Clean Fleets for Municipalities–NYS DEC

Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

New York State is developing resources to help municipalities add zero emission vehicles(ZEVs) to their fleets and install more fueling stations for ZEVs. Such support is critical to meeting state greenhouse gas reduction goals; switching from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles in New York State could reduce emissions by as much as 75% per mile.

Attend this Climate Smart Communities webinar to learn about some of the ways that New York State is supporting municipalities’ efforts to increase ZEV adoption. Speakers will provide information on ZEV programs that are part of the 2016-2017 Environmental Protection Fund and on upcoming Drive Electric Week events, which start on September 10.

Please provide us with your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we cancel or postpone this webinar, respondents will be notified.

To join the webinar on September 8th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3db4fb674ade1dcba86597fe964e3d05
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click “Join“.
  5. Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to join the audio portion through your telephone.
  6. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697 and enter the Event Number: 640 971 652, followed by your attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the “Event Info” tab) to join the audio portion. The attendee ID is recommended but not required. It is also an option to join the audio portion via your computer speakers.

Two days before webinar, test the computer you plan to use by clicking on the following link: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

For assistance with WebEx, go to https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/mc and click “Support” on the left navigation bar.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Sent From My iPhone: how a humblebrag became a key piece of net etiquette | Technology | The Guardian

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s there a more divisive valediction than the default “Sent From My iPhone” sign-off? When the iPhone first appeared, users were roundly condemned for their thinly veiled humblebrag among the mounting popularity of Apple products.

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…the phrase has become an important part of online decorum. Including the sign off contains an innate apology for the brevity of the message. It begs forgiveness for any spelling or grammatical errors. It allows a little wiggle rooms for errant emojis. It is a nod of acknowledgement that you are on the hoof and doing as well as can be expected.

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As Baby Boomer partners retire, law firms face increasing costs and client issues–ABA Journal

Nearly half of the partners in the nation’s top 200 law firms are Baby Boomers or members of the older Silent Generation. And that means there will be a wave of upcoming retirements that will be the most ever experienced by BigLaw.

Sixteen percent of partners will retire in the next five years and 38 percent will retire in the next decade, the American Lawyer (sub. req.) reports, citing preliminary results from a partner compensation survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa.

The impact will be exaggerated because law firm headcount has grown at a slower pace since the financial crisis. The number of lawyers at the largest 100 law firms grew by 4.75 percent each year from 1985 to 1999 and by 5 percent annually from 2000 to 2008. Since 2009, however, the growth in head count has averaged only 1.2 percent a year.

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Client Site Visits: Checklist for Success | The National Law Review

Studies reveal that clients, more than ever, want and expect great service from their outside counsel. On top of that, clients value lawyers who know and understand their business, as well their people and their policies. Clients also want lawyers who are trusted advisors and counselors.

Lawyers and law firms that take the time ask “How are we doing?” and take a proactive interest in helping clients achieve their goals and objectives add tremendous value to the relationship and build trust and loyalty with the client. Being a competent legal technician is simply not enough anymore in today’s competitive market place for legal services.

And what is the best way to achieve this type of relationship with clients? Go visit them. In fact, I recommend that partners visit their top four clients each year. Show you care. Ask smart questions. Listen, learn and respond appropriately.

(Click here for) our Client Site Visit checklist, which offers practical guidance to lawyers who are interested in enhancing their relationships with top clients.

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