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I have a blog that focuses on legal issues of interest to NY lawyers: <A href="www.nylawblog.typepad.com">Sui Generis--A New York Law Blog</A>
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Next week on May 9th I'll be in NYC with MyCase and the ABA. I hope you can join me to celebrate Law Day--with a focus on the importance of the Miranda decision and preserving our constitutional rights--at an event hosted by MyCase at NASDAQ in Times Square! Please join me on Monday May 9th from 5:30-8pm for: An Open Bar and passed apps overlooking Times Square Presentation from ABA President Paulette Brown Networking with legal colleagues at NASDAQ Marketsite - 4 Times Square Reserve your spot here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** New Jersey Court On Ethical Implications Of Lawyers Mining Social Media I’ve written many times in the past about how lawyers can ethically mine social media for evidence to support their clients’ cases. A number of ethics committees have already addressed this issue and most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court considered whether the head of the state’s attorney disciplinary body could prosecute the lawyers for their agent’s alleged Facebook spying on their client’s adversary while litigation was pending, despite a local disciplinary... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Lawyers and Social Media in 2016 Social media has been part of our daily lives for nearly a decade. At first, many lawyers were skeptical, believing that social media offered little value to their practices. But over the years, as social media has enmeshed itself into our culture, the effects of it upon our day-to-day lives is indisputable. Social media impacts both our personal and professional lives, a fact that many lawyers are finally accepting. That’s why lawyers are increasingly acknowledging the importance... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Oracle v. Google: Judge begrudgingly permits online research of jurors In a recent Order issued in Oracle v. Google, No. C 10-03561 WHA, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, William Alsup, had a lot to say about lawyers using social media to research jurors—and none of it was very positive. His viewpoint on this practice was made all too clear in the first sentence of his Order: “Trial judges have such respect for juries — reverential respect would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NY judge weighs in on whether ‘tagging’ violates order of protection Social media permeates every aspect of our lives so it’s not surprising that online interactions can sometimes trigger criminal prosecutions. That’s why, in the past I’ve discussed how social media and other online communications can constitute aggravated harassment or violate pending orders of protection. That’s exactly what occurred in People v. Gonzalez, Case No. 15-6081M. This decision was handed down by Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci in January of this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Defining "Social Media" For Probationers It seems lawyers can’t escape social media, no matter how hard we try. As I’ve written about previously, social media is now being used as evidence in cases, lawyers are using it to research jurors, and people are being charged with crimes relating to their actions taken using social media. And once those individuals are convicted, many of them are placed on probation and their use of social media is often limited by the terms of their probation.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Here is this week's Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Prosecutors, social media evidence, and ethics On many occasions I’ve written about the importance of understanding your ethical obligations when mining social media for evidence. This duty is particularly important when it comes to prosecutors. After all, their actions can affect the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes and the interests of those against whom crimes have alleged to have been committed. This is an issue that is becoming increasingly relevant now that social media is commonplace. When social media first emerged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Guidelines Issued On Jurors And Social Media For New York Courts." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Guidelines Issued On Jurors And Social Media For New York Courts Last year the Social Media Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section issued Guidelines that addressed the ethics of lawyers using social media. You may recall that I wasn’t sold on the necessity of such a lengthy report addressing what I believe is a relatively simple concept: online conduct is simply an extension of offline... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "When You're Snowed In, It's Business As Usual In The Cloud." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** When You're Snowed In, It's Business As Usual In The Cloud In past columns, I’ve discussed the many benefits of cloud computing, including convenience and flexibility, 24/7 access to client data from anywhere, affordability, simplicity, and the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements. Another important benefit of cloud computing is that it provides offline back up for your law firm’s files—something that comes in handy when your firm faces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Another Judge Allows Service Via Facebook." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Another Judge Allows Service Via Facebook Social media has permeated all aspects of our lives. Whether it’s news breaking on Twitter, professionals connecting on LinkedIn, people sharing momentous occasions on Facebook, or other simply sharing their latest meal on Instagram, it’s hard to escape the effects of social media. That’s why it’s not surprising that social media is increasingly cropping up in the practice of law, whether it’s mining social media for evidence in litigation, researching jurors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Colorado Bar on connecting with judges and researching jurors online (Part 1)." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Colorado on connecting with judges and researching jurors online Last week I covered the first part of an opinion issued by the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, Formal Opinion 127. I discussed the Committee’s conclusions regarding lawyers mining social media for evidence and then promised to address the second half of the opinion this week. So, today I’ll be covering the portion of the opinion where the Committee discusses whether it’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Colorado Weighs In On Researching Social Media For Evidence (Part 1)." