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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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.

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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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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Paralegal Communication Skills

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

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

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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Marijuana Reform: Free Allen Russell

HarrisBricken

The insanity of the war on drugs needs to stop. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Roughly 40% of Americans live in jurisdictions where some form of marijuana use is legal– that’s over 130 million people.

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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.

Ireland High Court rejects Facebook attempt to evade data regulatory probe

JURIST

The High Court of Ireland on Friday struck down Facebook’s attempt to avoid the Irish Data Protection Commission’s (DPC) regulatory process. The DPC initiated its inquiry into Facebook’s data set through the Irish Data Protection Act 2018 in mid-April.

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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.

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!

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

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.

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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India Supreme Court rules freedom of speech includes media coverage of court proceedings

JURIST

A two-judge division bench of the Supreme Court of India on Thursday denied relief in a petition by the Election Commission of India seeking to restrict media coverage of open courts.

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.

Grammar Giggle – Envelop/Envelope

ProofThatBlog

A reader sent this one to me. It took some researching for me to confirm that the warm water would “envelop” your body.

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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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.

Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: The Webinar Video Replay

HarrisBricken

For anyone who was unable to join our May 4th webinar, Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, we’ve got you covered! Below, please find the full presentation for your viewing pleasure. You can download the transcript HERE.

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Europe rights commissioner urges Greece to end pushback of asylum seekers

JURIST

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Greek state to end its pushback of asylum seekers at the border.

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.

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.

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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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.

Did California Quietly Ban CBD Cosmetics?

HarrisBricken

If you’ve been reading our blog for the last few years, you know that California has taken a pretty absurd position on hemp-derived CBD for the last few years.

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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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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. .