ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quo

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000

In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Victor Li speaks with attorney and activist Paul Harris about his work stretching back to the 1960s. Harris, one of the radical “movement lawyers” featured in the cover story for the August issue of the ABA Journal, talks about his work defending high-profile clients like Huey Newton, Leonard McNeil and others. Harris also discusses the current political landscape and what today’s generation of aspiring movement lawyers can learn from their predecessors.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : The Supreme Court’s End of Term

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:20:26 +0000

The Supreme Court ended its term on Monday, June 27, 2017. Decisions were handed down in a variety of cases including cases involving big corporations, church and state, voting rights, and most notably, the controversial travel ban, put forth by President Trump.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi joins attorney and constitutional scholar, David J. Shestokas, author of the book, Creating the Declaration of Independence and Carolyn Shapiro, associate professor of law and co-director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago-Kent College of Law, as they discuss the Supreme Court’s end of term, landmark cases and decisions, the addition of Gorsuch to the high court, and look ahead to upcoming cases on the docket.

Attorney and constitutional scholar David J. Shestokas is author of the new book, Creating the Declaration of Independence, which takes you through the thoughts of the men and the political climate of the day as they forged the bold and barrier breaking document embracing the ‘law of nature and nature’s god’, as a foundation for self-government.

Carolyn Shapiro is an associate professor of law and co-director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago-Kent College of Law. From 2014 through mid-2016, Professor Shapiro took a leave of absence from Chicago-Kent to serve as Illinois solicitor general.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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Law Technology Now : Brian Cuban on Overcoming Addiction and Stress

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:57:48 +0000

The responsibility and pressure of the legal profession can often leave lawyers feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, but there are healthy ways to face this stress. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to Brian Cuban about his own experience as an addict and how he now works to help those with similar struggles. Whether it’s through speaking or writing, Brian aims to share healthy alternatives to drug and alcohol use.

Brian Cuban is an attorney, author, activist, and brother of Mark Cuban. His most recent book, “The Addicted Lawyer,” is about his struggles as a law student and attorney with depression, alcohol and drug addiction.

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New Solo : From Desktop Search to Video Conferencing: Technology for Solo and Small Firms

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:48:51 +0000

In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares, along with guest Todd Smith, cover a wide range of topics, including bar association benefits, outsourcing IT support, and transitioning from large firms to solo practices. While discussing these subjects, they dive into the relevant technology and software that will help your own solo or small firm thrive. This includes full desktop search tools, wireless scanners, and video conferencing software.

Todd Smith is a civil appellate lawyer based in Austin, Texas. He launched the predecessor to Smith Law Group LLLP in 2006 after practicing for nearly a decade with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioAnswer1PerfectIt, and Unbundled Attorney.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Supreme Court Wrap-Up

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:28:15 +0000

Joe and Elie discuss the relatively sleepy Supreme Court Term with Goldstein & Russell's Tejinder Singh. How has Gorsuch changed the Court? How mad can one guy get over a footnote? What's really happening with that travel ban? We get to the bottom of all these questions.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Merriam-Webster editor shares the 'secret life of dictionaries'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000

What do lawyers and lexicographers have in common? The main job of both is to argue over the meaning of words. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles talks with Kory Stamper about her work as a lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster; her new book, “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries”; and her position as chief defender of the word "irregardless." We explore the difference between the prescriptivists—whose champion, Bryan A. Garner, writes a column for the ABA Journal—and the descriptivists, and why using the dictionary definition of a word should not end all arguments. We also find out what goes on behind the scenes to produce the newest edition of a Merriam-Webster dictionary.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #129: The Business of Public Access to Law, with Tim Stanley

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, we discuss the business of public access to law with one of its pioneers, Tim Stanley, and wonder why it's taking so long for courts and legislatures to get on board. Plus, a little karma.

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The Legal Toolkit : How Millennials View the Legal Industry

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:10:43 +0000

At this point, you can’t avoid the millennials. As they enter the legal workforce, it’s important to understand their mindset and what they’ll bring with them. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks to Drew Rossow and Elan Fields about their millennial perspective of the legal industry. Their discussion includes technology, access to justice, machine learning, and unbundled legal services. They also talk about current trends that are affecting law practices, including cybersecurity and law school innovation courses.

Andrew Rossow is an Associate Attorney at Gregory M. Gantt Co. LPA where Drew’s passion lies in the areas of Cyberspace Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Elan Fields recently launched his startup, Gideon, a mission-driven legal technology company which leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to help lawyers.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus AttorneyScorpion, and Answer1.

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Digital Detectives : Cybersecurity 2.0: Creating Order from the Regulatory Landscape to Build a Strategic Advantage

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:41:04 +0000

In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak with Denver Edwards about cybersecurity. In their discussion, they address the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework and how it relates to the FTC’s work. They also talk about how a company can use the NIST framework along with FTC guidance in order to minimize security risks. They conclude the episode with predictions regarding how the Trump Administration will handle cybersecurity.

Denver Edwards is a principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. in New York and works in the firm’s securities department.

Special thanks to our sponsors, PInow and SiteLock.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : Sports Concussions on the Field

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:53:15 +0000

Professional athletes in the NFL and other professional sports have concussions on the field, leading to questions about the long-time impact on a player’s health and workers compensation litigation cases. Today on Ringler Radio, host, Larry Cohen along with co-host, Phillip Krause talk to Kenneth Kutner, PhD., neuropsychological consultant to the NFL, as they discuss cases like Mike Webster, Harry Carson and even Aaron Hernandez, plus research and protocols.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : What Lawyers Should Know About Drones

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Are drones a relevant technology for lawyers? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about drones, how they affect the legal market, and the opportunities they create for lawyers. They also discuss a lawyer’s ethical duty of competence and what it means to understand the technology involved in your cases. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

This episode features an audience question about what technology enables lawyers to work from home. If you have your own technology questions, the new Dennis and Tom’s Tech Question Hotline is up and running! Call 720-441-6820 for the answers to all your tech inquiries.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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The Insurance Law Podcast : The Application of Judicial Estoppel in Insurance Claims

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:17:57 +0000

Attorney Karen Karabinos from the law firm of Drew Eckl & Farnham discusses judicial estoppel and the impact on insurance claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, A.M. Best CompanyBest’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & Adjusters, including Expert Service Providers.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Susskind sees ‘rosy future’ for law—if it embraces technology

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:08:24 +0000

For more than three decades, Richard Susskind has been one of the profession’s most prolific voices in support of implementing technology with legal services delivery. The author of more than 10 books on the topic, his next one will focus on technology in the courtroom. “A better way of running state-based dispute resolution is largely using technology, rather than using traditional methods,” says Susskind. “Rather than hiring a lawyer, one might instead have an online dialogue with the other party and a judge and resolve a dispute more rapidly.”

