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Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

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According to Judge Mosman, he ruled that there is no constitutional requirement of notice to the account holder of your e-mail because the Fourth Amendment does not apply to e-mails under the third-party doctrine. This is an interesting ruling and one we should all take a closer look at.

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All California attorneys must provide an e-mail address to the State Bar beginning Feb. 1, 2010, under a new rule of court approved by the Supreme Court. Inactive lawyers over 70 are exempt from the new requirement.

Under Rule 9.7, all members of the State Bar must create an online profile through the bar’s secure membership system. Currently, 150,000 lawyers already have done so and they need do nothing further.

But on Feb. 1, attorneys who move will be able to change their address and phone number only through their profile.(Go to My State Bar Profile) Online address change capability has been available for several years and is widely used. In 2008, 58,000 address changes were processed, 40,000 online.

Lawyers are statutorily required to keep their addresses updated within 30 days of a move.

The private e-mails will be recorded in the bar’s database and will be used only for official communications, such as courtesy reminders related to deadlines and updates of new regulations that affect members. Attorneys also will have the option to provide a public e-mail address, which will be available to the public on the bar’s Web site.

Notification of disciplinary or regulatory proceedings that may lead to a loss of license will continue to be sent through regular mail.

In addition to the 150,000 private e-mails the bar now has, another 30,000 lawyers have provided a public address. About 40,000 lawyers have not provided an e-mail address.

Although not required by the rule, the bar’s administrative policy will provide an exemption to inactive lawyers over 70. In addition, lawyers who do not have an e-mail address may apply for an exemption by completing a form provided by the bar.

The member services center will conduct an outreach campaign to fully apprise the membership of the new requirement.

So, all you California attorneys out there, or in reality their paralegals, be sure and provide this information to the bar.

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As a reminder, The Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and all superior courts in California will be closed on the third Wednesday of every month through June 2010. The next closure is Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Click Administrative Office of the Courts to see the announcement.

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ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge – ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

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Did you know The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge (Climate Challenge)? The Climate Challenge is designed to encourage law offices to take specific steps to conserve energy and resources, as well as reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – which cause global climate change – and other pollutants. The ABA Law Practice Management Section (LPM) is co-sponsoring this initiative.

We in the legal business are one of the biggest paper consumption businesses who leave a very big carbon footprint. If you know a law office that might be interested in completing an application and accepting the climate challenge, click on the following link to find out how. Adopt Best Practices for Office Paper Management: Participates in the EPA WasteWise Program.

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Facebook Wall Of Shame « Cyber-Esq.

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This is an excellent article by Eric G. Young, about social content on Facebook. Please read the article and let Mr. Young know your thoughts as well. You will find other excellent articles by Mr. Young as well.

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California State Assemblymember Jared Huffman – 6th Assembly District

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Be sure and check out the link below and take a listen to Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin with The Paralegal Voice!  Both of these paralegals have years of experience and give all of us paralegals some great tips and advice.  They each have a blog, Lynne’s can be found at Practical Paralegalism and Vicki’s can be  found at the Paralegal Mentor.  Keep it up ladies, you rock!

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This is a great article if you are like most of us and really don’t like that networking “thing” but you know you have to in order for the world to know who you are.

You call this networking?? Marketing yourself can be tough!

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If you are looking for ways to get attention to your legal blog or website, take a look at the article linked below from JD Scoop.

Legal Marketing: 3 Ways to Get Attention for Your Online Content : JD Scoop

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