By Tyler Lee
A few days ago, it was reported that Amazon was planning on introducing an unlimited Kindle service. Basically it involves users subscribing to the Kindle Unlimited service at $9.99 a month and gain access to pretty much the entire Kindle library at Amazon. Sounds like a good deal, right?
Well if you’re an avid reader and you think that you will be able to make your money worthwhile, you might be pleased to learn that Amazon has officially launched the Kindle Unlimited service. The information seems to the same as what we saw the other day, which was pretty much Amazon announcing it ahead of it.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kindle Unlimited has its own “Free” buttons on Amazon; i.e., when you find a book you want, be careful to choose the Kindle Unlimited
Free” button–not the “One-Click” or other buttons. If you use “One-Click”, you will be charged and have to figure out how to cancel the order.
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Meet Mitch Jackson, a California personal injury attorney, and learn how he uses the wearable technology Google Glass in his law firm.
It turns out, Mitch is realistic about the limitations of Google Glass in its present state. Even so, he believes that investing time into learning how to use it now it will pay off. “I see it as a short- and long-term play. How practical is it in the practice of catastrophic injury and death cases? It’s not quite there yet,” he admits. “Of course I could do some — but not all — of the things I use Glass for using my smartphone. But wearable mobile technology is the future, in my opinion. So that’s why I’m using it now — to get comfortable with it. I want to be at the forefront of where the technology is going. That way I’ll understand how it needs to improve and how I can use it in my practice to improve the client experience and give me an edge over my competitors. That’s why I’m incorporating Google Glass into my workflow as much as I can.”
Despite the newness of Google Glass, Mitch is implementing it into his law practice as much as possible and hopes to use it during trial in the near future. “I’ve used it to record interviews of witnesses and during depositions to videotape the proceeding so that my client can watch it later,” he says. “And, I was planning to use Glass earlier this year in two jury trials, with the consent of the judge and opposing counsel, but both cases settled. I must admit that although I’m glad we were able to resolve the cases, I was a bit disappointed in not having the opportunity to use Glass during trial.”
When I asked how Mitch expects to use Google Glass during trial, he replied: “In the near future, and subject to court approval, I hope to use Glass to pick my juries and examine witnesses. For example, I anticipate picking a jury here in California and use Glass to confidentially interact in real time with my jury consultant back in New York. Based upon the responses and body language she observes from the real-time feed, she can share follow-up questions and concerns via my ear bud. Information and issues she finds in her database searches that I need to know about will be discreetly displayed to my Google Glass screen.”
Another way that he uses Google Glass is to communicate with clients. “I use Google Glass to stay connected with my clients and stay on top of my calendar and social media. Each new client is added to my Glass contact list and throughout the course of the day I can easily monitor and respond to inquiries regardless of where I am or what I’m doing,” he explains. “For example, I’ll use the camera function of Google Glass to share real-time images and videos with clients while working on pleadings or taking the deposition of a witnesses. They enjoy getting an update with me holding up a finished pleading or settlement check and tell me that they appreciate the extra effort and prompt service.”
While the Federal Aviation Administration has until next year to come up with rules that govern the use of drones in the National Airspace System there’s no denying the fact that drones have already taken to the skies. Available for a couple of hundred dollars, with models offering better altitude and range costing thousands, its fairly easy for anyone to get their hands on a drone.
This means that inevitably there would be a situation where someone lands in trouble even when they think they aren’t doing anything wrong. That’s exactly what happened to Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro who were arrested for flying a DJI Phantom 2 drone too close to a New York Police helicopter.
United States Department of Education
Notice of Public Hearing
July 16, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New York State Education Department
Office of Professional Discipline
Regents Room 10th Floor
New York, New York
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the United States Department of Education (the Department) will conduct public hearings, pursuant to section 457 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1234f to determine whether it should enter into a Compliance Agreement with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Written public comments on this issue will also be accepted through July 26, 2014. NYSED has requested that the Department allow NYSED to enter into a Compliance Agreement to resolve its noncompliance with a specific requirement under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since April 2012, NYSED has not been in compliance with the IDEA Part B requirement to issue within thirty (30) days, unless a party requests and is granted a specific extension, the State-level independent decision in an appeal of an impartial due process hearing officer’s decision. (20 U.S.C. § 1415(g); 34 CFR §§ 300.514(b) and 300.515(b)). NYSED has stated that it is not able to correct this noncompliance within one year due to the significant and unanticipated increase in the number of appeals of due process hearing decisions under Part B of the IDEA.
You must have a photo ID and should arrive early to process through security. To facilitate security processing, all individuals planning to attend must notify the Department by July 7, 2014 so that a list of attendees can be provided to Building Security. In addition, please indicate if you plan to give testimony. Participation notification and requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to: Jocelyn Logan-Friend with the Department at OSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov by July 7, 2014.
n consideration of information provided through this public comment process, the Department will determine whether it is feasible for NYSED to reach compliance within one year and, based on that determination, will issue Written Findings and a Decision to that effect, which will be published in the Federal Register along with the substance of any Compliance Agreement.
