August 2008 Archives

Windows Internet Explorer 8, Beta 2

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Windows Internet Explorer 8: Home page

For those still using Internet Explorer (Windows only), here is the latest, more stable version of IE. Download and try the new features: "Suggested Sites"; "In-Private Browsing"; "Accelerators"; and tabs that reopen quickly.


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Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.


Making Wordle images of the convention and campaign speeches for Election 2008 is fun and revealing. Try it on your latest brief. WARNING: Wordle is addictive and can be a great time-waster. Enjoy!

ABA Approves Legal Outsourcing

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Ethics Opinion 08-451, dated Aug. 5 but announced by the ABA yesterday, states that sending legal work overseas is ethically permissible as long as the lawyer doing the outsourcing takes steps to ensure the protection of client confidences and preservation of attorney-client privilege. The advisory also states that attorneys should check to make sure that foreign lawyers are suitably trained and competent and that bills for outsourced work be reasonable.


Read entire analysis at NY Law Journal


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gOS - a Google good OS for your Mum | The Register

What's free, looks like Mac OS X, just works and is actually Linux? The answer is gOS, which recently launched a new beta that builds on the distro's initial success and adds new tools like integrated Google Gadgets for Linux.
When it launched onto the scene late last year, gOS (which stands for good OS) made quite a splash for getting Linux into the U.S. retail giant WalMart. Through a partnership with PC manufacturer Everex, gOS brought Linux to your parents' generation via WalMart.
But chances are, if they picked up a gOS equipped machine, Mom and Dad would have no idea they were running Linux. Like the Xandros distro that Asus packages with the EeePC, gOS doesn't trumpet its open source credentials or advertise its infinite customization options. It just works.
That's part of what makes gOS "Linux for the rest of us." The distro isn't intended to be powerful, nor is it a desktop package from a company that makes its real money off server installations as many Linux distros are.
gOS has one simple goal: make a lightweight, web-heavy operating system that anyone can use.


Our friends at The Register have a review of the Linux Operating System you are likely to find on that new Netbook you just bought.

The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2008

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The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2008 |

The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2008 - E-gov expert Peggy Garvin guides researchers, educators and librarians to key online resources available for teaching, training and educational activities associated with the September 17, 2008 celebration of Constitution Day in the United States.


Hat Tip to beSpacific.


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DSM-IV-TR chapter index | Mindsite

The DSM-IV-TR is a categorical classification system of mental health conditions. The most recent version was published in 2000. It is the standard reference work in the field of mental health.

Now, you can browse selected components of its contents online at Mindsite to obtain information about the features, culture, age, gender, prevalence, course, and familial patterns for a variety of mental disorders.


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Free Case Law on lexisONE

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Free caselaw on lexisONE now goes back ten (10) years.

Stimulus Payments Update-Business Provisions

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A new page on provides links to the business provisions of the economic stimulus act.

Look for updates on the stimulus payments page, also available in Spanish.

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Phone Number Comments

Did you receive a call but the caller did not leave a message and the Caller ID says "Unavailable"? Type the phone number in the box on this site and click "Get Details" to find out who is using this phone number.

This site will help you identify calls from scam artists, FDCPA violators, identity theft phishers, and others of similar ilk.


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The Nominating Committee invites members of the Association to submit nominations for consideration in developing its slate of nominees for 2009-2010 Association offices.

As part of the selection process, candidates for the offices of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee may be required to appear before the Nominating Committee at its September 8 meeting in New York City at a time and location to be determined, or the October 31st meeting at the Albany Crowne Plaza.

Offices for nomination:

The Nominating Committee is accepting candidates for:

(a) President-Elect

(b) Secretary

(c) Treasurer

(d) Vice-President - One per judicial district (except the First Judicial District which has two Vice-Presidents).

(e) Elected Delegates - Three for each judicial district

(f) Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee - Eight (at least two of whom must come from the First District and two of whom are selected to further ethnic and racial diversity in the Association. The latter two may not both be from the same judicial district).

(g) Delegates to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates - Five

Timetable for submitting recommendations:

Members seeking offices or nominating persons are strongly encouraged to file a declaration of candidacy and submit all background materials for that office with the Secretary no later than September 1, 2008 to ensure adequate time for review by the Nominating Committee and to secure an interview spot. Interviews will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials will be accepted up until October 1, 2008.

