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Every Prosecutor’s Office Should Be Investing in Data

The Crime Report

Local prosecutors hold enormous power over the outcomes of criminal cases. Their decisions – whether to file a case, what charges to bring, what dispositions to offer, and what sentences to seek – impact the lives of individuals and their communities every day. Yet, for decades, little has been known about the inner workings of prosecutor’s offices, as elected prosecutors’ historical resistance to data and transparency has shielded them from accountability both internally and externally.

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Lockup: A New Metric to Monitor Law Firm Cash Flow

Attorney at Work

2023 Legal Trends Report introduces a new metric for monitoring your firm's cash flow. The post Lockup: A New Metric to Monitor Law Firm Cash Flow appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Full BigLaw associate bonuses may not be for everybody

ABA Journal

Large law firms will likely continue to pay annual associate bonuses ranging from $20,000 to $115,000 this year, the going rate since 2021.

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Ethiopia rights commission reports civilian killings in Amhara region

JURIST

The Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issued a report condemning the killing of numerous civilians by drone strikes and house to house searches in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The Monday report documented several incidents of extrajudicial killings, injuries, displacement and property destruction by the government security forces and state militia.

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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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Amnesty International accuses Israel of illegally using white phosphorus in southern Lebanon

JURIST

Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday saying that Israel used white phosphorus illegally in its military operations against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. White phosphorus is an incendiary material that militaries use to create smoke screens and to light battlefields. Its use is allowed in war but can violate international law if used in civilian areas.

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Sam Bankman-Fried Courtroom Sketch Becomes Metaphor For Crypto Industry

Above The Law

The new Sam Bankman-Fried 'counter-sketch' speaks to the substance of the case. The post Sam Bankman-Fried Courtroom Sketch Becomes Metaphor For Crypto Industry appeared first on Above the Law.

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How The Supreme Court Changed Juvenile Justice

The Crime Report

An increasing number of Americans now believe US Supreme Court decision-making is based more on political ideology than the rule of law. Evidence that this disturbing trend is true can be found when taking a closer look at the shift in how the Court has dealt with juvenile cases dating back to 2005. Prior to 2005, twenty-two people who were executed in the United States were tried as adults after committing crimes as juveniles.

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Brazil temporarily militarizes domestic ports and airports to combat organized crime

JURIST

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced on Wednesday that, given the situation of rising violence in Rio de Janeiro and other states, the Brazilian government has launched an integrated operation to combat organized crime and militias in the country. The integrated operation consists of a series of military and financial measures to be taken by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Ministry of Defense, the armed forces, and the federal police.

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I Am Deeply Saddened To Report The Death Of Monica Bay: Friend, Mentor and Role Model to So Many in Legal Tech

LawSites

For nearly two decades, one person reigned supreme over the world of legal technology. Such was Monica Bay’s prominence and influence that, when she retired in 2015 after 17 years as editor of Law Technology News , Thomson Reuters honored her with her name and image emblazoned above Times Square. As a dear friend, trusted mentor, and inspirational role model to so many in the world of legal tech, Monica stood alone.

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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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White House AI Exec Order Raises Questions On Future Of DoD Innovation

Above The Law

'What's really going to matter is how these various departments and agencies actually start building the rules and interpreting the guidance that they received in the executive order,' Klon Kitchen of Beacon Global Strategies told Breaking Defense. The post White House AI Exec Order Raises Questions On Future Of DoD Innovation appeared first on Above the Law.

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Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch The White House this week issued a new executive order focusing on a variety of aspects of regulating artificial intelligence, some of which focuses on IP issues. The executive order lays out eight guiding principles for manages risks while allowing growth and benefits: Ensuring AI is safe, secure and trustworthy, including through developing guidelines, standards and best practices, verifying reliability, and managing risks related to national security, critical infrastructure

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UN inquiry into missile strike that killed 59 civillians concludes Russia was responsible

JURIST

The UN Human Rights office Tuesday concluded that the October 5 missile strike in Hroza, Ukraine was launched by Russia. The strike, which was labeled the deadliest since Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, killed 59 people in the small village of Hroza. At the time of the attack, Moscow denied that it was intentionally targeting civilians. However, the UN launched an inquiry into the missile strike, which yielded the findings published on Tuesday.

