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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Cannabis in Ireland: Global Law and Business Podcast with Natalie O’Regan

HarrisBricken

Listen HERE or stream on Spotify , Apple Podcasts , Amazon Music , Stitcher , or Soundcloud ! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening in various industries around the world, including cannabis.

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Is It Time to Steal One of Those Surprising Job Titles?

TheEstrinReport

HR Manager, attorney, paralegal, marketing manager, may describe your role but it sure ain’t fun. By Chere B. Estrin. COVID-19 has led a lot of people to search for a brand new position.

Medical Debt Purchased by Debt Buyers for Pennies on the Dollar, but Sue For the Full Amount

Diane Drain

Dirty Little Secret – medical bills are the highest they have ever been and debtor buyers are paying pennies on the dollar to purchase the debts, but then sue the borrower for the full amount of the debt. Article Yahoo!Finance, Finance, Adriana Belmone, June 21, 2021. Medical debt is the no.

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.

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.

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3 Mindset Shifts for New Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

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.

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.

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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Paralegal Burnout: Alternative Careers for Paralegals | Clio

Josh Kern

Paralegal burnout can cripple your mental health. Learn how you can find a way out of burnout—including alternative careers for paralegals

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.

The Future of Cannabis Won’t be Decided by the Feds. It’s the Locals.

HarrisBricken

Nationwide, cannabis companies and advocates are hailing the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act as the savior of the future of cannabis (a copy of the bill is here ).

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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BREAKING NEWS: New York Cannabis Legislation Imminent

HarrisBricken

After years of fits and starts, New York appears to finally be ready to pass comprehensive cannabis legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis and expands its existing, restrictive medical cannabis program.

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How Legal Secretarial Roles Are Evolving in Big Law | The Legal Intelligencer

TheEstrinReport

Legal Secretaries are being phased out and now look very differently. Is your job next? This article is a great read – Chere Estrin. The older, traditional role of a legal secretary is pretty much gone, said one industry observer.

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.

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.

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.

Federal court rules Artificial Intelligence cannot be an ‘inventor’ under US patent law

JURIST

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Wednesday ruled that an artificial intelligence (AI) machine cannot be an inventor under the Patent Act.

50 Tips for New Paralegals

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

We asked paralegals across the country “What one tip would you give to a new paralegal that you wished someone told you early in your paralegal career?” ” Here are their answers that we want to share with new paralegals.

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.

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?

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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The FDA’s Proposed Kratom Ban is a Mistake

HarrisBricken

T rust in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declined after its approval of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. Three experts resigned amid allegations that the FDA had caved to industry pressure. Some argue that its credibility has reached a new low.

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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The SAFE Banking Act’s Reintroduction in 2021

HarrisBricken

This week, the SAFE Banking Act’s long-awaited reintroduction finally happened, and by a bipartisan group of over 100 members of the House and 30 members of the Senate (and counting!). The legislation was first introduced in March 2019, and we’ve followed along ever since.

Costa Rica to Debate Hemp and Medical Cannabis Bill

HarrisBricken

Costa Rican legislators are set to reinitiate debate over a bill (Expediente N.° 21.388) to legalize hemp and medical cannabis. The bill was cleared by the Legislative Assembly’s Environment Commission last November, but its presentation to the assembly’s plenum has been delayed.

How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant

TheEstrinReport

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.

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.

Grammar Giggle – Obvious Phishing Emails

ProofThatBlog

I received this email recently. Obviously, when the header has multiple errors, it is not from Chase bank. Also obviously, the link in the email is NOT to Chase.com. I know that because I hovered over the link to see where the link went and it was a string of letters and numbers.

Panama legalizes medical marijuana use

JURIST

Panama legalized medical marijuana use on Monday, joining at least seven other Latin American countries. After a five-year struggle, Panama’s national assembly unanimously passed Bill 153 during the bill’s third debate.

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How Paralegals Can Avoid UPL

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

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.

Graduation Live Stream - February 20, 2021

PARALEGAL.EDU

On February 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 67th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the second straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This and That in Court Technology - February 2021

CourtTechBulletin

Winter 2021 There is a massive amount of court technology news this month.