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On Thursday, a federal judge in Boston granted a preliminary injunction that blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled in a suit filed by two district attorneys, public defenders and immigration advocates, report the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the New England Public Radio and USA Today. The Marshall Project noted the decision.

It is thought to be the first time a judge has enjoined civil courthouse arrests of people who are in the country illegally.

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Stephen Gallagher

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There was a time in the not-so-distance past when wellness programs in U.S. law schools primarily focused on preventing substance abuse and suicide. Professor Mary Lynch of Albany Law Schools, editor of the Best Practices for Legal Education Blog writes about how Law Student Wellness Programs have changed.

Best Practices for Legal Education was created with two goals in mind: 

1) to create a useful web-based source of information on current reforms in legal education arising from the publication of Roy Stuckey's Best Practices for Legal Education and the Carnegie Foundation's Educating Lawyers; and

2) to create a place where those interested in the future of legal education can freely exchange ideas, concerns, and opinions.  The blog contributors and editor document and record the most recent innovations and academic experiments accompanying the legal education reform movement - and stimulate dialogue between and among all sectors of the legal academy. 







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A federal judge in New York blocks prison officials from holding a mentally ill teenager in solitary confinement for months on end. Corrections officers respond by shipping the boy to the general population at a prison farther away from his home. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Mr. Taberski is a documentary filmmaker and podcaster.



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The podcast I host is the product of an 18-month investigation by me and my producers. What we found is that "Cops" is edited far more problematically than it lets on, that it consistently presents excessive force as good policing and that its structural reinforcement of racial stereotypes about criminality raises questions about the ethics of continuing to let the show remain on the air. Above all, the questionable legality of several actions taken by "Cops" producers and their Police Department partners should lead every American state and city to assess whether they should allow reality shows about the police to film in their jurisdictions.

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Dan Taberski (@dtaberski) is a documentary filmmaker and the host of the podcast "Headlong: Running From 'Cops.'"


June 2019 House of Delegates Meeting on Vimeo

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C. Bruce Lawrence
Jun 18, 2019 2:27 PM
C. Bruce Lawrence

I strongly urge (Senior Lawyer) Section Members to watch Hank Greenberg's address to the House of Delegates on Saturday setting forth the history of NYSBA's creation and his vision for its future. You can go to this link to the video of the meeting and go to 25.00 minutes to start to stream his message.

vimeo.com/342748678

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C. Bruce Lawrence Esq., Immediate Past Chair
Boylan Code LLP
Rochester NY
(585) 232-5300 x256
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NYSBA | Ethics Opinion 1161

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DIGEST:   When a lawyer rather than a broker prepares a real estate contract, the lawyer may not disclose the contract to the broker without the client's informed consent, which must include disclosure of any personal, financial, or business interest of the lawyer in responding to the broker's request for disclosure of the information.   

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The Art of Leadership Succession

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Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher

Patrick McKenna is a prolific writer on the challenges of firm leadership. I first met Patrick back in 2002 when he coauthored a book with David Maister. First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals, (The Free Press, 2002)) topped business bestseller lists in the United States, Canada and Australia; was translated into nine languages; is currently in its seventh printing; and received a best business books of 2002 award.

Patrick has always believed that the law firm leadership transition process can and should be managed with as much deliberation and care as the selection process itself to ensure less disruption and a smoother path for the firm going forward.

Patrick McKenna has recently released an eBook that outline a comprehensive process for law firm succession planning. You can get a copy of his free 260-page eBook, The Art of Leadership Succession: lnkd.in/eZbyNbW.

Do a Kind Deed by forwarding this eBook to a young managing partner you know.



REPORT EXTERNAL REVIEW OF THE NEW YORK CITY IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICE

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An external review of the New York City Department of Education's handling of due process complaints points to a flawed system. The report cites a lack of hearing officers and inadequate space to hold hearings. The result is that many students suffer without appropriate programs for months, sometimes years at end. 

To read the report in its entirety, please click below.


F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

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SCIENCE

F-Droid is an alternative app store for Android devices that contains exclusively Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Every program description includes a clear description of the license terms and links to the program source code. When available, there are also links to the upstream issue tracker for reporting bugs in the program directly to the software maintainers. If a program contains anti-features that product sellers charge users to disable, like user tracking, advertising, or the use of non-free network services, these will be flagged prominently in program descriptions. In addition to accessing the F-Droid store over the internet, F-Droid users may also share programs with each other in peer-to-peer fashion over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Android Beam. F-Droid has been recommended by the Free Software Foundation Europe and the GNU Project, a crowd-sourced effort focused on developing free software. The Docs section of the F-Droid website is a helpful place for prospective users to begin, with a Getting Started section with several FAQs and a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to use the program. [CRH]


Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu




Legal Opinion Resource Center--ABA

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The purpose of this site is to provide easy access to reports and other materials useful in opinion practice, without charge, for non-commercial use.

