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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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.