June, 2021

Breaking News! Brazil Moves Toward Cannabis Legalization


On Tuesday, June 8, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Special Commission very narrowly approved a bill authorizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal, veterinary, scientific, and industrial use.

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Grammar Giggle – I’ll Explain This Best To My Ability!


This was in a local breaking news post I received. I initially caught the “best to their ability” error–which should be “to the best of their ability”–and noticed that the last part of the last sentence could be rewritten to make much more sense.


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Germany passes law requiring corporate due diligence human rights, environment


The German Parliament passed a law on Friday requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain. The law introduces a shift to mandatory compliance with international norms on labor exploitation.

District of Idaho Notes That the Ninth Circuit Has Limited the Scope of Rule 704(b)

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) states that In a criminal case, an expert witness must not state an opinion about whether the defendant did or did not have a mental state or condition that constitutes an element of the crime


Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

50th Anniversary of the NCSC


Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the National Center for State Courts. The " founding moment happened on March 11, 1971.

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Psychedelics Legislation Advances in California


Earlier this year, I wrote a post entitled “ California May Decriminalize Psychedelics ”. My post discussed a piece of legislation that was introduced ( SB-519 ), which would decriminalize a host of psychedelic drugs.

Grammar Giggle – Less or Fewer?


This was a picture in a Facebook group I’m in that made me stop and look again. It gives me the opportunity to discuss the difference between less and fewer. Less is something that can’t necessarily be counted such as “Jane wished there was less hate in the world.”

France antitrust authority fines Google €220M for subverting competition


France’s antitrust watchdog fined Google €220 million (USD $268 million) Monday for giving preferential treatment to its own proprietary technologies in digital advertisements. Complaints about Google advertising practices, filed in September 2019 by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.,

Supreme Court of Indiana Finds Tyson Timbs's Land Rover Was Unconstitutionally Forfeited, Comparing Him to Captain Ahab

EvidenceProf Blog

In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs was charged in June 2013 with two counts of dealing in a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit theft, all felonies. He pleaded guilty in 2015 to selling $260 worth of heroin and served

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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

A Plan for the Federal Courts CM/ECF


Alpine Texas Federal Courthouse The US Government General Services Administration’s 18F Team performed an “11-week Path Analysis on the federal judiciary’s Case Management and Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system.

5 Non-Legal Podcasts For Paralegals


A New Spin on Your Typical List of Paralegal Podcasts. There are already enough lists out there for the top podcasts for paralegals. That’s because there are not very many active podcasts for paralegals out there to choose from.

Federal Legalization: The New MORE Act


Second verse, same as the first, a whole lot louder and a lot MORE woke. The House of Representatives passed the first version of the MORE Act at the end of 2020. The bill promptly died in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Are You Doing Work You Won’t Get Promoted For?


Have you ever noticed that colleagues around you were getting promoted or moving on to higher level positions and you were not? And yet, you know that you are just as qualified, if not more than they are?

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AG Garland proposes new gun control measures


US Attorney General Merrick Garland unveiled two new gun safety measures Monday.

Cop Who Wrongly Led No-Knock Raid Against 78-Year-Old Grandfather Can’t Be Sued, Court Rules

EvidenceProf Blog

Nick Sibilla has written the article, "Cop Who Wrongly Led No-Knock Raid Against 78-Year-Old Grandfather Can’t Be Sued, Court Rules," for Forbes. The article concerns the case of 78 year-old Onree Norris, who was the victim of a no-knock raid

Nevada Appellate Courts CIO Position Announced


Full details and application are available through NeoGov The posting closes on June 25, 2021. The Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) role is to provide vision and leadership for identifying, acquiring and implementing information technologies for the Nevada Appellate Courts.

19 Tips to Streamline Records Retrieval


19 Tips to Streamline Records Retrieval. RESEARCH & DUE DILIGENCE. If your firm handles litigation that involves any sort of injuries, chances are you’re familiar with the process of records retrieval.

Cannabis in Mexico- it ain’t over till the fat Mariachi sings!


I am writing this now, a month after the Mexican Senate virtually ignored (yes, ignored) the social and business mandate to regulate recreational and industrial cannabis. Yes, it took me almost a whole month to calm myself enough so as to write a post that did not sound like a mere rant.

Tips for Job Seekers and Employers:


For those of you seeking a dynamic new job: Do not use a resume that is “one size fits all”. Tailor your resume to the job description. Employers will not imagine that you have had the right responsibilities for the job if it is not on the resume.

Exonerated Defendants Lost 25,000 Years to Wrongful Imprisonment

The Crime Report

Exonerated defendants have collectively served over 25,000 years in prison as of June 1, according to a report released by The National Registry of Exonerations (NRE). Black defendants were imprisoned more frequently and for more time than white defendants, the report found.

Court of Appeals of Maryland Finds Defense Attorneys Couldn't Have Discovered Baltimore Ballistics Expert's Lies Before 2007

EvidenceProf Blog

According to a newspaper article headlined, “Police expert lied about credentials,” by Jennifer McMenamin, published 9 March 2007, in the Baltimore Sun, Kopera claimed in court to have degrees that he had not earned in fact. Kopera testified frequently that

15 Months


Abraham Lincoln as a young lawyer Stating the obvious, since March 2020 we have seen massive changes in court and work/office organization and communications. The pandemic forced changes to process, office, and data design that embrace the new virtual environment.

Nigeria suspends Twitter after president’s post is deleted


Nigeria indefinitely suspended social network service Twitter on Friday, following Twitter’s removal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s post for violating rules of service.

We Thought We Would Be Celebrating the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis in Mexico. We Were Wrong.


Two months ago we posted to celebrate the passage by Mexico’s Lower Chamber of the Cannabis Law bill sent to it by the Mexican Senate last November.

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Justices deny green cards to noncitizens granted Temporary Protected Status


Share The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that noncitizens who have been granted temporary humanitarian relief from deportation cannot use the process known as “adjustment of status” to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States without leaving the country.

Wisconsin Student Accused Of Arson In Hoax Hate Crime


Viterbo University in Wisconsin has been the scene of protests for months over alleged hate crimes committed on campus. The police however has charged a student, Victoria Unanka, with what it says was a hoax hate crime involving the setting of a fire in her dormitory.

District of Montana Finds Attorney Can't Contact "Juror" Who Left Cryptic Message

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) reads as follows: (b) During an Inquiry into the Validity of a Verdict or Indictment. (1) 1) Prohibited Testimony or Other Evidence. During an inquiry into the validity of a verdict or indictment, a juror may

Retail Woes: A Running List of Fashion & Retail Bankruptcies

The Fashion Law

On the heels of an array of retail bankruptcy filings that began to unfold over the course of the year in 2016, New York-based designer Bibhu Mohapatra and retailers The Limited, Wet Seal, and Payless all made headlines when they filed for Chapter 11 protection in early 2017.

Chad accuses Central African Republic troops of war crimes


Chad’s defense ministry said Sunday that troops of their neighboring country the Central African Republic (CAR) had attacked a Chadian military post and that these actions amounted to a war crime.

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