2021

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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10 Tips for Summarizing Medical Records

Paralegal Bootcamp

Summarizing medical records can be a major part of a paralegal’s job, yet it is one that gets little attention in the curriculum of many paralegal certificate programs. As one who has had to learn it the hard way, I’d like to offer my top 10 tips for summarizing medical records. Know Your Purpose.

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Paralegal Schools Forget to Mention These Things

Paralegal Bootcamp

Paralegal schools want enrollments, so it’s easy to understand why they present the paralegal profession in a certain light.

Tools to Help Renters and Landlords Access Federal Assistance

Diane Drain

CFPB Releases Online Tool to Help Renters and Landlords Access Federal Assistance. New resource helps renters and landlords find state and local programs distributing federal rental assistance funds. WASHINGTON, D.C.

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.

Paralegal Life: Working For A Difficult Boss

Paralegal Bootcamp

Tips for Improving the Situation When You Work for a Difficult Boss. As paralegals, we often get difficult cases and even more difficult opposing counsel.

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3 Mindset Shifts for New Paralegals

Paralegal Bootcamp

Your mindset is so important to your success as a new paralegal. Let’s look at 3 mindset shifts you can make early in your paralegal career. Stop calling yourself a “newbie” paralegal. They will think you are the person who you think you are.

How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant

The Estrin Report

Is there a brand new career just waiting for you? What exactly is a Virtual Assistant or VA? Simply put, a VA is someone who works remotely, online whether from their home or office. They are independent contractors or employees who work and use technology to deliver services.

Text Analytics, Court Stats, and Privacy

CourtTechBulletin

A couple of weeks ago I shared some of “ my problems with pending case statistics ”. Before that, I posted another note regarding an alternative for analyzing criminal justice data. I generally try not to complain about things without having a solution in mind.

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9 TED Talks For Paralegals to Watch

Paralegal Bootcamp

9 TED Talks For Paralegals. There are so many free educational videos out there that it can be somewhat overwhelming. Not only that, but you could find yourself going down a rabbit hole and spending too much time finding relevant content. .

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.

Grammar Giggle – My Kind of Wine Glass!

ProofThatBlog

I saw this in a catalog I received. While I would definitely use the second one for wine, since the page before uses the same description on a typical wine glass, I’m just saying that someone missed this in the review.

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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Graduation Live Stream - August 28, 2021

Paralegal.edu

On August 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 68th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the third straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

Rarer Than Steak Tartare: Former New York Prosecutor Suspended 2 Years for Brady Violation

EvidenceProf Blog

They say* the only thing rarer than steak tartare is a prosecutor being disciplined for failing to disclose material exculpatory evidence pursuant to Brady v. Maryland. But the case of Glenn Kurtzrock is an exception. A petition, filed by the

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Breaking Down the Three Charges Against Derek Chauvin

EvidenceProf Blog

On Monday, there will be closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial. In this post, I will break down the three charges that Chauvin faces in connection with the death of George Floyd. Second Degree Murder First, Chauvin is charged

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HB2617 is a Trojan Horse – Will Take Away Decades of Protection for Arizona Homeowners

Diane Drain

Arizona Bill wants Judgment Creditor to get paid before homeowners when house is refinanced (something Arizona law has not allowed since mid 1950s). Concerns about Arizona HB 2617, especially with the amendments: will allow old and new judgments to attached to homesteads.

Judge Grants Keith Davis a New (Sixth) Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Sylvester Cox granted the motion of Keith Davis Jr. for a new trial (Download Motion for new trial). Amelia McDonell-Parry covered Keith's case on the Undisclosed podcast. Keith's case is far too complicated to cover in a single

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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.

Mom Brings Her Well-Dressed Toddler (and His Resume) to Job Interview in This Viral Video

The Estrin Report

Sales trainer Maggie Mundwiller was one of countless people who lost a job they loved as a result of the pandemic. At the time, her son Mylo was just six weeks old, adding an extra layer of complexity to her job search.

Why I Hate "Pending Case" Statistics?

CourtTechBulletin

One of my more strongly held observations from working with court data is the statistical perceptions of case backlogs, or “pending cases” as they are generally used are simply wrong. I think that this is because they often do not really describe the court’s caseload situation. I explain.

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How Paralegals Can Avoid UPL

Paralegal Bootcamp

Paralegals can avoid the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) by becoming familiar with their state’s rules. Rules against UPL specify that paralegals (or anyone who is not licensed to practice law) cannot provide attorney-client services to people, among other prohibitions.

Grammar Giggle – Interesting Entree Choice

ProofThatBlog

A friend sent this one to me and it recently appeared on Reddit, but I thought it was interesting to show that even if everything is spelled correctly, sometimes placement is an issue. You need to try to look at your writing as a whole to make sure that all the parts of it are correct. Follow.

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.

Supreme Court of Oregon Holds a 10-2 or 11-1 "Not Guilty" Vote is a "Not Guilty" Verdict and Not a Hung Jury

EvidenceProf Blog

In Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court held that "if the Sixth Amendment’s right to a jury trial requires a unanimous verdict to support a conviction in federal court, it requires no less in state court." Before, this opinion, a

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Notary Public Seminar - September 10th

Paralegal.edu

Want to enhance your resume? Many employers expect their paralegals to be notaries and trust they know what they are doing! Do you know the various roles and responsibilities of a Notary Public?

Uber sued for charging ‘wait-time’ fees to passengers with disabilities

JURIST

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against Uber alleging that the company has overcharged passengers with disabilities.

Fifth Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity To Officers Who Tased Man Soaked in Gasoline, Knowing it Would Light Him on Fire

EvidenceProf Blog

The qualified immunity doctrine insulates governmental agents from liability for unconstitutional acts as long “as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.” The primary purpose of the doctrine

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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.