September 2016 Archives

 

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Alabama's top judge was suspended from the bench without pay for the remainder of his term, the state's Court of the Judiciary said Friday.

This is the second time Roy S. Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been effectively pulled from office, following his ouster in 2003 over his refusal to obey judicial rulings ordering him to remove a Ten Commandments statue from the Alabama Judicial Building.

A complaint was filed by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charging Moore with violating judicial ethics in issuing an order in January stating that probate judges in the state "have a ministerial duty not to issue" marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In a 50-page judgment Friday, two days after Moore appeared for a hearing in the case, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary found him guilty of failing to comply with the law, uphold the integrity of the court and "perform the duties of his office impartially."

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U.S. Just Made It a Lot Less Difficult to Sue Nursing Homes - The New York Times

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The federal agency that controls more than $1 trillion in Medicare and Medicaid funding has moved to prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as arbitration.

An agency within the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday issued a rule that bars any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring that its residents resolve any disputes in arbitration, instead of court.

The rule, which would affect nursing homes with 1.5 million residents, promises to deliver major new protections.

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 Follow this link to view the full text of the new rule.

Register for the STAR credit

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STAR Program 2016 Legislative Changes

The New York State Tax Department recently contacted the NYSBA to highlight changes to the longstanding School Tax Relief (STAR) program. As a result of 2016 legislative changes, new homeowners will now receive a STAR Credit check instead of receiving a property tax exemption. The amount of the benefit will remain the same. Click here for a link to the new legislation.

New homeowners no longer apply to their assessor for the benefit. Instead, they register directly on the Tax Department's website (tax.ny.gov/star). New homeowners who do not have access to the Internet can instead call the New York State Tax Department at: 518-457-2036.

Many of you who are involved with home closings have traditionally provided new homeowners with STAR applications, which they in turn provided to their assessors. Now that the process to establish eligibility for STAR has changed, the New York State Tax Department is making a printable fact sheet for new homeowners available online. Since most new homeowners will no longer use a paper form, you may wish to provide them with a copy of the fact sheet.

The New York State Tax Department extends their thanks to our members for assistance in helping to ensure that new homeowners receive the school tax relief they are entitled to.

Questions concerning these changes may be directed to the New York State Tax Department by calling: 518-457-2036. 


On Phone Numbers and Identity - Stories From Coinbase - Medium

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Would you recognize someone trying to take over your phone and your identity? Would you know what to do?  How can you protect against it?



Legislative changes to the Basic Star and Enhanced Star property tax programs are summarized in a "Fact Sheet" from the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance.  The sheet can be downloaded, printed, and is suitable for handing to clients at residential closings.

Fed. Dist. Court in NY Finds Village Sign Law Unconstitutional | LAW OF THE LAND

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Plaintiff, a resident of the defendant Village of Perry, placed six signs along her property at 76 North Main Street protesting the construction of a parking lot for the Village's library, one of which read: "LIBRARY PARKING LOT = QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS + SQUANDERED." As a result, plaintiff was issued a Notice of Apparent Violation on February 24, 2015 from defendant Donald Roberts, the Village's Zoning Enforcement Officer, which order the signage to be removed to avoid further legal action. Although plaintiff covered the signs with opaque bags and moved them away from the property line, she received a Notice of Violation. Plaintiff commenced an action alleging that the Village's Sign Law, discriminated on the basis of sign content and granted enforcement of the law to the unfettered discretion of authorities, and was therefore facially unconstitutional. She also alleged that the Village's selective enforcement of its Sign Law violated her...

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On August 25, 2016, the Code Council adopted a rule amending the March 9, 2016  rule. The Amended Notice of Adoption of the amended rule updating the Energy Code was published in the September 21, 2016 edition of the State Register. The amended rule updating the Energy Code update incorporates the following documents by reference:

 

•2015 International Energy Conservation Code

•2013 ASHRAE 90.1

•2016 Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Revised August 2016 

 

 

The "Revised August 2016" version of the supplement was posted on the website on September 2, 2016, your copy of the supplement is not current if you downloaded it before that date. For more information and to download the current version of the Supplement "Revised August 2016" CLICK HERE 
(http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/CodeUpdate.html)

 

 

Effective Date

The amended rule updating the Energy Code becomes effective on October 3, 2016. There is no "transition period" for the Energy Code.

