June 2014 Archives

Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for (the Rest of) 2014 | LLRX.com

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Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author. Allison C. Shields is the president of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. They are co-authors of the books LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and LinkedIn in One Hour. 

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LinkedIn has surged past 300 million users. It remains the most popular social media platform for business and professional use. In fact, it's becoming rare to find people in any kind of business who say that they are not on LinkedIn.

At the same, a certain sense of complacency has settled over the use of LinkedIn. We often hear people say that they've been on LinkedIn for a while and they haven't found it all that helpful, especially for reaching potential customers and clients. Since LinkedIn has been around for more than 10 years, there's also a sense of "been there, done that" about it. Some people are always looking for the next new thing in social media.

In fact, most of us have barely scratched the surface of either the features or the potential of LinkedIn. LinkedIn has steadily added new features, especially in the past year or so. This will be a great year to take your use of LinkedIn up a level or two, and increase the value and benefits of the platform to you and your business.

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Read complete article here.


Home Screen: Ian O'Flaherty -- MacSparky

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 Ian O'Flaherty (Twitter) (Website) is the developer of Trial Pad (App Store) and Transcript Pad (App Store).

Besides the obvious bias towards my own apps, TrialPad and TranscriptPadKeynote is a favorite. It can assist anyone to create great looking presentations. I use Keynote not only for presentations, but also to create fully functional mock-ups of new app ideas, or to see how a new user interface element might look within one of my existing apps. I thinkGoodNotes is one of the better note taking apps, and is ideal for my needs. Besides note taking, I use it to bring in screen shots of apps to draw on and sketch various user interface changes or ideas, especially with its shape recognition mode. My RSS reader of choice is Mr. Reader as I like the way you can organize and skim through your feeds, and I've recently started usingPocket to save interesting articles to read later when I have more time. I have tried various podcast apps but keep coming back to Apple's own Podcasts to listen to great podcasts, such as Mac Power Users ;)


Aperture is Dead. Long Live Photos! | ApertureExpert

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More than you ever wanted to know about Aperture and Photos! from Joseph at Aperture expert:

On the surface, it doesn't seem like good news, but there's a lot more to this than a few lines of text. First, the official words.

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X." -- Apple, Inc.

In short, Aperture as we know it is dead. So let's take a step back and figure out what this really means, because obviously photography is far from unimportant to Apple. There are more questions than answers now than ever before, and I'll try to come up with all the right questions and all my best answers. Call this interpretation, speculation, or clairvoyance -- but here's how I'm reading into this.



NDNY-FCBA CLE - "False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement:  All Points of View"
Albany, July 15, 2014

9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

Registration at 8:30 a.m.

4.5 credits - Professional Practice


The civil False Claims Act is one of the fastest growing areas of federal litigation, particularly because of its unique qui tam provisions, which allow private citizens to file suit alleging fraud on behalf of the government. If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower (known as a "relator") receives up to 30 percent of the recovery. The Department of Justice secured $3.8 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments last fiscal year alone, of which relators received $345 million. Several million of those
dollars were recovered as a result of cases filed in the Northern District of 
New York.


This comprehensive CLE features a well-balanced faculty of local and national False Claims Act practitioners who will speak from varying perspectives and address all aspects of False Claims Act and qui tam matters. Our speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, a federal Inspector General's Office, as well as members of the relators and defense bars, to ensure a balanced discussion.


What You Will Learn
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this CLE has something for you - from a presentation by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian on the types of cases that his office is bringing in upstate and central New York, to practical solutions regarding litigation strategy presented by seasoned practitioners in this field.


The CLE will include a primer on the False Claims Act, an overview of the federal government's role in False Claims Act litigation, and a panel discussion that will address various topics ranging from dealing with parallel civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings to emerging issues in qui tam litigation.


Time is reserved throughout the program to address registrants' questions.

Register Now!


There is no charge for this program.  Program is free for members of NDNY-FCBA...Non-members may join NDNY-FCBA and also be admitted free.

Every Legal App For Android-Lawyerist

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Lawyerist:  "There are plenty of Android apps for lawyers including apps for case management, billing, trial preparation, and legal research. This list includes every legal app for Android that we could find in the Google Play store...".





The buildup to the mistrial in New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith's bribery case wasn't just courtroom drama. It became a whole megillah.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas had ordered prosecutors to turn over 93 hours of a cooperating government witness's telephone conversations to defense attorneys because the recordings might help the defense. But complicating matters, 20% of those conversations were in Yiddish.

