September, 2023

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How to Quickly Redline Legal Documents With Word’s Built-In Compare Feature

Attorney at Work

Danielle DavisRoe | Learn to use Word's built-in compare feature to redline legal documents and you'll know exactly what changes are made by reviewers. The post How to Quickly Redline Legal Documents With Word’s Built-In Compare Feature appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Thoughts on Promises and Challenges of AI in Legal after Yesterday’s AI Summit at Harvard Law School

LawSites

Yesterday, I attended the Harvard Law AI Summit organized by the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School. It was a fairly intimate, invitation-only gathering of roughly 65 people, held under the Chatham House Rule, meaning that participants were free to use the information we received, but we agreed not to disclose the identity or affiliation of the speakers or participants.

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UK High Court hears legal challenges to recently enacted Northern Ireland Troubles Bill 

JURIST

The UK High Court began hearing on Wednesday 16 legal challenges, filed mostly by victims’ families, against the recently enacted Northern Ireland (Troubles & Reconciliation) Act. The act , which grants amnesty to former soldiers and militants involved in an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles, became law on Tuesday when it received Royal Assent.

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Lawyer suspended for trying to attend 2 online CLE programs at once

ABA Journal

A lawyer’s Maine law license has been suspended after he tried to get continuing legal education credit for attending online programs that happened at the…

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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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Harnessing ChatGPT: A Primer for Lawyers

Attorney at Work

Mark C. Palmer | Q: "How can I show my firm that using generative AI shouldn’t be intimidating and can be done within ethical guidelines?" The post Harnessing ChatGPT: A Primer for Lawyers appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Georgia Prosecutors Ask Court To Probe Trumpland Lawyers’ Many, Many Conflicts

Above The Law

You get a conflict! And you get a conflict! The post Georgia Prosecutors Ask Court To Probe Trumpland Lawyers’ Many, Many Conflicts appeared first on Above the Law.

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Biden asks justices to block limits on collaboration with social media companies

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Biden administration on Thursday afternoon asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a lower court’s order that would limit its ability to communicate with social media companies over content moderation policies. U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar told the justices that if the “unprecedented” order is allowed to stand, it would put a Louisiana district judge in charge of overseeing the executive branch’s communications with social media companies.

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Award-Winning AI Art Not Copyrightable

The IP Law Blog

Last year, Jason M. Allen won first place at the Colorado State Fair (the “Competition”) for the two-dimensional artwork entitled Théâtre D’opéra Spatial (the “Work”), which he produced with the aid of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). Despite receiving this accolade and Allen’s arguments that he contributed significant creative elements to the AI-generated Work, his attempts to copyright the work have been unsuccessful.

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The Problem of Too Few Rural Lawyers

Attorney at Work

The problem of the shortage of rural lawyers now has a label. Areas with few or no lawyers are now called "legal deserts." The post The Problem of Too Few Rural Lawyers 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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Rights groups express concerns about China’s forcible return of North Korean detainees

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Over 50 rights groups expressed their concerns to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the forcible returns of North Korean escapees detained by Chinese authorities. These groups call upon China to end its forcible repatriation of North Korean detainees in accordance with the non-refoulement principle in international law. The letter addresses the potential forceful repatriation of the detainees in China after the reopening of North Korea’s border on August 27.

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Understanding Unsuccessful Climate Litigation: The Spanish Greenpeace Case

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On June 20, 2023, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down its final ruling in the case of Greenpeace v. Spain II , widely known as the trial for climate (“ el juicio por el clima ”). The decision, formally communicated to the parties on July 27, marks a pivotal moment in climate litigation. In this case, environmental and human rights organizations, including Greenpeace and Oxfam (“the plaintiffs”), had taken legal action against the Government of Spain, alleging inadequate action on climate chang

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Elena Kagan Thinks It Would Be A ‘Good Thing’ For The Supreme Court To Have An Ethics Code

Above The Law

Who could possibly be holding up the Court's adoption of ethical standards? The post Elena Kagan Thinks It Would Be A ‘Good Thing’ For The Supreme Court To Have An Ethics Code appeared first on Above the Law.

