2017

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Who Gives a Damn About Paralegal Ethics?

The Paralegal Society

I stand here, on the screen before you today, because I have the immense privilege of addressing each of you, individually, and a cross-section of the profession, collectively, in this way. I have also earned myself the obligation to do so. Even when it’s uncomfortable. Even when it’s not popular. Even when it’s somewhat controversial. And most importantly, when others don’t seem to be talking about the things that affect our profession at all.

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Wrongly convicted man passes New York bar exam

ABA Journal

Martin Tankleff, who was arrested at age 17 and would spend 17 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the murders of his parents,…

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FCC Approves For the First Time 100% Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its first decision approving 100% foreign ownership of a group of US broadcast stations. This comes after significant relaxation of the FCC’s interpretation of the foreign ownership limits which, less than 4 years ago, had been interpreted to effectively prohibit foreign ownership of more than 25% of a company controlling broadcast licensees (see our article here about the 2013 decision to relax the restrictive policy).

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Irish High Court Recognizes a Right to an Environment, But Finds that Environmental Group Lacks Standing to Make Climate Change Claims in Airport Runway Case

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

By Dena Adler. Photo Credit: Malcolm MacLeod via Wikimedia Commons. On November 21, 2017, the High Court of Ireland blocked a climate change case concerning construction of a new airport runway from moving forward, but made a groundbreaking decision in recognizing “a personal constitutional right to an environment” for the first time. In Friends of the Irish Environment CLG v.

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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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Using Side Letters in Private Funds

Strictly Business

At some point while raising capital for a private fund, you will likely be asked by one or more potential investors to enter into a side letter. A side letter is an agreement between the fund and one particular investor to vary the terms of the limited partnership agreement with respect to that particular investor (almost always to the benefit of the investor).

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Simple Act of Kindness Challenge

LegalTalkNetwork

Dear Listeners, Podcasting Partners, and Hosts, Before we say goodbye to 2017, we wanted to close things out on a note of gratitude. First of all to our listeners, thank you so much for tuning in. Without your support, we could not do what we love doing best. We very much appreciate and value your time, feedback, and all the occasions you shared our content with your friends, colleagues, and social media channels.

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Best Christmas EVER!

LawActually

I’ve been confounded by Asda’s marketing campaign for Christmas 2017 which has been thrust under my nose every time I open a Metro or turn on the TV for the last few weeks. I’m fricking sick of it. That campaign, of course, is the one promising people (but presumably only those who shop at Asda) the best Christmas ever. (Yes - I've really cut this out from the paper and scanned it in.

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Top 10 Moments of 2017!

The Robertson Reader

As 2017 draws to a close, we found ourselves reminiscing some of the greatest moments of the year. We have grown a lot in the past 12 months and are so proud of our students and staff for continually working hard to achieve their goals and enhancing industry standards. So in true New Year’s Eve tradition, countdown with us some of our favourite moments of 2017: #10 Busy Bees Our Students know how to keep busy.

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5 ways a virtual family law paralegal can take your practice to the next level

Lawfecta

Are you at that point in your law firm where your growing steadily and need extra help, but don’t require the need for full time assistance? Or maybe you have an in-house staff that is starting to become overwhelmed with the volume of work to be done. Or maybe you want to venture into a new area of law, and want assistance from someone who has handled that area to make an easier and seamless transition.

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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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Happy 131st Anniversary to the Hole Punch!

LegalSecretariesRock

Thanks to "google doodle" I know that today marks the 131st anniversary of the hole punch. The doodle is adorable and it's a fun little fact, but then I started thinking about how important the hole punch is in this profession. I mean, there are courts that will toss your documents if they aren't punched in just the right place. And some Judges have very specific rules - 2 at the top - 3 at the side.

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A Rallying Cry Against Rogue Paralegals

The Paralegal Society

When the time to stand up and fight presents itself to a person who is called to a cause: the soldier picks up his rifle; the boxer, his gloves; and the blogger, her keyboard. And we do not stop, until we have either silenced our opponent, or there is nothing of ourselves left to give. That time is today. The keyboard is locked and loaded. The House of Collins banner flies on high in the legal sector.

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Wrongly convicted man passes New York bar exam

ABA Journal

Martin Tankleff, who was arrested at age 17 and would spend 17 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the murders of his parents,…

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New Congressional Attempts to Impose a Performance Royalty for Sound Recordings on Broadcast Radio, Including the PROMOTE Act – What Do They Provide?

