November 2013 Archives

How to Organize Paperless Client Files-Sam Glover

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Sam has a simple, effective system for his paperless files.  Read about it and view his screen shots here.



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Google Teams Up With VSP Global For Prescription Google Glass | Ubergizmo

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The design of Google Glass is actually pretty cool. It looks clean and minimalist and futuristic at the same time. Obviously not everyone loves its design, and for those who wear prescription glasses, this design obviously gets in the way. Now we know that Google will support prescription glasses and have recently teamed up with Rochester Optical to create such glasses, but the good news is that Google will be extending their efforts and are reportedly in talks with VSP Global (via The Wall Street Journal) to help develop special prescription lenses for Glass, and are also working with optometrists to ensure that they will be able to help fit their customers with Glass upon its launch.





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Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity!

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Claiming their coffee shop sounds boost creativity, check out this antidote to working in silence.


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Cupcloud - Resume your work anywhere

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Cupcloud

http://cupcloud.com/

Cupcloud is a free application that allows users to save, open, and share multiple documents and web pages simply. The program assists interested parties with accessing these materials from any computer or device, and it's great for collaborating on group projects and the like. There's a helpful How to Cup section here, along with a primer and a blog. This version is compatible with all operating systems, including Linux.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013. https://www.scout.wisc.edu




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George Zimmerman Arrest Report: 'He Cocked, Pointed Shotgun at Me' - CourtSide

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In a recent settlement (Richard C. v. Proud), New York State has agreed to issue back benefits for those time periods when individuals were improperly sanctioned.  The restored benefits will allow low income families to purchase much needed food for their families, especially during the holiday season, and will offset recent federal cuts to the SNAP program.  As an added bonus, the 100% federally funded benefits will bring at least an additional $80 million in food expenditures to local economies.

November 14, 2013

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing restored SNAP benefits to tens of thousands of households across New York State, in accordance with the "Richard C v Proud" class action court settlement. 

Read the press release.

See our  new "Richard C" Q&A about the back SNAP payments.

Sign up for the informational webinar on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to learn more.

Get a copy of OTDA's "Richard C" notice to class members

Review the "Richard C" stipulation of settlement.



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DIY Law Firm Letterhead Using Microsoft Word-Lawyerist

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While you may have to use a commercial printer for business cards, you do not necessarily need professionally-printed letterhead. If you already have a logo, you don't even need professionally-designed letterhead; you can just DIY.

This is especially true when you consider that most correspondence never gets printed, and a lot of correspondence does not go out on letterhead in the first place. This makes DIY letterhead an increasingly defensible choice. Using resources likeTypography for Lawyers, a few Word tips, and perhaps a bit of well-placed graphic design help, you can design your own letterhead. Here are step-by-step instructions for designing your own letterhead in Microsoft Word, plus examples from Lawyerist readers who have done just that.

Unless otherwise noted below, all instructions, screenshots and videos are for Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows.

Read the entire "how-to" article here.


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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a class action lawsuit arising againstGoogle [corporate website] over the company's unapproved scanning and uploading of copyrighted materials.


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64 Federal Courts Now Publish Opinions on FDsys | United States Courts

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A project providing free online access to federal court opinions has expanded to include 64 courts. The federal Judiciary and the Government Printing Office partner through the GPO's Federal Digital System, FDsys, to provide public access to more than 750,000 opinions, many dating back to 2004.

The Judicial Conference approved national implementation of the project in September 2012, expanding participation from the original 29 courts. FDsys currently contains opinions from 8 appellate courts, 20 district courts, and 35 bankruptcy courts.

Federal court opinions are one of the most heavily used collections on FDsys, with millions of retrievals each month. Opinions are pulled nightly from the courts' Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) systems and sent to the GPO, where they are posted on the FDsys website. Collections on FDsys are divided into appellate, district or bankruptcy court opinions and are text-searchable across courts. FDsys also allows embedded animation and audio - an innovation previously only available with opinions posted on a court's own website or on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER).

While the public already can view federal court opinions for free on PACER, the FDSys project presents just another way to make court-related information more accessible to the public.


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Joint Landowners' Coalition NYS Complaint.pdf



The complaint contains several legal theories:  takings claims are brought under the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, § 7 of the New York State Constitution. In addition, the complaint alleges that the State has imposed an illegal moratorium, has failed to comply with the provisions of SEQRA, has deprived landowners of rights with relief requested under 42 USC § 1983 and has violated substantive and procedural due process under the 14th Amendment. The complaint also seeks to compel the State to complete the SGEIS in a declaratory judgment action and Article 78 mandamus...

Visit the JLCNY page for further details on the action, which is awaiting  filing.



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Seminars from the 2013 Forums Now Available at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online

The IRS today reminds tax professionals that they can earn continuing professional education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2013 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. The 14 self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO) site. Self-study seminars provide information to students using interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and transcripts.


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How do I sign a PDF?--Acrobat for Legal Professionals

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The Acrolaw Blog is a resource for lawyers, law firms, paralegals, legal IT pros and anyone interested in the use of Acrobat in the legal community. Rick Borstein, blog author, is a Principal Solutions Consultant with Adobe Systems Incorporated.


In the past, Rick has discussed a two-step process to stamp and flatten a PDF. See Create a Transparent Signature Stamp and Flatten the stamp with a free Action.

Although the process isn't' difficult, Reader XI and Acrobat XI have made the process much simpler using the newSign panel:

Read Rick's article by clicking below:

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Nicole Black:

"...More than ever, lawyers are realizing the value and time-saving capabilities of mobile devices. The flexibility and convenience of practicing law on the go is especially apparent when lawyers take advantage of mobile apps created for creating, storing and organizing documents and notes. If you haven't yet discovered the many benefits of creating and accessing digital documents on your iPhone or iPad, why not get started today using some of the iOS apps discussed..."

Read more: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2013/10/21/legal-loop-mobile-apps-for-the-paperless-law-office/#ixzz2jhaur2WW



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Lightbeam for Firefox :: Add-ons for Firefox

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Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam shows you the relationships between these third parties and the sites you visit.
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Works with Firefox 19.0 - 25.*View other versions

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IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

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The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.



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