October, 2023

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Every Prosecutor’s Office Should Be Investing in Data

The Crime Report

Local prosecutors hold enormous power over the outcomes of criminal cases. Their decisions – whether to file a case, what charges to bring, what dispositions to offer, and what sentences to seek – impact the lives of individuals and their communities every day. Yet, for decades, little has been known about the inner workings of prosecutor’s offices, as elected prosecutors’ historical resistance to data and transparency has shielded them from accountability both internally and externally.

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US appeals court rules in favor of Native American tribe’s hunting rights on ceded lands

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Tuesday in favor of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation’s dispute with the state of Idaho regarding the tribe’s hunting rights on US land. The court found that an 1868 treaty between the Shoshone and the US allows tribe members to hunt on ceded lands without having to permanently reside on a Native American reservation.

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The Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC): Direct Pay Claimants’ Race Against Time

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is chock-full of tax incentives for climate and clean energy projects. This year, 2023, marks the first tax year in U.S. history during which entities that do not have federal tax liability – including local and state governments and agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribes and municipal utilities – can reap the benefit of these incentives.

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LawNext Podcast: A Conversation About Wrongful Convictions, with Brian Banks and Michael Semanchik

LawSites

This week, LawNext veers slightly off-topic for a conversation about wrongful convictions. But, as you’ll hear from our guests, there is a legal tech angle, even to this. At the recent Clio Cloud Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down for a live conversation with one of the keynote speakers, Brian Banks , whose aspirations for a career in the NFL were sidetracked when, at age 16, he was falsely accused of sexual assault, resulting in his accepting a plea bargain that put him in prison f

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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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Predictive Policing Software Terrible At Predicting Crimes

LLRX

Crime predictions generated for the police department in Plainfield, New Jersey, rarely lined up with reported crimes, an analysis by The Markup has found, adding new context to the debate over the efficacy of crime prediction software. Geolitica, known as PredPol until a 2021 rebrand, produces software that ingests data from crime incident reports and produces daily predictions on where and when crimes are most likely to occur.

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Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Missouri Second Amendment law

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Friday refused a request by Missouri to reinstate a state law that bars police officers from enforcing federal restrictions on the sale and ownership of firearms that the state believes violate the Second Amendment. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that the state law is itself unconstitutional and blocked the state from enforcing the law.

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Legal Briefs Usually Don’t Need To Be Perfect

Above The Law

Although no judge has ever rejected a legal brief because it was too well written, edited, and proofed, a diminished return on investment is reached at a certain point. The post Legal Briefs Usually Don’t Need To Be Perfect appeared first on Above the Law.

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UN special advisor warns of escalating genocide threat in Ethiopia, calls for urgent action

JURIST

A UN special advisor expressed grave concern Tuesday over the rising threat of genocide and related crimes in Ethiopia. UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Alice Wairimu Nderitu called attention to ongoing battles between government military forces and local militias, highlighting the critical need to address serious human rights violations such as mass executions, sexual assault and the destruction of property.

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Calling All Legal Tech Startups: Applications Are Open for the ABA TECHSHOW 2024 Startup Alley and Pitch Competition

LawSites

Since the very first Startup Alley in 2017, the legal tech pitch competition has helped catapult the success of a long list of startups and become a seminal event of the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW. Now the competition is returning for its eighth year, and applications officially open today for legal tech startups to enter to compete for a spot at TECHSHOW 2024 , which takes place in Chicago Feb. 14-17, 2024.

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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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Sabin Center Launches Report with Summaries of the Briefs and Statements Submitted to the ITLOS on The Advisory Opinion on Climate Change

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

On September 29, 2023, a report titled “ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: Summary of Briefs and Statements Submitted to the Tribunal” was published by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. This report offers an overview of the briefs and statements submitted to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in response to the Commission of Small Island States (COSIS)’s request for an advisory opinion on crucial legal questions pertaining to climate change (you c

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Solitary Confinement Reform Challenges Spotlight Mental Health Care Need

The Crime Report

A new law went into effect in July 2022 that limits how Colorado jails and prisons can use solitary confinement for people with certain mental and physical health needs. Some advocates saw the law as a small step forward toward the elimination of solitary confinement, which is associated with numerous health risks including increased suicide risk. Those advocates are right.

