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The Underpaid Paralegal

The Estrin Report

by Veronica Paulino Are you feeling like an underpaid paralegal? As paralegals, it’s our job to provide support to attorneys and clients, dedicating countless hours to research, investigation, drafting, and client engagement. You serve as the point of contact when the attorney is not available. You also put in just as much dedication and effort into every case as the attorney.

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New York appeals court finds law granting non-citizens voting rights is unconstitutional

JURIST

A New York appeals court ruled that a New York City law granting non-citizens the power to vote was unconstitutional. It was estimated that the law would allow more than 800,000 non-citizens the ability to vote in New York City local elections, prior to the court’s Wednesday ruling. The municipal legislation, Int. 1867-2020, was enacted in January of last year.

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‘Nation-State’ Cyberattack Hits Change Healthcare, Disrupting Pharmacy Services Across the Country

Above The Law

Pharmacies across the country are facing disruptions following a cyberattack on Change Healthcare — which is owned by Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. In a filing with the SEC, UnitedHealth stated that the unauthorized party that gained access to Change Healthcare’s systems was a “suspected nation-state associated cyber security threat actor.

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ACLU claims South Carolina prison policy banning interviews violates First Amendment

JURIST

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of South Carolina filed a lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) on Thursday, claiming the department’s ban on news media interviews for incarcerated people violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The department’s policy explicitly prohibits “personal contact interviews” with inmates, and in practice has been used to prevent inmates from speaking to reporters and directly publishi

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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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“The Biggest Supreme Court Case That Nobody Seems to Be Talking About”

HowAppealing

“The Biggest Supreme Court Case That Nobody Seems to Be Talking About”: Law professor Richard L. Hasen — founder of the “ Election Law Blog ” — has this Jurisprudence essay online at Slate. The post “The Biggest Supreme Court Case That Nobody Seems to Be Talking About” appeared first on How Appealing.

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“Trump’s Wild Pursuit of Presidential Immunity: The former President has already lost the immunity case twice, but he has also won something.”

HowAppealing

“Trump’s Wild Pursuit of Presidential Immunity: The former President has already lost the immunity case twice, but he has also won something.” Amy Davidson Sorkin recently had this Daily Comment online at The New Yorker. The post “Trump’s Wild Pursuit of Presidential Immunity: The former President has already lost the immunity case twice, but he has also won something.” appeared first on How Appealing.

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US appeals court blocks release of white supremacist leader

JURIST

A US federal appeals court halted the release of Robert Rundo, an alleged leader of the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM), on Thursday, reversing a decision by a US district judge in California that had led to his brief release. This decision came following an emergency motion from federal prosecutors, which cited Rundo’s “grave risk of flight as well as a danger to the community” and stressed the need to keep him detained while the appeal of his case’s d

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“Some Idle Speculation About What the Supreme Court Will Do About Trump’s Request to Put His Election Subversion Case on Hold on Immunity Grounds; It’s Potentially Good News for a Trial This Spring/Summer”

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“Some Idle Speculation About What the Supreme Court Will Do About Trump’s Request to Put His Election Subversion Case on Hold on Immunity Grounds; It’s Potentially Good News for a Trial This Spring/Summer”: Rick Hasen has this post at his “Election Law Blog.” The post “Some Idle Speculation About What the Supreme Court Will Do About Trump’s Request to Put His Election Subversion Case on Hold on Immunity Grounds; It’s Potentially Good News for a Trial This Spring/Sum

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Judge rules in favor of Texas school after student claimed race-based hair discrimination

JURIST

A Texas judge ruled in favor of Barbers Hill Independent School District on Thursday, finding that the school district did not violate a new state law prohibiting race-based hair discrimination when it punished a black student for refusing to change his hairstyle. The case involved Darryl George , a junior in high school, who was initially punished in August 2023 after being told that his dreadlocks violated a policy that limited the length of boys’ hair.

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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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“Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban; A full Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii’s 1993 ban on use of butterfly knives and agreed to take on an appeal of another decision that said the knife falls under the Second Amendment”

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“Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban; A full Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii’s 1993 ban on use of butterfly knives and agreed to take on an appeal of another decision that said the knife falls under the Second Amendment”: Candace Cheung of Courthouse News Service has this report. The post “Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban; A full Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii’s 1993 ban on use of butterfly knives and agreed to take on an appeal of anot

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Florida freelance journalist indicted for hacking media companies

JURIST

Federal prosecutors indicted freelance journalist Tim Burke on Thursday for allegedly illegally accessing computer servers of several media companies. According to Burke’s indictment, in February 2023, Burke entered into a conspiracy with an unnamed co-conspirator to access private servers owned by the National Sports League (NSL), as well as the company StreamCo Inc., which provides commercial video streaming services to television networks, and two unnamed television and radio networks.

