August 2010 Archives


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CiteStack - Overview

CiteStack is an extension to Google's Chrome browser. In order to run CiteStack, you must first install Chrome. When you do legal research using Google's Scholar site, CiteStack interacts with Scholar to save your results.

For example, if you highlight a selection in a case, CiteStack automatically captures the selection and generates a pincite for you. You determine whether and where to add the selection and its pincite, and you can save an annotation as well. Nothing is saved unless you chose to add it to the Stack.

You can try it for free; but a one-year license is $69.00. - Bankruptcy Action Can Be 'Commenced' Despite Failure to Meet Law's Requirements, 2nd Circuit Says

A bankruptcy action can be considered "commenced" even when a debtor has failed to meet a requirement imposed by Congress that he first receive credit counseling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Interpreting a "statutory tangle" of bankruptcy provisions, the circuit said the counseling requirement under 11 U.S.C. Section 109(h) is not jurisdictional in nature and a case can still be regarded as begun by the filing of a bankruptcy petition, which triggers an automatic stay.

Section 109(h), added to the code by Congress in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, was interpreted by the 2nd Circuit in three separate pro se bankruptcy cases that were on appeal. Adams v. Zarnel, 07-0090-bk, was the lead case.

NYTIMES: Gmail Offers Phone Service via Web

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Gmail Offers Phone Service via Web -

After Gmail users install a voice and video chat plug-in to their browsers, they can make a call using their computer’s microphone and speakers or a headset. Calls to numbers in the United States and Canada will be free at least through the end of the year. International calls range from 2 cents a minute to many countries to 98 cents a minute to call Cuba.

(Read full article-requires free registration)

Download free Gmail video & video chat package here)


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Wuala is secure online storage, a haven in the cloud to store your files. You can safely access and share your files with friends, family, and co-workers. 1 GB for free. Premium plans are competitively priced.

Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research

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サ About Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research

This guide is meant to help law students navigate the confusing world of Internet legal resources. All resources listed here can be considered reliable and accurate.

About the author
Sarah Glassmeyer, JD MLS is the Faculty Services and Outreach Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law at the Valparaiso University School of Law. In addition to providing reference services, she also teaches in the First Year Legal Research curriculum. Professor Glassmeyer speaks frequently on the intersection of web technologies and legal research and blogs at SarahGlassmeyer(dot)com.

The Virtual Law Firm: How to Build Your Practice

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Power of Attorney Forms (Downloadable)-Eff. Sept. 12,2010

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NYSBA | Power of Attorney2010

The New York Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney and New York Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization linked here go into effect on September 12, 2010, the thirtieth day after it became law.

Although the specific language of the statutory forms cannot be changed, modifications can be made in subsection (g) of the Power of Attorney form and under paragraphs (b) and (c) of the Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization. Sample modifications to the Power of Attorney form and the Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization are also included. The modifications are provided by Kathryn Grant Madigan of Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, and other State Bar volunteers, including Michael O'Connor of Delaney and O'Connor. Please note that some of these clauses are mutually exclusive and should be inserted in accordance with the direction/best interests of the Principal. You should also enter your own modifications, as appropriate, to best meet the needs of the Principal.

Please be sure to read the instructions before downloading the forms.

Dropbox mobile

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Ever wanted to use Dropbox but didn't have a computer nearby? Dropbox's mobile website ( makes it happen. With Dropbox mobile, you can browse and open files in your Dropbox directly from your phone or mobile device's browser.

They've also got apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. Download them here for an even better Dropbox experience. It's free!

Own a Blackberry? Don't worry--Coming soon!

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Michael Arrington on Skype Etiquette

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Michael Arrington, lawyer and high tech guru, gives pointers on Skype etiquette. (Read full article here).

Growl for Windows

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Growl for Windows

Growl for Windows is a Windows-compatible version of Growl, a notification system for Mac OS X.

Ok, so what is Growl?

Put simply, Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived - Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.

Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.

Download Growl for Windows here for free.

Download Growl for Mac here for free.

FINDLAW: Roger Clemens Obstruction Indictment

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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2010 Edition

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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2010 covers pensions, insurance, home loans, survivor benefits, military medals and records, and a lot more. In Chapter 4, Education and Training, you’ll find the latest information on the post-9/11 GI Bill. For wounded warriors, Chapter 10, Transition Assistance, talks about a re-launched Web site, the National Resource Directory (, that “provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.”

In short, this publication has the power to give millions of people the information they need to get the benefits they deserve. You can view it here in either English or Spanish.

Bankruptcy Filings Up 20 Percent in June

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Bankruptcy Filings Up 20 Percent in Jun
August 17, 2010

Bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. A total of 1,572,597 bankruptcy cases were filed in federal courts in that period, compared to 1,306,315 bankruptcy cases filed in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009. This is the highest number of bankruptcy filings for any period since many of the provisions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 took effect. See press release


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Beloit, Wis. – Born when Ross Perot was warning about a giant sucking sound and Bill Clinton was apologizing for pain in his marriage, members of this fall’s entering college class of 2014 have emerged as a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. The Mindset List website at, the Mediasite webcast and its Facebook page receive more than 400,000 hits annually.

The class of 2014 has never found Korean-made cars unusual on the Interstate and five hundred cable channels, of which they will watch a handful, have always been the norm. Since "digital" has always been in the cultural DNA, they've never written in cursive and with cell phones to tell them the time, there is no need for a wrist watch. Dirty Harry (who’s that?) is to them a great Hollywood director. The America they have inherited is one of soaring American trade and budget deficits; Russia has presumably never aimed nukes at the United States and China has always posed an economic threat.

