2021

BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Lower Chamber Passes the Cannabis Bill!

HarrisBricken

Last night, by a considerable majority (310 ayes; 210 nays and 20 abstentions), Mexico’s Lower Chamber approved the Cannabis Law bill sent to it by the Mexican Senate last November. The Cannabis Law was heavily amended prior to passage.

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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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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.

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.

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.

South Carolina lawmakers pass bill to allow execution by firing squad

JURIST

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would enable convicted individuals to elect for execution by firing squad, rather than electrocution or lethal injection.

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A 50 State Court Covid-19 Operations List

CourtTechBulletin

The Justia legal information company has posted a compendium of state court Covid-19 operations in all 50 states. They write that “State court systems across the country have significantly altered their operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Are Paralegals Meant to Survive This Decade?

TheEstrinReport

Is there a bright future for Paralegals? The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with their 2020 Occupational Outlook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Bottom line – it’s not a bad time to be in, or to be getting into, a paralegal or legal assistant position*.

REPLAY – Happy National Proofreading Day!

ProofThatBlog

Now THIS is my favorite holiday of the year! It’s a chance for me to once again extol the virtues of the importance of proofreading. In fact, I wrote a blog post about how important proofreading is to law offices here.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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15 Alternative Paralegal Career Options

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

The skills that you’ve acquired throughout your paralegal career have opened the door to unlimited employment opportunities if you are looking for a paralegal career path that does not have the title “paralegal” that utilize your paralegal skills and experience.

Will You Lose Your COVID-19 Relief Funds?

Diane Drain

Will you lose your COVID-19 stimulus money if you file for bankruptcy protection? Simple answer is no. Read below. “Recovery rebates” (“stimulus monies”) received as a result of either the CARES Act or CAA are NOT PROPERTY OF THE BANKRUPTCY ESTATE.

Federal court dismisses Oregon lawsuit challenging Native American water rights

JURIST

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit on Friday brought by Oregon ranchers which would have prevented the Klamath Tribes from exercising their water rights when they interfere with Oregon ranchers’ irrigation.

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.

Transparent Displays - The New Public 'Window'

CourtTechBulletin

image provided by LG.COM We just learned of the new transparent OLED (flat panel) displays that are being introduced by the LG corporation at the 2021 ConsumerElectronics Show.

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The Estrin Report has a new location!

TheEstrinReport

The Estrin Report is moving to a new domain and a new blogging platform. From TypePad to WordPress.

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Grammar Giggle – Alcohol Consumption May Make You Use The Wrong “You’re”

ProofThatBlog

A friend sent this to me. They got it correct in one place, but not in another on the same sign. Perhaps they were out of the letter “e” or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention. In this sign, both should be “you’re,” the contraction for “you are.”

Hemp-CBD Legislation: Will Congress Boost the Hemp Total THC limit to 1%?

HarrisBricken

As reported by Hemp Grower magazine, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced legislation on December 15 that would amend the definition of hemp from.3% THC to 1% THC.

BREAKING NEWS: Cannabis for Medical Use Just Became Fully Legal in Mexico

HarrisBricken

Mexico’s Regulations on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and Its Pharmacological Derivatives (the “Regulations”) were published today in the Federal Official Gazette , for entry into force tomorrow.

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R.I.P. Delta-8 THC

HarrisBricken

Delta-8 THC had a good run. People made money, customers were happy, and it all seemed legal to boot. Like all good things in life, states and the DEA are doing everything in their power to ensure that delta-8’s run comes to an end. Let’s talk about why.

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Judge Grants Keith Davis a New (Sixth) Trial

EvidenceProf Blog

Today, Judge Sylvester Cox granted the motion of Keith Davis Jr. for a new trial (Download Motion for new trial). Amelia McDonell-Parry covered Keith's case on the Undisclosed podcast. Keith's case is far too complicated to cover in a single

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What is Ediscovery?

PARALEGALBOOTCAMP

What is Ediscovery? Some terms, concepts, products, and services make sense to us instantly. This happens before we ever even truly use or experience them. These are things that we don’t need to know the “how” to know the “why.”.

Possible Change in Arizona Homestead Law & Refinancing

Diane Drain

Are you planning on refinancing your home? If so, you could lose protections from creditors under bill at Legislature. Russ Wiles, Arizona Republic, Arizona Republic Interviews Diane L. Drain about Arizona homestead protection and exposure to creditors. Pub li shed 6 : 1 3 p. M T A p r. 1 3, 2021.

Bloody Sunday in Myanmar as over 20 killed by police in widespread demonstrations against military junta

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – More than 24 people were killed in Myanmar Sunday when police cracked down on large demonstrations in multiple cities against the Myanmar military junta that seized power in the country on February 1. Multiple individuals died by live-fire rounds, according to local reports.

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Creating Resumes for Humans and BOTS

PARALEGAL.EDU

When you apply for a job online your resume will often be scanned by an internet robot, also known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) before it ever lands in the hands of a hiring manager.

This and That in Court Technology - February 2021

CourtTechBulletin

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

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

TheEstrinReport

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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