December, 2021

Measuring Access to Justice

CourtTechBulletin

I stumbled across two outstanding articles on how to measure Access to Justice. The first article is a summary posted on Medium.com by Ms.

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UNICEF warns grave violations against children’s rights are on the rise

JURIST

UNICEF sounded the alarm Friday over surging numbers of child casualties amid armed conflicts.

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Self-Help Information by the Courts in 2021

CourtTechBulletin

We were curious as to the status of online court help to the self-represented litigants as a good 2021 year-end wrapup article for the CTB? We share what we found below.

How to Ace the Video Interview: Tips for Outrageous Success

The Estrin Report

By Chere B. Estrin. It’s interesting how some people think they are giving a great interview. Sometimes, it is just downright laughable. A couple of months ago, we were searching for a new recruiter for our own organization.

A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

Paralegal Side Gig Ideas (No driving required!)

Paralegal Bootcamp

Looking to make some extra cash? The gig economy is more prevalent now more than ever. The pandemic not only forced people to work from home, but it opened doors for many to take on side gigs.

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Justices will hear arguments on Jan. 7 in challenges to Biden vaccine policies

SCOTUSBlog

Share With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, the Supreme Court fast-tracked two disputes over the Biden administration’s efforts to expand vaccinations. In an unusual move, the justices announced on Wednesday night that they will hear oral arguments on Jan.

South Africa parliament blocks constitutional amendment for land expropriation

JURIST

South African lawmakers Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to the country’s constitution that would allow the expropriation of land without compensation as a way of addressing apartheid injustices. The ruling party now says they will resort to legislation to facilitate the process.

New Tools to Use Documents as a Data Source

CourtTechBulletin

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Here Are 15 Possible Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired—and How to Fix Them

The Estrin Report

by Lily Zhang. Job searching is a grind. And the longer you’re at it, the worse it seems to get. It can be so discouraging to put yourself out there and get rejected over and over again or be met with radio silence.

Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

Are You Being Underutilized?

Paralegal Bootcamp

My fellow Paralegals, do you ever feel you’re at a dead-end in your job? Do you ever feel like your voice is not being heard? You could be feeling what a lot of us feel – you are being underutilized. Look at the definition of a Paralegal. “A

Opinion Shows Supreme Court of New Jersey Has Rejected U.S. Supreme Court's Luce Ruling

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, New Jersey Rule of Evidence 609 allows for parties to impeach witness, including testifying defendants, with evidence of some of their prior convictions. So, let's say that a defendant is on trial for robbery, the

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New DOJ $$s to Combat Online Child Exploitation, Improve Reentry Services

The Crime Report

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide more than $110 million in grants to help returning citizens re-integrate with civil society and to improve correctional educational and employment services for current incarcerees.

Julian Assange appeals decision permitting US extradition to UK Supreme Court

JURIST

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed an appeal Thursday to challenge a decision of the London High Court of Justice, which opened the door for his extradition to the US on charges of spying. If the appeal is granted, the case will be heard at the UK Supreme Court.

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Recovering from a Cyber Attack

Speaker: Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies

If your organization stores data and is connected to the Internet, it is not a matter of “if” a cyber-security incident will happen; but rather, “when” this will occur. Organizations protecting their data is no longer “recommended;” it’s necessary.

Court sends Texas abortion case back to 5th Circuit, rejecting challengers’ request to return case to district judge

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Thursday morning agreed to immediately put into effect last week’s ruling in the battle over a Texas law banning almost all abortions in the state.

Are You Playing A Good Game? How to Improve Your Career and Move to the Major Leagues

The Estrin Report

By Chere B. Estrin Have you ever participated professionally in a competitive sport? Are you familiar with the approaches in which professionals train for one? If you look deeply, you will see a strong resemblance in principal to sports and the legal professional field.

Litigation Paralegal Q & A

Paralegal Bootcamp

Being a litigation paralegal comes with its challenges. From learning how to read your attorney’s mind to staying up to date with the latest paralegal technology, you might feel overwhelmed with questions on how you can become a rockstar at your firm.

Sixth Circuit Finds No Error With Officer Saying a Drug-Trafficker's Amount of Drugs Was Recovered From Defendant's Vehicle

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) provides 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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Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Lindsay Harrison, and Erin O'Brien

Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use local search and 88% use smartphones for those searches? With that in mind, I think it's safe to say your online presence is the silver bullet of your business. Think about the revenue you could be missing by not prioritizing local search optimization. Fortunately, there are a handful of steps you can take right now that will immediately impact your business's pace in local search, and we're happy to share them.

Violent Crime Highest in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: Study

The Crime Report

The rise in violent crime across the U.S.

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Afghanistan dispatches: major Afghan bank faces failure as banking system wobbles under Taliban

JURIST

Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the Taliban takeover. Here, a Staff Correspondent for JURIST in Kabul comments on reports of a pending bank failure that would be the first since the Taliban took power in August.

Justices field emergency requests on federal vaccine policies for workplaces, health care facilities

SCOTUSBlog

Share As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year and the omicron variant causes a spike in cases, challenges to efforts by policymakers to respond to the pandemic continue to arrive at the Supreme Court. On Friday night, within hours of a ruling by the U.S.

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MetaBirkins Creator Says He Received a Cease & Desist from Hermès, Claims Fair Use

The Fashion Law

Hermès appears to have made good on its claims about non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) that were marketed as MetaBirkins without its authorization.

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.

How to Turn Your Performance Review Into a Career Development Opportunity

Paralegal Bootcamp

Not sure how to take those end-of-the-year performance reviews? Performance reviews are a necessary evil but changing how you perceive them overall, especially as paralegals, can be a total game-changer.

District of Columbia Court of Appeals Finds Daubert Hearing Didn't Need to be Held in Arson Retrial

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 702 (like many state counterparts), provides that A witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise if: (a) the expert’s

How Duke Law Researchers Pried Open the ‘Black Box’ of Plea Bargaining

The Crime Report

The vast majority of criminal cases in the United States are resolved without a trial?a a fact summed up starkly by the U.S. Supreme Court during a 2012 ruling. Criminal justice today is for the most part a system of pleas, not a system of trials,” the Court said in Missouri v Frye.

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Spain Catholic Church opens investigation into child sexual abuse

JURIST

Spain’s Catholic Church Sunday opened an investigation into the alleged sex abuse of over a thousand children by members of their clergy dating back 80 years.

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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.