Laws Struggle to Keep Up as Hoverboards’ Popularity Soars – The New York Times



Self-balancing motorized boards have many names: hoverboards, Swagways, self-balancing scooters and, among the Star Trek crowd, personal transporters. But whatever they are called, they now have parents, lawmakers and others struggling to figure out how safe they are and how to regulate them because in most places the rules have not caught up with the new technology.

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See also:  A Civil Liberties Lawyer Explains Why “Hoverboards” Are Illegal In NYC: Gothamist

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Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme to Defraud Owners Out of Their Homes – The New York Times


A review by The New York Times of several dozen cases, and interviews with lawyers, prosecutors and others knowledgeable about fraudulent deed transfers, suggests they are accelerating even as officials struggle to address them. The city’s Department of Finance said it was investigating 120 cases, many of them hard to crack because of the role played by LLCs, officials said. Underscoring the rising alarm over the problem, the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the Brooklyn borough president, Eric L. Adams, held a forum last month to warn property owners about it.


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Proposed Uniform Attorney Discipline Rules

The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments on the proposedtUniform Rules of the Appellate Division on Attorney Discipline. The proposed rules, announced November 4, 2015, offer “a harmonized approach to the attorney disciplinary process within the four Departments of the Appellate Division,” according to OCA.

“Our Committee on Professional Discipline will review the proposal and make recommendations to our Executive Committee. We will submit our comments prior to the December 18 deadline,” said New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda.  NYSBA members can email comments to the Association at:

The proposed OCA rules are available by clicking here and scrolling down.

New York Leads the Way on Transgender Rights – The New York Times-Editorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an executive action establishing the first-ever

 statewide regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination.

The regulations extend the provisions of a 1945 state human rights law to prohibit 

discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations 

like restaurants, hospitals and schools. They also protect transgender people from discrimination 

when seeking mortgages, credit cards and other financial services. Transgender people who

 have experienced discrimination can file a complaint in court, with the attorney general or 

with the State Division of Human Rights. If the division finds that discrimination has occurred, 

it can award compensatory damages, require policy changes, and levy fines and penalties of up to $100,000.

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BBC – iPlayer Radio

BBC: iPlayer Radio

Use this website to play current and archived programming from BBC Radio over the Internet, negating the usual constraints of space and time. Choose what to listen to by BBC station, such as BBC Radio 4 or BBC World Service; by category, such as drama, music, or comedy; by Featured; or by Most Popular. Within the Music Category, readers will find an hour long program looking back at the Beatles’ last live performance. This show took place on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters in Savile Row in London in 1969 and was titled “I Hope We Passed the Audition”, based on John Lennon’s remarks when the group stopped playing. Additionally, in the Featured category there are a variety of re-broadcast TED talks on the Ted Radio Hour, and, in Most Popular, sports news from Sunday’s football matches. It’s also possible to find more programming by searching or simply browsing, such as a 3-minute broadcast of Dominic West (familiar to American TV viewers from cable shows The Wire or The Affair) reciting Lord Byron’s 1813 poem, “She Walks in Beauty”. [DS]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

Editor’s Note:  The sound quality of the radio stream is excellent; i.e., better than most domestic streams.

NASA crowdsources spacesuit durability testing–Gizmag


NASA is developing the next generation of suit technologies that will enable deep space exploration by incorporating advancements in science and technology,” says Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. “We have learned a lot about space suit performance through our experience on the International Space Station, and designing for a planetary surface will require us to build on that knowledge.”

The agency is asking entrants to create a test with the ability to simulate the level of fiber degradation associated with exposure to lunar dust and dirt. The results will need to detail any damage (such as cuts, color changes or tears) caused to the material, as well as detail the size and volume of particles that make it through the various layers of the garment.

Upon completion of the competition, NASA expects to award three US$5,000 prizes. 

Details on how to apply can be found here.


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Something New: My Shared Reading Room – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Jim Calloway:

I read a lot of online content related to law office management and technology. Some I save for later use and some I share. I follow some really great experts on Twitter who recommend great content and I retweet a lot of it. (Of course you should be following me on Twitter.)

At least once a month, I discard an idea that
was suggested to me by something I read that could have inspired a good blog post or article. I just don’t have unlimited time.

So it occurred to me that I could easily share some of the most interesting things I have read with others. So that is the point of the OBA MAP Reading Room. Every month, I’ll provide links without commentary to several articles I found of interest the previous month. That doesn’t mean they were published that month. it just signifies when I found them.

So here is the MAP Reading Room for August 2015. This is still a concept in progress, but hopefully it will be useful to  you.

The main index for the Reading Room is here, available for you to bookmark if you wish. We have links for each of the prior months this year. (And, yes, I am working on September now.) We hope this type of curated content makes sense for you. The collection will be a bit random and may include some of my own content.

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