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NYLJ: Conferences Prevent Foreclosures But Strain Courts, OCA Reports

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Conferences Prevent Foreclosures But Strain Courts, OCA Reports

Andrew Keshner
New York Law JournalNovember 29, 2010

Mandated pre-foreclosure conferences have become increasingly effective in helping to keep people in their homes, but the labor-intensive proceedings are straining court resources and have contributed to an "unprecedented" shift in the civil caseload, a study by the Office of Court Administration (OCA) has concluded.


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FindLaw: Prop 8 Arguments at 9th Circuit to Be Televised

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Prop 8 Arguments at 9th Circuit to Be Televised - Civil Rights Law - Decided

Prop 8 Arguments at 9th Circuit to Be Televised
By Tanya Roth on November 24, 2010 11:51 AM

Will the revolution be televised? If you consider the arguments regarding California's ban on same sex marriage, Proposition 8, to be in any way revolutionary, then the answer is yes.

A federal court of appeals has ruled that both C-Span and local news station KGO-TV may televise the arguments before the court. Oral arguments are scheduled to be heard December 6. 3.2.1 for Mac

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OpenOffice continues to grow and change, and this new version of the program is worth a look. The OpenOffice suite includes applications that allow users to make text documents, spreadsheets, diagrams, and databases. This latest version includes templates for professional writers, and export tool for functionality with Google Docs, and enhanced blog publishing. This version is compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.4 and newer.

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NDNY FCBA Annual CLE, Meeting & Dinner: December 2, 2010

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Dear NDNY FCBA Members:


Thursday, December 2, 2010, the NDNY FCBA will hold their annual CLE, Meeting & Dinner at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse, New York.

The CLE program entitled, “Critical Updates – Current Issues Regarding Federal Court Practice & Procedure” will begin at 1:00 p.m. Following the CLE, we will hold the annual meeting, a complimentary cocktail hour and finally, our Annual Dinner.

We expect the full complement of our Northern District judiciary to be in attendance. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.

It is important that we receive your dinner confirmation and menu selection by Monday, November 29th. Please see attached for all of the registration details.

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

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 First Unofficial Guide to Dropbox [Save PDF or Read Online]

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The First Unofficial Guide to Dropbox [Save PDF or Read Online]

You’re at the coffee shop. You need to access a file that has information about your work, but as you attempt to find the file you realize that you’ve made a mistake. You saved the work on your desktop computer, but you only have your laptop with you. You have no way to access the file.
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SmartBrief: Should lawyers be allowed to work from home?

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Some lawyers are trading formal offices for virtual offices run from their own home, but not all states are happy about the idea. New Jersey recently ruled that virtual offices violate the state's rules of conduct for lawyers. Pennsylvania regulators took the opposite approach and explicitly gave lawyers permission to set up virtual offices with no fixed physical address.

Man Makes Ridiculously Complicated Chart To Find Out Who Owns His Mortgage (CHART)

Dan Edstrom, of DTC Systems, who performs securitization audits, and who is giving a seminar in California next month, spent a year putting together a diagram that traces the path of his own house's mortgage. "Just When You Thought You Knew Something About Mortgage Securitizations," says Zero Hedge, you are presented with this almost hilariously complicated chart.


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Public Access to Court Electronic Records

The Judiciary is planning to change the technical standard for filing documents in the Case Management and Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system from PDF to PDF/A. This change will improve the archiving and preservation of case-related documents. Courts currently accept PDF/A documents. However, a target date for requiring that all new documents be filed in PDF/A has not been set. Some common questions about the change are answered at the link below. For questions or comments, contact the PACER Service Center by telephone at (800) 676-6856 or email at

FAQ for Transition to PDF/A.

Senior Lawyers eNews

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The Senior Lawyers Section is pleased to provide you with this recent 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.

Please click this link to view the ABA's elderLAW e-NEWS:

NYLJ: The Right to One Phone Call - But No Tweets

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The Right to One Phone Call - But No Tweets

Ken Strutin
New York Law JournalNovember 16, 2010


Earlier this year, New York joined those states by amending the Criminal Procedure Law to expressly require that arrestees have the right to make a phone call.

While this new mandate is a major step forward, it does not address a technological reality that for most people landlines have given way to mobile phones. Today, cellular devices have become lifelines, and this is particularly important for suspects who need to consult with counsel or seek assistance from family and friends at a crucial time.

Read full text of article.

DOJ v. Hudson, 09-3600-bk

Finding no reason to depart from our reasoning in Pietrangelo or Hawkins, and joining our sister Circuits that have considered this provision of the IRC, see McCormack v. United States, 891 F.2d 24, 25 (1st Cir. 1989) and United States v. McPherson, 840 F.2d 244, 245 (4th Cir. 1988), we hold that lawyers appearing pro se who prevail in administrative or court proceedings against the United States are ineligible for attorneys' fees under IRC ァ7430.

