Video Interviews With Legal Tech Experts at ABA Techshow – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

At the recent ABA Techshow, MyCase produced a series of video interviews with legal technology experts, all hosted by Niki Black, herself a legal technology expert as well as MyCase’s official legal technology evangelist. Today, Nike posted all the interviews at Above the Law.

MacMost Night Shift

The new Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3 changes the color of your iPad and iPhone’s screen to fit studies that show that a warmer display will make it easier for some people to get to sleep. You can try Night Shift with your iOS device if you read in bed at night to see if it helps you. 


NYSBA–House of Delegates Webcast-10:00am, April 2, 2016

Meeting of the House of Delegates

Webcast Live from the New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Watch the NYSBA House of Delegates in action on Saturday, April 2nd beginning at 10:00 a.m. by clicking and choosing the April meeting.





10:00 a.m. – Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, and welcome


10:05 a.m. – Approval of minutes of January 29, 2016 meeting


10:10 a.m. – Report of Treasurer – Ms. Sharon Stern Gerstman


10:25 a.m. – Election of Nominating Committee and State Bar Delegates to ABA House of Delegates – Mr. Seymour W. James, Jr.


10:35 a.m. – Report of Committee on Membership – Ms. Sherry Levin Wallach


10:55 a.m. – Report of President – Mr. David P. Miranda


11:10 a.m. – Report and recommendations of Committee on the New York State

Constitution – Mr. Henry M. Greenberg


11:30 a.m. – Report of Commercial and Federal Litigation Section – Mr. Mark Arthur Berman


11:45 a.m. – Report of The New York Bar Foundation – Mr. John H. Gross


11:55 a.m. – Report of NYSBA/TNYBF Joint Pro Bono Task Force – Ms. Marion Hancock Fish and Hon. Barry Kamins


12:10 p.m. – Report of Executive Director – Mr. David R. Watson


12:25 p.m. – Administrative Items – Ms. Claire P. Gutekunst


12:30 p.m. – New Business


Next House of Delegates meeting:

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, New York



April 2, 2016, starting at 10:00 a.m. 

Live Webcast

NYS Division of Corporations, State Records and UCC–Local Laws Service

Local Laws Search

Local Laws adopted by the legislative body of a local government (county, city, town or village) are filed with the Department of State pursuant to section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.  Additionally, the legislative body of each county is required to provide the Secretary of State with a complete codification of all local laws (“county code”) in effect that it has adopted.

The New York Department of State maintains an electronic database of local laws and county codes (“Local Laws Database”). The database contains local laws filed with the Department of State on or after January 1, 1998. It also includes county codes filed on or after April 1, 2015.  Local laws and county codes filed with the Department of State are usually included in the Local Laws Database within two business days.

Local laws filed prior to January 1, 1998 are not in the Local Laws Database.  They are maintained in manual files. Copies of these local laws may be obtained by sending a written request to the Department of State along with the required fee.

The public may search the Local Laws Database on this website.  Please review the “Local Laws Search Instructions” for detailed instructions on performing searches and viewing images of filed local laws and county codes which can be found below. 

 Local Laws Database Search

Local Laws Database Search Instructions (pdf)

Use fixed fee to increase profitability-TimeSolv Free Webinar-April 7th, 2016


Raza Hasan has been helping law firms with legal billing best practices for 10 years as President and CEO of TimeSolv Corporation.  

Scott Clasen is TimeSolv’s director of marketing. With over 15 years of marketing experience, he has in-depth knowledge of the all the various digital marketing channels available and how to leverage them to grow your business.

Register for free webinar here.

Obviously, this is a presentation by a company with something to sell; but the topic is interesting, timely, and the “price” is right.

Update Your Research And Validate Your Cases With Alternative Citators – MyCase Blog

by Lisa Solomon,

Citators have two main functions. First, they allow you to quickly locate other cases that cite a particular case. Second, they allow you to quickly identify other cases that affect the validity of a particular case.* 

While many consider Shepard’s (from LexisNexis) and KeyCite (from Thomson Reuters, home of WestlawNext) to be the “gold standard” in citators, the former is available only in connection with a Lexis Advance subscription and the latter is available only in connection with a WestawNext subscription. Here are some free alternatives to consider:

NYSBA | Lawyers in Transition-Upcoming Programs-FREE for NYSBA Members



Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Video Replay Program with live Q&A | Register here! 


Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition and the Lawyer Assistance Program.


