August, 2021

How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant


Is there a brand new career just waiting for you? What exactly is a Virtual Assistant or VA? Simply put, a VA is someone who works remotely, online whether from their home or office. They are independent contractors or employees who work and use technology to deliver services.

3 Mindset Shifts for New Paralegals


Your mindset is so important to your success as a new paralegal. Let’s look at 3 mindset shifts you can make early in your paralegal career. Stop calling yourself a “newbie” paralegal. They will think you are the person who you think you are.


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The FDA Continues to Show It Is Not Interested in Regulating Hemp-Derived Products


Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) maintained its strict and narrow position on the legality of cannabidiol (“CBD”) by rejecting two new dietary ingredient (“ NDI ”) notifications submitted by Charlotte’s Web and Irwin Naturals.

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Supreme Court upholds Indiana University’s vaccine mandate


The US Supreme Court on Thursday denied an application for an emergency writ of injunction against Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, upholding the rulings of the two lower courts.

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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.

Supreme Court of Arizona Eliminates Peremptory Challenges

EvidenceProf Blog

The Supreme Court of Arizona has taken the landmark step of eliminating peremptory challenges from jury selection in both civil and criminal cases. So, what does this mean, and why did the court do it? During jury selection, there are

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Grammar Giggle – My Kind of Wine Glass!


I saw this in a catalog I received. While I would definitely use the second one for wine, since the page before uses the same description on a typical wine glass, I’m just saying that someone missed this in the review.

How one paralegal made the Bestseller list and got on national TV


. Meet Jamie Collins, award winning best selling author, national TV guest and yes, Senior Paralegal. I am Jessica: A Survivor’s Powerful Story of Healing and Hope. Unbelievable. Sometimes there are success stories that simply make you fall out of your chair.

The Future of Cannabis Won’t be Decided by the Feds. It’s the Locals.


Nationwide, cannabis companies and advocates are hailing the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act as the savior of the future of cannabis (a copy of the bill is here ).

Panama legalizes medical marijuana use


Panama legalized medical marijuana use on Monday, joining at least seven other Latin American countries. After a five-year struggle, Panama’s national assembly unanimously passed Bill 153 during the bill’s third debate.

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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.

Eighth Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity to Officer Who Handcuffed, Frisked & Pointed His Gun at Innocent 12 & 14 Year-Old Boys Walking From Grandparents' House

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


Graduation Live Stream - August 28, 2021


On August 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 68th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the third straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Grammar Giggle – Obvious Phishing Emails


I received this email recently. Obviously, when the header has multiple errors, it is not from Chase bank. Also obviously, the link in the email is NOT to I know that because I hovered over the link to see where the link went and it was a string of letters and numbers.

How Bad is it ….


Avoid these common mistakes & increase your chances getting job offer! We all make mistakes. However, there are degrees of mistakes, some very bad , some, well, not so bad. Here are 5 scenarios that might sound familiar to you: How bad is it too… 1.

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.

The FDA’s Proposed Kratom Ban is a Mistake


T rust in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declined after its approval of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. Three experts resigned amid allegations that the FDA had caved to industry pressure. Some argue that its credibility has reached a new low.

Germany court sentences two Syrians for war crime and terrorism


The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany Thursday sentenced two Syrian nationals on war crime and terrorism-related charges. Khedr A.K. was given a life sentence, mainly for shielding the execution of a detained army officer and membership of a foreign terrorist organization.

How Paralegals Can Avoid UPL


Paralegals can avoid the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) by becoming familiar with their state’s rules. Rules against UPL specify that paralegals (or anyone who is not licensed to practice law) cannot provide attorney-client services to people, among other prohibitions.

Notary Public Seminar - September 10th


Want to enhance your resume? Many employers expect their paralegals to be notaries and trust they know what they are doing! Do you know the various roles and responsibilities of a Notary Public?

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.

Grammar Giggle – Complimentary Complements


A friend recently rode in an Uber that had this on the back of the seat in front of him for his use. While I appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into making your passengers comfortable during their ride, the wrong word was used.

Sixth Circuit Finds No Brady Violation in Murder Appeal Despite State's Failure to Disclose That Its Key Eyewitness Said Defendant Was NOT the Shooter on Night of Shooting

EvidenceProf Blog

Pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, the prosecution has an affirmative obligation under the Due Process Clause to timely disclose material exculpatory evidence to the defense. So, in a murder/shooting case with no physical/forensic evidence, does the State violate Brady by


Costa Rica to Debate Hemp and Medical Cannabis Bill


Costa Rican legislators are set to reinitiate debate over a bill (Expediente N.° 21.388) to legalize hemp and medical cannabis. The bill was cleared by the Legislative Assembly’s Environment Commission last November, but its presentation to the assembly’s plenum has been delayed.

Dubai establishes specialized money laundering court to tackle financial crimes


The Dubai government’s media office announced on Sunday that the Dubai Courts have established a specialized money laundering court to thwart financial crimes. The new court was set up within the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal.

8 Steps to Be the Rockstar Personal Injury Paralegal


The backbone of all good personal injury law firms is its paralegals. Paralegals are essential to a personal injury law firm, whether for a solo practitioner or a large firm with many lawyers.

Diane guided us every step of the way.

Diane Drain

“ Her assurance that there was nothing to be ashamed of, gave us the incentive to proceed.” “Diane was fabulous during our bankruptcy, guiding us every step of the way. After medical bills got us behind, we didn’t know where to turn and felt uncomfortable filing.

Grammar Giggle – Specfic Stats?


This was an ad I recently received in the mail. It looks to me like this is an example of your brain knowing what it is supposed to say and tricking your eyes into seeing it that way. It might be better to have someone else look at it before it goes to press.

My New Article: "Rectifying Wrongful Convictions Through the Dormant Grand Jury Clause"

EvidenceProf Blog

I have posted the working draft of my new article, "Rectifying Wrongful Convictions Through the Dormant Grand Jury Clause" (forthcoming, George Washington Law Review), on SSRN. Here is the abstract: In 1995, Lamar Johnson was convicted of a murder in

Cannabis M&A: Purchase Price Adjustments


In my last post in this series, I discussed how the purchase price is structured in cannabis M&A transactions, and how escrow can be used in connection with the purchase price.

New Mexico sues Angry Birds developer over child privacy violations


On Wednesday, New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit in federal district court alleging that the maker of a highly popular mobile game knowingly collects and sells the personal data of children under the age of thirteen.

Paralegal Case Management Tips


Most likely, you did not have a class on case management in your paralegal certificate program. If there was, it was a chapter in one of your reading assignments and challenging to put into context until you actually put it to practice.

New Legal Document Tools Announced

CourtTechBulletin Documents are the summer wheat that we make our court case bread (final product) from. We have two interesting announcements to share in this week’s post from The Effectiveness Project and LegalXML LegalRuleML. Read more ».

‘The Only Answer They Have is Jail’: A 13-Year-Old’s Story

The Crime Report

A ”ditching party” rocked in full swing at my mom’s house. A dozen teenagers and a couple of adults, drinking, smoking, having sex, blasting gangsta rap. My mom and step-dad were at work. Mom had told me she preferred that I party at home, and I took it literally.