2022

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Take the Lead (Part I): How to Build a Modern Law Firm Intake System

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The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were like a figurative asteroid that violently crashed through the shared expectations of lawyers around client intake —in much the same way that a literal, giant asteroid sent dinosaurs scrambling in all directions. Eventually, the remaining dinosaurs evolved, and–if you believe (spoiler alert) the end of Jurassic Park–they became birds and took flight. .

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What Does a Paralegal Do? | Lancaster Lawyers RG Injury Law - Rankin & Gregory

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

By Deb Hatfield She spoke so softly, I could barely hear her. Her eyes were red from crying, her fingers were nervously smoothing the pile of papers she held in her hand. She looked at us and whispered hoarsely, I don’t know what to do.

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Georgia Judge Grants Joey Watkins's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Don W. Thompson of the Superior Court of Walker County granted Joey Watkins's petition for writ of habeas corpus, meaning that Joey's conviction for murdering Isaac Dawkins has been tossed. Here is Judge Thompson's opinion. The State now.

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Cybercrime in Australia increased by 13% since last financial year, reports Cyber Security Centre

JURIST

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Friday reported they received 76,000 cybercrime reports between July 2021 and June 2022, an increase of 13 percent since last year. In the third Annual Cyber Threat Report , the organisation broke down Australian cybercrime from the most recent financial year, reporting “an increase in the number and sophistication of cyber threats”.

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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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Texas AG Paxton Wants to Build A Registry Of Trans People, But He Won’t Say Why

Above The Law

But we can't have a registry of gun owners, because. CONSTITUTION! The post Texas AG Paxton Wants to Build A Registry Of Trans People, But He Won’t Say Why appeared first on Above the Law.

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Top Seven Legal Marketing Tactics to Finish the Year Strong?

Attorney at Work

Prepare for a profitable year ahead. Seven top legal marketing tactics to help your law firm finish the year with a bang. The post Top Seven Legal Marketing Tactics to Finish the Year Strong? appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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‘Third Branch of Public Safety’ Thrives in Albuquerque

The Crime Report

Photo via ACS website. One year into its implementation, the Albuquerque Community Safety (ACS) Department is gaining traction in addressing street-level mental health, addiction and homeless related crises— much to the relief of the city’s besieged police and fire departments. As a city cabinet-level agency, the ACS is the first in the nation to provide a non-law enforcement response to non-emergency incidents involving homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse incidents—dramatically fre

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Animal cruelty can qualify as domestic violence, state supreme court says

ABA Journal

An animal cruelty conviction for beating and killing an intimate partner’s dog can qualify for a domestic violence designation under Washington law, the Washington Supreme…

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Why the Dobbs decision won’t imperil pregnancy-related medical care

SCOTUSBlog

Share This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Elizabeth R. Kirk is director of the Center for Law & the Human Person at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She is an associate scholar at Charlotte Lozier Institute. Dr. Ingrid Skop is an obstetrician-gynecologist and is senior fellow and director of medical affairs at Charlotte Lozier Institute.

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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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China’s Rise in U.S. Design Patent System

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. WIPO administers the WIPO-administered Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. In 2015, the US linked its design patent system with Hague — this gives U.S. designers easier access to global design rights; and non-U.S. applicants easier access to the U.S. market. This week, China announced that it is also joining the system.

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Guest Post: Climate Litigation in Japan: Citizens’ Attempts for the Coal Phase-Out

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By Yumeno Grace Nishikawa, LLM*. The Supreme Court of Japan may soon weigh in on a growing field of climate litigation in Japan against coal-fired power plants. On May 6, 2022, the Citizens’ Committee on the Kobe Coal-Fired Power Plant filed an appeal to Japan’s Supreme Court in Citizens’ Committee on the Kobe Coal-Fired Power Plant v. Japan , their case challenging the legality of a governmental approval that allows for the construction and operation of new coal-fired power plants.

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How to Handle Long COVID at Work | Prinz Law Firm

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

After COVID-19 changed the landscape of the American workplace, its step-sister “Long COVID” is now threatening to do the same. As a result of COVID’s long-term after-effects, many workers are finding it difficult to keep up with the demands of their jobs.

