November 2014 Archives

WAZE---Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App

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Phone based navigation systems are one of the great innovations of the early 21st century. But they have their drawbacks - like when they take you down a road dead-ended by construction. Waze seeks to improve on the greatness by tapping into real drivers driving real roads. Put simply, it's a community-based navigation and traffic app. So when a waze user sees traffic or other obstacles, they tell the app, and the app tells all the other drivers. It's a fluid, continually self-updating account of the roads as they actually are. Available for Apple devices (iOS 5.0 and up) and Android (2.2 and up). 

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.


I've been using this app for a few months and I enjoy the detail found in the maps.  I especially like the ease of change of perspective when "moving" the map locations.  

Six Steps to Better Depositions -- Lawyerist

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by Evan Schaeffer on 

My first depositions were often frightening experiences. Like most new lawyers, I plunged ahead and tried to do my best, but I rarely felt at ease.

As my discomfort gave way to confidence, I developed techniques I began to use at every deposition. What follow are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. But I consider these techniques so useful I continue to use them today.

Read the entire article.

Please join us for our upcoming webinar, "Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online" on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11am PT 12pm MT / 1pm CT2pm ET.


Ever wonder about living and practicing law abroad?  Daydream about working from the Caribbean or simply outside the office walls?  Virtual law practices are revolutionizing legal services and allowing attorneys more flexibility than ever before. Attend this webinar and find out if it's a good fit for you.

You'll hear everything you need to know about virtual law practices from Stephanie Kimbro, the foremost authority on the topic and author of four books, including Virtual Law Practice.

Join us to learn about:

  • Different virtual law firm models
  • How to create fixed fee service packages for online delivery
  • How to market a virtual law firm
  • Best practices to avoid ethics issues
  • The future of online delivery of legal services

Register Now!

In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York invites you to attend the In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at United States Courthouse, Third Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 S. Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York.  A reception will follow on the 5th floor.  

Please RSVP by December 1, 2014 via email or by calling (315) 234-8599.

Law Review Commons--Robert Ambrogi

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Launched in August 2013, Law Review Commons is the largest open-access law review portal on the web. It provides access to more than 200 law reviews containing more than 150,000 articles. The oldest law reviews in its collection date back to 1852.

The NDNY-FCBA's CLE Committee Presents "Hot Topics in Intellectual Property"

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"Hot Topics in Intellectual Property"

Thursday, December 4, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration at 12:30 p.m.)

R.S.V.P for CLE by Monday, November 24, 2014

The Genesee Grande Hotel 1060 East Genesee Street Syracuse, New York 

"Hot Topics in Intellectual Property" has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 credits towards the professional practice requirement 

*This program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys and is a single program. No partial credit will be awarded. This program is complimentary to all Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Members. 

This CLE Program will review current issues concerning copyright law, trade secrets and patents.


Michael Sciotti, Esq., Moderator Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

George R. McGuire, Esq. Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

John G. Powers, Esq. Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Robert C. Whitaker, Jr., Esq. Hancock Estabrook, LLP 

For more information and registration click here.

November 23, 2014 - UPDATE

Western New York Snow Event

Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers

Beginning early this week, Western New York has experienced a significant snowfall event.  Over six feet of snow has accumulated in some areas.  The weather service predicts temperatures will rise above freezing through early next week, resulting in a significant snowmelt and the potential for flooding in the region.  There is also the risk of building collapse as a result of the weight of the snow.

DBSC is assembling a list of individuals who would be available from Monday November 24 to Wednesday December 3.

All Interested individuals (Code Enforcement Officials, Engineers and Architects) should send an email, and indicate their name, contact information and available dates.  Individuals will then be contacted with additional information.


Joe Smith, Town of Anywhere, Some County, NY

Cell - 123 - 456 - 7890

Dates available 11/23, 24, 25 and 12/1, 2.


Thank you for your participation.

Eric C. Bradshaw

Disaster Response Coordinator

New York State Department of State

Division of Building Standards and Codes

Westlaw discloses breach of public records database - beSpacific

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News release: "West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that some [...]
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As if drafting a legal pleading or brief wasn't work enough, then you have to format it. That means getting the caption just right, assembling the table of contents, building the table of authorities, making sure footnotes are in the right format, etc., etc. And how you do all these things will vary depending on which court you're filing in. Getting the formatting done -- and done right -- can be a huge drain on your or your staff's time.

Stephen DeRosa was practicing as a litigator in New York when he decided he was spending too much of his time making his documents look a certain way. He set out to build a product that would take the hassle out of formatting court pleadings and briefs. The result was DraftLaw.

DeRosa describes DraftLaw as a web-based word processing platform for litigation attorneys. While it is certainly that, its stand-out feature is its ability to take all those words you've processed and automatically assemble them into a perfectly formatted, ready-to-file PDF, complete with caption, table of contents, table of authorities, section headings and citations in proper order. All of this is done in conformance with the style requirements of the specific court you select.


Cuba Cultural Travel--NYSBA TRAVEL TO CUBA MARCH 8 - MARCH 14, 2015

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The NYSBA International Section is pleased to announce the limited availability of People to People travel to Cuba through an itinerary which is compliant with current Federal regulations for such travel and which also provides a significant amount of exposure to the legal community in Cuba. More detailed information about this opportunity is being made available together with this e-letter, and is also available on the New York State Bar Association website at The itineraries are subject to change, and there will be some alternative activities scheduled for non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA members on the trip. 
The available travel dates are March 8 - March 14, 2015 and include an overnight stay in Miami (March 8, 2015) the night before the date of travel to Cuba. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses from their home base to Miami, and returning at the end of the trip from Miami to home. Please read the accompanying information for more details and for instructions how to sign up. Please note that participation in each trip is limited to approximately 25 persons. Due to legal requirements and NYSBA policies with respect to this travel opportunity (a) participants must be US citizens traveling on a US passport, (b) each participant must be either a NYSBA member or a spouse/partner/significant other traveling with a NYSBA member, (c) all lawyer participants are required to participate in each activity in the itinerary, and (d) all non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA participants are required to participate in the activity schedule which will be available for non-lawyers. Regrettably, independent travel outside the scope of the itinerary is not permitted.
Due to limited availability, you are encouraged to submit your application to participate as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon thereafter as feasible whether your application is accepted.

