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Legal News Digest: Health Care Overhaul; Android Apps for Lawyers; Yellow Pages Debate

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Android Apps for LawyersLaw, tech and marketing news making the headlines this week

By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.

Recent noteworthy stories on law, tech and marketing:

  • It isn’t often that severability, the Anti-Injunction Act and individual mandates receive mainstream media attention but this week’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act were far from ordinary. For a recap of the hearings on the health care law — referred to by some as Obamacare  – the SCOTUS Blog has a comprehensive analysis as well as transcripts and audio of the proceedings.
  • The death of Trayvon Martin, and the fierce debate over whether George Zimmerman, the man who killed him should be charged, has cast a spotlight on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The prosecutor who will decide whether to move forward, Angela Corey, was profiled by the Tampa Bay Times. Craig Sonner, the lawyer defending Zimmerman, appeared on The Today Show on Thursday. Only a few days earlier, Sonner bolted from an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell just before it was scheduled to begin.
  • For a great example of writing about the law for nonlawyers, read “The Copyright Question: How to Protect Yourself on Pinterest.” The article by Gonzolo E. Mon appeared on Mashable. In addition to writing in plain English, the subheads clearly, directly and succinctly provide conclusions and takeaways.
  • In the article “Are Yellow Pages Toast?” Search Engine Land takes a look at the ad value of the Yellow Pages. The columnist, Chris Silver Smith, also discusses when it makes sense to advertise in the telephone directory.
  • On March 19, Google deindexed a large portion of BuildMyRank.com, reports Search Engine Land. The move is thought to be part of Google’s ongoing battle with paid link networks.
  • In “5 Top Android Legal Apps for 2012,” Lawyer Tech Review’s guest blogger Leslie Krick highlights productivity apps that help lawyers track time, turn their smartphone into a digital dictation tool and remotely access a desktop.

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