2020

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Gives a Pardon of Innocence to Ronnie Long

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a Pardon of Innocence for Ronnie Long, whose case we covered on the Undisclosed Podcast: So, why is this a big deal? On August 26th, the United States Court of Appeals for the.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules police officers can no longer search vehicles without a warrant

JURIST

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Article 1, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution offers greater protection to citizens from warrantless searches of their vehicles than does the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Prior to the ruling, Pennsylvania precedent held that the federal automobile exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment applied in Pennsylvania without exception.

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7 Steps for Turning Uncertainty into Transformative Opportunity

The Estrin Report

"Once there was a young woman who heard that an old wise woman had the secret of wisdom. The young woman was determined to track the old woman down. After traveling many months, the young woman found the old woman in a cave. She entered and addressed the old woman: "Old Wise Woman, I hear you have The Secret of Wisdom. ".

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10 Things Attorneys Look For in a Paralegal

Paralegal Bootcamp

Things Attorneys Look For In a Paralegal. Attention to Detail Problem-solving Technology Skills Proactive Mindset Professionalism Time Management Research Skills Strong Work Ethic Communication Skills Organization Skills. Do you want to know what things attorneys look for in a paralegal? Ask them! The easiest way to find out what attributes and skills your attorney values the most is to ask them.

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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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Problems Paying Your Mortgage During COVID? – Check Out the Options

Diane Drain

Are you financially stressed right now? What to know about options, from debt negotiation to bankruptcy. This short video from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” is actually very informative and goes over the various options for homeowners who have received a forbearance. If the homeowner is not in Chapter 13, contacting their servicer or discussing their options with a HUD approved counselor is their best course of action.

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Guyana: A First Step Towards Climate Litigation

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

Georgetown, Capital of Guyana (Credit: amanderson2 ). By Melinda Janki*. In a climate litigation win, the High Court of the Supreme Court of Guyana accepted a settlement between a scientist, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Guyana, and Esso (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil) to limit the company’s environmental permits to produce oil from more than 23 years to five years.

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Top 10 tips on how to become a sports lawyer 2.0

LawInSport

LawInSport · How to become a sports lawyer with LawInSport, Founder, Sean Cottrell. This article was updated with Episode 97 of the LawInSport Podcast to accompany this article on 16 November 2020 added with the 2.0 version being published on 01 May 2019. I spend a fair amount of time speaking, mentoring and coaching enthusiastic law students, athletes and professionals who are considering becoming a sports lawyers.

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Opinion analysis: Court sides with New Mexico over Texas in interstate water dispute

SCOTUSBlog

The Supreme Court decided Texas v. New Mexico on Monday, ruling in New Mexico’s favor in an interstate water dispute over the Pecos River. Texas filed the case directly in the Supreme Court, invoking the court’s original jurisdiction in cases where one state sues another … just as it did on Dec. 8 when it sued four “swing” states over how they conducted the presidential election.

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Holiday Wellness Gift Ideas for Lawyers

MyCase

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. If you’re at all like me, you’re undoubtedly ready for it to end and are hoping that 2021 will prove to be a far less turbulent year. But before we reach the end of 2020, we’ve got the holidays to look forward to – and presents to buy. So if you’re a lawyer or have a lawyer on your gift list, you may be looking for gift ideas.

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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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16 Legal Apps for Paralegals and Lawyers

My Paralegal Place

While it can take some time to adjust to the idea of a future with less face-to-face interaction, this means there are new legal apps for paralegals and lawyers lawyers that can ultimately help personalize (and streamline) the services you offer to your clients. From daily office management to billing […]. The post 16 Legal Apps for Paralegals and Lawyers appeared first on.

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Undisclosed Mega-Update Thread 7

EvidenceProf Blog

On December 17, 2020 North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a Pardon of Innocence for Ronnie Long. And yesterday, a settlement was reached, pursuant to which Chester Hollman III will be awarded $9.8 million for his 28 years of wrongful.

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Chinese court sentences COVID-19 whistleblower to four years in prison

JURIST

Rights organizations decried the four year prison sentence handed down to Zhang Zhan, a citizen-journalist, by a Chinese court on Monday. She was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” charges sometimes used by authorities to quell dissent. Zhang, a 37-year-old former lawyer, had reported on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan beginning in February.

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Former Washington state bar leader remembered as a champion for legal innovation

ABA Journal

Paula Littlewood, a champion for legal industry innovation who led the Washington State Bar Association for more than a decade, died of cancer Monday.

