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Sending Large PDF Documents by Email

Have you run across the situation where you want to email PDFs, video or image files but they get caught in either the sender’s or recipient’s filter because the attachments are too large? Problem solved. This article from the May 2011 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin explains how to …

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Smart Lawyers, Dumb Passwords

Do you use passwords such as “password,” “loveyou,” or 1234567?  Apparently most of us do.  Even if you have a pretty good password plan for multiple Internet accounts, check out this month’s article, “Smart Lawyers, Dumb Passwords” in the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin (April 2011).

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Ninth Circuit Rules in Facebook Case (but wait, is there more?)

The Ninth Circuit federal court released its decision in Facebook v. ConnectU, the lawsuit made famous by the 2010 movie, The Social Network, regarding the creation of Facebook and the litigation it spawned.  The full decision is here.  The news coverage (already clocking in at over 800 stories in four …

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The Woes of Citing Wikipedia in Court Pleadings

In a federal court case out of Kentucky, defense counsel reportedly cribbed portions of the brief from… Wikipedia.  And then from a Federal Judicial Handbook.  Both times without proper citation. Before getting to the orders, we note the case has the narrowest connection to Florida. In a February 2011 order, …

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Is there a law against posting photos and tagging people on Facebook?

A Kentucky court, in an unpublished divorce case opinion, held that under the circumstances of that case, there was “nothing within the law that requires [a party’s] permission for the photographs to be published in that manner.”  See Lalonde v. Lalonde.  Case did not address other potential concerns over distributing …

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Internet Marketing for Young Lawyers

Special thanks to the ABA Young Lawyer which ran a short article, Internet Marketing for Young Lawyers, in their April 2010 edition, available here.  Unfortunately, it is only available to ABA members and subscribers so I cannot link it here.   I can hint that suggestions included making your bio …

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iPhone, Android & Blackberry Apps for Lawyers

Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association for hosting the “Dueling Smartphones: iPhone, Android and Blackberry Apps for Lawyers” presentation on March 11, 2011.  Also thanks to my panel members Marc S. Dobin of Marc S. Dobin P.A. and Joel Rothman from Arnstein & Lehr. For those of you …

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Court Decisions on Googling Jury Members

An interesting article, Voir Dire in the Age of Google, highlights two recent decisions regarding lawyers’ use of internet research during jury selection.  Florida currently has no rules/guidelines for or against counsel’s use of courthouse wireless systems. In a Missouri case, Johnson v. McCullough, the state operates an online docketing …

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Six (Free) Steps to Virus-Protect and Clean Your PC

The article, “Clean Your PC in 30 Minutes,” recently ran in the February 2011 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin.  It provides simple advice for lawyers, office managers, and paralegals on how to “clean” your PC, using free software, and to keep it running without viruses and malware at no cost.   …

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Can You Post a Deposition to YouTube?

Is the practice of uploading portions of depositions to YouTube as “widespread”?  Do you have the technology in your office to edit and post depos?  Will your ethics rules or judge allow it?   Take a look at this December 2010 Palm Beach Bar Association “Bulletin” article for some answers. …

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Florida Paralegal Ethics

Thanks to the Paralegal Association of Florida for inviting me to speak at their 2010 Fall Seminar in West Palm Beach. The powerpoint can be found here or using the link under “Materials” on the right column of this website. The free legal ethics iPhone app is here.

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No Email Friday?

Thanks to the Palm Beach Bar Bulletin for running the article, No Email Friday? Find yourself checking emails endlessly?  Being pinged by your cellphone, laptop, and PC?  Checking your iPhone at night or Blackberry in the a.m.?  Yes, that’s you. Take this advice from a busy lawyer (who loves tech). …

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What is Your Child Doing on The Internet?

Don’t allow the hype — or the technology — scare you from understanding what your child is doing on the internet.  Be a great parent in the real world and online!  Learn the techniques to avoid the risks, draw (and enforce) boundaries, and serve as a role model for your …

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What Do The Lawyer Rating Internet Sites Say About You?

U.S. News and World Reports recently issued their ranking of law firms (interestingly not in a straight list form, like the school rankings, but broken into sections).  Other sites, ranging from Avvo to Craigslist to RateAPartner.com also include rankings.  Are these useful for clients?  What do they say about lawyers? …

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Will Twitter Ruin Your Legal Writing?

Concerned that all your texting and abbreviated communications on Twitter will poison your brilliant legal voice?  Might want to consider how out-dated expressions have a greater effect. Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association which published this article in their September 2010 bulletin. Hit the link for the article, …

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