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Three C’s of Client Service Excellence

Attorney at Work

What are we talking about when we say "client service excellence"? I call them the Three Cs: curiosity, communication, and conscientiousness. The post Three C’s of Client Service Excellence appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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Health Exec: 97% of Healthcare Data Isn’t Used

Above The Law

The vast majority of healthcare data isn’t used because it’s difficult to work with, according to Beth Andrews, chief digital health officer of life sciences and healthcare at Dell Technologies. Andrews made these comments during a session at the MedCity News INVEST Digital Health conference.

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Chemerinsky: ‘Never in my life have I seen or felt the antisemitism of the last few weeks’

ABA Journal

Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, is calling on campus officials across the country to denounce “blatant…

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Pennsylvania appeals court finds housing authority cannot deny assistance to certain former criminal defendants

JURIST

An appeals court in Pennsylvania affirmed a trial court ruling on Thursday which held that welfare fraud and outstanding restitution balance cannot be used to justify the denial of housing assistance. The decision signaled a win for applicants seeking housing vouchers in Pennsylvania. The appeal, heard before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, concerned the Lawrence County Housing Authority’s decision to deny the appellee’s application for assistance under the Housing Choice Vou

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Key Success Factors for Law Firm Owners

Attorney at Work

Sasha Berson | Key success factors for a firm’s primary functions and simple metrics law firm owners should manage to achieve high profitability. The post Key Success Factors for Law Firm Owners appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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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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Lexis+ AI: Generative AI Research That Cites Its Sources [Sponsored]

Above The Law

This new tool will change how you conduct legal research, offering a faster, more adaptable approach. The post Lexis+ AI: Generative AI Research That Cites Its Sources appeared first on Above the Law.

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The Briefing: Tattoos, Tiger King, and Copyright Lawsuits – Oh My – Cramer v. Netflix

The IP Law Blog

A tattoo artist is suing Netflix for showing one of her tattoos in the series “Tiger King” without her permission. Scott Hervey and Tara Sattler discuss this case on this episode of The Briefing. Watch this episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel or listen to this podcast episode here.

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Federal judge blocks immigration officials from cutting Texas border fence

JURIST

US District Judge Alia Moses of the Western District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order to Texas and enjoined the federal government from interfering with Texas’s fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border. The suit was brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. As part of Operation Lone Star , the Texas Military Department has deployed concertina wire fencing to deter illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border.

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Law 4 Small Business Named 2024 Family Friendly Business

L4SB

Law 4 Small Business was named a 2024 Platinum Level Family Friendly Business by NMfamilyfriendlybusiness.org Here’s what you should know about NMfamilyfriendly.org. Mission: Family Friendly New Mexico’s mission is to recognize.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Health Exec: We Have No Choice But To Embrace AI

Above The Law

Providers who don’t take advantage of AI will get “left behind,” said Dr. Shantanu Gaur, founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies, during a panel discussion at INVEST Digital Health.

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Thomson Reuters Teases Generative AI Updates to Westlaw Precision Coming Nov. 15

LawSites

Thomson Reuters said today that it will unveil generative AI enhancements to its flagship legal research product Westlaw Precision on Nov. 15 that will build on its $650 million acquisition of Casetext last June. TR said it is taking a “best of” approach to product development, leveraging Casetext to accelerate the time for bringing its product to market, while also blending content with workflows and expanding beyond legal research to provide benefits to customers across its segment

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UNHCR spokesperson expresses alarm about Pakistan’s mass deportation plan of ‘undocumented foreign nationals’

JURIST

Ravina Shamdasani, the spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday, said that Pakistan’s plan to deport the “undocumented” remaining foreign nationals in the country after November 1 should be suspended as it disproportionately impacts more than a million undocumented Afghans who will remain in Pakistan post the final deadline.

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Small Town Alabama Journalists Arrested, Ordered To Refrain From Reporting On Grand Jury Investigations

The Crime Report

This article has been updated to include additional information from an article posted by Atmore News on November 2, alleging that the arrested journalists were ordered during their initial appearance to refrain from publishing future stories about “criminal and civil matters that might come before a grand jury.” Local newspaper publisher Sherry Digmon and reporter Don Fletcher were arrested in Atmore, Alabama on October 27 and accused of revealing information about a grand jury inv

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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.