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Lawyerist Podcast : #128: Checking in on Katie Floyd's Mac-Powered Solo Practice

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode we check in with Katie Floyd, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast, about her experience setting up her solo practice and the tools she uses to run it.

Katie Floyd is a Florida estate planning and landlord-tenant lawyer who believes that technology is the great equalizer for the small firm and solo practitioner. She is nationally recognized for helping individuals and small businesses make the most out of their technology and speaks regularly on the use of technology and the practice of law for the American Bar Association and others.

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The Digital Edge : Evernote for Lawyers: Manage Your Research, Marketing, and Process

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:12:49 +0000

As a lawyer, managing research, marketing, and even organizing your thoughts can potentially result in chaos. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to Heidi Alexander about Evernote and how it can help lawyers stay organized. They discuss what Evernote is, what sets it apart from other note-taking programs, and examples of how lawyers are currently using it in their own practices.

Heidi Alexander, is the director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (MassLOMAP).

Special thanks to our sponsors, ServeNowScorpionAnswer1, and Clio.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : The Legal Rights of Animals

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:47:54 +0000

There is a great fight over the release of two chimpanzees, Tommy the chimpanzee, caged in a warehouse in Gloversville, New York, and Kiko, caged in a storefront at the Primary Sanctuary in Niagara Falls, New York. In a recent legal ruling by a New York appeals court, the court struck down the habeas appeal by the Nonhuman Rights Project. According to a Nonhuman Rights project press release, “the court held that the NhRP did not have the right to seek second writs of habeas corpus on behalf of Tommy and Kiko then gave certain non-binding opinions about granting legal personhood to nonhuman animals. The NhRP intends to seek appeal of this decision to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.”

The Nonhuman Rights Project vows to continue to argue that the chimps’ capabilities require that they have the same fundamental rights as humans. Others have disagreed that this is not a “personhood issue” but rather a human responsibility issue.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join guests, Steven M. Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, and Richard L. Cupp, J.D., the John W. Wade professor of law at Pepperdine University, as they discuss the recent legal ruling involving captive chimpanzees, the debate over animals as "legal persons,” animal rights, animal law, and next steps.

Steven M. Wise is president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, the only civil rights organization in the United States working for the legal rights of nonhuman animals.

Richard L. Cupp, J.D. is the John W. Wade professor of law at Pepperdine University, where he teaches torts, products liability, remedies, and animal law.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #127: Rise of the Robot Lawyers, with Joshua Browder

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 22:47:29 +0000

In this episode, we talk to Joshua Browder about how he built his DoNotPay chatbot—which has already helped thousands an is about to grow into 300+ robot lawyers—has made robot lawyers a reality.

The BBC has called Joshua Browder's DoNotPay robot lawyer the Robin Hood of the internet. Border himself is one of Forbes' 30 under 30 for 2017.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Harper Lee Prize finalists discuss their novels, careers, and the first time they read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000

In this special mega episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles speaks with all three finalists for this year's Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things, shares how research for this novel changed her views on race and racism. Graham Moore, author of The Last Days of Night, discusses how he approaches writing historical fiction about real people like Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla. And James Grippando, author of Gone Again, talks about how he's been able to balance his work as a mystery writer with actively practicing law.

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Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law : Why Litigators Should Take E-Discovery Seriously

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:02:50 +0000

To a lot of litigators, discovery and especially e-discovery is a time-consuming and expensive process. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Craig Vaughn talks to Kelly Griffith, Senior Legal Editor with Practical Law Litigation, about the relevance of e-discovery and how it has changed since she entered the industry. Their discussion includes social media, the internet of things, and potential pushback from clients who are new or unfamiliar with e-discovery.

Kelly Griffith, is a senior legal editor responsible for e-discovery resources available through Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law service.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Supreme Court Betting On New Jersey

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:05:46 +0000

Lost in the shuffle of big headlines at the end the Supreme Court Term was the decision to take on New Jersey's challenge to PASPA, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, otherwise known as the "why you can only bet on sports in Nevada law." But as guest Steve Silver of The Legal Blitz explains, this is a potentially huge state's rights case directly linked to the Shelby County voting rights opinion.

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Law Technology Now : What lawyers can learn about practice management from MyCase

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:57:59 +0000

In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Tracy Stevens, VP of Product and Design at MyCase, about cloud based practice management software, product design, and what sets MyCase apart from the competition. They also discuss MyCase’s client portal and why this technology is valuable to lawyers.

Tracy Stevens is the vice president of Product and Design at MyCase, where she works directly with the development teams to ensure that they’re building software that will delight customers.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Internet Trends 2017

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:45:57 +0000

Since technology and the internet are changing at such a fast pace, it’s important to keep track of what’s shifting and how it impacts your practice. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about 2017 internet trends by reviewing the highlights of Mary Meeker’s Code Conference Report. They discuss topics like smartphone use, online advertising, the future of internet searching, and much more.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Robert Half Legal Report : Ramping Up Retention Strategies in a Competitive Hiring Market

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:21:58 +0000

As the demand for legal professionals with specialized expertise increases, law firms and legal departments are increasingly concerned about losing top employees to other job opportunities. As a result, retention efforts as well as strategies to enhance staff satisfaction are becoming front-burner issues. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorney Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Judy Hissong, principal at the Legal Leadership Institute, explore key factors that legal professionals value in their work environment and ways legal organizations can use this knowledge to engage, motivate and retain employees. They also discuss legal staffing options being used to help manage rising workloads, boost productivity and enhance retention efforts.

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The Un-Billable Hour : How Your Technology Mindset Affects Your Legal Business - Rebroadcast

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:39:55 +0000

Everyone has had technology issues. Whether it’s yanking paper out of your printer, restarting your computer for the fifth time this week, or struggling to open certain kinds of files, no law firm operates free from technology challenges. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Chris Anderson talks to Tom Lambotte, CEO of GlobalMacIT, about the effect different technology mindsets have on legal businesses. Some of these mindsets include ignoring smaller tech problems, avoiding issues until they are severe, and lawyers acting as their own IT experts. Ultimately, technology can save you time and money but only if you look at it with a healthy mindset.

Tom Lambotte founded GlobalMacIT in 2007. He is renowned nationwide as an author, speaker, trusted IT advisor, and cutting edge, successful provider of the #1 complete end-to-end IT solution for Mac-Based Law Firms in the world.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Answer1 and Solo Practice University.

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Workers Comp Matters : How the Pawlosky Case Redefined Workplace Injury

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:56:46 +0000

Nowadays, if bakers contract asthma due to flour inhalation, they will almost certainly receive workers’ compensation. But this wasn’t always the case as it was a question of pre existing conditions. In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce talks to Justin Beck and Vincent Quatrini about Pawlosky v. W.C.A.B. and how the case set a new precedent for burden of proof and causation standards. They also discuss the outcome and lasting legacy of the case, including how it affects lawyers today.

