2022

Georgia Judge Grants Joey Watkins's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Don W. Thompson of the Superior Court of Walker County granted Joey Watkins's petition for writ of habeas corpus, meaning that Joey's conviction for murdering Isaac Dawkins has been tossed. Here is Judge Thompson's opinion. The State now

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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.

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Busting myths about bankruptcy and private student loans

Diane Drain

Education Loans Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy. Busting myths about bankruptcy and private student loans. By Robert G. Cameron – APR 12, 2022 (Reprint from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “www.CFPB.gov” The following is an excerpt from Mr. Cameron’s article.).

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?

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.

New York Assembly district maps face constitutional challenge

JURIST

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

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Why Should We Hire You? Give a FAB Response!

Paralegal.edu

FAB is an acronym for Features, Advantages, and Benefits. FAB is a common 3-Step strategy employed in sales and marketing to generate interest in products.

A Virtual Court Counter and More in East Lansing Michigan

CourtTechBulletin

Image use rights from PXhere.com [link] Our favorite fans of film noir , NCSC Tiny Chatters DanielHirsch and Zach Zarnow brought to our attention the virtual court counter , in the Michigan District Court 54B. Read more ».

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Further DNA Testing is Approved in the Adnan Syed Case

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Melissa M. Phinn granted the Joint Petition for Post Conviction DNA Testing in the Adnan Syed case. Here is the judge's order: So, let's break that down. First, the order requires the Baltimore Police to overnight the named

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Adnan Syed & the State File a Joint Petition for (Further) DNA Testing

EvidenceProf Blog

On Tuesday, Adnan Syed and the State of Maryland filed a Joint Petition for Post Conviction DNA Testing. So, what does this mean? Prior DNA Testing On March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (Maryland's intermediate appellate

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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.

ARIZONA IS ONE OF 2 STATES THAT WILL TAKE YOUR TAX REFUND IN BANKRUPTCY.  SHOULD THE LAW CHANGE?

Diane Drain

ARIZONA IS ONE OF 2 STATES THAT WILL TAKE YOUR TAX REFUND IF THIS HAPPENS. SHOULD THE LAW CHANGE? By RUSS WILES, Arizona Republic (reprinted for educational purposes only).

$88 Billion in Medical Bills on Credit Reports

Diane Drain

CFPB Estimates $88 Billion in Medical Bills on Credit Reports Prepared Remarks of Director Rohit Chopra on New CFPB Medical Debt Report. By Rohit Chopra – MAR 01, 2022 (reprint). “Good morning. Today, the CFPB released a report on medical billing and collection practices in our country.

Do you know if it is time to leave your job?

The Estrin Report

The Great Reluctance Crossover. By Chere B. Estrin. Warning! For God’s sake, don’t show this article to your employer!

Have You Been a Victim of a Financial Scam? Is Bankruptcy an Option?

Diane Drain

Most of us trust others. After all, we would not scam someone else, so why would they scam us? Scams have been around for hundreds of years, but the sophistication of scams grows with the use of technology. I am going to write this article in reverse order.

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.

How to Pass the Louisiana Notary Exam

Paralegal Bootcamp

One job qualification that may help you land your dream paralegal position is being certified as a Notary Public. As you can see by perusing the website of the American Society of Notaries , in many states, obtaining a Notary Commission is very simple. Louisiana is not one of those states.

New report reveals press freedom nearly eradicated in Hong Kong

JURIST

A new report released Tuesday warns that press freedom in Hong Kong has been almost entirely curtailed by a government crackdown, creating a space for pro-Beijing, pro-government media.

Top EU court allows consumer body to challenge Meta over data protection violation

JURIST

The European Union’s top court Thursday ruled that the consumer protection association may bring representative action against Big Tech over infringements of laws protecting personal data.

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Social Media: Keep it Professional or Keep it Private!

Paralegal.edu

If you are active on social media, be aware that what you give to the web and sharing platforms can be linked to your professional profile.

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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.

Sixth Circuit Finds Evidence About Alleged Sex Trafficking Victims' History of Prostitution Inadmissible Under Rape Shield Rule

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 412(a) provides that The following evidence is not admissible in a civil or criminal proceeding involving alleged sexual misconduct: (1) evidence offered to prove that a victim engaged in other sexual behavior; or (2) evidence offered

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Chile finalizes draft of new constitution replacing Pinochet-era instrument

JURIST

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

Canadian civil rights groups to challenge invocation of Emergencies Act

JURIST

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced their intention Thursday to take the “government of Canada to court” and challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act (“the Act”).

Human rights experts urge UN to investigate 1988 Iran massacre

JURIST

Hundreds of current and former UN officials, human rights and legal experts, international NGOs, and academic institutions have signed an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council calling for an international investigation into the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran.

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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.

US federal energy regulator releases proposed cybersecurity rules

JURIST

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Thursday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase network security monitoring for high and medium-impact bulk power systems to protect against cyberattacks.

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Two Unbelievable Reasons Why Paralegal Resumes Get Tossed

The Estrin Report

Are You Guilty of This? By Chere B. Estrin. Are you sending your paralegal resume out with little or no response? Are you thinking about seeking a new position but not sure whether your resume will meet the test? Let’s talk turkey.

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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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!

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.