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A district court in Illinois has ruled (full text of ruling) that law enforcement may force people to use their fingerprints to unlock Apple devices during the search of a house. The ruling overturns a decision from a lower court, and marks a significant increase in the steps cops can take to force people to unlock devices.

The ruling only applies in one particular case, with a very specific set of circumstances. Police officers had already obtained a warrant to search a house, looking for child pornography. They expected to find at least one iPad and one iPhone on the premises, and wanted to be able to force any occupants found on the premises to unlock the devices using Touch ID during the search.

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Here's how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now--Yahoo Finance

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Natasha Lomas

While you wait for Twitter to roll out "more aggressive" rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within "weeks" as of late Friday, here's a quick workaround to kick nazis off of your Twitter feed right now: Go to the 'Settings and privacy' page and under the 'Content' section set the country to Germany (or France).

This switches on Twitter's per country nazi-blocking filter which the company built, all the way back in 2012, to comply with specific European hate speech laws that prohibit pro-Nazi content because, y'know, World War II.

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What is the technology needed for access to justice?--ABA Journal

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By Mary E. Juetten, CA, CPA, JD, founder and CEO of Traklight. In 2015, Mary co-founded Evolve Law, an organization for change and technology adoption in the law. She was named to the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016. She is the author of Small Law Firm KPIs: How to Measure Your Way to Greater Profits. She is always looking or success stories where technology has been used to bridge the justice gap, from pro-bono through low-bono to non-traditional legal services delivery. Reach out to her on Twitter @maryjuetten.

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Therefore, clients are demanding mobile applications that provide direct access to a firm. In addition, consumers want education; online questionnaires to gather information rather than in-person consultations; and free legal forms for specific practice areas. Rather than fighting this trend toward creating mobile legal products and services, attorneys can use online information-gathering tools to triage and educate clients and focus on professional judgment for problem-solving.

Firms have made standard forms free, for example Orrick's Start Forms Library. Also, legal plans have free forms on mobile applications, like LegalShield's Forms app, which includes more than 15 free forms for common consumer transactions like renting, buying and selling--plus freelance agreements. Taking it a step further, we need to use mainstream technology to create solutions for specific applications within the law. For example, we can utilize chabots to answer frequently asked questions or customizable expert systems for immigration or incorporation questionnaires.

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U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman of the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the method Sumner used to handcuff the children was "unreasonable and constituted excessive force as a matter of law (full text of decision)." The judge wrote in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU that "the video belies" Sumner's claim that the cuffs' chain was as wide as the young boy's torso and that the court had to adopt the video as fact over the word of the officer. 

NY starts new tax-free savings accounts for the disabled | WXXI News

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The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help parents with disabled children save money for their future.

The program is modeled on the college savings program, which also is operated by the comptroller's office. It allows an account to be set up in the name of any New Yorker who is diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26.

Friends and relatives can contribute up to $14,000 a year for a total of $100,000, and the money can be used tax-free to help pay for the disabled person's education, housing, transportation and other expenses. 

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Important Update about Your eServices Account | Internal Revenue Service

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Don't Take the Bait: e-Services Scam Alert

The IRS is warning all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into "signing" a new  e-Services user agreement. The phishing scam seeks to steal passwords and data. 

All tax professionals should be aware that as e-Services begins its move later this month to Secure Access authentication and its two-factor protections, cybercriminals likely will make last-ditch efforts to steal passwords and data prior to the transition.

The scam email claims to be from "e-Services Registration" and uses "Important Update about Your e-Services Account" in the subject line. It states, in part, "We are rolling out a new user agreement and all registered users must accept its revised terms to have access to e-Services and its products." It asks you to review and accept the agreement but takes you to a fake site instead.

If you have clicked on this link, you should perform a deep scan with your security software, contact your office's IT/cybersecurity personnel and contact the IRS e-Help Desk. 

To read more about what the IRS is doing to protect your accounts with Secure Access authentication, go directly to the main e-Services landing page on IRS.gov.


Home Screens - MacSparky's Strange Looking iPad -- MacSparky

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About halfway through the iOS 11 beta, I got the idea of putting all my apps on the dock. It started out as a sort-of joke so I could share screenshots of my iPad looking more like a Mac. The thing is though ... it worked for me. So now my home screen is empty and my dock has a few essentials, but also my Make, Learn, Fix, and Play folders. Opening the folder to get to a split screen app feels silly but is still way faster than getting to an app on the home screen.

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Investigators believe the hackers may have penetrated the computer by exploiting Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, a Russian brand widely used around the world, that the employee was using, according to officials briefed on the matter.

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The officials did not make their concerns public, and the antivirus software remains popular. But last month the federal government ordered the Kaspersky software removed from all government computers. The F.B.I. has been investigating whether Kaspersky products, especially the well-reviewed antivirus programs, contain "back doors" that could allow Russian intelligence agencies into any computers or networks on which they are running. The company has always denied that it has any links to Russian intelligence.



 

The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts.

In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to take a senior adviser position in the White House. First daughter Ivanka Trump later took a similar official but unpaid slot under the same legal rationale.

The newly disclosed opinions, issued to the administrations of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and obtained by POLITICO Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.

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Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:

 

The General Practice Section is sponsoring the following program in New York City the evening of October 24. For those outside of the NYC area, there is also a live webcast option.

 

This program offers 2.0 MCLE credits in Ethics, and the GP Section member rate is only $50.

 

We hope to see you there!


