July, 2023

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‘Legal Tech Lists’: 7 Words And Phrases Lawyers Don’t Want To Hear

Above The Law

Nowhere are clichés more overused and misused than in legal tech marketing and sales. The post ‘Legal Tech Lists’: 7 Words And Phrases Lawyers Don’t Want To Hear appeared first on Above the Law.

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Emerging Developments in Flat Fees

My Shingle

Since this last post summarizing 15 states’ ethics opinions on flat fees as of September 2022, there have been some new developments on the flat fee front. None of these rulings are particularly helpful. If anything, they further complicate flat fee billing. Fortunately, there are workarounds to solve the problem, one of which you can… The post Emerging Developments in Flat Fees appeared first on My Shingle.

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Easy Ways to Make Your Assistant Happy

Attorney at Work

Lee Rosen | I have not always been good to the people who work for me. Here are a few things I learned from my misbehavior. The post Easy Ways to Make Your Assistant Happy appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Counting Down The Most Egregious Lies People Tell About The Supreme Court

Above The Law

Just a few of the dumbest things people are saying about the Supreme Court. The post Counting Down The Most Egregious Lies People Tell About The Supreme Court 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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Landlords challenge New York’s longstanding rent-stabilization regime

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Petitions of the Week column highlights a selection of cert petitions recently filed in the Supreme Court. A list of all petitions we’re watching is available here. Rents in New York City are among the highest in the country and rising. According to a report from brokerage firm Douglas Elliman , median rents in Manhattan reached a record high in May of $4,395 per month.

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 The 10 Things I Have Learned in My First Year as a Freelance Paralegal 

The Estrin Report

At the beginning of August 2022, I made one of the boldest moves of my career: I quit my well-paying full-time job as an in-house litigation paralegal at a health and wellness company and put out my shingle as a freelance paralegal. It was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Luckily I had a few things in the “Pros” column when I made my decision.

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Survey Says Gen AI Puts Law Librarians and KM Professionals At Risk of Obsolescence

LawSites

Barely a week before the American Association of Law Libraries descends on Boston for its annual convention , a survey out today of legal professionals views on generative AI finds finds that a majority of them believe that librarians and others involved in knowledge management and research are at risk of obsolescence. In the survey of 275 legal professionals conducted by Wolters Kluwer and Above the Law, Generative AI in the Law: Where Could This All Be Headed?

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Meta And Twitter Among 26 Sued Over Telecom Patents

Law 360

Canadian company Patent Armory on Monday accused headphone makers Sonos and Sennheiser, along with two other companies, of infringing its telecommunication intellectual property, building onto a three-month patent litigation campaign against companies like Reddit, Microsoft and Samsung.

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Elon Musk Sends Legal Threat To Facebook And Once Facebook Finishes Laughing I’m Sure They’ll Get Right Back To Him

Above The Law

Musk won't cage fight Zuckerberg, so he'll have to settle for getting whupped in court. The post Elon Musk Sends Legal Threat To Facebook And Once Facebook Finishes Laughing I’m Sure They’ll Get Right Back To Him appeared first on Above the Law.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Federal Circuit’s Sleepy Obviousness Decision and Vanda’s En Banc Rehearing Petition

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Documents: FedCir Vanda Decision ; Vanda EnBanc Brief The Federal Circuit recently sided with the accused infringers Teva and Apotex, affirming the invalidation claims from four Vanda patents covering methods of using tasimelteon to treat circadian rhythm disorders. However, the patent owner has petitioned the court for en banc rehearing, arguing the panel improperly disregarded evidence of nonobviousness.

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Paris police ban planned protest against police violence

JURIST

The Paris police department banned a planned protest against police violence on Saturday. This came after a series of protests over the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old North African boy, Nahel Merzouk on June 27, which have evolved into a civil movement similar to the Black Lives Matter protests in the US. Assa Traoré, the half-sister of Adama Traoré who allegedly died of asphyxiation under police custody in 2016, organized a demonstration in tribute to her half-brother at Place de la Rép

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Model Environmental Justice Bills Released by WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Sabin Center

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In an effort to advance environmental justice solutions across the United States, the Sabin Center has partnered with WE ACT for Environmental Justice to launch a suite of model state environmental justice bills for legislators and advocates to introduce and adopt in their state’s 2024 legislative sessions. Dismantling Injustice: A M.O.D.E.L. (Model for Optimizing and Designing Environmental Legislation) For Empowering Communities was created to arm interested legislators with tools to accelerat

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Milestones, Startup that Automates Client Updates, Raises $2.1M Seed Round, Rebrands As Hona

LawSites

In what is clearly a major milestone for Milestones , a legal tech company whose product provides law firm clients with automatic updates on their cases, it has closed a $2.1 million seed round and is rebranding as Hona to reflect the broader scope of its product’s capabilities. Leading the seed round in the Lehi, Utah, company are three investors: Y Combinator , Ludlow Ventures and Soma Capital.

