2021

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Supreme Court of Arizona Eliminates Peremptory Challenges

EvidenceProf Blog

The Supreme Court of Arizona has taken the landmark step of eliminating peremptory challenges from jury selection in both civil and criminal cases. So, what does this mean, and why did the court do it? During jury selection, there are.

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South Africa parliament blocks constitutional amendment for land expropriation

JURIST

South African lawmakers Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to the country’s constitution that would allow the expropriation of land without compensation as a way of addressing apartheid injustices. The ruling party now says they will resort to legislation to facilitate the process. The proposed amendment to Section 25 of the South African Cosntitution failed to reach the two-thirds threshold requirement.

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Tips to avoid miscalculating dates when calendaring a case - InfoTrack

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

Worried about what you may not know about keeping up with calendaring? Try out these recommendations for avoiding costly mistakes and missed deadlines.

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Judge Removed From Bench After Calling A Judge ‘Fat B*tch’ And Another Judge ‘Uncle Tom’

Above The Law

She 'engaged in a pattern of abuse of staff, attorneys and litigants.'. The post Judge Removed From Bench After Calling A Judge ‘Fat B*tch’ And Another Judge ‘Uncle Tom’ appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Violent Crime Highest in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: Study

The Crime Report

The rise in violent crime across the U.S. has been concentrated in “low-income communities of color” which have disproportionately experienced the impact of school closures and reductions in basic services during the pandemic, according to a study by the University of California-Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP). The first-of-its-kind study adds a different perspective to the narrative suggesting America is confronting a new crime wave as a result of liberal, “soft-on-crime

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Top 5 Tips: Taking Depositions in a Post-Pandemic World

Attorney at Work

While much of the world stopped last year, depositions didn’t. Cases forged ahead and lawyers scrambled to establish new ways of taking depositions and handling proceedings that, for decades, had been routine. As we emerge out of the pandemic, many of the pivots intended as bandages for uncertain times will become permanent changes to the way we conduct and prepare for depositions.

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In New Lawsuit, Nike Says it Cannot Allow “Customizers” to Build Businesses Off of its Famous Trademarks

The Fashion Law

On the heels of its short-lived legal battle against MSCHF over the company’s heavily-publicized Jesus and Satan sneakers , Nike is taking on the increasingly problematic custom market by way of a newly-filed lawsuit, with the Beaverton, Oregon-based sportswear behemoth asserting that it – and its wildly valuable trademarks – are facing “a growing threat [of] unlawful infringement and dilution by others that seek to unfairly trade-off of Nike’s successes by leveraging the value of Nike’s brand t

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How Law Firms Can Strengthen Their Cybersecurity

LegalReader

As technology evolves, the threat of cyber attacks also rises. When a law firm faces cyber attacks, it can lead to fines, penalties, malpractice lawsuits, investigations, and negative publicity.

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5 things lawyers should know about artificial intelligence

ABA Journal

Although artificial intelligence has been the subject of academic research since the 1950s and has been used commercially in some industries for decades, it is…

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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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CDC Admits That It Miscalculated The Risk Of Outdoor Covid Transmission

JonathanTurley

The New York Times is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was relying on a faulty study in declaring a 10 percent chance of the transmission of Covid-19 outdoors. After using the “miscalculation” to support outdoor mask mandates for over 300 million Americans, the CDC now says that it is more like one percent. It is astonishing that such a key and controversial component of our Covid policies was not just based on a miscalculation but never actively question

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Clemency for Nikki Addimando

EvidenceProf Blog

On September 28, 2017, Nikki Addimando fatally shot her boyfriend Christopher Grover. There is significant evidence that Chris was physically and sexually abusing Nikki and that she feared for her life when she fatally shot him: In 2017, Addimando was.

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Supreme Court adds two cases involving Native Americans to docket

JURIST

The Supreme Court added two new cases Monday involving Native Americans to its docket this term. The first case is Denezpi v. United States , which asks the Court to consider an issue regarding the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment. In 2017 Merle Denezpi, a member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to an assault charge before the Court of Indian Offenses, for which he was sentenced to 140 days incarceration.

