Rights of Inpatients in New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Centers

Rights of Inpatients in New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Centers

Rights of Inpatients in
New York State Office of Mental Health
Psychiatric Centers

Most people are admitted to New York State psychiatric centers under the Mental Hygiene Law. If you are among them, you are entitled to a broad array of basic rights succinctly set forth in the above document. (Download full text in pdf)

Hat tip to Bethany Schumann-McGhee, Esq

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill Released by the ABA

The Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill – a project by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging commissioned by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – was designed for both the seriously ill individual and those caring for someone who is seriously ill. The guide explains “Seven Key Steps” in a brief, clear way while offering additional tips and resources for readers looking for more detailed information and guidance. The recently released guide addresses societal issues that have gained prominent media attention in recent years, such as paying for health care, managing health and personal decisions, and patient rights.


Hat tip to beSpacific

Prof. Patty Salkin On FCC Timeline Ruling

Petition Pending for Reconsideration of New FCC Rules Setting Timeframes for Governments to Act on Wireless Tower Siting Applications Under TCA « LAW OF THE LAND

Petition Pending for Reconsideration of New FCC Rules Setting Timeframes for Governments to Act on Wireless Tower Siting Applications Under TCA
In a 5-0 decision, the Federal Communications Commission (“€œFCC”€) issued new rules, effective November 18, 2009, establishing deadlines for state and local zoning governments to act on wireless tower siting with respect to applications involving personal wireless services covered by Section 332(c)(7) of the Telecommunications Act.


Read entire article here.

Wishing You Health, Peace, and Justice In The Coming Year — Happy Holidays 2009


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N.Y. Court Finds Med Mal Settlement Doomed by Failure to Put It on Record

Diarassouba v. Urban (full text of decision)

New York Law Journal

A New York judge’s refusal to allow the parties in a medical malpractice action to put a settlement agreement on the record in the moments before the jury read its verdict, as well as the defense counsel’s failure to acknowledge acceptance of the deal on the record, have resulted in the invalidation of the agreement. Instead, the jury’s award of a $1.45 million verdict — or nearly 10 times the amount the parties agreed to — must stand, a unanimous panel has ruled.

NYLJ: WhichDraft

The New York Law Journal – Webwatch

The document assembly site WhichDraft enables automatic assembly of contracts and other legal documents. Users start by finding the type of document they want and then fill them out by answering a series of simple questions. The site provides its own collection of documents and also allows users to post documents. WhichDraft also allows lawyers to upload their own documents and build their own sets of questions and answers for completing them. Users can keep these documents private or opt to share them

Google Chrome for Mac and Linux, and extensions on Windows and Linux betas

You can now use Google Chrome on Mac and Linux, in beta. In addition,
if you’re on the beta version of Google Chrome on Windows or Linux,
you can now try out any of 1000+ extensions to add more features and
functionality to the browser.


Google: Real-time search results

Now you can access comprehensive real-time search results from blogs,
social networks, news and the web. When relevant real-time information
is available, a new universal search feature will appear with a live
stream of the freshest web content. Clicking on the “Latest Results”
link will take you to a filtered full page of results. You can also
filter to see only short-form “Updates” from Twitter, FriendFeed,
Indenti.ca, Jaiku and TWiT Army. We also announced new agreements with
Facebook and MySpace, and are working to incorporate public content
from those services in the feature. You can also see what’s happening
on the web by checking out the new Hot Topics on Google Trends.


Xyggy Legal – Beta

Xyggy Homepage

Xyggy’s paradigm for search is based on the fundamental idea that search should be item-based not just text-based. Just start typing in the name of a case >>

Xyggy Legal – Beta

Cases covered include:
United States Supreme Court:
United States Reporter (U.S.): 1 – 544
United States Circuit Courts of Appeal:
Federal Reporter, Second Series (F.2d): 178 – 999
Federal Reporter, Third Series (F.3d): 1 – 491
Case coverage is incomplete for recent years and Xyggy will endeavor to complete the collection in the future. Till then the site is at beta status.

Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis

Land Use Prof Blog: White on Shame, Fear, and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis

Brent T. White (Arizona) has posted Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis.  The abstract:

Despite reports that homeowners are increasingly “walking away” from their mortgages, most homeowners continue to make their payments even when they are significantly underwater. This article suggests that most homeowners choose not to strategically default as a result of two emotional forces: 1) the desire to avoid the shame and guilt of foreclosure; and 2) exaggerated anxiety over foreclosure’s perceived consequences. Moreover, these emotional constraints are actively cultivated by the government and other social control agents in order to encourage homeowners to follow social and moral norms related to the honoring of financial obligations – and to ignore market and legal norms under which strategic default might be both viable and the wisest financial decision. Norms governing homeowner behavior stand in sharp contrast to norms governing lenders, who seek to maximize profits or minimize losses irrespective of concerns of morality or social responsibility. This norm asymmetry leads to distributional inequalities in which individual homeowners shoulder a disproportionate burden from the housing collapse.


Download the entire article here.