May, 2023

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Law school introduces hologram witnesses in mock trial

ABA Journal

The William & Mary Law School in Virginia has spent the past four months experimenting with hologram witnesses—and recently brought them before judges in the…

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How Soon Before AI Kills the Billable Hour?

My Shingle

Earlier this week, stock prices for Chegg, which provides study materials and outlines for high school and college students, plunged by almost 48 percent reports CNBC. The culprit? ChatGPT which has cut into much of Chegg’s business in just five months. Chegg’s recent losses are yet another reminder of just how quickly ChatGPT can… The post How Soon Before AI Kills the Billable Hour?

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There’s A New Top-Level Domain for Lawyers: ‘.esq’

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Google has announced the release of eight new top-level domains that include one specifically designed for lawyers and law firms, “ esq,” based on the abbreviation of esquire that lawyers use to show they are admitted to practice. Google says the new domain for lawyers is “perfect for showing off your credentials.” It even pointed to two lawyers who already use the domain, Erika.esq , the webiste of attorney and personal finance advisor Erika Kullberg, and Ugo.esq., the w

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Kindergartner Lawyers Up, Files Affidavit Over Missing Reading Homework

Above The Law

Tell me your mom is a lawyer without telling me your mom is a lawyer. The post Kindergartner Lawyers Up, Files Affidavit Over Missing Reading Homework appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Most Law Firms Use Just Five or Fewer Unique Software Products, Smokeball Study Says

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The majority of law firms use just five or fewer unique software products, according to a legal industry study published today by the law practice management company Smokeball. The study, How Technology is Changing the Legal Industry in 2023 , which surveyed law firms of 50 or fewer employees, finds that 77% of those firms use five or fewer unique software products.

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The 3 Best Breathing Techniques for Easing Stress

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Gray Robinson | By doing these simple breathing techniques every day, you can manage your stress and anxiety. The post The 3 Best Breathing Techniques for Easing Stress appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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An API for the Human Mind

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by Dennis Crouch The pace of technological advancement never ceases to amaze me, and it seems like even science fiction is struggling to keep up with reality. In recent months, we’ve witnessed some truly remarkable breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), and this latest development is right up there. Researchers have used GPT-style machine learning architecture to decode human thoughts by analyzing their functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans.

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The Tragedy on the Financial Horizon is Closer Than You Think

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Credit: Ilmi Granoff In September 2015, then Bank of England Governor Mark Carney gave a landmark speech on the “ Tragedy of the Horizon.” The concept was simple: climate change creates tremendous risk for financial markets, but these mounting risks are ignored by investors due to the market’s tendency towards myopia. The speech marked a significant turning point in finance: the starting gun in the race to internalize climate-related financial risks.

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Clients Keep Complaining, But Law Firms Are STILL A Bargain Even After Historic Rate Hikes

Above The Law

Maybe the problem with rising legal costs is coming from inside the client's office. The post Clients Keep Complaining, But Law Firms Are STILL A Bargain Even After Historic Rate Hikes appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Papua New Guinea PM potentially linked to Australia businessman facing corruption investigation

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Papua New Guinea police launched an investigation into the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape after an international investigation on Wednesday exposed his potential links to Don Matheson, an Australian Businessman being investigated for corruption. The inquiry into Matheson centers around a joint report from Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that he made multiple payments to officials at the PNG Ports, the sta

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Colorado bill limits ‘reunification treatment’ in child custody cases, requires training and expertise

ABA Journal

Family courts in Colorado custody cases can’t cut off a child’s contact with a protective parent to whom they are bonded just to improve a relationship with a rejected parent accused of abuse or domestic violence, according to a bill signed into law last week.

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Supreme Court curtails Clean Water Act

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Share The Supreme Court on Thursday established a more stringent test to determine whether the Clean Water Act applies to a wetland. The ruling was a setback for the Environmental Protection Agency and a victory for an Idaho couple, Michael and Chantell Sackett, who have been battling with the federal government for over 15 years in their efforts to build a house on an empty lot near a large lake.

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Executing Richard Glossip Will Show a Brittle, Unsafe System

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Do we want a safe criminal justice system? That question is so fundamental that even when—or maybe especially when—there is a life in the balance our courts try to duck it. Any system that cares about safety recognizes that error is part of the human condition. A safe system seeks resiliency: the ability to recover from the inevitable slips, violations, and surprises, and so to avoid catastrophe.

