February, 2022

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Mentoring New Legal Assistants

Paralegal Bootcamp

A year ago, I was holed up in my office with my headset on in the middle of a scheduled conference call. My head bobbed up and down as I watched our new legal assistant bounce like a Jack Russell Terrier at my door holding a post-it-note above her head. She had a call on hold for me and was trying to get my attention through the glass part of my door.

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Two Unbelievable Reasons Why Paralegal Resumes Get Tossed - The Estrin Report

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

Are you sending your paralegal resume out with little or no response? Are you thinking about seeking a new position but not sure whether your resume will meet the test?Here are the most common (and un-communicated) reasons why your resume is tossed.

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What Lawsuits Over Second Life Tell Us About Trademarks in the Metaverse

The Fashion Law

The metaverse is a new name for an existing idea. That is what Genevieve Bell asserted in an article for MIT Technology Review recently, noting the graduation of “metaverse” – i.e., the combination of aspects of social media, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, and the web that form “an immersive digital world” – from a “niche term to a household name in less than a year.

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UK election watchdog warns bill with government oversight threatens independence

JURIST

The UK’s independent elections regulatory agency and watchdog, the Electoral Commission, Monday urged the government to reconsider proposed changes to its oversight arrangements in a public letter. The Electoral Commission warned that the new changes will impact the agency’s independence. The Electoral Commission issued the letter in response to a controversial elections bill, which is currently under consideration in the House of Lords.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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Animal cruelty can qualify as domestic violence, state supreme court says

ABA Journal

An animal cruelty conviction for beating and killing an intimate partner’s dog can qualify for a domestic violence designation under Washington law, the Washington Supreme…

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How to Pass the Louisiana Notary Exam

Paralegal Bootcamp

One job qualification that may help you land your dream paralegal position is being certified as a Notary Public. As you can see by perusing the website of the American Society of Notaries , in many states, obtaining a Notary Commission is very simple. Louisiana is not one of those states. To become a Notary Public in Louisiana, a candidate must pass a notary exam which, since the current format was adopted, has a pass rate just under 21%.

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How GCs and In-House Lawyers Can Become Business Enablers

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

Having a collaborative and mutually respected GC to C-suite dynamic sets a tone at the top. If leveraged correctly, it inspires a different operating model - one that is anchored in continuous improvement, entrepreneurial spirit, sharp problem solving and learning, working with a strong sense of purpose, and positive partnership with stakeholders at all levels.

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China’s Rise in U.S. Design Patent System

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. WIPO administers the WIPO-administered Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. In 2015, the US linked its design patent system with Hague — this gives U.S. designers easier access to global design rights; and non-U.S. applicants easier access to the U.S. market. This week, China announced that it is also joining the system.

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ICC prosecutor acknowledges jurisdiction over possible war crimes in Ukraine

JURIST

Karim A.A. Khan, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), released a statement Friday commenting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and acknowledging the ICC’s jurisdiction over possible war crimes in Ukraine. Khan affirmed that his office is closely monitoring the situation, adding that the ICC has jurisdiction over “any act of genocide, crime against humanity or war crime committed within the territory of Ukraine since 20 February 2014.” Ukraine’s pa

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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A Cyber Weapon to Fight Cyber Fraud: Artificial Intelligence

The Crime Report

Organized crime is very active throughout both the private and public sectors. From banks to major retailers, federal governments to small businesses, fraudsters aren’t discerning when choosing which type of organization to target. What’s more, crime rings are actively recruiting and deploying groups of thieves across the U.S., making it increasingly difficult for companies to catch bad actors before they strike.

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Georgetown Law Really Has A Knack For Casual Racism

Above The Law

Better make this criticism quick, its only about 2 days before he apologizes and we have to all magically forget it happened. The post Georgetown Law Really Has A Knack For Casual Racism appeared first on Above the Law.

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Nike Names StockX in New Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Sneaker NFTs

The Fashion Law

Nike is suing over NFTs. In the complaint that it filed in a New York federal court on Thursday, the sportswear titan claims that sneaker and apparel marketplace StockX is on the hook for trademark infringement and dilution, as well as unfair competition, in connection with its offering up of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) tied to images and physical versions of Nike footwear – albeit with receiving its authorization.

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ABA opposes provisions in Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

ABA Journal

The ABA is opposing provisions in Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because they would undermine the well-being of LGBTQ students and chill…

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Cool idea, But No Patent

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. Gabara v. Facebook, Inc. (Supreme Court 2022). Thad Gabara is a former Bell Labs engineer and is a prolific inventor with 100+ patents in his name. Along the way, Gabara also became a patent agent and personally prosecuted many of his recent patents, including the Sliding Window patents asserted here. U.S. Patent Nos. 8,930,131; 8,620,545; 8,836,698; 8,706,400 ; and 9,299,348.

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Russia postpones Cuba debt payments amid deepening of ties

JURIST

Russia’s lower house of parliament said Tuesday that Russia has agreed to postpone some debt payments owed to it by communist-run Cuba until 2027, just a few days after the two countries announced that they would deepen their ties amid the escalating Ukraine crisis. The statement released by Duma (lower house) said that Russian lawmakers had ratified an agreement signed initially with Cuban counterparts in Havana in 2021 that amended the loan terms.