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How to Find A Way Out of Paralegal Burnout

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

Paralegal burnout can cripple your mental health. Learn how you can find a way out of burnout—including alternative careers for paralegals

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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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The DEA Declares Delta-8 THC Is Not A Controlled Substance… But Does It?

Above The Law

Even IF the DEA deemed that Delta-8 THC is legal, it wouldn't give carte blanche to manufacture Delta-8 THC in states where the substance is expressly banned or legalize it under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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New DOJ $$s to Combat Online Child Exploitation, Improve Reentry Services

The Crime Report

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide more than $110 million in grants to help returning citizens re-integrate with civil society and to improve correctional educational and employment services for current incarcerees. Another $141 million will be earmarked for programs aimed at improving the judicial system’s handling of child abuse. The announcements from the DOJ are the latest in a flurry of holiday season grants geared towards focusing on critical but often underfunded areas of the ju

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NCAA athletes win 9-0 on educational perks as Kavanaugh calls out ban on direct payments

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Monday reshaped the relationship between universities and the athletes who play college sports. In an opinion by Justice Neil Gorsuch , the justices unanimously ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association cannot prohibit its member schools from providing athletes with certain forms of education-related benefits, such as paid post-graduate internships, scholarships for graduate school, or free laptops or musical instruments.

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How Attorneys Can Use Legal Data for Strategic Law Firm Positioning

Attorney at Work

Using legal data for strategic law firm planning is no longer reserved for BigLaw. With the improved access to litigation data from numerous vendors in the exploding legal tech ecosystem, solo practitioners, small law firms, and regional and midsize firms can take advantage of insights from data to position themselves as leaders and market movers in their respective practice areas and jurisdictions.

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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 RealReal’s Net Losses Rise for Q2, With Reseller Citing an $11 Million Legal Settlement

The Fashion Law

The RealReal reported what it calls “another quarter of strong growth,” during which it generated $105 million in revenue, and its highest quarterly gross merchandise volume to date, with the total value of pre-owned luxury goods sold increasing by 91 percent on a year-over-year basis to $350 million and 53 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

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Forensic Linguistics: The Oft-Overlooked Relationship Between Language and Courtroom

LegalReader

The winds of change are blowing and the growing demand for forensic linguists is a harbinger of fundamental alterations in the world of law.

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Will employer vaccine mandate survive? OSHA would act under little-used statutory provision

ABA Journal

President Joe Biden’s plan to require businesses with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or testing relies on a little-used provision of a 1970…

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Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings

JonathanTurley

I previously wrote that the key to conviction in the Derek Chauvin trial (and avoiding a cascading failure in all four cases ) is the autopsy findings and the role of drugs (including fentanyl) in the body of George Floyd. Prosecutors are now asking the jury to effectively dismiss the findings of the only official autopsy in the case and insist, contrary to those findings, that Floyd died from asphyxia, or, lack of oxygen.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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The 10 Legal Tech Trends that Defined 2021

LawSites

As awful as was the year 2020 for so many reasons, my year-end report last year found reasons to be optimistic. “The silver lining of 2020,” I wrote, “is that we have been forced to consider changes that were long overdue and then given the opportunity to implement those changes.”. This year, my report is tainted by a degree of pessimism. As I survey the legal profession broadly, and the world of legal tech and innovation specifically, I see uncertainty and inertia.

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Environmental group announces ICC suit against Bolsonaro for rainforest destruction

JURIST

Austrian environmental group AllRise announced that it filed an official complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday accusing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity” for his role in the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The group also launched its “ The Planet Vs Bolsanaro ” campaign across social media following the filing of the ICC complaint.

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The Secret Skills Of Super In-House Counsel

Paralegal Brief Submitted Articles

There are unquestionably different skills that successful in-house counsel have that those working at a firm have likely never even considered.

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Quinn Emanuel Will Allow Lawyers To Work Remotely, Indefinitely, From Anywhere In The Country

Above The Law

Is this the first of many Am Law 100 firms to make such a move? The post Quinn Emanuel Will Allow Lawyers To Work Remotely, Indefinitely, From Anywhere In The Country appeared first on Above the Law.

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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.