Woman Gets A Ticket For Driving With Google Glass | Ubergizmo

We know that there are certain establishments where Google Glass is banned, such as casinos for obvious reasons, but what about while driving? Is it considered illegal to drive while sporting a pair of Google Glass? Well it turns out that while the authorities are still debating as to whether it is considered illegal, Glass Explorer, Cecilia Abade, was recently given a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass. 

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OneTimeBox–Oliver Song

Built during HackMIT 2013, this service lets you quickly upload, share, and update live web folders.

Created by MIT senior Oliver SongOneTimeBox has no registration or sign-in required. Drag and drop your files onto OneTimeBox.  It produces a link you can share with anyone wanting whats in the box.

Anyone you send the link can contribute files to the box, which holds up to 1 GB and lasts for 1 week – all for free.

For more Oliver Song applications, designs, and other things, take a look at his web site:

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Please see the memorandum from Chief Judge Sharpe regarding the Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program that begins on January 1st, 2014.


Lawrence K. Baerman
Clerk of Court

Dear Northern District Bar Member
As you may know, the Northern District has been deemed a congested court by the Judicial Conference Committee on Case Administration and Case Management. Over the past several years the Court, working closely with the Federal Court Bar Association, has been exploring ways to streamline the civil case resolution process. As a product of these discussions the Northern District of New York will be implementing a more robust Court annexed mediation program. The new Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program was fashioned after a similar program that was adopted in the Western District of New York several years ago. That program, along with several other paid mediation programs across the country, has shown great success in resolving cases at an early stage in the litigation process saving both time and money for the parties.
The Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program will run for two years starting with cases that are filed after January 1, 2014. Additionally, any civil case where a Rule 16 Conference has been scheduled after January 1, 2014 will be placed into the program. The Court and the Federal Court Bar Association felt strongly that the success of this program would hinge on the quality and expertise of the mediation panel. The Court, working closely with our ADR Committee and Federal Court Bar Association, selected highly qualified lawyers from across the district to participate as mediators in this new program. All of the selected mediators are required to attend an advanced mediation training seminar which focuses on federal mediation techniques.
As part of the new process, the parties will select the mediator of their choice from the Court approved list of mediators and complete a mandatory two-hour mediation session. The cost of the two-hour mandatory session will be capped at $300.00 ($150.00 per-hour, the $300.00 fee for the first two-hour session will be shared equally by the parties). Thereafter, the parties may agree to continue the mediation session beyond the mandatory two-hour period at the rate established for that mediator. During the pilot program, the Court has set a rate cap not to exceed $300.00 per-hour for those cases that proceed beyond the two-hour mandatory session. At the conclusion of the two-year pilot, the Court will evaluate the success of the program to determine if it should continue as a permanent part of our ADR suite. Attorneys participating in the program can expect to receive a short survey about their impressions of the new program. I ask your assistance in completing the survey so that we may properly assess the value of this program.

During the pendency of this Pilot program, the Court’s current pro bono mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration programs will be suspended. The Court will however, continue to operate the pro bono assisted mediation program which is designed to help pro se litigants proceed through court annexed mediation.
For more information on this new program, please refer to General Order #47 – Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program which is available on our Court Website under General Orders at www.nynd.uscourts.gov.
Thank you,
Gary L. Sharpe Chief Judge

Retiring into a Bright Sadness-Lawyerist

Wow, Lawyerist has a second great column this week on living life as a lawyer.  Lawyerist is starting to stand out as the top blog for lawyers like us.
by Daniel Farr on on October 23rd, 2013
“…I was tired after 40 years of practicing law. It was time for a new road map: more music with the band, flannel shirts, bike riding, road trips, grandparenting, storytelling, teepee lodging, and embellishing memories with old pals. I wanted to be present with the people I love. Long ago, law practice began to rob me of living completely in the moment — reading to a grandchild; hiking with a son or daughter; sitting on a beach with my wife and friends — always a part of my mind was practicing law. Did we meet the filing deadline? I should have returned that phone call. Do we have enough money in the pot to meet payday? That elderly couple should have received a discount, but I don’t need one more box of overgrown zucchini….”.

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Drunk Law Practice v. Sober Law Practice-Lawyerist

“….I am an alcoholic. I have been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember, including while I was starting up my law practice the first time around. But I didn’t know I was an alcoholic until just a few years ago. After an unfortunate trip into the abyss, I am re-starting my solo practice. But this time, I am doing it sober…”, so begins one of the best and most relevant legal blog posts I’ve come across in a long time.

Read “Alcoholic Attorney’s” post sharing his journey to sobriety.  Wish him well and, if you recognize the behavior, contact Lawyer Assistance Program at:



or nysbalap@hushmail.com (confidential e-mail)

Patricia Spataro, LAP Director    Henry Kruman, LAC Chair


Debt Collecting by Text: | Anita Ramasastry | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

Imagine being texted by a collection agency when you are late paying a bill, and imagine if, as well, your spouse, children, or other people who may share your phone, and who are contacted separately by the agency also see that text.  –
This is what a California-based collection agency did to consumers. The agency was recently fined $1 million by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for violating theFair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
In this column, Prof. Ramasastry discusses the FTC enforcement action, and why it was the right move. She also discusses how that action has led to much-needed clarity as to what debt collectors may, and may not, do via text and SMS.

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Increasing the text size in iOS 7 – iPhone J.D.

For those of us who are having trouble reading iOS7’s new font, Jeff Richardson has a fix…by changing Settings to allow for dynamically-sized type face and bold, if needed.

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Should You Allow Comments on Your Law Blog?

Gyi Tsakalakis discusses Popular Science’s recent decision to drop all comments from its blog.  He thinks PopSCi made a mistake; but urges moderation (of comments) for lawyers who blog.
Read Gyi’s excellent analysis here.

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SCOTUSblog iOS app now available : SCOTUSblog

The SCOTUSblog iOS app is now available in the App Store for free download.  In addition to mobile access to the regular content on the blog, users will be able to receive push notifications pertaining to breaking news at the Supreme Court.  They promiset new features and improvements regularly.

A Clio Webinar–Mobile Practice Management

Clio is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern.  Joshua Lenon of Clio and Jeff Richardson of iPhone JD will talk about mobile device security, apps, and making the best use of an iPhone and iPad in the practice of law.

By coincidence this session will be right after (or at the end of) the big iPad announcement on Tuesday, so I’m sure they will have something to say about that as well.

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