Promotional details and Application

If you require any further information, please contact Cuba Cultural Travel as indicated in the application materials

For additional information about this event contact

Vol. 39 No. 2


Stephen P. Gallagher, master of science in organizational development, is president of, an executive coaching company headquartered in Narberth, Pa. Stephen concentrates his practice on transition/succession planning for lawyers. This article was prepared with cooperation and support from Leonard E. Sienko Jr., a lifelong friend and a sole practitioner at The Sienko Law Office in Hancock, N.Y. In Gallagher's own transition from full-time practice, he spends time teaching several marketing classes at St. Joseph's University, and he commits more of his time to his three grandchildren. He can be reached via e-mail and welcomes your comments and questions.

Read the article here.

At the same time, the Opinion makes clear that "there are no virtual office exceptions" to a lawyers' ethical responsibilities. Thus, lawyers operating a virtual office must disclose that they don't have a physical office and must ensure that the services they provide are competently delivered. - Read more 

NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1025 (full text)

The committee then clarified its conclusion: "In whatever manner the courts resolve the statutory issues regarding virtual law offices -- and we express no opinion on how they will or should resolve those issues -- neither Rule 7.1(h) nor any other advertising rule imposes or defines the contours of an attorney's office or style of practice. To the extent N.Y. State 756 and 964 opine that Rule 7.1(h) or its predecessor imposes an obligation for a physical office, they are modified. We now conclude that an attorney who is admitted to practice in New York but who is not resident in New York and who advertises his or her law practice in New York must include the address of the attorney's principal office, which may be the Internet address of a virtual law office."

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Chrome extension encrypts your emails, tweets and status updates-Engadget

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While you can already find ShadowCrypt on the Chrome web store or install it from its official website, it's still being researched further by its creators from the University of California Berkeley and the University of Maryland. One of those researchers is Devdatta Akhawe (currently a security engineer at Dropbox), who says the extension's purpose is to show how encryption methods can both be strong and compatible with popular social media websites. Seeing as the EFF has just confirmed that Facebook, Whatsapp and other similar services aren't as secure as we'd all like, it's nice having options like ShadowCrypt for times when you want to be extra careful.

Bankuptcy Basics--4 Free CLE Credits

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Please join the CNYBBA and NDNY-FCBA in announcing this free CLE program opportunity:
Bankruptcy Basics 
4 FREE CLE Credits 
In exchange for agreement to either:  

(i)  act as counsel in a personally filed pro bono case or one that the court       assigns

(ii) act as a mentor to a less experienced attorney who makes the agreement under option (i).


Friday, November 21, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Registration 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
James M. Hanley U.S. Courthouse
100 South Clinton Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, New York
Moderated By:
Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
Experienced Panel:
Attorneys Mary Fangio and
Susan Esce; Guy Van Baalen,
Asst. U.S. Trustee and /or
Erin Champion; Emily North,
Esq. of Legal Aid Society of
Mid-New York; Prof. Gregory
Germain, Syracuse University;
and Dina Ventura, Bankruptcy
Court Training Specialist

NDNY-Federal Court Bar Association
(315) 422-2799

Thomas R. Bruce, Director of the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute discusses how Google Scholar's caselaw collection is a victory for open access to legal information and the democratization of law. He strongly acknowledges the fifth anniversary of this open­ access legal web site, but goes further to focus on the importance of this benchmark to the expanding value of freely accessible legal information combined with technically advanced search features available to diverse user communities outside the scope of the legal profession, for free. From caselaw to the rapidly expanding regulatory arena, fed by rules created by over 400 federal agencies that have enormous and multifaceted impact on our lives, the potential for search, discovery, education, empowerment and citizen engagement remains under development. Thank you Tom and all the experts at LII for blazing, maintaining and pioneering the next wave of critical paths to enable access to free legal research.

Attorney, journalist, author, legal tech expert, speaker and blogger Robert Ambrogi made a presentation recently at the fall meeting of the Law Librarians of New England and the Association of Boston Law Librarians. He addressed the pivotal ways in which law librarians remain critical contributors to the work product of law firms, professors and researchers in the academic arena, and change agents within the overall professional communities whose work places are increasingly dominated by Big Data, business intelligence and complex analytical tools.

Google Launches New Bookmarks Interface For Chrome | Ubergizmo

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Google hasn't made an official announcement about Chrome Bookmark Manager, but nevertheless, you can download it right now from the Chrome Web Store.

Bookmark Manager

Chrome Bookmarks and the Bookmarks Manager are now more powerful by incorporating the smarts of Google Search with a new modern UI.

Now, if you're signed in to Chrome with sync enabled:

One-click save: When you bookmark, you can now save an image and note to make your bookmarks more helpful. Also, Google will suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.

Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google, which looks not only at the bookmark title and snippet, but also the bookmarked page's content. 

Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like "Tokyo" and "Photography." If you'd rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.

Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.

Share: Have a folder of favorite bookmarks? You can make it public and share the link with whomever you'd like to access it. Everything else will remain private. 

Access your bookmarks anywhere: Bookmarked an article on your phone to finish reading on your laptop? Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today. 

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