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Paralegal Certificate vs Paralegal Certification - Let’s clear up the confusion!

Paralegal.edu

A paralegal certificate or degree is often required to qualify for paralegal job opportunities. Earning an academic credential significantly enhances employment opportunities for anyone seeking to diversify their career portfolio and showcase their qualifications for a legal position. Paralegals can obtain formal education through a training program like those available at Center for Advanced Legal Studies to earn a paralegal certificate or degree.

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A guide to legal knowledge management

OneLegal

With strategic leadership and continual assessment, LKM becomes not just a tool, but a pivotal asset in navigating the complexities of modern legal practice. The post A guide to legal knowledge management appeared first on One Legal.

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How to Boost Law Firm Efficiency in 2024 with Legal Practice Management Software

CARET Legal

23% of a lawyer’s work and 69% of paralegal/legal assistant’s work has the potential to be automated. Did you know that, according to a report by Zero , 85% of timekeepers spend one or more hours per workday drafting documents? Or that 59% spend five or more hours per week classifying and filing emails? These are critical hours that could have been allocated towards more meaningful revenue-generating tasks.

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The High Cost of Dissolving Partnerships in Business

L4SB

Starting a business partnership often begins with the best of intentions. You and your prospective partner are brimming with enthusiasm and can’t wait to combine your skills and resources to.

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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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New Training for Lay Legal Advocates in Arizona Aims to Expand Access to Justice Statewide

LawSites

Training kicked off last month in Arizona for a new class of legal advocates who will work at community-based organizations throughout the state to provide free limited-scope legal help to clients in domestic violence and housing matters. The training program, a partnership between the Arizona Supreme Court and Innovation for Justice (i4J), a program jointly housed at the James E.

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Ecuador president extends state of emergency amidst ‘internal armed conflict’

JURIST

The President of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa Azin, issued Executive Decree No. 193 , renewing the declaration of a state of emergency in Ecuador due to a “serious internal disturbance and internal armed conflict,” extending the duration of the state of emergency for another 30 days due to serious criminal incidents and conflicts in the country.

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Ford To Pay $365M After US Says Sham Seats Ducked Tariffs

Law 360

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to shell out $365 million to put to rest allegations it installed "sham" rear seats in hundreds of thousands of cargo vans to avoid paying higher duties, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday.

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Public officials can be held liable for blocking critics on social media

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that public officials who post about topics relating to their work on their personal social media accounts are acting on behalf of the government, and therefore can be held liable for violating the First Amendment when they block their critics, only when they have the power to speak on behalf of the state and are actually exercising that power.

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Federal Court Suspends Florida Attorney Over Filing Fabricated Cases Hallucinated by AI

LawSites

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about two more cases of AI-hallucinated citations in court filings leading to sanctions , and now comes the case of a Florida lawyer suspended from practice after filing cases that were “completely fabricated.” On March 8, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida suspended attorney Thomas Grant Neusom from practicing in that court for one year, after which he will be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

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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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India blocks YouTube access to Canadian investigative documentary on killing of Sikh activist

JURIST

CBC reported Wednesday that India blocked access on YouTube and X to a Canadian investigative documentary focused on the alleged involvement of the Indian government in the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was killed last June in British Columbia, Canada. The CBC Fifth Estate documentary, released last Friday, connects Nijjar ‘s death to a murder-for-hire plot by the Indian government and notes India’s current and past targeting of Sikh Canadians.

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The Body Shop Ceases U.S. Operations And Files For Bankruptcy

Above The Law

The UK-based cosmetics company is also closing half of its locations in Canada. The post The Body Shop Ceases U.S. Operations And Files For Bankruptcy appeared first on Above the Law.

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Lawyers’ ‘barrage of personal attacks’ on opponents started with tissue-box toss, appeals court says

ABA Journal

Updated: A federal appeals court saw a need for a civility lesson when it granted a new trial to a civil-fraud plaintiff because of a “barrage of personal attacks” made by opposing lawyers in a closing argument.

