2020

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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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.

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A Domestic Violence Hand Signal for Video Calls

CourtTechBulletin

Just a short note today that shows how tech can really help. In an article on Medium.com , we learned a hand signal has been created that can be used by web/video conferencing users to signal domestic violence.

Graduation Live Stream - September 12, 2020

Paralegal.edu

On September 12, 2020, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 66th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs, and wow how different it will be. Just over 6 months ago graduation was held in person at South Texas College of Law and 105 paralegal credentials were conferred.

A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

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.

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Deposition Summary

Paralegal Bootcamp

Fast-Track Friday Tip. 3 Methods of Preparing a Deposition Summary. Preparing a deposition summary can be time-consuming for a litigation paralegal and costly to the client.

Grammar Giggles – Aye, Aye, Captian!

ProofThatBlog

I found this at a restaurant while on vacation. While it sounds delicious, I couldn’t get past the title—which contained TWO errors. Follow. The post Grammar Giggles – Aye, Aye, Captian! appeared first on Proof That Blog.

7 Reasons Web Accessibility Should Be Your Top Priority for 2021

LegalReader

If people find your site inaccessible, you could land yourself in the midst of legal actions for noncompliance. Renowned brands such as Sears, Target, and Nike have had to pay hefty fines, and with the turbulent economic conditions, you can’t afford this.

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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.

Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

Guyana: A First Step Towards Climate Litigation

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

Georgetown, Capital of Guyana (Credit: amanderson2 ). By Melinda Janki*.

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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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.

This and That in Court Technology, October 2020

CourtTechBulletin

Lots of news this time on court tech.

Recovering from a Cyber Attack

Speaker: Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies

If your organization stores data and is connected to the Internet, it is not a matter of “if” a cyber-security incident will happen; but rather, “when” this will occur. Organizations protecting their data is no longer “recommended;” it’s necessary.

Competencies as Currency – How to Get Employers to Show You the Money

Paralegal.edu

Certificates and degrees will go far to establish your credibility. Having qualifications demonstrates that you can contribute and add value to an organization through training and education. However, employers are not just seeking candidates with credentials.

Bhutan’s Parliament votes to decriminalize homosexuality

JURIST

Bhutan’s Parliament adopted the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of 2019 on Thursday, decriminalizing homosexual conduct between two consenting adults.

9 Passive-Aggressive Email Phrases You Are Probably Using

The Estrin Report

You might have noticed some of your bosses and colleagues and friends getting somewhat, well, downright testy during this Coronavirus time. No wonder!

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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!

Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Lindsay Harrison, and Erin O'Brien

Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use local search and 88% use smartphones for those searches? With that in mind, I think it's safe to say your online presence is the silver bullet of your business. Think about the revenue you could be missing by not prioritizing local search optimization. Fortunately, there are a handful of steps you can take right now that will immediately impact your business's pace in local search, and we're happy to share them.

Grammar Giggle – Eat Outdoors Every Day–Just Not At This Restaurant

ProofThatBlog

I saw this recently at a restaurant. “Outdoor” is defined as “done, situated, or used out of doors.” ” It should be one word.

Lawsuit: Nevada Mom Says Charter School Forced Her Biracial Son to Claim “White Privilege”

LegalReader

The lawsuit suggests that William Clark--who is biracial--was singled out for privilege checks because of his White appearance.

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.

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Cuomo Signs State Law Barring Sale and Display of “Symbols Of Hate”

JonathanTurley

C-Span Screenshot. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week that would ban the the sale of Confederate flags and other symbols of “intolerance and hate” on public property and limit the display of such symbols.

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.

Court of Appeals of Maryland Finds Rap Lyrics Were Admissible Against Defendant Charged With Murder

EvidenceProf Blog

Should a defendant's rap lyrics be admissible against him at a murder or attempted murder trial? After a New Jersey court found that Vonte Skinner's rap lyrics were admissible against him at his attempted murder trial, I wrote an essay

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Debt Collectors Profit Because of COVID and Want More Money

Diane Drain

Debt collectors doubled their earnings – all thanks to COVID-19. 10/5/20 According to an article in ProPublica, debt collections have made a fortune this year due to the COVID stimulus monies.

Courts Posting Zoom Conference ID’s and Passwords

CourtTechBulletin

Some news came in from several courts. It is reported that Zoom web conferencing proceedings are being interrupted because the courts are publicly posting the time, link, and passwords on their websites. Stop it! We apply security in the physical courthouse. It should be the same in cyberspace.

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Seminar: Mastering Employment | November 13th

Paralegal.edu

Achieving success in your chosen career depends not only on possessing the requisite knowledge and skills to be proficient on the job, but also on being adept at navigating the often tumultuous terrain of employment, relationship building, and career advancement.

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.