July, 2024

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Iran security forces employ lethal force against Kurdish border couriers: Human Rights Watch

JURIST

Human Rights Watch reported on Monday that Iranian security forces employed lethal force against predominantly Kurdish border couriers that passed rugged terrain to transport goods between Iraq and Iran. Kurdish border couriers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that Iranian security forces shot them and killed their relatives, and beat them in detention.

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No Big Deal… Just Clarence Thomas Using GOP Donor Money To Visit Russians

Above The Law

The latest details of the Supreme Court justice's luxury trips keep getting more surreal. The post No Big Deal… Just Clarence Thomas Using GOP Donor Money To Visit Russians appeared first on Above the Law.

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Announcement of opinions for Monday, July 1

SCOTUSBlog

Share On Monday, July 1, we will be live blogging as the court releases opinions in one or more argued cases from the current term. Click here for a list of FAQs about opinion announcements. The post Announcement of opinions for Monday, July 1 appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

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Recent Reports of Law Schools’ AI Adoption Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

LawSites

This recent Reuters story caught my attention: “More than half of law schools now offer classes on AI,” it said, citing a new survey conducted by the American Bar Association. Another story said the survey shows that “AI is rapidly making its way into law schools.

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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Guest Post by Profs. Lemley & Ouellette: Fixing Double Patenting

Patently O

Guest post by Professors Mark A. Lemley and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette of Stanford Law School. Two of the most controversial patent law changes of the past year have involved obviousness-type double patenting, which allows applicants to patent obvious variants of their earlier patents by disclaiming the extra term of the later-expiring patent. First, the Federal Circuit held in In re Cellect that patents tied by double patenting must expire on the same day even if one of the patents has received a

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Afghanistan dispatch: salaries of women professors and government employees reduced to discourage them from working

JURIST

This dispatch was filed by a JURIST legal correspondent in Afghanistan. For privacy and security reasons we cannot disclose her name. Reflecting the systematic misogyny now going on in Afghanistan, a government decree was recently published aimed at reducing the salaries of women professors and other government employees to 5000 AFG, or ~70$, without considering their expert knowledge and abilities.

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Free Speech Galaxy Brain Elon Musk Promises Lawsuit Against Advertisers For Not Giving Him Their Money

Above The Law

First Amendments. how do they work?!? The post Free Speech Galaxy Brain Elon Musk Promises Lawsuit Against Advertisers For Not Giving Him Their Money appeared first on Above the Law.

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Court sends social media moderation cases back to lower courts

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court on Monday sent a pair of challenges to laws in Texas and Florida that would regulate how large social media companies control content posted on their sites back to the lower courts for another look. In a decision by Justice Elena Kagan, the court explained that both lower courts had focused too narrowly on how the laws applied to the challengers themselves, large social media companies including Facebook and YouTube, even though the cases challenged the constitutionality

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In A First for Law Practice Management Platforms, Clio Rolls Out An Integrated E-Filing Service in Texas

LawSites

Last October, during its annual Clio Cloud Conference, the law practice management company Clio announced its plan to roll out an e-filing service, called Clio File, during 2024, starting with Texas, which would make it the first law practice management platform with built-in e-filing. Today, it delivered on that promise, launching Clio File for e-filing in Texas courts.

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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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Cellect: Unveiling the Potential Impact on Patent Term Adjustment

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Many have been thinking of the potentially large impact of Cellect v. Vidal , which is now pending before the Supreme Court. This week I uncovered striking data that a very large number of patents have been impacted. Some background : Many patentees divide their patents into multiple filings all based on the same original priority application.

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Lawyer’s conduct must be ‘seriously’ annoying to warrant restraining order, appeals court says

ABA Journal

Updated: A lawyer who accused another attorney of yelling and glaring at her, ranting “in an unintelligible manner” and serving her with bogus documents is…

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Ethiopia must be held accountable for war crimes against medical workers and patients: Human Rights Watch

JURIST

Ethiopian security forces have committed war crimes through their attacks on healthcare providers in Ethiopia’s Amahara Conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. The report entitled “If the Soldier Dies, It’s on You: Attacks on Medical Care in Ethiopia’s Amhara Conflict” details the conditions endured by medical workers, patients and health facilities in the conflict-stricken Amhara region.

