April, 2022

The Pros and Cons of Going Solo vs. Large Firm

Paralegal Bootcamp

Are you a paralegal trying to decide on working at a solo vs large firm? Applying for your first or early-career legal positions may be a little daunting. A little research, introspection, and narrowing the field will assist in targeting your search. Decide Where You Want to Work.

Busting myths about bankruptcy and private student loans

Diane Drain

Education Loans Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy. Busting myths about bankruptcy and private student loans. By Robert G. Cameron – APR 12, 2022 (Reprint from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “www.CFPB.gov” The following is an excerpt from Mr. Cameron’s article.).

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Emily Weber: How to Be a Top Lawyer in Your Field

The Estrin Report

By Chere Estrin. What does it take to become a successful lawyer in your particular niche or practice area? In a series of in-depth interviews for the Estrin Report , Chere Estrin profiles top lawyers from all types of practices. In this column, we zero in on their top tips.

Georgia Judge Grants Joey Watkins's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Don W. Thompson of the Superior Court of Walker County granted Joey Watkins's petition for writ of habeas corpus, meaning that Joey's conviction for murdering Isaac Dawkins has been tossed. Here is Judge Thompson's opinion. The State now

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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.

New report reveals press freedom nearly eradicated in Hong Kong

JURIST

A new report released Tuesday warns that press freedom in Hong Kong has been almost entirely curtailed by a government crackdown, creating a space for pro-Beijing, pro-government media.

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Mobile Notary (Signing Agent) Work As A Paralegal

Paralegal Bootcamp

As a Paralegal, there are an exciting number of opportunities available to make extra income, or even start your very own business as a mobile notary! I came from a background of 20 years in the medical field only to decide I wanted a change.

ARIZONA IS ONE OF 2 STATES THAT WILL TAKE YOUR TAX REFUND IN BANKRUPTCY.  SHOULD THE LAW CHANGE?

Diane Drain

ARIZONA IS ONE OF 2 STATES THAT WILL TAKE YOUR TAX REFUND IF THIS HAPPENS. SHOULD THE LAW CHANGE? By RUSS WILES, Arizona Republic (reprinted for educational purposes only).

Registration for eCourts 2022 Opens

CourtTechBulletin

As we have been sifting through session proposals and ideas for how to make a great conference, we realized the conference theme is obvious: We have all been living The Great Shift. The Great Shift has so many facets: Read more ». Announcements Conferences Court Technology (General

Chere Estrin names one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of Los Angeles

The Estrin Report

The team here at Estrin Report and Estrin Legal Staffing is very proud of Chere.

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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.

Top EU court allows consumer body to challenge Meta over data protection violation

JURIST

The European Union’s top court Thursday ruled that the consumer protection association may bring representative action against Big Tech over infringements of laws protecting personal data.

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Social Media: Keep it Professional or Keep it Private!

Paralegal.edu

If you are active on social media, be aware that what you give to the web and sharing platforms can be linked to your professional profile.

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6 Ways to Expand Your Paralegal Education

Paralegal Bootcamp

Don’t Settle for the Tip of the Iceberg. Anyone who has spent any time on social media has seen memes depicting an iceberg. The top part of the iceberg illustrates what people see, while the portion below the waterline depicts what people don’t see.

My Supplement to the Request for Review for Michelle Heale

EvidenceProf Blog

On February 15, 2022, I filed a Request for Review with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Conviction Review Unit on behalf of Michelle Heale. Here was the Introduction to that Request: On April 17, 2015, Michelle Heale was convicted of

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.

Automating Plain Language

CourtTechBulletin

From Microsoft Stock Images Over two decades ago our NCSC Jury Studies pioneer, Tom Munsterman, ran the WordPerfect word processor language level test against some jury instructions.

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Injustice With Impunity: A Texas Tale

The Crime Report

Photo by Clyde Robinson via Flickr. Now-retired prosecutor Ralph Petty earned a living at the Midland County District Attorney’s Office in West Texas. But that wasn’t his only job. He also moonlighted as a law clerk for the same judges who presided over his cases.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in bankruptcy amendment, Washington workers’ compensation law cases

JURIST

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in Siegle v. Fitzgerald and United States v. Washington.

In the case of the praying football coach, both sides invoke religious freedom

SCOTUSBlog

Share Joseph Kennedy had never coached football when Bremerton High School, a public school near Seattle, Washington, hired him in 2008. He was too small to play in high school, and his football experience was limited to playing for two years while he was in Hawaii serving in the Marines.

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.

eDiscovery Q & A

Paralegal Bootcamp

In our latest podcast episode, Ann asked guest experts Andrea Pileggi and Kevin Gerami to answer your eDiscovery questions.

Undisclosed Mega-Update Thread 9

EvidenceProf Blog

Yesterday, Judge Don W. Thompson of the Superior Court of Walker County granted Joey Watkins's petition for writ of habeas corpus, meaning that Joey's conviction for murdering Isaac Dawkins has been tossed. Given this terrific turn of events, I wanted

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This and That in Court Tech– April 2022

CourtTechBulletin

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Georgia Officials Tied to $200M Human Trafficking Scheme

The Crime Report

Photo by datacameraguy on Unsplash. Brett Donovan Bussey and Jorge Gomez, who worked for the Georgia Department of Labor, have been linked to one of the largest U.S. human trafficking cases ever prosecuted involving foreign agricultural laborers brought here on seasonal visas, reports Yahoo!

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.

US Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans can be excluded from federal benefits program

JURIST

In an 8-1 decision, the US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that Congress does not have to provide Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to residents of Puerto Rico. The decision impacts the residents of Puerto Rico and other US territories who are applying for government benefits.

How to Take a Vacation

Attorney at Work

I recently took a two-week vacation: 11 days in Hawaii. It was amazing. It was the perfect balance of activity, relaxation and adventure. What struck me most, though, was when I returned home.

It Can Happen to Anyone

LegalTalkNetwork

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Luke 6:31. Believe it or not, wrongful convictions can happen to anyone. Innocent people go to prison all the time for crimes they didn’t commit. All anyone has to do is be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In historic first, Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to Supreme Court

SCOTUSBlog

Share By a vote of 53-47, the Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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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.