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Ethiopia secret committee violating human rights in suppressing Oromo insurgency group: Reuters investigation

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An investigation published by Reuters on Friday revealed that a secretive committee of high-ranking officials in Ethiopia has been committing human rights violations in order to eliminate the Oromo Liberation Army- Oromo Liberation Front (OLF-OLA) insurgency group. Reuters interviewed over 30 sources, revealing the committee’s existence for the first time on record.

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Talking Back: Internal Communications Platforms Clan Clear Your Inbox Like No Other

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

In an ideal world, your email inbox is ‘ mission critical ’. That mean it’s a collection of messages from your clients and referral sources, while you screen the remainder of the noise out, via subfolders, as well as labeling junk and phishing messages aggressively. Although, that’s not always how it goes, is it ? You know what else shows up in your inbox, that you can’t ignore – that’s right: questions and notifications from your staff and colleagues.

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Tunisia opposition figure sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for election criticism

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The Court of First Instance of Tunis sentenced prominent opposition figure Jawher Ben Mbarek to six months in prison, his sister and lawyer Dalila Ben Mbarek Masddek announced in a live video on Facebook on Saturday. The case was brought by the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE) against Ben Mbarek regarding his criticism of the 2022 elections, where he declared that they amounted to a “farce.” Ben Mbarek was previously detained last year on charges of conspiracy agains

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Trading Up: Law Firms Can Now Have Brand Names, But Should They?

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Now, this wasn’t always a thing; but, as of now: law firms in any jurisdiction of the United States can utilize ‘trade names’. What that effectively means is that, so long as you don’t choose a name that’s misleading, you can select a brand name for your law. That’s kind of a big deal; because it’s difficult to convey what your offering is to potential clients, simply by naming your law firm after your and/or your partners ’ names.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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DC police sargeant pleads guilty to excessive force resulting in fatal shooting

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Enis Jevric, a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to using excessive force on August 25, 2021, resulting in An’Twan Gilmore’s death in a police shooting. Additionally, Jevric pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter under D.C. law. The indictment charged Jevric with three counts.

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New York jury finds NRA executives liable for $6.35M for corruption

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The New York Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that a jury found current and former National Rifle Association (NRA) executives liable for corruption and financial misconduct. After a six-week trial, the jury found that NRA executives Wayne LaPierre and Wilson “Woody” Phillips used NRA funds for personal gain. The jury also found that these individuals failed to administer charitable funds properly.

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“How the reversal of Roe v. Wade led to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children”

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“How the reversal of Roe v. Wade led to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children”: Jacqueline Howard of CNN has this report. The post “How the reversal of Roe v. Wade led to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children” appeared first on How Appealing.

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China activist filmmaker charged with ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’

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Police in China charged Chen Pin Lin, director of documentary “ Not the Foreign Force ,” with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to Chinese human rights news watchdogs Weiquanwang and Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch. The Thursday charges come after Chen’s arrest in January 2024. He has been in detention for more than a month.

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“The Curious Case of the Mildly Annoyed Judge; Legal journalists often identify the party affiliation of a federal judge’s appointing president; Not everyone is thrilled about this”

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“The Curious Case of the Mildly Annoyed Judge; Legal journalists often identify the party affiliation of a federal judge’s appointing president; Not everyone is thrilled about this”: Jay Willis has this essay online at Balls and Strikes. The post “The Curious Case of the Mildly Annoyed Judge; Legal journalists often identify the party affiliation of a federal judge’s appointing president; Not everyone is thrilled about this” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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At least 16 Northern Ireland Troubles inquests to fall short of Legacy Act deadline

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At least sixteen inquests into deaths that occurred during the Northern Ireland Troubles will not be completed by the deadline set out in the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, according to reports by the Irish Times. The controversial Act requires that any Troubles-related inquests (a fact finding investigation into the cause of an individual’s death) must be concluded by May 1st, 2024.

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“Planned Parenthood asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to find 1849 abortion law unconstitutional”

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“Planned Parenthood asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to find 1849 abortion law unconstitutional”: Todd Richmond of The Associated Press has this report. The post “Planned Parenthood asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to find 1849 abortion law unconstitutional” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Canada government announces appeal of court decision on Freedom Convoy and Emergencies Act authority

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The Canadian government announced Friday it would file an appeal of a Federal Court judgement that found it acted illegally when responding to Freedom Convoy protests in 2022. That judgement held that the government’s invocation of the federal Emergencies Act in response to the protests exceeded its authority and violated some protesters’ constitutional rights.

