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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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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 yesterday 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
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "What can be done about lawyer depression." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** What can be done about lawyer depression Being a lawyer in 2014 can be depressing. By now, we’re all familiar with the incredible reduction in the number of legal sector jobs since 2008, with 45,000 jobs lost by the time 2010 rolled around. And our profession has never quite recovered. Even so, despite the plummeting number of legal jobs available, law schools from 2008 onward continued to accept new students in record numbers. Law schools only... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "How to reach legal consumers using online video." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** How to reach legal consumers using online video By now, most lawyers understand the power of online marketing, but many are still unsure how to go about using online tools to effectively and affordably reach potential clients. Oftentimes, lawyers struggle to find the proper balance between promoting their practices and creating content that is discoverable by search engines while simultaneously providing information that is both interesting and helpful to legal consumers. Developing an online marketing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled " Browser add-ons to simplify, secure your online life." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Browser add-ons to simplify, secure your online life Since we all spend so much time these days using the Internet, both during work hours and during our free time, I’m going to focus on browser add-ons today. With the right browser extensions, your Web surfing can be far less aggravating—and safer. It’s been a while since I shared my latest technology tips and tricks to help streamline and secure your online experience, so I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Why not disaster-proof your law firm today?" My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Why not disaster-proof your law firm today? According the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey results, 58 percent of lawyers surveyed cited security concerns as the top reason that prevented them from using cloud computing in their law practices. The problem is, the current file storage arrangement and IT set up of most law firms is anything but secure. Case in point — a Pennsylvania law office that literally went up in smoke last month,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Productivity apps help lawyers manage time." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Productivity apps help lawyers manage time According to the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey, 91 percent of attorneys have smartphones and 48 percent use tablets in their practices. So more likely than not, you own either a smartphone, a tablet, or both. And now that you own a mobile device, why not use it to increase your productivity? To help you do just that, here are some of my favorite productivity apps that you might... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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Every year I attend LegalTech New York and this year is no different! I'm really looking forward to it and if you'll be there as well--or if you just happen to be in or near New York City in early February--it'd be great to meet up. On February 5th at noon I'll be at the MyCase Meet Up. It's a FREE lunch so I hope you can join me. Reserve your spot here, but hurry! Space is limited! Later that same day, I'll be at Lisa Solomon's NYC LegalTech Solo/Small Firm Meetup. You can learn more about that event--and sign... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
I just realized that it's my 8 year blog anniversary, right down to the day. Here's a link to my very first post. It's hard to believe how quickly time flew by! Thanks for all of the support and friendship over the years. It's been a crazy ride, but a wonderful one! Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "South Carolina Lawyers Required to Maintain Email Addresses." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** In the mid-1990s, email was a frowned upon by bar ethics committees across the country. So not surprisingly, as part of a knee-jerk reaction to this emerging new technology, a number of bar association ethics committees required that attorneys obtain client consent before email could be used (see, for eg., South Carolina (Opinion 94-27 1995) and Iowa (Iowa Ethics Opinion 96-1 1996)). But then, in 1999, the American Bar Association reversed that trend , largely... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
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This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Lawyers’ use of cloud computing on the rise in 2013." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Lawyers’ use of cloud computing on the rise in 2013 The latest survey results are in: Lawyers are using cloud computing legal software products in record numbers. At least, those were the results of two recent surveys conducted to determine lawyers’ technology preferences. First, there are the results from the American Bar Association’s latest Legal Technology Survey Report, a multi-volume report issued annually, which focuses on technology trends in the legal industry. According... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Sui Generis--a New York law blog
Allison--In 2008, the NYS ethics committee addressed this issue and concluded that lawyers may use services such as gmail where a computer scans emails for content in order to serve up relevant ads in the sidebar. See Op. 820 (http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Ethics_Opinions&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=13652) Niki Black
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Jeff--For what it's worth, I used (and reviewed) an earlier version of this stand and really liked it. One thing though--after about 6 months, the black plastic circular part in the back that secured the angle of the stand cracked and made it so that the stand was unusable. Up until that happened though, I really liked it. Perhaps this more current version of the stand no longer has that problem but I figured it was worth mentioning.
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