New York Court of Appeals Webcasts




NYSBA’s First Webcast: The Presidential Summit


Click the Play Button on this site to watch an excerpt from the January 30, 2008, live webcast of the Presidential Summit at the NYSBA Annual Meeting. “Youth at Risk” and “Globalization” were both on the agenda.

I was impressed by the video quality. Even in the full screen mode, there was very little degradation of the video signal.

The camera was well-placed and not intrusive. The presentations were almost like being in the room. It was fun to spot familiar faces in the crowd.

Congratulations to President Kate Madigan and her Electronics Communications Task Force for this historic broadcast. FULL DISCLOSURE: this blogger is a member of the ectf.

More content will be available soon.

Real Estate Space

Real Estate Space

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Law Blog, with notes on real estate law and the real estate business from a Massachusetts lawyer.


Sometimes its useful to view something like real estate law and finance from a broader perspective than your next New York closing.

Doug Cornelius presents an excellent example of an attorney with a large, old-line firm who enjoys keeping current on his field with a personal blog.

RSS feed and email updates are available. Cornelius shares publications and forms from his practice.

Well worth a look. Check out his use of embedded documents, some of which are hosted on a new site called Docstoc.

New Border Rules–From the Canadian Side

CBC News In Depth: Airport security

A change in American policy has created huge headaches for Canadians who feel the urge to travel south of the border from time to time. Since Jan. 23, 2007, Canadians flying to the U.S. have had to possess a valid passport.

The new rule — part of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — led to long lineups at passport offices across the country and a huge backlog as Passport Canada was inundated with a surge in the number of applications.

The initiative requires citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda travelling by air to the U.S. from other countries in the western hemisphere to present a valid passport, a Merchant Mariner’s Document or a card issued under the NEXUS Air frequent traveller program.

The second stage of the initiative takes effect Jan. 31, 2008, when those who travel to the U.S. by land or water will be required to show valid identification when they cross the border. Verbal declarations will no longer be accepted.


Read entire article from CBC.

Legal Ease Blog: Do Something – Take Action on Interruptions

Legal Ease Blog: Do Something – Take Action on Interruptions

***On average, it takes approximately 10 minutes to get back on track after each interruption. The vast majority of interruptions (up to 80%) are typically of ‘little’ or ‘no’ value. If you’re interrupted 20 times a day (which isn’t tough if you’re constantly checking email), you lose over two productive hours a day.***

Allison C. Shields has some helpful hints on how to manage your interruptions.

Read her entire article.***

Allison’s LEGALease blog is available through RSS and email. Her law office management insights are especially helpful for the small firm and solo practitioner.