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The Art of Leadership Succession

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Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher

Patrick McKenna is a prolific writer on the challenges of firm leadership. I first met Patrick back in 2002 when he coauthored a book with David Maister. First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals, (The Free Press, 2002)) topped business bestseller lists in the United States, Canada and Australia; was translated into nine languages; is currently in its seventh printing; and received a best business books of 2002 award.

Patrick has always believed that the law firm leadership transition process can and should be managed with as much deliberation and care as the selection process itself to ensure less disruption and a smoother path for the firm going forward.

Patrick McKenna has recently released an eBook that outline a comprehensive process for law firm succession planning. You can get a copy of his free 260-page eBook, The Art of Leadership Succession: lnkd.in/eZbyNbW.

Do a Kind Deed by forwarding this eBook to a young managing partner you know.



REPORT EXTERNAL REVIEW OF THE NEW YORK CITY IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICE

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An external review of the New York City Department of Education's handling of due process complaints points to a flawed system. The report cites a lack of hearing officers and inadequate space to hold hearings. The result is that many students suffer without appropriate programs for months, sometimes years at end. 

To read the report in its entirety, please click below.


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New Yorkers charged with minor offenses by city agencies have a chance to minimize their travel time by visiting a pop-up court closer to home.

New York City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings rolled out its pop-up court initiative last year, according to a press release. The idea was to increase response rates to city-issued summons by bringing court hearings to the neighborhoods.

It is the only administrative pop-up court in the United States, court officials told the Wall Street Journal.

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay - Apple Support

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay

Quickly pay for rides with Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch when you turn on Express Transit mode.

What you need to get started

Here's what you need to start using Express Transit mode with Apple Pay:

Before you start, set up a card in Wallet to use for Express Transit mode with Apple Pay. You can set up a new credit, debit, or prepaid card or a new transit card.

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Use with NYC subway...MTA...We've launched the pilot of our new fare payment system, OMNY. Right now, you can use your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or the digital wallet on your mobile phone or wearable, to pay the fare on the 4 5 6 between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and all MTA-operated Staten Island buses.


Tesla Sentry Mode leads to another arrest, says police - Electrek

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Building on its previously released dashcam feature, Tesla enabled the use of more cameras around the vehicle and activated a "stand-by" parking mode.

The feature became Sentry Mode, which also includes an alarm and notification system to deter thieves even more -- efficiently creating a system to watch over Tesla vehicles when their owners are not around.

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Last month, a woman was reportedly arrested for keying a Tesla after the incident was captured with Sentry mode.

Tesla Sentry mode caught another act of vandalism on a Tesla and the video become extremely popular -- forcing the two vandals to turn themselves in.

We also recently reported on Tesla Sentry Mode capturing crazier and crazier things.

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Cashless stores and events are just starting to crop up in the retail landscape with much hoopla -- consider the splashy launches of Amazon Go stores --  but they're already running into hurdles from legislators in cities and states around the countryThese governments are concerned that what some see as technological innovation could actually widen societal gaps between those who have access to financial services and those who don't.

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BY JB NICHOLAS

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New York City's plan to close Rikers Island has hit a snag: New York State's parole system, which sends more people back to prison for petty parole violations than nearly every other state in the country.

The plan to close the infamous jail hinges on reducing its population to under 5,000 people, a number that could fit into four new jails to be built near courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the move two years ago, the city has made steady progress, slashing Rikers' average daily population from 9,400 to around 7,000.

But the number of people jailed on Rikers for violating the terms of their New York State parole is going up, according to the Mayor's Office.

Many of these are technical violators, not jailed for new crimes but for allegedly violating parole supervision rules, such as staying out past curfew, missing an appointment, absconding, smoking marijuana and even informal rules that parole officers sometimes just make up.

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Minds Over Matters: Special Report | Law.com

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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Law.com has embarked on a yearlong investigation into mental health across every sector of the legal profession. Over the course of 12 months, we will aim to shine a light on mental health, addiction, stress and well-being; destigmatize the issue; and identify methods to effectuate change.

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By Brian M. Rosenthal

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Over the past year, a spate of suicides by taxi drivers in New York City has highlighted in brutal terms the overwhelming debt and financial plight of medallion owners. All along, officials have blamed the crisis on competition from ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

But a New York Times investigation found much of the devastation can be traced to a handful of powerful industry leaders who steadily and artificially drove up the price of taxi medallions, creating a bubble that eventually burst. Over more than a decade, they channeled thousands of drivers into reckless loans and extracted hundreds of millions of dollars before the market collapsed.

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By ANNA FLAGG

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A lot of research has shown that there's no causal connection between immigration and crime in the United States. But after one such study was reported on jointly by The Marshall Project and The Upshot last year, readers had one major complaint: Many argued it was unauthorized immigrants who increase crime, not immigrants over all.

This story was published in collaboration with The New York Times's Upshot.

An analysis derived from new data is now able to help address this question, suggesting that growth in illegal immigration does not lead to higher local crime rates.