Justin Beck is a law clerk at Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He concentrates his research and work in the area of workers’ compensation and employers’ defense.

Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. is a founding partner at Quatrini Rafferty and serves as managing partner. He concentrates his practice in the area of workers' compensation and the representation of injured workers exclusively.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Casepacer and PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #126: Reinventing Your Law Practice, with Megan Zavieh

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, Megan Zavieh explains what it takes to reinvent your law practice when you're feeling stuck, and how TBD Law inspired her and gave her the confidence to reinvent her own practice with a new business model for helping self-represented litigants in ethics cases.

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The Paralegal Voice : The Life of a Litigation Paralegal

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:36:05 +0000

Litigation paralegals are an essential cog in the trial machine, but handling this responsibility often comes with a large amount of stress. In this episode of the Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin talks to Tracy Mosz about her experience as a litigation paralegal, including handling the stress and maintaining all the necessary documents for trial. Together they discuss keeping an organized trial notebook, creating demonstratives, and using technology.

Tracy Mosz, ACP is a certified eDiscovery project manager with Brewster & De Angelis where she has been since March 2011.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston University, NALA, and ServeNow.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: The First Amendment and the US Supreme Court

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:23:05 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Barbara Leach talks to Tom Julin, Dana McElroy, Rick Ovelmen, and Howard Wasserman about the First Amendment, including a couple relevant cases and the potential impact of the Trump administration.

Barbara Leach is the managing attorney of Barbara Leach Law, PL. She practices family law, consumer bankruptcy, and civil litigation.

Tom Julin is a partner at Gunster Yoakley & Stewart and has litigated free speech issues of almost every type in Florida and around the country.

Dana McElroy is a partner in Thomas & LoCicero’s Fort Lauderdale office. She practices at the trial and appellate levels, handling a wide range of matters involving media and communications law.

For more than 30 years, Richard J. Ovelmen has practiced constitutional, land-use, local government, media, class action, and intellectual property law.

Professor Howard Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment at Florida International University.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Being The Florida Bar President

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:11:42 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, special guest host and future president-elect of The Florida Bar Michelle Suskauer interviews current president and president-elect Bill Schifino and Michael Higer. In their discussion they share experiences, advice, and priorities for this coming year, including a focus on health and wellness.

Michelle Suskauer is a West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyer and an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Bill Schifino is managing partner of Burr & Forman LLP’s Tampa office and a board-certified specialist in the area of business litigation.

Michael Higer is a partner of Berger Singerman’s Dispute Resolution Team and is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has devoted his practice to commercial litigation and civil trial work.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Social Media Ethics

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:03:12 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Jonathon Israel talks to Joe Corsmeier about social media and the ethical considerations lawyers need to make when using it. They discuss conflicts of interest, maintaining separate professional and personal accounts, and how to effectively use social media to market your legal practice.

Joseph Corsmeier is an AV-rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: The Constitution Revision Showcase

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:29:59 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, special host Michael Higer talks to Judge Michelle Sisco, Richard Levenstein, Stephen Ware, Dean Cannon, and Brian Fitzpatrick about the Constitution Revision Commission and its potential proposals. They cover the selection process for judges and term limits.

Michael Higer is a partner of Berger Singerman’s dispute resolution team and is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has devoted his practice to commercial litigation and civil trial work.

Judge Michelle Sisco sits in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Tampa, Florida, and is the incoming chair of The Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee.

Richard Levenstein is the past vice chair of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee and a charter original member of the committee.

Stephen Ware is a professor of law at the University of Kansas where his interests include judicial selection, alternative dispute resolution, commercial law, and private law generally.

Dean Cannon is the executive vice president and statewide chair of government affairs at GrayRobinson.

Brian Fitzpatrick is a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School. His research at Vanderbilt focuses on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection, and constitutional law.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Bankruptcy Law Updates

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:18:56 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Liz McCausland reviews updates in the field of bankruptcy with Barbara Leach. They dive into topics like exemptions, debt payment using credit cards, and student loan dischargeability.

Barbara Leach is the managing attorney of Barbara Leach Law, PL. She practices family law, consumer bankruptcy, and civil litigation

Liz McCausland is an experienced attorney and Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Employment Law Updates

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:10:22 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Laurence Colletti reviews updates in the field of employment with Kevin Johnson, including a couple specific cases and how they’ve affected the law. They include Schaefer v. Walker Bros, Mercedes-Benz v. International Union, UAW, and other cases that dive into topics like telecommuting, arbitration agreements, and overtime rules.

Kevin Johnson is a labor and employment law attorney with the law firm of Thompson Sizemore Gonzalez & Hearing in Tampa, Florida.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Criminal Law Update

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:56:31 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Laurence Colletti reviews updates in the field of criminal law with Denis deVlaming, including listing a couple specific cases and their effect on the law. Some of these cases include Hurst v. Florida, Miller v. Alabama, and other cases that dig into topics like racial bias and the obtaining of blood samples.

Denis deVlaming is a criminal defense lawyer. He is board certified in criminal law and has been approved by the Florida Bar to give Continuing Legal Education seminars on every aspect of the criminal trial.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : How to be your own advocate without stepping on toes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Even trained advocators don’t get everything they want at work. But what are some good strategies for knowing when to accept a manager’s decision, or continue to press for what you want? In this episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Dr. Artika Tyner, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Tyner discusses how lawyers can advocate for themselves in the workplace, without getting in their own way.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : Bill Cosby Mistrial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:29:36 +0000

Comedian, actor, and America’s TV dad  Bill Cosby has been on trial for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Ms. Constand accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her and drugging her in 2004 at Cosby’s Philadelphia mansion. After a six day trial and the jury being “hopelessly deadlocked” after 52 hours of deliberating, the judge finally declared a mistrial on June 17th.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi joins attorney Letitia Quinones from the firm Quinones & Associates and attorney and professor Barbara Lynn Ashcroft from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University to discuss this case, the allegations, the prosecution strategy, the defense strategy, what lead to the mistrial, and what happens next.

Attorney Letitia Quinones is from the firm Quinones & Associates out of Houston, Texas.  Attorney Quinones brings over 18 years of criminal law experience to her clients in Houston, throughout the state of Texas and across the nation.

Attorney and professor Barbara Lynn Ashcroft is from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. A former Montgomery County assistant district attorney, Ms. Ashcroft spent seven years prosecuting more than 1,500 criminal cases comprising fraud, burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, felony drug crime, and homicide.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: E-Discovery Resources and Digital Evidence

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:48:05 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Suzanne Clark and Park McManis about electronic discovery and digital evidence. Their discussion includes why it’s important for lawyers to know about e-discovery and resources for those interested in using e-discovery, including the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

Suzanne Clark concentrates her legal practice in commercial and business litigation and cybersecurity law.

