July, 2022

Beat Your Billable Hour Goal This Year

Paralegal Bootcamp

Billable hours suck. There we said it. If you work in a law firm that has a billable hour requirement you’re probably thinking the same thing. But here’s the thing. They’re not going anywhere.

Memo to Prosecutors: Visit Your Local Prison

The Crime Report

Earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Colette S. Peters to serve as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Many eyes will now be on the troubled agency and what is happening behind bars under new leadership.


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The Importance of Having Legal Documents in Order


Most people often overlook the importance of having legal documents in order. According to statistics, 60 percent of Americans lack a will or legal estate plan. Some may think that they don’t need them or that they are unnecessary, but the truth is, legal documents are essential for everyone.

How to Avoid Dishonest Debt Collectors – video

Diane Drain

Want to avoid dishonest debt collectors? Watch this video from FTC’s Consumer Advice. By Joseph Ferrari, July 22, 2022 (reprint from FTC, Consumer Alerts ).

Take Control of Your Contracts Without Wrecking the Budget

Manually managing contracts is time-consuming and leaves you prone to errors. Missed dates, overwritten versions, & poor governance leads to frustration & lost revenue. That’s why more businesses are turning to Contract Management Software. Download this checklist to understand what's right for you!

Utah judge temporarily blocks state abortion ban


Judge Andrew Stone of the Third Judicial District Court of the State of Utah Monday temporarily enjoined the Criminal Abortion Ban Act, allowing Planned Parenthood to pursue its lawsuit against the state.

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The Role of a Criminal Law Paralegal

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To start off, I should make a confession. I have been in the legal field for over 30 years and a paralegal going on eight years. In those years, I have only worked on civil cases, and that was my niche.

Criminal Justice Algorithm Predicts Risk of Biased Sentencing


The above-titled article posted on the GovTech website discussed some recent research of interest to courts. Researchers created an algorithm that predicts risks of biased, overly punitive sentencing.

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The Estrin Report

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The Secret Costs of Using Buy Now Pay Later Services

Diane Drain

BEWARE OF THE SECRET COSTS OF USING ‘BUY NOW PAY LATER’!! What You May Not Know About These Services Services like “buy now pay later” now account for $100 million in annual transactions and are a popular financial resource for millions of Americans.

Take Control Of Your Contracts Without Wrecking The Budget

Manually managing contracts is error-prone & time-consuming. Missed dates, overwritten versions & poor governance leads to frustration & lost revenue. That’s why more businesses are turning to Contract Management Software. Download this checklist to understand which features are right for you.

DOJ settles poultry industry antitrust case alleging purposeful underpayment of workers


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday filed a civil lawsuit against three large poultry corporations alleging the companies collaborated to maintain competition against other corporations by underpaying workers.

CALL TO ACTION: Seeking Contributions to Nicholas Newbold's Legal Defense Fund in His "Shaken Baby Syndrome" Retrial

EvidenceProf Blog

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the flawed theory that an infant with a traditional triad of symptoms -- (1) retinal bleeding; (2) subdural hematoma; and (3) brain swelling -- must have been abusively shaken. The problem with SBS is that

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What is a Public Defense Paralegal?

Paralegal Bootcamp

Modern law is extraordinarily complex. It’s built upon dysfunctional models like income inequality, sexism, racism, and much more.

From constitutional orphan to treasured heirloom: The Second Amendment is no longer a second-class right


Share This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

Let’s Stop Throwing People Away For Life

The Crime Report

Lonnie Morris was recently released from prison after 44 years inside. Photo by Justin Bench, via UnCommon Law. Donald was first incarcerated when he was just seven years old. A poor kid with an under-resourced single mother, Donald was first kicked out of kindergarten for throwing tantrums.

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Grammar Giggle – Can We Bring Our Tobacco/E-Cigs and Pets or Not?


This was in our local newspaper for our Hometown 4th of July Celebration. This is a great example of how important proofreading for content is. It isn’t always misspellings or misplaced commas that draw the wrong kind of attention to your writing, but unclear writing will do it too.

US federal judge sentences ISIS media figure and foreign fighter to life in prison


A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Friday sentenced Mohammed Khalifa, a Canadian born in Saudi Arabia, to life in prison for his involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a media figure and foreign fighter.

Book of Interest: Frederick Schauer's "The Proof: Uses of Evidence in Law, Politics, and Everything Else"

EvidenceProf Blog

Frederick Schauer, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, has published The Proof Uses of Evidence in Law, Politics, and Everything Else (Harvard University Press). Simply put, this book is.

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Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

Paralegal Career Benefits to Participating in Your Paralegal Association

Paralegal Bootcamp

When you become a paralegal, the learning does not stop in the classroom or paralegal training program you attend. In many ways, it is just beginning.

Why the Dobbs decision won’t imperil pregnancy-related medical care


Share This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Elizabeth R. Kirk is director of the Center for Law & the Human Person at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

Over Half of State Prisoners Serve Sentences of 10+ Years

The Crime Report

I llustration courtesy CCJ. Some 57 percent of people held in state prison in 2019 were serving sentences of 10 years or longer—an 11 percent jump from the previous decade, according to a Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) task force.

The IJIS Institute’s Summer Briefing: Addressing Violence in America: Sharing Information to Reduce Harm and Improve Safety


Per e-mail press release: “ The IJIS Institute’s Summer Briefing is right around the corner and scheduled for August 30th - September 1st, 2022, at the Omni Orlando Resort in Champions Gate, Florida. Check out the recently published agenda for additional insights on the fantastic lineup of guest speakers, critical topics to be addressed, and a comprehensive schedule that includes numerous networking opportunities for attendees. Click here for the full agenda (PDF). Announcements


Legal Operations 101: A Blueprint for Modern Legal Departments

Legal departments are no longer asking whether to invest in legal operations. Instead, they're interested in building a team that will deliver positive outcomes. Gain insight into key factors required for strong legal ops, process optimization, and more!

US State Department report finds China and other countries enabled human trafficking


The US State Department Tuesday released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report which held China and 10 other countries responsible for enabling the practice of human trafficking within their borders.

Supreme Court of Ohio Finds Use of Marsy's Law to Have Victim Sit at Prosecution Table Violated the Presumption of Innocence

EvidenceProf Blog

Over the past few years, states have begun enacting Marsy's Law, which "seeks to give crime victims meaningful and enforceable constitutional rights equal to the rights of the accused." Many legal scholars, including myself, have questioned Marsy's Law, arguing that

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Critical Thinking: What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Improve it

Paralegal Bootcamp

If you were to do a quick Google search on what the key skills for a paralegal are, what do you think you would find? If you think about the tasks you perform on a day-to-day basis, what are the skills and tools that you have which enable you to perform those projects well?

With no recorded dissents, justices allow execution of Alabama man to proceed


Share The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to postpone the execution of Joe Nathan James, who was scheduled to die in an Alabama prison at 7 p.m. James was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Faith Hall, his former girlfriend. Hall’s family had urged Alabama Gov.

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The Ultimate State Trial Court Research & Analytics Platform

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