 

Public access to the ICC Codes;

The ICC 2015 codes adopted by New York State can be viewed at no cost at; http://codes.iccsafe.org/New%20York%20State.html#2015



 

IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills

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Protect Your Clients: Watch Out for Bogus Tax Bill 

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners this week issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on the lookout for fake IRS tax bills that may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail purportedly related to the Affordable Care Act.

For more information on scams as well as steps you can take to boost your security, visit Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself on IRS.gov.


University at Albany - SUNY - Professional Development & Parent Seminars

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The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars - The seminars are offered at no cost to participants living in NYS.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Fall_2016_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

Google Allo review - CNET

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THE GOOD Google Allo is available on both Android and iOS, and features a digital Assistant that fetches information for you in a conversational way. Its Incognito Mode erases conversations and has end-to-end encryption.

THE BAD Allo doesn't integrate video calling, and it doesn't have as many features as its competitors, like baked-in GIF support or control over read receipts.

THE BOTTOM LINE It's not a perfect communications app on Day 1, but the integrated, all-knowing Google Assistant bot sets Allo apart from the messaging competition.

Visit manufacturer site for details.

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Read entire review, with graphics, here...

ScanSnap Compatibility Problem with macOS Sierra - Fujitsu Global

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For all Mac Users with ScanSnap machines...do NOT...do NOT...upgrade on or after September 20, 2016 to macOS Sierra until further word from Fujitsu.  Remember, there is no going back.




How to use voicemail transcripts in iOS 10 on iPhone | iMore

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BY LORY GIL 

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In iOS 10, Apple has added voice mail transcriptions. The feature is still in early beta stages, meaning that not everything will transcribe as clearly as you may want. But, it works good enough to get the gist of a message without having to hear the audio of it first.

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Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

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The City of New York is reducing penalties and interest for many violations* issued by the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, and other city agencies.

 
Take advantage of the amnesty program before it expires! Amnesty will run from September 12, 2016 - December 12, 2016. Stay informed.

Violations must be in judgment. This means the City of New York has taken the legal step of filing a public record of your liability in court for the entire amount due, plus additional interest. Criminal violations and violations over $25,000 are excluded. Other limitations, exclusions and eligibility requirements apply. 



Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself: Webinar Now Available Online--IRS

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Tax practitioners who missed the recent IRS webinar, Protect your Clients, Protect Yourself from Data Theft, can now view it anytime on demand. In the broadcast, IRS and private sector experts discuss client data safeguards, legal requirements and best practices involving the handling of taxpayer data and tips for responding to a loss of taxpayer data.


Visit the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself page on IRS.gov for more information on identity theft scams targeting the tax professional community. The page includes links to publications such as


SepticSmart Week 2016 | Septic Systems (Onsite/Decentralized Systems) | US EPA

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SepticSmart Week is September 19 - 23

Next week is SepticSmart Week, which is a good time to learn more about taking care of your own septic system or onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS).  A septic system or OWTS will serve a home or business for a long time if it is properly located, designed, constructed and maintained.  For information about the operation and maintenance of private, commercial and institutional onsite wastewater treatment systems, view DEC's "A Guide to Help Managers of Small Businesses Keep their Wastewater Systems Working Properly (PDF)(520 KB)". Information about home septic systems is available on NYS Department of Health's Septic System Operation and Maintenance webpage.  EPA holds SepticSmart Week each year to encourage homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. 




Dear Law Professors: Please Stop Hiding the Ball | Law.com

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Robert McClendon, a former reporter with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans who started law school in August, writes an occasional column for Law.com.

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Yet I'm left wondering, why not simply explain the rule and give us a bunch of novel fact patterns to show us the nuances and make sure we understand it?

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Where there is internet there is porn. It's a fact, an undeniable fact, one that LinkNYC should have kept in mind when it started setting up public Wi-Fi kiosks in one of the biggest cities on the planet. When they were launched in February this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that these 7,500 kiosks would "bridge the digital divide," but operator LinkNYC finds that the kiosks are being used for other things. It's now shutting off web browsing in the kiosks because people just won't stop watching porn.



Pesticide Product Search Is Online--New York State DEC

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The NYSDEC Bureau of Pest Management is pleased to announce that the new pesticide product registration database is now "live".  The web address is http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/.  When visiting the webpage, please select the Products icon on the right side of the page to perform product searches.

This pesticide search database is replacing the Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturer System (PIMS) product database that has been hosted by Cornell University since its inception.  The new search database includes many added features, including site and pest searches.  Additionally, updates to the product data and labeling will be reflected instantaneously.  Previously, product registration data was updated approximately every two weeks.