Parke McManis is an attorney, MBA, Relativity Certified Administrator (RCA), and Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS).

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Leveraging Your Homepage

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:27:26 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Wayne Bell about the advantages of making a website homepage more relatable. They discuss the need for personality and human connection even if it is through a screen.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Apps for Practicing Law in the 21st Century

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:14:18 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Christine Falcicchio, Ian O’Flaherty, and Tara Cheever about their new apps created specifically for lawyers. These apps that assist with things like evidence presentation and document review, are among other easy-to-use technology that can be used by lawyers in court.

Christine Falcicchio is a principal at Strut Legal, Inc. She has been managing the creation of eBrief projects since 2005.

Ian O’Flaherty is the founder and CEO of LIT SOFTWARE, LLC which has designed and developed the leading and award-winning legal specific apps available for iPad: TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad.

Tara Cheever is the product manager at LIT SOFTWARE, LLC.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Technology for Today’s Lawyers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:49:56 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Jonathon Israel talks to Richard Granat about having a secure client portal as part of your law firm website. They also discuss how, in order to achieve success in a competitive market, law firms have to take advantage of technology that enables them to reach customers that weren’t previously served.

Richard Granat is a lawyer and a recognized expert on the delivery of legal services over the internet.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Every Firm is a Target for Cyber Security Breaches

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:40:01 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Lawrence Kunin and Serge Jorgensen about data security breaches and the legal implications of such a breach. They also discuss the ethical obligations of an attorney in regards to data security, as well as signs that reveal when a firm has been breached.

Larry Kunin is a partner in Morris Manning & Martin’s Litigation practice and serves as chair of the firm’s Data Security and Breach practice.

Serge Jorgensen is president and a founding partner of the Sylint Group. He provides strategic guidance and active oversight in computer security.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Insuring Against Cybersecurity Risks and Privacy Perils

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:28:18 +0000

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, host Christine Bilbrey talks to Jacey Kaps, Chip Trefry, and Scott Reid about how having cyber and data protection can be just as important as locking your door. They discuss insurance options and prevention methods, including training staff to identify and handle potential threats.

Jacey Kaps is a partner and executive committee member at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell.

Earl “Chip” Trefry is the owner and CEO of Member Benefits, Inc., a full-service insurance and financial services organization.

Scott Reid is currently the national director of cyber insurance for Gallagher Affinity Insurance Services and the executive director for the American Cyber and Data Security Alliance.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:42:29 +0000

Young lawyers are needed to fill public service roles but often law school debt funnels them into higher paying positions. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was aimed to help this issue by forgiving student debt after ten years of qualifying employment at the local, state, or federal level. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to ABA President Linda Klein about the PSLF program, how it has fallen short, and the resulting suit that the ABA filed against the Department of Education. She also discusses the future of the trial and how to raise awareness as it continues.

Linda Klein is the current President of the American Bar Association. In her practice life, she is managing shareholder for the Georgia offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, LLP.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Internal Government Communication with KeyNote Speaker Justice Labarga

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:45:08 +0000

This year’s coverage of the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention kicks off with host Christine Bilbrey talking to keynote speaker Chief Justice Jorge Labarga about what's included in his speech. The main topic is maintaining open lines of communication between branches of government. They also discuss extending term limits for supreme and appellate court judges and role of the Constitutional Revision Commission.

Jorge Labarga is a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, taking office on January 6, 2009. On June 30, 2014, he was sworn in as Florida’s 56th Chief Justice and the first Cuban-American to hold the post.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : How government actions, not personal choices, created segregated neighborhoods

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Richard Rothstein spent years studying why schools remained de facto segregated after Brown v. Board of Education. He came to believe that the problem of segregated schools could not be solved until the problem of segregated neighborhoods was addressed–and that neighborhoods were de jure segregated, not de facto. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks to Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein says that federal, state and local governments passed laws and created policies which promoted racial discrimination in housing and destroyed previously integrated neighborhoods. In this interview, Rothstein discusses his findings and proposes remedies to rectify the injustice experienced by generations of African-Americans.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #125: Public Access to Law Under Threat, with Carl Malamud

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this podcast, we talk to Carl Malamud about public access to law and how it is threatened. We discuss how lawyers benefit from public access to law and how they can help increase it.


Carl Malamud is an American technologist, author, and public domain advocate, known for his foundation Public.Resource.Org.

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New Solo : Top Tech Tools for Solo Attorneys

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:43:30 +0000

“Solo” may be part of the title when you’re starting your own solo legal career, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to JoAnn Holmes about the resources she uses to make her solo law firm successful. Some of these resources include communication tools and automation software. She also shares advice for fellow new solos about allocating resources and not working alone.

JoAnn Holmes is the founder of HOLMES@LAW and a business, tech, and intellectual property attorney.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : Driverless Cars Litigation

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:39:01 +0000

On the 1960’s television show, The Jetsons, we saw a future world where people traveled in flying cars. Sound far-fetched? Maybe not – now we have driverless cars.  And with all the advantages also come liability and litigation.  On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host Nicole Swift from Ringler's Austin, Texas office join attorney Gary L. Wickert, an insurance trial lawyer and partner with the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. in Wisconsin, as they discuss driverless car litigation, liability, and how claims professionals and attorneys should become familiar with the latest in driverless car technology.

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The Legal Toolkit : Managing Your Law Firm with Key Performance Indicators

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:26:31 +0000

Making sure your law firm experiences stable financial growth sounds like a good idea, but how do lawyers put this into practice? In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks to Mary Juetten about what key performance indicators (KPIs) are and why lawyers should use them for business management. For those convinced to try KPIs, they also discuss how to get started and potential technology solutions that can supplement the use of KPIs.

Mary Juetten is the founder and CEO of Traklight and the co-conspirator behind Evolve Law. She specializes in helping companies in transition or startup to create sustainable, operational, and financial growth.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus AttorneyScorpion, and Answer1.

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Digital Detectives : Ethical Issues with Confidential Data

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:11:56 +0000

Because lawyers are constantly handling confidential or sensitive information, cybersecurity and the careful handling of this information are an important part of running a successful firm. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Jim McCauley about some of the ethical issues lawyers face and how the Virginia Bar is helping to educate lawyers on how to handle these issues. Some of these issues include information security and common scams used to hack into confidential data.

James McCauley is the Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar. He teaches professional responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law and served on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism from 2008-2011.

Special thanks to our sponsors, PInow and SiteLock.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : 3D Printing for Lawyers

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:15:35 +0000

Nowadays, you can 3D print almost anything, from piggy banks and food to prosthetic limbs and replacement organs. But how can lawyers use 3D printing technology? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about 3D printing, including what it is, how to get started, and why lawyers should be interested in this growing technology. They also answer a listener question about Apple’s new HomePod and how it compares to other voice activated technology. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Law Technology Now : Technology and Innovation in Legal Education

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:02:19 +0000

Lawyers don’t have to be tech geniuses to understand that technology is changing the practice. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks with Chris Bentley about the legal innovation program at Ryerson University and the importance of weaving technology courses into legal education. They also discuss how even lawyers who don’t consider themselves tech savvy can still embrace the benefits of innovation in law.

