Move to a paperless law firm with these scanning tools–ABA Journal

BY NICOLE BLACK

 
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For starters, you’re going to need additional hardware. Specifically, one of the key tools needed is a reliable, affordable scanner. In The 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide authors Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke help lawyers sift through their technology choices and address the many different hardware needs of law firms. When it comes to scanners, they recommend two different models for law firms.

The first is for firms in need of a low-volume scanner: the Fujitsu Scansnap iX500. This desktop scanner scans up to 25 color pages per minute.

The second, the Fujitsu fi-5530C2 scanner, is for firms in need of a higher-volume scanner. This scanner scans 50 color pages per minute. Depending on your small firm’s specific needs, either would be a good choice.

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Justice Department indicts judge who helped immigrant evade ICE in her courthouse–Slate

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston released the indictment on Thursday, charging Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph with obstruction of justice. Federal prosecutors also secured the indictment of Wesley MacGregor, a court officer, for obstruction and perjury. The charges constitute a remarkable intrusion into the internal affairs of a state judiciary and possible retaliation against Massachusetts’ “sanctuary” policies. Rarely in modern history has the federal government sought to punish a state judge acting in exercise of judicial functions. This prosecution sends a clear threat to state courts around the country that do not want to be commandeered by ICE.
 
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ICE Agents Appear at a Westchester Court the Day After New York State Restricts Access–Documented

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According to OCA spokesperson Lucian Chalfen, Pelham Court is not subject to the new directive as it is a Town and Village court and not a part of the Unified Court System. “Only New York State courts that are secured by Unified Court System court officers are subject to our directive,” he said. According to the Town of Pelham’s website, court security is overseen by the Town Constables, who did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication.

There are close to 1,300 Town and Village courts in New York State that see roughly 2 million cases per year. These courts handle the prosecution of misdemeanors and violations committed within a town’s boundaries, as well as some preliminary hearings in felony cases and vehicle and traffic law misdemeanors.

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Chalking tires constitutes unreasonable search, 6th Circuit rules–ABA Journal

BY AMANDA ROBERT

 
 
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Parking enforcement officers in Saginaw, Michigan, who use chalk to mark the tires of cars to track how long they have been parked are violating the constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati held that the practice of chalking violated plaintiff Alison Taylor’s right under the Fourth Amendment to be free from unreasonable searches. The Washington Post, the Associated Press and NBC News have coverage.

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NY State Bar Tells Lawyers: Play Nicely | New York Law Journal

By Susan DeSantis

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In an era when politicians and pundits alike are bemoaning society’s lack of civility, the New York State Bar Association is announcing today that it has adopted new standards that tell lawyers how they should behave in the sandbox, so to speak. But don’t worry: you most likely won’t get sanctioned for throwing a temper tantrum.

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Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets: Smart Planning for Your Digital Demise | DennisKennedy.Blog

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We are gradually, and grudgingly, learning that our online presence can outlive our physical presence and possibly even take on a life of its own. As we begin to move more of our activities – financial, social, work, leisure, creative – onto the Internet, the questions about what happens to our online presence and how we best prepare to handle that have begun to grow in quantity and complexity.

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