September 2018 Archives

DiNapoli: Calls to Investigate Violations of Do Not Call Law Going Unanswered

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Do Not Call registry complaints by New York state residents have more than doubled since 2014 to more than 450,000 annually, but only two cases were referred for enforcement action in 2016 and 2017 combined, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Simplify a tedious deposition review with technology--ABA Journal

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Another technology tool designed to streamline the litigation process is deposition review software, which assists lawyers with the typically tedious process of reading, reviewing and annotating deposition transcripts during the pretrial process. These programs enable paperless depositions by storing digital transcripts in the cloud, which are then accessible from any compatible device.

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ATL Clio Solo and Small Firm Compensation Report 2018

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Reliable, detailed compensation information for solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys is scarce. Above the Law in partnership with Clio created Solo and Small Law Firm Compensation Report for the benefit of law students looking to join a small firm as well as practicing attorneys looking to benchmark their own compensation.

How to Create a Law Firm Brochure - SOLO in COLO

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Written By: Michael L. Goldblatt

The recent modernization of the American Bar Association's model rules on lawyer advertising give a boost to marketing activities by firms of all sizes.  Although it may take years for state regulators to adopt the new ABA rules, many marketing activities are already permitted. For example, firms commonly use electronic marketing tools like online directories and websites. Many firms also use printed marketing materials like business cards and firm brochures. This article explains how solo lawyers and small firms can create an affordable brochure to attract new clients and offer additional services to existing clients. The tables accompanying the article provide cost details and links to samples and online providers.

A.G. Underwood Announces Agreement With Avvo | New York State Attorney General

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NEW YORK - Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced an agreement with Avvo, an online legal directory, to reform its attorney rating system and improve its disclosures to consumers after an investigation by the Attorney General's office revealed that the content and limits of Avvo's rating system were not clearly disclosed. Avvo relied on attorneys to voluntarily provide additional information to their profiles to determine rankings - resulting in those that added information to their profiles generally having higher ratings than those who did not participate. In addition to changing its practices, Avvo will pay $50,000 to the State.

Users fret over Chrome auto-login change - Naked Security

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Users were complaining this week after discovering they'd been logged in to Google's Chrome browser automatically, after logging into a Google website.

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Recently... Matthew Green, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and a cryptography expert, discovered that an update to Chrome has been signing users into their Chrome browsers whenever they logged in to a Google website. He blogged about it in full here.

The Legal Fight For Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears | Earthjustice

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Federal safeguards for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears were reinstated on Sept. 24, after Judge Dana L. Christensen ruled that THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO STRIP ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROTECTIONS FROM THE GRIZZLIES WAS ILLEGAL.


BY DAVE MAASS

Facebook has a problem: an infestation of undercover cops. Despite the social platform's explicit rules that the use of fake profiles by anyone--police included--is a violation of terms of service, the issue proliferates. While the scope is difficult to measure, EFF has identified scores of agencies who maintain policies that explicitly flaunt these rules. 

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Los Angeles County prosecutors are investigating the Long Beach Police Department's use of a controversial self-deleting messaging application, which has caused some to question whether the department violated rules on court discovery and records retention.


TigerText is now known as TigerConnect:

Review: iPhone XS -- amazing screen, fantastic pictures, and more - iPhone J.D.

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Jeff Richardson

Last year's iPhone X was, in my opinion, the most significant year-to-year advance in iPhone technology...How do you follow up on an act like that?  Apple actually has some experience in this area.  It adds nice but incremental improvements to the prior year model, and then to indicate that it is a less significant upgrade, Apple adds an "s" to the name... An "s" year iPhone doesn't mean that there are no big new features.  For example, the iPhone 4S added Siri and the iPhone 5S added a way to authenticate without typing a password (Touch ID), and both of those features remain critical parts of the iPhone.  But in an "s" year, hardware changes are typically less noticeable.

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Read entire review...


Women in Law Section Kick-off Networking Event--NYSBA

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Monday, October 15, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY

Complimentary

 

Meet Members and Leaders.  Learn about Section Membership.

 

Our Mission: To advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law.

 

RSVP to kmcnary@nysba.org or Register Online.



How to Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams--Kendall at Home

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The phone rings. It's a representative from the Social Security Administration and, fortunately, the call wasn't too long. The caller just needed to have some basic information confirmed, like your address and date of birth. And, oh. Yes. Your social security number, bank account number and "new" Medicare number. If you don't respond, the caller warns, assets can be frozen until the situation is resolved, and/or other dire consequences may occur. 

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Stephanie A. Bugos

Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:

 

The General Practice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the following program. The impetus behind this event is to increase the number of New York attorneys who are equipped to counsel clients who are in the important but vulnerable farm industry. If you are interested in gaining the interdisciplinary competency required for farm business counseling, please consider attending.

