August 2020 Archives

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons | The Marshall Project

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The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

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More than 108,000 prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five percent over last week's tally. At least 928 prisoners and 72 prison employees across the country have died of coronavirus-related causes. Over 24,000 employees have tested positive. In collaboration with the Associated Press, here is our updated tracker.

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License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide--C|NET

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Police often rely on automatic license plate readers to track the movement of cars in their jurisdiction. A surveillance company's new initiative looks to expand those capabilities nationwide. 

On Tuesday, Flock Safety, which makes a license plate reader, announced the "Total Analytics Law Officers Network," or TALON. The network looks to connect the 400 law enforcement agencies using its cameras, allowing agencies that opt in to view camera data from other regions. 

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By Nicole Black

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The good news is that many cloud-based time-tracking software tools have been around for nearly a decade and are well-tested. Depending on your firm's needs, there are a host of options available ranging from robust law practice management or legal billing software with built-in time-tracking features to stand-alone time-tracking software.

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rhubbell@outlook.com. writing in his "Today's Edition Newsletter".

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R. Hubble:

The Harvard Law Review publishes an annual review of the Supreme Court's most recent term. A scholar is invited to publish a foreword to the annual review. Readers of this newsletter can read a draft preview of the foreword by Harvard Law Professor Michael Klarman, "The Degradation of American Democracy--and the Court.Although the article is called a "foreword," it is an exhaustive, scholarly, and thought-provoking review of the entirety of Trump's presidency through the lens of the Court. For students of the Court, the law, or history, it is an invaluable resource, and I recommend it for your consideration. I note that Professor Klarman's discussion of the potential for enlarging the Court is thoughtful, nuanced, and practical (unlike my absolutist "pack the Court" viewpoint, which I continue to believe is the best approach.)

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BY JOHN KRUZEL

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A federal judge in New York on Friday denied President Trump's request to temporarily halt a grand jury subpoena for his tax returns from taking effect.

The ruling by District Judge Victor Marrero comes a day after he dismissed Trump's latest attempt to block a New York grand jury subpoena for eight years of Trump's financial documents, including his personal and corporate tax returns.

Trump's personal attorneys had asked Marrero, a Clinton appointee, to pause his Thursday decision from taking effect while Trump appealed to the New York-based federal appeals court -- a request Marrero shot down Friday in a nine-page decision.

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Judge throws out Trump effort to block subpoena for tax returns | TheHill

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BY JOHN KRUZEL

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A federal judge in New York on Thursday dismissed President Trump's latest effort to stymie a New York grand jury subpoena for his tax returns and a trove of other financial documents.

The ruling by District Judge Victor Marrero relied heavily on the Supreme Court's landmark decision last month that rejected Trump's claim that presidents enjoy absolute immunity from criminal probes.

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Contact: Susan DeSantis
sdesantis@nysba.org
201-575-5756

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) today filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ rights in a case that could potentially upend the lives of thousands of foster children across the country.

"The State Bar Association has a long history of promoting equality in the law for LGBTQ people in all aspects of society," said NYSBA President Scott M. Karson (Lamb & Barnosky). "A married same-sex couple is a legally recognized family and NYSBA will continue to advocate to protect their rights."

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NYSBA's LGBTQ People and the Law Committee and the Children and the Law Committee spearheaded this effort and would like to acknowledge Joseph R. Williams (Copps DiPaola Silverman); John P. Drohan III (Drohan Lee); Ryan Thoreson of Yale Law School, and Sam Buchbauer for their hard work on the amicus brief.

Click here to read NYSBA's full amicus brief.

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More Lawyers Should Consider Practicing In Rural Areas | Above the Law

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'Land spreading out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.' 



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While I think it is still risky to start a law firm as a solution to unemployment no matter where you intend to practice, that email got me thinking about how more people should seriously consider practicing law in more rural parts of the country.

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Do You Trust Lawyer Bots? Well, It Depends. | Above the Law

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There's a saying that the first rule of lawyering is that the answer is always "it depends."