Nonetheless, they plan to enjoy college. The males among them are likely to be a minority. They will be armed with iPhones and BlackBerries, on which making a phone call will be only one of many, many functions they will perform. They will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them. A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship. They will discover how to research information in books and journals and not just on-line. Their professors, who might be tempted to think that they are hip enough and therefore ready and relevant to teach the new generation, might remember that Kurt Cobain is now on the classic oldies station. The college class of 2014 reminds us, once again, that a generation comes and goes in the blink of our eyes, which are, like the rest of us, getting older and older.

Paterson Signs No-Fault Divorce Bill -- August 15, 2010

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Paterson Signs No-Fault Divorce Bill in New York -

Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law a package of bills on divorce on Sunday, including one making New York one of the last states to allow couples to dissolve marriages by mutual consent.

The no-fault divorce bill allows a couple to dissolve the marriage by mutual consent and without requiring one spouse to accuse the other of adultery, cruelty, imprisonment or abandonment. It also allows one spouse to divorce the other unilaterally.

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About | is an alternative to the federal government's regulatory dockets database. That site can be confusing and difficult to use for average citizens and experts alike. The goal of is to make the proposed and final regulations published in the Federal Register easy to find and discuss, so that citizens can become better informed and more involved in the regulatory process. also has features not available anywhere else. These include the ability to browse by, and subscribe to, individual agencies and topics codes. Also available are discussion forums for each agency and each regulation, user-submitted related links, and much more.

Please note, though, that using is not a substitute for visiting That site is ultimately the official site. Also, if you want to see comments filed with agencies in a particular regulatory proceeding, you'll have to visit or the agency's own site. should serve as the launching pad, research portal, and discussion community for your regulatory adventures.

Check out their new, FREE iPhone app, which will allow you to take the Federal Register with you wherever you go.

4food--Social Media & Fast Food

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4food is a socially networked quick service restaurant company. Their mission is to bring fast food that's fresh, delicious, and nutritious to all ages, lifestyles, incomes, and ethnicities. No fads, fillers, or anything artificial. They're out to revolutionize counter culture, in real-time.

Location #1 opens at 7 am on Monday, September 7th, 2010 at 40th Street and Madison Avenue, between Bryant Park and Grand Central Station - the heart of the highest density workday population in the US.

Their signature product is the W(hole)burger™a donut shaped, beef, lamb, pork, turkey, veggie, salmon or egg patty-balanced (made whole) by one of 25 ethnically diverse Veggiescoop centers, each with unique nutritional attributes. They make Skewers with the holes they punch out of the patties, which when accompanied by Veggiescoop sides, become bunless, low-carb, sharing food.

You design your own burger and its filling online. It is posted for others to vote on. If you gather enough votes, you get discounts on your food at pickup time.

You can get $12 to spend in their restaurant by registering for a 4food account. Click here to get your $12!


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(U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Cal.) - Federal District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker has issued an order denying Prop 8 supporters' request to stay the district court's judgment that Proposition 8 violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples. Judge Walker did impose a limited stay of the judgment until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to issue its own stay, however.

Prop 8 Order Denying Stay

Clio: Web-based Practice Management

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Clio - About

Clio includes a full suite of practice management tools targeted specifically at the administrative needs of sole practitioners and small firms. Clio is a single resource that eliminates the need for multiple specialized applications by incorporating the principal talents of each.

it's web-based so there's nothing to install. Your practice is wherever you are.

Reasonably priced at $49.00 per month for attorneys and $25.00 per month for non-attorney support staff.

Thanks to james P. Duffy III.

NYLJ: Panel Rejects Oneida Bid for Compensation For Upstate Land

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U.S. Court Of Appeals, Second Circuit

Panel Rejects Oneida Bid for Compensation For Upstate Land

Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida of The Thames—Plaintiffs-Appellees-Cross-Appellants, United States of America —Intervenor-Plaintiff-Appellee-Cross-Appellant, v. County of Oneida, County of Madison—Defendants-Cross-Appellees, State of New York—Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee, 07-2430-cv(L), 07-2548-cv(XAP), 07-2550-cv(XAP) (full text of Decision)

The Oneida Indian Nation lost a major court decision Monday that could doom its 40-year-old land claim case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the nation can't reclaim its ancient lands and the state doesn't have to pay any money for the 250,000 acres the Oneidas say was illegally taken from them centuries ago. The Oneidas had said they were owed at least $500 million. If the ruling stands, it sweeps away decades of uncertainty for thousands of landowners in Oneida and Madison counties, who at one point faced eviction under the lawsuit.

(See full article- The Post- Standard [Syracuse])


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Vonage Mobile. Internet Phone Service for Mobile International Calls.

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If you're looking to work with colleagues who might be located in different places, TitanPad might be just the application you require. The application can be customized for a number of different uses, but at its essence it provides a shared space for visitors to coordinate work on documents and to also discuss their work via a specialized chat window. Visitors don't need to sign up, and the site also includes a blog for information about updates and so on. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.

CA Prop 8 Ruling Full Text

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ABA Launches Smart Soloing Center

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ABA Launches Smart Soloing Center - News - ABA Journal

The American Bar Association today launched the Smart Soloing Center—an online resource that is the latest in its growing portfolio of products and services designed for sole practitioners.

The center aggregates content from across the ABA’s website and a host of Internet sources.

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