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With the death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 150,000 in the United States, a Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing it controversial "public charge" rule until the worst of the pandemic is over.

The ruling, from U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York, granted New York Attorney General Letitia James' request to temporarily block nationwide enforcement the rule, which would makes it easier for the federal government to deny legal status to immigrants who might apply for public assistance. Connecticut Attorney General General William Tong led along with James in making the request.

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Matter of Town of Ogden v LaVilla (2020 NY Slip Op 04032)

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The Fourth Department, reversing County Court and remitting the matter to Town Court, determined County Court misapprehended the applicable law in affirming Town Court's finding that respondent's dog (Brady) is a dangerous dog and directing the dog be euthanized pursuant to the Agricultural and Markets Law...

"...mere dangerousness does not empower the court to order euthanasia or permanent confinement, which may be imposed only upon the establishment of an aggravating circumstance. Even where an aggravating circumstance is established, euthanasia and permanent confinement are not the court's only options (see Agriculture and Markets Law § 123 [2], [3])." 

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Law Tech Weekly with Jeffrey Brandt and Jeff Richardson (7.23) - YouTube

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Jeff Richardson, lawyer and editor of iPhone J.D., the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads, joins host Jeffrey Brandt this week on Law Tech Weekly. --- Litera TV is a two-hour live stream of content Monday - Friday; covering all areas of legal tech....and then some.
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A Bunch of Recent Podcasts | DennisKennedy.Blog

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This is a post from the LEGAL TECHNOLOGYPODCASTS on July 23, 2020 by Dennis Kennedy 

 

Dennis Kennedy has been doing a lot of podcasting and "Zoomcasting" lately and he collected links to them all in one place in this post. I try to listen to The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast to at least expose myself to the rapidly changing trends in technology. I remain a bit of a luddite, but these podcasts help me understand what I don't know.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast

Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy have done some great shows on some cool topics lately. They also have some great stuff planned for the next few months, so it's a great time to subscribe to their podcast if you have not already done so. This list takes you back to the beginning of the pandemic era and is also interesting as a time capsule.

Second Brain Project: Capture, Part 1

Where the Heck Are We? - 2020 Mid-Year Reflections

Eureka! - The Beginnings of Dennis & Tom's Second Brain Project

Moving from Idea to Action

Top Tips & Tools for Better Online Presentations

Video & Audio Quality Matter - Make Your Remote Work More Professional

Wellness Tech: Self-Care While Sheltering in Place

Good Tech Spending Decisions in Tough Economic Times

A Remote Working Guide to COVID-19 and Beyond

Key Takeaways from TECHSHOW 2020

Coronavirus Looms - Can Technology Replace Travel?

All Things Microsoft! - Tools & Tips for Lawyers with Ben Schorr

Guest Appearances

Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile with Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields

TSLP Podcast #11: From Mobile to Desktop, My Conversation with Entrepreneur Dennis Kennedy!

Law Insights with Bob Ambrogi and Dennis Kennedy 7.1 (Video)

Tips and Tools to Maximize Your Personal Productivity (Video)

Legal Tech: Where to Spend and How to Leverage During COVID-19 (Video)

Check them out! Lots of good stuff in this batch. And all free.

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He explained his reasoning in a 14-page decision. While the case involves allegations of harm done to protesters by law enforcement, he wrote, the plaintiff is not a protester. Beyond that, the state is not seeking redress for past harm done to protesters but rather an injunction against future conduct, which he called "an extraordinary form of relief."

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In addition to reviewing the financial reports submitted by IDAs, the Office of the State Comptroller audits IDAs and provides training to IDA officials on various topics, including recent legislative reforms and how to improve their compliance with reporting requirements.

FULL REPORT:

Performance of Industrial Development Agencies in New York State

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Temporary Authorization to Practice Law Under Supervision-Part 254

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The New York State Court of Appeals has amended Part 524 of its Rules, effective July 22, 2020, to establish a program by which eligible graduates of ABA-approved law schools may apply for temporary authorization to practice law under the supervision of an attorney who is admitted to practice in New York State. This program is intended to meet the needs of law graduates who are employed in New York, pending their admission to the bar. Pursuant to the amended rules of the Court of Appeals, temporary authorization to practice may be granted by order of the Appellate Division upon application by an eligible applicant.

Philly D.A. Threatens to Arrest Federal Agents - Bloomberg

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"My dad volunteered and served in World War II to fight fascism, like most of my uncles, so we would not have an American president brutalizing and kidnapping Americans for exercising their constitutional rights and trying to make America a better place, which is what patriots do," said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in a statement. "Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office."

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by Dara Lind

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As hospitals across the United States brace for a difficult six months -- with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic still raging and concerns about a second wave in the fall -- some are acutely short-staffed because of an ill-timed change to immigration policy and its inconsistent implementation.

proclamation issued by President Donald Trump on June 22, barring the entry of most immigrants on work visas, came right as hospitals were expecting a new class of medical residents. Hundreds of young doctors were unable to start their residencies on time.

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By ELI HAGER

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It's the way that detectives have extracted confessions from people forever: in a confined interrogation room, getting right up in the suspect's face. But during a pandemic, being within six feet of a stranger--especially for a prolonged period of time in a small, under-ventilated space--can be deadly.

That's why police departments are rapidly changing how they conduct interrogations these days, according to a Marshall Project survey of police chiefs and investigators across the nation. Detectives in Philadelphia, Miami and elsewhere said they are increasingly conducting interviews of suspects, witnesses and victims out in the street and six feet apart, instead of indoors. In Clearwater, Florida, for instance, they're often doing so in the parking lot outside of their station. 

This article was published in partnership with USA Today.

And when officers do bring people back to the precinct, many have started questioning people from another room, via Zoom or Skype--or at least from the other end of a large conference table.


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Law and order, but minus the law.



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Don't look now, but the Department of Homeland Security has apparently declared martial law in Portland, Oregon. For several days now, heavily armed federal troops without insignia or identification have been snatching American citizens off the streets and whisking them away in unmarked vans to prevent the dastardly crime of ... graffiti. Literally.

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Mozilla launches VPN service to help protect your privacy - CNET

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Mozilla announced Wednesday that its virtual private network service is now available on Windows, with support for Android devices scheduled to arrive later this week. The release could give Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, a little financial independence.

The $4.99 monthly service will  be available initially in the US, Canada, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.



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‎Microsoft To Do on the App Store

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Stay organized and manage your day-to-day with Microsoft To Do. Make shopping lists or task lists, take notes, record collections, set reminders and more to improve your productivity and focus on what matters.


Microsoft To Do is the task management app that makes it easy to stay organized and manage your life. Accomplish what's important to you each day with My Day and Suggestions, personalized day planner tools. Intelligent suggestions recommend tasks from across your lists that may be relevant each day.


Quickly capture and retrieve your lists and tasks across devices by syncing reminders and tasks with Microsoft 365 to access them anywhere. For lists in personal accounts, you can collaborate with anyone with updated notifications for any changes to your to-do lists.


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Capture tasks from different Microsoft apps and services and sync them with Microsoft To Do, from flagging emails as tasks in Outlook to lists from Cortana. Your tasks and lists are hosted securely on the Microsoft 365 service.


Make your lists unique with customizable features like emoji, colorful themes, dark mode and more. Stay connected and collaborate with friends and family by sharing lists that stay synced as changes are made.


Microsoft To Do Features:


Daily planner

• Stay focused with My Day, a personalized daily planner with suggested tasks

• Get your lists anywhere, on any device

• Share your list with anyone and work together 

• Add notes to any task


Task manager

• Share lists and tasks with your friends, family, colleagues, and classmates

• Get notified when others create, complete or remove tasks in shared lists

• Personalize your lists by choosing theme colors or backgrounds

• Set one-time or recurring due dates and reminders

• Break your tasks into manageable steps

• Attach up to 25MB of files to any task


To-do lists for any purpose

• Bill planner

• Shopping lists

• Set reminders

• Task management

• Business calendar

• Note taking

• And more


Microsoft 365 Integration

• Sync your tasks between Outlook and To Do

• Host lists and tasks with the reliability and security of Microsoft 365

• Compile tasks from across your Microsoft 365 apps and services


Whether it's for work, school, or home, To Do helps you organize and simplify your plans. To Do is free and available on all your devices.


Learn more: https://to-do.microsoft.com

Follow us on Twitter: @MicrosoftToDo

Have an idea or feature suggestion? https://todo.uservoice.com/

Need support? https://todosupport.helpshift.com/


By installing Microsoft To Do, you agree to the Microsoft Terms of Use: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=842575


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Interview The companies that do most to develop and evolve the LibreOffice productivity suite, both for desktop and cloud, say the project's business model is "beyond utterly broken" and that The Document Foundation (TDF), the charity that hosts the project, has to change its approach.

