May, 2022

Federal appeals court upholds bar dues despite free speech concerns


The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Friday ruled that required bar dues for lawyers in Wisconsin are constitutional.

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Vickers v. Bison Specialty Services: An Exercise in Rampant Racism


Put together, and spread out over time, [the alleged actions] show a pattern of "frequent and offensive" acts creating a hostile work environment for Mr. Vickers and other employees of color.


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Draft opinion to overturn Roe becomes focus of Senate hearing on ethics reform


Share Just hours after the country learned from a leaked draft opinion that the justices have privately voted to overturn Roe v. Wade , a Senate Judiciary Committee panel met on Tuesday to discuss ethics reform of the high court.

Adding Value to the Firm – Are you in or Out?

The Estrin Report

by Nora Boghossian Sr. Researcher and Executive Assistant Estrin Legal Staffing. We often talk about how to get a job but why don’t we talk enough about keeping a job? You are going to have to kick me out, because I’m not going anywhere.” I remember saying that to my boss one day.

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.

Websites Paralegals Should Bookmark (Or At Least Know About)

Paralegal Bootcamp

Bookmark? Must be a boomer who wrote this, you are thinking–now we have Google, and we don’t need long nested lists of bookmarks. Just tell Google what you want and it will take you there, at least most of the time, right?

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New York Assembly district maps face constitutional challenge


A press conference was held Wednesday to announce a constitutional challenge against the redistricting of the New York State Assembly’s electoral districts.

Top Notch Representation, Personalized Service

Diane Drain

“ Top Notch Representation, Personalized Service! Diane Drain personally answers her incoming calls! Every individual has their own specific reasons for seeking bankruptcy protection. I enlisted Ms.

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Congress Needs to Invest in Returning Citizens

The Crime Report

Photo via Flickr. A little after five on frigid, dark Buffalo mornings, Audrey Mayo fires up her van to begin picking up her team for the 6:20 AM meeting to drive to Gamma North, a global major window contractor.

Court sides with Ted Cruz and strikes down campaign-finance restriction along ideological lines


Share The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal campaign-finance law that limits how and when candidates can repay loans that they make to their own campaigns. The 6-3 ruling , which held that the law violates the First Amendment, came in a case filed by Sen.

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.

What This Paralegal Has Learned After Working With Attorneys for 40 Years

Paralegal Bootcamp

To summarize a list of lessons learned in 43 years of paralegal practice is rather like opening Pandora’s box. Hard to say what may pop up!

North Carolina Publishes the Results of their Court Appearance Project


[link] A report on the results of “The Court Appearance Project” in North Carolina was released recently.

Chile finalizes draft of new constitution replacing Pinochet-era instrument


Chile’s Constitutional Convention Monday finalized the draft of a new constitution, following 10 months of negotiations.

Make Money Monday:  Should Lawyers Use TikTok?

My Shingle

In the past four years, the social media platform TikTok grew exponentially, now boasting a billion users a month averaging 850 minutes on the app. Interesting data, but should lawyers be using Tiktok? You might be inclined to respond “hell yes!,”

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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.

Can Prosecutors Be Trusted to Correct Wrongful Convictions?

The Crime Report

In the past 20 years, prosecutors in Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs) have increasingly taken on the responsibility of exonerating individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.

Divided court curtails judicial review of factual questions in immigration proceedings


Share The Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of federal courts to review certain factual findings in immigration proceedings that determine whether noncitizens will be deported or will be allowed to remain in the country. The ruling in Patel v.

Paralegal Career Choice: Public Service or Private Practice

Paralegal Bootcamp

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Paralegals and legal assistants held about 345,600 jobs in 2020.

NSTA Guide Advises Against the Use of “Parent,” “Male,” Female,” “Mother” and “Father”


In academia, there have been growing controversies over language guides and usages, including the use of pronouns that some object to as matters of religion or grammar.

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.

Canada Supreme Court rules extreme intoxication a criminal defense


The Supreme Court of Canada Friday ruled that extreme intoxication is a valid defense to criminal charges like murder and rape, overturning section 33.1 of the Criminal Code. The court upheld a lower court’s ruling in R. Brown which also found the extreme intoxication law unconstitutional.

Building a Better Law Practice: 7 Reasons to Specialize

Attorney at Work

Law specialization has become increasingly common — almost a necessity. . Abraham Lincoln, licensed to practice law in 1837 in Illinois, may be the archetypal general practice attorney.

Investing in Public Schools Reduces Crime: Michigan Study

The Crime Report

A new University of Michigan study has found that increases in public school funding early in children’s lives can reduce adult crime, reports

Justices decline to block execution of Arizona man with schizophrenia


Share The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Arizona to execute a man who suffered from severe mental illness and, according to his lawyers, did not understand why the state wanted to put him to death.

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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.

Should I Hire A Legal Marketing Consultant? I Just Want to Practice Law!


Someone once famously said, “a consultant is someone who knows how to make love 99 ways but has no one to make love with.” Consultants need to help you achieve your goals because, with rare exceptions, lawyers hate marketing.

Periodontitis Can Cause Deadly Secondary Disorders if Left Untreated


Gum disease and tooth decay can cause cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes, among other diseases.


India court convicts Kashmir separatist leader in terror funding case


A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Delhi Thursday convicted Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik in a case related to funding of terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

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5 Ways to Create Your Path to Positivity

Attorney at Work

The benefits of positivity for your law firm? Positive emotions can lower stress, improve coping skills and even open your mind — and that benefits everyone, from team members to clients. . A few weeks before the pandemic struck the U.S.,

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.