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To All First Generation Professionals, You Are a Gift 

The Estrin Report

by Kim Barrett, MBA, MPS As is the case with many first-generation professionals, I grew up with only the bare necessities and attended public school. Neither of my parents attended college. In fact, neither of them even graduated high school. It wasn’t until they were well into adulthood that they each (separately) earned a GED. They worked, but didn’t make a lot of money.

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Emerging Tech Trends: The rise of GPT tools in contract analysis

ABA Journal

Over the past few months, the legal technology sector has experienced a veritable explosion of AI-powered contract analysis tools, largely driven by the advanced capabilities…

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How The Latest Tech Can Help You Navigate eDiscovery

Above The Law

Explore three technologies in this special report. The post How The Latest Tech Can Help You Navigate eDiscovery appeared first on Above the Law.

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8 Tips for Growing Your Family Law Practice While Keeping Your Sanity

Attorney at Work

Tips for creating a successful family law practice — and handling a work-life chock full of domestic drama without burning out. The post 8 Tips for Growing Your Family Law Practice While Keeping Your Sanity appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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In the post-AI legal world, what will lawyers do?

LLRX

Jordan Furlong writes - the legal profession is about to go through what manufacturing already has. In the next few years, legally trained generative AI will replace lawyer labour on a scale we’ve never seen before. An enormous amount of lawyer activity consists of researching, analyzing, writing, developing arguments, critiquing counter-claims, and drafting responses.

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Clients Keep Complaining, But Law Firms Are STILL A Bargain Even After Historic Rate Hikes

Above The Law

Maybe the problem with rising legal costs is coming from inside the client's office. The post Clients Keep Complaining, But Law Firms Are STILL A Bargain Even After Historic Rate Hikes appeared first on Above the Law.

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When Sharing Office Space, Make Sure You Have Your Ducks in a Row

ALPS

I once came across a comment on a blog post about attorneys sharing office space that stated malpractice insurance companies and those who write our rules of professional conduct are behind the times. Apparently, those of us who run in the ethics or malpractice insurance circles just don’t understand how attorneys practice in today’s world. Let’s just say I respectfully disagreed, and the following explains one of the many reasons why.

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The 3 Best Breathing Techniques for Easing Stress

Attorney at Work

Gray Robinson | By doing these simple breathing techniques every day, you can manage your stress and anxiety. The post The 3 Best Breathing Techniques for Easing Stress appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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US appeals court upholds high school admissions policy after allegations it discriminates against Asian American students

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday overturned a decision from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that held the Virginia Fairfax County School Board’s (Board) new admissions policy violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. The plaintiffs in the case asserted that the policy disparately impacted Asian American students.

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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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Supreme Court curtails Clean Water Act

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Thursday established a more stringent test to determine whether the Clean Water Act applies to a wetland. The ruling was a setback for the Environmental Protection Agency and a victory for an Idaho couple, Michael and Chantell Sackett, who have been battling with the federal government for over 15 years in their efforts to build a house on an empty lot near a large lake.

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Harlan Crow’s Lawyers Tell Senate They’re Going To Take Their Chances With Contempt

Above The Law

These are a lot of bad legal arguments just to say, 'we don't think you have the votes.' The post Harlan Crow’s Lawyers Tell Senate They’re Going To Take Their Chances With Contempt appeared first on Above the Law.

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Chicago’s refusal to allow ‘Hail Satan’ city council invocation violates First Amendment, suit says

ABA Journal

Chicago has rebuffed requests by the Satanic Temple to deliver city council invocations for more than three years, violating the First Amendment in two ways,…

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US Supreme Court rules that government cannot keep profit from properties sold to satisfy tax debt

JURIST

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the government cannot keep the profits of properties sold to pay off tax debts. The court reached this decision in the case of Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota, et al. , wherein a local Minnesota government sold off a woman’s condo to satisfy her tax bill. The case centered around Geraldine Tyler, a 94-year-old woman, whose condo was sold by Hennepin County, Minnesota to satisfy her tax bill.

