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Rethinking Legal Ops Skills: Generalists Versus Specialists

Above The Law

This ongoing conversation highlights the changing demands on legal ops practitioners. The post Rethinking Legal Ops Skills: Generalists Versus Specialists appeared first on Above the Law.

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Iran security forces employ lethal force against Kurdish border couriers: Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch reported on Monday that Iranian security forces employed lethal force against predominantly Kurdish border couriers that passed rugged terrain to transport goods between Iraq and Iran. Kurdish border couriers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that Iranian security forces shot them and killed their relatives, and beat them in detention.

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“The Supreme Incompetents: The justices are awful at their jobs, and they don’t know that they are awful at their jobs.”

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“The Supreme Incompetents: The justices are awful at their jobs, and they don’t know that they are awful at their jobs.” Ian Millhiser has this essay online at Vox.

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Right of peaceful assembly increasingly under attack in 21 European countries: Amnesty International

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Amnesty International said in a Monday report that the right of peaceful assembly in Europe is increasingly under attack due to state authorities stigmatizing and punishing individuals who organize and participate in peaceful protests. The report’s findings are based on legal regulations of the right to peaceful assembly in 21 European countries, including Austria, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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“Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Independent Streak Marked Supreme Court Term; The junior member of the court’s six-justice conservative supermajority often questioned its approach and wrote important dissents joined by liberal justices”

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“Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Independent Streak Marked Supreme Court Term; The junior member of the court’s six-justice conservative supermajority often questioned its approach and wrote important dissents joined by liberal justices”: Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report.

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“The Supreme Court’s Power Grab; Conservative justices have abandoned modesty, humility, and fealty to precedent, instead voting as a bloc to conform the law to their preferences”

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“The Supreme Court’s Power Grab; Conservative justices have abandoned modesty, humility, and fealty to precedent, instead voting as a bloc to conform the law to their preferences”: David Cole has this essay online at The New York Review of Books.

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Ecuador court rules that river in capital has rights

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A court in Quito, Ecuador ruled that the Machángara River, which runs through the city, possesses rights making the municipal government of Quito responsible for pollution that occurs, a local civic advocacy group reported on Friday. The court recognized that since the river is alive, it is subject to rights under the Constitution of Ecuador. Chapter 7 of the Constitution establishes that nature possesses a right to protection, promotion, and restoration.

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“The Supreme Court folds; Faced with the most potent threat to democracy in more than a century, our most revered institution didn’t just fail to hold, it aligned itself with the threat”

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“The Supreme Court folds; Faced with the most potent threat to democracy in more than a century, our most revered institution didn’t just fail to hold, it aligned itself with the threat”: Radley Balko has this essay online at his Substack site, “The Watch.

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Nearly 3,000 people protest in Barcelona against mass tourism

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A mass demonstration took place Sunday in Barcelona, where about 2,800 people took to the streets to demand limits on tourism, according to the Guàrdia Urbana (Urban Guard). Footage circulating on social media shows that protestors were holding slogans saying “ Enough, let’s put limits on tourism.” While the demonstration was mostly peaceful, local media reports show that there had been moments of tension when some of the protesters put up tape in front of hotels and restaura

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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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“Proliferating Recusal Demands Threaten the Judiciary; Activist groups are trying to force judges off cases by claiming dubious conflicts of interest”

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“Proliferating Recusal Demands Threaten the Judiciary; Activist groups are trying to force judges off cases by claiming dubious conflicts of interest”: Theodore B. Olson will have this op-ed in Tuesday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal.

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New Zealand court orders University of Auckland to compensate associate professor NZ$20,000 for public harassment

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The Employment Court of New Zealand on Monday ordered the University of Auckland to pay damages of NZ$20,000 for breaching its contractual obligations to protect Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles’s health and safety due to public harassment over her commentary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of 2020-2022, Wiles, a microbiologist and science communicator, experienced physical confrontations and sustained and targeted harassment for her commentary on mainstream media, includ

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“It’s John Roberts’s Supreme Court after all; When you look at his body of work, his power becomes clear; This is John Roberts’s court, and the other justices are just sitting on it”

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“It’s John Roberts’s Supreme Court after all; When you look at his body of work, his power becomes clear; This is John Roberts’s court, and the other justices are just sitting on it”: David Lat has this essay online at The Boston Globe.

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Pakistan tells Sindh High Court its ban on X was legitimate amid national security concerns

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Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior told the Sindh High Court on Monday that its ban on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) was legitimate in light of national security concerns and that it did not violate Article 19 of the Pakistani Constitution. The Ministry explained to the High Court that X’s presence in Pakistan without registering or agreeing to adhere to Pakistani law, and its noncompliance with the PTA’s requests, is disrespecting Pakistani sovereignty.

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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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“A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Term”

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“A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Term”: You can access today’s new episode of the “Strict Scrutiny” podcast via this link. The podcast is now on YouTube.