So when the Wall Street Journal asks "Would You Trust A Lawyer Bot With Your Legal Needs?" it kind of glosses over this rule. I've learned from experience that lawyers and the public freak out over robot lawyering, but the more you peel back the artificial narrative of robot lawyering then more mundane and inevitable it becomes.

Asa Fitch's new article lays out the basic groundwork in the legal automation game, highlighting major players like Joshua Browder of DoNotPay and explaining the ethical challenges that face anyone entering the field.

But to the question presented in the WSJ headline? There's a lot more to unpack first.

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Mortgage Rates Pummeled By Regulatory Drama--Mortgage News Daily

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BY: MATTHEW GRAHAM

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At face value, the bonds that underlie the mortgage market didn't sustain too much damage today.  If there was nothing else to inspire lender rate changes, we might not be too much worse vs yesterday.  Unfortunately, there is an absolutely massive source of motivation that unexpectedly burst on the scene last night.  If you're not already up to speed on it, READ THIS.

As far as today is concerned, rates got torched.  This is no surprise.  Regulators just instantly doubled the fees they charge to provide guarantees for the mortgage market.  Lenders will be forced to pay those fees on all loans that are already locked.  Consumers will foot the bill for everything else.


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The FHFA, Fannie and Freddie's regulator, is implementing a new price adjustment for all refinance transactions of 0.5% of the loan amount (i.e. $1500 on a $300k loan).  This applies to loans delivered to Fannie/Freddie in September and thereafter, which is almost all of them that aren't already well underway.

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NY Courts Say Eviction Pause Continues, For Now - Law360

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By Emma Whitford

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Law360 (August 7, 2020, 2:28 PM EDT) -- The New York Office of Court Administration on Friday said that a pause on evictions and most related proceedings remains in place, perpetuating an uneasy status quo for tenants, landlords and their attorneys.

In a statement to Law360, courts spokesperson Lucian Chalfen said that a stay on evictions remains in effect until further notice, citing a March administrative order from Chief Judge Lawrence K. Marks that suspended "eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders" in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

"A stay on evictions has been in effect through an administrative order signed by the chief administrative judge since March 16," Chalfen told Law360. "It continues to be in effect. Should there be a change in status, you will be alerted."

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Five New Yorkers describe the night they were arrested while participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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More than 2,000 people were arrested, most for low-level offenses such as violating the official curfew or refusing to disperse.

Many said they waited for hours in cramped holding cells while the police tried to figure out how to process them. Others described how they were arrested even as friends nearby were let go. In some cases, processing officers appeared unsure why protesters were detained.


Most of the charges will ultimately be dismissed, prosecutors said.

Still, protesters offered wrenching accounts of their arrests. This article highlights five of them.


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On July 24, 2020, I issued a statement to the American public providing an unclassified overview of foreign threats to the 2020 election and offering basic steps to mitigate some of these threats. At that time, I pledged that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) would continue to update the American public and other key stakeholders on the evolving election threat landscape, while also safeguarding our intelligence sources and methods.

 

Today, we are making good on that promise by sharing additional information with the public on the intentions and activities of our adversaries with respect to the 2020 election. This information is being released for the purpose of better informing Americans so they can play a critical role in safeguarding our election. Below is the latest 


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How to get Microsoft 365 for free

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Anyone can use Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps without spending a cent. Here's how.

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Legaltech Week Journalists' Roundtable - Aug. 7, 2020

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This weekly Roundtable of Legal Tech experts is well worth watching...just click on the link

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What is the best email app for the Mac? - 9to5Mac

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Despite all the new messaging services, project management tools, and chat-based ecosystems, email remains essential. Signing into iCloud (and email) is one of my first tasks when setting up a new Mac. Signing up for almost any service on the Internet requires an email address, so it's a universal digital identifier. Even with the popularity of web-based services like Gmail, many still prefer a desktop app to pull in multiple email addresses, use desktop plugins, and have a more native Mac experience. So what's the best email app for the Mac?

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