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10 Paralegal Tips to Fast-Track Your Paralegal Career

Paralegal Bootcamp

Are you ready to fast-track your paralegal career? We’re here to help you! These 10 paralegal tips will help you stand out at your firm and accelerate your paralegal career. Prefer to Watch Instead of Read? 1. Remember that Attorneys are not the Grammar Police One thing that I didn’t realize is that a lot of paralegals will do their drafts and not finish the edits.

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Is Your Law Firm Asking the Right Questions?

ALPS

I’ve been emailing law firms every quarter for a few years now in an effort to get at the heart of what lawyers need and how ALPS can help them. I work hard to listen to lawyers so I can understand what keeps you up at night and share how ALPS can bring you peace of mind in the areas where we excel.

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4 Tips for Managing Better in a Post-Pandemic World

Attorney at Work

Paul Burton | You can manage your work or be managed by it. These four tips will keep you in the driver's seat. The post 4 Tips for Managing Better in a Post-Pandemic World appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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The expanding role of technology in the law firm business model

LLRX

The premise of this article by COO and legal technologist Kenneth Jones is that individual capabilities and excellence (either legal or technical) standing alone are not enough to ensure long-term, sustainable success. No superstar technologist or lawyer is equipped to do it all, as there are too many specialties and functional roles which need to be filled.

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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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Family law gave this lawyer some ideas about what clients really want

ABA Journal

Jessica Bednarz has spent much of her career representing people, researching access-to-justice issues and using that knowledge to try to find better ways to deliver…

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Australia foreign minister calls for cyber security law reform

JURIST

The Australian government Monday released a paper outlining Australia’s plan to become “the most cyber secure nation by 2030.” The paper, “2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy Discussion Paper,” comes after two major scandals in 2022, known as the Optus and Mediabank hacks, which exposed personal consumer data. The paper begins with a foreword from Clare O’Neil, who currently serves as both the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Cyber Security.

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Don't Underestimate the Importance of Closure Letters

ALPS

Over the years, I have found that the use of closure letters varies greatly, not only between firms, but even between attorneys practicing at the same firm. The excuses I often hear include statements like “we do a lot of flat fee in-and-out work here, so the effort just isn’t worth it,” “I’m not about to say goodbye get out of here, particularly to any of my good clients,” or “these matters never really close.

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‘Rust’ and a look at criminal liability on movie sets

ABA Journal

No profession is free from potential tragedy.

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Building On Its Acquisition of Parley Pro, LexisNexis Adds Contract Lifecycle Management to CounselLink

LawSites

Building on its acquisition last year of the contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform Parley Pro , LexisNexis is today announcing the integration of Parley Pro’s CLM capabilities to its cloud-based CounselLink enterprise legal management solution for corporate legal departments. CounselLink is also today introducing work intake features designed to facilitate the submission and management of legal requests coming in to the legal department from anyone within the company.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Human rights organizations urge UN to keep mandate of body investigating Tigray conflict

JURIST

A group of 60 civil and human rights organizations Tuesday urged the United Nations to oppose Ethiopia’s request to end the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE), the body tasked with investigating human rights abuses in the Ethiopia-Tigray conflict. The organizations, led by Human Rights Watch (HRW), cited Ethiopians’ lack of faith in official institutions as an incentive to keep ICHREE as the country grapples with the conflict.

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Your Law Firm’s Employees Cost Too Much to Lose

The Estrin Report

by Blake Lively with Comments From Chere Estrin Blake Lively nailed this concept about the value of your team in her article, “Your Law Firm’s Employees Cost Too Much to Lose. If you are in law firm management, you simply MUST read this article Chere Estrin What does it cost to replace an attorney in your law firm? In the end, more time than you realize.

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New York Agrees To Pay Out Millions Because The NYPD Got Caught Brutalizing People. Again.

Above The Law

Breaking the law is one thing, but for guardians to break the law undermines the concept of legality as such. The post New York Agrees To Pay Out Millions Because The NYPD Got Caught Brutalizing People. Again. appeared first on Above the Law.

