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You Are Worth More Than $15 Per Hour!

Paralegal Bootcamp

If you have a paralegal certificate or a college degree, you should not be working for $15 an hour, even if you are right out of school. When I make that statement, many will say, “But, Ann, if we start demanding too much money, those lay-paying jobs will be done by overseas virtual assistants for $8 per hour. Do you really want a paralegal job that could just as easily be done by someone in the Philippines for $8 per hour?

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Bar Examinees Subjected To Freezing Conditions At Test Venue

Above The Law

California examinees report seeing their own breath while taking the bar. The post Bar Examinees Subjected To Freezing Conditions At Test Venue appeared first on Above the Law.

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First Rule for Writing With GenAI

Attorney at Work

Editing GenAI documents is like eating cotton candy. Here's a quick tip. The post First Rule for Writing With GenAI appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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And Again, Abstract Ideas are Not Patentable!

The IP Law Blog

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down many patents on the grounds that they are invalid as directed to an abstract idea, relying on the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. In In re Elbaum (Fed. Cir. 12/20/2023) 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 33719, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s rejection of the claims in a patent application as directed to an abstract idea.

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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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Is The Apple Vision Pro Worth The Investment For Lawyers?

Above The Law

This device is the harbinger of the next stage of computing, especially its user interface. The post Is The Apple Vision Pro Worth The Investment For Lawyers? appeared first on Above the Law.

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LawNext: Thomson Reuters’ AI Strategy for Legal, with Mike Dahn, Head of Westlaw, and Joel Hron, Head of AI

LawSites

On this episode of LawNext: A conversation about Thomson Reuters’ strategy around generative artificial intelligence with two of the executives most directly responsible for its development and implementation. In a year dominated by discussion of generative AI and its potential impact on the legal profession, Thomson Reuters has played a leading role.

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Celebrating 38 Years of Service to the Paralegal Community

Paralegal.edu

Last week marked 38 years that Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS) has supported, guided, and prepared students to become paralegals. For nearly four decades CALS has pushed its students to grow, believing every single one could find success, and providing them with the training to achieve it. The dedication and determination of many incredible people – our students and alumni – have made this continuous progress possible.

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Lawyers Spend Way Too Much Time Dealing With Expenses

Above The Law

New product launch from AffiniPay/MyCase looks to address this problem. The post Lawyers Spend Way Too Much Time Dealing With Expenses appeared first on Above the Law.

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Quiet Firing: Signs Your Client’s Job Is at Risk

Attorney at Work

Employment lawyer Faye Riva Cohen outlines signs your client may be a victim of quiet firing and bullying, along with ways to help. The post Quiet Firing: Signs Your Client’s Job Is at Risk appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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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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Ethiopia secret committee violating human rights in suppressing Oromo insurgency group: Reuters investigation

JURIST

An investigation published by Reuters on Friday revealed that a secretive committee of high-ranking officials in Ethiopia has been committing human rights violations in order to eliminate the Oromo Liberation Army- Oromo Liberation Front (OLF-OLA) insurgency group. Reuters interviewed over 30 sources, revealing the committee’s existence for the first time on record.

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Supreme Court skeptical of Texas, Florida regulation of social media moderation

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Share The Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of a pair of laws in Texas and Florida that would regulate how large social media companies control content posted on their sites. During nearly four hours of arguments, several justices suggested that the laws violate the First Amendment because they infringe on the ability of companies like Facebook and YouTube to make decisions about the content that appears on their platforms.

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There’s A Multistate Trend Of Public Schools Replacing Guidance Counselors With Pastors

Above The Law

Who needs the DSM V when you have Deuteronomy? The post There’s A Multistate Trend Of Public Schools Replacing Guidance Counselors With Pastors appeared first on Above the Law.

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ROSS Cofounder Returns To Legal Tech with Startup Using AI To Surface Judges’ Decision-Making Patterns

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Jimoh Ovbiagele , cofounder in 2014 of the now-shuttered AI legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, is returning to legal tech as chief executive officer of a new startup, Bench IQ , that says it is using generative AI to provide comprehensive insights into the decision-making patterns of judges — based not just on their written rulings, but also their rulings from the bench.