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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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First-of-its-Kind App and Companion Website Provide Foster Youth Information on their Legal Rights

LawSites

A new first-of-its-kind app and companion website, called FosterPower , provide foster youth with comprehensive but easy-to-understand information about their rights to mental health care, education and legal protections. Developed by Bay Area Legal Services , a nonprofit law firm in Tampa, Fla., with funding from a 2021 Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant , FosterPower is designed to empower the more than 20,000 children in Florida’s child welfare system with informatio

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John Roberts Gaslights Crowd With ‘Commitment’ To Super Secret Supreme Court Ethics Plan He Won’t Talk About

Above The Law

The Chief Justice really wants you to stop asking him about ethics. The post John Roberts Gaslights Crowd With ‘Commitment’ To Super Secret Supreme Court Ethics Plan He Won’t Talk About appeared first on Above the Law.

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Justices rule Minnesota county violated takings clause

SCOTUSBlog

Share In 2016, a Minnesota county sold 94-year-old Geraldine Tyler’s condo at auction after she failed to pay her property taxes for several years. The sale yielded $40,000; Hennepin County kept not only the $15,000 in taxes, penalties, and costs that Tyler owed it, but also the $25,000 that was left over. The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the county’s actions violated the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause, which bars the government from taking private property for public use without adequ

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China bans US chip maker from critical infrastructure projects

JURIST

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a statement on Sunday announcing that the US-based chip maker Micron is banned from key infrastructure projects in China. The CAC claims a review of Micron products found “serious potential network security issues, which pose a major security risk to the country’s critical information infrastructure supply chain and affect the country’s national security.” The statement did not include details of the specific risks dis

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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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The Attorney at Work 2023 Podcast Survey Report

Attorney at Work

The results are in! The post The Attorney at Work 2023 Podcast Survey Report appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Justice Kagan Puts Her Money Where John Roberts’s Mouth Is When It Comes To Supreme Court Ethics

Above The Law

Supreme Court justice shows that it's really not that hard to be ethical. The post Justice Kagan Puts Her Money Where John Roberts’s Mouth Is When It Comes To Supreme Court Ethics appeared first on Above the Law.

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SCOTUS Rules Andy Warhol’s Prince Portraits Are Not Fair Use

The IP Law Blog

In a closely watched copyright case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Andy Warhol’s portraits of music legend Prince did not qualify as fair use under copyright law. The decision affirms a previous ruling by the Second Circuit, which found that Warhol’s artwork shared the same commercial purpose as the original photograph taken by photographer Lynn Goldsmith.

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Minnesota Senate passes bill ensuring minimum wage and benefits for rideshare drivers

JURIST

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill mandating rideshare companies to provide their drivers a minimum wage and other benefits on Sunday in a narrow vote of 35-32. The bill requires that all drivers be compensated $1.45 per mile within the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and $0.34 per minute while transporting a rider. It also requires a minimum fee of $5 to transport a rider and makes companies pay drivers regardless of whether fees or fares are actually collected.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Bang Energy Drink Co. Says Ex-CEO Jeopardizing Ch. 11 Sale

Law 360

Bang Energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals on Thursday urged a Florida federal bankruptcy judge to prevent its former CEO from using social media accounts tied to the company, saying his postings are jeopardizing a potential sale of the company's assets in its Chapter 11 case.

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‘You Didn’t See Your Kids Before The Pandemic, You Shouldn’t Expect To See Them Now,’ Says Elite Law Firm Partner

Above The Law

Law firm bringing associates back for a mandatory M-Th office week. The post ‘You Didn’t See Your Kids Before The Pandemic, You Shouldn’t Expect To See Them Now,’ Says Elite Law Firm Partner appeared first on Above the Law.

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Truth and Journalism: Lessons from CNN’s Townhall Meeting

The Crime Report

Despite some of the dark side of my background (a long-term penal incarceration, for example), I can still speak about both truth and journalism. In my lifetime, I have been the recipient of the George Polk, ABA Silver Gavel, Robert F. Kennedy, and Sidney Hillman journalism awards. I am the co-author of two books and my writings have appeared in law journals, medical journals, magazines, and newspapers.

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Accused Balkan war criminal arrested in Boston area

JURIST

The former supervisor of an infamous Bosnian prison camp during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s was arrested in the Boston area this week on charges of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship by making false claims of persecution. Kemal Mrndzic, now a resident of the Boston suburb of Swampscott, is accused by US prosecutors of having posed as a victim after the war, despite his alleged involvement in numerous atrocities carried out at the Celebici prison camp under his guidance.

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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.