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Skype Adds Video Calling to iPhone App By VERNE G. KOPYTOFF If you happen to see people making strange faces at their iPhones in the next few days, blame Skype. TheInternet telephone service introduced video chatting on Thursday for iPhone users who want to not just hear the people they call, but also see them. The new feature comes in the latest version of Skype’s iPhone app, available in Apple’s App Store. Users can make free Skype-to-Skype video calls over AT&T‘s 3G network and on Wi-Fi. Android phones are not yet compatible.

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TrialPad for iPad

TrialPad is an iPad app for litigators to organize, manage, and annotate documents to be used in a trial, hearing, or ADR setting. It was designed specifically for the legal profession by professional trial consultants who have helped lawyers present at trial for more than a decade. Unlike PDF readers, it lets you create separate case folders, organize and sort important documents, and dynamically annotate and present them via its flexible output options.

The Documents section contains all your documents for a particular matter, the Hot Docs section is for important documents you may intend to use with a specific witness, or that you plan to display many times during the course of trial. You can pre-annotate a document using the Highlight, Pen, or Redact tools and save your annotations as a Hot Doc by pressing the Fire icon. The documents folder only holds clean copies of your documents. Both can be categorized and organized into folders for witness, issue, trial day, or any other convention.

Simply press one of the tools and draw on your document. The Highlight tool is yellow and creates a outline box for the area you wish to highlight. The Pen tool is a red line that allows you to underline or draw freehand. The Redact tool is white and draws an outline box, like the Highlight tool. Whatever is covered by the box will be redacted.

TrialPad is available on the AppStore for $89.99–expensive for an app, cheap for trial practice software.






NYLJ: Prisoner’s Due Process Rights Violated When Parental Rights Were Terminated Without Allowing His Participation in Family Court Hearing by Phone

Eileen R. v. Broome County, 508828

Due process considerations are relevant to protecting the rights of parents who are unable, because of their incarceration, to personally attend proceedings concerningparental rights. Some examples of steps that courts have taken to protect the due process rights of unavoidably absent parents include permitting telephonic testimonyor attendance, testimony by other means such as depositions, periodic adjournments to permit the incarcerated parent to review transcripts of testimony, and appointing counsel who can fully participate in the proceeding on behalf of the parent (see generally Matter of Danielle M., 26 AD3d 748, 749 [2006], lv denied 7 NY3d 703 [2006];Matter of Ramon C., 261 AD2d 205 [1999]Matter of James Carton K., 245 AD2d at 376-377). If such alternative means of participation can be implemented without unduly delaying the proceeding, the court is able to *3 simultaneously protect a parent’s right to be present and the child’s right to a prompt and permanent adjudication.


YEAR IN REVIEW: NATIONAL CASE LAW UPDATE UNDER THE IDEA AND § 504/A.D.A. Perry A. Zirkel University Professor of Education and Law Lehigh University

I found a useful compilation of the year’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [“IDEA’]  decisions here:


NYLJ: ABA to Study Changing Role of Criminal Defense Lawyers Post-‘Padilla’

Tony Mauro and Daniel Wise

New York Law Journal

December 27, 2010


The question of whether the role of the criminal defense lawyer has been affected by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Padilla v. Kentucky, 08-651, will be the focus of a task force established last week by the American Bar Association’s criminal justice section.

The goal is to explore the obligations on lawyers to advise clients about the consequences of criminal convictions and help criminal defense lawyers understand and meet those responsibilities.

In Padilla, the Court found that a defense lawyer’s failure to advise a client that a guilty plea would have deportation consequences for the client amounted to “constitutionally deficient” representation.

The ruling has had repercussions not only for lawyers representing immigrants. It is being used in cases where guilty pleas have had consequences in other areas, including employment, child custody and housing.

Read entire article here (free registration required)


Law and the Multiverse

Have you ever wondered about Superman’s immigration status?  Pondered who pays for the breakage when a superhero smashes a villain into a wall? Then you are clearly a lawyer who loves comic book heroes as are the folks at Law and the Multiverse-Superheroes, supervillains, and the law.

JuryTracker for the iPad

JuryTracker is the powerful new tool for tracking juror responses during trial. It allows the trial attorney, paralegal, jury consultant and client to observe and report on juror behavior in a consistent, concise and effective way.  $9.99.


Identify Key Jurors

  1. Simplify Jury Observation
  2. Standardize Notes on Juror Responses
  3. Track Time Spent by Each Party
  4. Share Reports with Trial Team and Clients


    JuryTracker for the iPad


    Available on the App Store


FindLaw: Top 5 Essential iPad Apps for Lawyers

Top 5 Essential iPad Apps for Lawyers – Mobile Phones / Smartphones – Technologist

By Jason Beahm on December 15, 2010 5:46 AM
Here are the Apps all iPad-wielding attorneys should download:

1) Evernote

2) DropBox

3) Dragon Dictation

4) Read It Later

5) Google Mobile App

Read the entire article on these FREE apps here.


FINDLAW: Obama Health Care Law Ruled Unconstitutional

By Kevin Fayle on December 13, 2010 10:02 AM

A federal district judge in Virginia has ruled that a portion of the recent federal health care reform law violates the United States Constitution. The judge found that the law’s requirement that private individuals purchase insurance, known as the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision, exceeded the congressional authority to regulate interstate commerce.