May 2015 Archives

The FTC and CFPB allege that Green Tree Servicing LLC made illegal and abusive debt collection calls to consumers, misrepresented the amounts people owed, and failed to honor loan modification agreements between consumers and their prior servicers, among other charges.

Under the proposed settlement, Green Tree will pay $48 million to affected consumers and a $15 million civil penalty. The company also will stop its alleged illegal practices, create a home preservation plan for some distressed homeowners, and take rigorous steps to ensure that it collects the correct amounts from consumers.


The FTC and CFPB allege that Green Tree Servicing LLC made illegal and abusive debt collection calls to consumers, misrepresented the amounts people owed, and failed to honor loan modification agreements between consumers and their prior servicers, among other charges.

Under the proposed settlement, Green Tree will pay $48 million to affected consumers and a $15 million civil penalty. The company also will stop its alleged illegal practices, create a home preservation plan for some distressed homeowners, and take rigorous steps to ensure that it collects the correct amounts from consumers.


Indictment of 14 Defendants Involved in FIFA Corruption

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Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

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If you have a technical or procedural question relating to Exempt Organizations, visit the Charities and Nonprofits homepage on the IRS.govWeb site.

Other important resources:

If you have a specific question about exempt organizations, call EO Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500.

The Do's and Don'ts of Finding and Hiring An Associate

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ThursdayJune 11, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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$25 General Practice Section Members
$75 NYSBA Members | $125 Non-Members
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The Do's and Don'ts of Finding and Hiring an Associate for 
Your Law Practice . . . 
and how to avoid a future discrimination claim

CLE Program & Networking Dinner 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Webcast  | This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.
*webcast begins at 6:00 p.m. for online viewers
2.0 MCLE credits (2.0 law practice management)
Attend in person at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
180 Maiden Lane | New York City
5:00 p.m. Networking Dinner Sponsored by the General Practice Section 
6:00 p.m. CLE Program and Live Webcast Start Time
Sponsored by the General Practice Section, the Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association



5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration, Welcome and Dinner 
Dinner sponsored by the General Practice Section

Richard A. Klass, Esq. 
Chair, General Practice Section

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  MCLE Program and CLE Webcast
The Do's and Don'ts of Finding and Hiring an Associate for Your Law Practice  

David B. Sarnoff, Esq.
Sarnoff Group LLC

Carolyn D. Richmond
Fox Rothschild LLP

 7:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Questions and Answers
Learn More about the General Practice Section
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This Section draws from the best of all the NYSBA Sections, and is geared to providing members with the broad range of skills and information needed for success in these rapidly changing times.
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Additional recent programs of interest, now available on demand:
Starting a Solo Practice in New York | 8.0 MCLE Credits including 4.0 Ethics
Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice | Original Program: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Program Faculty: Cliff Ennico, Esq. | Peter Giuliani | Marian C. Rice, Esq. | Joe Rivera | Dr. Carol Schiro Greenwald | John Balestriere, Esq. | Marc Natale | John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq. | David DePietto | Carmel J. Mushin, Esq.
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Online Communications and Social Media in a Global World | 1.0 MCLE Ethics Credits 
Liability and Ethical Pitfalls for Attorneys | Original Program: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Co-sponsored by the International Section and the Subcommittee on Non-Resident Membership
Program Faculty: David P. Atkins, Esq.
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Nicole L. Black:

For many lawyers, Google Scholar is an incredibly appealing option since it's free. I last wrote about Google Scholarback in 2012 and some of the features have changed, while others have been added. So that's why I'm writing this updated two-part blog post series on Google Scholar. I'll explain the ins and outs of using Google Scholar to conduct legal research, focusing on the basics in this post and then in next week's post, I'll highlight some of the more advanced features.


Agile Blog | The Because We Love You Sale

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1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. 

 1Password for the iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC is currently on sale for 30% off.

Benitez v United Home of N.Y. LLC

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2015_30794 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Decision of Interest - Professional Responsibility - Bank awarded summary judgment on liability against closing attorneys who failed to disclose subject premises did not have certificate of occupancy

Report Foreign Financial Account(s) by June 30

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If you have a client with one or more foreign bank or financial accounts exceeding $10,000 in value, you must file a Report of Foreign Bank Account(s) (FBAR) by June 30. Reports must be filed electronically through the BSA E-Filing System using FinCEN Report 114. 

For e-filing questions or help, call the BSA E-Filing Help Desk at 866-346-9478 or e-mail  

For more information, see the FBAR Reference Guide on


Reviewing an external hard drive is not generally very interesting. The best ones are no-frills, empty drives. Since you cannot test long-term reliability in the short term, the feature that matters most is effectively un-testable.

