November, 2022

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5 Ways to Figure Out What You Want

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Jamie Spannhake | Why is it so hard to figure out what we want? Let's take a new approach. The post 5 Ways to Figure Out What You Want appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Top Seven Legal Marketing Tactics to Finish the Year Strong?

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Prepare for a profitable year ahead. Seven top legal marketing tactics to help your law firm finish the year with a bang. The post Top Seven Legal Marketing Tactics to Finish the Year Strong? appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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How Law Firms Benefit From Outsourcing Legal Transcription

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The decision to try legal transcription is entirely up to you and your law firm. But considering its growth over the last two years, we feel it's safe to say the legal industry approves. .

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Why Legal Teams Are Joining the Low-Code Revolution

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ContractPodAI's CTO discusses how low code is changing the way the legal industry carries out work. The post Why Legal Teams Are Joining the Low-Code Revolution appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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Cybercrime in Australia increased by 13% since last financial year, reports Cyber Security Centre

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Friday reported they received 76,000 cybercrime reports between July 2021 and June 2022, an increase of 13 percent since last year. In the third Annual Cyber Threat Report , the organisation broke down Australian cybercrime from the most recent financial year, reporting “an increase in the number and sophistication of cyber threats”.

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Courts Crack Down on Correction Officers Smuggling Contraband into Jails

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Across the country this week, corrections officers have been indicted and sentenced for accepting bribes from inmates at detention centers and smuggling in contraband items in Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. In a Philadelphia city jail, a corrections officer allegedly worked with an incarcerated man to create a black market among detainees for cell phones and drugs, Samantha Melamed reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Former aide to Andrew Cuomo wants court to narrow scope of federal bribery law

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Share The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Monday in the latest in a series of cases involving the reach of federal public-corruption laws. The question before the justices in Percoco v. United States is whether an individual can be convicted of violating those laws even when he is not a government official or employee. The defendant in the case, Joseph Percoco, warns that allowing his conviction to stand would be a “startling expansion of federal bribery law” that could leave “lobbyists

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Prior Narrow Definition Does Not (Necessarily) Limit Claim Scope in Family Member

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Finjan LLC v. ESET LLC , — F.4th — ( Fed. Cir. 2022 ). Finjan’s patents claim a system for checking downloadable files for security concerns. Back in 1996 when Finjan filed its original provisional application, the focus was on applets or other small downloadable programs. But downloadables today are much bulkier. Here, the claims require a number of operations on “a downloadable” and the parties have debated throughout the litigation how to construe that term.

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The War for Talent: Great Expectations

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Wendy Merrill | If you haven't recently reviewed and documented expectations of associates, partners or staff, it is time to do so. The post The War for Talent: Great Expectations appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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Australia forms multi-agency task force to combat cyber crime

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On Saturday, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security Clare O’Neil announced the formation of a multi-agency task force to combat cyber crime. Called the Joint Standing Operation (JSO), the task force will merge the efforts of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), an agency of the Defense Department.

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Two Pharmacy Owners Plead Guilty in $18M Foreign Medicare Fraud Scheme

Above The Law

The scheme started in New York but became a complex international endeavor as the two men attempted to launder money received from fraudulent Medicare claims for cancer drugs during the pandemic.

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French Cop Faces Trial, Security Footage Shows He Abused a Teen

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A French Police officer faces trial after security footage shows him beating and urinating on a 14-year-old French teen during last year’s coronavirus lockdown in Paris, Lorraine Mallinder reports for Al Jazeera. The case is one of many police cases of abuse that often target Black and Arab men in the country. “The word of the police officer is always stronger than the victim,” said Omer Mas Capitolin, a founder of one of the six NGOs that raised a lawsuit against the French go

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Court declines to halt execution of Alabama man whose jury voted against death penalty

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Share In a brief order with no recorded dissents, the Supreme Court refused to block the execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith, a 57-year-old inmate who is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday in Alabama. Smith was convicted for the 1988 murder of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett, whom he was hired to kill by her husband, Rev. Charles Sennett.

