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How Paralegals Can Avoid UPL


Paralegals can avoid the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) by becoming familiar with their state’s rules. Rules against UPL specify that paralegals (or anyone who is not licensed to practice law) cannot provide attorney-client services to people, among other prohibitions.

New Legal Document Tools Announced

CourtTechBulletin Documents are the summer wheat that we make our court case bread (final product) from. We have two interesting announcements to share in this week’s post from The Effectiveness Project and LegalXML LegalRuleML. Read more ».


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6 Client Experience Mistakes to Avoid as a Law Firm


What’s worse than not asking for feedback? Not addressing it once you get some. . Business client experience with law firms feedback happy clients lawyer client relationship solicit feedback

The FDA Continues to Show It Is Not Interested in Regulating Hemp-Derived Products


Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) maintained its strict and narrow position on the legality of cannabidiol (“CBD”) by rejecting two new dietary ingredient (“ NDI ”) notifications submitted by Charlotte’s Web and Irwin Naturals.

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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.

Grammar Giggle – Obvious Phishing Emails


I received this email recently. Obviously, when the header has multiple errors, it is not from Chase bank. Also obviously, the link in the email is NOT to I know that because I hovered over the link to see where the link went and it was a string of letters and numbers.

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Eighth Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity to Officer Who Handcuffed, Frisked & Pointed His Gun at Innocent 12 & 14 Year-Old Boys Walking From Grandparents' House

EvidenceProf Blog

The qualified immunity doctrine insulates governmental agents from liability for unconstitutional acts as long “as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.” The primary purpose of the doctrine


The Cannabis Expert Witness


For the past few years, I have been engaged as an expert witness on a series of cannabis litigation matters here in Oregon. My partner Hilary Bricken also has handled a spate of them in California during the same period.

Notary Public Seminar - September 10th


Want to enhance your resume? Many employers expect their paralegals to be notaries and trust they know what they are doing! Do you know the various roles and responsibilities of a Notary Public?

Myanmar dispatches: an open letter to our Afghanistan sisters-in-law


Women law students reporting for JURIST in Myanmar have written this open letter to women law students in Afghanistan, including those also reporting for JURIST, who face an uncertain and potentially grim future under the new Taliban regime.

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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.

Sixth Circuit Finds Prosecutor Had No Duty to Learn About Department of Corrections Mental Health Records For State's Witness

EvidenceProf Blog

Pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, the State has an affirmative obligation under the Due Process Clause to timely disclose material exculpatory evidence to the defense. Moreover, Kyles v. Whitley stands for the proposition that an"individual prosecutor has a duty to


Cannabis M&A: Purchase Price Adjustments


In my last post in this series, I discussed how the purchase price is structured in cannabis M&A transactions, and how escrow can be used in connection with the purchase price.

The Potential Downside of Design Competitions? The Risk of Rip-Offs  

The Fashion Law

Chinese fast fashion giant Shein is making headlines this week after revealing that it is debuting a design contest of its own, one that will see emerging designers compete before a panel of judges, including Khloé Kardashian, designer Christian Siriano, former J.

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Afghanistan dispatches: Afghan law student on the fall of Kabul and Taliban victory


JURIST EXCLUSIVE – The author is a law student in Kabul who also works in a local law office; he wrote this for JURIST late Sunday AFT. For privacy and security reasons we are withholding his name. The text has been only lightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

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.

Illinois Court Finds Statement Against Interest Inadmissible Due to Failure to Prove Unavailability

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Illinois Rule of Evidence 804(b)(3) provides an exception to the rule against hearsay for A statement which was at the time of its making so far contrary to the declarant's pecuniary or proprietary interest, or

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What’s Next for Hemp? A Business Litigation Perspective


Not long ago the news media was awash with awash with glowing economic reports about the burgeoning hemp and CBD industry following the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. Everyone was going to get rich. And quick. Fast forward to 2021 and things have changed dramatically.

The ‘Assembly-Line’ Justice of Plea Bargaining

The Crime Report

In 1913, Henry Ford invented the assembly line and cut the time it took to produce a car from 12 hours to 90 minutes. In 1916, at a single Ford plant in Highland Park, Michigan, workers also reported almost 200 severed fingers and 75,000 other injuries.

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Poland appeals court overturns libel conviction of Holocaust historians


The Warsaw Court of Appeal on Monday overturned the conviction of two noted historians, Jan Grabowski and Barbara Engelking, for libel.

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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.

Forensic Linguistics: The Oft-Overlooked Relationship Between Language and Courtroom


The winds of change are blowing and the growing demand for forensic linguists is a harbinger of fundamental alterations in the world of law. Crimes crime investigations evidence forensics language linguistics

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Intersectionality and the Movement to End the War on Drugs


The year 2020 marked the 50 th anniversary of the so-called War on Drugs. As states across the country decriminalize and commercialize legal cannabis, some have declared drugs the winner of the Drug War. There is some truth to this assessment.

How One Pennsylvania City Brought Down Gun Crime

The Crime Report

After Philadelphia rapper RunUp Rico and a friend were shot to death in Chester, Pa., in February, police there took a new, aggressive approach to finding those responsible. They walked around neighborhoods they believed the group behind the shootings frequented.

India court stays new technology rules for violating free speech


The Bombay High Court on Friday stayed two provisions of India’s Information Technology Rules (“the Rules” or “Rules”) intended to regulate publishers of digital content such as social media intermediaries, OTT (Over-the-top) platforms, and online news and current affairs websites.

As Fashion Brands, Facebook Look to the Metaverse, What Does the Term Really Mean?

The Fashion Law

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the tech giant will shift from being a social media company to becoming “a metaverse company”, functioning in an “embodied internet” that blends real and virtual worlds more than ever before. So, what is “the metaverse”?

When Canna, China, and IP Overlap


As regular readers of this blog will know, cannabis businesses face unique challenges when it comes to protecting their brand, particularly in the context of federal trademark registration.

How ‘Hot Spots’ Policing Can Reduce Community Violence

The Crime Report

David Weisburd is one of the most prolific and important criminologists of the past 50 years. The winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, Weisburd has published more than two dozen books and more than 200 scholarly articles. Weisburd’s work has largely focused on the importance of place.

UN experts call for moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology


A panel of human rights experts called on the UN member states to place a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology until there is a regulatory framework that protects human rights.

Why I’m Pulling My Chips Out Of Attending ILTACON In Las Vegas


It is fitting that Las Vegas is a major mecca of gambling, given that, next week, several hundred people will take a gamble on their safety to attend the physical portion of the first-ever hybrid ILTACON, the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association.

FREE Webinar – Building a Cannabis Business in New York: An Operator’s Perspective


Register HERE ! As New York entrepreneurs gear up to apply for state licenses to produce and sell regulated cannabis products, there are many unknowns surrounding how the business environment will develop.

Are Dems Changing Their Message on Police Defunding?

The Crime Report

A year after Democratic mayors pledged to cut police budgets and funnel money toward social services, several leaders are now changing their tune, boosting police budgets and hiring more officers amid a crime surge.

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Poland president signs controversial bill impacting holocaust survivors and their families


President Andrzej Duda signed a bill on Saturday which severely restricts restitution and compensation for people whose properties were seized by Nazi occupiers, and expropriated during the country’s communist era.

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Alexander Wang Named in $75 Million-Plus Copyright Suit for Allegedly Infringing Contest Entrant’s Designs

The Fashion Law

Alexander Wang is being sued for allegedly co-opting the designs of one of its job applicant-slash-contest entrant for a multi-platform ad campaign.

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