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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Justices will hear arguments on Jan. 7 in challenges to Biden vaccine policies

SCOTUSBlog

Share With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, the Supreme Court fast-tracked two disputes over the Biden administration’s efforts to expand vaccinations. In an unusual move, the justices announced on Wednesday night that they will hear oral arguments on Jan. 7 on two federal policies: a vaccine-or-test mandate for workers at large employers, and a vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding.

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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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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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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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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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No-Code Legal Automation Startup Josef Raises $2.5M

LawSites

Josef , an Australia-based, no-code software platform that enables legal professionals to automate common tasks, has raised $2.5 million. The funding round was led by Australian venture firm Carthona Capital , with participation from U.S. investors, including The LegalTech Fund. Added to the startup’s $1 million seed round in 2019, this brings its total funding to $3.5 million.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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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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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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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.

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Court sends Texas abortion case back to 5th Circuit, rejecting challengers’ request to return case to district judge

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Thursday morning agreed to immediately put into effect last week’s ruling in the battle over a Texas law banning almost all abortions in the state. But the justices rejected a request from abortion providers to send the case back to the friendlier confines of a federal district court in Texas, instead returning the case to the conservative U.S.

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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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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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Optimizing Contract Management and Enhancing Team Collaboration: Insights from a Legal Operations Perspective

Speaker: Adina Marta Newman

Learn about a world of effective contract management and seamless teamwork across departments in this upcoming webinar from Cobblestone Software. You'll discover practical strategies and tips that legal professionals can use to streamline contract processes and enhance collaboration, making significant impact across legal and corporate departments. Join us as we show how you can supercharge contract processes, improve team communication, and take your contributions to the next level.

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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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George Mason Law Professor Challenges School Vaccine Mandate

JonathanTurley

George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki is objecting to the school’s mandatory vaccine policy for faculty and students as a condition to returning to campus. Zywicki is raising an issue that is largely being ignored by the Administration and the media in the push for mandatory vaccine rules by private companies: the millions with natural antibodies to the virus.

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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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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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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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Majority of court appears dubious of New York gun-control law, but justices mull narrow ruling

SCOTUSBlog

Share When Wednesday’s oral argument in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen drew to a close after roughly two hours of debate, it seemed likely that New York’s 108-year-old handgun-licensing law is in jeopardy. But the justices’ eventual ruling might be a narrow one focused on the New York law (and others like it), saving broader questions on the right to carry a gun outside the home for later.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.