We recommend you bookmark this site and begin using it immediately to become familiar with it as it is a little different from what you may be used to with PIMS.  If you go to the PIMS site to search for a product it will simply re-direct you to the new NYSPAD site.

The Products search is only one of several searches that can be performed on the NYSPAD search page.  Users can also search for pesticide applicators and businesses, restricted-use pesticide dealers, and pesticide courses and exams.

Please contact the Pesticide Product Registration Section at ppr@dec.ny.gov or (518) 402-8768 if you have any questions or comments regarding the NYSPAD pesticide product search.  For questions or comments regarding pesticide businesses, applicators, dealers, courses or exams, please contact the Reporting & Certification Section at pestmgt@dec.ny.gov or (518) 402-8748.


HSBC Mtge. Servs., Inc. v Royal (2016 NY Slip Op 05973) 

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The plaintiff failed to demonstrate the admissibility of the records relied upon by Roesner under the business records exception to the hearsay rule (see CPLR 4518[a]), and, thus, failed to establish the appellant's default in payment under the note. "A proper foundation for the admission of a business record must be provided by someone with personal knowledge of the maker's business practices and procedures" (Citibank, N.A. v Cabrera, 130 AD3d 861, 861; see Aurora Loan Servs., LLC v Mercius, 138 AD3d 650). Roesner, who was employed by the loan servicer to U.S. Bank, did not allege that he was personally familiar with the plaintiff's record keeping practices and procedures. Thus, Roesner failed to lay a proper foundation for the admission of records concerning the appellant's payment history (see Citibank, N.A. v Cabrera, 130 AD3d at 861; JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v RADS Group, Inc., 88 AD3d 766, 767), and his assertions based on these records were inadmissible (see US Bank N.A. v Madero, 125 AD3d at 758). Inasmuch as the plaintiff's motion was based on evidence that was not in admissible form, the plaintiff failed to establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law (see Aurora Loan Servs., LLC v Mercius, 138 AD3d 650).

iOS 10: The MacStories Review - MacStories

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Here is the most complete review and "how-to" guide to the new iOS 10.  This is a very long article.  It is even available as an e-book for $5.00.  The free version is amply illustrated and very detailed about the changes to Apple's  mobile operating system.





Northern District Pro Bono Opportunities

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Dear Northern District Bar Members, 

The Court currently has three opportunities for attorneys to volunteer as pro bono counsel for trial ready cases. Please refer to L.R. 83.3 regarding the establishment of the Pro Bono Panel of the Northern District of New York. The following cases are currently awaiting pro bono counsel:

1. 9:15-cv-771 (GTS/TWD) Lewis v. Cowan et al (Syracuse Trial) 

2. 9:15-cv-317 (GTS/TWD) Peele v. Donah et al (Syracuse Trial)

3. 9:06-cv-1308 (FJS/DEP) Kotler v. Jubert et al (Syracuse Trial) 
*Stand-by Counsel only. Trial is set for 10/19/2016

Please remember that pursuant to Local Rule 83.3 (g) attorneys who accept a pro bono appointment may seek reimbursement for expenses incident to representation of indigent clients by application to the Court. Reimbursement or advances shall be permitted to the extent possible in light of available resources and, absent extraordinary circumstances, shall not exceed $2,000.

If any firms or counsel are interested in one of the above opportunities, please contact Nicole Eallonardo in the Clerk's Office, at Nicole_Eallonardo@nynd.uscourts.gov for further information. Accepting one of the above assignments will fulfill the requirement under Local Rule 83.3. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

Thank you,
Lawrence K. Baerman, Clerk of Court

Apple Watch Series 2 vs. Series 1 (and original)

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The Apple Watch Series 2 is far from a major upgrade over its early 2015 predecessor, as the two smartwatches look nearly identical. There are, however, some key internal changes between the two: Dive in as we compare Apple Watch Series 2 vs. 1.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I find the the side-by-side graphic comparisons very useful.



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The first Tesla store opened in Columbus, Ohio, 72 miles away. Then one popped up in Cincinnati. Soon, another was in Cleveland. Tesla's Ohio invasion was swift and -- to longtime auto dealers such as Blake Arbogast -- a growing threat, creeping ever closer.

In Ohio, dealers sued and lobbied their legislators. One called Tesla's spread into his territory "Armageddon." All to no avail. Tesla, the electric-car manufacturer, and its boutique "galleries" are here to stay. The question now: Are traditional dealers?