Chris Bentley is the executive director of the Law Practice Program (LPP) at Ryerson University.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Harvard's Accepting The GRE -- How Much Should You Freak Out?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:41:41 +0000

With Harvard following Arizona's lead and accepting GRE scores in the admissions process, more schools are starting to warm to the exam. But is the GRE really as good as the LSAT? Are schools just doing this as a cash grab at the expense of the profession? Elie thinks the GRE is basically filled out in crayon. Joe thinks it's a perfectly acceptable alternative test. Jeff Thomas of Kaplan Test Prep joins the show to say they're both a little right.

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The Insurance Law Podcast : Social Media Claims

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Attorneys from Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. discuss social media and the rise in wrongful termination claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, A.M. Best CompanyBest’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & Adjusters, including Expert Service Providers.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Paul Lippe’s ‘new normal’ was always about innovation

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

For years, Paul Lippe has been a leader in helping corporate law departments adopt the approaches used in the best and most innovative parts of their own companies—and in doing so, significantly changing the relationships with and the work done by their outside lawyers. A Legal Rebels Trailblazer and one of the original New Normal contributors for ABAJournal.com, Lippe’s career path has been all about change and innovation.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #124: The Client-First Future of Law Practice, with Jordan Furlong

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:30:00 +0000

In this episode Jordan Furlong explains why law has become a "buyers market" and how lawyers can take advantage of the opportunities presented by that market by becoming client-centered law practices. You can read more in Jordan's book, Law Is a Buyer's Market: Building A Client-First Law Firm, available as a paperback and for Kindle.

Jordan Furlong is a leading analyst of the global legal market and forecaster of its future development. He helps law firms and legal organizations understand why the legal services environment is undergoing radical change and how to build sustainable and competitive legal enterprises that can dominate the new market for legal services.

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The Digital Edge : Low Bono Legal Services: Working to Provide Access to Justice

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:38:10 +0000

It’s no secret that access to justice is a significant issue within the legal industry, but when did lawyers first recognize the problem and how are they working to solve it? In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss low bono legal services with Shantelle Argyle, executive director of Open Legal Services. Their discussion includes the unintended consequences of the access to justice movement, the biggest barriers to innovation in legal services, and the role of Open Legal Services as a legal aid organization. They also discuss what’s different about today’s legal services consumers and how they affect access to justice.

Shantelle Argyle is co-founder and executive director of Open Legal Services, a sliding scale legal aid organization.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ServeNowScorpionAnswer1, and Clio.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : The Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:42:10 +0000

On June 1st 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. This accord was negotiated in 2015 to limit and reduce global warming.  Environmental organizations voiced their outrage over the decision citing a denial of climate change and a threat to our environment, whereas supporters of the withdrawal praised President Trump’s decision claiming it would create domestic energy production and jobs stateside.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi joins environmental attorney Jeffrey B. Gracer from the firm Sive, Paget & Riesel and Nicolas Loris, an economist from The Heritage Foundation, as they take a look at the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Trump’s withdrawal from the accord, climate change, the impact on international law and relations, and the long-term implications for the economy and the environment.

Attorney Jeffrey B. Gracer is from the firm Sive, Paget & Riesel. Jeff has a vibrant domestic and international environmental law practice.

Nicolas (Nick) Loris is an economist who focuses on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : David Grann uncovers the deadly conspiracy behind murders of oil-rich Osage tribe members

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Although the Osage tribe had been forced from their ancestral lands by the U.S. government, through shrewd and careful bargaining they retained the mineral rights to one of the richest oil fields in the world: Osage County, Oklahoma. But instead of insuring the prosperity and safety of the tribe, the wealth of the Osage made them targets for what was later known as the Reign of Terror. The task of solving dozens of murders fell in the 1920s to the newly formed FBI and its young director, J. Edgar Hoover. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, author David Grann tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles how he first learned of this series of murders and decided to write Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. He also discusses the brave Osage woman at the heart of his story, Mollie Burkhart, who defied the local white-dominated power structure to discover who was responsible for the deaths of her family members.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #123: Why Mentoring Could Be the Key to Your Legal Career, with Marshall Lichty

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, Minnesota lawyer Marshall Lichty explains why mentoring is important, how lawyers can find a mentor, and how experienced lawyers can find a mentee.

Marshall Lichty is an advisor to Minnesota entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. He also loves sharing everything he knows about law practice with students and young lawyers to help them meet their people, find their thing, and love their job.

Mentioned in this episode is Contactually and Marshall Lichty's Double Loop.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:53:15 +0000

The 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention is fast approaching, taking place on June 21-24 at the Boca Raton Resort. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Melanie Griffin, chair of the Annual Convention Committee, about what this year’s convention will look like including technology CLEs, president showcase seminars, and networking opportunities in the form of nightly receptions. They also discuss the different activities planned for the kids that tag along with their parents which involve lots and lots of ice cream. Tune in for details on the new registering process for those interested in attending.

Melanie Griffin is the Tampa Office Managing Shareholder of the Dean Mead Law Firm. In this position she has achieved multiple courtroom and settlement victories including championing commercial litigation, intellectual property, and labor and employment issues for Florida businesses.

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In-House Legal : Cisco GC Mark Chandler on Automation and International Surveillance (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 31 May 2017 21:54:36 +0000

“I don’t measure my relevance or success by the number of people who report to me.” -Mark Chandler

As senior vice president and general counsel at Cisco, Mark Chandler has increased the efficiency and overall success of the legal department while dealing with non-practicing entities (patent trolls) and questions of security, privacy, and surveillance between the U.S. and Europe. His experiences in international business relationship building and working directly with sales departments has given him the skills to develop an in-house legal department that truly focuses on efficiency.

In this rebroadcasted episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Mark Chandler about his path to general counsel at Cisco, how living and working in Europe helped him achieve success in a multinational company, and how he approaches the challenges he’s faced. The first half of the podcast follows Mark’s journey after law school, working in-house at the hard disk manufacturing company Maxtor and then transitioning to StrataCom, an IT service management firm later acquired by Cisco. He talks about living in Germany and France, Cisco’s production of internet infrastructure and cloud-based services and products, and what his position as general counsel involves. He also discusses why collaborative relationships between sales and legal departments are very important to the general success of a company.

In the second half of the podcast, Mark and Randy discuss the challenges a multinational technology company like Cisco faces today. Mark explains how he has used automation of repeated legal tasks to greatly reduce the legal department’s burden on the company as a whole. He then talks about potential solutions to the patent litigation issues that have increased exponentially in the past 15 years and U.S. government surveillance in Europe. Stay tuned to the end for Mark’s advice on running an in-house legal department that is truly efficient and works with the rest of the company.

