Westlaw discloses breach of public records database – beSpacific

News release: “West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General‘s Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that some […]

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Draft and Format Legal Pleadings and Briefs with DraftLaw — Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

As if drafting a legal pleading or brief wasn’t work enough, then you have to format it. That means getting the caption just right, assembling the table of contents, building the table of authorities, making sure footnotes are in the right format, etc., etc. And how you do all these things will vary depending on which court you’re filing in. Getting the formatting done — and done right — can be a huge drain on your or your staff’s time.

Stephen DeRosa was practicing as a litigator in New York when he decided he was spending too much of his time making his documents look a certain way. He set out to build a product that would take the hassle out of formatting court pleadings and briefs. The result was DraftLaw.

DeRosa describes DraftLaw as a web-based word processing platform for litigation attorneys. While it is certainly that, its stand-out feature is its ability to take all those words you’ve processed and automatically assemble them into a perfectly formatted, ready-to-file PDF, complete with caption, table of contents, table of authorities, section headings and citations in proper order. All of this is done in conformance with the style requirements of the specific court you select.

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Cuba Cultural Travel–NYSBA TRAVEL TO CUBA MARCH 8 – MARCH 14, 2015

The NYSBA International Section is pleased to announce the limited availability of People to People travel to Cuba through an itinerary which is compliant with current Federal regulations for such travel and which also provides a significant amount of exposure to the legal community in Cuba. More detailed information about this opportunity is being made available together with this e-letter, and is also available on the New York State Bar Association website at www.nysba.org. The itineraries are subject to change, and there will be some alternative activities scheduled for non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA members on the trip. 

The available travel dates are March 8 – March 14, 2015 and include an overnight stay in Miami (March 8, 2015) the night before the date of travel to Cuba. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses from their home base to Miami, and returning at the end of the trip from Miami to home. Please read the accompanying information for more details and for instructions how to sign up. Please note that participation in each trip is limited to approximately 25 persons. Due to legal requirements and NYSBA policies with respect to this travel opportunity (a) participants must be US citizens traveling on a US passport, (b) each participant must be either a NYSBA member or a spouse/partner/significant other traveling with a NYSBA member, (c) all lawyer participants are required to participate in each activity in the itinerary, and (d) all non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA participants are required to participate in the activity schedule which will be available for non-lawyers. Regrettably, independent travel outside the scope of the itinerary is not permitted.

Due to limited availability, you are encouraged to submit your application to participate as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon thereafter as feasible whether your application is accepted.

Promotional details and Application

If you require any further information, please contact Cuba Cultural Travel as indicated in the application materials

For additional information about this event contact cuba@nysba.org.

The rise of the laptop lawyer? Senior members, lonely bowlers, and a way forward | Bar Leader

Vol. 39 No. 2

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Stephen P. Gallagher, M.S.O.D.

Stephen P. Gallagher, master of science in organizational development, is president of Leadershipcoach.us, an executive coaching company headquartered in Narberth, Pa. Stephen concentrates his practice on transition/succession planning for lawyers. This article was prepared with cooperation and support from Leonard E. Sienko Jr., a lifelong friend and a sole practitioner at The Sienko Law Office in Hancock, N.Y. In Gallagher’s own transition from full-time practice, he spends time teaching several marketing classes at St. Joseph’s University, and he commits more of his time to his three grandchildren. He can be reached via e-mail and welcomes your comments and questions.

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New York Bar Recognizes that Virtual Lawyers May Be More Accessible to Clients – My Shingle-Carolyn Elefant

At the same time, the Opinion makes clear that “there are no virtual office exceptions” to a lawyers’ ethical responsibilities. Thus, lawyers operating a virtual office must disclose that they don’t have a physical office and must ensure that the services they provide are competently delivered. – Read more 

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Legal Loop: Another NYSBA decision on virtual law offices | NY Daily Record-Nicole Black

NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1025 (full text)

The committee then clarified its conclusion: “In whatever manner the courts resolve the statutory issues regarding virtual law offices — and we express no opinion on how they will or should resolve those issues — neither Rule 7.1(h) nor any other advertising rule imposes or defines the contours of an attorney’s office or style of practice. To the extent N.Y. State 756 and 964 opine that Rule 7.1(h) or its predecessor imposes an obligation for a physical office, they are modified. We now conclude that an attorney who is admitted to practice in New York but who is not resident in New York and who advertises his or her law practice in New York must include the address of the attorney’s principal office, which may be the Internet address of a virtual law office.”

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Microsoft’s next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android | The Verge

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Microsoft’s Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you’ll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

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