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Law prof pay has dropped 24% in real dollars this decade

ABA Journal

The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation's 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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UK Lawmakers Say ‘Limited’, ‘Modest’ Indo-Pacific Presence Not Enough To Address China Threat

Above The Law

UK's Defence Committee also called for greater support of Pacific nations and more clarity on the AUKUS submarine program. The post UK Lawmakers Say ‘Limited’, ‘Modest’ Indo-Pacific Presence Not Enough To Address China Threat 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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Uganda arrests opposition leader and supporters for ‘inciting violence’

JURIST

The Uganda Police Force conducted a security operation on Thursday to quell ongoing protests against the arrest of opposition leader Bobi Wine. According to the official press release, police arrested 40 suspects for inciting violence, including lawmaker Matovu Charles. The Ugandan police allegedly discovered red berets, handheld megaphone speakers and some t-shirts to be used in the procession to “incite violence.” However, Wine, the leader of the the Ugandan major opposition party,

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I Am Deeply Saddened To Report The Death Of Monica Bay: Friend, Mentor and Role Model to So Many in Legal Tech

LawSites

For nearly two decades, one person reigned supreme over the world of legal technology. Such was Monica Bay’s prominence and influence that, when she retired in 2015 after 17 years as editor of Law Technology News , Thomson Reuters honored her with her name and image emblazoned above Times Square. As a dear friend, trusted mentor, and inspirational role model to so many in the world of legal tech, Monica stood alone.

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Patent Continuation Strategies Face Major Threat

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Impact of Sonos on Patent Prosecution : The recent Sonos v. Google decision threatens to grind to a halt, or at least significantly restrict, a once-common patent prosecution strategy – keeping continuation applications pending for years to obtain new claims that cover marketplace developments. Sonos Inc. v. Google LLC , 20-06754 WHA, 2023 WL 6542320 (N.D.

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The Culture of Corrections

The Crime Report

It was a typical midnight shift for a corrections officer in Northern New Jersey responsible for escorting a nurse in the medical unit of the county jail so she could screen inmates who had recently arrived. Additional officers made their rounds, waking up inmates who had fallen asleep in the holding cells. Then, they encountered a problem. One inmate did not wake up quickly enough, most likely due to the lingering effects of whichever drug(s) he took prior to his arrest.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Hip-hop star seeks new trial over lawyer’s alleged use of artificial intelligence to draft closing argument

ABA Journal

Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, a member of the hip-hop group Fugees, has said he is entitled to a new trial partly because his former lawyer used an experimental artificial intelligence program to draft an inadequate closing argument.

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Elon Musk Sustains Commitment To Free Speech By Firing Any Employee That Speaks Against Him

Above The Law

Remember when he lost a popularity vote and said he'd stop Tweeting and leave? If only. The post Elon Musk Sustains Commitment To Free Speech By Firing Any Employee That Speaks Against Him appeared first on Above the Law.

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Columbia investigation reveals over 35,000 cases of sexual and gender violence in country’s armed conflict

JURIST

Columbia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal said Wednesday that at least 35,178 people have suffered sexual, gender and reproductive violence during Colombia’s armed conflict. The JEP was created under the 2016 Peace Accord, between the state and the now demobilized FARC , as the justice component of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition.

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Clio Goes All Out with Major Product Announcements, Including A Personal Injury Add-On, E-Filing, and (Of Course) Generative AI

LawSites

At its annual Clio Cloud Conference in Nashville today, the law practice management company Clio introduced an array of major new products and product updates, calling the series of announcements its most expansive product update ever in its 15-year history. (I discuss the product updates and enhancements in a separate post today.) New products include an add-on offering a suite of features designed for personal injury lawyers; Clio Duo, a proprietary generative artificial intelligence that will

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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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LinkedIn for Lawyers Who Don’t Like LinkedIn

Attorney at Work

Amy Hunt | You don’t have to be a LinkedIn influencer or frequent poster for LinkedIn to be a potent business development tool. The post LinkedIn for Lawyers Who Don’t Like LinkedIn appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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The First Step Act: A Five-Year Review and the Path Forward

The Crime Report

FIRST STEP ACT IN REVIEW Signed into law in December 2018, the First Step Act (FSA) now allows federal inmates to significantly reduce their actual penal custody time. That fits into the primary goal of The Act, which is to reduce recidivism among nonviolent offenders through greater emphasis on rehabilitation in the Bureau of Prisons. Prior to the FSA, federal inmates earned 54 days a year off their sentence under what is known as Good Conduct Credit (GCC).

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Long-lost trial transcript answers many questions about ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson and baseball’s ‘Black Sox Scandal’

ABA Journal

The book opens with a tantalizing revelation: Until this year, fewer than 10 living people have seen the long-lost trial transcript that’s been a matter…

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Clarence Thomas *Really* Wants To Re-Write First Amendment Law

Above The Law

He won't rest till NY Times v. Sullivan is a thing of the past. The post Clarence Thomas *Really* Wants To Re-Write First Amendment Law appeared first on Above the Law.

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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.