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Adnan Syed & the State File a Joint Petition for (Further) DNA Testing

EvidenceProf Blog

On Tuesday, Adnan Syed and the State of Maryland filed a Joint Petition for Post Conviction DNA Testing. So, what does this mean? Prior DNA Testing On March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (Maryland's intermediate appellate.

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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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Australia forms multi-agency task force to combat cyber crime

JURIST

On Saturday, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security Clare O’Neil announced the formation of a multi-agency task force to combat cyber crime. Called the Joint Standing Operation (JSO), the task force will merge the efforts of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), an agency of the Defense Department.

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Brett Kavanaugh Hangs Out With Matt Gaetz In Most Obvious Turn Of Events Ever

Above The Law

'One degree of Brett Kavanaugh' is less a fun parlor game than a horrifying reminder of a crumbling nation. The post Brett Kavanaugh Hangs Out With Matt Gaetz In Most Obvious Turn Of Events Ever appeared first on Above the Law.

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Mentoring New Employees: The Secret To Reduced Churn?

The Process Street

Think back to a time when you stepped into unfamiliar territory. Can you remember how intimidating it was? That’s the dilemma each new employee faces. They need to acclimatize to a new culture, a new team, a new role, and new responsibilities. It’s daunting having to walk into an environment where everyone except you knows what they’re doing. Mentors are responsible for offering a support base for the new hire to get settled in their role quicker.

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5 Ways to Figure Out What You Want

Attorney at Work

Jamie Spannhake | Why is it so hard to figure out what we want? Let's take a new approach. The post 5 Ways to Figure Out What You Want 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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Flaws of Eyewitness ID Magnified by Facial Recognition Software: Researcher

The Crime Report

illustration by Kal Omari via Flickr. As courts and cops have turned to facial recognition software to identify criminals, identification by machines is matching eyewitness identification by humans as a criminal-legal tactic. But both crime-fighting tools are flawed, particularly when they are employed together, asserts Valena E. Beety, a law professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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Hermès Names MetaBirkins NFT Creator in Trademark Infringement, Dilution Lawsuit

The Fashion Law

Hermès has filed a lawsuit against the individual behind the collection of 100 MetaBirkins non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) that include images depicting furry renderings of its famous Birkin bag. In the complaint that it filed in a New York federal court on Friday, Hermès claims that MetaBirkins creator Mason Rothschild is “a digital speculator who is seeking to get rich quick by appropriating the brand MetaBirkins for use in creating, marketing, selling, and facilitating the exchange of digital as

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Cherry-picked history and ideology-driven outcomes: Bruen’s originalist distortions

SCOTUSBlog

Share This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Saul Cornell is the Paul and Diane Guenther chair in American history at Fordham University and adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School. The majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen invokes the authority of history but presents a version of the past that is little more than an ideological fantasy, much of it invented by gun-rights a

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Design Patent: Invalid as Unduly Functional

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. Golden Eye Media USA v. Evo Lifestyle Products ( Fed. Cir. 2022 ) (nonprecedential). Evo’s design patent claims an “ ornamental design for a foldable bag ” as shown in the figures above. This style of bag is known as a “trolly bag” in the UK and is used in shopping carts (trollies) to maintain order in reusable fashion.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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ABA opposes provisions in Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

ABA Journal

The ABA is opposing provisions in Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because they would undermine the well-being of LGBTQ students and chill…

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Two Unbelievable Reasons Why Paralegal Resumes Get Tossed - The Estrin Report

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

Are you sending your paralegal resume out with little or no response? Are you thinking about seeking a new position but not sure whether your resume will meet the test?Here are the most common (and un-communicated) reasons why your resume is tossed.

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Further DNA Testing is Approved in the Adnan Syed Case

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Melissa M. Phinn granted the Joint Petition for Post Conviction DNA Testing in the Adnan Syed case. Here is the judge's order: So, let's break that down. First, the order requires the Baltimore Police to overnight the named.

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Long-awaited report provides new evidence of Rohingya genocide in Myanmar

JURIST

The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) released its long-awaited report Thursday on the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. CIJA began its investigation in 2018, looking for evidence to clear a path toward international criminal prosecutions. CIJA has previously worked in Syria, gathering evidence on Bashar Al-Assad and IS. According to the UN fact-finding mission in 2018, crackdowns on the Rohingya ethnic minority began in the Rakhine region of Myanmar in 2017.

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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.