May, 2024

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The Critical Role of Lawyers and Bar Associations in Achieving Net Zero

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Lawyers, bar associations, and law societies have an important but not fully recognized role to play in achieving the net zero goal in the Paris Agreement. Over the last few years, a unique collaboration involving the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), and the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) has begun to discuss the role of lawyers in combatting climate change and share best practices.

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The Next Frontier: AI Easy For Lawyers To Really Build

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At some point, we need to give lawyers access to the advantages AI can provide now. The post The Next Frontier: AI Easy For Lawyers To Really Build appeared first on Above the Law.

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Supreme Court lets CFPB funding stand

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Share The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the structure used to fund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency tasked with enforcing consumer finance laws. By a vote of 7-2, the justices reversed a decision by a federal appeals court in Louisiana, which had ruled that the agency’s funding violates the Constitution because it comes from the Federal Reserve rather than through the congressional appropriations process.

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Lawyers Should Sometimes Work Cases Up Less If They Are Going to Settle

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In many instances, working a case up can actually hurt a party’s settlement position. The post Lawyers Should Sometimes Work Cases Up Less If They Are Going to Settle 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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Harvey AI To Move Out Of Early Access Phase, Release More Affordable Versions Of Its Custom AI Models

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It has been a whirlwind year for the Open AI-backed, generative AI legal tech startup Harvey, which went from a $5 million seed round in November 2022 to a $21 million Series A in April 2023 to an $80 million Series B in December 2023 at a valuation of $715 million.

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Saudi Arabia appoints first ambassador to Syria since 2012

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On Sunday, Saudi Arabia appointed Dr Faisal Al-Mujfel as its first ambassador to Syria since relations were severed in 2012. This appointment comes after Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Syria earlier this year. The diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Syria initially deteriorated following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, sparked by the crackdowns on popular protests.

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Biglaw Firms Fall Prey To Cyberattacks, With Data Breaches On The Rise

Above The Law

The best defense to a cybersecurity incident is a good offense. Which law firms have been caught off guard? The post Biglaw Firms Fall Prey To Cyberattacks, With Data Breaches On The Rise appeared first on Above the Law.

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Who Owns Your Time?

Above The Law

Family law and patent law have many parallels, including the emotional element that drives many of the cases each field deals with. The post Who Owns Your Time? appeared first on Above the Law.

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Lawsuit alleges New York prisons flout state law by isolating inmates with disabilities

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A class action complaint filed this week accuses New York prison officials of holding disabled inmates in solitary confinement in violation of state law. Solitary confinement has been a core feature of the US penal system since the 18 th century — dating back to the earliest state prisons, where the inmates seen as most depraved were isolated to prevent the spread of their moral influence.

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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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Supreme Court rules for NRA in First Amendment dispute

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Share The Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association, alleging that a New York official violated the group’s First Amendment rights when she urged banks and insurance companies not to do business with it in the wake of the 2018 shooting at a Florida high school. In a unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor , the justices agreed that the NRA had made out a case that Maria Vullo, then the head of New York’s Department of Financial Services, had gone too

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USPTO Adapts to CAFC’s New Guidelines: What Design Patent Examiners Need to Know

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by Dennis Crouch On May 22, 2024, the day after the Federal Circuit’s en banc LKQ v. GM decision, the USPTO issued a memorandum to its examiners providing updated guidance and examination instructions in light of the court’s overturning of the long-standing Rosen-Durling test for determining obviousness of design patents. The memo, signed by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal, aims to immediately align USPTO practices with the more flexible approach outlined by the Federal Circuit, which eli

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How Lawyers Can Use Code Words to Combat Client Voice Cloning and Deepfakes

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In an era of deepfakes and digital deception, a simple shared code word may be your strongest shield. The post How Lawyers Can Use Code Words to Combat Client Voice Cloning and Deepfakes appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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Stanford Will Augment Its Study Finding that AI Legal Research Tools Hallucinate in 17% of Queries, As Some Raise Questions About the Results

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Stanford University will augment the study it released last week of generative AI legal research tools from LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, in which it found that they deliver hallucinated results more often than the companies say, as others have raised questions about the study’s methodology and fairness.

