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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Court Forms Online Plus Toolkit


Courts everywhere should check out the Court Forms Online MassAccess project that was created and maintained by the Document Assembly Line Project at the Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab in cooperation with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 task force.


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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.

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.

Take Control of Your Contracts Without Wrecking the Budget

Manually managing contracts is time-consuming and leaves you prone to errors. Missed dates, overwritten versions, & poor governance leads to frustration & lost revenue. That’s why more businesses are turning to Contract Management Software. Download this checklist to understand what's right for you!

Graduation | Live in Person Event - August 20, 2022


On August 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM Central in the Joe M. Green Auditorium at South Texas College of Law, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 70th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs.

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Uyghur Tribunal delivers judgment, alleges state-sponsored genocide in China


The Uyghur Tribunal, a self-described “ people’s tribunal ” established in the UK, Tuesday appended a December 2021 judgment , incorporating nearly 300 additional pages of historical background, definitions and evidence.

The Importance of Having Legal Documents in Order


Most people often overlook the importance of having legal documents in order. According to statistics, 60 percent of Americans lack a will or legal estate plan. Some may think that they don’t need them or that they are unnecessary, but the truth is, legal documents are essential for everyone.

The Tragedy of Albert Woodfox

The Crime Report

Albert Woodfox courtesy allbc.com. Albert Woodfox, a noted prison activist and celebrated author, died on Aug. 4, 2022 in New Orleans at the age of 75 from COVID complications. He spent 42 years in solitary confinement at Angola prison, a sentence considered the longest in U.S.

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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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Take Control Of Your Contracts Without Wrecking The Budget

Manually managing contracts is error-prone & time-consuming. Missed dates, overwritten versions & poor governance leads to frustration & lost revenue. That’s why more businesses are turning to Contract Management Software. Download this checklist to understand which features are right for you.

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


The Role of a Criminal Law Paralegal

Paralegal Bootcamp

To start off, I should make a confession. I have been in the legal field for over 30 years and a paralegal going on eight years. In those years, I have only worked on civil cases, and that was my niche.

New Mexico AOC Issues Website RFP


The Administrative Office of the Courts is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redesign the website of the New Mexico Judiciary (www.nmcourts.gov).

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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


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.

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!

Why Should We Hire You? Give a FAB Response!


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.

Usury – historical references and bankruptcy

Diane Drain

Usury – historical references and bankruptcy. USURY can be traced back 4,000 years. It has always been despised, condemned, restricted or banned by moral, ethical, legal or religious entities.

Legal experts propose plan to close Guantánamo Bay prison


The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Monday proposed a 13-point plan to close Guantánamo Bay prison. Co-chairs Claire Finkelstein and Harvey Rishikof complied a diverse analysis of the prison to create a proposal that is both comprehensive and nonpartisan.

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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.

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?

Flaws of Eyewitness ID Magnified by Facial Recognition Software: Researcher

The Crime Report

illustration by Kal Omari via Flickr. As courts and cops have turned to facial recognition software to identify criminals, identification by machines is matching eyewitness identification by humans as a criminal-legal tactic.

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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.

3 Mistakes That Could Be Preventing You From Landing That First Paralegal Job

Paralegal Bootcamp

You went through your paralegal certificate program, and now you’re looking for a paralegal job. But unfortunately, the fact that you have spent all that time and money preparing yourself to become a paralegal can feel fruitless when you are struggling to find that first paralegal job.

Legal Operations 101: A Blueprint for Modern Legal Departments

Legal departments are no longer asking whether to invest in legal operations. Instead, they're interested in building a team that will deliver positive outcomes. Gain insight into key factors required for strong legal ops, process optimization, and more!

10 WFH Paralegal Technology Tools

Paralegal Bootcamp

Many paralegals have now migrated to the work-from-home status permanently or part-time. Many paralegals have also experienced “burnout” due to the pressures of the times while lacking some tools to sustain productivity and efficiency in our newly set up home offices.

Criminal Justice Algorithm Predicts Risk of Biased Sentencing


The above-titled article posted on the GovTech website discussed some recent research of interest to courts. Researchers created an algorithm that predicts risks of biased, overly punitive sentencing.

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Supreme Court of Delaware Finds Fingerprinter Authentication is Not Required

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Delaware Rule of Evidence 901(a) provides that To satisfy the requirement of authenticating or identifying an item of evidence, the proponent must produce evidence sufficient to support a finding that the item is what the

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A Paralegal Survey to Build A Better Workplace

Paralegal Bootcamp

Have you ever taken a survey and thought, why do these questions matter? Does what I say actually have an impact? Can I really give my honest opinion? Does someone actually care about my answers?

The Ultimate State Trial Court Research & Analytics Platform

Trellis offers state trial court records for legal research with analysis on judges, verdicts, opposing counsel, motions, dockets & legal issues. Discover how judges have ruled on similar motions, or gain insights on opposing counsel, prospects, or clients. Download the guide and request a demo.