Fri.May 20, 2022

What This Paralegal Has Learned After Working With Attorneys for 40 Years

Paralegal Bootcamp

To summarize a list of lessons learned in 43 years of paralegal practice is rather like opening Pandora’s box. Hard to say what may pop up!

US House passes bill authorizing President to stop fuel sales at ‘unconscionably excessive’ price

JURIST

The US House of Representatives Thursday passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act by a vote of 217 – 207.

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Feds Offer ‘Fresh Start’ to Incarcerated Students

The Crime Report

Photo by Dragos Blaga via Unsplash. Amanda Newman would have been the ideal candidate for the associate’s degree program offered at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Mich. She’s already got some college experience and she’s eager to go back.

Michigan judge blocks 90-year-old abortion ban

JURIST

A Michigan judge Tuesday blocked the enforcement of a 1931 state law which would ban abortions in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned. The ruling was met with praise from the Michigan governor. MCL 750.14

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A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

Building a Better Law Practice: 7 Reasons to Specialize

Attorney at Work

Law specialization has become increasingly common — almost a necessity. . Abraham Lincoln, licensed to practice law in 1837 in Illinois, may be the archetypal general practice attorney.

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Allegations of racial bias in a death penalty trial

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. We had another week of complete turnover as Monday’s order list disposed of all the new relists discussed in our last installment.

Texas AG includes Google’s Incognito mode in geo-location lawsuit

JURIST

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Thursday amended the initial lawsuit against Google to include claims regarding Google’s Incognito mode as another violation of Texas’ Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Non-unanimous acquittals and attorney-client privilege

SCOTUSBlog

New York appeals court reinstates chokehold ban

JURIST

A New York Appellate Division court Thursday ruled to reinstate the state’s chokehold ban. Section 10-181 of New York’s administrative code, known as the “diaphragm law,” was passed in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd.

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Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

8 Common Reasons Why Insurance Companies Deny Injury Claims

LegalReader

You must have an existing insurance policy to file a claim. Business denied denied claims denied insurance claims Injury Claims insurance claim denied

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Pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli released from prison early

JURIST

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was released from prison Wednesday after serving most of his seven-year sentence for securities fraud.

Living and Working With Intentionality

Attorney at Work

Here are five ways to harness the power of intentionality — actively choosing how to live and work, day-to-day and moment-to-moment.

US DOJ announces new hate crime initiatives

JURIST

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday announced three new initiatives aimed to address rising hate crimes. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOJ reported a rise in hate crimes.

Recovering from a Cyber Attack

Speaker: Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies

If your organization stores data and is connected to the Internet, it is not a matter of “if” a cyber-security incident will happen; but rather, “when” this will occur. Organizations protecting their data is no longer “recommended;” it’s necessary.

GOP Senators Balk at Domestic Terrorism Bill

The Crime Report

Legislation that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, NY has been passed by the House of Representatives but faces an uphill climb to pass the Senate, with only one Republican voting in favor of the measure, reports The Guardian.

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Denmark parliament blocks charges against former Defense Minister for leaking state secrets

JURIST

The Danish Ministry of Justice Thursday put charges on hold for former Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen after the Danish parliament Folketing refused to remove Frederiksen’s parliamentary immunity.

Spike in Interstate Highway Shootings Recorded During Pandemic

The Crime Report

A new analysis examining nearly 3,000 shootings that occurred on or near U.S. interstates from January 2018 through March 2022, found that interstate highway shootings across the country spiked alongside the overall surge in gun violence over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports ABC News.

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Court Tosses Mike Lindell’s RICOlibelslander LOLsuit Against Dominion And Smartmatic

Above The Law

Lindell *and his lawyers* are getting sanctioned, too. The post Court Tosses Mike Lindell’s RICOlibelslander LOLsuit Against Dominion And Smartmatic appeared first on Above the Law. Government Dominion Voting Systems Mike Lindell

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Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Lindsay Harrison, and Erin O'Brien

Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use local search and 88% use smartphones for those searches? With that in mind, I think it's safe to say your online presence is the silver bullet of your business. Think about the revenue you could be missing by not prioritizing local search optimization. Fortunately, there are a handful of steps you can take right now that will immediately impact your business's pace in local search, and we're happy to share them.

Chicago Police Intelligence Unit Runs Fake Social Media Accounts

The Crime Report

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The morning read for Friday, May 20

SCOTUSBlog

Share Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com.

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Florida state appellate court upholds new congressional map

JURIST

The Florida District Court of Appeal for the First District Friday reinstated a new congressional map proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis’ office. The court’s order overturned a May 12 decision ruling the map unconstitutional under the state’s Sixth Amendment.

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Film Fridays: Japanese Film Studios File Copyright Lawsuit Against Trendy “Fast Film” Companies

The Hollywood Lawyer

Japanese film production companies behind the film Shin Godzilla and zombie film I Am a Hero, and others have sued companies for condensing feature films into new “10-minute fast movies” that are a growing market and concern for the anti-piracy organization, Content Overseas Distribution Association, based in Tokyo.

A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

California Occupational Safety fines Valero Refinery $1.75M

JURIST

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Thursday released a statement to announce that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) cited Valero Refinery and three contractors a total of $1.75

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Appeals Court Hands Qualified Immunity To Cops Who Arrested Someone Over Satirical Facebook Posts

Above The Law

How could they have known? The post Appeals Court Hands Qualified Immunity To Cops Who Arrested Someone Over Satirical Facebook Posts appeared first on Above the Law. Technology Police Qualified immunity

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IDMC global data reveals a record 59.1 million individuals internally displaced in 2021

JURIST

The Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) Thursday released global displacement data which revealed that a record 59.1 million individuals were living in internal displacement at the end of 2021.

Judicial Retreat Turns Into Superspreader Event

Above The Law

This many COVID cases is nothing to sneeze (or sniffle) at. Yikes! The post Judicial Retreat Turns Into Superspreader Event appeared first on Above the Law. Courts COVID-19 New York State Court Judges

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Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.