AMICI – N.Y. State Courts

The “Amici” podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York’s judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics. 

In these brief programs you’ll find:

  • Interviews with judges and other participants in the justice system
  • Commentary on current issues of interest to the bench, bar and public

Just click on a title and your computer’s audio player should automatically begin the program. Additionally, using your mouse, you can ‘right click’ on podcast titles, save them to your desktop or other file and import them to your MP3 player.

If you have a suggestion for a topic on Amici, call John Caher at 518-453-8669 or 

send him a note at jcaher@nycourts.gov.

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Enjoy the first Amici Podcast:

  • Indigent Legal Services: A Discussion with William Leahy

Starting a Podcast? Here’s What to Buy–Lawyerist

by Sam Glover on March 27th, 2015

“…When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn’t have to research what to get, buy it, realize it’s the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast…”.

Read the entire article here.

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The Duty of Technology Competence and What It Means for E-Discovery

Robert Ambrogi will be moderating this free webinar next Wednesday March 25, 2015, which will discuss the evolving duty of technology competence in the context of e-discovery.

An interactive webinar on what this means in practical terms for law firms and in-house counsel: 

  • The legal/ethics groundwork for the duty of technological competence 
  • Biggest “danger areas” and most common mistakes 
  • Why it takes a team to manage the 9 aspects of e-discovery 
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review
  • How to best manage the transition to technology assisted review (and why Continuous Active Learning is such a hot topic now)

Lawyer and veteran legal journalist Robert Ambrogi will interview Catalyst’s professional services team to get insight on the key issues and what they wish people knew about e-discovery. 

Sign up here.

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A Reminder To Ditch The Disclaimer This Tax Season – Forbes

Kelly Phillips Erb

Contributor

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… Last year, the IRS made final proposed Regulations (RIN 1545-BF96, Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, downloads as a pdf) that made changes to Circular 230. You can read the amendments to 31 CFR part 10 here.

Included in the explanation about the changes – and the response to the Proposed Regs – was this two sentence gem:

The “covered opinion” rules in section 10.35 have been eliminated and replaced by more practical, flexible, reason-based requirements for written advice in section 10.37. Among the consequences of the changes is that the Circular 230 disclaimer that now appears at the bottom of many emails and on memos can and should be eliminated.

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Read entire article here.

FORMS – Redaction of Confidential Personal Information – N.Y. State Courts

http://www.nycourts.gov/forms/redaction/

Training Video (Run time: 43 minutes)

The Administrative Board of the Courts has approved the adoption of a

new rule – section 202.5(e) of the Uniform Rules of the Supreme and

County Courts (22 NYCRR 202.5(e)) – requiring attorneys to omit or

redact certain confidential personal information from court filings in

Supreme and County Court.   This rule became effective on January 1,

2015; compliance is voluntary through February 28, 2015, and mandatory

thereafter. The new rule is included here. It covers both e-filed and

paper-filed cases.  …  Matrimonial actions, proceedings in Surrogate’s Court or

proceedings pursuant to Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law are

excepted from Rule 202.5(e). The Unified Court System recommends a new

form “Redaction Cover Page” … for use by persons filing

paper-filed court papers regarding confidential personal information

subject to the rule. 

The form the court recommends accompany those papers that are to be redacted. can be found at the link below:

 

http://www.nycourts.gov/forms/redaction/

Google Docs

https://docs.google.com

Google Docs was launched in 2007 as a cloud-based answer to the Microsoft Office Suite of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While Microsoft’s applications are still engrained as most people’s go-to for their basic office needs, Docs has been gaining ground, both in terms of market share and usability. Now part of the greater Google Drive collective, readers can create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. In addition, it’s web-based, which leads to important conveniences, like the ability to access documents from different computers or include multiple people when simultaneously drafting a document. Documents save automatically every few seconds, making loss of work nearly impossible, and users can also access revision history to see what changes have been made, when they were made, and by whom. For readers who have heard of Google Docs or Google Drive but haven’t put it to full use quite yet, this is a handy and efficient way to tackle projects as a team.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

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Ballard v. NY Safety Track LLC 518627

Furthermore, despite the Town respondents’ insistence that

the Town was not obliged or that it was not feasible to make

available to petitioners the proposed 2013 agreement before it

was put to a vote, we affirm that part of Supreme Court’s

judgment as found that the Town’s conduct in that regard denied

petitioners “any meaningful participation” in the process leading

to the final adoption of the controversial 2013 agreement, in

clear contravention of Public Officers Law § 103 (e).

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