Panelists: Pat Spataro & Kim Wolf Price

Transition is often a time when individuals find themselves struggling as our sense of identity can often be tied up in “what one does” as much as “who one is.”  Sometimes as we seek new opportunities, we need to focus on strategies for taking care of your well-being.  So what steps should you take to strengthen your sense of well-being to help in making a transition? During a transition? When the transition seems to be too much to handle?  This program gives viewers advice on how to work through these tough time – whether it is your own struggle or you are looking for ways to help someone else. 

Recorded Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Broadcast with Live Q&A

This is a free event for NYSBA members.  Pre-registration is required. 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | 120 Broadway – 37th Floor, New York, NY 10271 | Register here! 

Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition.

The Economic Confidence Building Process is a comprehensive engagement and analysis of a client’s interconnected wealth protection and wealth creation worlds with the ultimate goal of helping clients live great financial lives. We know specifically that attorneys live busy and demanding lives which leaves very little time for planning and understanding financial and insurance instruments. We look to bring good information, discipline, organization and more importantly trusted counsel.


Vidal Peoples has been a financial planner with Strategies for Wealth since 2011. Vidal is a proud torch bearer of Strategies For Wealth 81 year tradition of excellence in engaging individuals, families and business owners towards living great financial live and financial security. Vidal helps clients maximize and protect their wealth by debunking common financial myths which have caused the current retirement crisis.


Marty Nachemson is a partner at Prosperian Wealth Management. Marty brings a specialty in holistic financial engineering to his clientele.Thorough and innovative, Marty produces measurable returns through a unique macro-economic coordination process, with the goal in mind to increase efficiency of dollars, develop tax saving strategies, along with risk management and control over your finances. For over three decades, Marty’s communication skills, grasp of economic strategy and desire to serve has brought him a diverse and prolific clientele as well as many industry awards and recognition. 


This is a free event for NYSBA members.  Pre-registration is required. 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Free Webcast and Live Program | Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. | 250 Park Avenue | New York, NY 10177 | Register here! 

Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition.


Stories, true and personal, are the single most powerful communication tool. Using ethos, logos and pathos, we craft stories to transmit information effectively as counselors, negotiators, advocates, negotiators, employers, marketers, and colleagues. This workshop will discuss:
– new neurological research on the function of stories with a dramatic arc

– how to craft stories

– how to choose stories

– how to deliver stories

– code-switching

– ethical boundaries

Program Location:

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. | 250 Park Avenue | New York, NY 10177


Deb Volberg Pagnotta, J.D., is CEO of diversityDNA llc, and Interfacet, Inc., both New York-based consultancies which provide services to help people communicate to connect. Ms. Pagnotta recently founded Storyweavers™, a project providing a series of curated and open mike story events throughout NY. Ms. Pagnotta is an adjunct instructor in the Humanities Department at Norwalk Community College, where she is the first recipient of NCC’s Center for Escellence teaching award. She delivered a TEDxNCC talk (Diversity: Connections Not Categories) in 2014, and ran the Got Ideas Entrepreneurial Contest (2015) and the Juried Story Slam (2016). An instructor at Iona College from 2009-20115, she founded and ran the annual Student Story Slam (6 times) and in 2013 received the Junior Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Her courses range from Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, and Persuasion, to Interpersonal Communication, and Technology, Communication and Society.

This is a free event for NYSBA members.  Pre-registration is required. 

Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration Page

Watch this free webcast about Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting by Providers of Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) (§6055)

When: March 29, 2016; 2 p.m. (Eastern) 

How: Register for this event. You will use the same link to attend the event.

Learn about:

  • Information Reporting for Issuers Overview
  • Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC)
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Forms
  • Resources

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective Date Extended to March 27, 2016

On March 13, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature amended the Public Health Law and the Education Law to extend the implementation date for mandatory electronic prescribing to March 27, 2016.

Although this amendment extends the effective date of mandated electronic prescribing, e-prescribing of both controlled and non-controlled substances is currently permissible in New York. Practitioners must continue their efforts to become compliant with the requirement, including working with their software vendors to implement the additional security requirements needed for e-prescribing of controlled substances, and registering their certified software applications with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

General Information

Amendments to Title 10 NYCRR Part 80 Rules and Regulations on Controlled Substances have been adopted and became effective as final regulations on March 27, 2013. The amendments authorize a practitioner to issue an electronic prescription for controlled substances in Schedules II through V and allow a pharmacist to accept, annotate, dispense and electronically archive such prescriptions.

Read more….

Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers. But now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information.

 YouTube: Telephone and Phishing Scams

Help get the word out to taxpayers about scam phone calls and emails by sharing these consumer warnings:

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