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Canada port strike averted as labour board rules union notice illegal

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The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ruled on Sunday that a strike notice by ship and dock foremen at western Canadian ports violated the Canada Labour Code , effectively averting a disruption to port operations. The decision came within days of the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) filing their request for interim relief after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 514 served a 72-hour strike notice to logistics company DP World (Canada) Inc.

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“Opinionpalooza: The Supreme Court End-of-Term Breakfast Table; As we look back on a Supreme Court term that still has us reeling, some surprising new trends have emerged from the justices.”

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“Opinionpalooza: The Supreme Court End-of-Term Breakfast Table; As we look back on a Supreme Court term that still has us reeling, some surprising new trends have emerged from the justices.” You can access the new episode of Slate’s “Amicus” podcast via this link.

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Australia Northern Territory police commissioner issues Public Disorder Declaration for Alice Springs following civil disturbances

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Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Police Commissioner Michael Murphy issued a Public Disorder Declaration for Alice Springs on Monday following several civil disturbances over the weekend, including the assault of four off-duty police officers on Sunday morning. The declaration includes a restricted movement provision that creates a curfew for all residents and visitors to the town from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM local time.

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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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“The battle over J&J’s bankruptcy plan to end talc lawsuits; Johnson & Johnson is locked in a bitter fight with lawyers opposing its third attempt to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits through a controversial bankruptcy-court maneuver; The women alleging J&J’s talc products caused their cancer are caught in the crossfire”

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“The battle over J&J’s bankruptcy plan to end talc lawsuits; Johnson & Johnson is locked in a bitter fight with lawyers opposing its third attempt to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits through a controversial bankruptcy-court maneuver; The women alleging J&J’s talc products caused their cancer are caught in the crossfire”: Mike Spector of Reuters has this report.

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Boeing will plead guilty to fraud conspiracy in US criminal case

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Boeing is set to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay a fine of $243.6 million, according to a Sunday court filing from the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The plea deal comes after the DOJ found that Boeing violated a 2021 settlement regarding two fatal 737 Max jetliner crashes that took place in 2018 and 2019.

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“Lawsuit alleges that Northwestern law school’s hiring practices are biased against white men; The complaint says that the hiring process favors women and people of color”:

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“Lawsuit alleges that Northwestern law school’s hiring practices are biased against white men; The complaint says that the hiring process favors women and people of color”: Dhanika Pineda of ABC News has this report. You can access the complaint initiating suit via this link.

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Iran authorities arrest lawyer who criticized government response to 2022 Mahsa Amini protests

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Iranian authorities arrested outspoken lawyer Mohsen Borhani for publicly criticizing how the government handled the 2022 protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, Iranian media reported Sunday. Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old whose arrest in 2022 by Iranian police for allegedly failing to wear her required hijab correctly and subsequent death in custody prompted massive protests.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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“I Argued ‘U.S. v. Nixon.’ The Supreme Court’s New Ruling on Presidential Immunity Appalled Me. Fifty years after ruling against a corrupt president, the Court has now decided that presidents are above the law.”

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“I Argued ‘U.S. v. Nixon.’ The Supreme Court’s New Ruling on Presidential Immunity Appalled Me. Fifty years after ruling against a corrupt president, the Court has now decided that presidents are above the law.” Philip Allen Lacovara has this post at The Bulwark.

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UN refugee chief urges assistance for displaced Afghans amid crisis in Afghanistan

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged the international community on Sunday to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans in and outside the country in light of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), at least 18 million and over 3.5 million Afghans needed urgent humanitarian assistance and were displaced from their homes due to conflict in the country, respectively.

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“The Most Interesting Justice on the Supreme Court Is Also the Loneliest”

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“The Most Interesting Justice on the Supreme Court Is Also the Loneliest”: Law professor Stephen I. Vladeck has this guest essay online at The New York Times.

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Queensland police shoot and kill man wielding knife

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Police in Queensland, Australia shot a man outside Kirwan Police Station and he later died, Queenland Police confirmed in a statement released Sunday. According to the statement, the 46-year-old Canbrook man approached Kirwan Police Station at around 10pm on Saturday and threatened officers with a knife. Following unsuccessful attempts at deescalation, “[p]olice shot the man and immediately rendered first aid.

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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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Northwestern Law School Sued For Having ONLY 83 Percent White Faculty

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The lawsuit against Northwestern Law would be comic if its subject matter weren't so tragic. The post Northwestern Law School Sued For Having ONLY 83 Percent White Faculty appeared first on Above the Law.

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Cellect: Unveiling the Potential Impact on Patent Term Adjustment

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by Dennis Crouch Many have been thinking of the potentially large impact of Cellect v. Vidal , which is now pending before the Supreme Court. This week I uncovered striking data that a very large number of patents have been impacted. Some background : Many patentees divide their patents into multiple filings all based on the same original priority application.

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“The Supreme Court’s Shockingly Effective Tactic for Having Toxic Opinions Ignored”

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“The Supreme Court’s Shockingly Effective Tactic for Having Toxic Opinions Ignored”: Duncan Hosie has this Jurisprudence essay online at Slate.

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