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Advance Your Litigation Paralegal Career

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

How to Use Investigative Analysis Skills to Advance Your Litigation Paralegal Career. One way to advance your litigation paralegal career and take on other roles is to add new skills. Usually, the “go-to” answer is eDiscovery.

When Forensic Evidence Convicts the Innocent

The Crime Report

Errors and unreliable science can undermine “every step” of the process of collecting forensic evidence, and it should be kept out of the courtroom until research confirms its validity.

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Prisoners Enforcing their Rights

PatentlyO

Here is the outcome of a twitter poll on prisoner lawsuits. The poll was prompted by the pending lawsuit of Tormasi v. Western Digital. Tormasi is a patentee and has sued Western Digital for patent infringement.

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Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: The Webinar Video Replay

HarrisBricken

For anyone who was unable to join our May 4th webinar, Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, we’ve got you covered! Below, please find the full presentation for your viewing pleasure. You can download the transcript HERE.

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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.

A 50 State Court Covid-19 Operations List

CourtTechBulletin

The Justia legal information company has posted a compendium of state court Covid-19 operations in all 50 states. They write that “State court systems across the country have significantly altered their operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Grammar Giggle – Happy Monther’s Day!

ProofThatBlog

A friend sent this to me and then I saw it over and over again in Facebook ads–always spelled this way. My friend wondered if the editor of the ad had trouble with their own mother and wasn’t sure if it should be “Monster” or “Mother,” so they combined it. Follow.

USPTO Refusal To Register Cannabis Trademarks Hurts Public

HarrisBricken

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s policy of rejecting applications to register trademarks that identify nonhemp cannabis products, as well as certain hemp CBD products, reflects an unduly doctrinaire approach that ultimately makes Americans less safe.

EU lawmakers reach deal to protect children from online sexual abuse

JURIST

Negotiators from the European Council and Parliament have reached a provisional agreement to temporarily allow electronic communications services such as Facebook and Microsoft to scan for and remove online sexual abuse, according to a press release Thursday.

Can Habit be Proven Through Post-Accident Conduct?

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Iowa Rule of Evidence 5.406 provides that Evidence of the habit of a person or of the routine practice of an organization, whether corroborated or not and regardless of the presence of eyewitnesses, is relevant

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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.

CTC 2021 First Announcements

CourtTechBulletin

For CTC 2021, we're taking a hybrid approach to the Center's premier court technology conference. You can attend online or join us in Columbus, Ohio, from September 28–29, 2021.

Hemp Litigation: D.C. Trial Court Dismisses Hemp Industry Challenge to DEA Interim Final Rule

HarrisBricken

On May 3, the District Court for the District of Columbia ( “trial court”) dismissed a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association and others (“Petitioners”) challenging a DEA interim final rule (the “ Rule ”) that amended its regulations following the enactment of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”).

Supreme Court of Canada rules police officers cannot sue Crown prosecutors for misfeasance

JURIST

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on Friday held that police officers cannot sue Crown prosecutors over actions they claim damaged their reputation. In an 8-1 decision, the SCC found that the police cannot sue Crown prosecutors for misfeasance, the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.

Eastern District of Wisconsin Deems Expert Testimony on "Weapons Effect" Admissible

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 702 provides that A witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise if: (a) the expert’s scientific, technical, or other

Tenants Can Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Illegal Evictions

Diane Drain

CFPB Rule Clarifies Tenants Can Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Illegal Evictions. Bureau Issues Interim Final Rule on Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (reprint April 19, 2021).

FREE Webinar Tomorrow, May 4! Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

HarrisBricken

Register HERE ! New York just became the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis. It will likely be several months before industry regulations are released and license applications are possible, but NOW is the time to start preparing.

Federal appeals court allows Navajo Nation water supply claim against Interior Department to go forward

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a 2003 breach of trust claim by the Navajo Nation that would require the US government to allocate water for the tribe.

Court of Appeals of Mississippi Find Statement Against Interest Inadmissible Under Rule 804(b)(3)(B)

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Mississippi Rule of Evidence 804(b)(3) provides an exception to the rule against hearsay for A statement that: (A) a reasonable person in the declarant’s position would have made only if the person believed it to

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Moms Behind Bars

The Crime Report

This Sunday signifies a day of appreciation and thankfulness for mothers everywhere. Yet, nearly 150,000 mothers will be locked behind bars on Mother’s Day, kept apart from their children, and facing the struggles of life inside a system already traumatized by COVID-19.

California Cannabis Changes: What Might We See From the DCC?

HarrisBricken

25 million in Myanmar could live in poverty next year: UN report

JURIST

25 million persons in Myanmar, half of the country’s population, could be living in poverty next year following the devastating impacts of COVID-19 and the military coup d’état , according to a new report from the UN Friday.

Court in Hawala Operation Case Allows Interrogation About Witness's Involvement in Murder-For-Hire Plot

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 608(b) states that Except for a criminal conviction under Rule 609, extrinsic evidence is not admissible to prove specific instances of a witness’s conduct in order to attack or support the witness’s character for truthfulness.

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New Jersey Police Officer Fired For Calling BLM Protesters “Terrorists”

JonathanTurley

We have been discussing the termination of public employees and others for their postings on social media or public displays.

California Cannabis Supply Chain Contracts: Fee-Shifting Provisions

HarrisBricken

California’s cannabis regime is set up to separate every point in the supply chain into different license types: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and retail sales, to name a few.

European Commission charges Apple with antitrust violations in music-streaming market

JURIST

The European Commission on Friday announced it has charged Apple and the App Store with antitrust violations in the music-streaming market.

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Middle District of Pennsylvania Finds 20 Year Old Convictions Admissible to Impeach Cooperating Witness

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 609(b) states the following This subdivision (b) applies if more than 10 years have passed since the witness’s conviction or release from confinement for it, whichever is later. Evidence of the conviction is admissible only if

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New York Parole System Called ‘Reincarceration Machine’

The Crime Report

Photo by Erik McGregor/Gotham Gazette.

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Cannabis Litigation: Third-Party Subpoenas and the Illegality Defense

HarrisBricken

This post discusses the use of the federal “illegality defense” in connection with third-party subpoenas in litigation. Let’s start with a review of the illegality defense. .

Qatar orders arrest of finance minister on corruption charges

JURIST

The state Qatar News Agency announced Thursday that the Qatari attorney general has ordered the arrest of Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi on charges related to the abuse of his office.

From “Recycled” to “Green,” Consumers are Being Influenced by Marketers’ Sustainability Buzzwords

The Fashion Law

Sustainability, alone, does not determine consumer purchasing behavior, but “it is of growing importance,” a new joint report revealed, finding that 94 percent of consumers say a more sustainable lifestyle is important to them and with 47 percent saying that they would pay more for “sustainable” products.