Tesla, the California company founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, plans to not only make electric cars as cool and fast as gas-guzzling sports cars but also to upend the way cars are sold. For generations, automobile manufacturers from Ford to Toyota to General Motors have been banned by state law from selling directly to consumers. Instead, their vehicles are sold by third-party dealers, many of which have deep ties to their community and political leverage.

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Constitution Day 2016: New Citizens to Take Oath at Iconic Sites

Students will participate in real-life civics lessons at naturalization ceremonies scheduled at National Park Service sites and other, iconic places from Ellis Island to Pearl Harbor, in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Friday, September 16.

Some ceremonies, including the Ellis Island naturalization, can be viewed by livestream starting at 10:45 a.m. EDT on September 16 from uscourts.gov




Kids who are sentenced by college-football-loving judges who are disappointed after unexpected team losses are finding themselves behind bars for longer than kids who are sentenced after wins or predicted losses.

That's the gist of a new working paper by a pair of economists at Louisiana State University. It sounds almost comical, like an Onion headline, at first glance: "Judge Sentences Teen to Two Years After Louisiana Tigers Fall to Wisconsin Badgers." But, insists Naci Mocan, an economics professor at LSU and a co-author (with a fellow professor, Ozkan Eren) of "Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles," it's not far off.

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Marc Schindler, the executive director of the Justice Policy Institute and a former public defender in Baltimore, said he found the study fascinating. While he's not convinced judges will take it to heart, he said defenders might see the study as a tool. If he was defending a kid in Louisiana in the week after a big LSU upset and knew the judge had attended the school, he might say something like, "Now, Your Honor, I know we all had a rough day on Saturday, but we all know we're not going to let that impact our decision making..." Maybe it would backfire, but maybe it wouldn't.



Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again • The Register

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Darren Pauli

Net scum are still finding ways to take down users with a decade-old Windows Media Player attack.

The vector is a reborn social engineering hatchet job not seen in years in which attackers convince users to run executable content through Windows Media Player's Digital Rights Management (DRM) functionality.

Windows Media Player will throw a DRM warning whenever users do not have the rights to play content, opening a URL through which a licence can be acquired.

Now malware villains are packing popular movies with malicious links so that the DRM warning leads to sites where they're fooled into downloading trojans masquerading as necessary video codecs.

Malware researchers Amitay Dan of Cybermoon and Avi Turiel of Cyren (@popshark1) say the popular 2016 flick War Dogs was trojanised and served to victims over bit torrent.


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Why and How to Bring Veterans Into Your Firm - Strategist

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.

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It's not hard to make the case for hiring veterans. Someone who has made it through the military is likely to have the responsibility, maturity, and coping mechanisms that help make for successful legal professionals. If you think your firm is chaotic or stressful -- well, many vets have seen worse and know how to handle it.

And it's those characteristics that make for good hires. More and more firms are moving away from prestige- and experience-based hiring criteria and looking at the character-based traits that make for great legal professionals: resilience, responsibility, agility, etc.

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As more eyes focus in on how lawyers use trust accounts to handle client funds, a rare prosecution of a lawyer for improperly filtering large sums through such an account is set to take place today.

A San Diego lawyer is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for improperly using IOLTA accounts, which are a special type of lawyer trust account, to illegally transfer money. The government has asserted that Richard Medina Jr. allowed nearly $12 million to be deposited into his IOLTA accounts to help mask the identity of customers in Mexico, the United States, and other countries who were moving money from the U.S. to overseas destinations. Medina pleaded guilty last September to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and agreed to forfeit $12 million

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Clean Fleets for Municipalities--NYS DEC

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Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

New York State is developing resources to help municipalities add zero emission vehicles(ZEVs) to their fleets and install more fueling stations for ZEVs. Such support is critical to meeting state greenhouse gas reduction goals; switching from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles in New York State could reduce emissions by as much as 75% per mile.

Attend this Climate Smart Communities webinar to learn about some of the ways that New York State is supporting municipalities' efforts to increase ZEV adoption. Speakers will provide information on ZEV programs that are part of the 2016-2017 Environmental Protection Fund and on upcoming Drive Electric Week events, which start on September 10.

Please provide us with your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we cancel or postpone this webinar, respondents will be notified.

To join the webinar on September 8th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3db4fb674ade1dcba86597fe964e3d05
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click "Join".
  5. Click "Call Me" in the onscreen "Audio Connection" box and enter your phone number to join the audio portion through your telephone.
  6. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697 and enter the Event Number: 640 971 652, followed by your attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the "Event Info" tab) to join the audio portion. The attendee ID is recommended but not required. It is also an option to join the audio portion via your computer speakers.

