Weekly Links

Law

Lawyers Second Most Likely Profession to Have Car Accidents
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/lawyers_second_most_likely_professional_to_be_in_a_car_crash

21st-Century Babies – Building a Baby, With Few Ground Rules
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/us/13surrogacy.html
With surrogacy arrangements, states differ on who is considered a parent, leading to surprising or undesired results. Family law has not caught up with the technology. In this story, five parties were involved: the egg donor, the sperm donor, the surrogate and the intended parents. But as the dispute over the twins reveals, surrogacy arrangements that go badly can have profound implications, particularly for the children.

People not Divorcing because House Values are Down
http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/real-estate/recession-divorce-and-home-they-dont-mix/
“It used to be that couples fought over the house because of continuity and stability for the children,” says Fadi Baradihi, president of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. “That’s not happening anymore. Now everybody wants to run from it.”

Tech

Dictation App for iPhone
http://lifehacker.com/5422606/dragon-dictation-does-voice+to+text-transcription-on-your-iphone

Project Scheduling Software
When I worked in construction, we used specialized software for scheduling projects. I’m evaluating whether this adds value for lawyers or is any benefit above and beyond Outlook. I found some free alternatives to Microsoft Project that I’m test-driving:
Ganttner – http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/04/23/gantter-puts-ms-project-online/
OpenProj – http://openproj.org/openproj

Other

What Makes A Person Good Scam Bait?
http://consumerist.com/2009/12/what-makes-a-person-good-scam-bait.html
Seven principles of human behavior that work against us when we’re being targeted in a scam. I like learning about how people think and the psychology you can use to get people to agree to things. While it’s not technically a law article, it can be related to how we negotiate (or how we can be pressured into agreeing).
A great list of scams that con artists pull – http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-754.pdf

How to break up in an online world—and avoid e-stalkers
http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/10/how-to-break-up-in-an-online-worldand-avoid-e-stalkers.ars
Breaking up is indeed hard to do. It can be even harder when you realize that you follow your ex (and more importantly, your ex follows you) on all the social networks—especially if one or both of you really shouldn’t be. Follow these basic steps to make life easier and protect yourself from being bugged, harassed, or stalked.
Detailed Instructions for Facebook’s New Privacy Tools
http://gawker.com/5427077/the-valleywag-guide-to-restoring-your-privacy-on-facebook

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Emily Miskel

Judge Emily Miskel was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as the first judge of the 470th family district court of Collin County, Texas. She graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School and she is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Find Emily on Google+, Facebook, and other social media.

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