Mark Chandler is senior vice president and general counsel at Cisco, a multinational technology firm based in the United States. In these roles, he oversees Cisco’s global legal activities and policies, as well as ethics, compliance and regulatory affairs, employee relations, investigations, and brand protection. Mark is a leader in the patent, security, and legal innovation spaces.

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Workers Comp Matters : Third Party Liability Waivers

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:17:44 +0000

We’ve all clicked through the terms of agreement without a second glance, which means we’ve also waived some of our rights without a second glance. In this Workers’ Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce talks to Alex Lonnett about third party liability waivers in employee contracts and how both insurance companies and lawyers are reacting to them. They also discuss the Vitale v. Jefferson Insurance Company of New York case and how rights waivers are affected by a modern workforce.

Alex Lonnett is a third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was the first-place winner of the 2016 College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers' Student Writing Contest. His winning paper extensively examined the issue of third-party liability waivers in employment contracts.

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The Legal Toolkit : The ABA’s Newest Project: Blueprint (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:44:03 +0000

Many lawyers around the country rely on the resources, support, and networking opportunities that the American Bar Association provides to their members. In this rebroadcast episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks with American Bar Association President Linda Klein about law practice management needs that solo and small firm attorneys struggle with and the new Blueprint initiative that the ABA is rolling out to help meet those needs.

In addition to being president of the ABA, Linda Klein is managing partner for the Georgia offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, LLP, where she practices in business dispute resolution including contract law, employment law, and professional liability.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus AttorneyScorpion, and Answer1.

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The Un-Billable Hour : How Lawyers Get Referrals: The Four "Cs"

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:09:20 +0000

In order to run a law firm successfully, you need clients and one of the most effective ways to get clients is through referrals, but what’s the best way to get referrals? In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Christopher Anderson and guest Vikram Rajan, co-founder of PhoneBlogger.net, lay out the four Cs of referability, which are:

  • Credibility
  • Customer service
  • Content
  • Connections

They also discuss testimonials, how to get them, and their key benefits in legal marketing.

Vikram Rajan is a co-founder of PhoneBlogger.net. He started Practice Marketing Advisors and its blog because he realized attorneys, CPAs, and related professionals required specialized marketing help.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Answer1 and Solo Practice University.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #122: Dear Landlord, I'll See You in Court, with Daniel Bramzon

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode we learn more about Daniel Bramzon's aggressive tenant-advocacy non-profit, BASTA, and learn how it has changed evictions in LA by demanding a jury trial in every case.

Also, our Deputy Editor, Lisa Needham makes her podcast debut in the intro while we try to figure out what's behind the wave of new legal research platforms.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : 2017 Law School Rankings

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:00:00 +0000

Above the Law unveils its 2017 law school rankings and uncorks a few surprises. Elie and Joe discuss the new rankings, the ATL methodology, and why everyone should consider the Above the Law rankings if they're deciding on law school with special guest Brian Dalton, Above the Law's Director of Research.

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The Paralegal Voice : 30 Tips to Enhance Your Paralegal Career (Rebroadcast)

Tue, 30 May 2017 22:48:12 +0000

It’s common for professionals to confuse having a job with having a career. In this rebroadcast episode of The Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin defines what it means to have a successful paralegal career and gives 30 tips on how to live out your calling. Some of her tips include setting goals, keeping your resume updated, and improving public speaking skills. She concludes the episode with a couple of bonus suggestions, including how to handle unforeseen challenges within your calling and what to consider when changing your career.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston UniversityNALA, and ServeNow.

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Robert Half Legal Report : The Trickle-down Effect: Anticipating the Impact of the Trump Administration on the Legal Field

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:21:45 +0000

Even before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, leaders in the legal field were already anticipating the potential impact of the new administration on the profession. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Brett Bartlett, partner with Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta, share their insights on the possible implications for corporate law departments, law firms and the legal workplace over the next four years. They also forecast the practice areas poised for growth and share their expertise on emerging job opportunities for specialized legal professionals.

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Law Technology Now : Startup Bootcamp for Lawyers

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:01:49 +0000

Jay Mandal saw a problem with access to legal information so he sat in a Starbucks for hours until he figured it out. This was how his startup was born. He now helps law firms solve their own problems (minus spending hours in Starbucks). In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to Jay Mandal about his own startup experience and how his startup bootcamp for lawyers helps students learn cross-disciplinary skills that can make their legal businesses thrive.

Jay Mandal is an entrepreneur, executive, and lawyer. He was co-founder and CEO of LawPivot, an online legal Q&A solution, which the team sold to Rocket Lawyer.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : How to land government contracts as a minority- or women-owned firm

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Government entities at all levels often set aside a portion of work for minority and women-owned businesses, including law firms. But many people are unsure about how to land these contracts or receive certification. In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward gets tips for program participation from Emery Harlan. Harlan is a Milwaukee employment attorney and a cofounder of the National Association of Minority-Owned Law Firms.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : Inside the FBI, Comey Firing, and the Russia Connection

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:58:31 +0000

On May 9th, 2017, President Trump fired James Comey, the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the accounts are in dispute, it was reported that days before his dismissal, Comey had requested more resources for an FBI probe into the alleged meddling of Russia in the presidential election. The Justice Department has since denied those allegations.  Many were stunned by the dismissal of Comey and are questioning the reasons behind it.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams joins Ronald Kessler, author of “The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency”, and Asha Rangappa, associate dean at Yale Law School and former special agent for the FBI, as they take an inside look at the FBI, the dismissal of Comey, the legalities triggered by dismissals, and the Russia connection.

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of 20 non-fiction books. For Kessler's eighth book, “The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency”, the FBI gave Kessler unprecedented access to the bureau.

Asha Rangappa is associate dean at Yale Law School. Prior to her current position, Asha served as a special agent in the New York office of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Tips for Traveling with Technology

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:57:00 +0000

While dealing with cords, adapters, battery life, and public wifi, traveling with technology has the potential to be very stressful. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer tips for traveling with technology like iPads, laptops, and phones, including their favorite travel apps. Inspire by Tom’s recent trip to Japan, they discuss using VPNs, acquiring cell phone service, and bringing the right kind and number of adapters. They also answer an audience question about how soon we’ll be able to feel the effects of artificial intelligence. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Bar Exam Woes

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:16:32 +0000

As a new crop of law school graduates prepares for the bar exam, Joe and Elie talk to James Mullen of Law School HQ about the "last test you'll ever take." What is a "UBE" and is it a good development? Why are so many people struggling to pass the bar? And, really, what's California's problem?

