July, 2022

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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.

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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

LDA PRO

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.

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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 ).

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Buyer's Guide: Evaluating and Selecting the Best CLM Solution for Your Organization

Evaluating and selecting the right contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform can be complicated. However, by getting the right people involved, prioritizing your business needs, and testing your technology options, you can make it easier.

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Utah judge temporarily blocks state abortion ban

JURIST

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

Paralegal Bootcamp

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.

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Criminal Justice Algorithm Predicts Risk of Biased Sentencing

CourtTechBulletin

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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Depth Perception: Don’t Overvolunteer

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

A lot of attorneys, new and seasoned, volunteer for everything under the sun, until they’re so busy, they just wanna puke. Now, that’s not the goal of volunteering.

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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.

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2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Contract Life Cycle Management Report

Gartner has positioned Evisort in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contract Life Cycle Management. Read the report to learn why Evisort is a Visionary provider in the market.

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DOJ settles poultry industry antitrust case alleging purposeful underpayment of workers

JURIST

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.

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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.

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VISIT OUR BOOTH AT THE NALA CONFERENCE & EXPO

The Estrin Report

JULY 14-16, 2022, at the Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ. There Is Only One Job That Matters To Us: Yours! LEGAL STAFFING EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST! Featured in The Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine. Five-star ratings on Google and Glassdoor! www.EstrinLegalStaffing.com.

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Top 3 Data Privacy Challenges for Contract Compliance in 2022

The data privacy landscape is quickly becoming fragmented with dozens of new laws. Outdated compliance practices expose businesses to issues that can cost millions of dollars. Download this paper to find out how contract intelligence can help.

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Visual Aid: Workflow Management Can Be Different Now

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Law firms have developed workflows in much the same way for years and years. And, those are standard task lists, with timekeepers and reminders attached. For someone who is trying to learn a workflow – or , even , to better understand them – that can be kind of daunting.

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

SCOTUSBlog

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

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

JURIST

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.

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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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10 Zen Ways to Manage Cash Flows with Contract Intelligence

When you have instant access to your contract data, making strategic decisions in tough times (and good times) becomes much easier. Cash flow management especially can be a top priority for finance, procurement, and other business leaders.

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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?

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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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Would Recommend: Attorney Recommendations Can Complement Client Reviews

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Client reviews are fantastic marketing tools for any business, including law firms. Testimonials drive conversion, because it is a window into how lawyers have had success with other clients.

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

SCOTUSBlog

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.

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6 Best Practices to Maximize Value from Vendor Contracts

With uncertainty on the rise and margins and operating budgets stretched thin, there are a range of obstacles threatening to sap value from deals with vendors. Status quo vendor contract management costs businesses millions of dollars every year. Contract Intelligence can help businesses get more value from vendor contracts.

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

JURIST

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.

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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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Paralegal Career Benefits to Participating in Your Paralegal Association

Leatrice Branch

Leatrice shares what she's gained from getting more involved in paralegal associations and becoming her association's social media manager

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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.

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The Paralegal Coach's Playbook: Strategies for Launching a Successful Virtual Paralegal Business

Speaker: Amanda DeVincenzo, MPPA - Paralegal Business Empowerment Coach and Founder of DeVincenzo Consulting, LLC

Take the guesswork out of starting your own virtual paralegal business with proven strategies and support from an experienced paralegal business owner and business empowerment coach.