Law firm’s automatic deletion of spam emails is blamed for failure to file timely appeal–ABA Journal

A Florida law firm’s failure to appeal an order assessing attorney fees doesn’t constitute excusable neglect when its email system apparently perceived the order to be spam and erased it, a Florida appeals court has ruled.
The Aug. 10 decision by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal is being touted as a cautionary tale for lawyers, Law.com (sub. req.) reports.

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The Law Schools With The Highest Student Loan Default Rates | Above the Law

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According to the most recent data reported to U.S. News, recent graduates of public law schools have an average debt of $90,217, recent graduates of private law schools have an average debt of $130,349, and the average class of 2016 graduate has an average debt of $112,389.
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As reported by the ABA Journal, these are the law schools with the highest student loan default rates for Fiscal Year 2014…

Resources | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Part of the Banned Books Week Coalition, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), founded in 1986 by underground comic artist Denis Kitchen, is “a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics medium and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.” Under the Resources tab, the CBLDF offers a wealth of information relating to comics and graphic novels, which remains one of the most frequently challenged book genres. These resources include a detailed History of Comics Censorship, a series of six essays that traces this history back to the 1930s. This series includes a discussion of Dr. Frederic Wertham’s famous anti-comic book Seduction of the Innocent: the Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth, which led to Wertham’s involvement in a 1954 Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. Another highlight of the resource collection is the Library and Educator Tools, which includes discussion guides, materials for book clubs, and resources for incorporating specific graphic novels into the classroom.
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Toronto Police Asking iPhone Users Not To Test iOS 11’s 911 Feature–Ubergizmo.com

By Tyler Lee 

With iOS 11, Apple has introduced a bunch of new features to the iPhone and iPad devices. One of those features is to allow users to make a quick call to emergency services where if you press the lock button five times in a row, you will be greeted by a screen that lets you power the device off or to call emergency services.
 

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The Legal Profession in Transition–NYSBA Journal–Sept., 2017

By Stephen P. Gallagher :

In September 2004, Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. and I teamed up to write our first article for the NYSBA Journal. The title of that article was Yesterday’s Strategies Rarely Answer Tomorrow’s Problems. In October 2015, we got together again to write a follow-up article, For Sole Practitioners, The Future Is Not What It Used to Be. We thought this might be a good time to once again share our thoughts regarding today’s challenges. I generally focus on the trends, while Lenny tempers my theories with practical, real-world tales. He has been in the trenches as a solo practitioner in Hancock, N.Y., for 39 years.

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How to manually offload and reinstall apps in iOS 11 | Cult of Mac

iOS 11 can automatically delete apps when space gets tight on your iPhone or iPad. It’s called offloading, and only the app itself gets removed.

All the app’s data is saved. That way, if you reinstall the app in the future, it will be like you never deleted it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could choose to offload apps yourself, instead of deleting them? Well, good news, because you can totally do that. Here’s how….
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Donald Trump’s lawyers fail at basic lawyering: Privacy – Salon.com/NYTIMES

–Salon.com

President Donald Trump may be focusing on how to wriggle out of the Russia scandal that threatens to envelop his administration, but in order to do that, his legal team will first need to get their proverbial house in order.

Exhibit A: The fact that Trump lawyers Ty Cobb and John Dowd were overheard by New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel dishing over their frustrations with the administration’s legal strategy.

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By PETER BAKER and KENNETH P. VOGEL–NYTIMES
The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed “a McGahn spy” and saying Mr. McGahn had “a couple documents locked in a safe” that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to. He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for “some of these earlier leaks,” and who he said “tried to push Jared out,” meaning Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been a previous source of dispute for the legal team.
 

HUD Disaster Relief Options for FHA Homeowners

Was your home or your ability to make your mortgage payments harmed by an event that the President declared a disaster? You may qualify for relief to help you keep your home. Much of the mortgage industry and The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development are committed to assisting borrowers whose lives and livelihoods are thrown into turmoil by a disaster.

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iTunes Removes the App Store and More to Focus on Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Audiobooks – MacStories

Apple has updated iTunes on macOS to eliminate ringtones, iTunes U, and perhaps most surprising of all, iOS apps. According to Apple’s support page:
Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS.