Are Legal Incubators the Best Way to Start A Solo Practice? | Above the Law

By CAROLYN ELEFANT

Ever since I learned about concept of the Legal Incubator , about a decade ago, I’ve been intrigued. For those unfamiliar, legal incubators — the brainchild of ABA Legal Rebel and law professor Fred Rooney — first launched about a decade ago based on a simple but utterly ingenious concept: the incubators provide new law grads with subsidized or free office space, amenities, training and mentorship — and in exchange, these new lawyers commit to providing low-bono legal services. At the end of the program (the durations seem to vary from one to two years), the incubators unleash these now experienced lawyers out into the world to start their own practices.

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Bought a couch? Need a truck? Try Truxx

Matt Steecker , ithacajournal.com | @MSteecker

Buying large merchandise at a store is never a pleasant experience, especially for those who don’t have a vehicle with plenty of cargo space.

Now a Syracuse man, partnered with two Broome County entrepreneurs, have fledgling company ready to solve the problem.

The story of Truxx, a truck-sharing delivery app  — think U-Haul meets Uber  — began when its now-CEO Carlos Suarez bought a 40-inch TV from a Target in Syracuse about two years ago.

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How Strong is San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration? | Vikram David Amar | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

 VIKRAM DAVID AMAR AND MICHAEL SCHAPS

With many eyes this week on the Ninth Circuit litigation challenging President Trump’s Executive Order regulating entry into the U.S. by nationals of seven Middle Eastern and African countries, less noticed but potentially as important is a separate lawsuit (San Francisco v. Trump) the City and County of San Francisco has filed against the feds focusing on a different Executive Order the President has issued–this one seeking to rein in so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. Although the term “sanctuary” lacks universal legal meaning, San Francisco has long considered itself a sanctuary city insofar as it limits its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. San Francisco’s stated view is that its residents are safer and healthier if undocumented residents feel free to report crimes to police and to avail themselves of other public resources (e.g., health clinics and schools) without fear that local authorities are actively working with the feds in deportation efforts.

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Alaska law tells divorce judges to consider well-being of pets–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The law (PDF), which amended Alaska’s divorce statutes, “is making waves in the world of animal law,” the Washington Postreports. The law is the first in the nation to require courts to consider pets’ well-being in divorce, according to USA Today.

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All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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Hiya: Filter Spam Calls — Katie Floyd

Recently I’ve been receiving more and more spam phone calls. With iOS 10 Apple allowed developers to create extensions that would interface with the Phone.app and allow incoming calls to be checked against a database of suspected spammers.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they’ve popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I’ve found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)

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Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Updated Resource:

PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE

Our Know Your Rights Guide for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers has been updated and is now available in Spanish!  It explains in plain language what discrimination might look like and how to access your rights under the New York State Human Rights Law.  You’ll also find other helpful information, including facts about additional laws and regulations that protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and a list of legal advocates around New York State that may be able to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.

Please share this guide with your networks and anyone you think would find it helpful.

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