March 2015 Archives

AMICI - N.Y. State Courts

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The "Amici" podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York's judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics. 

In these brief programs you'll find:

  • Interviews with judges and other participants in the justice system
  • Commentary on current issues of interest to the bench, bar and public

Just click on a title and your computer's audio player should automatically begin the program. Additionally, using your mouse, you can 'right click' on podcast titles, save them to your desktop or other file and import them to your MP3 player.

If you have a suggestion for a topic on Amici, call John Caher at 518-453-8669 or 
send him a note at jcaher@nycourts.gov.

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Enjoy the first Amici Podcast:


  • Indigent Legal Services: A Discussion with William Leahy

Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster--Gizmag

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March 26, 2015


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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter's distribution network.

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or click first link below:

Starting a Podcast? Here's What to Buy--Lawyerist

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by Sam Glover on 

"...When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn't have to research what to get, buy it, realize it's the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast...".




"...This report presents recent case developments arising in the context of employee handbook rules. Although I believe that most employers do not draft their employee handbooks with the object of prohibiting or restricting conduct protected by the National Labor Relations Act, the law does not allow even well- intentioned rules that would inhibit employees from engaging in activities protected by the Act. Moreover, the Office of the General Counsel continues to receive meritorious charges alleging unlawful handbook rules. I am publishing this report to offer guidance on my views of this evolving area of labor law, with the hope that it will help employers to review their handbooks and other rules, and conform them, if necessary, to ensure that they are lawful..."


With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone's speaker. If you ask Siri to "Call [name] on speaker," the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri's hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the "on speaker" part and places the call as normal. 






The Duty of Technology Competence and What It Means for E-Discovery

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Robert Ambrogi be moderating this free webinar next Wednesday March 25, 2015, which will discuss the evolving duty of technology competence in the context of e-discovery.

An interactive webinar on what this means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel: 

  • The legal/ethics groundwork for the duty of technological competence 
  • Biggest "danger areas" and most common mistakes 
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery 
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review (and why Continuous Active Learning is such a hot topic now)

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will interview Catalyst's professional services team to get insight on the key issues and what they wish people knew about e-discovery. 


Sign up here.


A Reminder To Ditch The Disclaimer This Tax Season - Forbes

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Contributor
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... Last year, the IRS made final proposed Regulations (RIN 1545-BF96, Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, downloads as a pdf) that made changes to Circular 230. You can read the amendments to 31 CFR part 10 here.

Included in the explanation about the changes - and the response to the Proposed Regs - was this two sentence gem:

The "covered opinion" rules in section 10.35 have been eliminated and replaced by more practical, flexible, reason-based requirements for written advice in section 10.37. Among the consequences of the changes is that the Circular 230 disclaimer that now appears at the bottom of many emails and on memos can and should be eliminated.


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Read entire article here.




FORMS - Redaction of Confidential Personal Information - N.Y. State Courts

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http://www.nycourts.gov/forms/redaction/

Training Video (Run time: 43 minutes)

The Administrative Board of the Courts has approved the adoption of a

new rule - section 202.5(e) of the Uniform Rules of the Supreme and

County Courts (22 NYCRR 202.5(e)) - requiring attorneys to omit or

redact certain confidential personal information from court filings in

Supreme and County Court.   This rule became effective on January 1,

2015; compliance is voluntary through February 28, 2015, and mandatory

thereafter. The new rule is included here. It covers both e-filed and

paper-filed cases.  ...  Matrimonial actions, proceedings in Surrogate's Court or

proceedings pursuant to Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law are

excepted from Rule 202.5(e). The Unified Court System recommends a new

form "Redaction Cover Page" ... for use by persons filing

paper-filed court papers regarding confidential personal information

subject to the rule. 


The form the court recommends accompany those papers that are to be redacted. can be found at the link below:
 
http://www.nycourts.gov/forms/redaction/


The all-in-one Apple Watch spreadsheet | The Robservatory

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The Robservatory:

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Apple will be shipping 38 separate models of watches. There's a gallery page at Apple's site where you can page through all of the watches, and get the details on each specific model. You can also view the watches in the store, where you can find pricing info.
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Both of these solutions, though, require lots of paging and scrolling to get all the details. I was curious as to how all the watches compared, so I pulled data from those sources and made one massive spreadsheet:

If you'd like to download the file and look at it in Excel (or Numbers or whatever), here it is. Feel free to share; I merely compiled the publicly-available data and don't really care what you do with it (though leaving the attribution in place would be nice).

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Read entire Robservatory Post here.




Computers operating on the New York Police Department's computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality, a review by Capital has revealed.

"The matter is under internal review," an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.

