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50 Tips for New Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

We asked paralegals across the country “What one tip would you give to a new paralegal that you wished someone told you early in your paralegal career?” ” Here are their answers that we want to share with new paralegals.

Judge Grants Keith Davis a New (Sixth) Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Sylvester Cox granted the motion of Keith Davis Jr. for a new trial (Download Motion for new trial). Amelia McDonell-Parry covered Keith's case on the Undisclosed podcast. Keith's case is far too complicated to cover in a single

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Is Cannabis Legal in D.C.?

HarrisBricken

I recently relocated to Washington, D.C. to join our East Coast practice group and have been inundated with inquiries surrounding the legal framework of recreational cannabis ( i.e. , marijuana and hemp) in the nation’s capital.

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South Carolina lawmakers pass bill to allow execution by firing squad

JURIST

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would enable convicted individuals to elect for execution by firing squad, rather than electrocution or lethal injection.

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Paralegal Communication Skills

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

7 C’s of Paralegal Communication Skills. Communication skills are important if you want to have a successful paralegal career.

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Marijuana Reform: Free Allen Russell

HarrisBricken

The insanity of the war on drugs needs to stop. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Roughly 40% of Americans live in jurisdictions where some form of marijuana use is legal– that’s over 130 million people.

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India Supreme Court rules freedom of speech includes media coverage of court proceedings

JURIST

A two-judge division bench of the Supreme Court of India on Thursday denied relief in a petition by the Election Commission of India seeking to restrict media coverage of open courts.

Eleventh Circuit Finds Captain Who Led No-Knock Raid at Wrong House With Flash Grenades Entitled to Qualified Immunity

EvidenceProf Blog

The qualified immunity doctrine insulates governmental agents from liability for unconstitutional acts as long “as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.” The primary purpose of the doctrine

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“Fixing” Criminal Justice Data and My Alternative Approach

CourtTechBulletin

Last month, the Arnold Ventures group released a report titled “ We Need Criminal Justice Data That Doesn’t Exist. Here’s How the Biden Administration Can FixIt.” This is a subject near and dear to me as I have been working on much of this for a long time. I agree with many parts of the report.

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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Oregon Cannabis Industry Proposes Changes to Rules and Statutes

HarrisBricken

This note discusses legislation proposed for this year’s Oregon legislative section.

Arizona governor signs bill to remove certain voters from permanent early voter list

JURIST

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law on Tuesday that would remove individuals from a list of voters who automatically receive mail-in ballots if they fail to vote in the primary and general elections for two consecutive election cycles.

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The City of Columbus Agrees to Pay Andre' Hill's Family $10 Million for Police Shooting

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, it was announced that "[t]he city of Columbus, Ohio, has agreed to pay a record $10 million settlement to the family Andre Hill, a Black man who was shot and killed by a police officer." If approved on Monday

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Second Look, Second Chance: Reevaluating Lengthy Sentences

The Crime Report

Mass incarceration plagues the American justice system, with 15 percent of today’s national prison population serving sentences of 50 years or more.

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Cannabis M&A and Real Estate Transactions: What is a Closing?

HarrisBricken

Virtually any time that there are transactions involving cannabis company mergers, cannabis company acquisitions, or cannabis real estate sales, and in many cases involving the sale of assets of a cannabis company, the parties are likely to encounter a concept called “closing” in their purchase agreements.

DOJ proposes new regulation to update firearm definition

JURIST

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a proposed regulation on Friday that would update the definition of “firearm” to close a regulatory loophole regarding unmarked firearms, known as “ghost guns.”. The definition of “ firearm ” has not been updated in the US Code since 1968.

Judge Finds 4 Aggravating Factors in Derek Chauvin's Murder of George Floyd

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Peter Cahill found four aggravating factors beyond a reasonable doubt in connection with Derek Chauvin's conviction for second degree murder based on the death of George Floyd. Those factors are: (1) Chauvin abused a position of trust and

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Body-Worn Cameras and Police Violence: Is There a ‘Civilizing Effect’ ?

The Crime Report

9 will mark the seventh anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the opening of a new phase in the national movement for police reform.

Forced Labor and Cannabis

HarrisBricken

In recent weeks, I have spoken to several entrepreneurs interested in growing cannabis in Africa for exportation to the United States and other markets.

Idaho governor signs bill limiting Biden gun control orders

JURIST

Idaho Governor Brad Little signed legislation Monday that limits the governor’s power and prohibits government entities from enforcing President Joe Biden’s executive orders combatting gun violence. Biden has pushed for more gun control in the US.

Supreme Court of California Finds Prosecutor's Use of Bloody, Vomit-Stained Mannequin Proper in Sentencing Phase of Murder Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

Assume that a defendant is convicted of the first degree murder based upon fatally shooting a deputy sheriff. Would it be prosecutorial misconduct for the prosecutor during the sentencing phase of trial to use of life-sized mannequin of the deputy

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CDC Admits That It Miscalculated The Risk Of Outdoor Covid Transmission

JonathanTurley

The New York Times is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was relying on a faulty study in declaring a 10 percent chance of the transmission of Covid-19 outdoors.

Cannabis Dispensaries and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) – Part I

HarrisBricken

Clients have often as asked whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry. As with anything else in healthcare, the answer can be complex. HIPAA was enacted in 1996 to help protect a patient’s healthcare information.

UK law to recognize animals as sentient beings

JURIST

British legislators introduced a bill on Wednesday to recognize animals as sentient beings, setting the stage for new reforms under the government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare.

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Supreme Court of Florida Finds Break During Medical Examiner's Testimony Not Grounds for Mistrial in Murder Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

An emotional outburst by a witness can be grounds for a judge granting a mistrial. So, where there such grounds in Smith v. State, 2021 WL 1572359 (Fla. 2021)? In Smith, On June 21, 2013, [Donald James] Smith met eight-year-old

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A ‘Truth Commission’ for Native Americans Can Heal Wounds of Neglect: Paper

The Crime Report

A National Truth Commission for Native Americans, similar to efforts in other countries to examine historical legacies of abuse and discrimination, can help restore dignity to indigenous populations in the U.S., according to a paper in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society.

New York Real Estate and Cannabis: Part 1

HarrisBricken

Here at the Canna Law Blog, we had intended to start our series on the real estate implications of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) with a discussion of issues faced by each license type.

South Korea fisheries sue Japan over plans to release radioactive water into sea

JURIST

A group of South Korean fisheries filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government on Thursday over plans to release radioactive wastewater from the decommissioned Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

US Patent Number 11,000,000

PatentlyO

by Dennis Crouch. On May 11, 2021, the USPTO issued US Patent Number 11,000,000. Eleven million. Don’t forget that the office has issued another 1,000,000 design+plant patents and an additional 10,000 patents from 1791 to 1836 before the current numbering system was established.

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Gosh Oshkosh: University of Wisconsin Bans Any Speech Deemed “Insulting” or Demeaning”

JonathanTurley

There is a new controversy over university speech codes with a “ red light ” rating given to the University of Wisconsin (Oshkosh) and its prohibition of “insulting” or “demeaning” comments, including insulting someone over their political view. The UW Oshkosh policy states.