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April 1, 2010

How Will lawyers Use the iPad?

Nicole Black, one of my favorite e-lawyers, has an interesting article on how lawyers might use the much-anticipated iPad.

Read the entire article from The Daily Record here

Connect to Sui generis, Nicole's, excllent blawg, for live links to the iPhone apps she feels will be lawyer-friendly on the new iPad.

Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables - Cables - Lifehacker

You've probably guessed that gold-plated cables for your home theater are entirely unnecessary. Still, there must be some small quality difference for all that price, right? No, not at all.

Read why at Lifehacker.

Ignite law 2010

About | Ignite Law

Started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O'Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of Etsy.com, formerly of MAKE Magazine, Ignite was inspired by Pecha Kucha Nights, where speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, giving each speaker 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame.

The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006. Since then, the event has become an international phenomenon, with hundreds of 5-minute talks having been given all over the world. Besides Seattle, there are thriving Ignite communities in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Helsinki, Baltimore, NYC, Boise, Oklahoma City and more.

As one of the first topic-specific Ignite events, IgniteLaw will ask each presenter to share their vision (in six minutes) of the future of law practice.

Check out videos of the presentations-none more than six (6) minutes long--except Tom Mighell, of course.

April 5, 2010

Newseum: Today's Front Pages

Newseum | Today's Front Pages | Map View

657 front pages from 56 countries.

The Newseum displays these daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form.

Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up.. Double click and the page gets larger....you can read the entire paper on some if you click on the right place. You can spend a lot of time here !

April 7, 2010

FINDLAW: F.C.C. (and Net Neutrality Supporters) Lose Case Against Comcast

COMCAST CORP. V. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMM'N, ET AL.

(D.C. Cir., Apr. 6, 2010) - A federal appeals court dealt a blow to 'Net Neutrality' supporters today by concluding that the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) lacks the legal authority to manage the network practices of internet service providers.

Net Neutrality Court Case

April 9, 2010

Foley Hoag LLP: HCR Key Provisions

Health Reform: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act: KEY PROVISIONS | Foley Hoag LLP - JDSupra

Download as pdf file.

Legal iPad

Legal iPad

Legal iPad --THE IPAD FOR LAWYERS & BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS is the latest blawg by Nicole Black, the ubiquitous cyber lawyer. She is the co-author of “Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier,” which she wrote with Carolyn Elefant and which will be published in March 2010 by the American Bar Association.

She is in the process of writing a book tentatively titled “A Lawyer’s Guide to Cloud Computing,” which will be published in late 2010 by the American Bar Association.

Find out what you need to know to best use your new iPad for your legal business.

Maintaining and Protecting Racial Justice in 2010- A panel discussion with CCR Attorney Darius Charney- Ithaca, NY

Maintaining and Protecting Racial Justice in 2010- A panel discussion with CCR Attorney Darius Charney- Ithaca, NY | Center for Constitutional Rights

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and Cornell University Law School for "Maintaining and Protecting Racial Justice in 2010", in a discussion featuring CCR Attorney Darius Charney. The event will take place at Cornell University Law School on Thursday, April 22nd from 12:30-1:30pm in Myron Taylor Hall of Cornell, room 276.

April 11, 2010

JUDGE STEPHEN D. GERLING PORTRAIT DEDICATION - SAVE THE DATE

PORTRAIT DEDICATION FOR THE
HONORABLE STEPHEN D. GERLING
TUESDAY, MAY 4th– 4PM
UTICA, NEW YORK

A portrait honoring Judge Stephen D. Gerling, former Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern Districtof New York, will be dedicated on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in Judge Diane Davis’s courtroom located on the second floor of the United States Courthouse,10 Broad Street, Utica, New York.

Light refreshments will be served immediately after the dedication. Further details to follow.

Trista F. O’Hara, Esq.
Pro Se Coordinator
NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.

April 12, 2010

NYS AD 3rd Dept: Panel Finds Federal Law Preempts State Position on Repayment of Student Loans

<i>New York State Higher Education Services
Corporation v. Fabrizio</i>

Panel Finds Federal Law Preempts State Position on Repayment of Student Loans
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation v. Fabrizio

April 13, 2010

FINDLAW: Second Circuit Blog

FindLaw's new Case Summary Blog for the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is an excellent resource for recent decisions by the Federal Appeals Court for New York, Vermont, and CT.

