"...Judges, lawmakers, lawyers and housing experts are raising piercing questions about MERS, which stands for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, whose private mortgage registry has all but replaced the nation's public land ownership records. Most questions boil down to this:
How can MERS claim title to those mortgages, and foreclose on homeowners, when it has not invested a dollar in a single loan?
And, more fundamentally: Given the evidence that many banks have cut corners and made colossal foreclosure mistakes, does anyone know who owns what or owes what to whom anymore?"
Read entire NYTIMES Article here. [Requires free registration]
The Administrative Judicial Institute is pleased to invite you and your fellow administrative law judges to attend a program entitled " Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision Making: Striving for Fairness from the Bench"," on Wednesday evening, March 23, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The program will be presented by Columbia Professor Dana Carney and New York University Law School Professor Sarah Burns and will focus on helping judges understand how unintended biases develop and can impact judicial decision making, and how they might be avoided or addressed.
The program will be held at the Institute's 14th Floor Lecture Room at 40 Rector Street and will provide 2 CLE credits in ethics. A description of the program is posted on the Institute's website. Please share this announcement with your fellow judges and tribunal attorneys.
To register, go to the Upcoming Programs link on the Institute website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oath/html/aji/programs.shtml . The registration link will be active after 4 p.m. today.
Hope to see you there,
Raymond E. Kramer
Administrative Law Judge
Administrative Judicial institute at the
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings
40 Rector Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10006
Phone: 212-442-4928; - 4929
Google has just announced a new feature in Gmail aimed at helping us address the pain of the email inbox. It's a follow-up to some of the recent changes that Google has made to help tackle email overload, most notably with the addition of the Priority Inbox.
The new feature, only available in Labs at the moment, is called Smart Labs and it adds filters to your incoming email based on their type - Bulk, Notification, or Forum.
Read entire article on RWW:
With the ability to call phones built right into Gmail, you no longer have to get out your phone and retype a number anytime someone send you one in an email or chat message. Starting today, you'll see that phone numbers appear as links, like this:
Just click the number, and Gmail's dialpad will pop up, already populated with the number you're trying to call.
Click "Call" and voilà! Of course, if you don't already have the voice and video plugin installed, you'll be prompted to do that first.
Calendar Connector Tool
Install the IRS Calendar Connector and access Important Tax Dates for Small Businesses right from your desktop, even when you're offline. As new events are added, they will be automatically updated via the desktop tool.
This customizable tool allows you to specify what types of events you wish to view (general, employer, excise, or all) and how you want them displayed (by day, week or month).
The IRS Calendar Connector requires Adobe® AIR®. Follow these steps to install it on your computer:
Your iPad 2 is so close, you can almost hear the click of your new Smart Cover snapping into place. But if you already own the original iPad, you should take time now to prepare your migration from that device to the iPad 2. With advanced planning, you'll be ready to start playing with your new tablet practically from the moment you open up the box.
The federal judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronics Records service attracted more than 50,000 new accounts in the first four months of fiscal year 2010.
The federal judiciary's current fiscal year began October 1, 2010. There were 13,221 new PACER accounts created in October; 12,485 in November; 11,518 in December; and 13,908 in January 2011.
Did you know? EXPANDED PACER FEE WAIVER
In March 2010, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved reducing the costs for many users of the PACER system. The Electronic Public Access fee schedule has been adjusted so PACER usage of less than $10 in a quarterly billing cycle is waived, in effect quadrupling the amount of data available without charge. Previously, usage under $10 in a calendar year was waived.
All users of PACER will receive a quarterly invoice or statement indicating the amount of quarterly charges and amount waived (if under $10). Users registered for paperless statements will receive an emailed notice of billing. The email contains the account balance, payment due date and a link to view the invoice or statement.
The common rap against technology is that it leads to an accumulation of devices. But the nature of technology is changing. Fewer products are doing more tasks -- all accomplished by countless lines of massless software code.
And so we no longer need to accumulate products. If anything, we can cut down. The question is, Which can be replaced and which are fine, or even preferable, to keep? It is plain as day that paper maps and Rolodexes have given way to their digital counterparts. But what else can you get rid of? Here is a list of common consumer technologies and products and a somewhat opinionated judgment on whether to keep or pitch it.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Staying Ahead of the Curve: What Every Criminal Defense Lawyer Needs to Know
Free Criminal Law CLE Program for Public Defenders, Conflict Defenders and Assigned Counsel
7 MCLE Credits (6.0 Professional Practice and or Skills; 1.0 Ethics)