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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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Calif. PAGA Ruling Not A Total Loss For Employer Arbitration

Law 360

Contrary to the conclusion reached in a recent Law360 guest article, the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Adolph v. Uber Technologies did not diminish the benefit of arbitrating employees’ individual Private Attorneys General Act claims, as the very limited ruling does not undermine U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Steven Katz at Constangy.

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303 Creative May Have Been A Bit Too Artistic With The Facts Of The Case. Like, Sanctions Level Artsy

Above The Law

I'm betting on the next case being called 304 Creative. There, they'll fabricate the plaintiff too. The post 303 Creative May Have Been A Bit Too Artistic With The Facts Of The Case. Like, Sanctions Level Artsy appeared first on Above the Law.

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Podcast series in international and transnational law

Conflict of Laws

Rishi Gulati, Associate Professor in International Law and Barrister, is hosting a new podcast series focusing on hot topics in international and transnational law, as well as domestic law developments with transnational impact. Significant developments impacting the legal profession are also discussed from time to time. The podcasts are not only designed for a legal audience but also for the broader public using accessible language.

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UN Security Council withdraws MINUSMA from Mali

JURIST

The UN Security Council withdrew the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday, handing security over to Mali’s transitional government. According to the passed resolution, MINUSMA will begin removing its personnel from Mali on July 1 and finish by January 1 of 2024. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for: the full cooperation of the transitional Government for an orderly and safe withdrawal of the mission’s personnel and assets in the comi

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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.

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How book-banning campaigns have changed the lives and education of librarians

LLRX

Nicole A. Cooke , Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and a Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina, identifies the significant and socially charged work of librarians who are defending the rights of readers and writers in the battles raging across the U.S. over censorship, book challenges and book bans.

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E-Discovery Company Nextpoint Raises Growth Capital Investment of Undisclosed Amount

LawSites

The cloud-based e-discovery company Nextpoint has received a growth capital investment from RF Investment Partners , a company that provides structured growth capital. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Nextpoint and RF say that the investment will be used to accelerate Nextpoint’s growth through movement into new markets, operational advancements, and product development.

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Judge Won't Toss SEC's Terraform Suit, Rejects Ripple Ruling

Law 360

A New York federal judge on Monday denied a bid from crypto issuer Terraform Labs and its founder to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against them in an order that disagreed with the recent high-profile decision in another SEC case against crypto firm Ripple Labs.

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Kim Kardashian Shares A Valuable Lesson Learned From Failing The Baby Bar Exam

Above The Law

Some wisdom for those who are currently studying for the bar exam. The post Kim Kardashian Shares A Valuable Lesson Learned From Failing The Baby Bar Exam appeared first on Above the Law.

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of Mountain Valley Pipeline  

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial $6.6 billion natural-gas pipeline spanning just over 300 miles, from West Virginia’s northwestern border to southern Virginia. In a brief unsigned order , the justices lifted orders by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that had put construction in the Jefferson National Forest, in southern Virginia, on hold while challenges from environmental groups to the construct

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Ottawa man linked to far-right extremist group arrested on terrorism, hate propaganda charges

JURIST

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Wednesday announced that an Ottawa man accused of “advocating a violent far-right ideology” was arrested and faces both terrorism and hate propaganda charges, which the RCMP states is a first for Canadian law enforcement. The accused is alleged to have helped to produce three “terrorist propaganda videos” for the benefit of Atomwaffen Division (AWD), an international neo-Nazi terror group listed as a terrorist entity by Public Safe

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Rethinking Texas ‘Law of Parties’

The Crime Report

The Texas “ law of parties ” allow prosecutors to seek and secure the execution of individuals involved in what is more generally known as “felony murder” crimes—offenses that involve more than one person, all of whom can be prosecuted as equal participants even though one or more of the participants may have had no direct involvement in the murder.

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The 2023 Fastcase 50 Announced, Honoring Legal’s Innovators, Visionaries and Leaders

LawSites

Since 2011, Fastcase has released an annual list of the Fastcase 50, honoring 50 of the law’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” Fortunately, even though Fastcase merged earlier this year with vLex , that tradition continues, as Fastcase has now announced the 2023 honorees. I say “fortunately” because, as I wrote when last year’s list was announced, the Fastcase 50 is probably the best-available roster of those who are leading the charg

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.