June, 2021

Litigation Paralegal to E-discovery Paralegal

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

How to Transition from Litigation Paralegal to E-discovery Paralegal. Career options for paralegals are opening up, thanks to technology and a robust job market. One of those options is to transition from Litigation Paralegal to E-discovery Paralegal.

Germany passes law requiring corporate due diligence human rights, environment

JURIST

The German Parliament passed a law on Friday requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain. The law introduces a shift to mandatory compliance with international norms on labor exploitation.

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Psychedelics Legislation Advances in California

HarrisBricken

Earlier this year, I wrote a post entitled “ California May Decriminalize Psychedelics ”. My post discussed a piece of legislation that was introduced ( SB-519 ), which would decriminalize a host of psychedelic drugs.

Court Circumscribes Firearm Toolmark Testimony in Murder Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

With firemark toolmark testimony, a ballistics expert testifies that a particular shell casing came from a particular gun. Here is how we described it in our recent Undisclosed series about the Darrell Ewing trial: When Derrico Searcy was arrested for

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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.

CTC2021 Scholarship Applications Sought

CourtTechBulletin

2015 finalists:: Cynthia Marr, Audrey Jun, and Chris Lundquist The National Center for State Courts is pleased to announce a call for applications for the James E. McMillan Award (McMillan Award) for Innovation in Court Technology.

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The Estrin Report has a new location!

TheEstrinReport

The Estrin Report is moving to a new domain and a new blogging platform. From TypePad to WordPress.

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Texas Supreme Court rules Facebook can be sued for sex trafficking

JURIST

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that federal law does not grant Facebook immunity against lawsuits for users who use its platform to lure minors into sex trafficking.

BREAKING: Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Individual Adult Cannabis Use

HarrisBricken

In a historic session yesterday afternoon, the Mexican Supreme Court voted to issue a General Declaration of Unconstitutionality (the “Declaration”) of the General Health Law’s prohibition on individual adult (recreational) cannabis use.

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Fifth Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity To Officers Who Tased Man Soaked in Gasoline, Knowing it Would Light Him on Fire

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

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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.

More TED Talks For Paralegals to Watch

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

Part 2 – More TED Talks For Paralegals. This is Part 2 of a post we did last month on the 9 TED Talks for Paralegals to Watch. . We’ve rounded up a few more TED Talks in case you’re looking for some binge-watching during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Grammar Giggle – Can I Get Criminalized Onions With That?

ProofThatBlog

My daughter sent this to me from her local grocery store. It just makes me laugh–especially working in the legal field.

Education is Core to CTC

CourtTechBulletin

The National Center for State Courts is excited to deliver the ideas, information, and strategies to put technology to work in our courts. Education is the reason we host the Court Technology Conference.

Canada House of Commons approves bill criminalizing conversion therapy

JURIST

Canada’s House of Commons approved a bill on Tuesday that amends the Criminal Code to criminalize certain activities associated with LGBTQ+ conversion therapy in order to discourage and denounce it.

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.

Breaking News! Brazil Moves Toward Cannabis Legalization

HarrisBricken

On Tuesday, June 8, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Special Commission very narrowly approved a bill authorizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal, veterinary, scientific, and industrial use.

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Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Seeks An Evidence Professor

EvidenceProf Blog

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire pre-tenure or tenured lateral faculty members in constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, federal courts and procedure, evidence, and professional responsibility. Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited

Types of Litigation Software to Know

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

Litigation Software as a New Litigation Paralegal. We will break down the paralegal technology skills into three categories of software: administration, matter management, and practice-specific applications.

Grammar Giggle – I’ll Explain This Best To My Ability!

ProofThatBlog

This was in a local breaking news post I received. I initially caught the “best to their ability” error–which should be “to the best of their ability”–and noticed that the last part of the last sentence could be rewritten to make much more sense.

A New NCSC ODR Evaluation Measures Report

CourtTechBulletin

Irish Council for Civil Liberties suing over data privacy breaches

JURIST

Dr Johnny Ryan, Senior Fellow of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (the Council) brought a legal action in the Hamburg District Court over secret dossiers on Wednesday.

Cannabis in Mexico- it ain’t over till the fat Mariachi sings!

HarrisBricken

I am writing this now, a month after the Mexican Senate virtually ignored (yes, ignored) the social and business mandate to regulate recreational and industrial cannabis. Yes, it took me almost a whole month to calm myself enough so as to write a post that did not sound like a mere rant.

Texas Court of Appeals Finds Sergeant Improperly Opined on Defendant's Guilt

EvidenceProf Blog

Can a witness testify that he believes the defendant is guilty? For example, consider the following testimony by a sergeant at the trial of Charles Reedy for the murder of Glen Burford: Q. Have you had training and experience in

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5 Non-Legal Podcasts For Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

A New Spin on Your Typical List of Paralegal Podcasts. There are already enough lists out there for the top podcasts for paralegals. That’s because there are not very many active podcasts for paralegals out there to choose from.

Grammar Giggle – Less or Fewer?

ProofThatBlog

This was a picture in a Facebook group I’m in that made me stop and look again. It gives me the opportunity to discuss the difference between less and fewer. Less is something that can’t necessarily be counted such as “Jane wished there was less hate in the world.”

Why I Hate "Pending Case" Statistics?

CourtTechBulletin

One of my more strongly held observations from working with court data is the statistical perceptions of case backlogs, or “pending cases” as they are generally used are simply wrong. I think that this is because they often do not really describe the court’s caseload situation. I explain.

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Canada adds three far-right extremist entities to terror list

JURIST

The Canadian government announced Friday that four new terrorist entities had been added to its terror list, three of which are associated with far-right extremist ideology.

Cannabis Trademark Litigation: A Trademark is the Sum of Its Parts

HarrisBricken

In a case we’ve been watching closely , a California District Court Judge recently denied a motion by cannabis company Capna Intellectual. The motion sought to dismiss tobacco giant ITG Brands’ dilution claim for its “KOOL” brand.

District of Idaho Notes That the Ninth Circuit Has Limited the Scope of Rule 704(b)

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) states that In a criminal case, an expert witness must not state an opinion about whether the defendant did or did not have a mental state or condition that constitutes an element of the crime

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Are You Doing Work You Won’t Get Promoted For?

TheEstrinReport

Have you ever noticed that colleagues around you were getting promoted or moving on to higher level positions and you were not? And yet, you know that you are just as qualified, if not more than they are?

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