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Senators Beg Merrick Garland To Do His Job And Investigate Clarence Thomas

Above The Law

He hasn't done anything so far, why would he start now? The post Senators Beg Merrick Garland To Do His Job And Investigate Clarence Thomas appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Wayfair Says Contractor On 1st Megastore Stiffed Vendors

Law 360

Online retailer Wayfair LLC says the company it hired to oversee the build-out of its first "large-format" brick and mortar location failed to pay multiple subcontractors on the project, forcing Wayfair to pay the subcontractors directly to ensure that the store opened on time, according to a complaint filed Friday.

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UX 101 for Legal: A New Online Course from Theory and Principle Teaches the Basics of UX/UI

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Whether you are a purchaser, designer or user of legal tech in your firm or organization, it is important to understand the basics of user experience and user interface design. Now there is an online course to help you do just that.

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Fixing Double Patenting: The Procrustean Solution?

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch I recently provided a set of interesting data on the large number of patents that are “at risk” of being invalidated based on the Federal Circuit’s Cellect decision. This post follows up with a discussion of a recent article titled “ Fixing Double Patenting ” released in draft form by Stanford Professors Mark Lemley and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette.

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The Specificity Funnel: From Ambition to Action

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Jay Harrington | When it comes to building your practice, specificity is your roadmap, and action is your vehicle. The Specificity Funnel gives you both. The post The Specificity Funnel: From Ambition to Action appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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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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ICJ permits seven states to intervene in The Gambia’s alleged genocide case against Myanmar

JURIST

The ICJ unanimously decided to allow seven states to intervene in the ongoing genocide case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar on Wednesday. The countries granted permission to participate in the proceedings are Maldives, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The court found their declarations of intervention admissible under Article 63 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice.

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Justice Alito’s Views On Social Media And The First Amendment Seem To Shift Depending On Who He Wants To Win

Above The Law

From the which-way-the-wind-blows dept. The post Justice Alito’s Views On Social Media And The First Amendment Seem To Shift Depending On Who He Wants To Win appeared first on Above the Law.

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High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

Law 360

The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

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Beyond COVID: The modern role of virtual court proceedings 

OneLegal

The virtual court is now a common fixture in the legal field. Learn about trends, challenges, and future possibilities. The post Beyond COVID: The modern role of virtual court proceedings appeared first on One Legal.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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These law firms topped rankings for minority, female and LGBTQ lawyers

ABA Journal

Larger law firms are making slight gains in employment of minority and female lawyers, according to rankings released last week by the American Lawyer.

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Custom ChatGPTs: Navigating Legal and Ethical Compliance for Public-Facing AI Tools

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Abstract This article explores the legal and ethical considerations lawyers must address when creating custom versions of ChatGPT for public use. It discusses the potential applications of these tools, such as educating clients on legal matters or providing preliminary advice to landlords. The article outlines key ethical requirements, including AI disclosure, supervision, attorney-client relationship, confidentiality,… The post Custom ChatGPTs: Navigating Legal and Ethical Compliance for

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Albania election authority removes ethnic greek mayor for corruption conviction

JURIST

The Central Election Commission of Albania (CEC) removed Mayor of Himara Alfred Beleri from his position on Friday following his imprisonment on charges of vote-buying during the 2023 local elections. The Central Election Commission of Albania made the move during its latest session by invoking Law 138/2015, which stipulates that the verification of candidate eligibility conditions by the Central Election Commission is based solely on the self-declaration data provided at the time of candidacy s

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Health Leaders Applaud HHS’ Action Giving Some Incarcerated Individuals Medicaid Coverage Before Release

Above The Law

Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah and Vermont have been authorized by HHS to provide Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage to those transitioning out of incarceration up to 90 days before they’re released. Several healthcare leaders called the action a necessary step. The post Health Leaders Applaud HHS’ Action Giving Some Incarcerated Individuals Medicaid Coverage Before Release appeared first on MedCity News.

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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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Real Estate Recap: Post-Chevron, Lawyer Leaps, Q&A Recap

Law 360

Catch up on this past week's key developments by state from Law360 Real Estate Authority — including policy areas to watch in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's paradigm-shifting Chevron ruling, recent real estate lawyer moves and some insightful conversations with real estate lawyers you may have missed.

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Fourteen new relists for the end-of-term mop-up conference

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. Every summer, before the justices leave town for the Supreme Court’s recess, they have one last impromptu conference to consider – and usually dispose of – all the cases relisted after their last scheduled conference (which this year happened on June 20).

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Did FDA engage in unfair ‘regulatory switcheroos’ when rejecting flavored vapes? SCOTUS will decide

ABA Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to approve the marketing of new flavored vaping products.

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