Though the New York region is home to more than 75% of the nation's 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has but a single interpreter on call.

Read WSJ entire article on Yiddish interpreters for courts in New York here.


'Older Versions' Of Skype For Desktop Being Retired-Ubergizmo

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In a post on its official blog, it has been confirmed that all older versions of Skype for desktop are going to be retired over the next few months. This includes both Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac. Version 6.13 and below will be retired for the former and 6.14 and below for the latter. This is being done as the Skype team focuses its efforts on "bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype."

Those who are using older versions of the service need not worry. Its free to update to the latest version of Skype today. The latest version can be obtained from Skype's website for both Windows and Mac.

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Read entire article here.



Every Legal App for iPhone and iPad-Lawyerist

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OS apps for lawyers abound, whether for case management, billing, or trial preparation. This page has every legal app for iOS that we could find in the App Store.

There are just a few exceptions. This does not include apps that have not been updated since 2011 and have few or no reviews in the App Store. Apps that are simply mobile versions of a legal publication aren't here, either, since the app doesn't do anything over and above the website. Finally, the App Store is full of applications that simply repackage freely available content, such as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Unless an app added some significant extras (such as the ability to annotate or cross reference) to that type of content, it's not here.

The table below is searchable, and you can sort by each column. Use the comments to let us know if we missed an app, and look for an Android app catalog in the near future.

Legislature Approves 25 New Family Court Judgships | New York Law Journal

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ALBANY - New York City will get nine new Family Court judges and upstate will get 16 under end-of-session legislation enacted overwhelmingly Thursday and today by state lawmakers.

The bill, if it is signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will increase the number of Family Court judgeships in New York City from 47 to 56, effective Jan. 1, 2015. It has not yet been determined where the new judges, all of whom would be appointed by the mayor, will sit.


Upstate will get 11 new judges this year and another five on Jan. 1, 2016. All of the upstate positions are elective, and candidates can seek the posts this November in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties. The other five Family Court positions will be created in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe and Warren counties effective Jan. 1, 2016, with candidates running in November 2015.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202660271889/Legislature-Approves-25-New-Family-Court-Judgships#ixzz35DPXZE1a




Meeting of the House of Delegates
Webcast Live from the The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Watch the NYSBA House of Delegates in action on Saturday, June 21st beginning at 8:30 a.m. by clicking www.nysba.org/HODwebcast and choosing the June meeting.


Agenda

8:30 a.m. - HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING 
Mr. David P. Miranda
Chair, presiding

8:30 a.m. - Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of new members

8:35 a.m. - Approval of minutes of April 5, 2014 meeting

8:40 a.m. - Report of Treasurer - Ms. Sharon Stern Gerstman

8:50 a.m. - Presentation of Root/Stimson Award - Mr. Glenn Lau-Kee

9:00 a.m. - Presentation of National Trial Advocacy Awards

9:10 a.m. - Address by Robert M. Carlson, Chair, ABA House of Delegates

9:20 a.m. - Installation of Glenn Lau-Kee as President - Oath to be administered by Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo

9:30 a.m. - Report of President - Mr. Glenn Lau-Kee

9:40 a.m. - Informational report of Committee on Legal Aid and President's Committee on Access to Justice - Hon. George H. Lowe and Mr. Andrew A. Scherer

9:55 a.m. - Resolution of Executive Committee re Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting - Mr. Scott M. Karson

11:10 a.m. - Report and recommendations of Queens County Bar Association -  Mr. Paul E. Kerson

11:30 a.m. - Report and recommendations of Nominating Committee - Mr. Stephen P. Younger

11:45 a.m. - Report and recommendations of Audit Committee - Mr. Scott M. Karson and Ms. Lesley Friedman Rosenthal

12:00 p.m. - Report of Executive Director Search Committee - Mr. David M.Schraver

12:10 p.m. - Report of the Secretary - Ms. Ellen G. Makofsky

12:20 p.m. - Report of The New York Bar Foundation - Ms. Cristine Cioffi

12:30 p.m. - Administrative items - Mr. David P. Miranda

12:35 p.m. - New business

Next House of Delegates meeting:
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Bar Center, Albany, New York


June 21, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Live Webcast www.nysba.org/HODwebcast


The Art of Being Solo -- Sarah Poriss--Day 1

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Welcome to Day 1 of The Art of Being Solo!  You have joined a HUGE group of lawyers, students and business owners on six continents who are ready to hear the secrets to creating a fantastic business.

You will receive an email each day with information about each speaker and links and the password to two interviews for that day.  Many speakers are also offering a free gift to registrants of The Art of Being Solo so keep an eye out for that link below the link to the interview. You can listen to the interviews at your leisure- they will all be available throughout the conference.  There is gold in these interviews!

Here are today's speakers and the links:


In all my years of practice I am not sure I have thought about being LOVED by my clients.  And then I spoke to Alexis Neely on how to attract and keep clients, but more importantly, what value we give them.  Alexishas cracked the code to providing vital legal services in a way that satisfies both client needs and the lawyer's needs- that is, to earn a great living while providing valuable services and become a lawyer that others love and respect.  Will your clients remember your name a year from now, how about a month from now? If you're not sure, check out Alexis' strategies for becoming a member of the family. 

Here's the link to the interview with Alexis: http://vimeo.com/user29035477/review/97940191/b6f57f780f

password: soloday1



Remember The Paper Chase?  A generation on, we now have Ernie Svenson's Paperless Chase- moving you into this century with advice on how to go paperless (don't worry, some paper is fine!), become more efficient, impress your clients, work from anywhere and even survive natural disasters. Are you in love with paper and sweating how to take the first step?   Ernie will take your hand and lead you into this decade and you will never look back. Here's the link to the interview with Ernie:

http://vimeo.com/user29035477/review/98034866/90a5a852f8

password: soloday1

**Bonus!  Ernie has a free 1 page PDF on the 5 Keys to Starting a Paperless Law Practice, which you can get by clicking on this link: 

bit.ly/1l5K3nk 

Enjoy and I'll see you tomorrow.

Sarah Poriss

Host, The Art of Being Solo

PS-- Please forward this email to friends, co-workers and family so they can benefit from the information in this series also.  Here's their link to register www.sarahporiss.com/mohe


50 Best iPhone Apps | TIME

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Lee Rosen:  

Lawyers opening their own practices learn things they never expected. Mostly, we learn them the hard way. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would fill us in before we make the decision to strike out on our own? Today, I'll give it a shot: 

Lesson #1: Hiring People Doesn't Make You More Money







Allyson Kazmucha:  Since Siri is meant to be your personal assistant, it only makes sense to have it schedule and manage your meetings and events on your iPhone or iPad. Asking Siri to create a Calendar event only takes a few seconds and is much faster than creating them manually and entering all the data yourself. Whether you need Siri to schedule a meeting, tell you what's on the agenda for the day, or move an existing meeting to another time to make room for a conference call or a power nap, Siri will help make sure your schedule is set.

Ravel Law

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Ravel Law is a new legal search, analytics, and visualization platform. Ravel enables lawyers to find, contextualize, and interpret information that turns legal data into legal insights. Ravel's array of powerful tools - which include data-driven, interactive visualizations and analytics - transforms how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation. In today's global and increasingly digital world, Ravel empowers attorneys to benefit from this huge influx of information and find value in it.

In 2012, Ravel spun out of Stanford University's Law School, Computer Science Department, and d.school, with the support of CodeX (Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics).


US Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions are free for login and email access (Linkedin and Google).  District Court and State Jurisdictions are "premium"; but you must contact them for a price quote.


I'm not certain of the efficacy of the visualization.  Its usefulness is not immediately, intuitively obvious.  

Bob Ambrogi's short piece does a better job of explaining how Ravel works than the Ravelers.  I suppose you could call it a "Ravelation".

Nicole Black:  ...The good news is that cloud computing use by lawyers has become much more common and as a result more jurisdictions are tackling the issue of the ethics of cloud computing. However, because of the increasing number of opinions being issued, it turns out that there were a few helpful opinions issued over the past year or so that I have not yet covered So, I figured now was as good a time as ever [for]...the decisions issued by ethics committees in Maine, Ohio and Washington.


Read more: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2014/06/02/legal-loop-3-more-states-weigh-in-on-ethics-of-cloud-computing/#ixzz340OwBQzI

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For a complete list of all U.S. ethics opinions on cloud computing, see Bob Ambrogi's recent blog post at Lawsites: www.lawsitesblog.com/2014/05/cloud-ethics-opinions-full-list.html.