The matter is a subject of intense debate within the board of the foundation, set up in 2010 to oversee LibreOffice, a fork of Oracle's OpenOffice. It touches on a question that crops up repeatedly in various contexts: as usage of open-source software continues to grow, what is the right business model to fund its development?


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Laurence Tribe Supports Elephant Rights Case | Nonhuman Rights Project

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World-renowned legal scholar and Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe has requested leave to file an amicus brief in support of a habeas corpus petition filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of an elephant held alone in captivity in the Bronx Zoo.

"Happy is an autonomous and sentient Asian elephant who evolved to lead a physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially complex life," Professor Tribe writes. "Every day for forty years, her imprisonment by the Bronx Zoo has deprived her of this life."

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Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs and K-12 Schools | CDC

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Updated April 10, 2020

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Revisions were made on 3/12/2020 to reflect the following:

  • Clarification of appropriate mitigation strategies based on level of community transmission of COVID-19 and presence of COVID-19 cases within the school.
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The Department will now permit outside visitation, and limited indoor visitation and activities, if the NHs meet specific benchmarks and develop a reopening plan via the NY Forward Safety Plan.


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The full list of conditions for nursing homes and adult care facilities are spelled out in detail in the respective guidance, found here and here.

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Many thanks to Jim Calloway for his kind words about our pre-Pandemic predictions.

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To chart your future course, I encourage you not to just focus on the current crisis for planning, but also consider the many challenges small firm lawyers serving mostly individual clients and small businesses face. Your tip today is to read my pre-pandemic blog post The Legal Profession in Transition- Solo Practitioners and Their Future. The post also links to a pair of papers written for the New York State Bar Association by Stephen P. Gallagher and Leonard E. Sienko, a pair of deep thinkers about the profession's future. Their great analysis may make some lawyers uncomfortable. But today this can serve to remind us that change impacting solo and small firm lawyers is happening at a rapid pace and it was happening before 2020.

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In two decisions issued on Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot access US President Donald Trump's financial records, but the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) can pursue the records.
In Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, the Supreme Court stated that the subpoenas issued by Congress for Trump's financial records posed separation of powers concerns,

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In Trump v. Vance, the case between Trump and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, the Supreme Court stated that the court established two hundred years ago that "no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding." 

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On July 2, 2020, the New York Department of Health (DOH) published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the travel restrictions imposed by Executive Order 205 (EO 205)and Guidance issued by DOH on June 24, 2020, both effective on June 25, 2020. 

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Federal immigration officials' decision to revoke the visas of international students whose colleges offer only online courses this fall sparked outrage in the world of higher education -- and devastated students like Alexandra Panzarelli, who may be forced to uproot her life and return to Venezuela if the rule holds.

"When I heard the news ... I couldn't even listen to it," said Panzarelli, a 39-year-old politics PhD student at The New School in Greenwich Village, which because of the coronavirus pandemic canceled in-person classes this fall -- a decision she supported.


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Fujitsu had announced that they would not update the ScanSnap Manager software that drives their older scanners to make them compatible to macOS Catalina; only the newer ScanSnap Home was to be available for current and future versions of the Mac operating system.Sep 10, 2019

However, effective June 20, 2020, Fujitsu has quietly offered an update for its S1500M... ScanSnap Manager V7.0L20 for Mac. The download installs easily and the familiar ScanSnap Manager once again works, turning your faithful S1500M from a "brick" back into your favorite scanner.

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BY NAOMI JAGODA 


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The IRS announced Monday that it would not be further extending the July 15 deadlines for individuals to file and pay their 2019 taxes. The agency said that people who need extra time to file can request an extension to Oct. 15, and that people who cannot pay their taxes in full by July 15 can take advantage of a number of payment options.

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As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We're rounding up the changes as they occur.

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Presiding Justice Alan Scheinkman in a ruling issued Wednesday modified the TRO against Mary Trump to include "any agent" of hers. While Robert Trump has alleged Simon & Schuster is Mary Trump's agent, Scheinkman found there was insufficient evidence to determine whether Robert Trump will be successful in that argument, and lifted the block for the publisher.

By Jane Wester 


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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Association of American Publishers and PEN American Center submitted an amicus brief in Dutchess County Supreme Court opposing Robert Trump's motion for a preliminary injunction.

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