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The FDA’s Proposed Kratom Ban is a Mistake


T rust in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declined after its approval of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. Three experts resigned amid allegations that the FDA had caved to industry pressure. Some argue that its credibility has reached a new low.

State Prison Populations Shrink By 14%: Study

The Crime Report

Illustration by AK Rockefeller via Flickr. Driven by a drop in admissions for community supervision violations, state prison populations declined by an “unprecedented” 14 percent in 2020, according to a 50-state probation and parole analysis by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.


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Office Dogs Improve Law Firm Morale

Attorney at Work

Catch up on Ruth Carter’s posts here. Have you met my Lucy Jane? She is a basset hound mix that I began fostering in late April, and we finalized her adoption a few weeks later. She’s come to the office every day since she came into my life, and the entire office is better for it.

Supreme Court of Arizona Eliminates Peremptory Challenges

EvidenceProf Blog

The Supreme Court of Arizona has taken the landmark step of eliminating peremptory challenges from jury selection in both civil and criminal cases. So, what does this mean, and why did the court do it? During jury selection, there are

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A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

Forced Labor Impacts U.S. Cannabis Industry


Back in May, we urged cannabis businesses to be mindful of the U.S. prohibition on the importation of goods produced by forced labor.

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Panama legalizes medical marijuana use


Panama legalized medical marijuana use on Monday, joining at least seven other Latin American countries. After a five-year struggle, Panama’s national assembly unanimously passed Bill 153 during the bill’s third debate.

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Proposed Amendment Would Expand Rule of Completeness

EvidenceProf Blog

In August, three proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence were released for public comment. The public comment period closes on February 16, 2022. In the next three posts, I will cover these proposed amendments. The first is a


The End of Sisley’s Challenge to the DEA


Well, it’s over (for now) for Suzanne Sisley. As we covered last year, Sisley, et al. Drug Enforcement Administration, et al. Case No. 20-71433, was an appellate case filed by a group of scientists and veterans that had sued the DEA in May 2020.

Grammar Giggle – Specfic Stats?


This was an ad I recently received in the mail. It looks to me like this is an example of your brain knowing what it is supposed to say and tricking your eyes into seeing it that way. It might be better to have someone else look at it before it goes to press.

Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

UK children’s digital protection code becomes law


The UK children’s digital protection code went into effect on Thursday after its one-year transition period expired.

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Register for CTC2021 Livestream Access Today


Registration for livestream access is ready. If you’re planning to attend CTC 2021 online, now’s the time to sign up. Here’s how it works. We recognize that not everyone is able to travel to Columbus, so we’re excited to share that registration for livestream access is ready.


International Cannabis Litigation: Colorado Court Finds No Personal Jurisdiction in Trademark Battle


The District of Colorado recently dismissed a lawsuit against a Dutch cannabis company for lack of personal jurisdiction in a case that highlights two issues common to international litigation. Growcentia, Inc. Jemie B.V. Case No. 20-cv-2619-WJM-NYW (D. 10, 2021).

Diane guided us every step of the way.

Diane Drain

“ Her assurance that there was nothing to be ashamed of, gave us the incentive to proceed.” “Diane was fabulous during our bankruptcy, guiding us every step of the way. After medical bills got us behind, we didn’t know where to turn and felt uncomfortable filing.

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.

Germany court sentences two Syrians for war crime and terrorism


The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany Thursday sentenced two Syrian nationals on war crime and terrorism-related charges. Khedr A.K. was given a life sentence, mainly for shielding the execution of a detained army officer and membership of a foreign terrorist organization.

Texas Awards Statewide CMS Contracts


Presidio County Courthouse Via press release, August 31, 2021 – The Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA) announced today that it has selected three vendors to support Texas’ new statewide Uniform Case Management System (UCMS).

New Jersey Cannabis: Initial Rules for Adult Use Program – Part 1


On August 19, 2021, New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) released its “Initial Rules for Personal-Use of Cannabis” (Initial Rules).

Is It Time to Rethink ‘Broken Windows’ Policing?

The Crime Report

In reaction to nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, law enforcement agency budgets in many urban areas were slated to be slashed in 2021.Some of the proposed budget cuts have since been abandoned in the wake of a dramatic increase in violent crime in cities.

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.

New Mexico sues Angry Birds developer over child privacy violations


On Wednesday, New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit in federal district court alleging that the maker of a highly popular mobile game knowingly collects and sells the personal data of children under the age of thirteen.

Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion ban in place


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New York Cannabis Regulations: We’re Getting Closer…


Some more positive news following Governor Kathy Hochul’s ascension to New York’s Governorship: Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management appointments should be coming soon!

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Reentry Programs, Reforms Helped Lower Recidivism Rates by Nearly Half: Report

The Crime Report

An overall decline in recidivism rates may have been driven by federal and state reentry programs and changes in policing strategy, according to an analysis of 2005-2012 data by the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ).


Nepal dispatches: government of Nepal moves to decriminalize abortion in response to rights campaign


After years of advocacy by women’s rights groups, the Government of Nepal has agreed to decriminalize abortion and protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls.

French Advertising Watchdog Finds that Adidas’ Ad for “Recycled” Stan Smith Sneakers is Misleading

The Fashion Law

Adidas has been slapped on the wrist in a matter centering on the advertising of its famed Stan Smith sneaker, a new version of which the German sportswear giant has been promoting as made from “50% recycled” materials.

BREAKING: New York Appoints Heads of Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management


At long last, New York has started formalizing its cannabis industry by appointing the Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and the Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).

‘Burn Down the House’: An Expert Calls for Abolishing the Youth Justice System

The Crime Report

According to 2019 figures, on any given day, roughly 48,000 American youth are confined within detention centers, long-term facilities, adult prisons and jails, and other settings. Some of the children are 12 or younger, and many aren’t getting the rehabilitative help they need.

German federal court sentences Syrian rebel with ISIS links to 12 years in prison


The Stuttgart Higher Regional Court sentenced a unnamed “Free Syrian Army” member earlier this month to twelve years in prison for war crimes committed in Syria and for links to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Texas abortion ban goes into effect after justices fail to act


Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday night took a step that anti-abortion activists have hoped for, and abortion-rights supporters have feared, since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg nearly a year ago.

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American Social Scoring? Chase Bank Reportedly Cancel The Account and Credit Card of Michael Flynn


Chase Bank’s motto “ What Matters Most ” took on a menacing meaning this week after Michael Flynn claimed that the bank canceled his account and the credit card due to the “possible reputational risk to our company.”

COVID Mitigation Efforts in State Prisons Called ‘Shameful Failure’

The Crime Report

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) assigned grades to state prison systems that designated their effectiveness in mitigating COVID-19.

UNHRC condemns Spain for arbitrary trials of former judge Baltasar Garzon


The UN Human Rights Committee ruled Thursday that the proceedings against former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon in the Franco and Gurtel cases were arbitrary. It also observed that the two trials violated the principles of impartiality and judicial independence.

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