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Prison Healthcare ‘Lacks Uniform Standards’

The Crime Report

Since a 1976 Supreme Court ruling , incarcerated individuals are the only group of people in the United States to have a constitutional right to health care. Under Estelle v Gamble , being deprived of “reasonably adequate medical care violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.”. But, who decides what is “reasonably adequate,” particularly when the healthcare system for patients in prison lacks uniform standards?

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TX AG Ken Paxton Accuses Opponents Of ‘Chopping Off Boys’ And Girls’ Private Parts’

Above The Law

By which he means, taking them to the doctor. The post TX AG Ken Paxton Accuses Opponents Of ‘Chopping Off Boys’ And Girls’ Private Parts’ appeared first on Above the Law.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Louis Vuitton Confirms “Worldwide” Price Increases, Citing Rising Costs, Inflation

The Fashion Law

Louis Vuitton will introduce price increases this week, the French luxury goods brand announced on the heels of recent confirmation from LVMH’s chairman that broad price tag hikes were in the works. Beginning on Wednesday, the price increases “will affect Louis Vuitton stores worldwide and cover leather goods, fashion accessories and perfumes,” a spokesperson for the brand revealed on Tuesday, noting that the boosts to prices will “vary depending on the product.

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The Enemy Within: Are Your Thoughts Sabotaging Your Success?

Attorney at Work

One of the most important steps in mental and emotional health is to be aware of your inner thoughts. Over the past few decades, we have discovered a great deal about how the brain works, including how trauma, stress and anxiety affect our reality. For example, cognitive bias and burnout color how we feel about ourselves and the world. We really do view the world through colored filters that are created by our experiences.

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Defending Design Patents

Patently O

Guest post by Professors Sarah Burstein (University of Oklahoma) and Saurabh Vishnubhakat (Texas A&M University). In our new paper, The Truth About Design Patents , we debunk three widely held—but incorrect—views about U.S. design patents. Taken together, these myths paint a grim picture of design patents: Half of all design patent applications are rejected.

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Ukraine calls for UN investigation into alleged Russian war crimes

JURIST

Ukraine Ambassador to the UN Yevheniia Filipenko called for an inquiry Monday into alleged war crimes perpetrated by Russia as its invasion of Ukraine unfolds. Filipenko said: “ Russian forces’ attempt to sow panic among the population by specifically targeting kindergartens and orphanages, hospitals and mobile medical aid brigades thus committing acts that may amount to war crime.” The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) also voted early Monday to hold an emergency debate on Thurs

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Dangers of Digital "Reporting": Legal Risks and Unreliable Transcripts

In the world of legal proceedings, the choice between a certified stenographer and digital "reporting" holds significant implications. Certified stenographers go through rigorous training and testing and stand as the gold standard for accuracy in capturing every word. Their expertise ensures a reliable record, a crucial foundation for legal cases.

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Despite Low Imprisonment Rates, Drug Arrests Stay High: Pew

The Crime Report

The number of people arrested in 2019 for drug offenses, while dropping, remains nine times that of 1980, according to the Pew Charitable Trust s Research Center. Put into a different perspective, researchers found that 1.3 million people were arrested for drug possession in 2019, a number virtually unchanged from a decade earlier. The new report, produced by Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, Drug Arrests Stayed High Even as Imprisonment Fell From 2009 to 2019 , presents compelling stat

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Penguin Random House Demands Removal Of Maus From Digital Library Because The Book Is Popular Again

Above The Law

Everyone should have access to this book. FOR A PRICE! The post Penguin Random House Demands Removal Of Maus From Digital Library Because The Book Is Popular Again appeared first on Above the Law.

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From Prada to Moncler, Brands Are Adopting Sustainability Logos

The Fashion Law

From “sustainable” capsule collections to sneakers made from recycled plastic, companies across the apparel and accessories space – and beyond – are readily looking to cater to rising consumer sentiment around the need to consume more consciously. The surge in consumer and investor consciousness when it comes to Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) elements of businesses across the board is helping to drive a burgeoning sustainability market that was slated to reach $150 bil

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Struggling to Reach Potential Clients? Find the Middleman

Attorney at Work

To reach your target potential clients, focus on building relationships with referral sources who are “gatekeepers.” . Recently, I was talking with a gentleman about his shoulder replacement surgery. He said he knows an anesthesiologist who had recommended the surgeon. The anesthesiologist told him, “I’m in the operating room and see all the surgeons at work.

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Optimizing Contract Management and Enhancing Team Collaboration: Insights from a Legal Operations Perspective

Speaker: Adina Marta Newman

Learn about a world of effective contract management and seamless teamwork across departments in this upcoming webinar from Cobblestone Software. You'll discover practical strategies and tips that legal professionals can use to streamline contract processes and enhance collaboration, making significant impact across legal and corporate departments. Join us as we show how you can supercharge contract processes, improve team communication, and take your contributions to the next level.