February, 2023

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5 Ways to Cultivate Compassion

Attorney at Work

Jamie Spannhake | Developing a sense of compassion — or at least neutrality — can make relationships better. It can also improve outcomes. The post 5 Ways to Cultivate Compassion appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Why Do We Treat Sex Crimes Differently Than Other Violent Crimes?

The Crime Report

In a recently published research paper in the Stanford Law Review, Aya Gruber, a law professor at the University of Colorado, considers the concept of “sex exceptionalism” in the United States criminal justice system and asks readers to take a second look at how we treat sex crimes. Gruber previously published “ The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration ” with University of California Press.

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AI’s Impact On The Future of Law: Will Lawyers Survive?

Above The Law

We suspect that many things we once thought impossible will be made possible by the new generation of AI. The post AI’s Impact On The Future of Law: Will Lawyers Survive? appeared first on Above the Law.

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Preparing Your Law Firm for a Data Breach

Attorney at Work

Tom Lambotte | Law firm data breaches are not so much an "if" as a "when" event, so prepare accordingly. The post Preparing Your Law Firm for a Data Breach appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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Inspiring Business Podcast with Mark Bullock

The Legal Ease

It's been quite some time since I posted here since most of my content is being posed on the Lawyer Meltdown website , but I wanted to share this Inspiring Business podcast episode where I was interviewed by Mark Bullock, one of the founders of Videosocials.  We had a great conversation talking about productivity, marketing, technology, whether we consider ourselves "starters" or "finishers" and more.

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Diane is honored by Legal Services Corp – Pro Bono Service Award for establishing the Self Help Center

Diane Drain

Diane is honored by Legal Services Corp – Pro Bono Service Award for establishing the Self Help Center at the Arizona Bankruptcy Court. Six Arizona Attorneys Recognized For Their Pro Bono Efforts January 31, 2023 Terri Jo Neff, Arizona Daily Independent Those honored by Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann Scott Timmer during LSC’s Increasing Access to Justice Reception were James Conlogue, Diane Drain, David Engelman, Edwin Ramos, Kelly Rowe, and Benjamin Smith.

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NYC Court Backlog Mirrors Delays Around the Country

The Crime Report

A recent review of city data by Matt Katz at the Gothamist found that more than a quarter of people in New York City Jails aren’t getting to court on time for hearings and trials. In the 2022 fiscal year, 79.1 percent of detainees in New York City made it to jail on time, down 15 percent from 2021. These are the highest rates on record since 1999 when modern record-keeping became available.

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GoodRx Illegally Sold Users’ Data to Google & Facebook, FTC Says

Above The Law

GoodRx failed to notify users that it sold their personal health information to Google, Facebook and other tech companies, the FTC claimed. The agency filed an order that prohibits GoodRx from sharing its users’ data with third parties for advertising purposes and requires the company to pay a $1.5 million penalty. GoodRx agreed to pay the settlement but did not admit to wrongdoing.

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Man who spent 28 years in prison is exonerated with help of pro bono lawyers

ABA Journal

A 2021 Missouri law that allows prosecutors to ask courts to set aside wrongful convictions has resulted in the exoneration of a man who spent…

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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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Best Practices: Engaging Managed Services Providers to Build Your Firm’s Legal Data API Integrations

Attorney at Work

Josh Blandi | Best practices for working with MSPs to build out your firm's API integrations. The post Best Practices: Engaging Managed Services Providers to Build Your Firm’s Legal Data API Integrations appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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EU and UN announce monetary support for Rwanda in evacuating refugees from Libya

JURIST

The EU Delegation in Rwanda Thursday announced an aid package valued at € 22 million to the Rwandan government in support of the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) operated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to evacuate at-risk refugees and asylum seekers from Libya. In effect, the package ensures the refugees have “access to safe shelter, healthcare including psychosocial support, training in different skills.” Rwanda emerged as a transit hub post a deal signed between the African Unio

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Trademark Registration: 100% THAT B H

Patently O

by Dennis Cxrouch In re Lizzo LLC (TTAB 2023) In a new precedential opinion, the PTAB has sided with the musical artist Lizzo — agreeing to register her mark “100% THAT B H” for use on apparel. The Trademark Examining Attorney had refused registration on “failure-to-function” — concluding that the phrase was a commonplace expression used to express a well-recognized sentiment.

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Report: Court Fines Promote Juvenile Recidivism, Not Rehabilitation

The Crime Report

A recent study set out to determine how monetary sanctions can affect the likelihood young people will reoffend. Do fees and fines act as a deterrent, steering juvenile offenders away from future crimes? In “ A Statewide Analysis of the Impact of Restitution and Fees on Juvenile Recidivism in Florida Across Race & Ethnicity, ” researchers found that fees and restitution assessed against young people actually increased juvenile recidivism in Florida.