The ABA Business Law Section Legal Opinions Committee and the TriBar Opinion Committee have issued influential reports that have shaped opinion practice for over two decades. In recent years the Federal Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Section's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities has begun issuing authoritative reports, and other Section committees may issue reports in the future of interest to the practice. Law firms and law departments are encouraged to link their internal websites permanently to this resource.

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS


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New Yorkers charged with minor offenses by city agencies have a chance to minimize their travel time by visiting a pop-up court closer to home.

New York City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings rolled out its pop-up court initiative last year, according to a press release. The idea was to increase response rates to city-issued summons by bringing court hearings to the neighborhoods.

It is the only administrative pop-up court in the United States, court officials told the Wall Street Journal.

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A town justice in Wayne County, New York, has resigned after he was accused of making public statements criticizing the state's criminal justice system and implying that he ignored the presumption of innocence for defendants that appeared before him.

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"To start with, the whole system, quite frankly, sucks," Stone said, according to the commission.

He went as far in his statements as to show a lack of faith in those brought up on criminal charges, saying at one point that he thought they should "swing," according to the complaint against him from the commission.

"Most of these individuals, if I had my way, you'd see them probably swinging outside the door, OK?" Stone said. "That's the way I was brought up."

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay - Apple Support

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay

Quickly pay for rides with Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch when you turn on Express Transit mode.

What you need to get started

Here's what you need to start using Express Transit mode with Apple Pay:

Before you start, set up a card in Wallet to use for Express Transit mode with Apple Pay. You can set up a new credit, debit, or prepaid card or a new transit card.

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Use with NYC subway...MTA...We've launched the pilot of our new fare payment system, OMNY. Right now, you can use your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or the digital wallet on your mobile phone or wearable, to pay the fare on the 4 5 6 between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and all MTA-operated Staten Island buses.


Tesla Sentry Mode leads to another arrest, says police - Electrek

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Building on its previously released dashcam feature, Tesla enabled the use of more cameras around the vehicle and activated a "stand-by" parking mode.

The feature became Sentry Mode, which also includes an alarm and notification system to deter thieves even more -- efficiently creating a system to watch over Tesla vehicles when their owners are not around.

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Last month, a woman was reportedly arrested for keying a Tesla after the incident was captured with Sentry mode.

Tesla Sentry mode caught another act of vandalism on a Tesla and the video become extremely popular -- forcing the two vandals to turn themselves in.

We also recently reported on Tesla Sentry Mode capturing crazier and crazier things.

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For many years, word processing tools were premises-based, and there were very few options. Most firms used either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word. Over time, Word began to dominate, in large part because it was the preferred tool in other industries.

Then, with the emergence of cloud computing tools a little over a decade ago, things began to change. Affordable--and sometimes even free--word processing tools are now available that are accessible online, providing much-needed mobility and flexibility. Lawyers can log on from any internet-enabled device and access their word processing software in the cloud. And using that software, they can create documents that can be stored online in one convenient location.

Even better--there are collaboration tools built right into the software, allowing lawyers to work together in real time. These online collaboration features make it easier than ever to streamline the document creation process, saving both time and money.

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Cashless stores and events are just starting to crop up in the retail landscape with much hoopla -- consider the splashy launches of Amazon Go stores --  but they're already running into hurdles from legislators in cities and states around the countryThese governments are concerned that what some see as technological innovation could actually widen societal gaps between those who have access to financial services and those who don't.

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The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records -- including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images -- were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.

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Many of the exposed files are records of wire transactions with bank account numbers and other information from home or property buyers and sellers. 

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Kentucky Noah's Ark attraction sues over flood damage--AP

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- In the Bible, the ark survived an epic flood. Yet the owners of Kentucky's Noah's ark attraction are demanding their insurance company rescue them from flooding that caused nearly $1 million in property damages.

The Ark Encounter says in a federal lawsuit that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road. The Courier Journal reports the attraction's insurance carriers refused to cover damages.

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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos | WIRED

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IF YOU HAD a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That's the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos.

On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA's acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. "If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980," Jacobs told the House Subcommittee on the Environment.

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Court rules NY farm workers have right to organize - Times Union

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By Mallory Moench and Diego Mendoza-Moyers

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ALBANY -- Farm workers in New York have the right to organize and collectively bargain, according to a state appeals court's Thursday ruling that said an exclusion for farm workers in state labor law is unconstitutional.

The opinion from the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court sided with the legal argument of labor advocates who say farm workers in New York have those rights.

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Read full text of opinion...https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/search/wicket/page?3-IResourceListener-pnlResultContainer-pnlResult-2-lnkDocument



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