How to read books from your local library on your tablet — Tech News and Analysis

by Mark Crump

If you haven’t been inside your local library in the last ten years, you might be surprised how easy it is to check out ebooks.

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The first step is to go to the closest branch of your library, make sure they have a digital library, and get a library card if you don’t have one. They will usually give you a pamphlet with the actual website to access the ebook. One there, you will need to create an account and link your library card number to it. You will then be able to browse the selections on your computer, iOS or Android device. When you search on a title you will get one of three possible results: the title cannot be found; the title is available, but is currently checked out; or the title is available for check out. If the title is available for borrowing, it will have a solid black book icon; if it’s already checked out, it will have a gray book icon.

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IRS Webinar-Business Use of Your Home

Practitioners who missed the recent IRS webinar on “Business Use of Your Home” can now view it online.

Discussion Topics will include the following:

  • Simplified and Regular Option for claiming the home office deduction
  • Requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses 
  • Types of expenses you can deduct and how to figure the deduction 
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Today’s Tech: A Federal Judge And His iPad (Part 1) « Above the Law:

 

By Nicole Black

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And it’s not just practicing lawyers who use tablets. Believe it or not, judges do, too. In fact, not only do some of them use tablets — some of them rely on their tablets to get their jobs done. Judge Richard Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is one of those judges. In this two-part series, I’m going to share with you how he uses his iPad to increase his efficiency on the bench and what he thinks about the effects of technology on the legal profession.

For Judge Wesley, the iPad is an indispensable tool that he uses on a daily basis. “The iPad was a game changer for me,” he explains. “With it, I can work from anywhere as long as I have wifi access. Once I realized that I could log into the federal court’s virtual private network and work securely from any location, the rest was history.”

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Judge Wesley uses his iPad in a number ways, all of which provide him with increased flexibility, convenience, and efficiency. “I use it to prepare for an upcoming sitting. My secretary downloads all briefs and records. I review the files, add bookmarks, highlight sections, and add comments on them and highlight aspects of them. I also add comment boxes in which I list questions I want to ask about a particular section. Then I synchronize the changes with my hard drive in my chambers so the document no longer resides on my iPad,” he explains. “Also, my clerks produce bench memos for me, which I mark up, and they also include hyperlinks to the cases referred to so that clicking on the link takes me right into Westlaw.”

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National Flood Insurance Program: Flood Hazard Mapping | FEMA.gov

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created this helpful set of resources for policymakers, elected officials, journalists, and members of the general public who would like to know more about the world of flood hazard mapping. On this site, visitors can find a host of resources and over a dozen thematic links, such as Coastal Projects, Change My Flood Zone Designation, and User Groups. Each link is preceded by a brief introduction to the resource, along with a description of the various items within each link. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Online Tutorials offered here, as they include several multimedia instructional resources designed to provide in-depth training on different facets on these programs.
 
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Fed. Dist. Court in NY Dismisses Fire Island Property Owners Claims of Due Process and Equal Protection Violations Following Denial of Variance Request

Originally posted on LAW OF THE LAND:

Plaintiffs, Michael DeFalco and William Matthews, own property on Fire Island, New York.  Plaintiffs’ dwelling and amenities occupied a total of 42.6% of the lot and all the structures had valid certificates of occupancy (“COs”).  Although the town’s zoning laws only allowed for 35% coverage, Plaintiffs’ structures existed before the enactment of such laws.  In 2010, Plaintiffs sought variances to make changes to their home. While the proposed changes would alter the structure of the dwelling, Plaintiffs insisted that the lot coverage would remain at 42.6%. The Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Brookhaven (“Board”) partially granted Plaintiffs’ application but placed limits regarding the lot coverage.  The Board determined that the 42.6% lot coverage was far greater than the permissible 35% and to allow such coverage would set a negative example for others.  As such, the Board agreed to allow Plaintiffs 37% lot coverage if they chose to…

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Fed. Dist. Court in New York Dismisses Civil Rights Claims After Owner Alleges Neighbors and Planning Board Conspired Against Her

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Plaintiff Farah Amid alleged that the Village of Old Brookville, New York and its residents and planning board deprived her of her civil rights in accordance with 42 U.S.C §1983 and that there was a conspiracy to deny her equal protection of the laws in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1985. Amid, a self-described Iranian-American and non-practicing Islamic woman, moved into Old Brookville with her husband in 1991. Following their divorce in 1999, Amid was able to maintain the home but was approached by an overzealous neighbor (who happened to be a real estate agent) to sell her home. When the neighbor would not take no for an answer, Amid alleged the neighbor and his wife (the Marxs’) began an aggressive campaign to drive her out of the neighborhood including depositing bags of dog feces on her property and even placing Amid in apprehension when it would seem that Mr. Marx…

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