The ioSafe drives are good external hard drives. They come in attractive packages for reasonable prices (about $250 for the 1TB SoloPro, and $160 for the 500GB Rugged Portable), and have plenty of space for backing up your client files. They also leave out the crapware that tends to come with external hard drives.

Ending the review there, however, would utterly fail to do justice to the ioSafe drives. Unlike a regular drive, these are built to protect your data from the kind of abuse that would turn a regular drive into a pile of particles.

Here is a closer look at the first drives you might be able to trust with your most-important data--without a secondary backup.

IoSafe master 020107

IoSafe master 020107 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


UPDATE--Sam Glover:  I don't think you'll be sorry if you get the ioSafe Solo G3.


UPDATE--Sam Glover: If you just want a solid backup drive and you don't want to pay a lot for it, get the WD Elements 2TB portable drive. It's nothing fancy, just a 2-terabyte external hard drive about the size of a pocket Moleskine notebook. And since it gets all the power it needs from your computer's USB port, you only need the one short cable (which is included). Everything about it -- including the price -- make it a near-perfect basic backup solution.

Family Lawyers' Top Software Picks - Family Lawyer Magazine

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Family law attorneys need the same kinds of practice and case management software as their colleagues working in other areas of the law, but they also have unique needs, such as: performing calculations regarding child and spousal support payments, calculating the tax implications of property division, and creating/tracking child custody arrangements, to name just a few. Whether it be filtering your document for run-on sentences, simplifying child custody and visitation, or managing your practice's billable hours, there's likely to be software or an app to help improve your productivity and better serve your clients. We reached out to judges and family lawyers for a sampling of products they thought were integral to their daily practice of family law; here's what some of them had to say.

by   -  May 11, 2015 

A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone--an app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Plaintiff Myrna Arias, a former Bakersfield sales executive for money transfer service Intermex, claims in a state court lawsuit that her boss, John Stubits, fired her shortly after she uninstalled the job-management Xora app that she and her colleagues were required to use. According to her suit (PDF) in Kern County Superior Court:

Read more here.

By: Nicole Black  May 8, 2015 

Nicole Black:

I've had my Apple Watch for a little over a week now. I bought the lowest priced Apple Sport Watch with a white band and I've worn it daily. I've had a chance to use many of its current functions and figured I'd share my first impressions with you now and then revisit the topic in a month or so once I've had a chance to travel with my watch -- because I expect its features and apps will be particularly useful while traveling.


In my opinion, Apple Watch the gateway drug to wearables and in a few years, people will be wearing smart glasses, contacts and more. As a society we're just not ready for that yet. But Apple Watch is a good bridge to that future.

Drone Vandalism Is Now A

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Chris Mills:

By this point, drones have been co-opted into most human activities: proposalsreligion, and yep, porn
As of Wednesday morning, you can also add vandalising a gigantic NYC billboard to that list.

There are going tho be even more legal issues with increasing drone use.  I foresee an area of practice developing.  

Investigative and Expert Reports Re Footballs Used During Afc Championship

New York to Move to Uniform Bar Exam - Legal Ease Blog

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Allison C. Shields:

Despite opposition from many lawyers and bar associations throughout the state, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced today that New York State will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July of 2016.

According to this article, Lippman made the announcement at a Law Day celebration in Albany, claiming that the adoption of the UBE will allow New York to remain the gold standard for the profession, and stating that it will allow New York law graduates greater portability and flexibility of their law licenses.

Read more:

May 5, 2015

Position Announcement
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Research and Writing Attorney 
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern 
District of New York is seeking applicants for the 
position of Research and Writing Attorney for its 
Syracuse, NewYork office.  The Research and
Writing Attorney provides advanced research 
and writing services to assistant federal defender 
staff on trial and appellate cases. The Research 
and Writing Specialist writes briefs, motions, 
petitions for certiorari, and legal memoranda.

(Please see full announcement below).


Announcement Date:
April 24, 2015
Closing Date:
June 5, 2015



How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:   


Matthew Landy, Administrative Officer
Office of the Federal Public Defender
39 N. Pearl St., 5th Floor
Albany, NY  12207


or in PDF to 


NDNY-Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.
(315) 422-2799

U S v Skelos 15 Mag 1492 (Filed)

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U S v Skelos 15 Mag 1492 (Filed) by JosefaVelasquez

Periscope on the App Store on iTunes

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:
[+] REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.

[+] PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast. 

[+] TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you'll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)

[+] MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow them if you don't want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)

[+] HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the "Most Loved" list.

The Tesla home battery system hinted at by CEO Elon Musk several months ago has finally been unveiled by Musk himself at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California. Dubbed the Powerwall, the stationary home battery offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for $3,000, and homeowners can stack multiple units if needed.

Read entire article first link below:

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