WAZE—Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App

https://www.waze.com

Phone based navigation systems are one of the great innovations of the early 21st century. But they have their drawbacks – like when they take you down a road dead-ended by construction. Waze seeks to improve on the greatness by tapping into real drivers driving real roads. Put simply, it’s a community-based navigation and traffic app. So when a waze user sees traffic or other obstacles, they tell the app, and the app tells all the other drivers. It’s a fluid, continually self-updating account of the roads as they actually are. Available for Apple devices (iOS 5.0 and up) and Android (2.2 and up). 

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

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I’ve been using this app for a few months and I enjoy the detail found in the maps.  I especially like the ease of change of perspective when “moving” the map locations.  

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Six Steps to Better Depositions — Lawyerist

by Evan Schaeffer on November 26th, 2014

My first depositions were often frightening experiences. Like most new lawyers, I plunged ahead and tried to do my best, but I rarely felt at ease.

As my discomfort gave way to confidence, I developed techniques I began to use at every deposition. What follow are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. But I consider these techniques so useful I continue to use them today.

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FREE Webinar: Virtual Law Practice – How to Deliver Legal Services Online – MyCase Blog

Please join us for our upcoming webinar, “Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online” on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT/ 2pm ET.

REGISTER HERE

Ever wonder about living and practicing law abroad?  Daydream about working from the Caribbean or simply outside the office walls?  Virtual law practices are revolutionizing legal services and allowing attorneys more flexibility than ever before. Attend this webinar and find out if it’s a good fit for you.

You’ll hear everything you need to know about virtual law practices from Stephanie Kimbro, the foremost authority on the topic and author of four books, including Virtual Law Practice.

Join us to learn about:

  • Different virtual law firm models
  • How to create fixed fee service packages for online delivery
  • How to market a virtual law firm
  • Best practices to avoid ethics issues
  • The future of online delivery of legal services

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In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York invites you to attend the In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at United States Courthouse, Third Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 S. Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York.  A reception will follow on the 5th floor.  

Please RSVP by December 1, 2014 via email special_events@nynd.uscourts.gov or by calling (315) 234-8599.

Obituary for Judge McCurn

State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson –September 16, 2014 Testimony Before Grand Jury

Via CNN:

The St. Louis County prosecutor has released grand jury documents, including a transcript of Wilson’s testimony and evidence photos of Wilson after the altercation with Brown.

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Law Review Commons–Robert Ambrogi

Launched in August 2013, Law Review Commons is the largest open-access law review portal on the web. It provides access to more than 200 law reviews containing more than 150,000 articles. The oldest law reviews in its collection date back to 1852.

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Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers–NYS DOS Division of Building Standards and Codes

November 23, 2014 – UPDATE

Western New York Snow Event

Special Request for Additional Structural Engineers

Beginning early this week, Western New York has experienced a significant snowfall event.  Over six feet of snow has accumulated in some areas.  The weather service predicts temperatures will rise above freezing through early next week, resulting in a significant snowmelt and the potential for flooding in the region.  There is also the risk of building collapse as a result of the weight of the snow.

DBSC is assembling a list of individuals who would be available from Monday November 24 to Wednesday December 3.

All Interested individuals (Code Enforcement Officials, Engineers and Architects) should send an email toCEDAR@dos.ny.gov, and indicate their name, contact information and available dates.  Individuals will then be contacted with additional information.

Example:

Joe Smith, Town of Anywhere, Some County, NY

Joe.smith@anywere.ny.gov

Cell – 123 – 456 – 7890

Dates available 11/23, 24, 25 and 12/1, 2.

 

Thank you for your participation.

Eric C. Bradshaw

Disaster Response Coordinator

New York State Department of State

Division of Building Standards and Codes

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Westlaw discloses breach of public records database – beSpacific

News release: “West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General‘s Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that some […]

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Draft and Format Legal Pleadings and Briefs with DraftLaw — Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

As if drafting a legal pleading or brief wasn’t work enough, then you have to format it. That means getting the caption just right, assembling the table of contents, building the table of authorities, making sure footnotes are in the right format, etc., etc. And how you do all these things will vary depending on which court you’re filing in. Getting the formatting done — and done right — can be a huge drain on your or your staff’s time.

Stephen DeRosa was practicing as a litigator in New York when he decided he was spending too much of his time making his documents look a certain way. He set out to build a product that would take the hassle out of formatting court pleadings and briefs. The result was DraftLaw.

DeRosa describes DraftLaw as a web-based word processing platform for litigation attorneys. While it is certainly that, its stand-out feature is its ability to take all those words you’ve processed and automatically assemble them into a perfectly formatted, ready-to-file PDF, complete with caption, table of contents, table of authorities, section headings and citations in proper order. All of this is done in conformance with the style requirements of the specific court you select.

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Cuba Cultural Travel–NYSBA TRAVEL TO CUBA MARCH 8 – MARCH 14, 2015

The NYSBA International Section is pleased to announce the limited availability of People to People travel to Cuba through an itinerary which is compliant with current Federal regulations for such travel and which also provides a significant amount of exposure to the legal community in Cuba. More detailed information about this opportunity is being made available together with this e-letter, and is also available on the New York State Bar Association website at www.nysba.org. The itineraries are subject to change, and there will be some alternative activities scheduled for non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA members on the trip. 

The available travel dates are March 8 – March 14, 2015 and include an overnight stay in Miami (March 8, 2015) the night before the date of travel to Cuba. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses from their home base to Miami, and returning at the end of the trip from Miami to home. Please read the accompanying information for more details and for instructions how to sign up. Please note that participation in each trip is limited to approximately 25 persons. Due to legal requirements and NYSBA policies with respect to this travel opportunity (a) participants must be US citizens traveling on a US passport, (b) each participant must be either a NYSBA member or a spouse/partner/significant other traveling with a NYSBA member, (c) all lawyer participants are required to participate in each activity in the itinerary, and (d) all non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA participants are required to participate in the activity schedule which will be available for non-lawyers. Regrettably, independent travel outside the scope of the itinerary is not permitted.

Due to limited availability, you are encouraged to submit your application to participate as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon thereafter as feasible whether your application is accepted.

Promotional details and Application

If you require any further information, please contact Cuba Cultural Travel as indicated in the application materials

For additional information about this event contact cuba@nysba.org.