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The “Underpaid” Paralegal

Paralegal Bootcamp

Are you feeling like an underpaid paralegal? As paralegals, it’s our job to provide support to attorneys and clients, dedicating countless hours to research, investigation, drafting, and client engagement. You serve as the point of contact when the attorney is not available. You also put in just as much dedication and effort into every case as the attorney.

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Taking Advantage of AI-Empowered Drafting and Legal Tech Tools for High-Stakes Transactions

Attorney at Work

Ari Kaplan interviews Paulo Varnieri, a corporate partner at Holland & Knight, and Ross Guberman, founder and CEO of Law Catch. The post Taking Advantage of AI-Empowered Drafting and Legal Tech Tools for High-Stakes Transactions appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Planning Law Firm Expenses: How Much Does It Cost to Start a Law Firm?

ALPS

Startup costs vary widely but investing wisely in these early stages sets the tone for your law firm's long-term financial health. So, take a deep breath and prepare to tackle these costs with a strategic and informed approach, ensuring a strong launch for your legal venture. Operating a Law Office Running a law office is about more than legal expertise.

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says 45 civilians killed by government forces in Amhara region

JURIST

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) claimed on Tuesday that federal security forces have killed at least 45 civilians in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The independent state body also alleged that the civilians had been killed for being supposedly affiliated with the ethnic Amhara armed group known as Fano. The commission stressed that the damage done to civilian lives “outside the law” by government officials could be greater than the numbers stated.

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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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Exclusive: Practice Management Company Smokeball Unveils Plans for an AI Ecosystem Spanning the Full Client Lifecycle

LawSites

At the American Bar Association’s Techshow this week in Chicago, the law practice management platform Smokeball will unveil its plan to deploy generative artificial intelligence within its platform across the client lifecycle, from intaking new clients to handling their matters to billing them for the work. It will launch the first set of these Smokeball AI features in beta in March in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, with general availability around the middle of the year

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Why You Should Prep Your Law Firm to Sell — Even If You Don’t Want to Sell

Attorney at Work

Brooke Lively | When you prep your law firm to sell, you build a business that operates with or without you — so you can step out when you are ready. The post Why You Should Prep Your Law Firm to Sell — Even If You Don’t Want to Sell appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Unlocking Probate Support: Finding a Probate Paralegal Near Me with LDA Pro Legal

LDA PRO

In the complex realm of legal matters, the need for a probate paralegal is often a crucial requirement, particularly when faced with the intricacies of probate processes. For those seeking local expertise, the quest for a “Probate Paralegal Near Me” becomes paramount. LDA Pro Legal, a distinguished provider in legal document assistance, stands as your ally in this journey, offering comprehensive probate paralegal services.

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New York Governor Provokes Ire Of Biglaw

Above The Law

Gov. Hochul is diverting money from legal aid for low-income New Yorkers. The post New York Governor Provokes Ire Of Biglaw appeared first on Above the Law.

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Germany announces new measures to target extremist groups

JURIST

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced Tuesday that a package of new measures will be considered to tackle the rise of far-right extremism. These new measures are part of a 13-point plan and are both preventive and repressive. They include the financial tracking of right-wing extremist groups in addition to the creation of a special unit called the ”early recognition unit” designed to detect far-right disinformation campaigns.

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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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A note on “The BBC Nile” in the High Court of Australia – foreign arbitration agreement and choice of law clause and Article 3(8) of the Amended Hague Rules in Australia

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By Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit Lecturer in Maritime Law, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania Introduction On 14 th February 2024, the High Court of Australia handed down its judgment in Carmichael Rail Network Pty Ltd v BBC Chartering Carriers GmbH & Co KG [2024] HCA 4. The case has ramifications on whether a foreign arbitration clause (in this case, the London arbitration clause) would be null and void under the scheme of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1991 (Cth) which make

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Joint Inventorship: AI-Human Style

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by Dennis Crouch The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published examination guidance and a request for comments on the treatment of inventorship for inventions created with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions. The key takeaway here is that the USPTO believes that an AI-developed invention is patentable so long as a human satisfies the joint-inventorship standard of “significantly contributing to the inve

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The Next Big Hair Accessory Trend Is Using Anything *But* A Hair Accessory

Above The Law

According to the New York runways, we'll be putting all sorts of unexpected objects in our hair next fall. The post The Next Big Hair Accessory Trend Is Using Anything *But* A Hair Accessory appeared first on Above the Law.

