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Pro Se Centers Help Even the Odds for Litigants Without Lawyers | United States Courts

When litigants come to federal court without a lawyer, they are at a

disadvantage. Even if their case is strong, they can easily get lost in

a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology. A single error can

doom their chances, long before a trial date is set.

In the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, that is changing. Since late

March, an innovative program has provided critical legal help to more

than 150 low-income pro se litigants, who file or must defend civil

lawsuits without a lawyer.

In Brooklyn, and in similar programs in a half-dozen federal courts,

clerk’s staff and judges refer pro se litigants to on-site centers,

where lawyers hired by bar associations and nonprofits assist with

strategizing, document drafting and procedural guidance, but do not

directly represent litigants in court. In most courts, pro se assistance

is given by clerk’s staff, who can answer technical and process

questions, but must not give legal advice.

“The goal of this program is to provide much needed legal assistance to

our pro se community,” said Chief Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District

of New York, at a recent ribbon-cutting. “Pro se cases represent a very

significant part of our docket. The program is showing early promise of

great success.” 

Read the full article.

Windows 10 Upgrade — Should I do it now or later? – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Jim Calloway:

NOTE: A group asked me to give them some comments on whether to upgrade to Windows 10 now or later. I did some research and and provided them a short paper with some links included. Word got out and I have already been asked to email that paper a few times so I am posting it here. The links were visible to allow someone to still have them if it was printed on paper. I am leaving that “as is.” Disclaimer: No, I have not done this yet myself, but hope to soon.

Read article here.

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Legal Loop: Wearable tech data as evidence in the courtroom | NY Daily Record

Nicole Black, Esq.:

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However in recent months, the tide has begun to turn. I first noticed this when I was speaking on a panel about wearable technology last month in San Francisco at Legaltech West Coast. Toward the end of our talk, an audience member raised the issue of requesting the plaintiff’s Fitbit data during the discovery phase of personal injury cases. For many in the room, it was as if a light bulb suddenly went off. Their eyes lit up and they began nodding their heads in unison. Suddenly they realized that perhaps wearables were relevant to lawyers after all.

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Read more: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2015/08/14/legal-loop-wearable-tech-data-as-evidence-in-the-courtroom/#ixzz3j6OpRW9l

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Legal Technology Survey-ABA

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center has surveyed practicing attorneys about their technology choices for more than a decade.

The Center’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report is recognized as the source for information regarding the use of technology by attorneys in private practice.

In 2015, the findings of the survey will be presented in six volumes: Technology Basics & Security, Law Office Technology, Litigation & Courtroom Technology, Web & Communication Technology, Online Research, and Mobile Lawyers.

All volumes of the 2015 Legal Technology Survey Report are now available:

Lawyer who billed clients for watching true-crime shows is suspended-ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

A “doggedly unrepentant” lawyer who billed her wrongful death clients for watching reality crime TV shows has been suspended for a year from law practice.

The Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the suspension of Knoxville lawyer Yarboro Sallee, who was accused of billing her clients hourly fees of more than $140,000 for less than three months of work and insisting that they pay a contingency fee as well. The Legal Profession Blog, the Chattanoogan and the Knoxville News Sentinel have stories. The July 23 opinion is here (PDF).

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From the Decision:

In her motion, Attorney Sallee also objected to the trial court’s comment that she “watched TV and charged her client for it.” She characterized this statement as “ridiculous,” adding, “since when is television not a respectable avenue for research anyway.” Attorney Sallee pointed to a particular time entry on her “billing statement” as legitimate billable time because it was spent watching a five-hour documentary on the Peterson “Stair Case Murder” in North Carolina. Her motion did not address a 12.5-hour time entry on September 25, 2010, for watching “48 Hours” episodes on similar spousal homicides, a 4.0-hour time entry on October 19, 2010 for watching four “48 Hours” episodes on asphyxia, or a 3.5-hour time entry on October 20, 2010 for watching these same “48 Hours” episodes a second time. At Attorney Sallee’s regular hourly rate, this would amount to over $5,000 for watching episodes of “48 Hours.” 

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Read entire article here.

Upcoming IRS Webinars

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The following IRS webinars may be of interest to you and your clients. 

Aug. 19: Payments to Independent Contractors. This webinar rebroadcast features information on backup withholding and how to avoid it, CP2100 notices for payee name/TIN mismatches and a new live Q&A session. CE credit is available.

Aug. 26: Business Taxes for the Self-Employed: The Basics. This webinar features key information on husband and wife businesses and recordkeeping and includes a Q&A session.

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