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“Supreme Court to Decide How the First Amendment Applies to Social Media; Challenges to laws in Florida and Texas meant to protect conservative viewpoints are likely to yield a major constitutional ruling on tech platforms’ free speech rights”

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“Supreme Court to Decide How the First Amendment Applies to Social Media; Challenges to laws in Florida and Texas meant to protect conservative viewpoints are likely to yield a major constitutional ruling on tech platforms’ free speech rights”: Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report. Cat Zakrzewski and Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post report that “ Supreme Court to decide if states can control fate of social media; As a ‘splinternet’ emerges in the U

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Freemasonry Might Be the Cure for Gen Z Men’s Desperate Loneliness

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Bull Garlington | If you’re in your twenties or early thirties, there’s a good chance you are isolated as hell. The post Freemasonry Might Be the Cure for Gen Z Men’s Desperate Loneliness appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Recent Developments in Private International Law: the US and Beyond

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As the 118th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting approaches, the ASIL Private International Law Interest Group will organize a fireside chat on Thursday, April 4 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET in Washington D.C. During this fireside chat, our esteemed speakers will discuss recent developments in private international law in the US and beyond.

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Quiet Firing: Signs Your Client’s Job Is at Risk

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Employment lawyer Faye Riva Cohen outlines signs your client may be a victim of quiet firing and bullying, along with ways to help. The post Quiet Firing: Signs Your Client’s Job Is at Risk appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Bought & Sold: Law Firms Can Link Booking and Payment

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Booking initial consultations are essential for most law firms. That’s how the vast majority of lawyers vet their potential clients, and determine whether or not they are a fit for the firm. It’s also a way to test your potential client’s payment bona fides , which is why the majority of attorneys who hold initial consultation meetings, charge for those.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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“Digital Assets and Private International Law” – Conference in Vienna on 11 and 12 April 2024

Conflict of Laws

On 11 and 12 April 2024, an international conference on the current topic of the appropriate approach to digital assets in PIL cases will take place at the University of Vienna in a hybrid format. For the impressive speakers list, including internationally renowned academics as well as representatives from UNIDROIT and the HCCH, please refer to the conference announcement below, which was kindly provided by the organizers: Digital Assets and Private International Law Conference 11 and 12 April 2

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Tunisia court sentences former president to 8 years in prison for alleged incitement

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The Tunis Court of First Instance sentenced former president Moncef Marzouki in absentia on Friday to eight years in prison, according to a statement from the court’s spokesman, Mohamed Zaitouneh, to Tunisia’s state news agency. The charges against Marzouki, who lives in Paris, are based on statements that authorities believe violate laws against incitement and advocating the overthrow of the government, as outlined in Article 72 of the Tunisian Penal Code.

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AMEDIP’s upcoming webinar: The role of Private International Law in the development and deployment of digital currencies (29 February 2024 at 14:30 Mexico City time) (in Spanish)

Conflict of Laws

The Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law ( AMEDIP ) is holding a webinar on Thursday 29 February 2024 at 14:30 (Mexico City time – CST), 21:30 (CET time). The topic of the webinar is the role of Private International Law in the development and deployment of digital currencies and will be presented by Dr. Israel Cedillo Lazcano (in Spanish).

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Reporters Without Borders urges DRC authorities to protect press freedom and continue dialogue

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged the authorities in the Équateur region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday to continue dialogue with the media to address press freedom violations and ensure journalists can work without fear of reprisals. The dialogue commenced on February 17, 2024, when Équateur Governor Bobo Boloko Bolumbu invited journalists to his residence in the provincial capital, Mbandaka, aiming to reconcile after local journalists decided to cease covering the gove

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Dangers of Digital "Reporting": Legal Risks and Unreliable Transcripts

In the world of legal proceedings, the choice between a certified stenographer and digital "reporting" holds significant implications. Certified stenographers go through rigorous training and testing and stand as the gold standard for accuracy in capturing every word. Their expertise ensures a reliable record, a crucial foundation for legal cases.

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Friends with Benefits? Telephone Records Raise New Challenge to the Willis/Wade Testimony

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In the movie Friends with Benefits , the character Jamie asks Dylan “why do I get the feeling this is the first real commitment you’ve ever made?” Dylan responds “It’s not. T-Mobile. Two years. And f do I regret that one!” The ongoing proceedings involving Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade seem to be playing out a real-life version of Friends with Benefits , though the benefits may have violated core ethical rules.

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UN report calls for accountability for violations of international law in Israel and Palestine

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report on Friday calling for accountability for Israel and Palestinian militant groups for numerous violations of international law over the course of the Israel-Palestine conflict and occupation. The report said that the ongoing human rights violations “cannot be permitted to continue” and called for immediate adherence with mechanisms of international law, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Court

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“How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn’t: Without clear guidance from the Court, House Democrats suggest that they might not certify a Trump win on January 6.”

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“How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn’t: Without clear guidance from the Court, House Democrats suggest that they might not certify a Trump win on January 6.” Russell Berman of The Atlantic has this report. The post “How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn’t: Without clear guidance from the Court, House Democrats suggest that they might not certify a Trump win on January 6.” appeared first on How Appealing.

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