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US calls for investigation into alleged Ethiopia massacre following violent clashes between soldiers and armed groups

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The US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for an investigation into an alleged massacre of civilians taking place in Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Friday, where local rights group Ethiopia Human Rights Council (EHRC) has said over 80 people were killed following violent clashes between soldiers and a militia groupknown as the Fano. On January 29, the ENDF reportedly carried out a massacre in Merawi that resulted in at least 89 civilian deaths, though the National Movement of Amhara claims th

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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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Clio Rebrands Lawyaw, the Document Assembly Software It Acquired In 2021, As Clio Draft

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Law practice management company Clio said today that Lawyaw, the document automation software it acquired in 2021, will now be called Clio Draft. The new name reflects a deepened integration of products and services since the acquisition, Clio says. “Uniting under the Clio banner gives us a clear focus on delivering value to our customers,” said Clio founder and CEO Jack Newton. “It also sets us up to enhance the future capabilities of legal document innovation by consolidating and c

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Why Dissolving Your LLC Could Expose You to Lawsuits

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If you think this maneuver will save you the hassle of BOI reporting, think again. In the labyrinth of business decisions, dissolving a Limited Liability Company (LLC) might appear to.

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Lawyer’s Light Sentence Tells The Truth About Texas Abortion Laws

Above The Law

He admitted to spiking his wife's drink with abortion-inducing drugs without her knowledge. The post Lawyer’s Light Sentence Tells The Truth About Texas Abortion Laws appeared first on Above the Law.

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Amnesty International: Russia sentences 33 Ukrainian soldiers for war crimes after ‘unlawful trials’

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Amnesty International (AI) reported that Russia sentenced 33 Ukrainian soldiers in the Supreme Court of the Luhansk People’s Republic in Russian-occupied Luhansk on Monday for “alleged war crimes.” Russian authorities captured the soldiers as prisoners of war (POWs). Their sentences range from twenty-seven to twenty-nine years. AI reported that Russian authorities prosecuted the POWs for alleged “war crimes,” including “the use of artillery in the early days o

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Wonder Bread truck drivers seek exemption from mandatory arbitration

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Share Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries Park St. brings the justices yet another case under a statute with which they are all too familiar – the Federal Arbitration Act. As regular readers will know, the court in the last few decades has heard numerous cases under the FAA. The great majority of those cases have involved arguments, by workers or customers, that for one reason or another courts should not enforce a pre-dispute arbitration agreement against them.

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Playing From The Rough: Kirkland Signature™ Irons and The Doctrine of Equivelents

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Guest Post by Jordan Duenckel. Jordan is a third-year law student at the University of Missouri and a registered patent agent. He has an extensive background in chemistry and food science. Before law school, he was a greenskeeper at a local golf course. TaylorMade Golf Company teed off a dispute over golf club design and filed a patent infringement lawsuit on January 31 st, 2024, in the Southern District of California against Costco and Southern California Design Company alleging infringement

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It Turns Out Law School Leaving A Paper Trail Of Retaliation Was A Poor Litigation Strategy

Above The Law

Law professor Paul Campos prevailed in his fight with his employer. The post It Turns Out Law School Leaving A Paper Trail Of Retaliation Was A Poor Litigation Strategy appeared first on Above the Law.

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Australia MPs pass motion calling for return of Julian Assange

JURIST

Australian Federal MPs voted Wednesday in favour of a motion supporting the return of Wikileaks’ founder Jullian Assange to Australia, ahead of a US extradition hearing next week in London’s High Court of Justice. In an unprecedented show of political support for Assange, the Australian Parliament called upon the US and UK to bring the matter to a close.

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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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AI in Banking and Finance, February 15, 2024

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This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents, NGO/IGO papers, industry white papers, academic papers and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. The chronological links provided are to the primary sources, and as available, indicate links to alternate free versions.

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Janssen FCA Claims Not Barred By Old Cases, Judge Says

Law 360

Prior litigation that referred to Janssen Biotech's marketing practices does not bar a False Claims Act complaint from moving forward because the earlier cases did not allege the same type of fraud, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday.

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Ken Paxton Takes Time Off Of Harassing Trans Kids And Pregnant Women To Start S**t With His Own Senator

Above The Law

How does he even find the time? The post Ken Paxton Takes Time Off Of Harassing Trans Kids And Pregnant Women To Start S**t With His Own Senator appeared first on Above the Law.

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Australia High Court confirms families of church abuse victims may seek compensation

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The High Court of Australia dismissed the Catholic Church’s bid to avoid paying damages to the father of a choirboy allegedly sexually abused by Cardinal Goerge Pell. The landmark decision confirms the decision of the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal that victims’ families may seek compensation as secondary victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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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.