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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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European Defense Fund Invests In ‘Bodyguard’ Satellite Development To ‘Counteract’ Orbital Threats

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The project is designed 'to increase Europe’s independence and superiority in space,' the EDF's two-page fact sheet says. The post European Defense Fund Invests In ‘Bodyguard’ Satellite Development To ‘Counteract’ Orbital Threats appeared first on Above the Law.

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Russia signs decree allowing seizure of US assets in Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Decree No. 422 on Thursday allowing Russia to seize US assets to compensate for damages resulting from Russian assets seized in the US. This decree comes as a response to the US enactment of the Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for Ukrainians Act which came into force on April 24, 2024, and vests the US president with the power to “seize, confiscate, transfer [] or vest” any Russian state sovereign asset in the US.

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Gen Z in the Workforce: Decoding a New Generation of Job Seekers | iHire

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How can employers recruit and retain Generation Z, and how can Gen Zers find the right jobs and grow their careers? This exclusive iHire research report helps both sides better understand and connect with one another to drive the future of work forward.

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The ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: An introduction into the joint blog symposium

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On May 21, 2024, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered a long-awaited Advisory Opinion on climate change and international law. This marks the first time that an international tribunal has issued an advisory opinion on State obligations regarding climate change mitigation. The Advisory Opinion addresses several key questions regarding application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the context of climate change, including the interact

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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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How Digital PR Helps Attorneys Gain a Competitive Advantage

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Digital PR is about enhancing your visibility and thought leadership through online placements, content and partnerships. The post How Digital PR Helps Attorneys Gain a Competitive Advantage appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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ABA Issues Ethics Opinion on 30-Year-Old Technology whose Use Is Waning. My Question: Why Now?

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When the American Bar Association’s ethics panel finally got around to issuing an opinion on lawyer blogging in 2018 — a full two decades after lawyers had started blogging — it conjured for me the image of Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep in 1769 and awoke 20 years later, having slept through the Revolution.

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What Can Fashion Brands Do To Protect Themselves In The Secondhand Market?

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When Chanel won its trademark infringement case against What Goes Around Comes Around (and $4 million in statutory damages), it sent ripples – and warnings – through the resale market. Here's what legal experts have to say about it. The post What Can Fashion Brands Do To Protect Themselves In The Secondhand Market? appeared first on Above the Law.

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HRW: Afghanistan Hazara community at risk due to inadequate protections by authorities

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Inadequate protections by the de-facto Taliban authorities in Afghanistan continue to leave the Shia- Hazara community at risk and contribute to their plight, according a report released Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report highlighted that endless conflict in the country continues to affect the lives of many marginalized communities in the country, particularly Hazaras and emphasized that the Islamic State Khorosan Province (ISKP) has notoriety for persistent attacks targeting Shia Ha

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Federal Circuit Overrules Rosen-Durling Test for Design Patent Obviousness

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by Dennis Crouch In a highly anticipated en banc decision, the Federal Circuit has overruled the longstanding Rosen-Durling test for assessing obviousness of design patents. LKQ Corp. v. GM Global Tech. Operations LLC , No. 21-2348, slip op. at 15 (Fed. Cir. May 21, 2024) (en banc). The court held that the two-part test’s requirements that 1) the primary reference must be “basically the same” as the claimed design, and 2) any secondary references must be “so related”

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In Memoriam Erik Jayme (1934-2024)

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With great sadness did we receive notice that Erik Jayme passed away on 1 May 2024, shortly before his 90 th birthday on 8 June. Everyone in the CoL and PIL world is familiar with and is probably admiring his outstanding and often path-breaking work as a global scholar. Those who met him in person were certainly overwhelmed by his humour and humanity, by his talent to approach people and engage them into conversations about the law, art and culture.

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Hiring a New Person for Your Law Firm (Probably) Won’t Increase Your Revenues

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Erik Mazzone | It's not that hiring a new person is a bad thing, just that it isn't the path to growth and greatness you imagine. The post Hiring a New Person for Your Law Firm (Probably) Won’t Increase Your Revenues appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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Nominations Open for 2024 American Legal Technology Awards, to be Presented at Gala Dinner in October

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In what has become an annual tradition, nominations have now opened for the American Legal Technology Awards, which honor exceptional achievement in various aspects of legal technology.

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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.