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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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Are Corporate Climate Change Programs Doing Any Good?

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The broad-based commitment to fighting climate change has become one of the dominant themes in the global business community. But what if all the promises about carbon emissions and breathless reports of progress on climate-related goals are nothing but hot air? As watchdogs have started interrogating the actual effects of corporate environmental programs, they’re finding […].

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Prosecution Delays and Patent Term Adjustment on the Rise Again

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by Dennis Crouch. In the standard case, a US utility patent will expire 20 years from its effective filing date. But, there are several circumstances that might alter the patent term. As a consequence, only a minority of patents fit the standard. One circumstance involves unduly delayed patent prosecution that results in “patent term adjustment” or PTA under 35 U.S.C. 154(b).

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Iran authorities practice ‘state hostage-taking,’ rights groups say

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International human rights charities Redress and Free Nazanin Wednesday released a report describing Iranian authorities’ actions, especially in the midst of the nationwide Mahsa Amini protests , as “state hostage-taking.” The nearly 50-page report argues Iran has institutionalized state hostage-taking through the practice of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of foreign and dual nationals to obtain diplomatic leverage.

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How Harnessing International Talent Can Help Drive Economic Growth

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As we enter another, possibly worse recession, immigrant talent can bring economic growth to American cities everywhere. The post How Harnessing International Talent Can Help Drive Economic Growth appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Berkley PD in Disarray After Leaked Racist Texts, Calls for Quotas

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A leak of the president of the police officers’ union for the Berkley Police Department texts shows alleged racially insensitive remarks and calls for arrest quotas sending the department in disarray, Noah Goldberg reports for the Los Angeles Times. . City officials confirmed that Sgt. Darren Kacalek, the union president, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday.

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Justices worry that broad reading of federal bribery law could sweep in lobbyists

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Share The Supreme Court appears poised to reverse the conviction of a powerful New York political aide who took money in exchange for helping to facilitate a real estate development. Joseph Percoco was sentenced to six years in prison for violating a federal fraud law that makes it a crime to deprive members of the public of the intangible right to “honest services.

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Don’t DIY Your Legal Data APIs

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Josh Blandi | Why lawyers should use Managed Services Providers for API integrations. The post Don’t DIY Your Legal Data APIs appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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COVID-19 Fears Wane, But Corporations Fret Over Stability

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An Intelligize analysis of corporate disclosures has found that while concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have leveled off, worries over the stability of their workforces and operations are mounting at publicly traded companies. Our researchers reviewed companies’ annual Form 10-K filings over the last four quarters, compiled using the Intelligize platform, and some compelling trends […].

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Canada man charged with terrorism for plot to stage coup in Haiti

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Thursday announced terrorism charges against Gérald Nicolas, a 51-year-old resident of Lévis, Quebec. The RCMP allege that he planned a terrorist act to overthrow the Haitian government. The charges follow an investigation by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, which revealed that Nicolas planned to stage an armed revolution in Haiti and ultimately seize power.

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Report: Health Insurance Is Influencing Americans’ Job Choices

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More than 31% of people with employer-sponsored insurance stuck with a job they disliked for the company’s health insurance, a Forbes Advisor survey found. Another 8% of respondents left a job they liked to seek better coverage.

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Rikers Officer Fired 7 Years After Purported Sexual Misconduct And Coercion

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A four-month-long relationship in 2015 between a New York DOC corrections officer and an incarcerated woman at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island has just led to the firing of the officer, Leonard McNeill. The officer also allegedly convinced the woman to delay reporting a rape she endured by another officer that has since been criminally charged, Reuven Blau and Keri Blakinger report for The Marshall Project.

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Arizona asks court to approve “Kafkaesque” treatment of due-process claim from man on death row

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Share During Tuesday’s oral argument in Cruz v. Arizona , the justices considered whether a state procedural rule prevents John Cruz, who was sentenced to death, from obtaining relief on his federal due-process claim in state post-conviction. To answer this question, the court must determine if Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.1(g) provides an adequate and independent state-law ground for refusing to recognize Cruz’s federal right.

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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.