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Balancing the Scales: Strategies for Addressing Pay Compression in Law Firms

The Estrin Report

By Chere B. Estrin I had lunch last week with a friend who is the Director of Administration at a top, major law firm. The firm had been seeking a litigation paralegal for months. When I first received their search, the hiring requirements included 5-10 years of litigation paralegal experience, actual trial experience, ability to handle legal research, drafting and a whole host of other higher-level assignments.

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Overborrowing for Education Could Prolong a Student Lifestyle

Paralegal.edu

The idea of attending college and graduating with a degree has long been an integral part of the American dream. Some argue that due to the rising costs associated with higher education, pursuing it is not worthwhile. However, studies have shown that people with a degree tend to earn significantly more over their lifetime than those without. 1 A college degree is strongly correlated with higher earnings and better employment opportunities.

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Biglaw Associate Hiring Plunges By 43%, Officially Ending The Lateral Party

Above The Law

Biglaw is in for a lateral hiring hangover, but will layoffs be next? The post Biglaw Associate Hiring Plunges By 43%, Officially Ending The Lateral Party appeared first on Above the Law.

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On LawNext: The Inside Story of the Caselaw Access Project, with Three of the People Who Made It Happen

LawSites

March 1 marked the culmination of an ambitious and audacious project to digitize and provide free and open access to all official court decisions ever published in the United States. Called the Caselaw Access Project , it came about, starting in 2015, through an unusual partnership between Harvard Law School and a Silicon Valley-based legal research startup called Ravel Law.

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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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Spray Painting Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Law 360

My experiences as an abstract spray paint artist have made me a better litigator, demonstrating – in more ways than one – how fluidity and flexibility are necessary parts of a successful legal practice, says Erick Sandlin at Bracewell.

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You’re Not Hired! The Rules of Non-Engagement (Letters)

Attorney at Work

Megan Zavieh | Non-engagement letters are exactly what they sound like: the opposite of an engagement letter. The post You’re Not Hired! The Rules of Non-Engagement (Letters) appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Dueling Legal Tech Lawsuits: Turns Out Exec Who Sued Former Company in NY Had Herself Been Sued By them A Week Earlier in Dallas

LawSites

Yesterday, I reported here on a lawsuit filed March 20 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by a legal tech executive who alleges her former company owes her over $1 million in stock and that her former boss sexually harassed her. As it turns out, just a week before she filed her lawsuit, her former company had sued her in federal court in Texas, seeking a declaratory judgment that it had terminated her for cause, and that, as a result, her stock option was also terminated.

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Examining The Arbitration Clause Landscape Amid Risks

Law 360

Amid a new wave of mass arbitrations, recent developments in the courts and from the American Arbitration Association suggest that companies should improve arbitration clause drafting to protect themselves against big-ticket settlements and avoid major potential liability, say attorneys at Benesch.

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Ron DeSantis Claims Victory Over Disney And All He Had To Do Was Give Disney Everything They Wanted

Above The Law

This doesn't read like much of a win. The post Ron DeSantis Claims Victory Over Disney And All He Had To Do Was Give Disney Everything They Wanted appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Federal prosecutors seek seizure of assets linked to former Mongolia PM

JURIST

US federal prosecutors filed a complaint in a New York federal district court Wednesday seeking the forfeiture of two multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartments purchased by former Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold in connection to an alleged money laundering and corruption investigation. The investigation centers around contracts the Erdenet Mining Corporation, a state owned mining company, entered into with Catrison Limited, a middleman, which theoretically would sell Erdenet’s p

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In Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek’s New Online Legal Clinic Helps Pro Se People with Conservatorships

LawSites

In Los Angeles, the legal services organization Bet Tzedek has long run regular in-person legal clinics designed to help self-represented individuals better understand and navigate the sometimes complex process of conservatorship, by which a court appoints a person to manage the personal and financial affairs of someone who cannot make decisions for themself because of an illness or disability.

