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10 iPhone Tips for Lawyers

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Advances in technology have forced lawyers to take extra precautions to protect attorney-client privilege. Phone passwords and other added steps can make our phones feel like a maze to negotiate instead of a helpful tool to better serve clients.

Gina Rubel has compiled tips to help attorneys make better use of time and cut the clutter.



Cited from: 10 iPhone Tips for Lawyers http://lawyernomics.avvo.com/practice-management/10-iphone-tips-lawyers.html#ixzz2udrQGWGj


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PacerPro offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER

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Robert Ambrogi reviews a new and better way to search federal court records.  

 PacerPro, a service started by Gavin McGrane, a San Francisco lawyer who became frustrated with PACER's shortcomings and wanted an easier way to use it. Even better, PacerPro is now free. It launched in November 2012 as a subscription service at $25 a month. But in January it eliminated the subscription fee. "We decided to allow people to get a chance to know us and see how good the product is," McGrane told me.

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PacerPro provides a clean, modern interface to the PACER system. But PacerPro is more than just lipstick on a pig. It actually improves on the federal site through features such as real-time universal search, aggregated search results and one-click downloads of entire dockets. To achieve real-time universal search, PacerPro bypasses PACER's Case Locator. Instead, it logs in directly to all 214 court sites. Whereas the Case Locator will not find same-day data, PacerPro will. Search PacerPro by party or attorney name or case number.

Read Bob's entire review here.




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Apple fixes security flaw in iOS, perhaps thanks to Snowden? - iPhone J.D.

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Jeff Richardson:  "...But over the weekend, there were two posts about this update by John Gruber of Daring Fireball (Post 1, Post 2) that I thought were pretty interesting.  According to PRISM documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA gained the ability to intercept encrypted iPhone traffic in October of 2012, and that's apparently right after the bug fixed by iOS 7.0.6 was introduced.  As Gruber notes, this could mean all sorts of things.  It could mean that someone at Apple intentionally added a backdoor for the NSA.  Or it could mean that someone at Apple made a simple coding mistake but the NSA found out about it and exploited it. 

Or it could just be a big coincidence, but there is at least a chance that Apple has now found and fixed a security bug that had been exploited by the NSA..."

Read Jeff's entire take on the recent Apple security updates here.




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Adopting Mobile Technology-Jim Calloway

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According to a 2013 Nielsen report, 94 percent of consumers in the U.S. have a mobile phone, and the majority of those phones are smartphones. Tablets have not reached that level of market saturation, but one market research firm estimates that tablet shipments will grow from 121 million units in 2012 to 416 million units by 2017. (Those statistics come courtesy of Robert Ambrogi's article "As the World Goes Mobile Is Your Marketing up to Speed?" in Law Practice Magazine. It is recommended reading as a companion piece.)

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A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Trip to Rock Bottom and Back-The Lawyerist

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There are two primary outcomes in a desperate struggle with addiction. The first is to keep going until you die. The second is to get caught.

After roughly a year and a half of active addiction to cocaine, Chuck Ramsay appeared to have decided upon the first. He looked in the mirror, admitted to himself he had a problem, but didn't know how to keep living without coke. So he decided he would just keep using - keep using coke until he died.

Read about his journey to recovery.

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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm - NYTimes.com

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Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns about surveillance and hacking, the American Bar Association in 2012 revised its ethics rules to explicitly require lawyers to "make reasonable efforts" to protect confidential information from unauthorized disclosure to outsiders.

Last year, the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, rebuffed a legal challengeto a 2008 law allowing warrantless wiretapping that was brought in part by lawyers with foreign clients they believed were likely targets of N.S.A. monitoring. The lawyers contended that the law raised risks that required them to take costly measures, like traveling overseas to meet clients, to protect sensitive communications. But the Supreme Court dismissed their fears as "speculative."




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Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York filed a lawsuit in an effort to force a decision on allowing natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing.

The Article 78 Petition asks the State Supreme Court to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to finalize the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or SGEIS.


Joint Coalition et.al vs. Cuomo et.al-Petition

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Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys | United States Courts

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http://news.uscourts.gov/judiciary-restores-pay-rates-panel-attorneys

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014. In an emergency move last August, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States reduced the rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The Committee described the step as "undesirable," but "necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."
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The hourly rates also include a one-percent increase, consistent with the one percent Employment Cost Index increase for all federal employees. As a result, for work performed on or after March 1, 2014, hourly panel attorney rates will increase to $126 for non-capital representations and $180 for capital representations.


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10 Siri Tricks To Help You Be Your Most Productive Self | OPEN Forum

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Leander Kahney--Editor & Publisher, Cult of the Mac.com:

"...Apple's sassy assistant Siri can be the biggest productivity booster ever. Dial up your patience for a few days, and try these easy tips. Once you do, you may never go back to life without Siri...."



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[JURIST] On Friday, a group of police unions filed a motion to block Mayor Bill de Blasio's[official website] proposed settlement and removal of former mayor Michael Bloomberg's[BBC profile] appeal of the stop and frisk policy. The motion was filed [AP report] in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] in response to de Blasio's recent decision to drop the city's appeal. Police Commissioner William Bratton supported [AP report] de Blasio's decision to drop the appeal.



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If you get an unexpected missed call from a Caribbean number, don't call back. It could be a hoax. An oldie but goodie called the "one-ring scam" is gaining momentum again and leaving people with fraudulent charges.



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Alleged Silk Road kingpin slapped with indictment in NY • The Register

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US v. Ross Ulbricht Indictment by Ars Technica




The man thought to be behind the Silk Road drug bazaar has been indicted in a New York district court, and charged with narcotics conspiracy, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprises, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering conspiracy.

The charges against Ross William Ulbricht were announced by Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement on Tuesday.


Click below to read entire Register report:


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Google Maps For iOS Now Shows You The Fastest Route Home | Ubergizmo

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 Google Maps for iOS has received a new update today which will alert users when a faster route to their ultimate destination becomes available. This feature is only available in markets where navigation is supported.



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National Flood Insurance Program: Flood Hazard Mapping | FEMA.gov

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created this helpful set of resources for policymakers, elected officials, journalists, and members of the general public who would like to know more about the world of flood hazard mapping. On this site, visitors can find a host of resources and over a dozen thematic links, such as Coastal Projects, Change My Flood Zone Designation, and User Groups. Each link is preceded by a brief introduction to the resource, along with a description of the various items within each link. Visitors shouldn't miss the Online Tutorials offered here, as they include several multimedia instructional resources designed to provide in-depth training on different facets on these programs.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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