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Tackling Inefficient Time Management At Your Law Firm

CARET Legal

In a high-pressure environment where every second counts, managing time poorly can lead to a domino effect of problems that can be detrimental to your firm’s success. As a law firm owner, you’re no stranger to the whirlwind of activities that fill your day. From court appearances to client meetings, and staff supervision to document preparation, it can often feel like a never-ending race against the clock.

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From Hire to Higher: 6 Ways to Improve Employee Onboarding

Attorney at Work

Starting a new job is a leap of faith. A solid employee onboarding process makes the leap much easier The post From Hire to Higher: 6 Ways to Improve Employee Onboarding appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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The Critical Role of Lawyers and Bar Associations in Achieving Net Zero

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

Lawyers, bar associations, and law societies have an important but not fully recognized role to play in achieving the net zero goal in the Paris Agreement. Over the last few years, a unique collaboration involving the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), and the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) has begun to discuss the role of lawyers in combatting climate change and share best practices.

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More Top Biglaw Firms Are Closing Offices In China

Above The Law

Sidley and Weil will have one office each in mainland China after these closures are complete. The post More Top Biglaw Firms Are Closing Offices In China appeared first on Above the Law.

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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John Oliver Tries Yet Again To Bribe Clarence Thomas Into Retiring From SCOTUS With $1 Million A Year Offer

Above The Law

Will the justice be willing to take the comedian's offer? He's even including a luxury motor home! The post John Oliver Tries Yet Again To Bribe Clarence Thomas Into Retiring From SCOTUS With $1 Million A Year Offer appeared first on Above the Law.

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How to Reverse the Effects of Stress

Attorney at Work

Gray Robinson | The effects of stress can be reversed by focusing on some simple countermeasures throughout the day. The post How to Reverse the Effects of Stress appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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Beyond the Ping Pong Table: Perks That Actually Attract New Hires [Webinar] | iHire

iHire

Sure, free pizza is great, but have you ever wondered what employees actually want when it comes to workplace perks? Save your spot for our next live webinar and Q&A to find out.

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Clients Shouldn’t Mind If Lawyers Get Along With Adversaries

Above The Law

The benefits that can be realized by having a solid connection with other lawyers to a matter are priceless. The post Clients Shouldn’t Mind If Lawyers Get Along With Adversaries appeared first on Above the Law.

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Lawsuit alleges New York prisons flout state law by isolating inmates with disabilities

JURIST

A class action complaint filed this week accuses New York prison officials of holding disabled inmates in solitary confinement in violation of state law. Solitary confinement has been a core feature of the US penal system since the 18 th century — dating back to the earliest state prisons, where the inmates seen as most depraved were isolated to prevent the spread of their moral influence.

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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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Viral video shows former Rikers Island inmate as she learns she passed bar exam on first try

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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ABA Issues Ethics Opinion on 30-Year-Old Technology whose Use Is Waning. My Question: Why Now?

LawSites

When the American Bar Association’s ethics panel finally got around to issuing an opinion on lawyer blogging in 2018 — a full two decades after lawyers had started blogging — it conjured for me the image of Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep in 1769 and awoke 20 years later, having slept through the Revolution.

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Federal Judges Say They Won’t Hire From Columbia, Leveraging Their Public Offices To Bully An Institution They Don’t Like

Above The Law

There are over 100 campuses hosting protests right now, but those schools don't get cheap Google hits so these principled conservatives are just mad at Columbia. The post Federal Judges Say They Won’t Hire From Columbia, Leveraging Their Public Offices To Bully An Institution They Don’t Like appeared first on Above the Law.

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UN experts warn that violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti continue with impunity

JURIST

UN independent human rights experts warned Monday that violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti are “continuing with impunity.” They said in a statement that increasing levels of violence, along with corruption and poor governance, are undermining the rule of law in Haiti, resulting in a weakening of the justice system. According to the experts women and girls disproportionately suffer from the crisis in the country, with pre-existing inequalities and gender-based discrim

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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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Reparation for Climate Change at the ECtHR

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A Missed Opportunity or the First of Many Decisions to Come? The recent rulings on climate change by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) are—as others have pointed out in this blog symposium —both “historic and unprecedented” for various reasons, not least regarding the question of reparation for climate change-related harm. While redress is a pivotal question to think through in relation to climate change, it has, somewhat surprisingly, received less attention from scholars and has no