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5th Circuit rules for prisoner allowed to sleep no more than 3.5 hours per night

ABA Journal

A sleep-deprived prisoner can show that his treatment constituted cruel and unusual punishment without proving that his health issues stemmed from the restricted bedtime hours,…

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US Joins Austria, Bahrain, Canada, & Portugal To Co-Lead Global Push For Safer Military AI

Above The Law

Two US officials exclusively tell Breaking Defense the details of new international 'working groups' that are the next step in Washington's campaign for ethical and safety standards for military AI and automation - without prohibiting their use entirely. The post US Joins Austria, Bahrain, Canada, & Portugal To Co-Lead Global Push For Safer Military AI appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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UN calls on UK to withdraw Rwanda Bill

JURIST

The UN Committee on Human Rights called on the UK on Thursday to withdraw the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill and certain provisions of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 due to human rights concerns. The Committee stated that it is “deeply concerned” that these laws risk potential discrimination against migrants and asylum seekers and breach UN Conventions on the treatment of refugees.

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Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

Law 360

Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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Lawyer who stole more than $1M from his law firm gets disbarred

ABA Journal

The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation's 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Tom Hayes Really Wishes He Did His LIBOR-Rigging In New York

Above The Law

His own country continues to insist, alone, that messing with the numbers was wrong. The post Tom Hayes Really Wishes He Did His LIBOR-Rigging In New York appeared first on Above the Law.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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UN Human Rights Committee concerned over Indonesia human rights violations against Papua people

JURIST

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) expressed profound concern regarding the systematic occurrence of gross human rights violations against the Papuan people, involving security forces and law enforcement officers in Indonesia. The statement came at the conclusion of its 140th session on Thursday, following the review of reports from Indonesia, Chile, Guyana, Namibia, Serbia, Somalia, and the UK.

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Real Estate Authority: Investment Bans, Extreme Heat, CRE

Law 360

Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on this week's key developments by state — as well as on the legal patchwork of state actions barring foreign investment in real estate, the extreme threat presented by extreme heat, and the $870 billion in commercial real estate debt about to come due.

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4 Tips for Attorneys Struggling to Manage Large Case Dockets

Attorney at Work

Meghan Cole | Tips for distilling large amounts of information into comprehensible and accessible reports. The post 4 Tips for Attorneys Struggling to Manage Large Case Dockets appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Neil Gorsuch Confidently Declares That He Did The Research (He Did Not Do The Research)

Above The Law

How hard is it to run a research query? The post Neil Gorsuch Confidently Declares That He Did The Research (He Did Not Do The Research) appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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UK High Court says Assange will not face extradition after inadequate assurance from US he will not face death penalty

JURIST

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “ lives to fight another day” according to his brother Gabriel , as the UK High Court halted his potential transfer to the US on Tuesday due to inadequate assurances on his treatment if extradited to the US. The pause came following the court’s directive that the US government furnish assurances that Assange would be spared from facing the death penalty in the event of extradition.

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Disney Shareholder Demands To See Books Amid Board Row

Law 360

An affiliate of Walt Disney Co. shareholder Blackwells Capital on Thursday asked Delaware's Court of the Chancery to force Disney to open its books and records as the investor looks into potential wrongdoing and mismanagement stemming from the entertainment giant's dealings with ValueAct Capital.

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Justices seem to favor IRS in dispute over shareholder’s life insurance policy

SCOTUSBlog

Share The justices were considerably more subdued in the argument in Connelly v. Internal Revenue Service than they were on Tuesday, when they confronted the FDA’s treatment of the abortion drug mifepristone. This is a case about the tax treatment of life insurance policies that closely held corporations use to manage the death of a shareholder. Assume, as is common, a small corporation owned by members of the same family.

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‘Useful’ Or ‘Dangerous’: Pentagon ‘Maturity Model’ For Generative AI Coming In June

Above The Law

With AI hype outrunning reality, DoD AI chief Craig Martell told lawmakers his office is ‘building what we're calling a maturity model’ to assess what generative AI really can and cannot do. The post ‘Useful’ Or ‘Dangerous’: Pentagon ‘Maturity Model’ For Generative AI Coming In June 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.