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last month, there have been two bills introduced in the US House of Representatives seeking to impose a performance royalty for sound recordings on broadcast radio stations in the US. The bill introduced yesterday, The PROMOTE Act (standing for the Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity to Earn Act – whatever that may mean, can be found here ), seems to have garnered more attention, perhaps as it was promoted by its principal sponsor, California Congressman Darrell Issa, as givin

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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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Transparency and ICAO’s Aviation Offsetting Scheme: Two Separate Concepts? – A New Sabin Center Working Paper

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

By Dena Adler. Photo Credit: NASA. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the UN specialized body for aviation, earned international praise in October 2016 for striking a deal to cap emissions from international passenger and cargo flights at 2020 levels, but a new Sabin Center Working Paper argues that ICAO must improve its transparency to truly “take-off.

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The Relationship Between Alcoholism And Divorce

MyLegalAssistants

By Susan Saper Galamba. Statistics show that alcohol is the number one drug problem in the United States. It also tends to be a big problem in divorces. There has been a significant increase in cases in the last two or three years in which I have seen one spouse claim that the other spouse abused alcohol. Generally, the spouse I meet with claims that his or her spouse is an alcoholic.

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Job Interview Tips for New Paralegals

How To Become A Paralegal

A new reality show emerged, and it centers around one of the world’s scariest occurrences: being interviewed for a job. The Job Interview brings the interview process live to your television. It involves real employers interviewing real people for real jobs. And job interviews? They are nerve-wracking. You’re being judged for your merits, your education, and your experience in a very short amount of time.

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3 Tricks to Make the Most of the New Podcast App in iOS 11

LegalTalkNetwork

The new version of the native Apple Podcasts app (the one that comes with your iPhone) came with quite a few changes. I, for one, thought they were confusing. I wasn’t able to find my favorite podcasts, episodes from podcasts I wasn’t subscribed to popped up at the top of my home screen, and I was using so much more data and space! Around the time this update happened, I agreed to help my brother move back to Colorado from Oregon (I know, family love knows no bounds).

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Christmas sandwiches

LawActually

Since 2010, November has always brought with it the first opportunity since the previous December to wrap my chubby little chops around a Christmas-themed sandwich during my lunch hour. As you can tell, I'm something of a lunchtime gourmet when I venture into the office. Imagine my delight when today, after two weeks of eagerly looking, I finally spotted the Christmas butties neatly haphazardly displayed on the chiller shelf in Sainsbury's Local.

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Winnipeg Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Students Ace CSMLS Board Exams

The Robertson Reader

Robertson College Winnipeg is thrilled to announce that the Medical Laboratory Assistant program (MLA14) students achieved a 93% pass rate in the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Board Exams held in October 2017. The national average pass rate for the exam was 70%. CSMLS is the national certifying body for medical laboratory professionals.

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How Your Clients Interview You (and how a virtual legal team can help)

Lawfecta

Technology has changed how customers find and evaluate businesses, including lawyers and law firms. Gone are the days when prospective clients rely exclusively on word of mouth too, as are the days where the interview of the attorney begins with the initial consultation. Today’s prospective legal clients use a mix of personal relationships and digital resources to begin interviewing an attorney before they ever meet them.

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Do Firms Want Secretaries Who Get the Job Done or Secretaries Who Look Good Doing It? Aging in the Workplace

LegalSecretariesRock

It happens to the best of us. And while I'm not sure when I first became aware of it, I'm fairly certain that once you reach the ripe old age of 40 it starts to peek at you in one form or another. Many of us "seasoned secretaries" (like myself) may have been too busy working hard to actually take note of the first time they realized that some of their attorneys don't just want the job done, they want someone who looks "perfect" doing it.

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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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PARALEGALS: #DontDiscussBusinessInPublicLikeThis

The Paralegal Society

We promised to bring you, our fabulous readers, more paralegal ethics posts in the name of our fun, new, empowering … Continue reading →

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Amazon’s Alexa can now track billable hours

ABA Journal

Corrected: As noted in its near-ubiquitous ad campaign, Amazon’s artificially intelligent virtual assistant, Alexa, can interact with users, give them important information like weather and…

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As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2017 Update

Broadcast Law Blog

Last year, we posted some guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly alludes to the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL. We are at that time of year again, so here is an updated version of our prior post. In addition to the monies it receives annually for the right to broadcast the Super Bowl, the NFL receives more than $1 billion in income from licensing the use of the SUPER BOWL trademark and logo.

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No 3rd Runway at Vienna Airport Because Adverse Climate Impacts Outweigh Short-term Economic Benefits: Austrian Court (Updated)

ClimateChange-ClimateLaw

by Justin Gundlach. (Updated on June 29, 2017). Plans for a third runway at the Vienna-Schwechat airport (pictured at right) were first submitted for review by the government of Lower Austria (one of Austria’s 9 regions) in March 2007. This week, the Lower Austrian government’s approval of those plans was struck down by Austria’s Federal Administrative Court ( Bundesverwaltungsgericht ) on the grounds that authorizing the runway would do more harm to the public interest than good, primarily beca

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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.