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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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Sidney Powell Avoids Disbarment As Judge Refuses To Consider Misnumbered Exhibits… Seriously.

Above The Law

The 'numerous defects' cited in the opinion dismissing the case against Sidney Powell are underwhelming. The post Sidney Powell Avoids Disbarment As Judge Refuses To Consider Misnumbered Exhibits… Seriously. appeared first on Above the Law.

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Lawyer moved into Wynn Las Vegas, spent over $10M in ‘massive fraud,’ suit alleges

ABA Journal

A lender based in the British Virgin Islands has accused a California lawyer of spending and gambling away more than $10 million that was supposed…

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Working for the Jerk Partner as a Young Associate

Attorney at Work

Roy Ginsburg | If you want your best clients to stay when your baby boomer lawyers leave, succession planning is the most effective insurance policy. The post Working for the Jerk Partner as a Young Associate appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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US Supreme Court weighs online platforms’ liability in Google recommendations case

JURIST

The US Supreme Court Tuesday heard oral arguments in Gonzales v. Google , a case that could upend how social media companies handle content distribution. At the heart of the case is a question of whether tech giants like Google can face liability when their algorithm recommends ISIS recruitment videos. That said, the case also has broader civil rights implications because, as one of the amicus briefs filed in the case pointed out, “As society has moved online, so too have discrimination,

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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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Models v. Strip Clubs and the Lanham Act

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Rights to use a person’s Name-Image-and-Likeness or NIL generally fall within two categories of intellectual property: rights of publicity and rights of privacy. Rights of publicity protect commercial value that a person has developed in becoming a celebrity. Rights of publicity can also protect against resulting false impressions created by a seeming endorsement.

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Study Shows Low Safety Risk of Reducing Long Sentences

The Crime Report

When Sam Lewis visits prisons to speak with inmates, he’s sometimes suited up, which at times causes inmates to confuse him for a police officer, a warden or a preacher. They are incredulous when he tells them he is a former life prisoner. “They’ll say something like, ‘I’m gonna have a suit like you one day.’ And I’d say no, you’re gonna have a suit that’s better,” Lewis said. “But let me explain what you need to do.” Lewis

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Faced With The Prospect Of A Clarence Thomas Statue, State Senator Calls The Supreme Court Justice An ‘Uncle Tom’

Above The Law

Weirdly it's not a monument to questionable legal ethics. The post Faced With The Prospect Of A Clarence Thomas Statue, State Senator Calls The Supreme Court Justice An ‘Uncle Tom’ appeared first on Above the Law.

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Supreme Court declines to halt execution of Texas man who said juror and attorneys were racist

SCOTUSBlog

Share After a Texas court reinstated his execution Wednesday, John Lezell Balentine took his final appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that his death sentence should be reassessed in light of new evidence of juror misconduct and racial bias. The justices declined to block the execution in a brief, unsigned order with no recorded dissents. Texas executed Balentine by lethal injection on Wednesday evening.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Are You Dealing With Executive Functioning Disorder?

Attorney at Work

Wendy Merrill | Lawyers who struggle with organization and focus may be dealing with EFD. The post Are You Dealing With Executive Functioning Disorder? appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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UN urges reinstatement of women lawyers and judges in Afghanistan

JURIST

The UN Sunday called for the reinstatement of women lawyers and judges who have been fired from their roles under Taliban rule. Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Roza Otunbayeva met with founding Taliban Minister Abdul Hakim Sharai Sunday and urged him to renew licenses for women layers as well as men. In her meeting with Sharai, Otunbayeva highlighted the importance of women lawyers and judges in society, “whose expertise remains critical for enabling equitabl

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Why FIFA Banned The All India Football Federation & What It Means

LawInSport

The All India Football Federation ( AIFF ) found itself at the center of a storm in 2022 when FIFA imposed a ban on it due to instances of third-party interference in its day-to-day operations. The ban was a major blow to Indian football as India was due to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup later in the year and the ban would mean that the tournament would have to be shifted to a different host nation.

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In Shielded, Joanna Schwartz Dissects Policing’s Legal Environment

The Crime Report

Did you know that 99.98 percent of the money awarded to victims in police civil rights violation cases is indemnified—paid from the public’s funds, not from those of any cop? Well, now you do know it, and you know it thanks to UCLA law professor Joanna Schwartz, who for over a decade has produced innovative, meticulous scholarship that harvests, then dissects, the details of policing’s legal landscape.

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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.