Some of you may have read Matt Honan's sad tale of the massive data loss he experienced after hackers targeted his Twitter account which linked to his personal website and gmail account and wiped out everything they could access from there. Honan had unfortunately daisy-chained several accounts together (Amazon, Apple, twitter, etc.) in a way that created a security gap.
One step Honan could have taken to limit his exposure would be to activate google's two-step verification. This form of verification requires a user to have access not only to his username and password, but also to a cellphone or land line to receive a confirmation code. For more information on how to set-up two-step authentication, check out Google's blog here.
Chesapeake has been in a race lately to sell off assets in order to continue funding its operations. The company has met some challenges in finding a profitable sale of acreage in Michigan. On Thursday, Chesapeake confirmed it is the subject of a Justice Department investigation which suggests possible criminal antitrust violations related to how it acquired land in Michigan.
According to Reuters writers, Anna Driver and Joshua Schneyer, Chesapeake spent around $400 million to acquire 450,000 acres in the northern part of the state. Prior to antitrust allegations, the sale of the acreage was projected to bring in $500 million.
The antitrust violations stem from alleged efforts by Chesapeake, and its rival Encana corp., to keep prices low in the Collingwood shale.
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Check out excerpts from the 90 Tips in 90 Minutes CLE at the ABA Annual Meeting last week in Chicago
Last week at the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, I spoke on a panel along with two outstanding colleagues, Jeffrey Allen and Catherine Sanders-Reach. The program was well attended and, as always, a lot of fun to participate in. The CLE was part of the ABA's Solo Day.
This week, Attorney at Work highlighted excerpts from the presentation in their daily dispatch e-mail, The Friday Five. The website, Attorney At Work is published by a small group of law practice management experts, designed to provide you with valuable practice information.
As a bonus tip, Attorney At Work also highlighted the new ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center. The resource center is a hub for marketing, technology, practice management, CLE & substantive law resources. It is designed to replace your homepage and provide a wealth of law practice tools at your fingertips.
I truly enjoy presenting on the subject and if you are looking for a CLE instructor on similar topics, please feel free to contact me.
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A few months ago in Pennsylvania, legislators enacted Act 13, also known as "The New Impact Fee Law", revamping the state's established oil and gas drilling laws. This new piece of legislation will add an impact fee to every well drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale formation. The fee is designed to change from year to year, based on natural gas prices and the consumer price index. For 2012, drillers can expect pay around $50,000.00 per well. The projected revenue from this fee is expected to be as high as $219 Million for 2012, with an additional estimated $190 Million in retroactive fees for 2011.
The newly enacted legislation will also restrict municipal zoning of drilling operations. In a year where government intrusion has been a bit of a sore spot for taxpayers, this restriction has not gone over well. Legislators from both sides of the aisle have rallied forces to introduce several new bills that will change the law. It will be interesting to see what changes lie ahead for this new law.
For more information, check out these sources:
State Impact -- NPR -- Don't Hold Your Breath On Act 13 Changes
Fracking Regulations, a legal battle in Pennsylvania
Break away from tradition…
Try to have a technology free work hour once per day
Try working somewhere other than your desk to focus on the matter in front of you.
To learn more great tips like this one, look for our weekly emails and attendee our two Solo Day programs at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Remember, if you are a Solo Attorney individual tickets are only $35 or you can use your All Access Badge to attend.
Solo Day 2012: Microsoft Word and Outlook for Solo/Small Firm Attorneys
Friday, August 3, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Columbus Hall G, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
What if your secretary is sick; or part time; or quit? Can you navigate through Microsoft Word and/or Outlook? Can you create a heading in Word on your own? Set up Outlook appointments? Can you generate a PDF document from Word to file with the Court? This basic introduction to Microsoft Word and Outlook will allow solo and small firm attorneys to be more efficient with the technical elements of the practice so they can focus on their clients needs.
Speakers: Ross Kodner, Milwaukee, WI and Abraham Liebsch, Milwaukee, WI
Solo Day 2012: 90 Tips in 90 Minutes
Friday, August 3, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Columbus Hall G, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
A fast pace tricks and tips look at technology for your solo or small firm office.
Bringing you into the 21st century with must-haves to maintain your practice: software, hardware, printers, scanners, smart phones, Outlook, Acrobat, Word, cloud computing, backup systems, billing systems, and virtual office tools and tips needed to run and maintain a law office both in your office and outside your office.
Speakers: Jeffrey Allen, Oakland, CA; Ashley Hallene, Katy, TX; and Catherine Sanders Reach, Chicago, IL
To purchase CLE tickets use the link below, you will need the email address that you registered with and your badge number.
For more information about the General Practice, Solo & Small Division please visit: www.americanbar.org/gpsolo
" [T]he benefits of continued shale gas development are enormous and dramatically outweigh even worst-case scenario costs of pollution and clean-up."
In a recent article on Forbes.com, Houston-based author Christopher Helman explained recent studies by Yale University graduates which indicate that the economic benefit of shale gas development outweighs the potential environmental impact. His article explains that the savings attributable to the increase in domestic production from 2008 to 2011 has added up to $103 billion per year in savings for the United States. To read more, go to:
In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, journalist Elizabeth Traynor explores all the negative media surrounding the term "fracking." The question has been raised whether the industry should coin a new term to circumvent all of this negative attention from the public. This could be a useful alternative when trying to gain public support of drilling a new prospect. Check out the story below:
PicTranslator is an iPhone app that turns your smartphone into your personal translator. Just point your phone at the sign or text that you want to translate, snap a photo and voila! The app translates road signs, maps, menus, newspapers,etc. Not sure how to pronounce it? No problem, PicTranslator can read it aloud to you so you'll know how to pronounce what you see.
Last week, Microsoft launched a Consumer Preview to give the public an opportunity to test drive their latest platform. The follow-up to Windows 7 is scheduled to be available to the public sometime this year. The platform is designed to respond to input from a touch screen, mouse, keyboard or pen. The design appears to build on their Windows Phone 7 design, with a tile-based interface.
Reviews for the interface have run from excitement at the fun and innovative tiles to frustration at the unfamiliar lay-out, with most of the criticism arising from desktop users navigating the screen with a mouse and keyboard. It may be this platform is better suited for touch screen devices. What's your opinion?
To check out Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview, follow the link below:
I have been using Credenza for about 6 weeks now to keep track of the hours I spend working on various files and projects. The software transforms your Microsoft Outlook into practice management software. It allows you to bill time directly from each e-mail and create and manage client files. The basic Credenza software is free and allows you to keep track of client files, time sheets, phone calls, and more. If you upgrade to Credenza Pro (for only $24.95) then you will have an integrated billing software along with more collaborative practice management features. Take it for a spin and see how much easier it makes your life.
You can find it online at: http://www.credenzasoft.com/index.html
Ashley Hallene specializes in Oil and Gas Law, Title Examination, and Oil and Gas Leasing in Houston, Texas. Ashley received her J. D. from University of Houston Law Center in 2009. She is the Editor of Technology and Product Reviews for the ABA GP|Solo eReport. Ashley has published articles on legal technology in the TechnoLawyer Newsletter and GP|Solo Magazine.