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Colorado Weighs In On Researching Social Media For Evidence (Part 1) In November 2015, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee issued an in depth and well-reasoned opinion covering many of the ethical issues lawyers encounter when trying to use social media to investigate their clients’ cases. Because Formal Opinion 127 addresses so many different topics, I’ll cover the Committee’s conclusions regarding how to ethically mine social media for evidence in this article.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "New York City Bar on Lawyers and LinkedIn." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** New York City Bar on Lawyers and LinkedIn In December 2015, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics addressed the issue of whether the use of LinkedIn by attorneys constitutes attorney advertising. While I agree with the committee’s conclusions (which I discuss below) and the overall approach toward the application of the ethical rules to attorneys using LinkedIn, my general sense of positivity toward Formal Opinion 2015-7... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Last week I offered my recommendations for holiday gifts for the lawyer in your life. Today, I’m taking a different tack. I’m going share my favorite tech and gadgets that I’ve discovered over the past year and tell you exactly why I like each one so much and how I use it. First, there’s Amazon Prime. How I love thee. For just $99 per year you get free 2-day shipping on many Amazon items. For someone like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** 2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers Now that Thanksgiving is a thing of the past, you know what that means. It’s time to start buying holiday gifts! Here are some ideas for the lawyers in your life. First, consider the Amazon Echo, Amazon’s voice recognition device that was released earlier this year. Echo is an important development in the next stage of voice recognition software, in part because with all of its smart home integrations, it created... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled " Brooklyn fire destroys 85,000 court files." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *** Brooklyn fire destroys 85,000 court files In the past, I’ve discussed the many benefits of online data storage via cloud computing. Whether it’s convenience and flexibility, 24/7 access to client data from anywhere, affordability, simplicity or the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements, there are a host of reasons to move your law firm into the cloud. But there’s another important reason to make the transition to storing your law firm case files... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Avoiding Internet scams and accompanying ethical issues." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Avoiding Internet scams and accompanying ethical issues Earlier this year, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics addressed the rising rate of Internet scams aimed at lawyers and provided both practical advice and ethical guidance in Formal Opinion 2015-3. At issue was the ethical duties of lawyers who suspect or discover that they are targets of an Internet-based trust account scams. The committee first discussed the ethical obligations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Nov 12, 2015
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "New York court holds Internet pranks are not stalking ." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** New York court holds Internet pranks are not stalking As the author of books on both legal technology and substantive New York criminal law, I’m always fascinated by cases wherein the two topics intersect. This is because the rapid changes in technology affect our society in so many ways, including how people communicate both online and off. Of course, problems can then arise if said communications are deemed unwelcome, and courts are left... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Wisconsin weighs in on the ethics of cloud computing ." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Wisconsin weighs in on the ethics of cloud computing In March, Wisconsin joined the ranks of many other jurisdictions and addressed the ethics of lawyers using Web-based computing in their practices. At issue in Wisconsin Formal Ethics Opinion EF-15-01 was how lawyers could ethically use cloud computing services to store confidential client information. At the outset, the committee acknowledged that the issue was not whether lawyers could use cloud computing, but instead, how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
Here's what looks to be a detailed list on the rules of the various jurisdictions: http://www.ncsc.org/Topics/Media/Court-Websites/State-Links.aspx?cat=Cell%20Phone%20and%20Electronic%20Device%20Policies
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2015 on Court rules on iPhone, iPad use at iPhone J.D.
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Thanks so much everyone! I really struggled with this challenge since the beads are so different from what I'm typically drawn to. I've only been making jewelry for about 1/2 a year now and I just wasn't sure what to do with the beads to make them "mine." I'm really learning a lot from seeing everyone else's pieces!
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again New York state has long been on the cutting edge of addressing the ethics of using different technologies in the practice of law. So it was no surprise when the New York State Bar was one of the first to confront the ethics of cloud computing when the Committee on Professional Ethics handed down Op. 842 in 2010, which addressed the ethics of storing confidential... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "3 more states weigh in on ethics of cloud computing." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** 3 more states weigh in on ethics of cloud computing As regular readers of my column know, I make it a point to cover opinions regarding the ethics of lawyers using cloud computing as they are handed down. That used to be a fairly easy task to stay on top of as the opinions were infrequent since cloud computing was such a foreign concept to attorneys. The good news is that cloud computing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Hi Kenmore, It's me, Niki. You know, the person who's bought your products--thousands upon thousands of dollars worth-- religiously for nearly 20 years now based on Consumer Report's recommendations and my past favorable experiences with your products. It's been a good relationship, but I'm afraid it has to come to an end in the very near future unless you do the right thing. You see--here's the problem: my front loading 2 year old Kenmore washer (which we bought--even though it cost more than a top loading washer--because we wanted to do the right thing and conserve water) smells like a... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog