Fri.Oct 08, 2021

Sierra Leone abolishes death penalty

JURIST

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio signed a bill Friday that abolishes the death penalty in the country. The new law makes Sierra Leone the 23rd African country to officially abolish the death penalty. .

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Authentication, E-Signatures. and Signet Rings

CourtTechBulletin

A recent Law.com article noted the wider adoption of e-signatures by lawyers (you know, our court users). But what is the historic basis for this? Signet rings. We discuss this below. Read more ». Court Rules Electronic Documents Electronic Filing

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Afghanistan dispatches: ‘Iran has entered into direct negotiations with the Taliban and has now signed an agreement with them’

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

Half of Murder Cases Were Unsolved in 2020

The Crime Report

Photo by booturtle via Flickr. The number of murder cases that go unsolved by police hit a new high in 2020, according to an analysis of recent FBI data by the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ). Number-crunching by the CCJ revealed that the murder “clearance rate”?the

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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.

California establishes Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education

JURIST

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the establishment of the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education (“the Council”) during a visit to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

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Trademark: Uggs are generic in Australia, Can I import them without a license from UGG®?

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. In Australia, the term “ugg boots” refers to a general style of sheepskin shoe with the fleece turned in for warmth. It is a generic term, and not a trademark – in Australia.

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A New Fashion Industry Taskforce is Aiming to Define Sustainability as Part of Larger Climate Change Agenda

The Fashion Law

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference – or COP26 – in Glasgow later this month, more information about the workings of a budding new fashion industry taskforce is coming into view.

India top court allows women to attend military college

JURIST

The Supreme Court of India directed Thursday the Central Government to formulate a plan for the induction of women into the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) by allowing them to appear for the upcoming examination on December 18, 2021, for the term beginning from June 2022.

The New Integration Framework under the Securities Act Gives Companies Raising Capital More Options

Strictly Business

Previously announced amendments to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s exempt offering rules went into effect on March 15, 2021.

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.

This Week in Rideshare: Hit & Run, Bike Lanes and Hidden Fees

LegalReader

A cyclist seeking justice, bike lane battles, and hidden fees get exposed. LegalRideshare breaks it down. News & Politics legalrideshare rideshare rideshare apps rideshare companies rideshare safety rideshare services this week in rideshare

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Federal court holds Google did not infringe digital photo frame patent

JURIST

The Waco Division of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Wednesday held that Google did not infringe a digital photo frame patent owned by the Texas-based Profectus Technology LLC (“Profectus”).

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Family of Deceased Hillsboro Swimmer Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

LegalReader

The family of Nabila Maazouz, 14, recently filed a lawsuit over her drowning death in November 2019. Lawsuits & Litigation drowning Hillsboro School District Hillsboro Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center lawsuit swim team

ECJ rules against Poland on appointment of insufficiently independent judges

JURIST

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has found that Poland’s Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court acted undemocratically by appointing judges who are not sufficiently neutral, invalidating a Polish court decision.

Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation, & Lindsay Harrison, Marketing Coordinator, Grand Pacific Resorts

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.

Justices probe both sides in clash between confrontation clause and evidentiary rules

SCOTUSBlog

Share Tuesday’s oral argument in Hemphill v. New York made apparent that a New York evidentiary rule, known as the “door opening” rule, implicates the Sixth Amendment’s confrontation clause.

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Greater Risk of Suicide by Gun Owners

The Crime Report

A recent history of alcohol abuse more than doubles the risk that a handgun owner will take his own life, according to a new study.

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Film Fridays – “Friday The 13th” Screenwriter Wins Domestic Copyright 35 Years After Publication

TheHollywoodLawyer

“Friday the 13th” Screenwriter Victor Miller has successfully gained some rights over the classic film he wrote in the 80s. Specifically, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded domestic rights to the Friday the 13th franchise.

5 Steps to Having an Airtight Criminal Defense

LegalReader

Having a criminal defense strategy in place is helpful, but it’s even more important to understand the case thoroughly. Crimes acquittal criminal defense criminal defense attorney criminal defense lawyer criminal defense strategies

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.

The Lawyer Who Freed Britney Spears Has Some Thoughts On His ‘Zaddy’ Status

AboveTheLaw

He's incredibly humble, and wants the focus to remain on achieving justice for his client. Biglaw #FreeBritney Britney Spears Conservatorship Mathew Rosengart Quote of the Day

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Lawsuit Provides Blind Individuals with Access to New York State’s Emergency Mass Notification System

LegalReader

Individuals who use screen readers to access visual information could not independently use the NY-Alert website to register for urgent alerts or to choose how to receive alerts, putting them at risk during an emergency.

“The Supreme Court Is Likely to Overturn Roe — What Then?”

HowAppealing

“The Supreme Court Is Likely to Overturn Roe — What Then?” ” Molly Jong-Fast has this essay online at Vogue

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A New Panelist Joins Our Legaltech Week Roundtable Today; Watch Live At 3 ET

LawSites

A new panelist is joining us today as a regular on our weekly Legaltech Week live journalists’ roundtable, where a panel of journalists and bloggers discuss the top stories in legal technology and innovation.

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.

6th Circuit rules for student athletes denied religious exemption from vaccine mandate

ABAJournal

Sixteen student athletes at Western Michigan University who were denied a religious exemption from a vaccine mandate will likely succeed in their lawsuit, a federal…

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17 Amazing Ways a Hobonichi Techo 2022 Will Change Your Life

Attorney at Work

Hobonichi Techo planners have stolen my heart. As a verified card-carrying analog weirdo, my relationship with paper is multivalent and perhaps ever so slightly unhealthy. I nerd out over really great sticky notes. I write thank-you cards like it’s 1845.

Despite Federal Clampdown, Private Prisons Continue to Turn a Profit

The Crime Report

Prison operators are striking deals with municipalities to replace expiring federal contracts, cushioning the financial blow from the Biden administration’s efforts to disentangle the U.S. government from privately run detention facilities, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Legal Tech-To-English Dictionary: eDiscovery Software

AboveTheLaw

Unpacking the lingo with stray Legos, baseball legends, and 'Deadpool.'. Technology ATL Non-Event eDiscovery Jared Correia Legal Operations Legal Tech-to-English Dictionary Legal Technology Non-Event

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

“Why it matters that Supreme Court justices can look each other in the eye again”

HowAppealing

“Why it matters that Supreme Court justices can look each other in the eye again”: Joan Biskupic of CNN has this news analysis

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Is Facebook Becoming The New LinkedIn For Lawyers?

AboveTheLaw

People can be more deliberate with the platforms to which they post to ensure they do not infect a more personal social media platform with work content. Small Law Firms Facebook Jordan Rothman LinkedIn Social Media

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“Why is a prominent federal judge hiring a law clerk who said she hates Black people?”

HowAppealing

“Why is a prominent federal judge hiring a law clerk who said she hates Black people?” ” Columnist Ruth Marcus has this essay online at The Washington Post. And columnist Kyle Whitmire of the Alabama Media Group has an essay titled “ What have you done, Bill Pryor? “

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