April, 2023

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Attorney AI Assistants: GPT-Driven Tools And Browser Extensions To Streamline Your Work

Above The Law

By embracing these technologies, you'll be better positioned to keep up with the rapidly evolving legal technology landscape. The post Attorney AI Assistants: GPT-Driven Tools And Browser Extensions To Streamline Your Work appeared first on Above the Law.

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Do Appellate Courts Learn from Wrongful Convictions?

The Crime Report

Check the list of the ten men most recently exonerated in Massachusetts. All but one was wrongfully convicted in Suffolk County. (Boston and adjacent cities.) All but one is Black. All were sentenced to life in prison. Most were sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Succinct accounts of each of their cases are available through links maintained by the National Registry of Exonerations.

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‘Bluey’ and teaching your children about the legal system

ABA Journal

My son is quickly approaching his fifth birthday.

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Is ChatGPT Up To the Task of Formatting Bluebook Legal Citations?

LawSites

A few days ago, The New York Times declared, “ A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers.” With GPT-4 having passed the bar exam and legal tech companies launching AI-based legal assistants , it sometimes seems that the potential for AI in law is limitless. But what about that most basic of a lawyer’s tasks — formatting citations to comply with the style of The Bluebook ?

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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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Reading Between The Lines Of Legal Job Listings

Above The Law

Some of the standard phrases are two-edged knives. Be sure you know how to handle them. The post Reading Between The Lines Of Legal Job Listings appeared first on Above the Law.

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On LawNext Podcast: The Four Founders of vLex and Fastcase on the Merger Of Their Two Companies

LawSites

It was major news April 4 when the legal research and technology companies Fastcase and vLex announced their merger, creating a single entity that they say now has the world’s largest subscriber base of lawyers and law firms and a legal research library of more than 1 billion documents from more than 100 countries. It is a deal that could reshape the legal tech landscape on a global basis and potentially even threaten the longstanding legal research duopoly of Westlaw and LexisNexis.

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Innocence and Punishment: The Aftermath of False Confessions

The Crime Report

“Only in America can I kill someone, and two people stand up and take the blame for it,” Keith Jesperson, also known as the Happy Face Killer, says matter-of-factly in a phone interview from Oregon State Penitentiary. On January 21, 1990, Jesperson killed 23-year-old Taunja Bennett after meeting her at the B&I Tavern in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after, he dumped her body off an isolated road in the Columbia River Gorge.

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ChatGPT falsely accuses law prof of sexual harassment; is libel suit possible?

ABA Journal

A law professor was surprised to hear that he had been accused of sexual harassment during a class trip to Alaska sponsored by his law…

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6 Essential Emails Your Law Firm Should Be Sending

LawSites

From appointment reminders to case updates, here are the six types of emails that ensure you’re providing top-notch service to your clients. Email communications are a cornerstone of running a modern law firm. According to the American Bar Association, 41% of law firms use email marketing. As one of the most commonly used law firm marketing tools, emails are expected by clients as part of their legal experience.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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New York Senate passes bill to prevent tropical deforestation

JURIST

The New York State Senate Tuesday passed the Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act , a bill aimed at protecting tropical rainforests and human rights in other countries through state government relations with contractors. The bill will require state contractors who work with commodities derived from rainforests to certify that their products are not contributing to deforestation or degradation.

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Disney Litigators Take Their Turn Beating The Hell Out Of Ron DeSantis With New Federal Lawsuit

Above The Law

Disney wishes Ron DeSantis 'A Magical Day' in federal lawsuit. The post Disney Litigators Take Their Turn Beating The Hell Out Of Ron DeSantis With New Federal Lawsuit appeared first on Above the Law.

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Justices appear likely to side with homeowner in foreclosure dispute

SCOTUSBlog

Share Geraldine Tyler, a 94-year-old grandmother, lost her Minneapolis condo when she failed to pay the property taxes for several years. Tyler does not dispute that Hennepin County could foreclose on the $40,000 property and sell it to obtain the $15,000 in taxes and costs that she owed it. But she argued that the county violated the Constitution when it kept the $25,000 left over after the property was sold.

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Race and Mental Impairment: The Driving Force Behind Death Penalty Punishment in America

The Crime Report

72 percent of the 18 people executed in the United States in 2022 suffered from some sort of mental disability or impairment according to the Death Penalty Information Center’s (Center) 2022 Annual Report. Five of those executed were Black men, three of whom suffered from mental impairment and who were put to death by Southern states. The Center’s 2022 report is evidence that race and mental impairment continue to be the driving force behind the death penalty punishment in this country, especial

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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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‘Desperate for lawyers,’ Maine considers alternative path to law license

ABA Journal

Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow aspiring lawyers to skip law school if they study under a supervising attorney for two years.