In making nominations, everyone is encouraged to keep in mind the diversity policy for the Association adopted by the House of Delegates in November 2003, which emphasizes the commitment to achieving diversity in the “membership, officers, staff, House of Delegates, Executive Committee, Sections and Committees and their respective leaders. Diversity is an inclusive concept, encompassing gender, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.” Submissions must include biographical information about the candidate, including his/her Association activities. Candidates may submit a maximum of five letters in support of their nomination. Letters of support should be received prior to the deadlines stated previously. Please direct this information to:

A. Vincent Buzard
Chair, Nominating Committee
c/o Jessica Gitchel
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
or via fax at (518) 487-5564 or via e-mail at

Special eligibility criteria for candidates

A candidate for Vice-President or President-Elect must have served as a member of the House of Delegates, but need not be a member of the House at the time of nomination for office.

Candidates for Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee must be current members of the House or section chairpersons, or have served in either capacity within three years of the time of selection.

Nature of service

As provided under the Association Bylaws, the President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, thirteen Vice-Presidents, and eight Members-at-Large serve on the Executive Committee and in the House of Delegates, which manage the business and activities of the Association and generally meet quarterly. The President-Elect chairs the House and assists the President. The Treasurer serves as an ex-officio member (as does the President-Elect) of the Finance Committee, which oversees the financial affairs of the Association and meets approximately four times per year. The Treasurer presents the Association financial report at each House meeting. The Vice-Presidents assist in fostering communication with Association members in their districts concerning issues and activities of interest to the profession.

Elected Delegates are members of the NYSBA House of Delegates. The Delegates to the ABA House attend its semi-annual meeting and at that time present NYSBA positions on issues coming before that house. These Delegates also keep NYSBA apprised of ABA House actions.

The Nominating Committee, which generally meets two times per year, prepares the slate of nominees for the Association offices noted above.

Students’ Subway Security Talk Canceled by Court Order

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Related Content: Students’ Subway Security Talk Canceled by Court Order - The Tech

Students’ Subway Security Talk Canceled by Court Order
By Michael McGraw-Herdeg and Marissa Vogt
Three MIT students will not be presenting their security research at the annual DEF CON hacker convention this weekend because of a temporary restraining order filed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Friday afternoon. The students — legally represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group — are appealing the order.

Read/download the court documents here

The students' proposed presentation and the court documents generated by the MBTA lawyers make for fascinating reading.

Maximum Sanctions Imposed for Failure to Return Down Payment

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Astrada v Archer (2008 NY Slip Op 51675(U))

In this matter, resulting from a real estate transaction that never closed, the Court, pursuant to 22 NYCRR ァ 130-1.1 (a), awards costs of $40,600.50 to plaintiff Faith Astrada and imposes the maximum sanction of $10,000.00 upon defendant Regina Felton, Esq., for her "frivolous conduct" that "is completely without merit in law," in violation of 22 NYCRR ァ 130-1:1 (c).
Click on link above to read entire decision.
Hat Tip to NY Law Journal

Government "manual" distributed to Iowa defense lawyers

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Government "manual" distributed to defense lawyers assigned to represent immigrant workers arrested and prosecuted in the May 2008 Postville, Iowa meat packing raids.

The ACLU is upset about ex parte communication between the US Attorneys Office and the Court prior to the proceedings. The controversy notwithstanding, the "manual" provides a set of forms and legal references for those who may be called upon to defend clients in such circumstances.

Download (4.7MB) in pdf here.

Free Law Practice Management Resources from NYSBA

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PLANNING AHEAD: A GUIDE FOR SOLO PRACTITIONERS – free downloadable publication
The busy lawyer quick computer reference guide for outlook, work and powerpoint – free downloadable publication



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Citegenie is a FireFox extension which will automatically copy text with correct citations from Westlaw and other websites.
This Latest version: is presently in open beta release for testing. This beta is open to anyone who would like to try the beta version of GiteGenie. You can also discuss the beta version in the Beta Testing Forum.

