7 types of tech tools to help lawyers set up virtual offices–ABA Journal

Nicole Black:
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Over the past year or so, I’ve written about nearly all the tools you need to run your law firm remotely right here in this very column. What follows is a summary of my past articles that cover the different tools or software you’ll need to remotely handle various law firm functions. Each article described below: 1) includes a description of the tool or software, 2) addresses any relevant ethical issues, and 3) provides a run down if the most popular options in that category along with the pricing scheme and other relevant information.
 
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From Zoom University to the Zoom Party – The New York Times

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Teenagers have jokingly referred to themselves as “Zoomers” online for years; now the name is literal. Overnight, Zoom has become a primary social platform for millions of people, a lot of them high school and college students, as those institutions move to online learning.

Zoom Video Communications is a videoconferencing company in San Jose, Calif., that has been thrust into the spotlight over the past week. On Monday morning, its iOS app became the top free download in Apple’s App Store.

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Zoom operates a “freemium” business model: Groups of up to 100 people can use it for 40 minutes at a time at no charge, but must pay $14.99 per month or more for extra features, like bigger groups and administrative controls.

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https://zoom.us

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The NYC ICE Office Has Pretty Much Stopped Releasing People | New York Civil Liberties Union

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The data show that starting in 2017, ICE’s New York Field Office all but eliminated bond or release for people awaiting immigration hearings. From 2013 to June 2017, approximately 47 percent of those deemed to be low risk by the government were granted release. From June 2017 to September 2019, that figure plummeted to three percent.

The sharp drop in release rates is even more dramatic given the spike in arrests made by ICE and the expansion of arrests to include those without criminal histories under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. During the administration’s first year in office alone, ICE arrests of people in New York with no criminal history who resided in the United States for ten or more years increased by 334 percent.

Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Bronx Defenders filed a lawsuit exposing this devastating new policy, and challenging the practice of keeping almost everyone behind bars.

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Important Notice from Office of Court Administration Regarding Court Proceedings – New York State Bar Association

By NYSBA Staff
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Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued the following memo today:

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce courthouse traffic to combat spread of the corona virus and protect the health and safety of our workforce, and consistent with recent action by Governor Cuomo to limit large public gatherings through the State, the Chief Judge and I are announcing the following measures relating to court proceedings:

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Should You Clean Your Phone to Combat Coronavirus? Definitely… Maybe. – WSJ

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Joanna Stern
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On Monday, I reported that Apple updated its website to remove its blanket ban on all cleaning supplies. It now gives the OK to use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfecting wipe on the surface of all Apple products. Google also confirmed that it’s OK to use isopropyl alcohol or Clorox wipes to clean its Pixel devices.

After publication of this column, Samsung updated its cleaning guidance to include alcohol-based cleaners. It now advises Galaxy owners to dampen a cloth with a disinfectant or alcohol-based solution and wipe gently. It says not to apply liquid directly onto your phone.

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String of court rulings indicates ICE is holding detainees illegally – The Buffalo News

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The increase in court cases is the result, at least in part, of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found detained immigrants do not have a statutory right to bond hearings. The court left open the question of whether detainees have a constitutional right to an independent court review.

One of the consequences of the increase in petitions from Batavia is an overall increase in habeas corpus cases being filed here.

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ETHICS OPINION 1182 – New York State Bar Association

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Opinion 1182 (01/23/2020)

Topic:  Disposition of Wills
Digest:  A lawyer may not dispose of wills even when the testators’ locations and/or circumstances are unknown.  A lawyer must safeguard the wills indefinitely unless the law provides an alternative.
Rules:  1.15©
 
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