The full text of decisions is easily obtainable via direct links and the decisions are sorted by date and topic. They are also searchable.

Several RSS feeds are available to automate your receipt of the decisions.

April 14, 2010

Calls for State Insurance Threaten Property Transfers


Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman

Adam Leitman Bailey, founding partner of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., and Dov Treiman, a partner at the firm, write:

Currently before the State Legislature are two bills that would inject the state in the business of title insurance, damaging New York's standing as the capital of real estate transactions. One would broaden the power of the State Insurance Fund to provide a State alternative to the current private system of title insurance. The other would create a new state title authority for the same purpose. Many real estate attorneys see these bills as a threat, both to the heart of the safe transfer of real estate and to the capitalist system itself.

Read the full text of this article here.

April 15, 2010

A New Front in the Foreclosure Epidemic: Consumers Fight Back

Garrett W. Wotkyns (Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP) examines the newfound strength of the consumer in the mortgage foreclosure epidemic.

Click here to download his excellent PLI article with an extensive listing of recent consumer-oriented decisions.

April 16, 2010

Big Firm Start-Up Forms Library

Big Firm Start-Up Forms Library - New York Small Business Law

Big Law Firm Orrick put a Start-Up Forms Library on its website. Rest assured that a simple start-up of a business in New York does not need all these documents. But if you are forming a Delaware entity and have aspirations of raking in a lot of money soon, they may come in handy as a reference point for whatever your attorney is drafting for you.

Thanks to Imke Ratscho. Check out her updated New York Small Business Law site.

elderLAW e-NEWS

The NYSBA Senior Lawyers Section is pleased to provide you with the April edition of the ABA's elderLAW e-NEWS. The ABA's elderLAW e-NEWS is published by the ABA's Senior Lawyers Division and is available as a result of their kind permission and assistance; they retain all rights to the materials.

The ABA's elderLAW e-NEWS is located on the Senior Lawyers Section Web site; please click on this link to view the contents: www.nysba.org/ABAelderlawENewsApril

Hospital visitation memo

Hospital visitation memo

April 18, 2010

5 Free Online Services to Send an Email to a Fax Machine

5 Free Online Services to Send an Email to a Fax Machine

5 free services that let you send an email to a fax machine, but the three most common are in this first batch. The following three services are about as simple as they can get. Without any registration of any kind, you can simply visit the website, upload the file that you want to fax, type in the fax number and fire it off. The service simply faxes your document to the recipient you entered. Sound to good to be true? Well, it’s not. It is paid for by ad revenue on both the website and by placing ads on the cover page of your fax as well.

GotFreeFax

FaxZero

PopFax

TPC Fax

drop.io

Hat Tip to makeuseof.com. Read the entire article here.

April 19, 2010

Animal Legal Defense Fund: Animal Protection Laws Fifth Edition Now Available

This is an excellent resource for for lawyers, law professors, law students, legislators and other legal professionals. Download a complimentary copy! (Registration required)

A new edition of ALDF's Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America and Canada is now available. Now at more than 3,800 pages in length, the fifth (and tenth anniversary) edition of the compendium contains a detailed survey of the general animal protection and related statutes for all of the states, principal districts and territories of the United States of America, and for all of Canada; up-to-date versions of each jurisdiction’s laws; easy, clickable navigation; and fully searchable content.

April 21, 2010

NDNY: Attorney Admission Ceremony & CLE

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Attorney Admission Ceremony & CLE

“Take it to the Limit?: Effective Advocacy & the Ethical Boundaries of
Witness Preparation”
(1.5 Hours, 1.0 Ethics & Professionalism; 0.5 Skills)
James Hanley Federal Building & Courthouse
3rd Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse, New York
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

Complimentary luncheon following the program at Kitty Hoynes Restaurant.
Admission Application Deadline April 22, 2010.
Pre-registration for CLE & luncheon required by April 23, 2010.
Please visit the NDNY FCBA website for details at www.ndnyfcba.org

Trista F. O'Hara, Esq.
Pro Se Coordinator
NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1306
Syracuse, New York 13201
Office #: (315) 422-2711
Toll Free #: 1-877-422-1011
Fax #: (315) 422-2778
tohara@ndnyfcba.org

April 22, 2010

Supreme Court Website Gets New Look, New URL

U.S. Courts | TTB | April 2010 | Supreme Court Website Gets New Look, New URL


Visitors looking for the Supreme Court’s public website will find an updated, more user-friendly website at a new url: supremecourt.gov. Last month the Court took over hosting its website from the Government Printing Office and made a few changes to the site. The transition will help the Court integrate the website with the Court’s other operations, improve the quality of the site, and expand services to the public.

