CiteStack – Overview

CiteStack is an extension to Google’s Chrome browser. In order to run CiteStack, you must first install Chrome. When you do legal research using Google’s Scholar site, CiteStack interacts with Scholar to save your results.

For example, if you highlight a selection in a case, CiteStack automatically captures the selection and generates a pincite for you. You determine whether and where to add the selection and its pincite, and you can save an annotation as well. Nothing is saved unless you chose to add it to the Stack.

You can try it for free; but a one-year license is $69.00.

Bankruptcy Action Can Be ‘Commenced’ Despite Failure to Meet Law’s Requirements, 2nd Circuit Says – Bankruptcy Action Can Be ‘Commenced’ Despite Failure to Meet Law’s Requirements, 2nd Circuit Says

A bankruptcy action can be considered “commenced” even when a debtor has failed to meet a requirement imposed by Congress that he first receive credit counseling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Interpreting a “statutory tangle” of bankruptcy provisions, the circuit said the counseling requirement under 11 U.S.C. Section 109(h) is not jurisdictional in nature and a case can still be regarded as begun by the filing of a bankruptcy petition, which triggers an automatic stay.

Section 109(h), added to the code by Congress in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, was interpreted by the 2nd Circuit in three separate pro se bankruptcy cases that were on appeal. Adams v. Zarnel, 07-0090-bk, was the lead case.

NYTIMES: Gmail Offers Phone Service via Web

Gmail Offers Phone Service via Web –

After Gmail users install a voice and video chat plug-in to their browsers, they can make a call using their computer’s microphone and speakers or a headset. Calls to numbers in the United States and Canada will be free at least through the end of the year. International calls range from 2 cents a minute to many countries to 98 cents a minute to call Cuba.

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Download free Gmail video & video chat package here)

Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research

About Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research

This guide is meant to help law students navigate the confusing world of Internet legal resources. All resources listed here can be considered reliable and accurate.

About the author
Sarah Glassmeyer, JD MLS is the Faculty Services and Outreach Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law at the Valparaiso University School of Law. In addition to providing reference services, she also teaches in the First Year Legal Research curriculum. Professor Glassmeyer speaks frequently on the intersection of web technologies and legal research and blogs at SarahGlassmeyer(dot)com.

New York–Power of Attorney Forms (Downloadable)-Eff. Sept. 12,2010

NYSBA | Power of Attorney2010

The New York Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney and New York Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization linked here go into effect on September 12, 2010, the thirtieth day after it became law.

Although the specific language of the statutory forms cannot be changed, modifications can be made in subsection (g) of the Power of Attorney form and under paragraphs (b) and (c) of the Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization. Sample modifications to the Power of Attorney form and the Statutory Gifts Rider Authorization are also included. The modifications are provided by Kathryn Grant Madigan of Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, and other State Bar volunteers, including Michael O’Connor of Delaney and O’Connor. Please note that some of these clauses are mutually exclusive and should be inserted in accordance with the direction/best interests of the Principal. You should also enter your own modifications, as appropriate, to best meet the needs of the Principal.

Please be sure to read the instructions before downloading the forms.

Dropbox mobile

Ever wanted to use Dropbox but didn’t have a computer nearby? Dropbox’s mobile website ( makes it happen. With Dropbox mobile, you can browse and open files in your Dropbox directly from your phone or mobile device’s browser.

They’ve also got apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. Download them here for an even better Dropbox experience. It’s free!

Own a Blackberry? Don’t worry–Coming soon!

Get extra space free.

Skype Etiquette (via TechCrunch)

Michael Arrington, lawyer and high tech guru, gives pointers on Skype etiquette.

Skype Etiquette [tc_ooyala code="ZsOW5uMTo1zILYkJITw7_OtjjBCA1GXB"] Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use. It's nearly perfect. Except that you people are using it to drive me crazy. It's made my list of "can't live without" products for the last five years, and more recently the screen sharing feature has made Skype even more important as a productivity tool. What I like about Skype is that you can use it for chat, or audio, or video. I … Read More

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Growl for Windows

Growl for Windows

Growl for Windows is a Windows-compatible version of Growl, a notification system for Mac OS X.

Ok, so what is Growl?

Put simply, Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived – Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.

Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.

Download Growl for Windows here for free.

Download Growl for Mac here for free.