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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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Tunisia opposition figure sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for election criticism

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The Court of First Instance of Tunis sentenced prominent opposition figure Jawher Ben Mbarek to six months in prison, his sister and lawyer Dalila Ben Mbarek Masddek announced in a live video on Facebook on Saturday. The case was brought by the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE) against Ben Mbarek regarding his criticism of the 2022 elections, where he declared that they amounted to a “farce.” Ben Mbarek was previously detained last year on charges of conspiracy agains

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Longtime civil rights advocate Emmet Bondurant will receive this year’s ABA Medal

ABA Journal

Longtime civil rights advocate Emmet Bondurant “has pursued justice with unwavering integrity” throughout his career, according to the ABA, which on Monday announced that he…

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Biglaw Partner Suffered From ‘Acute Mental Health Crisis’ Before Her Tragic Death

Above The Law

Her husband said that her work had become 'all-consuming.' Our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues during this extremely difficult time. The post Biglaw Partner Suffered From ‘Acute Mental Health Crisis’ Before Her Tragic Death appeared first on Above the Law.

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Guest Post: Building Better Civil Justice Systems Isn’t Just About The Funding

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Editor’s note: The following guest post is a response to my recent post, The Justice Gap in Legal Tech: A Tale of Two Conferences and the Implications for A2J. It is written by Mark Chandler , former chief legal officer at Cisco Systems from 2001- 2021 and now a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School and a fellow at the Stanford’s Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession , where he helps lead the Filing Fairness Project , and Jess Lu , a third year law student at Stanford and a civi

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Brazil electoral authority warns against employing artificial intelligence in electoral campaigning

JURIST

Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court President Alexandre de Moraes warned Thursday that candidates of the 2024 municipal elections may face disqualification or have their mandates rescinded if they employ artificial intelligence to attack opponents. De Moraes said that the 12 resolutions that govern the elections will allow the court to combat distortion from artificial intelligence in electoral campaigning.

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Making a Proper Determination of Obviousness

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Earlier this week, the USPTO published updated examination guidelines regarding obviousness determinations under 35 U.S.C. §103. While these new guidelines are not legally binding, they offer important insight into how the Office plans to apply an even more flexible approach to obviousness — something Director Vidal sees as mandated by the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in KSR Int’l Co. v.

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Judge Who Thought 5 Months In Jail For Rape Was ‘Plenty Of Punishment’ Kicked Off Bench

Above The Law

Judicial accountability is a beautiful thing. The post Judge Who Thought 5 Months In Jail For Rape Was ‘Plenty Of Punishment’ Kicked Off Bench appeared first on Above the Law.

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Scam Baiting: An Innovative Approach to Combating Online Fraud

LLRX

The thesis of Kyra Strick's instructive paper promotes a proactive approach to a rapidly increasing online security crisis. Strick states that in the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity, scam baiting has emerged as a captivating and unconventional approach to combating online fraud. Scam baiting is the practice of engaging with scammers to expose their tactics and disrupt their operations.

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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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Federal appeals court orders re-sentencing Jan. 6 rioter over improper sentencing enhancements

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The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled Friday that enhancements were improperly applied to the sentencing of a participant in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. The court ordered that the participant be re-sentenced, which is a decision that could potentially affect the sentences of hundreds of other rioters sentenced for their participation on January 6.

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Justice Kruger honored as an “Unsung Hero”

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Pasadena Now reports , “Justice Leondra R. Kruger, a Pasadena native and member of the California Supreme Court, was lauded as the 41st Assembly District’s ‘Unsung Hero’ by Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus.” The article notes that the Caucus established the Black History Month Unsung Hero Award “to honor individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to their respective districts.” Holden is quoted as saying about Justice Kruge

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Black Hair Big Law (Part IV): Clerking While Black And The Rise Of Courtroom Karen

Above The Law

Dealing with daily biases, encountering Courtroom Karens, facing routine microaggressions, and striving for genuine acknowledgment means that clerking while Black ain't easy. The post Black Hair Big Law (Part IV): Clerking While Black And The Rise Of Courtroom Karen appeared first on Above the Law.

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An Antidote to Ungrateful Clients: Rediscovering the Satisfaction and Joy of Helping Others

Attorney at Work

Susan Cohodes | Thanks to Henry, I am once again able to feel the sense of satisfaction I experienced when I first started helping clients. The post An Antidote to Ungrateful Clients: Rediscovering the Satisfaction and Joy of Helping Others appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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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.