Delaware Inn in Hancock on Fire

012808_002022.jpgUPDATE:  The 1890 building was totally destroyed by fire.   The neighboring buildings were saved with minor damage due to the heroic efforts of our volunteer firefighters.  

Cave v. East Meadow Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 07-1120

Cave v. East Meadow Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 07-1120
Challenge to denial of motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining defendants from denying one plaintiff entry to his high school and any school facility while accompanied by his service dog, is remanded as complaint must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to plaintiffs' failure to exhaust the administrative remedies available to them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read more...


Ambrogi on 5 Most Notable Legal Sites of 2007

Legal Technology – Changing the Online Legal Landscape

Changing the Online Legal Landscape

By Robert Ambrogi

Law Technology News

January 23, 2008

Fire up the Klieg lights and tidy up your tux. It is time to honor the five most notable legal sites of 2007. We focus on the sites that made news or should have made news — not necessarily the best or the worst, but the ones that most altered the online legal landscape.


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Anything Robert Ambrogi writes, especially on legal technology, is well worth reading.  He has a practical bent to his observations and doesn’t get lost in academic distractions. Like yours truly, Ambrogi looks for free or low cost resources online.  It doesn’t hurt that he is a fellow Boston College Law School alum, even if he is a few years younger.  You also have to admire anyone who can manage to set up a practice, at least for a time, in the US Virgin Islands.

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IRS, Telemundo Host Program for Spanish-Speaking Taxpayers

Tell your Spanish-speaking clients about the special one-hour tax program on Telemundo Sunday, Jan. 27. Get details in news release IR-2008-9.


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Thanks to TechCrunch.

New York to eliminate special-services funding for home-schooled

Some 450 children with special needs who are schooled at home will no longer be eligible for free therapy and other services, a New York state board ruled. The ruling grew out of a recent case in which an upstate district argued that although IDEA requires districts to provide services to publicly and privately schooled children, it says nothing about home-schoolers.New York Daily News (1/16)The Regents memo is available here.  

FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 01/08/08


John R. Sand & Gravel Co. v. US, No. 06-1164The special statute of limitations governing the Court of Federal Claims requires sua sponte consideration of the timeliness of a lawsuit filed in that court, despite the government’s waiver of the issue. Read more…

New Title Policy Forms Required In New York

Here’s an informative and interesting article on the new title policy forms required for New York real estate transactions.

FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 01/07/08


Arave v. Hoffman, No. 07-110In habeas corpus proceedings brought by an individual convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, a circuit court judgment granting habeas relief on a claim that he received ineffective assistance during plea negotiations is vacated as petitioner now abandoned the claim, and it was moot. Read more…


Wright v. Van Patten, No. 07-212Grant of habeas relief from a conviction and sentence for first-degree reckless homicide is reversed where, contrary to the ruling below, no clearly established law contrary to the state court’s conclusion justified collateral relief with regard to a claim that petitioner received ineffective assistance of counsel due to his participation in a plea hearing by speaker phone. Read more… – N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges – N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges


N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State JudgesJoel StashenkoNew York Law JournalJanuary 7, 2008

A new judicial pay raise proposal offered Thursday by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the State of New York Court of Appeals would surrender some ground on retroactivity while tying future increases to salaries and cost-of-living adjustments given to federal judges.

The legislation would provide for retroactive raises for state judges to Jan. 1, 2007. Previous proposals by the chief judge, most recently in the judiciary budget plan for the 2008-09 fiscal year, provided for retroactivity to April 1, 2005 — a time frame that was seen as an increasingly hard sell in Albany, N.Y., as the delay over passage of a judicial pay bill has dragged on.

In a cover letter accompanying the proposed bill, Kaye did ask that the Legislature at least consider the April 1, 2005, retroactivity date.


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