Unchanged: on-line access to the court’s slip opinions, orders, oral argument transcripts, schedules, Court rules, bar admission forms, and other familiar information.

New: enhanced search capabilities, an interactive argument calendar, improved graphics, and additional historic information.

Additional updates and expansion to Court website features are planned.

Hat tip to The Third Branch-Newsletter of the Federal Courts.

April 24, 2010

MacLitigator: iPad at Trial

iPad at Trial ォ MacLitigator

Maclitigator just completed a four day jury trial using the iPad as the primary means of getting information in front of the jury. Here is the low down on how it went with the simple setup for you to use.

The setup uses the free PDF to Keynote conversion utility.

April 27, 2010

Video Feeds from the House Floor

Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives HouseLive Beta

The U.S. House of Representatives offers streaming video feeds of the House Floor Proceedings dating back to the beginning of the 111th Congress. Click Video to watch each session, or click Summary to view the text-only version of the proceedings. Windows Media Player or Silverlight is required to view the videos.

Proceedings of the House of Representatives, including any recording of such proceedings, may not be used for any political purpose or in any commercial advertisement, and may not be broadcast with commercial sponsorship except as part of a bona fide news program or public affairs documentary program.

Government Book Talk

Government Book Talk

You can now subscribe to GPO’s Government Book Talk for reviews and discussions of new and classic Government publications.

To subscribe, go to: http://govbooktalk.gpo.gov and click on the “Sign Me Up!” button.


April 29, 2010

SBLS: Pro Se Answer for Mortgage Foreclosure

South Brooklyn Legal Services: How to Answer a Foreclosure Complaint “Pro Se” (without an Attorney)

If you have received a Foreclosure Summons and Complaint, you have the right to serve and file an Answer to the Complaint pro se, which means without an attorney. This will guarantee that you receive notice of all future actions in the court case, and may help preserve your legal rights. If you don’t file an Answer, the judge will enter a “default” judgment against you and you could lose the right to raise any defenses to the foreclosure. You also may not receive notices from the court about what’s going on with your house and it could be sold without your knowing about it. The guide is designed to help you file an Answer. This should not replace finding a non-profit foreclosure prevention attorney or housing counselor to assist you. In New York City, dial 311 and ask for a referral to free foreclosure prevention services.

Pro Se Answer Instructions

Pro Se Answer Form

Hat Tip to:

Jimmy Lathrop
Attorney at Law
641 President Street Suite 202
Brooklyn NY 11215
Tel: (718)857-3663
Fax: (718)857-3665
www.ParkSlopeLawyer.com

April 30, 2010

Mac: WhoPaste for the iPhone

WhoPaste is now available on the iPhone.
There are 2 different versions and both of them are available now in the iTunes App Store.

- WhoPaste works with the Contacts app on the iPhone (this syncs with Address Book or Outlook)
- WhoP-G works with Google Contacts.

Either of these can be used in conjunction with Dragon Dictation allowing you to capture new contact information by just SPEAKING!!

Here’s how it works:
Start the Dragon app
Tap ‘Record’
Say: “John Smith john s at gmail dot com 754 555 2345”
Tap ‘Done’
Tap ‘Send to Clipboard’
Start either WhoPaste or WhoP-G
Tap ‘Save’ -> a contact is created in either the Contacts app or in Google Contacts
It’s really pretty slick!!

Both of these iPhone apps also works just like WhoPaste on the desktop.
You can ‘copy’ any text from an email, or web page or whatever - and then launch the WhoPaste app that’s right for you.

In fact the desktop and the iPhone products share the same code base.
So usage reports from iPhone users will benefit the desktop version and vice versa.

WhoPaste: <http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whopaste/id364340566?mt=8>
WhoP-G: <http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whop-g/id368093964?mt=8>

Dragon Dictation: <http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8>

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