The Basics of a Lawyer’s Smartphone

By Jim Calloway

At the OBA Annual Meeting, during a discussion about smartphones, an attendee pulled out an old-style flip phone and smiled at us. This happens a lot, although not nearly with the frequency it did several years ago. Sometimes the lawyer is a bit sheepish about still having an old flip phone and other times they are quite proud of it, having avoided what they view as the additional complexity and expense of operating a smartphone.

I am not judging anyone for their phone. Even the most fervent users of smartphones would agree that they are a mixed blessing. Even carrying a flip phone still means that most serene weekend afternoon or private moment can be interrupted by a call. It is a part of life today. And flip phones do have the advantage of never having a reported episode of bursting into flame.

The idea of individuals carrying a device that is a phone and a powerful computing device connected to the internet is not going to go away. I used to do seminars about apps for lawyers’ mobile devices, but now it is easy to do a quick search for any function and find articles comparing and contrasting various mobile apps.

 

A challenging thing about technology, however, is knowing what you don’t know.

 

So let’s cover a few things lawyers can do with their smartphones today.

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Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Updated Resource:

PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE

Our Know Your Rights Guide for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers has been updated and is now available in Spanish!  It explains in plain language what discrimination might look like and how to access your rights under the New York State Human Rights Law.  You’ll also find other helpful information, including facts about additional laws and regulations that protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and a list of legal advocates around New York State that may be able to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.

Please share this guide with your networks and anyone you think would find it helpful.

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Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Google, Facebook, Twitter – CourtSide

By Christopher Coble, Esq.

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The families’ lawsuit is somewhat unique however, in that it contends that by pairing advertising with ISIS-related postings the sites are creating “specific unique content,” which falls outside of Section 230 protections. You can read the full lawsuit below:

Earl Crosby, et al. v. Twitter, Google, and Facebook by FindLaw on Scribd

– See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2016/12/pulse-nightclub-shooting-victims-sue-google-facebook-twitter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs#sthash.GIelhw7b.dpuf

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Just the Facts: U.S. Courts of Appeals | United States Courts

Just the Facts is a new feature that highlights issues and trends in the Judiciary based on data collected by the Judiciary Data and Analysis Office (JDAO) of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

In this installation get a snapshot of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

South Carolina Proposes Law To Ban Porn Unless Customers Pay $20

By Adnan Farooqui

Legislators in South Carolina have moved a new bill which would make it illegal for a smartphone, tablet or computer to be sold in the state without a porn filter. The filter will render the device incapable of accessing online porn. However, those who want the ability to access adult content online will have to pay an additional $20 in order to purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer without a porn filter.

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The sponsors of the bill haven’t really provided any technical details about how the porn filter is going to work, whether it’s going to be installed at the factory for the aforementioned devices or if sales representatives will install it at the point of sale. There’s also the question of this entire act infringing on First Amendment rights.

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NY, 19 other states file suit against generic drug makers – Capitol Confidential

New York is one of 20 states that have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against six generic drug makers alleging that they entered into numerous illegal conspiracies in order to favorably affect the market for an antibiotic and an oral diabetes medication in their favor, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said Thursday.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA are being targeted by the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that the companies engaged in the alleged illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for doxycycline hyclate delayed release, the antibiotic, and glyburide, the oral diabetes drug. An investigation, initiated in Connecticut in July 2014, related to a number of additional generic drugs is ongoing, Schneiderman’s office said.

The lawsuit alleges that senior executives and subordinate marketing and sales executives coordinated to reduce competition with knowledge that their conduct was illegal and that they sought to avoid communicating in writing or delete written communications after they became aware of the investigation.

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Professional Development and Parent Seminar–Free

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Spring_2017_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

 

 

Kristin V. Christodulu, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Statewide Coordinator, NYS Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University at Albany, SUNY

1535 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

PH: 518-442-2574

FX: 518-442-4834

EMAIL: kvchristodulu@albany.edu

WEBSITE: www.albany.edu/autism

iOS 10.2 is here with new emojis, a TV app, Photo updates and more – CNET

Apple released iOS 10.2 new features and bug fixes for your iPhone. It’s a big midyear update that includes news emojis, a TV app and much more. Here’s everything the update includes.

Editors’ note: This post originally rounded up features included in iOS 10.2 beta. At least one of the beta features — emergency SOS — was excluded from the public release. 

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Lawyer Vindicated on Appeal After Losing Case on Untimely Bathroom Break – Strategist

By William Vogeler

Some things can’t wait, like when a Florida lawyer desperately needed to leave the courtroom to go the bathroom.

But poor Jeff Tomberg had to wait 18 months for a court of appeal to excuse him. The appeals court said the trial judge should have allowed Tomberg to argue a motion, even though he was late to a hearing because he was in the bathroom. The justices said the judge abused his discretion in refusing the lawyer’s request to be heard.

“Here, because plaintiffs’ counsel was only a few minutes late for the summary judgment hearing and offered a patently reasonable explanation for his tardy appearance, and there was no showing of prejudice or willful misconduct, we find that the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to allow plaintiffs’ counsel to present argument at the hearing,” the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal said.

In other words, “Yes, Jeff, you may go now.

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Tomberg thought he would be excused for being a few minutes late that day, but he didn’t expect to become famous for it. He once won Ohio’s largest jury verdict for a child’s wrongful death, argued before the Florida Supreme Court, and practiced 39 years as a board certified trial lawyer.

“There’s an unfortunate irony here that this is what I’ll be known for,” he told Daily Business Review.

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