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Harvey AI Raises $21M In A Series A Round Led By Sequoia

LawSites

The generative AI legal tech startup Harvey has raised $21 million in a Series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital. When I first wrote about Harvey in November , the previously stealth startup had just emerged with news that it had raised $5 million in funding led by the startup fund of OpenAI, the company that is the developer of the GPT AI technology.

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Afghanistan women march against possible UN recognition of Taliban government

JURIST

Afghan women Saturday marched in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to urge the UN not to formally recognize the Taliban government at a UN summit scheduled for next week. Approximately two dozen women took to the streets despite the Taliban government’s increasingly strict crackdowns on women. During the march, protesters chanted that they would fight and die for their rights and condemned the UN, stating that the recognition of the Taliban would be a violation of women’s rights.

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Clarence Thomas’s P**s-Ass Excuse For Not Disclosing Megadonor Real Estate Sale

Above The Law

So, is Clarence Thomas a bad faith actor or just not very good at this interpreting the law thing? The post Clarence Thomas’s P**s-Ass Excuse For Not Disclosing Megadonor Real Estate Sale appeared first on Above the Law.

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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.

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Importance of Due Diligence for Patent Practitioners and the US/China Economic War

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch 37 C.F.R. § 11.18(b) imposes crucial responsibilities on patent applicants, attorneys, and agents. Documents submitted to the USPTO implicitly certify that: Statements made are true or are are believed to be true (based upon information and belief) and do not include any attempt to conceal a material fact; and That a reasonable inquiry was conducted to confirm that: (i) statements have no improper purposes, (ii) legal contentions are supported by existing law or valid arguments

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Saul Kassin Probes Dangerous Practices in ‘Duped: Why Innocent People Confess—and Why We Believe Their Confessions’ (Book Review)

The Crime Report

Do innocent people really confess to horrific crimes they did not commit? Yes, they do. A masterful recent book from John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Saul Kassin, “ Duped: Why Innocent People Confess—and Why We Believe Their Confessions ,” proves it beyond any doubt. And Dr. Kassin’s book goes further than that. It shows how mobilizing scientific research about interrogations can reduce errors.

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5 Ways to Change Your Negative Thoughts

Attorney at Work

Jamie Spannhake | You can learn to recognize, challenge and change the core beliefs that are holding you back. The post 5 Ways to Change Your Negative Thoughts appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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The Good and the Bad of Solo Practice, Per Clio’s Latest Legal Trends Report for Solos

LawSites

As a solo myself, I can tell you that there is much to be said for practicing on your own – freedom and independence not least among them. In fact, during 2022’s “Great Resignation,” a third of lawyers who quit their jobs did so to start their own solo practices, according to Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms , a report published today by law practice management company Clio.

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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Russia opposition leader Navalny charged over alleged ‘provocation’ by prison authorities

JURIST

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson announced Tuesday that Russian authorities opened a criminal case against Navalny for removing another prisoner from his cell. Navalny’s team called the situation a “provocation” and said that Navalny was previously warned about a potential set-up. In a series of tweets posted Tuesday, Navalny’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, explained that Russian authorities placed a prisoner with poor personal hygiene into Navalny

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After Taking One On The Chin From The Mouse, DeSantis Struggles To Land A Punch

Above The Law

"DeSanctimonious" vows to lay siege to the Magic Kingdom. The post After Taking One On The Chin From The Mouse, DeSantis Struggles To Land A Punch appeared first on Above the Law.

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Justices will consider false claims in two pharmacy cases

SCOTUSBlog

Share The False Claims Act has for decades been the government’s primary anti-fraud statute. The Department of Justice has used the law to recover more than $70 billion since 1986, largely in cases related to health care and defense contracting. Under the FCA, a defendant is liable for submitting a false claim to the government for payment if it acted “knowingly,” which the statute defines as acting with actual knowledge, deliberate ignorance, or reckless disregard.

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Uncertainties Abound for Effective ESG Disclosures

Intelligize Blog

We all know mandatory corporate disclosures are coming for performance on environmental, sustainability and governance metrics. The subject has become the dominant theme in corporate governance today in response to the push by activists, investors, and Democratic politicians to replace a hodgepodge of voluntary sustainability audits with formal reporting requirements.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.