March, 2021

Supreme Court of Minnesota Finds Sex With a Victim Who Has Blacked Out From Drinking is Not Criminal Sexual Conduct

EvidenceProf Blog

609.341, subd. 7 states that "Mentally incapacitated" means that a person under the influence of alcohol, a narcotic, anesthetic, or any other substance, administered to that person without the person's agreement, lacks the judgment to give a

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ACLU requests documents on artificial intelligence from national security agencies

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New York’s Comprehensive Cannabis Legislation Released

HarrisBricken

The revised version of New York’s comprehensive cannabis legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis and expands New York medical cannabis program has (finally) been released.

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Ediscovery Tool for Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

MEET & CONFER CHECKLIST FOR LITIGATION PARALEGALS. As a litigation paralegal, part of your case management duties may include getting the attorney ready for the Rule 26 Conference (the “Meet and Confer”).

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.

A List Web Conferencing Transcription Systems

CourtTechBulletin

Microsoft announced an AI-powered live transcription service (AI we can use BTW) in Microsoft Teams, answering Zoom’s new feature. That got me thinking that they are not alone, as we share below. -- Read more ». AI Announcements Transcription Web conferencing

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Supreme Court of Oregon Holds a 10-2 or 11-1 "Not Guilty" Vote is a "Not Guilty" Verdict and Not a Hung Jury

EvidenceProf Blog

In Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court held that "if the Sixth Amendment’s right to a jury trial requires a unanimous verdict to support a conviction in federal court, it requires no less in state court." Before, this opinion, a

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Federal court dismisses Oregon lawsuit challenging Native American water rights

JURIST

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit on Friday brought by Oregon ranchers which would have prevented the Klamath Tribes from exercising their water rights when they interfere with Oregon ranchers’ irrigation.

BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Lower Chamber Passes the Cannabis Bill!

HarrisBricken

Last night, by a considerable majority (310 ayes; 210 nays and 20 abstentions), Mexico’s Lower Chamber approved the Cannabis Law bill sent to it by the Mexican Senate last November. The Cannabis Law was heavily amended prior to passage.

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REPLAY – Happy National Proofreading Day!

ProofThatBlog

Now THIS is my favorite holiday of the year! It’s a chance for me to once again extol the virtues of the importance of proofreading. In fact, I wrote a blog post about how important proofreading is to law offices here.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe

Diane Drain

A powerful story from one man who refused to be bullied to one of the devious debt collectors: Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance. Article by Zeke Faux, Bloomberg Business week. Andrew Therrien wanted payback.

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Paralegal Billable Hours – The Important Numbers

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

Numbers You Should Be Tracking. If you are a paralegal working in a law firm with an annual billable hour requirement, there are a few numbers that you should be tracking every month. They are the numbers that management tracks.

Court of Appeals of Alaska Finds the 12 Step Drug Recognition Evaluation Protocol is Scientific Evidence Subject to the Daubert Standard

EvidenceProf Blog

What is a drug recognition evaluation (DRE)? The DRE protocol, which is also known as the Drug Influence Evaluation, consists of twelve steps: (1) a breath alcohol test to rule out alcohol as the source of the driver's impairment; (2

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Cuba passes animal welfare law amid pressure from activists

JURIST

The Cuban government has passed a long-awaited animal welfare law after decades of ignoring citizens’ demands for animal rights legislation.

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BREAKING NEWS: New York Cannabis Legislation Imminent

HarrisBricken

After years of fits and starts, New York appears to finally be ready to pass comprehensive cannabis legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis and expands its existing, restrictive medical cannabis program.

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Grammar Giggle – Alcohol Consumption May Make You Use The Wrong “You’re”

ProofThatBlog

A friend sent this to me. They got it correct in one place, but not in another on the same sign. Perhaps they were out of the letter “e” or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention. In this sign, both should be “you’re,” the contraction for “you are.”

With Protections Expiring, Millions are in Danger of Losing Their Home

Diane Drain

With Protections Expiring, Millions are in Danger of Losing Their Home. by: Jann Swanson Mortgage News Daily, Mar 2 2021, 9:17AM (Reprint for education purposes only). What happens to homeowners and landlords when the federal, state, and local protections put in place during the pandemic go away?

Seminar: Mastering Employment | May 7th

PARALEGAL.EDU

Achieving success in your chosen career depends not only on possessing the requisite knowledge and skills to be proficient on the job, but also on being adept at navigating the often tumultuous terrain of employment, relationship building, and career advancement.

Southern District of Mississippi Rejects Reptile Theory Evidence

EvidenceProf Blog

Reptile strategy has taken the plaintiffs' bar by storm. The Reptile theory asserts that you can prevail at trial by speaking to, and scaring, the primitive part of jurors' brains, the part of the brain they share with reptiles.

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Oklahoma House approves bill granting immunity to drivers who run over protesters

JURIST

During a vote taken at about 12:30AM on Wednesday, Republican legislators in the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill cracking down on “riots,” and granting immunity to drivers who hit protesters demonstrating on public roadways. House Bill 1674 was introduced by Rep.

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The SAFE Banking Act’s Reintroduction in 2021

HarrisBricken

This week, the SAFE Banking Act’s long-awaited reintroduction finally happened, and by a bipartisan group of over 100 members of the House and 30 members of the Senate (and counting!). The legislation was first introduced in March 2019, and we’ve followed along ever since.

Ask PTB – Capitalizing id.

ProofThatBlog

A reader recently asked if the abbreviation “id.” ” should be italicized and should the “I” be capitalized or not? Photo by Marcin Skalij on Unsplash. According to The Bluebook , id. is always italicized (including the period).

You Have a Reverse Mortgage: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Diane Drain

You have a reverse mortgage: Know your rights and responsibilities. Publication from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” Reverse mortgages can be a nightmare, leaving your spouse evicted from their home once the signing spouse dies.

Paralegal Webinar Replay

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

Watch the free paralegal webinar replay from the Paralegal Boot Camp to get the top 7 habits that you can develop to fast-track your paralegal career, enjoy your work more, and feel like you are an indispensable member of the team. There are good paralegals. And there are great paralegals.

Court of Appeals of Indiana Finds Head Nod Constituted a Dying Declaration

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Indiana Rule of Evidence 804(b)(2) provides an exception to the rule against hearsay for A statement that the declarant, while believing the declarant's death to be imminent, made about its cause or circumstances. Under this

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JURIST law student staffers launch worldwide law student petition supporting Myanmar law students defending democracy

JURIST

JURIST law student staffers have drafted and launched a petition calling on law students worldwide to support Myanmar law students defending democracy, human rights and the rule of law following the February 1 military coup that led to the overthrow of the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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California’s Overly Restrictive Cannabis Laws Incentivize Illegal Activity

HarrisBricken

It’s no secret that California has a massive cannabis illicit market, despite the fact that it is perfectly legal (under state law) to sell cannabis if a business goes through the licensing process and complies with state and local laws.

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Grammar Giggle – Easy To Assemble, But Difficult To Read

ProofThatBlog

A friend sent me these assembly instructions for a desk she purchased. I assume the manufacturer’s first language is not English, but instructions on something you are selling in the United States are kind of important and they should take more care with translations.

Stopping Unlawful Debt Collection Practices, CFPB 2020 Report

Diane Drain

CFPB Submits 2020 Report to Congress on the Administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Report highlights commitment to protect consumers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Make Your Office Space a Happy Space

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

This Friday’s Fast Track tip for your paralegal career is: Make your office space a happy space ! Whether you’re working from home or back in the office – have at least one thing in your office that brings you joy. A plant. A picture in a nice frame. Artwork. A vase or a sculpture.