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New York City Advocates and Legislators Push To End ‘Predatory Court Fees’

The Crime Report

Advocates and legislators gathered outside of a supermarket in Brooklyn last week, rallying behind the End Predatory Court Fees Act, a piece of Albany legislation aimed at eliminating New York court surcharges and fees including mandatory minimum fines, incarceration on the basis of unpaid fines and fees and garnishment of commissary accounts. “In grocery stores like this one across the state, food prices are surging by an average of 10 percent,” Peggy Herrera, a community leader with the Center

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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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US Supreme Court rules against Delaware in $400M interstate unclaimed property dispute

JURIST

The US Supreme Court Tuesday released a unanimous opinion holding that certain abandoned financial instruments that are similar to money orders may be recovered by the state in which they were purchased. In Delaware v. Pennsylvania , the court ruled that these abandoned financial instruments, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, fell under the definition of “money order” in the Disposition of Abandoned Money Orders and Travelers Checks Act of 1974 (Federal Disposition Act or FDA),

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Are Drill Bits Now Abstract Ideas Too?

Patently O

The following is a really wonderful Guest Post from UC San Francisco Law School Professor Jeffrey Lefstin focusing on a recent ITC decision finding a claimed drill bit abstract because of its functional limitations. by Jeffrey Lefstin Not too long after the Supreme Court decided Mayo v. Prometheus , I wrote an article suggesting, based on some of the history that followed Funk Brothers , that patents on ordinary industrial processes and compositions could become ineligible in Mayo ’s wake.

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Formal Complaint Lodged Against Federal Judge For Handcuffing Crying 13-Year-Old Girl

Above The Law

Ninth Circuit announces that it's going to have a look at judges traumatizing children. The post Formal Complaint Lodged Against Federal Judge For Handcuffing Crying 13-Year-Old Girl appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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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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EU announces additional sanctions against Russia-affiliated paramilitary group

JURIST

The Council of the European Union Saturday imposed additional sanctions and measures against the Wagner paramilitary group for human rights abuses taking place in Ukraine, Mali, the Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan. This follows previous EU sanctions against the Wagner Group introduced in 2021 over the group’s alleged human rights violations.

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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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‘Ally’ Sues Howard Law For $2M During Black History Month, Alleging Racial Discrimination

Above The Law

Dude could have at least waited until March. The post ‘Ally’ Sues Howard Law For $2M During Black History Month, Alleging Racial Discrimination appeared first on Above the Law.

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LTRC Roundtable Discussion: ChatGPT

LawTechnologyToday

Our Panelists: Alexander Paykin (AP) , Allison Johs * (AJ) , Chris Fortier (CF) , Debra Bruce (DB) , Joann L. Hathaway (JH) , Lance Johnson (LJ), Reid Trautz (RT) , Sharon Nelson (SN) * Allison used ChatGPT to answer the roundtable questions in addition to her own answers. 1. You can’t turn around without hearing about ChatGPT and Open.ai these days.

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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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US federal prosecutors announce charges against 13 members of MS-13 gang

JURIST

US federal prosecutors Thursday announced charges against 13 members, including three leaders, of MS-13. The members were accused of terrorism, racketeering and murder charges, spanning over 20 years, in the US, El Salvador and Mexico. The US District Court in the Eastern District of New York issued an i ndictment to all 13 members in September 2022 outlining more counts of various conspiracy charges.

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NY Top Court: ‘Long Forbidden Routine’ of Visible Shackling Applies To Verdict Reading and Jury Polling

The Crime Report

The New York Court of Appeals decided last month that a trial court violated the rights of a defendant by restraining him while the jury announced their verdict. In the case of People v. Oscar Sanders, lawyers with Davis Polk and advised by the Legal Aid Society successfully appealed to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of defendant Oscar Sanders and secured Sanders a new trial.

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When Judge Ho Feels The Need To Angrily Call Out The Fifth Circuit’s Totalitarianism, You Know Things Are Bad

Above The Law

Judge Ho may not be right on many issues, but he nails this one. The post When Judge Ho Feels The Need To Angrily Call Out The Fifth Circuit’s Totalitarianism, You Know Things Are Bad appeared first on Above the Law.

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Getty Images Sues Stability AI for Copyright Infringement

The IP Law Blog

Getty Images, a global visual content creator and leading source for visual content, has filed a lawsuit against startup technology company Stability AI for allegedly scraping more than 12 million photographs from Getty Images’ portfolio without consent or compensation. According to Getty Images, Stability copied Getty’s photographs with associated text and metadata to train its Stable Diffusion model, which uses AI to generate computer-synthesized images in response to text prompts.

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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.