Facebook Warns Memphis Police: No More Fake “Bob Smith” Accounts | Electronic Frontier Foundation


Facebook has a problem: an infestation of undercover cops. Despite the social platform’s explicit rules that the use of fake profiles by anyone–police included–is a violation of terms of service, the issue proliferates. While the scope is difficult to measure, EFF has identified scores of agencies who maintain policies that explicitly flaunt these rules.

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How to Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams–Kendall at Home

The phone rings. It’s a representative from the Social Security Administration and, fortunately, the call wasn’t too long. The caller just needed to have some basic information confirmed, like your address and date of birth. And, oh. Yes. Your social security number, bank account number and “new” Medicare number. If you don’t respond, the caller warns, assets can be frozen until the situation is resolved, and/or other dire consequences may occur.

Albany Law School – Sustaining New York’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Stephanie A. Bugos
Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:


The General Practice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the following program. The impetus behind this event is to increase the number of New York attorneys who are equipped to counsel clients who are in the important but vulnerable farm industry. If you are interested in gaining the interdisciplinary competency required for farm business counseling, please consider attending.


Sustaining NY’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00am – 3:30pm

thINCubator, 326 Broad St., Utica, NY


Farm businesses are fundamental to New York State’s economy and the agricultural food and product diversity that the state is renowned for. Yet many of these businesses are struggling to survive into the next generation. This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the diverse legal solutions available to farm businesses planning for sustainable futures.


(Note: The accredited provider for this course is Albany Law School’s Institute of Legal Studies, not NYSBA.)


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Labor Class Civil Service Employees Afforded Job Protection–BS&K News & Insights

By: Craig L. Olivo

On September 7, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that amended Civil Service Law Section 75. Pursuant to the amendments, Section 75 now extends hearing rights (i.e., the right to written disciplinary charges and a hearing before imposition of a reprimand, fine, suspension without pay, demotion or termination) to “Labor Class” employees after five years of continuous service.


Etherpad is a web-based real-time collaborative editor. Any user can create a collaborative document, called a “pad,” each of which has a distinct URL. Anyone that has this URL can make edits to the pad, with every editor’s changes appearing in their own color. Etherpad automatically saves changes periodically, but users may also checkpoint specific versions at any time. The editing history of each pad is also saved, with a slider allowing users to rewind a document to view previous versions. Pads can be downloaded in plain text, HTML, PDF, ODF, or Word format. A number of free, public Etherpad servers are available. These can be located in the “List of public instances” on the Etherpad site. For users that wish to self-host an Etherpad instance, server installers are provided on the Etherpad site for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Etherpad is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, with source code available on GitHub. [CRH]

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Raise the Age – OJI

The Office for Justice Initiatives is committed to developing a court model that produces sustained positive outcomes for New York’s justice system involved youth. The OJI, in collaboration with state and local agencies, non-profit and child-serving organizations, and other stakeholders will promote necessary reforms and develop new strategies to establish a more efficient, and fair juvenile justice system.

On April 10, 2017, New York State raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age, ensuring that young people in New York who commit non-violent crimes receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need. By October 2019, New York will no longer automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

The OJI will oversee the Unified Court System workgroup to implement legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York through its full enactment in 2020.

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New York State’s Raise the Age website

Raise the Age Legislation

Application to Seal a Criminal Conviction after 10 years

I’m An In-House Hustler, Baby (And So Are You) | Above the Law

By **

In the not too distant past, I received a “stand” email. As in an “I took the time to write you a multi-paragraph email to tell you everything I can’t stand about you, and P.S. I also kick around orphan puppies in my spare time” kind of email. Cool, cool, cool. I never expected to be everybody’s cup of tea. I’m pretty sure at any given moment at least half a dozen of my business people are plotting my bloody demise.
**Kay Thrace (not her real name) is a harried in-house counsel at a well-known company that everyone loves to hate. When not scuffing dirt on the sacrosanct line between business and the law, Kay enjoys pub trivia domination and eradicating incorrect usage of the Oxford comma. You can contact her by email at KayThraceATL@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @KayThrace.