DOJ v. Hudson, 09-3600-bk (full text)


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NYTIMES: David Pogue Reviews the Chevy Volt

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The Volt Recharges My Batteries -

General Motors’ concept is to equip the Volt with a tiny gas-powered generator that can power the electric motor even after the battery’s dead. It’s sort of like a reverse Prius: instead of having a gasoline-fed car assisted by a battery, it’s an electric car assisted by gasoline.

Read the full text NYTIMES article here.

ABA: Formal Opinion 10-457 Lawyer Websites

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Websites have become a common means by which lawyers communicate with the public. Lawyers must not include misleading information on websites, must be mindful of the expectations created by the website, and must carefully manage inquiries invited through the website. Websites that invite inquiries may create a prospective client-lawyer relationship under Rule 1.18. Lawyers who respond to website-initiated inquiries about legal services should consider the possibility that Rule 1.18 may apply.

For full text of opinion click here.

RightSignature–Dropbox Integration Send Your Dropbox Files for E-Signature

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November Newsletter - Dropbox Integration, Big in Japan, and More

RightSignature announces the RightSignature integration with Dropbox, the leader in cloud file storage, syncing, and sharing. The integration of our two innovative applications provides small and medium businesses a completely cloud-based solution for document management, data collection, and electronic signatures.

You can now access your Dropbox files from inside RightSignature and send a document to one or more parties to fill out and sign online. As soon as documents are completed on RightSignature, signed copies are automatically placed in your Dropbox account.

"The RightSignature team relies on Dropbox every day, and this integration enables the millions of other Dropbox fans to send documents via RightSignature with a few clicks. RightSignature and Dropbox share a common vision for simple, intuitive software that makes life easier, and we're excited to make our applications work together seamlessly."

"The RightSignature integration makes Dropbox even more valuable as a document management tool for businesses," said Adam Gross, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dropbox, "Users rely on Dropbox to sync, share, and secure their files, and now they can send those files for e-signature via RightSignature and receive signed copies right back in Dropbox. This is a great example of the kind of power and functionality that's possible when integrating cloud applications."

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Lawyerist Insider Newsletter

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Meeting of the NYSBA House of Delegates- Webcast Live from the State Bar Center

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

The House of Delegates is meeting on Saturday, November 6th at 9:30 a.m. to review the agenda items below. If you are interested in keeping abreast of these issues, please view the webcast located at: This webcast will also be available as a recording after November 6th.

Included in the webcast will be a memorial to the late Steven C. Krane, NYSBA's 104th President, as presented by the Honorable Judith S. Kaye.


9:30 a.m. Approval of minutes of June 19, 2010 meeting
9:35 a.m. Report of Treasurer – Mr. Seymour W. James, Jr.
9:45 a.m. Report and recommendations of Finance Committee re proposed 2011 income and expense budget – Mr. David M. Schraver
10:00 a.m. Report of Task Force on Government Ethics – Prof. Patricia A. Salkin
10:20 a.m. Report and recommendations of Committee on Bylaws – Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers
10:35 a.m. Report of President – Mr. Stephen P. Younger
10:50 a.m. Memorial to Steven C. Krane – Hon. Judith S. Kaye
11:00 a.m. Report and recommendations of Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct re licensing of in-house counsel – Mr. Joseph E. Neuhaus and Ms. Barbara S. Gillers
11:25 a.m. Reports and recommendations of Dispute Resolution Section – Messrs. Simeon Baum, Jonathan Honig and John Wilkinson

a) Notice of Mediation Alternative
b) Pre-hearing disclosure in international arbitration

12:05 p.m. Report of New York County Lawyers’ Association re State Commission on Judicial Conduct – Hon.Betty Weinberg Ellerin and Mr. Klaus Eppler
12:25 p.m. Report of Special Committee on Rules for Consideration of Reports – Ms. Claire P. Gutekunst and Ms. Ann B. Lesk
12:40 p.m. Report of The New York Bar Foundation – Ms. M. Catherine Richardson
12:50 p.m. Administrative items – Mr. Vincent E. Doyle, III
1:00 p.m. New business
Next House of Delegates meeting:
Friday, January 28, 2011, Hilton New York, New York City

November 6, 2010, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Live Webcast >

NDNY FCBA: Federal Criminal Law Update CLE

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The NDNY FCBA will be holding their annual Federal Criminal Law Update CLE on Thursday, November 18, 2010. The program will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York.

Pre-registration is required.

Please see their website ( for additional information and well as registration information.

Thank you.

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

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