May, 2021

Judge Grants Keith Davis a New (Sixth) Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Sylvester Cox granted the motion of Keith Davis Jr. for a new trial (Download Motion for new trial). Amelia McDonell-Parry covered Keith's case on the Undisclosed podcast. Keith's case is far too complicated to cover in a single

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50 Tips for New Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

We asked paralegals across the country “What one tip would you give to a new paralegal that you wished someone told you early in your paralegal career?” ” Here are their answers that we want to share with new paralegals.

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“Fixing” Criminal Justice Data and My Alternative Approach

CourtTechBulletin

Last month, the Arnold Ventures group released a report titled “ We Need Criminal Justice Data That Doesn’t Exist. Here’s How the Biden Administration Can FixIt.” This is a subject near and dear to me as I have been working on much of this for a long time. I agree with many parts of the report.

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R.I.P. Delta-8 THC

HarrisBricken

Delta-8 THC had a good run. People made money, customers were happy, and it all seemed legal to boot. Like all good things in life, states and the DEA are doing everything in their power to ensure that delta-8’s run comes to an end. Let’s talk about why.

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A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

Are You Riding the Horse in the Direction It Is Going?

TheEstrinReport

How inability to change can bust your career. by Chere B. Estrin. COVID 19. It is, or was here, and it may never, or might, go away. It’s the great unknown. To say that this horrendous virus brought significant changes to our work and personal lives is clearly underrating it.

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Ninth Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity to LAPD Detectives Who Used Psychological Torture to Get a False Confession From a 13 Year-Old

EvidenceProf Blog

The qualified immunity doctrine insulates governmental agents from liability for unconstitutional acts as long “as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.” The primary purpose of the doctrine

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9 TED Talks For Paralegals to Watch

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

9 TED Talks For Paralegals. There are so many free educational videos out there that it can be somewhat overwhelming. Not only that, but you could find yourself going down a rabbit hole and spending too much time finding relevant content. .

Sweden top court deems posing with dead bodies a war crime

JURIST

According to a press release on Monday, Sweden’s Supreme Court has established that posing with a dead body during armed conflict constitutes a war crime.

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The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: I’m in a New York State of Mind

HarrisBricken

Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of articles about New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) written by attorneys based outside of New York or (worse yet) attorneys who are not licensed to practice law in New York.

Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

A 50 State Court Covid-19 Operations List

CourtTechBulletin

The Justia legal information company has posted a compendium of state court Covid-19 operations in all 50 states. They write that “State court systems across the country have significantly altered their operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Student Advocates Team and others Falsely Promised Services – Now Banned

Diane Drain

Operators of Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme Banned From Providing Debt Relief Services as Part of Settlement with FTC.

District of New Jersey Finds "Friend With Benefits" Had Standing to Challenge Search of His Friend's Place

EvidenceProf Blog

The Fourth Amendment states that The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by

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Apostrophe Decision Chart

ProofThatBlog

After a recent Proof That blog post about apostrophes and plurals, I had someone ask the question about words that end in “s” and how you make those words possessive.

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.

Germany parliament passes law compensating gay and lesbian soldiers for past discrimination

JURIST

The German parliament Thursday voted in favor of the rehabilitation and compensation of soldiers who have faced discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.

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New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: What About Medical Marijuana?!

HarrisBricken

In all of the hubbub over New York’s legalization of adult-use (i.e. recreational cannabis), not a lot of ink has been spilled over the expansion of New York’s medical cannabis program. As a brief refresher, New York first legalized medical cannabis in 2016.

Paralegal Communication Skills

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

7 C’s of Paralegal Communication Skills. Communication skills are important if you want to have a successful paralegal career.

This and That in Court Tech – May 2021

CourtTechBulletin

We have been saving a lot (and I mean “a lot) of interesting items to share in recent weeks.

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.

Colorado Court of Appeals Finds Trial Court Can't Rely on Additional Race-Neutral Reasons Given on Remand in Resolving Batson Claim

EvidenceProf Blog

In Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court "ruled that a State may not discriminate on the basis of race when exercising peremptory challenges against prospective jurors in a criminal trial."* Under Batson, once the opponent of a peremptory challenge has

Grammar Giggle – Apostrophes and Plurals

ProofThatBlog

This example illustrates my pet peeve–using apostrophes to make a word plural. This was in our local Motor Vehicle Division office where I was renewing my driver’s license. They used the apostrophe incorrectly not once, but twice!

South Carolina lawmakers pass bill to allow execution by firing squad

JURIST

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would enable convicted individuals to elect for execution by firing squad, rather than electrocution or lethal injection.

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Nears FDA Approval for PTSD Treatment

HarrisBricken

Efforts by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to legalize prescription MDMA (Ecstasy) appear to have passed a gigantic hurdle earlier this month : MDMA is on track to meet the testing requirements to be a legalized prescription drug, specifically intended to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Are You Riding the Horse in the Direction It Is Going?

TheEstrinReport

How inability to change can bust your career. by Chere B. Estrin. COVID 19. It is, or was here, and it may never, or might, go away. It’s the great unknown. To say that this horrendous virus brought significant changes to our work and personal lives is clearly underrating it.

Instructor Feedback - Don’t Shoot the Messenger

PARALEGAL.EDU

A good instructor will evaluate your school performance in much the same way that a supervisor will assess your execution of work responsibilities.

Eleventh Circuit Finds Captain Who Led No-Knock Raid at Wrong House With Flash Grenades Entitled to Qualified Immunity

EvidenceProf Blog

The qualified immunity doctrine insulates governmental agents from liability for unconstitutional acts as long “as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.” The primary purpose of the doctrine

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Grammar Giggle – Slow Down And Get It Right

ProofThatBlog

I think news outlets are the worst at trying to get news headlines out quickly so they can beat their competition to it, but that sometimes leads to mistakes that shouldn’t be made.

Federal judge finds Georgia anti-BDS law unconstitutional

JURIST

A US federal judge ruled Monday that Georgia’s anti-BDS law, which prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel, violates the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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What You Need to Know When Buying a Cannabis Business, Part 3: Hiring Your Lawyer

HarrisBricken

Buying a cannabis business does not occur in a matter of days, and transactions fall apart for a variety of reasons, as we discussed in Part 1 of this blog series focused on the buy-side of a cannabis M&A transaction.

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The Fate Of Midsize Firms In A Post-Pandemic World

TheEstrinReport

Law firms leaders quickly learned that a willingness to adopt new technologies into their firms was a requirement for survival during the pandemic. Article By NICOLE BLACK on April 29, 2021 at 12:45 PM Originally published on AboveTheLaw.

Scott Michael Forrester Disbarred Arizona Bankruptcy Attorney – Effective 5/5/2021

Diane Drain

SCOTT MICHAEL FORRESTER, DISBARRED BY THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA. EFFECTIVE MAY 5, 2021. A cherub face hid a very mean personality. On May 5, 2021, the State Bar of Arizona entered an immediate order of disbarment against Scott Michael Forrester.

Missouri Court of Appeals Precludes Jury Impeachment Based Upon Jurors Holding Defendant's Silence Against Him

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) reads as follows: (b) During an Inquiry into the Validity of a Verdict or Indictment. (1) 1) Prohibited Testimony or Other Evidence. During an inquiry into the validity of a verdict or indictment, a juror may

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