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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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Summary Judgment Satisfies Justice

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. Super-Sparkly Safety Stuff v. Skyline (Fed. Cir. 2020). Apart from the Plaintiff’s fabulous name, this case involves the defendant’s catch-phrase “bling-it-on!”; photos of celebrity models; personal weapons (pepper spray); AND a design patent! Both of these companies take the approach that a can of pepper-spray should be a fashion-accessory.

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Is Someone Trying to Collect On a Debt You Already Paid or is Not Yours?

Diane Drain

Have you received a demand that you pay a debt you don’t owe, or already paid? Reprint of an article from the Federal Tradc Commission “FTC.gov”, September 29, 2020. Nobody likes getting debt collection calls. But have you ever gotten one for a debt you already paid — or you know isn’t yours? Or have you been threatened and harassed by a debt collector until you paid up?

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4 Legal Issues E-commerce Businesses Need to Be Aware of Before Launch Day

LegalReader

The world of online selling is constantly evolving - and so are its laws. Staying abreast of rising issues in the online retail arena can help you make the right moves to protect your eCommerce venture and its reputation.

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How Smart Contracts are Changing Legal Contracts

LawTechnologyToday

While a world free of lawyers will most likely never come to fruition (to many parties’ chagrin), new technology in the form of smart contracts is changing how legal matters are drafted. Evidenced by increased adoption for major industrial applications with the OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium , a powerful network of 10 major oil and gas players; alongside the Construction Industry Institute at The University of Texas’ recent Operating System 2.0 (OS2) initiative, a collaborative research

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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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Blockchain-Based Tokenization of Commercial Real Estate

Gravel2Gavel

By Josh D. Morton and Matt Olhausen. Blockchain technology is a digitized, distributed ledger that immutably records and shares information using software protocols and advanced cryptology. The development of blockchain-based smart contracts—self-executing software algorithms integrated into a blockchain with trigger actions based on pre-defined parameters—has made it possible for parties to automate the process of executing commercial transactions between counterparties in a more direct, trustw

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Justices allow execution of Alfred Bourgeois to proceed

SCOTUSBlog

Alfred Bourgeois became the 10th person to be put to death by the federal government this year, after the Supreme Court on Friday evening denied his application for a delay of the execution. Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor indicated that they would have granted the application. Federal law and Supreme Court precedent ban the execution of someone who is mentally disabled.

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2020 ILTA Legal Technology Survey: Remote Working and the Shift to Cloud-based Legal Software

MyCase

Every year the International Legal Technology Association conducts a technology survey of firms of all sizes, and the results always provide lots of interesting data on how lawyers are using technology. This year’s Survey was of particular interest due to its timing. Because it was conducted during the first few months of the pandemic, it offers useful insight into COVID-related technology trends, including the ways that law firms are using remote working tools and cloud-based legal softwa

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Personal Injury Paralegal: Do you have the needed skills?

My Paralegal Place

Personal injury paralegals assist lawyers in all aspects of litigation from case inception through appeal. Below is information on the role of paralegals in the area of personal injury law including daily responsibilities, challenges, and tips. Client Service A paralegal working on personal injury/wrongful death cases must know how to interview and screen […].

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Top 5 legal technology stories of 2020

LLRX

Nicole L. Black discusses the wide ranging effects on the legal technology space from the pandemic across all corners of the legal technology world. The shift to remote work had a dramatic impact on both the practice of law and the business of law, resulting in the rapid—and singularly remarkable—adoption of technology at rates never before seen. In some cases, the transition was a smooth one, and in others, it was a spectacular disaster.

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Federal financial regulators propose computer-security incident notification for banks

JURIST

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Friday proposed a new computer-security incident notification requirement for banking organizations and their bank service providers. The proposed rule would require a banking organization to provide its primary federal regulator a prompt notification of any “computer-security incident” no later than 36 hours after it believes the incident occurred.

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What it’s like to argue before the Supreme Court during COVID-19

ABA Journal

Jeffrey L. Fisher has argued more than 40 U.S. Supreme Court cases, and he relies heavily on the justices’ body language during arguments.

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Federal Circuit: User Experience is not Computer Functionality

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch. Simio, LLC v. FlexSim Software ( Fed. Cir. 2020 ) (opinion by Chief Judge Prost and joined by Judges Clevenger and Stoll). In this case, the Federal Circuit has affirmed the lower court’s summary dismissal of Simio’s infringement lawsuit on eligibility grounds. The appellate panel also upheld the lower court’s refusal to permit the patentee to amend its complaint — seeing the proposed amendment as “futile.” Dennis Pegden has received many aw

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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.