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The Florida Bar Podcast : Four Law Firm Business Challenges and Analytics-Based Solutions

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:55:27 +0000

Running a law firm entails a lot more than practicing law; it involves marketing, employee management, and utilizing analytics. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Evan Parker, managing director at Lawyer Metrics, about the four common issues he sees law firms struggling with: the business behind law, hiring the right person the first time, managing employees, and lack of diversity. He shares how Lawyer Metrics typically aids with these challenges and how analytic data can be used as a factual foundation to guide toward solutions.

Dr. Evan Parker is managing director of Analytics & Research at Lawyer Metrics, LLC. He is an expert in using large-scale data to produce business insights and inform strategic decision-making.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #121: A "Crossover" Real Estate/Realtor Practice, with Wendy Calvert

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode Wendy Calvert discusses what it means to have a "crossover" practice as a corporate consultant, real estate lawyer, and realtor. She explains where her clients come from, how she juggles her various roles, and how access to justice can still come into play for middle-class clients.

Wendy Calvert is a real estate attorney, business development consultant and realtor in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : O. J. Simpson and Reasonable Doubt with F. Lee Bailey

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:54:46 +0000

The O. J. Simpson trial is still heavy on people’s minds, especially with the release of shows like “O. J. Simpson: Made in America” and FX's “American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson.” In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to F. Lee Bailey, defense lawyer in the O.J. Simpson case, about his most notable cases and the definition of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Bailey also discusses his view on how the media represented the O.J. trial and shares advice for young lawyers and law students aspiring to become trial lawyers.

Francis Lee Bailey is an American former attorney. During his career he worked several high-profile trials and was one of the lawyers for the defense in the O. J. Simpson murder case.

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New Solo : Running Your Firm with Microsoft

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:41:40 +0000

Microsoft products assist lawyers daily in document review and communication. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Ben Schorr, senior content developer at Microsoft, about the different tools Microsoft provides and how they lend themselves to a successful law firm. Their conversation includes Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, and Outlook. They also discuss resources you can use to learn even more about Microsoft products.

Ben Schorr is a Senior Content Developer at Microsoft. He was a Microsoft MVP for more than 19 years and involved with management and technology for more than 25.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio, Answer1, PerfectIt, and Unbundled Attorney

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Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast : “Entrepreneurs Are the New Rock Stars”: A Conversation with J.B. Pritzker and Howard Tullman

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:00:00 +0000

Success after law school doesn’t always mean practicing law, and these two guests are renowned examples of how a legal education can offer an advantage in the business world, too. In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez talks to J.B Pritzker, co-founder of the Pritzker Group and Illinois Democratic candidate for governor, and Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 Chicago, about what it takes to pursue innovation in business. They discuss the five must-haves for an entrepreneurial mindset, how law degrees prove helpful in building a business, and a day in the life of 1871. They also dig into the startup tech scene in Chicago, a city abundant in community and support but with its own set of obstacles, and how education needs to change to keep up with technology.

J.B. Pritzker is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and private business owner based in Chicago. He is a Democratic candidate in the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race.

Howard Tullman is the CEO of 1871 and the Managing Partner for two early-stage venture capital funds, Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and G2T3V, LLC.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : The Mission of WILG to Help Injured Workers

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:34:12 +0000

The Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group also known as WILG, is the national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses. In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and co-host, Duke Wolpert talk to attorney Michael K. Gruber, President of WILG, about his mission for 2017 and what to watch for in legislation that might impact workers.

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Digital Detectives : Cybersecurity for Macs

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:39:56 +0000

If you have a Mac, you might think you’re safe from viruses and hacking. In reality, Mac users still fall victim to malware, adware, and other schemes that can easily slip through the cracks if a user isn’t careful. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Tom Lambotte, CEO of GlobalMac IT, about how cybercrime has evolved and what Mac using lawyers can do to protect their information, including using a password manager and investing in mobile device management.

Tom Lambotte integrated his deep passion for Macs with his successful entrepreneurial skills to create GlobalMac IT, a company that aims to support Mac-based law firms.

Special thanks to our sponsors, PInow and SiteLock.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : How a Chinese-American family challenged school segregation in 1920s Mississippi

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Almost 30 years before Linda Brown and her parents took on the Topeka Board of Education in Brown v. Board of Education, Martha Lum's parents Jeu Gong and Katherine sued to try to stop Rosedale, Mississippi, from barring their Chinese-American children from the local "white" school. Their case, Gong Lum v. Rice, made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1927, but rather than granting them relief, the unanimous Supreme Court decision led to even stricter school segregation.

For this episode of the Modern Law Library, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles discusses this little known chapter of history with Adrienne Berard. Berard is the author of “Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South.” Berard discusses the bravery of the family's decision, and the complicated state of race relations in 1920s Mississippi in which the debate over whether the "colored" category applied to Asian Americans took place. We also discuss Earl Brewer, a former governor of Mississippi, who took the Lums' case in a bid to regain his reputation, and how the immigration debates of the early 20th century have ugly echoes in today's political environment.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #120: Web Apps for Justice, with Brad Clark (Replay)

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, former public defender Brad Clark explains how he started his own firm, powered by a criminal expungement web app that lets him start helping people before they even contact him. He also talked about his access-to-justice efforts, from mobile legal clinics to financial aid for criminal expungements.

Brad Clark created Unconvicted to help Kentuckians figure out whether they qualify for an expungement, and Driven Law Group to help those charged with DUIs and traffic offenses learn what options they have. A former public defender, Brad measures his firms success by the number of people he helps, not just by its revenue.

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Law Technology Now : Legal Information Institute: Access to Legal Information for All

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:24:55 +0000

There are a surprising number of nonlawyers who want to know more about the law. While Google may have made access to legal information easier, it hasn’t completely solved legal information availability. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Tom Bruce, co-founder of the Legal Information Institute (LII), about what the LII is and how it has adapted to changing technology, including using natural language processing techniques to identifying defining terms in regulations and statutes and linking together related subjects. They also discuss who the LII serves today and what resources the group offers, including a complete archive of the Supreme Court’s oral argument audio.

Thomas Bruce is the co-founder and director of the Legal Information Institute. An internet and web pioneer, he developed the first web browser for Microsoft Windows.

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The Insurance Law Podcast : Defense Angle of Slip and Fall Accident Claims

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:31:03 +0000

Retail Expert Jerry Birnbach discusses what companies and defense attorneys need to be concerned about regarding slip and fall accident claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, A.M. Best CompanyBest's Recommended Insurance Attorneys & Adjusters, including Expert Service Providers.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : Assessment Drives Learning: The Solicitors Qualifying Exam Eliminates U.K. Law School Requirement

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:18:03 +0000

The regulatory body that oversees the legal profession in England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), has enacted a major overhaul of legal training and solicitor licensure. This will take effect in 2020.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join attorney Mark A. Cohen, CEO of Legal Mosaic and Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as they discuss how the U.K. is eliminating the requirement of attending law school in favor of a skills exam. They talk about that exam, its potential impact on law students and the legal community, and whether or not the United States will adopt a similar practice.