 

Sustaining NY's Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00am - 3:30pm

thINCubator, 326 Broad St., Utica, NY

 

Farm businesses are fundamental to New York State's economy and the agricultural food and product diversity that the state is renowned for. Yet many of these businesses are struggling to survive into the next generation. This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the diverse legal solutions available to farm businesses planning for sustainable futures.

 

(Note: The accredited provider for this course is Albany Law School's Institute of Legal Studies, not NYSBA.)

 

View flyer

 

Registration and details:

alumni.albanylaw.edu/farmfutures


TidBITS

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It's time to start the cycle again. Apple last week introduced three new iPhone models and the Apple Watch Series 4, and today brought the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, plus an iOS 12 update to the HomePod. We have all the coverage you need to make decisions about what to buy and when to upgrade. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 16.17, MarsEdit 4.1.6, Audio Hijack 3.5.4, Piezo 1.5.10, and HoudahGeo 5.2.3.

By: Craig L. Olivo

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On September 7, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that amended Civil Service Law Section 75. Pursuant to the amendments, Section 75 now extends hearing rights (i.e., the right to written disciplinary charges and a hearing before imposition of a reprimand, fine, suspension without pay, demotion or termination) to "Labor Class" employees after five years of continuous service.

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Ultrasound patch goes deep to better-monitor blood pressure--New Atlas

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Earlier this year, we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see the inner structure of irregular-shaped objects. Well, now they've made one that measures a patient's blood pressure from deep within the body.

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Etherpad

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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Etherpad is a web-based real-time collaborative editor. Any user can create a collaborative document, called a "pad," each of which has a distinct URL. Anyone that has this URL can make edits to the pad, with every editor's changes appearing in their own color. Etherpad automatically saves changes periodically, but users may also checkpoint specific versions at any time. The editing history of each pad is also saved, with a slider allowing users to rewind a document to view previous versions. Pads can be downloaded in plain text, HTML, PDF, ODF, or Word format. A number of free, public Etherpad servers are available. These can be located in the "List of public instances" on the Etherpad site. For users that wish to self-host an Etherpad instance, server installers are provided on the Etherpad site for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Etherpad is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, with source code available on GitHub. [CRH]

Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu





BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The Georgia Supreme Court has vacated a decision that denied bar admission to a lawyer seeking to practice in the state under a waiver program for military spouses.

The court sent the case back to Georgia's Board of Bar Examiners, directing it to clearly apply the state's military waiver policy and explain in writing why Harriet O'Neal did or did not meet the requirements for a waiver of the bar exam.The Sept. 10 opinion is here.

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Read more about this program for military spouses who are lawyers...


Raise the Age - OJI

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The Office for Justice Initiatives is committed to developing a court model that produces sustained positive outcomes for New York's justice system involved youth. The OJI, in collaboration with state and local agencies, non-profit and child-serving organizations, and other stakeholders will promote necessary reforms and develop new strategies to establish a more efficient, and fair juvenile justice system.

On April 10, 2017, New York State raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age, ensuring that young people in New York who commit non-violent crimes receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need. By October 2019, New York will no longer automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

The OJI will oversee the Unified Court System workgroup to implement legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York through its full enactment in 2020. 

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New York State's Raise the Age website

Raise the Age Legislation

Application to Seal a Criminal Conviction after 10 years



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The Logitech Crayon stylus that was announced at Apple's spring education event was available originally to education customers only. Logitech has announced however, that beginning on September 12th the Crayon will be available to anyone who wants one.

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I'm An In-House Hustler, Baby (And So Are You) | Above the Law

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In the not too distant past, I received a "stand" email. As in an "I took the time to write you a multi-paragraph email to tell you everything I can't stand about you, and P.S. I also kick around orphan puppies in my spare time" kind of email. Cool, cool, cool. I never expected to be everybody's cup of tea. I'm pretty sure at any given moment at least half a dozen of my business people are plotting my bloody demise.

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**Kay Thrace (not her real name) is a harried in-house counsel at a well-known company that everyone loves to hate. When not scuffing dirt on the sacrosanct line between business and the law, Kay enjoys pub trivia domination and eradicating incorrect usage of the Oxford comma. You can contact her by email at KayThraceATL@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @KayThrace.


New NY law protects animals when owners are evicted--Democrat & Chronicle

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Chad Arnold, Albany Bureau

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ALBANY - A bill seeking to protect pets in the event their owners are evicted from their homes has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The new law, which took effect immediately, requires officers executing an eviction warrant to search the property for animals and coordinate their safe removal with the person being evicted or local animal protection services before locking up the property.

The bill was introduced in January following the eviction of a Brooklyn family whose pit bull was locked in a small cage inside the residence with no access to food or water, according to a sponsor's memo attached to the bill.

The dog remained locked in the cage for two days until the family gained a court order to enter the apartment and retrieve the two-year-old rescue pet. 

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