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NY Crime Victims Legal Help

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Empire Justice Center is excited to partner with Pro Bono Net, NYS Office of Victim Services and the Center for Human Services at the University at Albany to announce that a website connecting crime victims with civil legal services is now available statewide outside of New York City. The website New York Crime Victims Legal Helpwas piloted in several counties in the Spring and is now expanding to serve crime victims statewide.

"New York Crime Victims Legal Help was designed to be a single point of entry for crime victims to access civil legal information, resources and assistance. We have made it a priority to provide legal content written in plain language, with an eye on being victim-centered and empowering - giving people useful information and options that can help them. We're excited to help bring these tools to people all across upstate New York and Long Island.""
-Remla Parthasarathy, Crime Victims Legal Help Project Leader at the Empire Justice Center 

Link to full press release from Governor Cuomo

Crime Victims Legal Help Flyer

Crime Victims Legal Help Infographic



"Unlocking the Mysteries of Google Scholar." --MyCase

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Today's free giveaway is a guide from MyCase: "Unlocking the Mysteries of Google Scholar." 


Google Scholar is an easy-to-use platform that grants users access to a broad spectrum of federal and state case law without breaking the bank.

In this guide, you'll learn to:

  • Create targeted keyword/phrase searches to improve your research
  • Speed up your searches with advanced filters and a hidden search feature
  • Research parties, judges, attorneys, expert witnesses, and more

You will need to fill out a form to download the free guide.


The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience)

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The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is a tax-advantaged savings plan administered by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and is designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other means-based benefits. If you know someone who is living with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, please encourage them to visit the NY ABLE website or call 1-855-5NY-ABLE to learn more about opening an account.

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Judiciary Creates Public User Group for PACER | United States Courts

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The federal Judiciary has created and is seeking members for a public user group to provide advice and feedback on ways to improve its electronic public access services. The Electronic Public Access (EPA) Public User Group membership will be selected from interested applicants who represent the legal sector, media, academia, government agencies, the public, and other entities that use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to access federal court records.

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BY NICOLE BLACK


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For many years, word processing tools were premises-based, and there were very few options. Most firms used either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word. Over time, Word began to dominate, in large part because it was the preferred tool in other industries.

Then, with the emergence of cloud computing tools a little over a decade ago, things began to change. Affordable--and sometimes even free--word processing tools are now available that are accessible online, providing much-needed mobility and flexibility. Lawyers can log on from any internet-enabled device and access their word processing software in the cloud. And using that software, they can create documents that can be stored online in one convenient location.

Even better--there are collaboration tools built right into the software, allowing lawyers to work together in real time. These online collaboration features make it easier than ever to streamline the document creation process, saving both time and money.

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The Future of Legal Journalism Is Here - LLRX

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Kevin Keefe

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The future of legal journalism is here and that future has arrived in the form of LexBlog.com, according to Bob Ambrogi, its Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, addressing a standing room only audience of about hundred and fifty in Chicago [on the evening of February 28, 2019].

Speaking at the Chicago Legal Innovation and Tech meetup at Skadden, Ambrogi's passion and vision were keenly on display. If there were any doubters of his message, Ambrogi pushed them over the top with his down to earth conviction in what he was telling us - from his personal start in legal journalism through today.

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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, web-based law practice management software. She's been blogging since 2005, has written a weekly column for the Daily Record since 2007, is the author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York. She's easily distracted by the potential of bright and shiny tech gadgets, along with good food and wine. You can follow her on Twitter @nikiblack and she can be reached at niki.black@mycase.com.

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Cloud computing is a concept that most lawyers are familiar with in 2019. But it wasn't always that way. I've been writing about cloud computing and encouraging lawyers to use it for more than a decade now, and when I first started writing and speaking about it my ideas where greeted with suspicion and skepticism. For many years, it was an uphill battle, although that's changed in recent years.

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The NY ABLE (New York Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is a savings plan administered by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and is designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and certain other means-based benefits. If you know someone who is living with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, please encourage them to visit the NY ABLE website or call 1-855-5NY-ABLE to learn more about opening an account.



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City Planning Creates Online Platform for Zoning Resolution - CityLand CityLand

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By: May Vutrapongvatana

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The City's zoning laws are now instantly accessible to New Yorkers. On February 6, 2019, Department of City Planning Director Marisa Lago announced the release of the City's digital Zoning Resolution online platform. The online platform will serve as a green replacement for the 1,570-page physical copy of the Resolution, which will no longer be printed to save money, increase government transparency, and fight climate change. It will also be a more interactive replacement for the static PDFs currently on the City Planning website. The platform will make the City's Zoning Resolution more accessible for New Yorkers.

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Plaintiffs who claim Pacer fees are illegally excessive are getting lots of support in amicus briefs filed in their pending federal appeal.

Among the amici are seven retired federal judges who argue that Pacer should be free, report the New Republicand Law.com. The judges include former Circuit Judge Richard Posner of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judges' brief argues that docket-access fees reduce judicial transparency and the legitimacy of the courts. Other retired federal judges filing the brief include Shira Scheindlin, W. Royal Furgeson and Nancy Gertner.

Other amici supporting the plaintiffs include former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the original sponsor of the law at issue in the suit; several legal research platforms; media organizations; the American Civil Liberties Union; and the Cato Institute.

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Pacer cost slightly more than $3 million to operate in 2016, but it brought in more than $146 million in fees, according to the New Republic article.

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How to redact a PDF and protect your clients

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BY JASON TASHEA


In a technical oversight, lawyers for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort failed to redact a recent filing correctly, making previously confidential information public.

Best Law Practice Management Software Reviews (2018)--Lawyerist

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Law Practice Management Software

Find the best law practice management software for your law firm using our comparison chart, industry experience, and feature descriptions in our law practice management software reviews.


Internal Revenue Service (@irsnews) • Instagram photos and videos

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  IRS Launches Instagram Account to Help Taxpayers


As part of a larger mission of helping all taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, the Internal Revenue Service announced today its debut on Instagram, adding this platform to its social media portfolio. The IRSNews account, www.instagram.com/irsnews, will provide taxpayers the latest information on a variety of topics as taxpayers face numerous tax law changes for the upcoming 2019 filing season related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.



Harvard Opens Massive Caselaw Library Online - Technologist

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 8, 2018 2:56 PM

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The project is known as Caselaw Access Project API; API is the application program interface. It allows users to access the information in different ways.

The website has applications designed for different uses, such as compiling cases and doing word searches. The API is open for other developers to create other tools.

The digital library includes:

  • All official, book-published cases in the United States
  • Cases from all state courts, federal courts, territorial courts from 1658 to 2018

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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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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.

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.

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]

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Cashing in with credit-card processing software--ABA Journal

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BY NICOLE BLACK

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In prior columns I have covered time-tracking software and legal billing software with the promise that I'd eventually focus on payment processing software for law firms. Well that time has come, and in this column I'll explain the ins and outs of choosing the right payment processing vendor for your law firm. 

You'll learn why law firms should consider using payment processing software, the types of legal-specific tools available, and how to determine which one will be the best fit for your law firm.


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Chrono Download Manager

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SCIENCE

Chrono Download Manager is a Chrome extension that enhances Chrome's built-in download features. For example, Chrono provides a "detect all images/audio/video on this page" button that will generate a list of resources it could download. Users may then narrow this list by file type or regular expression filtering on file names. Download rules can also be configured to sort files into different folders based on file type, file name, and other attributes. The FAQ section on the Chrono website provides detailed documentation on the rule system along with examples. Chrono Download Manager is available for Google Chrome via the Chrome Web Store. 


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