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The Art of Being Solo -- Sarah Poriss

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A FREE interview series with bloggers, authors, solos and small firm attorneys and other professionals who support lawyers in building their businesses and ensuring their success.  Register now to hear what these experts have to say and start creating a law practice you LOVE  


Here's what you can expect to learn:

  • how to use social media to promote your practice
  • how to go paperless (or at least start using less paper)
  • how to prevent clients from canceling appointments
  • how to use mindfulness and meditation in your practice
  • what alternative fee arrangements will work for you
  • how to get and retain clients
  • how to create and reuse blog content effectively
  • how to network the right way
  • how your website can be your best marketing tool
Sign up here for the free interviews to be sent to you.


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U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad

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June 16 Deadline Nears for Taxpayers Living Abroad

Taxpayers abroad qualifying for an automatic two-month extension must file their 2013 federal income tax returns by Monday, June 16.

This deadline applies to U.S. citizens and resident aliens living overseas, or serving in the military outside the U.S. on the regular April 15 due date. 

Eligible taxpayers get one additional day because the normal June 15 extended due date falls on Sunday this year. 

To use the two-month extension, a taxpayer must attach a statement to his or her tax return explaining which of these two situations applies. 

See U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for more information.



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iPhone Photos Backup: Effective & Simple Options | Ubergizmo

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Ubergizmo:  A few years back we noted that the iPhone 4 was Flickr's most popular camera, but as we're writing this article the iPhone 5 has since claimed that crown, and the 5S is on track to claim top spot. With the popularity of the iPhone as portable camera, it's important that you know how to backup your photos from your iPhone.

This guide is written based on iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks), and Windows 7, but it will work for older versions of OS X, along with Windows XP and Windows 8.

It's important to understand where you're planning to store your photo backups, but you'll generally backup to at least one of the locations below:

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Cloud service (e.g. iCloud, Dropbox, Google+, OneDrive etc)

There are pros and cons to each method, so do read on and hopefully by the time you've finished reading this guide, you'll be able to decide which method is the most suitable one for you to backup your photos with.

Read entire "how-to" article, with screen shots, here.



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Why lawyers will love iOS 8 - iPhone J.D.

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Jeff Richardson:  The iPhone and iPad are amazing tools for lawyers because they are relatively easy to use, but are also incredibly powerful.  But as lawyers (and others) start to master the basics of iOS, they often start to want more powerful features.  Every year, Apple adds more advanced features to iOS, and now it is hard to imagine that there was a time when we didn't have third party apps, copy and paste, or even Siri.  But based on the announcements made by Apple yesterday, when iOS 8 comes out this Fall, Apple will make huge advancements to the operating system, with lots of advanced features for power users and lots of ways to make iPhones and iPads more powerful for everyone.  Apple announced a huge number of new features yesterday and I won't even try to mention all of them today -- not only because there are so many of them, but also because many of the features have so much potential that it is going to take a while for their importance to really sink in.  Moreover, Apple only gave us a taste of the highlights of iOS 8, and I'm sure that when it is actually released in a few months there will be even more surprises.  For all of those reasons, today's post provides only a few of the reasons that I am confident that lawyers are going to love iOS 8.



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FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool

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FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool is Now Available

The FFI List Search and Download Tool located on the FATCA Website is now available.  

Use the Search and Download Tool to find out if a Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) has registered.  

Download an entire list of Financial Institutions or search for a specific Financial Institution.





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Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam | United States Courts

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You've received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you. Charges may be for money laundering or bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money.

It's a scam.

The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified "United States District Court," a case number, and various charges. Typically, recipients are instructed to call a number to get a "settlement" or to wire money to avoid arrest.

The warrant is phony. A valid warrant would not be served by fax or e-mail. It would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

Anyone receiving a fake arrest warrant should contact the FBI or the district U.S. Marshals Office. If there is any question regarding the authenticity of a warrant, contact your district clerk of court.

The fake arrest warrants have been reported across the country, including in the District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio, Southern District of Illinois, New Mexico, Western District of Kentucky, Utah, the District of Columbia, and throughout Florida. Anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.


Read US Courts Announcement Here.


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The Walking Bicycle strolls along at 15 mph-Gizmag

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Gizmag:  If you enjoy the simple pleasure of walking but wish it got you from A to B as quickly as cycling then the Walking Bicycle may be your dream machine. The Walking Bicycle combines the two activities into one electric-assisted whole, allowing you to propel yourself forward at speed simply by putting one foot in front of the other.






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