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Your partner has a heart attack and the first thing you do is inform the attorney discipline committee because you're sure he can't be as strong an advocate with a weakened heart. Absurd. Right?

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NY State Bar Tells Lawyers: Play Nicely | New York Law Journal

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By Susan DeSantis 

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In an era when politicians and pundits alike are bemoaning society's lack of civility, the New York State Bar Association is announcing today that it has adopted new standards that tell lawyers how they should behave in the sandbox, so to speak. But don't worry: you most likely won't get sanctioned for throwing a temper tantrum.


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We are gradually, and grudgingly, learning that our online presence can outlive our physical presence and possibly even take on a life of its own. As we begin to move more of our activities - financial, social, work, leisure, creative - onto the Internet, the questions about what happens to our online presence and how we best prepare to handle that have begun to grow in quantity and complexity.


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By Colby Hamilton 

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New York state's Office of Court Administration issued updated rules Wednesday that immigration advocates hailed as a check on the ability for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to make arrests inside state courthouses, just a week after a new, 80-page report detailed the impact of federal immigration officials operating in the state courthouses.

"We have concluded that this report provides us with a sufficient basis to take the step that many have asked us to take to require that ICE present a judge-issued warrant before conducting an arrest in a state courthouse," Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks told the New York Law Journal. "Although we're not aware that any other court system in the country has taken this step, this comprehensive, well-documented report has convinced us that this change in policy is now appropriate and warranted."

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San Francisco is inching closer to becoming the first American city to banfacial recognition surveillance, a booming technology that's a fast-growing business in the United States and extends to the core of China's high-tech authoritarianism.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to installface recognition technology at airports across the U.S., where the surveillance tech is used at toll boothssporting events, and even Taylor Swift concerts. In China, the government is using the technology to trackMuslim minorities. Police around that country are using facial recognition to track targets and make thousands of arrests.

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We'll Meet Again, Don't Know Where, Don't Know When ยป LII Announce

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Tom Bruce announces his retirement from Legal Information Institute.  

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So, it's time.  June 30th will be my last day as Director of the Legal Information Institute. 

That is good reason for mixed feelings. The LII has been the center of my professional and personal life for the last 27 years. The step away will leave a large gap in both.  Some of the challenges have not changed much over three decades, but many have. It's time for fresh perspectives. And I'm ready for a third career, or a seventh, depending on how you count.

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Editor's Note:  It seems like it was just yesterday (1993), that some of us from NYSBA were sitting in the cafeteria at Cornell Law School, having been blown away by a presentation by Tom Bruce and Dean Peter Martin on the concept they were developing of "adding value" to legal materials available in the public domain.  That concept became LII and spread around the world.  I look forward to seeing what Tom's next career brings forth.



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New York City on Tuesday declared a public health emergencyfollowing a measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

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[In Rockland County, an outbreak spread fear in an Ultra-Orthodox community.]

Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said there was precedent for Mr. de Blasio's actions, pointing to a massive measles outbreak in Philadelphia in 1991. During that outbreakofficials in that city went even further, getting a court order to force parents to vaccinate their children.


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Royal Dutch Shell is a Dutch company which means it is subject to the laws of the Netherlands. On April 5, Friends Of The Earth Netherlands filed suit against Shell seeking to force it to address its role in the climate emergency confronting the world and all its people. The lawsuit includes 17,000 private individuals as plaintiffs.

They want Shell to reduce its carbon emissions 45% by 2030 compared to 2010 levels and to zero by 2050. Both targets are in line with the Paris climate accords of 2015. According to the latest IPCC climate report, the only way to achieve those goals is to rapidly transition the global economy away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, said on Friday, "The IPCC has warned that window of action for avoiding irreversible and truly catastrophic climate harms is narrow and closing rapidly. Today's suit against Shell sends a clear signal that business as usual is no longer acceptable. Companies that continue ignoring climate risks can and will be held legally accountable and financially responsible for their actions. Investors and corporate decision-makers who ignore this new reality do so at their peril."


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Animal Protection Initiative | New York State Attorney General

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Fighting animal cruelty is both a consumer protection issue and a public safety issue. The New York State Office of the Attorney General's Animal Protection Initiative is aimed at shutting down criminal animal fighting rings, protecting consumers from unscrupulous pet sellers, and encouraging consumers to report animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agencies and/or their local SPCA.

The Initiative aims at ensuring compliance with New York State's Pet Lemon Law, which is designed to safeguard the public and to ensure the humane treatment of dogs and cats by requiring pet dealers to guarantee the good health of any such animal sold by a pet dealer to a consumer. The Initiative also uses civil and criminal remedies to target allegations of animal fighting rings. 

The Initiative is comprised of Investigators and Assistant Attorneys General from across the entire state, including from our Regional Offices, the Consumer Frauds Bureau, the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau, the Organized Crime Task Force and the Investigations Bureau, who will work to bring the perpetrators of these and other animal crimes to justice.


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"...As a supplement to the notifcation provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today
to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and
to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared..."

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