To obtain a copy of this notice, please contact Jocelyn Logan-Friend atOSEPnysedhearinginfo@ed.gov.
Make sure to view them all before they expire on 7/7/14.
This list should make it easier for you to navigate the topics, speakers and where to find the links to each interview:
(topic / speaker / day of original release)
The E-Myth Attorney Robert Armstrong (day 10)
Mindfulness in your law practice Jeena Cho (day 7)
*Decrypting LinkedIn Amy Cole (day 3)
Cultivating referral sources Stephen Fairley (day 6)
*Strategic networking Nancy Fox (day 2)
Ethics and going $olo Marc Garfinkle (day 6)
Blogging magic Cindy Greenway (day 2)
Lawyering and acting techniques Katherine James (day 7)
Finding the right law job Marc Luber (day 9)
*Apps for lawyers Tom Mighell (day 8)
Solo practice and novel writing Jonathan Miller (day 3)
Online marketing Nicole Munoz (day 8)
Client loyalty Alexis Neely (day 1)
Rainmaking techniques Mike O’Horo (day 5)
Intake call skills Ryan Pitz (day 9)
Tips to grow your business RJon Robins (day 5)
Authentic web sites for lawyers Lee Rosen (day 4)
Podcasting and social media Jacob Saphochnick (day 10)
*Alternative fee options Allison Shields (day 4)
*Going paperless Ernest Svenson (day 1)
*These speakers offered a bonus gift to registrants of The Art of Being Solo
Host, The Art of Being Solo
PS- Registration is still open so please feel free to forward this to friends, classmates, co-workers, other fellow solo and small firm lawyers or any small business owner who would also be interested in the topics covered and would like the free gifts. Their link to register is: www.sarahporiss.com/mohe
By Adnan Farooqui on 06/22/2014
In a post on its official blog, it has been confirmed that all older versions of Skype for desktop are going to be retired over the next few months. This includes both Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac. Version 6.13 and below will be retired for the former and 6.14 and below for the latter. This is being done as the Skype team focuses its efforts on “bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype.”
Those who are using older versions of the service need not worry. Its free to update to the latest version of Skype today. The latest version can be obtained from Skype’s website for both Windows and Mac.
ALBANY – New York City will get nine new Family Court judges and upstate will get 16 under end-of-session legislation enacted overwhelmingly Thursday and today by state lawmakers.
The bill, if it is signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will increase the number of Family Court judgeships in New York City from 47 to 56, effective Jan. 1, 2015. It has not yet been determined where the new judges, all of whom would be appointed by the mayor, will sit.
Upstate will get 11 new judges this year and another five on Jan. 1, 2016. All of the upstate positions are elective, and candidates can seek the posts this November in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties. The other five Family Court positions will be created in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe and Warren counties effective Jan. 1, 2016, with candidates running in November 2015.
Welcome to Day 1 of The Art of Being Solo! You have joined a HUGE group of lawyers, students and business owners on six continents who are ready to hear the secrets to creating a fantastic business.
You will receive an email each day with information about each speaker and links and the password to two interviews for that day. Many speakers are also offering a free gift to registrants of The Art of Being Solo so keep an eye out for that link below the link to the interview. You can listen to the interviews at your leisure- they will all be available throughout the conference. There is gold in these interviews!
Here are today’s speakers and the links:
In all my years of practice I am not sure I have thought about being LOVED by my clients. And then I spoke to Alexis Neely on how to attract and keep clients, but more importantly, what value we give them. Alexishas cracked the code to providing vital legal services in a way that satisfies both client needs and the lawyer’s needs- that is, to earn a great living while providing valuable services and become a lawyer that others love and respect. Will your clients remember your name a year from now, how about a month from now? If you’re not sure, check out Alexis’ strategies for becoming a member of the family.
Here’s the link to the interview with Alexis: http://vimeo.com/user29035477/review/97940191/b6f57f780f
Remember The Paper Chase? A generation on, we now have Ernie Svenson‘s Paperless Chase- moving you into this century with advice on how to go paperless (don’t worry, some paper is fine!), become more efficient, impress your clients, work from anywhere and even survive natural disasters. Are you in love with paper and sweating how to take the first step? Ernie will take your hand and lead you into this decade and you will never look back. Here’s the link to the interview with Ernie:
**Bonus! Ernie has a free 1 page PDF on the 5 Keys to Starting a Paperless Law Practice, which you can get by clicking on this link:
Enjoy and I’ll see you tomorrow.
Host, The Art of Being Solo
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