. Whitaker, Jr., Esq. Hancock Estabrook, LLP 


For more information and registration click here.

Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers--NYS DOS Division of Building Standards and Codes

November 23, 2014 - UPDATE

Western New York Snow Event

Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers

Beginning early this week, Western New York has experienced a significant snowfall event.  Over six feet of snow has accumulated in some areas.  The weather service predicts temperatures will rise above freezing through early next week, resulting in a significant snowmelt and the potential for flooding in the region.  There is also the risk of building collapse as a result of the weight of the snow.

DBSC is assembling a list of individuals who would be available from Monday November 24 to Wednesday December 3.

All Interested individuals (Code Enforcement Officials, Engineers and Architects) should send an email toCEDAR@dos.ny.gov, and indicate their name, contact information and available dates.  Individuals will then be contacted with additional information.

Example:

Joe Smith, Town of Anywhere, Some County, NY

Joe.smith@anywere.ny.gov

Cell - 123 - 456 - 7890

Dates available 11/23, 24, 25 and 12/1, 2.

 

Thank you for your participation.

Eric C. Bradshaw

Disaster Response Coordinator

New York State Department of State

Division of Building Standards and Codes


November 16, 2014

Westlaw discloses breach of public records database - beSpacific


News release: "West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that some [...]
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