Please Note: If you chose to install CiteGenie from this page, Firefox may block the install with the message "Firefox prevented this site ( from asking you to install software on your computer." If this happens, please click on the "Edit Options" button that will appear in the top right corner of the window, and chose to "Allow" to install the update. Then close the "Allowed Sites" window and click on the install button again.

Note to Macintosh Users:
CiteGenie only works on a Mac with Firefox 3.01 and higher. If you are using an older version of Firefox, please upgrade Firefox before installing CiteGenie.


You may need to tweak the configuration settings. There are multiple options for citation formats. This extension has some interesting possibilities for FireFox utility. Your milage may vary.

Law of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Web Based Resources

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This is for all of us middle-aged folks who dream of practicing law in a tropical paradise. No ties or power suits allowed. Thanks to our law librarian friends at

This Resource guide deals with internet sites providing Caselaw, Legislation and Government home pages for the Pacific Island region. There are also links to several relevant journals, and to academic sites providing dedicated Pacific Law web pages, or Centres dealing with Pacific Law.


Hat tip to beSpacific.

Criminal Law Slanguage of New York

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I received a free, review copy of this small volume from its author, Gary Muldoon, about eight months ago. What took me so long to mention it here? I skimmed through the compilation of New York criminal "slang" and thought to myself, "I'd better take this with me to court." I was on my way out the door for an appearance in a criminal defense matter. "Slanguage" took up little room in my briefcase or on counsel table; but it proved invaluable as a quick reference for the dozens of terms, case names, and criminal concepts buzzing back and forth in court. We New Yorkers have a case to refer to for every action contemplated in a criminal matter! The "Slanguage" entires ended with references to more complete coverage of various subjects in the author's standard text, Handling a Criminal Case in New York, the larger volume I keep back in the office.

My case finished well and as I was cleaning out the briefcase, there was "Slanguage". I am keeping it and will use it again. My only regret is it took me too long to mention it here. I hope its a valid excuse that the book was "in use".

Criminal Law Slanguage of New York, Third Edition, by G. Edward Murray and Gary Muldoon, is published by LexisNexis Publications. Price: $19.00. Contact

Muldoon is also the author of Handling a Criminal Case in New York (West Group 2006). Call 1-800-328-4880 or contact the West Group website at Cost of the soft cover edition is $241.00.

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Last month, PeopleFinders, a 20-year-old company based in Sacramento, introduced, a free service , supported by ads,which lets people search by name through criminal archives of all 50 states and 3,500 counties in the United States.

You'll want to read the site disclaimer carefully before use:

The data on this site provides only public record information and is intended for your personal use only. Our data should not be relied upon to determine an individual's actual criminal record since the offense listed is sometimes generic and could represent several different charges. Assumptions should NOT be made solely on the offense displayed on this web site. Our data includes more than criminal records, such as traffic and other minor offenses, so people listed may not be actual criminals. Also, not all criminal records result in conviction, nor do they all provide dispositions of guilt or innocence. Charging decisions made by the State Attorney's Office or from the outcome of criminal trials should be obtained from the source.
*** Hat tip to NYTIMES:

Rule 240 (or Something Like it) Chart

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In the "good old days"; i.e., pre-deregulation, if your flight was cancelled or you missed your connection due to some act or omission of your carrier, you merely walked up to the counter and asked for a "Rule 240" ticket on another airline at your carrier's expense. Barring that, your carrier would put you up in a hotel overnight for free.

Deregulation of airline travel allowed most carriers to quickly do away with Rule 240; but a vestige of the rule remains in some carriers' contracts of carriage.

The folks at have done the research for you and come up with a nifty chart of the current provisions, if any, which require the airlines to get you to your destination after they fail the first time.


Hat tip to

The Hague Justice Portal

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The Hague Justice Portal is a gateway to information, news and research on the Hague organisations in the fields of international peace, justice and security. It improves access to the Hague courts, tribunals and organisations and encourages academic debate.

Free E-mail alert subscriptions are available.


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SeeThroughNY is a web portal with data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York.

Click the buttons on the site to search government payrolls, contracts, expenditures, and links to additional information and supporting material on other websites.

The contracts should be of interest to public sector lawyers.


As you can well imagine, everyone is busy looking up someone else's salary, so the traffic to the site very heavy and may perform slowly at first.

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