Homework Assignement #1

Good Things about Virtual Law Practice
  1. no static hours...available 24/7 - for the client's convenience
  2. cost - no overhead
  3. flexibility for lawyer - hours
  4. keeping up with the times and advances in technology
  5. green - no paper - digital content
Things that could go wrong
  1. server goes down or other technical glitches (files lost)
  2. lack of tech expertise of the client
  3. lack of tech expertise of the lawyer
  4. security breach
  5. ethical issues
What is "Virtual Law Practice" or "Digital Law Practice" or "eLawyering"?

Homework Assignment #2

PART 1

Benefits/advantages to Document Automation:
  1. availability of templates
  2. SAVE TIME
  3. improve ease of retrieval
  4. insure quality - computations, omissions
  5. storage space - no paper

Pitfalls/problems/barriers to Document Automation:
  1. server goes down or other technical glitches (files lost)
  2. lack of tech expertise of the lawyer
  3. mistakes (errors in the forms)
  4. security breach
  5. ethical issues
  6. company goes out of business

PART 2
Document automation website 1:
http://www.goodwinfoundersworkbench.com/ -
Document automation website 2:
http://www.wsgr.com/wsgr/display.aspx?sectionname=practice/termsheet.htm

I would recommend both of the above. They were easy to use. Not being a lawyer, I could not do a thorough review.

Homework Assignment #3

(1) county court - Albany, NY County Court
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/3jd/county/albany/index.shtml
1. Does the court support efiling? If yes, what is the best URL? no
2. Does the court support efiling for self-representing litigants? no
3. Does the court website have an online docket or calendar? (if yes, include a link) no
4. Does the court website have any forms that can be used online or downloaded? (if yes, provide a link) - Yes, downloaded -
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/3jd/county/forms.shtml

(2) highest state court (e.g. state supreme court) - NYS Supreme Court -
http://www.nycourts.gov/supctmanh/
1. Does the court support efiling? If yes, what is the best URL? yes -
http://www.nycourts.gov/supctmanh/E-Filing.htm
2. Does the court support efiling for self-representing litigants? no
3. Does the court website have an online docket or calendar? (if yes, include a link) no
4. Does the court website have any forms that can be used online or downloaded? (if yes, provide a link) - Yes, downloaded
http://www.nycourts.gov/supctmanh/forms.htm

(3) federal district court in your jurisdiction (or pick a jurisdiction) - Northern District of NY -
http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/
1. Does the court support efiling? If yes, what is the best URL? yes
http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/cmecf/
2. Does the court support efiling for self-representing litigants? no
3. Does the court website have an online docket or calendar? (if yes, include a link) no
4. Does the court website have any forms that can be used online or downloaded? (if yes, provide a link) yes, downloaded -
http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/forms.htm, online -
http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/cmecf/

Homework Assignment #4

1. Define two (2) discrete tasks that could be “unbundled” from different areas of law practice.
2. Define a task that lends itself to being converted into a “digital application?” such as a website, smart phone app or downloadable program.
3. List some of the risks (at least three) involved in “unbundling legal services?”
4. Think of a “digital application” that could automate a legal task, AND bundled with legal advice to be sold for a fixed fee? (re-bundling concept). Describe it in your homework.

COMMUNITY SERVICE / EXTRA CREDIT
Many states bar associations or state bars have issued/published opinions about “unbundled legal services”.
  1. Find three articles, blog posts, ethics opinions, podcasts, youtube videos about unbundling or limited scope representation.
  2. INSTEAD of linking them from your homework page, put a link on THIS PAGE and include a short description about the link (e.g. article about unbundling, ethics opinion, blog post, etc.) In other words, provide a small amount of descriptive text so future visitors know what are they are clicking on.

Homework Assignment #5

Find the web page for the government website that is the primary legal source in your state/jurisdiction for cases, codes/statutes and regulations. List them in your homework wiki page AND **here** (this is a single page where all states links can be found). If your state has already been linked, find the links for another state and contribute in that way.

NYS -
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/research.htm

Homework Assignment #6

  1. Find (at least) two EULAs from any website that has user contributed content (i.e. social networking sites, comments, upload pictures, etc.)
  2. Find the clause(s) that talk about ownership/license/rights of the user-submitted content.
  3. Copy the clauses (NOT the entire EULA) into the homework wiki and answer the following questions.

FACEBOOK:


You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you use an application, your content and information is shared with the application. We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information. (To learn more about Platform, read our Privacy Policy and Platform Page.)
  4. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
FLICKR
Yahoo! does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Yahoo! Services. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services, you grant Yahoo! the following worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable:
  1. With respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of Yahoo! Groups, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Yahoo! Services solely for the purposes of providing and promoting the specific Yahoo! Group to which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Yahoo! Services and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo! removes such Content from the Yahoo! Services.
  2. With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services other than Yahoo! Groups, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Yahoo! Services solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Yahoo! Services and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo! removes such Content from the Yahoo! Services.
  3. With respect to Content other than photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services other than Yahoo! Groups, the perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.
"Publicly accessible" areas of the Yahoo! Services are those areas of the Yahoo! network of properties that are intended by Yahoo! to be available to the general public. By way of example, publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services would include Yahoo! Message Boards and portions of Yahoo! Groups and Flickr that are open to both members and visitors. However, publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services would not include portions of Yahoo! Groups that are limited to members, Yahoo! services intended for private communication such as Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Messenger, or areas off of the Yahoo! network of properties such as portions of World Wide Web sites that are accessible via hypertext or other links but are not hosted or served by Yahoo!.

  • Are there similar components between the two (or more) clauses? How are they the same? How are they different?
  • Write a standard clause that uses the similar elements from the EULAs you analyzed. For areas that are dis-similar, include both options in parentheses.