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Exclusive: iManage Reveals Details On Its Growth, Lays Out Plans to Further Leverage Gen AI, Partnerships

LawSites

Among the most enduring yet dramatic success stories in legal tech is that of iManage , the document and email management company. Founded in 1995, its collaborative approach to content management made it popular among among law firms virtually out of the gate, and it was acquired eight years later for $171 million by Interwoven. But after Autonomy gobbled up Interwoven in 2009 and then Hewlett Packard bought Autonomy in 2011, the deal turned into a disaster when allegations that Autonomy had in

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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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Book ban attempts in US libraries and schools hit record high in 2023: national library group

JURIST

The American Library Association (ALA) announced on Thursday that censorship demands and book ban attempts in public libraries and schools hit a record high in 2023. The ALA documented 1,247 demands to ban 4,240 different books. This is a 65 percent increase from 2022 , when 2,571 books faced censorship demands. In 17 states , book ban attempts targeted more than 100 titles.

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Right-Wing Judges Rage Over Anti-Forum-Shopping Rule Because Hit Dogs Holler

Above The Law

'Whaaaaa! We corrupted the judicial system fair and square!' The post Right-Wing Judges Rage Over Anti-Forum-Shopping Rule Because Hit Dogs Holler appeared first on Above the Law.

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24% of law students expect to work in public service, survey says

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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Access to Justice Requires Access to Law. So Why Aren’t the Advocates of Each More Closely Aligned?

LawSites

Two travesties persist in tainting access by all to the U.S. legal system. One is the gaping lack of access to justice. The Legal Services Corporation estimates that 92% of the civil legal problems of the roughly 50 million low-income Americans receive no or insufficient legal help. Reasonable minds can quibble over that number – some say it is exaggerated – but no one doubts or disputes that the legal system falls dramatically short of serving those who need it, not just for those with low inco

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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AP: Pakistan judge sentences 22 year old to death and teenager to life imprisonment under blasphemy laws

JURIST

The Associated Press (AP) reported that a Pakistani court sentenced a 22-year-old student to death and gave a teenager life in prison on Monday under the country’s blasphemy laws. The 22-year-old student’s lawyer, Aslam Gujar, told the AP that Junaid Munir had been sentenced to death last week. The charges come as a result of alleged blasphemous WhatsApp messages.

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Mike Lindell Is Back At SCOTUS For Another Ritual Pantsing

Above The Law

A normal person might be embarrassed by this. But not our Mike! The post Mike Lindell Is Back At SCOTUS For Another Ritual Pantsing appeared first on Above the Law.

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Authors Get Mixed Results With Initial Skirmish in OpenAI Lawsuit

The IP Law Blog

OpenAI, Inc. develops artificial intelligence software involving large language models (“LLM”) known as ChatGPT. In 2023, several authors, including the comedian Sarah Silverman, filed putative class action lawsuits alleging various copyright infringement claims. On February 12, 2024, a District Court in the Northern District of California issued its Order and ruled on the OpenAI defendants’ motions to dismiss various claims in the two pending putative class action lawsuits.

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On LawNext: The New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirement and How Legal Tech Can Help Companies Comply

LawSites

The arrival of 2024 brought a new reporting requirement for more than 32 million smaller companies in the United States. The new requirement, which came about as part of the federal Corporate Transparency Act of 2021, means that many companies will now have to report information about their beneficial owners — the individuals who ultimately control the company.

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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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City of Flint, Michigan found in contempt by federal judge in water contamination case

JURIST

A federal district judge found the city of Flint, Michigan in contempt Wednesday for its failure to finish the replacement of lead-contaminated pipes in the city’s water supply system according to a timeline laid out in a 2023 court order. The order granted a motion from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) which sought to enforce a 2017 settlement where the city agreed to deadlines for remediation and replacement of the contaminated pipes.

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Why Does Anyone Care When Someone They Know Turns Up On OnlyFans? Leave These People Alone.

Above The Law

Apparently, the internet carries pornography. Who knew?! The post Why Does Anyone Care When Someone They Know Turns Up On OnlyFans? Leave These People Alone. appeared first on Above the Law.

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Top AI Tools for Lawyer Marketers

Attorney at Work

If you’re a lawyer or marketing professional charged with marketing your law firm check out these top AI tools for lawyers. The post Top AI Tools for Lawyer Marketers appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Warrant required for overhead zoom-lens search that could reveal ‘intimate’ and ‘unflattering’ details, top state court says

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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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.