Two days before webinar, test the computer you plan to use by clicking on the following link: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

For assistance with WebEx, go to https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.





Is there a more divisive valediction than the default "Sent From My iPhone" sign-off? When the iPhone first appeared, users were roundly condemned for their thinly veiled humblebrag among the mounting popularity of Apple products.



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...the phrase has become an important part of online decorum. Including the sign off contains an innate apology for the brevity of the message. It begs forgiveness for any spelling or grammatical errors. It allows a little wiggle rooms for errant emojis. It is a nod of acknowledgement that you are on the hoof and doing as well as can be expected.



Nearly half of the partners in the nation's top 200 law firms are Baby Boomers or members of the older Silent Generation. And that means there will be a wave of upcoming retirements that will be the most ever experienced by BigLaw.

Sixteen percent of partners will retire in the next five years and 38 percent will retire in the next decade, the American Lawyer (sub. req.) reports, citing preliminary results from a partner compensation survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa.

The impact will be exaggerated because law firm headcount has grown at a slower pace since the financial crisis. The number of lawyers at the largest 100 law firms grew by 4.75 percent each year from 1985 to 1999 and by 5 percent annually from 2000 to 2008. Since 2009, however, the growth in head count has averaged only 1.2 percent a year.


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Client Site Visits: Checklist for Success | The National Law Review

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Studies reveal that clients, more than ever, want and expect great service from their outside counsel. On top of that, clients value lawyers who know and understand their business, as well their people and their policies. Clients also want lawyers who are trusted advisors and counselors.

Lawyers and law firms that take the time ask "How are we doing?" and take a proactive interest in helping clients achieve their goals and objectives add tremendous value to the relationship and build trust and loyalty with the client. Being a competent legal technician is simply not enough anymore in today's competitive market place for legal services.

And what is the best way to achieve this type of relationship with clients? Go visit them. In fact, I recommend that partners visit their top four clients each year. Show you care. Ask smart questions. Listen, learn and respond appropriately.

(Click here for) our Client Site Visit checklist, which offers practical guidance to lawyers who are interested in enhancing their relationships with top clients.

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Samsung expected to announce recall of Galaxy Note 7 soon

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SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to announce an unprecedented recall of all of its newest Galaxy Note 7 phablets sold at home and abroad in less than a week, a company official said Thursday, after reports that a few of the devices exploded while being charged.

The Samsung official told Yonhap News Agency that the cause of the reported explosions has been traced to the battery of the new phablet.

"The most important thing is the safety of our customers and we don't want to disappoint our loyal customers," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Read more from Yonhap News Agency report...




Hackers Stole Account Details for Over 60 Million Dropbox Users | Motherboard

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"We've confirmed that the proactive password reset we completed last week covered all potentially impacted users," said Patrick Heim, Head of Trust and Security for Dropbox. "We initiated this reset as a precautionary measure, so that the old passwords from prior to mid-2012 can't be used to improperly access Dropbox accounts. We still encourage users to reset passwords on other services if they suspect they may have reused their Dropbox password."

A spokesperson told Motherboard that Dropbox has seen no evidence of malicious access of these accounts.

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Inside "Making a Murderer" and the Steven Avery Trial - Legal Talk Network

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8/17/2016

Inside "Making a Murderer" and the Steven Avery Trial

On this special episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi joins Dean Strang, former defense attorney for Steven Avery, and Peter Linton-Smith, a former television news reporter who covered the Avery trials, as they discuss the popular Netflix series, "Making a Murderer." Dean and Peter offer inside perspectives and get the latest on Steven Avery and his quest for a new trial and justice under a new attorney.


More than 200,000 VW owners have opted for the Dieselgate buyback program, surprising some legal authorities with the speed with which it happened, about a month or a little more.

Although it is the more expensive option, Volkswagen may be happy that more than 200,000 consumers affected by the Dieselgate scandal are opting for the cash buyback and not a fix. The reason is that the automaker may avoid further penalties as each vehicle the carmaker buys back is one more off the road. VW must get 85 percent of the emissions-cheating cars off the road to prevent more penalties.

The settlement VW worked out with consumers and regulators to settle the class-action suit calls for:

  • A cash buyback of affected vehicles
  • Or, $5,100
  • Or, a free fix, if one should be approved and become available


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