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“A Response to Professor John Mikhail on ‘Officers of the United States’ — Part II; The issues, arguments, and evidence raised by Mikhail have already been addressed by extant scholarship, including our scholarship; Mikhail’s arguments and evidence were not ‘ignored or overlooked’”

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“A Response to Professor John Mikhail on ‘Officers of the United States’ — Part II; The issues, arguments, and evidence raised by Mikhail have already been addressed by extant scholarship, including our scholarship; Mikhail’s arguments and evidence were not ‘ignored or overlooked’”: Josh Blackman and Seth Barrett Tillman have this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy.” The post “A Response to Professor John Mikhail on ‘Officers of the United States

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China Communist Party ex-official arrested on bribery charges

JURIST

Chinese authorities arrested former Communist Party of China (CPC) Guizhou Provincial Committee secretary Sun Zhigang over alleged bribe-taking, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) announced Thursday. According to the National Supervisory Commission (NSC), the investigation into allegations of Sun’s corruption started in August 2023.

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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 First Amendment Right to Affirmative Action”

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“The First Amendment Right to Affirmative Action”: Law professor Alexander Volokh has posted this article at SSRN. The article’s abstract begins, “In the wake of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, affirmative-action proponents should pursue a First Amendment approach. Private universities, which are speaking associations that express themselves through the collective speech of faculty and students, may be able to assert an ex

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Clashes between police and protesting farmers in Haryana, India lead to fatality

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Tensions escalated on Wednesday in India at the Khanauri border amidst the ongoing farmers’ protest , as a clash erupted between farmers and the Haryana Police leading to the death of 24-year-old protester Shubh Karan Singh according to statements from multiple politicians, including Member of Parliament Sukhbir Singh Badal , and the leader of the farmers’ protest.

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Top 50 Biglaw Firm Cracking Down On In-Office Attendance

Above The Law

Bonuses are on the line if attorneys don't come to the office more often. The post Top 50 Biglaw Firm Cracking Down On In-Office Attendance appeared first on Above the Law.

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UN report alleges widespread human rights abuses in Sudan conflict

JURIST

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) released a report Friday of thousands of incidents of human rights abuses it says have occurred during the ongoing conflict in Sudan, including attacks by militias in densely populated civilian areas, mass graves and widespread sexual violence. The conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) began in April 2023 over a failed political agreement between the two groups.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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RIP Lew Rose, Early Internet Pioneer Who Went On To Lead Major Law Firm

LawSites

I was deeply saddened to learn this week of the death of Lew Rose , a visionary in the early days of the internet who was one of the very first lawyers to create a website and who went on to an illustrious career in advertising and consumer law, capped by his six-year tenure as managing partner of the law firm Kelley Drye. I once wrote a post about the first law firm to launch a website — a distinction I gave to Venable , which debuted its site in 1994.

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US federal judge sentences Texas man to 3 months prison for threatening Boston doctor affiliated with LGBTQ+ health center

JURIST

A Massachusetts federal judge sentenced a Texas man to serve three months in federal prison on Thursday for threatening a Boston, Massachusetts doctor affiliated with the national LGBTQIA+ health education center. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Matthew Jordan Lindner’s sentence after he previously pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transmission of threatening communication in December 2023.

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Top 5 Time Management Tips for Lawyers

Attorney at Work

Jamie Spannhake | 5 tips to help you manage the stress of practicing law so you can enjoy work — and life — more. The post Top 5 Time Management Tips for Lawyers appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Pakistan court orders authorities to restore access to social media platform X

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The Sindh High Court issued a directive on Wednesday to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to restore access to social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) which has been blocked by the orders of PTA since February 17, 2024. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, ordered “uninterrupted” access to the social media platform for Pakistani citizens.

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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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Former Texas lawyer accused of bilking clients for at least $20M is sentenced for ‘Ponzi-type scheme’

ABA Journal

A former lawyer in San Antonio has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for depositing client money into his accounts and then using it to pay other client debts and support his “extravagant lifestyle,” according to federal prosecutors and court records.

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Austria court convicts former Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz for giving false evidence to parliament

JURIST

A court in Austria convicted former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Friday for giving false evidence to Parliament while testifying. Magistrate Bernhard Bonelli, Kurz’s former head of cabinet, was also found guilty in the case on one of the four charges against him. Judge Michael Radasztics gave Kurz a suspended sentence of eight months in prison and Bonelli a suspended sentence of six months.

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Cellebrite's 4 Takeaways on Modern e-Discovery from Legalweek 2024

The Relativity Blog

Following conversations with our peers, partners, and customers, we wanted to share some of the takeaways we brought back to the office after Legalweek. Check out some reflections from the Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions team.

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US Supreme Court vacates pause of Boy Scouts of America sexual abuse cases

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The US Supreme Court vacated an order by Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday that paused the dispute between the terms of a $2.46 billion settlement between sexual abuse victims and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). BSA declared bankruptcy in 2020 amid thousands of lawsuits for sexual abuse against Scout Leaders. Abused in Scouting , a group dedicated to litigating sexual abuse claims against BSA, brought most of these claims.

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Optimizing Contract Management and Enhancing Team Collaboration: Insights from a Legal Operations Perspective

Speaker: Adina Marta Newman

Learn about a world of effective contract management and seamless teamwork across departments in this upcoming webinar from Cobblestone Software. You'll discover practical strategies and tips that legal professionals can use to streamline contract processes and enhance collaboration, making significant impact across legal and corporate departments. Join us as we show how you can supercharge contract processes, improve team communication, and take your contributions to the next level.