October, 2022

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10 Quick Tips to Organize Your Law Office and Control the CHAOS

Attorney at Work

What’s the best law office organization system? Easy. It’s the one you will use. If you want to control the chaos in your office, you can’t wait for the perfect system to come along. So let’s start. Organize the CHAOS of Your Office Once and For All. What do I mean by CHAOS — and what’s with the caps? If you have read any of my past articles here at Attorney at Work, you know I have a thing for creating acronyms: D-A-F-T, SAD, Ctrl Journal, BYOB.

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How to Handle Long COVID at Work | Prinz Law Firm

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After COVID-19 changed the landscape of the American workplace, its step-sister “Long COVID” is now threatening to do the same. As a result of COVID’s long-term after-effects, many workers are finding it difficult to keep up with the demands of their jobs.

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A guide to the amicus briefs in the affirmative-action cases

SCOTUSBlog

Share Nearly 100 amicus briefs were filed in Students for Fair Admissions v. the University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College , the cases questioning the use of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at both public and private universities. Thirty-three briefs support SFFA and 60 briefs support the universities.

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Our Law Firm Is Too Small to Be in Danger From Cyberattacks – Wrong!

Attorney at Work

Think Again About the Cybersecurity Risks of Small Law Firms. It is astonishing how often small law firms tell us that they are too small to be at serious risk for cyberattacks. Anecdotally, we can tell them of many successful attacks on small law firms, though our knowledge is derived from successful attacks where we’ve been called in to investigate or remediate the damage, so we cannot identify the law firms.

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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The Best Advice on How to Start a Law Firm Comes From A Judge!?

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For almost two decades, I’ve trolled the internet for good advice to share here on how to start or run a successful law firm. And friends, let me tell you that it’s pretty slim pickings out there.

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Iran dispatch: ‘lawyers were dispersed by firing tear gas and some of them were arrested’

JURIST

Law students and young lawyers in Iran are reporting for JURIST on protests and related developments in Iran since the death in custody of Mahsa Amini. One of our correspondents files this from Tehran. For security and privacy reasons, we are withholding her name. . Protests are still going on in Iran and protesters are still being severely suppressed and shot at.

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What Does a Paralegal Do? | Lancaster Lawyers RG Injury Law - Rankin & Gregory

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By Deb Hatfield She spoke so softly, I could barely hear her. Her eyes were red from crying, her fingers were nervously smoothing the pile of papers she held in her hand. She looked at us and whispered hoarsely, I don’t know what to do.

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Samuel Alito Freaks Out That Anyone Dares To Question The Great And Powerful Supreme Court

Above The Law

He seems unbothered by the damage he's doing. The post Samuel Alito Freaks Out That Anyone Dares To Question The Great And Powerful Supreme Court appeared first on Above the Law.

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Feds to Pay Almost $15 Million to Native American Victims of Pedophile Doctor

The Crime Report

The federal government has settled a case against the Indian Health Service (IHS) Agency for its mishandling of the sexual assaults perpetrated by pedophile doctor Stanley Patrick Weber against Native American boys in Montana and South Dakota, Christopher Weaver and Dan Frosch report for the Wall Street Journal. Negotiated with a mediator, payments are expected to be between $1.5 million and $2 million for each of eight victims with current claims against the U.S. for the inaction and purposeful

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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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Justices to consider whether Warhol image is “fair use” of photograph of Prince

SCOTUSBlog

Share In Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Goldsmith , the justices get another chance to offer their take on the “fair use” doctrine in copyright law. The case involves a set of images Andy Warhol based on a 1981 photograph of Prince by the award-winning photographer Lynn Goldsmith, herself famous for iconic photographs of musicians like Roger Daltrey and Bruce Springsteen.

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Litigation Blackmail: Sanctions for Gaming IPR System

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by Dennis Crouch. OpenSky Indus v. VLSI , IPR 2021-1064 (Before Dir. Vidal). Stepping-in like a court of equity, Dir. Vidal today issued a Precedential Order finding that OpenSky had abused the IPR process. OpenSky filed its IPR petition soon after VLSI won a $2 billion judgment against Intel. At that point though, OpenSky offered to work on behalf of either VLSI or Intel.

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Granting legal rights to non-human entities would help tackle climate change, the Law Society reports

JURIST

The Law Society released a report in which experts concluded that granting legal rights to non-human entities, such as animals, trees, and rivers, would help tackle climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The report suggested that introducing legal protections would create a link between the damage to the environment and the person or body who caused it.

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Response to the New York Times Essay “Are There Better Places to Put Large Solar Farms Than These Forests”

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By Matthew Eisenson. On September 21, 2022, the New York Times published an essay by Gabriel Popkin titled “Are There Better Places to Put Large Solar Farms Than These Forests?” Popkin describes a recently approved 4,500-acre solar project in Virginia that will remove approximately 3,500 acres of forest and asks whether such projects could be sited instead on rooftops, parking lots, and other degraded land.

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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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Yale Law School Invites Boycotting Judges To Campus… Totally Not Cowardly Desperation At All!

Above The Law

'Please like us again. we'll crush some dissenters for you if you want!'. The post Yale Law School Invites Boycotting Judges To Campus… Totally Not Cowardly Desperation At All! appeared first on Above the Law.

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Minimal Progress in Combating Systemic Racism Against Black People: UN Report

The Crime Report

According to a new UN Human Rights report , despite some minor success, there remains an urgent need for comprehensive approaches to dismantling deep-rooted systems perpetuating racial discrimination across all areas of life, reports The Mirage. The report warns that there remain “disproportionate outcomes for people of African descent in many countries, notably regarding access to health and adequate food, poverty, education, social protection, justice, enforced disappearance and violence.”.

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Justices vacate lower court’s ruling in Pennsylvania ballot-counting case that is now moot

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Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a lower-court ruling in a Pennsylvania election dispute that the losing candidate conceded three and a half months ago. When the dispute was before the justices earlier this year , Justice Samuel Alito had suggested that the lower court’s ruling on ballot counting “broke new ground” and could affect the outcome of the state’s upcoming general elections.

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Is there anything good about Parma Ohio?

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. I assume that you have read The Onion amicus brief in Novak v. City of Parma Ohio. If not, please do it is a total classic. Novak Parma Onion Amicus Brief PDF. The case involves Anthony Novak who created a parody Facebook page to mock his the local police department in Parma, Ohio. The posts were clearly parody after perhaps a bit of initial confusion.

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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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Iranian human rights group: Iranian forces open fire on Mahsa Amini protesters

JURIST

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, an Iranian human rights group, Saturday said Iranian security forces shot at protesters in at least three cities. The group’s Twitter page follows on-the-ground progress of protests in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini. According to Iran Human Rights , the nationwide protests have resulted in the death of at least 185 people.

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How to Change Your Law Firm Name

Attorney at Work

As more states are allowing law firms to use trade names instead of maintaining the outdated requirement that firms be named after current or former partners, you may be considering rebranding your firm. I’m in the process of rebranding my firm (more on that in a future post), and I want to share the 10 steps I went through to change my law firm name in Arizona.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Has A Strong Start For Her First Term

Above The Law

I'd like to think that Breyer is cheering her on from the sidelines. The post Ketanji Brown Jackson Has A Strong Start For Her First Term appeared first on Above the Law.

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Study Finds ‘Hot-Spot Policing’ More Effective When Officers Show Respect

The Crime Report

Procedural justice principles are compatible with effective crimefighting, according to a study by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. Researchers found that crime significantly declined in high-risk neighborhoods where police were trained to use principles that focus on treating people fairly and with respect. “Police can simultaneously focus on reform and crime reduction,” they concluded.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Justices wrestle with statute of limitations in Rodney Reed’s effort to revive DNA lawsuit

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Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the case of a Texas death-row inmate seeking DNA testing for evidence that he believes will clear him. A federal appeals court threw out Rodney Reed’s federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas law governing DNA testing, explaining that Reed had filed his suit too late. Although several justices on Tuesday appeared ready to reject the deadline imposed by the lower court, there was no clear consensus around an alternative r

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Rudy finally gets his Whale

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Christopher Rudy filed his fishing hook patent application back in 1988 with a file-wrapper-continuation in 1989. At the time he was already a patent attorney and so worked his own case. But, the USPTO offered some resistance. The BPAI/PTAB issued three different opinions on record, and the Federal Circuit also issued a 2020 decision holding that some of the claims were directed to the unpatentable abstract of “selecting a fishing hook based upon observed water conditions.” In re

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US President Biden pardons all federal offenses of simple marijuana possession

JURIST

US President Joe Biden Thursday pardoned “all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana.” Biden explained that criminal records for marijuana possession have negatively impacted “too many lives,” particularly those of black and brown people through disproportionate conviction rates. Biden urged state governors to pardon marijuana possession offenses at their respective state levels.

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Suspended judge is accused of trying to stop report that he walked around courthouse in underwear

ABA Journal

A Kentucky judge who was temporarily suspended after he was accused of misconduct in connection with an ankle-monitoring program is facing new ethics charges.

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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.