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Legal Loop: Free legal research, educational info for lawyers

It used to be that the only place that lawyers could obtain free access to legal research and information was at the law library. My how things have changed! Nowadays, lawyers have available to them a vast array of free ...

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Legal Loop: Court rules juror’s Facebook posts not protected

Social media and jury trials don’t always play well together. The instant Internet access made possible by smart phones and the vast reach of social media have caused judges across the country much dismay when the trials over which they ...

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Lawyers’ use of social media during trials

As social networking use becomes mainstream, social media sites are proving to be an incredibly useful source of information for attorneys. Postings on social media sites are being used to disprove allegations made by a party or witness. Lawyers are ...

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Legal Currents: Book review: Kowalski envisions the future of law

I recently finished reading Mitchell Kowalski’s new book, “Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century,” which was published by the American Bar Association earlier this year. This highly informative and innovative book is written in narrative form and ...

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Legal Currents: Mass., Fla. courts chime in on jurors and social media

In November 2011, the Federal Judicial Center issued a report on jurors’ use of social media during trials (http://tinyurl.com/FedSocMedRpt) and found that only 6 percent of the 508 federal district court judges who responded to the FJC’s electronic survey reported ...

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Legal Currents: Proposed cyberbullying law is unnecessary

Recently, Monroe County Legislators Mike Barker and Carmen Gumina proposed legislation that would make cyberbullying a crime. Under the bill, cyberbullying directed toward a minor would constitute a Class A misdemeanor in Monroe County, punishable by up to a year ...

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Legal Currents: Court of Appeals grapples with Internet porn

Last week, the New York Court of Appeals handed down its decision in People v. Kent, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 03572. In this decision, the court considered whether the defendant, by simply viewing images of child pornography on his computer ...

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Legal Currents: IPad resources for lawyers grow plentiful

In just a few short years, iPads have become ubiquitous. Although the first iPad was released just 2 years ago, iPads are popping up everywhere, from coffee shops and airports to the boardroom and the courtroom. It seems indisputable — ...

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Legal Currents: New York addresses legal blogging ethics

Although blogging has been around for well over a decade now, our profession was late to jump on the bandwagon. Nevertheless, the ethics of legal blogging has been an issue from the get go. For example, when blogging first reared ...

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Legal Currents: Rochester: An emerging legal tech hub?

I’ve spent most of my adult life in Rochester, New York, having lived here for a total of 20 years. Aside from the typically harsh and lengthy winters, it’s not a bad place to live. It may not be the ...

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Legal Currents: Are police unlawfully accessing social media accounts?

It’s undeniable: social media use has permeated our culture. People are sharing information about all aspects of their lives via social networking sites. Some of these disclosures are broadcast publicly while others are limited to select friends and followers. This ...

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Legal Currents: ABA Techshow 2012: Legal tech and innovation

Every year in early spring, legal technology enthusiasts from across the United States, Canada and even Europe, converge upon the Chicago Hilton to attend the American Bar Association’s premier legal technology conference, ABA Techshow. For those unfamiliar with this conference, ...

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