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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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Getting Paid Faster: Embedded Payments

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Kevin Gallagher | Embedded payments offer much more than automatic payments. The post Getting Paid Faster: Embedded Payments appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Clarence Thomas Skated On Ethics Complaints In 2012… Meaning He Definitely Already Knew The Rules

Above The Law

You can really only use 'I didn't know' as an excuse one time. The post Clarence Thomas Skated On Ethics Complaints In 2012… Meaning He Definitely Already Knew The Rules appeared first on Above the Law.

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Libya Christians face death sentence over conversion from Islam and proselytization

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Libyan activists told The Guardian Wednesday that six Libyan Christians are at risk of being executed for converting from Islam and spreading their religious beliefs. After being arrested in March by the Libyan Internal Security Agency (ISA), the six were accused of “making people leave Islam” in violation of the Libyan Penal Code. Article 207 of the code prohibits the advocacy of ideas that would “[change] the fundamental principles of the constitution or the fundamental rules

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Did 1 contract clause cause Proskauer client’s $636M loss? Judge refuses to toss malpractice suit

ABA Journal

A Massachusetts judge has refused to toss a $636 million malpractice lawsuit contending that a botched contract drafted by Proskauer Rose caused its client’s loss…

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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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Supreme Court will consider major case on power of federal regulatory agencies

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Share Nearly 40 years ago, in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council , the Supreme Court ruled that courts should defer to a federal agency’s interpretation of an ambiguous statute as long as that interpretation is reasonable. On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider its ruling in Chevron. The question comes to the court in a case brought by a group of commercial fishing companies.

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A Model for Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Lowered its Jail Population and Crime Rates

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The Congressional Judiciary Committee last month held a four-hour hearing, “Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan” to understand better why New York City’s crime rates were “out of control” and what was wrong with its criminal justice system. Putting aside how the hearing spent some time specifically on any possible role Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg played in New York City’s crime rates, the hearing itself was not a bad idea.

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11 Tips for Choosing the Right Law Firm Domain Name: Key Insights

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Annette Choti | The right domain name can boost your online presence, attract clients, and improve SEO. The post 11 Tips for Choosing the Right Law Firm Domain Name: Key Insights appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Harlan Crow’s Lawyers Tell Senate They’re Going To Take Their Chances With Contempt

Above The Law

These are a lot of bad legal arguments just to say, 'we don't think you have the votes.' The post Harlan Crow’s Lawyers Tell Senate They’re Going To Take Their Chances With Contempt 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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International Bar Association calls for UN to create tribunal for Russia

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The International Bar Association (IBA) adopted a resolution for the creation of a Special Tribunal on Saturday for Russia to try crimes of aggression in Ukraine. The IBA resolutions condemns Russia’s war of aggression, affirms the IBA’s support for Ukrainian sovereignty and urges UN member states to establish and international criminal tribunal for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

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‘The Shadow Docket’ shines light on an increasingly uncommunicative Supreme Court

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In The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic , University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck…

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Supreme Court rules Twitter not liable for ISIS content

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the family of a 2017 ISIS attack victim who sought to hold tech companies liable for allowing ISIS to use their platforms in its terrorism efforts. The lawsuit seeking to hold Twitter, Facebook, and Google liable for aiding and abetting international terrorism cannot go forward, a unanimous court found.

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Shaping the Future of Patent Law: The Amgen v. Sanofi Decision and Bite-Sized Monopolies

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by Dennis Crouch “The more one claims, the more one must enable.” In a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice Gorsuch, the Supreme Court has affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision invalidating Amgen’s functionally claimed genus of monoclonal antibodies. The Court held that Amgen’s patent claims were invalid due to a lack of enablement, as they failed to provide adequate guidance for making and using the claimed antibodies.

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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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Top Tips to Trim Your Law Firm’s Cloud Budget

Attorney at Work

Amy Cosey | Your cloud budget has some obvious and non-obvious differences from a traditional IT budget. The post Top Tips to Trim Your Law Firm’s Cloud Budget appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Samuel Alito’s Self-Serving Dobbs Leak Theory Is Back In The News

Above The Law

Samuel Alito has a theory about who leaked the Dobbs decision; also, has mirror. The post Samuel Alito’s Self-Serving <em>Dobbs</em> Leak Theory Is Back In The News appeared first on Above the Law.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina dispatch: 31 years after gruesome siege, Sarajevo is still a city in sorrow

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Mykyta Vorobiov is a student at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He is currently in Zagreb, Croatia, He recently spent a few days in the city of Sarajevo, in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The infamous Siege of Sarajevo started in April 1992, more than 31 years ago. The city experienced bombardments on a daily basis, and snipers killed civilians who did not have a place to hide.