AMICI – N.Y. State Courts

The “Amici” podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York’s judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics. 

In these brief programs you’ll find:

  • Interviews with judges and other participants in the justice system
  • Commentary on current issues of interest to the bench, bar and public

Just click on a title and your computer’s audio player should automatically begin the program. Additionally, using your mouse, you can ‘right click’ on podcast titles, save them to your desktop or other file and import them to your MP3 player.

If you have a suggestion for a topic on Amici, call John Caher at 518-453-8669 or 

send him a note at jcaher@nycourts.gov.

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Enjoy the first Amici Podcast:

  • Indigent Legal Services: A Discussion with William Leahy

Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster–Gizmag

By Nick Lavars

March 26, 2015

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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter’s distribution network.

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Read entire Gizmag article here.

or click first link below:

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:

[+] REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.

[+] PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast. 

[+] TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)

[+] MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow them if you don’t want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)

[+] HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list.

Download for free:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id972909677

Starting a Podcast? Here’s What to Buy–Lawyerist

by Sam Glover on March 27th, 2015

“…When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn’t have to research what to get, buy it, realize it’s the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast…”.

Read the entire article here.

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A report from the NLRB General Counsel concerning recent Employee Handbook Rule cases.

“…This report presents recent case developments arising in the context of employee handbook rules. Although I believe that most employers do not draft their employee handbooks with the object of prohibiting or restricting conduct protected by the National Labor Relations Act, the law does not allow even well- intentioned rules that would inhibit employees from engaging in activities protected by the Act. Moreover, the Office of the General Counsel continues to receive meritorious charges alleging unlawful handbook rules. I am publishing this report to offer guidance on my views of this evolving area of labor law, with the hope that it will help employers to review their handbooks and other rules, and conform them, if necessary, to ensure that they are lawful…”

Download the Report here.

New iOS 8.3 Features: Speaker Calls With Siri, No Password Required to Download Free Apps – Mac Rumors

With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone’s speaker. If you ask Siri to “Call [name] on speaker,” the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri’s hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the “on speaker” part and places the call as normal. 

Read entire article.

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The Duty of Technology Competence and What It Means for E-Discovery

Robert Ambrogi will be moderating this free webinar next Wednesday March 25, 2015, which will discuss the evolving duty of technology competence in the context of e-discovery.

An interactive webinar on what this means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel: 

  • The legal/ethics groundwork for the duty of technological competence 
  • Biggest “danger areas” and most common mistakes 
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery 
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review (and why Continuous Active Learning is such a hot topic now)

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will interview Catalyst’s professional services team to get insight on the key issues and what they wish people knew about e-discovery. 

Sign up here.

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A Reminder To Ditch The Disclaimer This Tax Season – Forbes

Kelly Phillips Erb

Contributor

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… Last year, the IRS made final proposed Regulations (RIN 1545-BF96, Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, downloads as a pdf) that made changes to Circular 230. You can read the amendments to 31 CFR part 10 here.

Included in the explanation about the changes – and the response to the Proposed Regs – was this two sentence gem:

The “covered opinion” rules in section 10.35 have been eliminated and replaced by more practical, flexible, reason-based requirements for written advice in section 10.37. Among the consequences of the changes is that the Circular 230 disclaimer that now appears at the bottom of many emails and on memos can and should be eliminated.

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Read entire article here.

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