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Out now: Köhler/Gulati/John (eds), Elgar Companion to UNIDROIT

Conflict of Laws

With the publication of the Elgar Companion to UNIDROIT , edited by Ben Köhler, Rishi Gulati, and Thomas John, the trilogy of books on the three key international institutions mandated to work on private international law and uniform private law is now complete. The volumes on the HCCH and UNCITRAL have been published in 2020 and 2023 respectively. The editors have kindly shared the following description with us: The comprehensive Companion provides a unique overview of UNIDROIT, the primary ind

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Lockheed, Howmet Settle Lawsuit Over F-35 Titanium

Above The Law

Lockheed Martin alleged in court filings that Howmet cut off the supply of titanium after the aerospace giant refused to agree to higher prices, threatening production of the F-35. The post Lockheed, Howmet Settle Lawsuit Over F-35 Titanium appeared first on Above the Law.

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US Supreme Court upholds civil forfeiture without immediate hearing

JURIST

The US Supreme Court decided Thursday that police officers may continue to seize cars that defendants allegedly use to commit a crime, without an immediate hearing. States often allow that kind of seizure—known as civil forfeiture—when officers believe that the car is connected to a crime in which the owner is not involved. Justice Kavanaugh, writing for the majority, noted that the constitutional right to due process depends on the circumstances.

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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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KlimaSeniorinnen and Gender

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

Much has been said already about the decision in KlimaSeniorinnen v. Switzerland granted on Apr 9, 2024 by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or the Court). The Court’s decision was groundbreaking in that it established an obligation to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a human rights duty, required countries to establish a carbon budget, and arguably established a new right under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (see here , here , and here ).

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Real Estate Authority: Norfolk Southern, Big 4 Earnings, HUD

Law 360

Catch up on this week's key real estate developments by state from Law360 Real Estate Authority — including reflections from co-lead plaintiffs counsel in the Norfolk Southern derailment case, Q1 results from the big four brokers, and a synopsis of billions in new grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Judges Boycotting Law Schools? Actually, That’s Just Clerkship Hiring. 

Above The Law

This manufactured controversy is just another example of the lack of transparency and equity in clerkship hiring. The post Judges Boycotting Law Schools? Actually, That’s Just Clerkship Hiring. appeared first on Above the Law.

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Mali attacks by armed groups violate international humanitarian law: HRW report

JURIST

Attacks by Islamist armed groups and ethnic militias in Mali violate international humanitarian law and are apparent war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Wednesday. One such attack in January 2024, by an Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist armed group, killed at least 32 civilians, including 3 children and setting fire to over 350 homes in central Mali, forcing 2,000 villagers to flee the area.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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The Future of Collaboration: Embracing the Digital Shift in Co-Authoring Legal Documents

Attorney at Work

With the shift toward remote collaboration, we're witnessing a significant shift from the traditional “pen-holder" approach to document management to a more dynamic and collaborative method of co-authoring legal documents. The post The Future of Collaboration: Embracing the Digital Shift in Co-Authoring Legal Documents appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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Can a Device Be Found Not Substantially Equivalent Because of Cybersecurity Risks? A Review of FDA’s Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

FDA Law Blog

By Lisa M. Baumhardt, Senior Medical Device Regulation Expert & Adrienne R. Lenz, Principal Medical Device Regulation Expert — FDA recently issued a draft guidance which would update the agency’s Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Quality System Considerations and Content of Premarket Submissions guidance. The draft guidance provides recommendations on what is required to meet cybersecurity obligations under section 524B of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C).

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Judges Boycotting Columbia Defend Decision Based On Outright Lie

Above The Law

Conservative judges cite a former liberal Supreme Court justice to justify their boycott against Columbia. The problem is. it's a lie. The post Judges Boycotting Columbia Defend Decision Based On Outright Lie appeared first on Above the Law.

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US Supreme Court rules copyright owner may recover damages for historical infringement by timely claim

JURIST

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in a 6-3 decision that copyright owners may recover damages for copyright infringement that occurred more than three years before the filing of a lawsuit. Music producer Sherman Nealy initiated what would become Warner Chappell Music, Inc. v. Nealy in 2018 on the basis that Warner Chappell Music violated the copyright of his music.

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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.