Holiday Cards: To Send or Not To Send? – Legal Ease Blog

Every year at about this time, the subject of client holiday cards resurfaces. Should you send holiday cards to clients, former clients and referral sources? Why or why not?

Allison C. Shields sounds Scrooge-like about holiday cards; but with some very good reasons.

Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2014/11/holiday-cards-to-send-or-not-to-send.html#ixzz3LvuElVVr

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Senate Intelligence Committee Study on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program – Issues – United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

(Patience may be required as there appears to be a significant demand for the documents)

Key Resources

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein on December 9, 2014, released the executive summary of the committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. The release included redacted versions of the committee’s executive summary and findings and conclusions, as well as additional and minority views authored by members of the committee.

Read more…

FREE Webinar: Virtual Law Practice – How to Deliver Legal Services Online – MyCase Blog

Please join us for our upcoming webinar, “Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online” on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT/ 2pm ET.

REGISTER HERE

Ever wonder about living and practicing law abroad?  Daydream about working from the Caribbean or simply outside the office walls?  Virtual law practices are revolutionizing legal services and allowing attorneys more flexibility than ever before. Attend this webinar and find out if it’s a good fit for you.

You’ll hear everything you need to know about virtual law practices from Stephanie Kimbro, the foremost authority on the topic and author of four books, including Virtual Law Practice.

Join us to learn about:

  • Different virtual law firm models
  • How to create fixed fee service packages for online delivery
  • How to market a virtual law firm
  • Best practices to avoid ethics issues
  • The future of online delivery of legal services

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Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers–NYS DOS Division of Building Standards and Codes

November 23, 2014 – UPDATE

Western New York Snow Event

Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers

Beginning early this week, Western New York has experienced a significant snowfall event.  Over six feet of snow has accumulated in some areas.  The weather service predicts temperatures will rise above freezing through early next week, resulting in a significant snowmelt and the potential for flooding in the region.  There is also the risk of building collapse as a result of the weight of the snow.

DBSC is assembling a list of individuals who would be available from Monday November 24 to Wednesday December 3.

All Interested individuals (Code Enforcement Officials, Engineers and Architects) should send an email toCEDAR@dos.ny.gov, and indicate their name, contact information and available dates.  Individuals will then be contacted with additional information.

Example:

Joe Smith, Town of Anywhere, Some County, NY

Joe.smith@anywere.ny.gov

Cell – 123 – 456 – 7890

Dates available 11/23, 24, 25 and 12/1, 2.

 

Thank you for your participation.

Eric C. Bradshaw

Disaster Response Coordinator

New York State Department of State

Division of Building Standards and Codes

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Louise A. Sienko–Mom

 

 

 

 

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Louise A. Sienko, 89, of Hancock, died on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at her home on West Main Street. She was born Louise Albina Gaudor, October 16, 1925, in Somerville, MA, the daughter of Olive and Frances Gaudor. She was predeceased by her brother, Frances, and her sisters, Lilian and Anna.

Louise graduated from Somerville H.S. and her first job was as a switch board operator at the Hotel Kenmore, residence of the Boston Red Sox. During World War II, Louise also worked in the Hood Rubber Defense Plant in Watertown, MA.

Louise married Leonard E. Sienko of the US Navy and Lake Como, PA on February 24, 1945. Leonard preceded her in death after 68 years of marriage.

Louise was employed at Stockport Lumber-Penn Hardwood Sales, Hancock PA-Side as secretary, then Office Manager. She was also a secretary at Johnston-Rhodes Bluestone Co. of East Branch, NY, where she was promoted to Office Manager and later served as an Office Management Consultant. Louise’s final professional position was as Law Office Administrator for The Sienko Law Office, Hancock.

Louise was a devoted member of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Hancock for more than 60 years. She served on the Parish Council, was a member of the Altar-Rosary Society and the Catholic Women’s Welfare League. She taught CCD classes. Louise was past Grand Regent of the local Court St. Mary’s of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and served as District Deputy for the local area.

Ms. Sienko was a charter member of the Hancock Business & Professional Women’s Club. She served as President and moved up through the “chairs” of BPW-NY until she reached the office of NYS President in 1980-81. She later served as National Political Action Committee Chair of the BPW-USA, working with several nationally known figures, such as Geraldine Ferraro, for equal rights and equal pay for women.

Ms. Sienko was the first woman to be a member of the Hancock Rotary Club. Shortly thereafter, she became the first woman to be President of the club.

Surviving is her son, Atty. Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. of Hancock

Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 6-8PM at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:30AM at St. Paul’s Church, Hancock, with Father Christopher Welch officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hancock. There will be a luncheon served by the Bethany Ministry.

Donations can be made in Louise’s memory to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

How to Avoid Bad Clients Before They Enter Your Practice – Legal Ease Blog

  • Allison C. Shields
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My last post talked about eliminating bad clients from your practice. But the best way to deal with truly difficult clients is by not taking them on in the first place. That requires that you be able to identify potentially bad clients early – preferably before a retainer is signed.

Create a pre-qualifying process. Think about the bad clients you’ve represented in the past and make a list of the warning signs or red flags that arose during your first conversation or initial consultation. If you can recognize the warning signs in advance, you can stop bad clients before they enter your practice.

To get you started, here are a few bad client warning signs:

Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2014/10/how-to-avoid-bad-clients-before-they-enter-your-practice.html#ixzz3FEPBYH33

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Paralegal Studies — Rockland Community College

Are you thinking of hiring a paralegal?

If so, please consider a current paralegal student or graduate from RCC’s American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program.

  • Courses our students take include:
    Civil Litigation, Real Estate Practice, Domestic Relations, Computer Legal Applications, Legal Research and Writing, and Estate Administration and Probate
  • Students complete assignments that they would be expected to fulfill as a paralegal in a law firm
  • Our students are willing to fill full-time, part-time and/or temporary positions


    Please contact us to help find the appropriate paralegal for your firm.
    JENNIFER L. FREDEMAN, ESQ.
    Job Placement Coordinator/Adjunct faculty Paralegal Studies
    Rockland Community College mailto:jfredema@sunyrockland.edu

    “Choosing the Paralegal program at RCC was the best educational decision I could have made. The faculty was very helpful in the classroom and beyond. I apply the skills I learned at RCC every day at work. Thanks to the Paralegal program and the job placement service, I have gained entry into a rewarding career.”
    - Jordan Gaspard, 2014 Graduate
    Paralegal Studies 845-574-4169 www.sunyrockland.edu
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