The edits and changes were linked to the NYPD through a series of Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, which can be publicly tracked by various websites. (Here, for example, is one website that shows a number of IP addresses registered to the NYPD.) IP addresses can locate where a computer is when it connects to the Internet.

Read entire report here.


Google Docs

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https://docs.google.com

Google Docs was launched in 2007 as a cloud-based answer to the Microsoft Office Suite of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While Microsoft's applications are still engrained as most people's go-to for their basic office needs, Docs has been gaining ground, both in terms of market share and usability. Now part of the greater Google Drive collective, readers can create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. In addition, it's web-based, which leads to important conveniences, like the ability to access documents from different computers or include multiple people when simultaneously drafting a document. Documents save automatically every few seconds, making loss of work nearly impossible, and users can also access revision history to see what changes have been made, when they were made, and by whom. For readers who have heard of Google Docs or Google Drive but haven't put it to full use quite yet, this is a handy and efficient way to tackle projects as a team.


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Ballard v. NY Safety Track LLC 518627

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Furthermore, despite the Town respondents' insistence that
the Town was not obliged or that it was not feasible to make
available to petitioners the proposed 2013 agreement before it
was put to a vote, we affirm that part of Supreme Court's
judgment as found that the Town's conduct in that regard denied
petitioners "any meaningful participation" in the process leading
to the final adoption of the controversial 2013 agreement, in
clear contravention of Public Officers Law § 103 (e).

Ballard v. NY Safety Track LLC 518627 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Rochester Law Digest Now "New York Appellate Digest"

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The "Rochester Law Digest" is being renamed "New York Appellate Digest" and can now be reached at both "www.RochesterLawDigest.com" and "www.NewYorkAppellateDigest.com." ]

The "Just Released" page of the website NewYorkAppellateDigest.com has been updated with summaries of selected decisions and opinions from the First, Second and Third Departments.


What's new in Office 2016 for Mac • The Register

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The Register is a British-based e-newsletter, which is best described as "cheeky"; but they do know their software.  Take a look at the Register's review of Office 2016 for the Mac:

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 Microsoft has released a self-destructing preview of Office 2016 for Mac - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote - but it still is not the equal of its PC counterpart.

Should Office work as well on OS X as on Windows? You can imagine the question being debated on Microsoft's Redmond campus. Is it better to keep users hooked on Office and Exchange whatever computer or device they use, or to preserve a key selling point for Windows, given that many business users live in Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint?

The appearance of decent-though-cut-down versions of Office for iOS and Android suggests that opinion has tilted towards making Office work well everywhere. But a first look at the new Office 2016 preview suggests that Mac Office, while improving, has yet to catch up with Office 2013, let alone with whatever may be in the new Windows Office that's expected later in 2015.

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Read the entire review here.





poetic.io - the simplest way to transfer files

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poetic.io

https://poetic.io/

poetic.io is a simple and secure way to transfer files. Sign up just requires an email address. From there, users may drag and drop files as large as 3GB to the poetic.io page, enter destination emails, and then send. (To put this in perspective: the average full-length movie is about 1GB.) Besides speed and efficiency for large file movement, the site also provides basic security, so that readers know only their recipients will receive the data. The site is free and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection, and can be a welcome tool for teachers who need to share data with students and each other, co-workers who are working on data-heavy projects, and others who share large data files (video, graphics, photos) in their work and play.



From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu



AdwareMedic

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Adware is unwanted software that uses sneaky and dishonest methods to get installed on your computer, and then changes the behavior of your web browser. Once installed, it does things like injecting advertisements into web pages, causing pop-up windows or tabs to open to advertising sites, and changing your home page and/or search engine.

Although adware sounds like malware, there is a crucial difference: adware on the Mac has never been documented to involve keylogging, back doors or any other such malicious activities... just unwanted advertising. As such, most anti-virus software doesn't bother to detect most adware, and if it does, it doesn't do a very comprehensive job of detecting it. This is where AdwareMedic comes in - it detects the adware that anti-virus software doesn't.

Click here to download AdwareMedic.  (Note: this is "donation ware")




Is U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara behaving more like a politician or like a prosecutor bound by the rules of legal ethics?
Do his press conferences, speeches, interviews, and other public comments about Sheldon Silver, the now-indicted former Speaker of the New York Assembly, sound more like he's running for elected office, or like a prosecutor who is abiding by the ethical restrictions on over-zealous, prejudicial out-of-court statements?





Snowball

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Snowball is an Android app that manages all your chat apps. It puts all your social conversations in one place.

Use every chat app you like - Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook Messenger.  Once you're done, sync them with Snowball. They'll all go into one inbox.



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