Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers Review By Sam Glover

Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers is one of the latest in the ABA’s “trendy topics in one hour for lawyers” series of overpriced books. This is unfortunate, because Ernie Svenson’s practical, quick-start guide to blogging, written with lawyers in mind, is actually quite good, despite its silly name (it takes more like 2 or 3 hours to read) and hefty price tag ($40, unless you get the iBook version I linked to above, which is more reasonably-priced at $20).
Sam Glover is an “A-List” legal blogger.  He has a lot of blogging experience and opinions about blogging for lawyers which he is not afraid to express.  Read his entire review of this new book here.

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Thuraya SatSleeve | Thuraya

The device is available now for $499 in either a 30-pin dock connector version for the iPhone 4 and 4s, or a Lightning connector version. Satellite time is billed at $0.75 per minute.

The SatSleeve is currently limited to voice.  Data is expected in August.  It fits iPhone 4 and 4S.  An iPhone 5 version is expected.

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Gay Marriage Transcript: Oral Arguments of Prop. 8 at US Supreme Court






The basics of the Lawyer’s iPad-By Jim Calloway

The iPad has proven very popular with the legal profession. Some lawyers are quite proficient at using their iPads with numerous apps installed and a proclivity to show off their latest app to anyone who will stand still and watch. Others mainly use the iPad for entertainment, browsing the Internet or responding to email. Here is a “beginner’s” article on how lawyers can use their iPad.


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Funding Cuts Will Compromise Federal Courts, Judges Tell Congress | United States Courts

A federal judge today told Congressional appropriators of sequestration’s dire consequences for the federal courts; “the Judiciary cannot continue to operate at such drastically reduced funding levels without seriously compromising the Constitutional mission of the federal courts.”


Judge Julia S. Gibbons, chair of the Judicial Conference Budget Committee, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, along with Judge Thomas F. Hogan, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.


“We cannot reduce our work if we face deep funding cuts,” Judge Gibbons told the subcommittee.  “We must adjudicate all cases that are filed with the courts, we must protect the community by supervising defendants awaiting trial and criminals on post-conviction release, we must provide qualified defense counsel for defendants who cannot afford representation, we must pay jurors. . . and ensure the safety and security of court staff, litigants, and the public in federal court facilities.”  Resources are needed to perform this work.


The Judiciary seeks $7.22 billion in appropriations, a 2.6 percent overall increase above the assumed fiscal year 2013 appropriations levels. This is the lowest requested increase on record and as Judge Gibbons pointed out, “the minimum amount required to meet our Constitutional and statutory responsibilities.” The request also represents a current services budget that limits the growth of the Judiciary’s largest account, the Salaries and Expenses that funds the bulk of court operations, to  just 2.3 percent. The increase does not restore any of the 1,800 staff lost over the last 18 months as a result of budget constraints.


Judges Gibbons and Hogan identified the Judiciary’s on-going cost-containment efforts in helping to limit the growth of the Judiciary’s budget. Among the initiatives are sharing administrative services among the courts, aggressively pursuing space reduction policies, including releasing space in underutilized non-resident facilities, and promoting the use of case budgeting to reduce defender services costs.


“I must point out, however,” Judge Gibbons said, “that while cost containment has been helpful during the last several years of flat budgets, no amount of cost containment will offset the major reductions we face from sequestration.”


Judge Gibbons urged the subcommittee in its deliberations to take into account the Judiciary’s unique Constitutional role “and the importance to our citizenry of an open, accessible, and well-functioning federal courts system. . . . If sufficient funding is not provided to the courts, we cannot provide the people of the United States the type of justice system that has been a hallmark of our liberty throughout our nation’s history.”

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Q: Can I Make a Part-Time Law Practice Work? –

Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter thantrying to have a law practice in your spare time. In fact, if you can balance the competing demands of a law practice and whatever you need to do with the rest of your time, a part-time law practice can be pretty great.


Why Android Updates Are So Slow-Gizmodo

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If there is one complaint we hear from Android users more than any other, it’s the speed at which software updates arrive. Or don’t arrive. It’s especially tough on tech enthusiasts who read about all the advantages of the new update, but can’t get it on their own devices for six months, if at all. Even brand new devices typically fail to launch with the latest version of Android. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus–a marquee Android flagship if there ever was one–only got its new Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) update today.

This has been going on for years. So what the hell? Why hasn’t the problem been fixed? And who’s to blame here? We asked Android manufacturers, carriers, and Google what the hold-up was. And, what a tangled web we found.


Read entire Gizmodo article here.


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3D-printed gun maker now has federal firearms license to manufacture, deal guns | Ars Technica

Read full Ars Technica report here.

On Saturday, Defense DistributedAmerica’s best-known group of 3D gunsmiths–announced on Facebook that its founder, Cody Wilson, now has a federal license to be a gun manufacturer and dealer. The group published a picture of the Type 7 federal firearms license (FFL) to prove it.

“The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me manufacture under the law–everything that manufacturers are allowed to do,” he told Ars. “I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”

Wilson and his colleagues have been making prototypes of guns for months now. Most recently, the group demonstrated an AR-15 semi-automatic, which is allowed under American law without a license. The legal difference now is Wilson can distribute the guns that he makes and sell them, too.



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Download ACTPrinter for Mac – Send documents from Mac to iOS device.

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ACTPrinter is the free companion application to the PAIDiOS / Android application ACTPrinter.

ACTPrinter allows you to “print” any document from your Mac to your iOS / Android device. Finally your documents travel with you!