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In ‘watershed moment,’ report recommends new guidelines for public defender caseloads

ABA Journal

Many public defenders are “overloaded” with work, even when caseloads are evaluated under outdated guidelines drafted in 1973 that don't reflect modern-day realities, according to…

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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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The Social Justice Promise of Psychedelic Decriminalization

The Crime Report

Across the nation, we’ve seen an exponential expansion in attempts to pass legislation to decriminalize certain drugs–most recently psychedelics. A recent analysis of US legislation related to psychedelics found that since 2019, 25 states have considered 74 psychedelic reform bills, 10 of which were successfully enacted. By the end of 2022, there were 36 pieces of active psychedelic drug legislative initiatives, and now, a bill to legalize certain naturally occurring psychedelics in California

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Court denies Alabama’s request to use voting map with only one majority-Black district

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Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Alabama’s request to allow it to use a congressional map in the 2024 elections that a lower court had concluded likely violates the Voting Rights Act. The brief unsigned order, from which there were no public dissents, came less than four months after a divided Supreme Court agreed that the 2021 iteration of the map violated federal law by weakening the collective voting power of Black voters in the state.

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Armenia Parliament to consider ratifying Rome Statute

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Armenian state news agency Armenpress reported Friday that the country’s parliament will consider ratifying the Rome Statute. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the treaty that established the ICC. Armenia signed the Rome Statute in October 1999 but has not ratified it. In 2004, Armenia’s Constitutional Court found that the Rome Statute did not comply with the country’s 1995 constitution.

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Finalists Named for American Legal Technology Awards; Winners to be Named At Oct. 8 Event

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Finalists have been named for the 2023 American Legal Technology Awards , which honor exceptional achievement in various aspects of legal technology. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville on Oct. 8, the night before the Clio Cloud Conference starts at the same venue. Use this link for a special discount code ($75 off) for LawSites readers.

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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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Pentagon Plans To Transfer ‘High Accuracy’ Space Tracking Data To Commerce

Above The Law

‘Commercial data, commercial processing is not classified. It does not matter that the DoD wishes it were,’ said Barbara Golf, special advisor to Space Systems Command. The post Pentagon Plans To Transfer ‘High Accuracy’ Space Tracking Data To Commerce appeared first on Above the Law.

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Retired Judge Posner must face suit alleging he failed to pay leader of his pro se center

ABA Journal

Former federal appeals Judge Richard Posner must face a lawsuit alleging that he never paid a promised $120,000 annual salary to an employee who co-led…

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Discovering the Limit: Calculating the Copyright Damages Timeline

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch The Copyright Act has a seemingly simple three year statute of limitations: No civil action shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within three years after the claim accrued. 17 U.S.C. 507(b). It is somewhat surprising then that the Supreme Court has just granted certiorari in a case asking whether the statute “precludes retrospective relief for acts that occurred more than three years before the filing of a lawsuit.” Warner Cha

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Twelve cases added to Supreme Court calendar

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Friday issued orders from its so-called “long conference” – the justices’ private conference in the last week of September, at which they met for the first time since the end of June to add new cases to their docket. This year the long conference yielded 12 new grants, on topics ranging from controversial laws seeking to regulate social media companies ( covered in a separate story ) to property rights and bankruptcy fees.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Japanese fishermen sue over Fukushima water discharge

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Approximately 150 Japanese fishermen, hailing from the Fukushima Prefecture filed a lawsuit on Friday in the district court of Japanese jurisdiction. The defendants in this case are the government and the TEPCO company. This legal action revolves around the discharge of radioactive treated water from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. The fishermen assert that the release of potentially hazardous material violates their right to fish.

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Push for International Reporting Standards for ESG Disclosures Gains Momentum

Intelligize Blog

For stakeholders and corporate directors fatigued by the “alphabet soup” of acronyms used in environmental, social and governance disclosures, the International Sustainability Standards Board’s release this summer of long-awaited standards had to be welcome news. The ISSB, an arm of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS), designed the standards to provide a global baseline for sustainability disclosure requirements.

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Survey Says At Least 22% Of Public’s Constitutional Knowledge Is Just Vibes

Above The Law

[The Masses] are neither good conductors of the political, nor good conductors of the social, nor good conductors of meaning in general. - Jean Baudrillard The post Survey Says At Least 22% Of Public’s Constitutional Knowledge Is Just Vibes appeared first on Above the Law.

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Failure to euthanize suffering dog isn’t animal cruelty, appeals court rules

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An animal cruelty law does not reach a dog owner who ignored a veterinarian’s recommendation to euthanize her suffering, terminally ill dog, the Massachusetts Appeals…

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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.