Legal Ethics in the Age of the Internet

October 24, 2017 | 6-8pm

Penn Club of New York (30 W. 44th Street) / Live Webcast Option available

 

This practical program will address two timely topics: 

·         Protecting confidential and personally identifiable information in compliance with amended Rule 1.6(c), and 

·         How to ethically utilize the internet in litigation and avoid social engineering scams. 

 

Speakers: 

·         Professor Roy D. Simon, a Legal Ethics Advisor to law firms 

·         Brett Scher, Esq., a Partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP

 

Learn more and register here:

www.nysba.org/store/events/...


 

Best regards,

 

 

Stephanie A. Bugos  Section Liaison

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

 

direct/fax: 518.487.5524 |  main: 518.463.3200 | emailsbugos@nysba.org | www.nysba.org

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A Florida law firm's failure to appeal an order assessing attorney fees doesn't constitute excusable neglect when its email system apparently perceived the order to be spam and erased it, a Florida appeals court has ruled.


The Aug. 10 decision by Florida's First District Court of Appeal is being touted as a cautionary tale for lawyers, Law.com (sub. req.) reports.


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The Law Schools With The Highest Student Loan Default Rates | Above the Law

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According to the most recent data reported to U.S. News, recent graduates of public law schools have an average debt of $90,217, recent graduates of private law schools have an average debt of $130,349, and the average class of 2016 graduate has an average debt of $112,389. 
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As reported by the ABA Journal, these are the law schools with the highest student loan default rates for Fiscal Year 2014...





Resources | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

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Part of the Banned Books Week Coalition, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), founded in 1986 by underground comic artist Denis Kitchen, is "a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics medium and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers." Under the Resources tab, the CBLDF offers a wealth of information relating to comics and graphic novels, which remains one of the most frequently challenged book genres. These resources include a detailed History of Comics Censorship, a series of six essays that traces this history back to the 1930s. This series includes a discussion of Dr. Frederic Wertham's famous anti-comic book Seduction of the Innocent: the Influence of Comic Books on Today's Youth, which led to Wertham's involvement in a 1954 Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. Another highlight of the resource collection is the Library and Educator Tools, which includes discussion guides, materials for book clubs, and resources for incorporating specific graphic novels into the classroom.

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Toronto Police Asking iPhone Users Not To Test iOS 11's 911 Feature--Ubergizmo.com

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With iOS 11, Apple has introduced a bunch of new features to the iPhone and iPad devices. One of those features is to allow users to make a quick call to emergency services where if you press the lock button five times in a row, you will be greeted by a screen that lets you power the device off or to call emergency services.

The Legal Profession in Transition--NYSBA Journal--Sept., 2017

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By Stephen P. Gallagher :


In September 2004, Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. and I teamed up to write our first article for the NYSBA Journal. The title of that article was Yesterday's Strategies Rarely Answer Tomorrow's Problems. In October 2015, we got together again to write a follow-up article, For Sole Practitioners, The Future Is Not What It Used to Be. We thought this might be a good time to once again share our thoughts regarding today's challenges. I generally focus on the trends, while Lenny tempers my theories with practical, real-world tales. He has been in the trenches as a solo practitioner in Hancock, N.Y., for 39 years. 

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How To Seek Information on Loved Ones in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

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By Arturo Garcia--September 22, 2107

Some of the phone numbers shared widely on social media no longer appear to be working or have been replaced by email addresses.






How to manually offload and reinstall apps in iOS 11 | Cult of Mac

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iOS 11 can automatically delete apps when space gets tight on your iPhone or iPad. It's called offloading, and only the app itself gets removed.

All the app's data is saved. That way, if you reinstall the app in the future, it will be like you never deleted it. Wouldn't it be great if you could choose to offload apps yourself, instead of deleting them? Well, good news, because you can totally do that. Here's how....

Donald Trump's lawyers fail at basic lawyering: Privacy - Salon.com/NYTIMES

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--Salon.com

President Donald Trump may be focusing on how to wriggle out of the Russia scandal that threatens to envelop his administration, but in order to do that, his legal team will first need to get their proverbial house in order.

Exhibit A: The fact that Trump lawyers Ty Cobb and John Dowd were overheard by New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel dishing over their frustrations with the administration's legal strategy.


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By PETER BAKER and KENNETH P. VOGEL--NYTIMES


The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed "a McGahn spy" and saying Mr. McGahn had "a couple documents locked in a safe" that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to. He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for "some of these earlier leaks," and who he said "tried to push Jared out," meaning Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been a previous source of dispute for the legal team.

HUD Disaster Relief Options for FHA Homeowners

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Was your home or your ability to make your mortgage payments harmed by an event that the President declared a disaster? You may qualify for relief to help you keep your home. Much of the mortgage industry and The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development are committed to assisting borrowers whose lives and livelihoods are thrown into turmoil by a disaster.

If you can't pay your mortgage because of the disaster, your lender may be able to help you. If you are at risk of losing your home because of the disaster, your lender may stop or delay initiation of foreclosure for 90 days. Lenders may also waive late fees for borrowers who may become delinquent on their loans as a result of the disaster.

If you have a conventional mortgage, you are strongly encouraged to contact your lender for further information, and to see if you are eligible for relief.

If you have an FHA-insured mortgage, please continue reading to find out what options may be available to you.






Apple has updated iTunes on macOS to eliminate ringtones, iTunes U, and perhaps most surprising of all, iOS apps. According to Apple's support page:
Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS.

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