GP Improvisational Acting in the Court House

The GP Section is sponsoring Acting for Lawyers as a two-part program on the following dates:

Links to register for Acting for Lawyers:

November 11: www.nysba.org/store/events/…

January 10: www.nysba.org/store/events/…

 

Please register for this great program. Bargain pricing: $20 for GP members, $10 for attorneys admitted 5 years or less ($45 all others).

(Editor’s Note:  We received notice of the November 11, 2016 program on that day; i.e., too late to post or publish.  Enjoy the January 10th, 2017 program)

In a world of change and transition: Which way forward? | Stephen P. Gallagher

Stephen P. Gallagher has a master of science degree in organizational development and is a lawyer transition coach at his consulting firm, LeadershipCoach.us. Previously, he was director of law office economics and management–one of the first bar association PMA positions–at the New York State Bar Association. He also maintains a Facebook page on the topic of lawyers in transition. Gallagher wishes to thank solo lawyer and friend Leonard E. Sienko Jr. for reading a draft of this article and sharing his own insights.

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Editor’s Note:  I was honored to be asked to read and comment on Steve Gallagher’s latest article on change and transition for lawyers as published in “ABA Bar Leader”.

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Steve Gallagher:

With so many long-time executive directors retiring, I thought this might be a good time to talk about life’s transitions–letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become.

The emotions involved in winding down one’s life work and transferring responsibilities to a new generation can be an intense mixture of pride, anxiety, and even loss. In my experience, people are increasingly embracing the idea of living longer, living better, and maintaining a balanced, vital lifestyle. People of all ages are seeking much greater meaning in everything we do.

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Read entire article here…

2016 Election Forecast | FiveThirtyEight

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: 2016 ELECTION FORECAST

Statistician Nate Silver runs FiveThirtyEight, a website named after the total number of electors in the Electoral College. Silver and FiveThirtyEight rose to fame during the 2008 primary election, when Silver, then publishing under a pseudonym, garnered praise for his predictions about the Democratic Primary race. Since then, Silver has revealed his identity and continued to publish his predictions for political races across the United States. Silver does not rely on polling information alone; rather, he incorporates multiple polls and weighs polling data with demographic information that indicates who is likely to vote. On FiveThirtyEight: 2016 Election Forecast, visitors can check out Silver’s latest predictions for electoral votes on a state-by-state basis. By clicking on a particular state, visitors can see more detailed information about Silver’s sources and analysis for that state. Visitors can also explore Silver’s predictions for Senate campaigns and read analysis from Silver or some of his colleagues. Those interested in learning more about Silver’s methodology can do so through a link on the bottom of this website. [MMB]

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Seth Godin on the Trends Shaping the Future of Law–Lawyerist

Sam Glover:

Seth Godin on Building NewLaw

If you haven’t heard this podcast yet, make sure you give it a listen. Seth Godin’s insights into the trends shaping the future of law practice are provocative and worth 50 minutes of your time.

I’m just going to leave it to that. I can’t force you to listen any more than I can force you to take any other good advice, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t.

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Gov. Cuomo signed New York Airbnb bill – Business Insider

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could deal a blow to Airbnb‘s operations in New York State.

The bill is a follow-on to a 2010 law that bans rentals of less than 30 days in a multi-unit building if the tenant is not present, which was aimed at cracking down on illegal hotels.

The 2016 bill bans the advertising of such rentals, meaning that hosts could not list a full apartment for rent on Airbnb for less than 30-day increments. Hosts caught listing their unit would be fined up to $7,500 — more than most Airbnb hosts in New York make in a year. 

The bill passed in both houses of the New York State Legislature in June and arrived on Cuomo’s desk on Tuesday, meaning that the governor had 10 days to make his decision. The governor signed the bill Friday and Airbnb says it will immediately file a lawsuit against the city of New York and the state attorney general — who are charged with enforcing the new law — on grounds that the law violates the First Amendment and the Communications Decency Act.

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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices – The New York Times

By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTHOCT. 22, 2016

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The attack on the infrastructure of the internet, which made it all but impossible at times to check Twitter feeds or headlines, was a remarkable reminder about how billions of ordinary web-connected devices — many of them highly insecure — can be turned to vicious purposes. And the threats will continue long after Election Day for a nation that increasingly keeps its data in the cloud and has oftentimes kept its head in the sand.

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But hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of those security cameras and other devices have been infected with a fairly simple program that guessed at their factory-set passwords — often “admin” or “12345” or even, yes, “password” — and, once inside, turned them into an army of simple robots. Each one was commanded, at a coordinated time, to bombard a small company in Manchester, N.H., called Dyn DNS with messages that overloaded its circuits.

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Vermont Wind Project Needs Support, So Company Offers to Pay Voters – The New York Times

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Opponents were outraged at the payments, perceiving them as an attempt to buy votes, and complained to state officials.

But Michael O. Duane, senior assistant attorney general, said the payments did not violate state law. The proposal “doesn’t say that the funds go only to those people who signed a sworn statement that they had voted for it,” he said.

Still, the payment proposal has left a sour taste. As The Rutland Herald put it in an editorial on Sunday, “The naked offer of money to individual citizens may be even more corrosive to the civic life of the town than the potential environmental effects of the wind turbines.”

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