Mark Cohen, the CEO of Legal Mosaic, is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Georgetown Law School and writes a weekly column on the global legal marketplace for Forbes. Mark recently wrote a piece for Forbes titled, “A British Reboot of Legal Education-- Law School Optional.”

Julie Brannan is the director of education and training for the Solicitors Regulation Authority better known as the SRA out of the U.K. She joined the SRA in October 2013, and since then has been leading the Training for Tomorrow review of legal education and training.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Lisa Solomon found the time was right for her career in online legal research

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Plenty of lawyers hate to do legal research: It can be tedious and time-consuming, and one mistake can tank an entire case. For lawyers of a certain generation, the very sight of those two-toned, musty-smelling books that all look the same is enough to fill them with dread. For younger lawyers, electronic resources can be just as intimidating and mystifying. Luckily for Lisa Solomon, she loves that kind of work.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #119: How Stress is Sabotaging Your Clients, with Nika Kabiri

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode we talk to Nika Kabiri about how your clients' stress makes it hard for them to make good decisions, and how you can help them work around it.

Nika Kabiri is Director of Strategic Insights at Avvo, where she works alongside law and technology experts to make legal solutions more accessible to the public. A sociologist by training, Nika conducts research as well as leverages learnings from political science, economics, psychology, and sociology to understand what people go through as they navigate their legal issues.

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The Digital Edge : Is Law Really A Buyer's Market? And If So, Now What?

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:29:03 +0000

The legal industry has operated as a seller’s market for so long that some lawyers don’t know how to handle the recent trend towards accommodating clients. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to Jordan Furlong about what has driven the shift to a consumer-focused market, the new players that are breaking onto the scene as a result, and how law firms, both big and small, should react to the changes. Their conversation also includes three ways to respond to these market forces as well as how client services, competition, and culture should affect potential business strategies.

Jordan Furlong is a speaker, author, and legal market analyst who forecasts the impact of changing market conditions on lawyers and law firms.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Why Video Conferencing Belongs in the Law Firm

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:04:01 +0000

When it comes to video conferencing, 58% of companies use some form of video chat in their daily activities. As it turns out, most lawyers fall into the remaining 42%. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the advantages of video conferencing for lawyers. Their conversation includes how lawyers are using video chatting, important security aspects, and what reliable software is out there to try. Dennis and Tom also answer an audience question posed by Deborah Savadra of Legal Office Guru about how many lawyers actually use Macs. And, as always, stay tuned for the parting shots, including one that features Heidi Alexander and the women of legal technology.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : The Crime of Complicity: Examining the Role of the Bystander in the Holocaust and Beyond

Wed, 03 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough? These are among the hard-hitting questions discussed in a provocative and moving conversation with author and Holocaust education advocate Amos N. Guiora. In his new book, "The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust," Guiora addresses these profoundly important questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society.
Sharing the experiences of his parents, who were Holocaust survivors, and his grandparents, who did not survive, Guiora examines the bystander during three distinct events: death marches, the German occupation of Holland, and the German occupation of Hungary. He then brings the issue of intervention into current perspective, discussing sexual assault cases at Vanderbilt and Stanford Universities, as well as the plight of today’s refugees from war-ravaged countries such as Syria.
Guiora asserts that a society cannot rely on morals and compassion alone to help another in danger. It is ultimately, he concludes, a legal issue. We must make the obligation to intervene the law, Guiora asserts, and thus non-intervention a crime.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #118: Old-School Virtual Law Practice and E-Brief Best Practices, with Scott Bassett

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode we talk to Scott Bassett, who had a virtual law practice before anyone thought in those terms. We discuss the challenges he had to overcome, like getting insurance, dealing with bona fide office requirements, and what clients think.

We also talk about e-briefing—what it is and how a digital brief might differ from the paper briefs (or PDF facsimiles of paper briefs) that lawyers file now.

Scott Bassett is a lawyer, professor, musician, and tech enthusiast. He is in his 36th year of practicing law, the last 15 as a virtual lawyer handling Michigan family law appeals while residing in Florida.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Women in Antitrust

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:17:37 +0000

It is no secret that historically there have been more men working in antitrust than women, but the proportions have shifted as more and more women are taking on leadership roles in antitrust. In this Special Report, host Jodie Williams discusses issues pertinent to women who practice antitrust law with Tiana Russell, Kristen Anderson, and Lisa Phelan. Together, they talk about how office diversity has increased, what opportunities government roles can offer women, and how the new administration will impact women in antitrust. They also share their stories and advice for young women looking to get involved.

Kristen Anderson is a partner at the firm Scott & Scott. She represents corporations, entrepreneurs, pension funds, institutional investors, and individuals that face commercial disputes in antitrust.

Lisa M. Phelan is Chief of the Washington Criminal I Section (formerly National Criminal Enforcement Section) of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

Tiana Russell is currently a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jodie Williams is senior associate at the MoginRubin law firm. Her litigation practice focuses on antitrust, unfair competition, consumer protection, and complex business litigation in federal and state court.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Why Antitrust Laws are Important (and Exciting)

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:08:18 +0000

Some young lawyers have a misconception that antitrust litigation is boring. In reality, antitrust frequently involves conspiracies, bullies, monopolies, and accusations that businesses are trying to crush an underdog to avoid competition. Also, lots of money often is at stake. In this Special Report, host Laurence Colletti talks to Joseph Alioto, owner of Alioto Law Firm, about why antitrust laws are important and why young lawyers should be interested in them. Joe also talks about the most rewarding aspects of his job, including encouraging healthy competition between larger and smaller companies, and shares some of his stand-out cases.

Joseph M. Alioto is an experienced trial attorney representing plaintiffs in some of the largest monetary judgments in the history of the Antitrust Laws and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. He has represented independent companies and corporations of all sizes in every major industry from manufacturing to service, trading to finance, supply to retail, transportation to mining, foreign and domestic.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: What’s Going on in Consumer Protection Law?

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:58:22 +0000

Consumer protection lawyers often handle a wide array of cases, from people being affected by scam emails to consumers being prescribed drugs not approved by the FDA. In this Special Report, host Cale Johnson interviews Patricia Conners about her experience in consumer protection and how it compares to her antitrust career. They also discuss future consumer protection trends and Patricia gives advice for young lawyers who want to transition into a government position, including gaining mentors and getting hands-on experience.

Patricia Conners is Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Florida Attorney General’s Office. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees their Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions.

Cale Johnson is a member in the litigation practice in Dykema's Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. Mr. Johnson focuses on all aspects of antitrust and competition law.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: What’s Coming Up Next Year in the ABA Antitrust Section?

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:47:24 +0000

In the coming year, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law has a plethora of ways to get involved and stay informed on relevant issues. In this Special Report hosted by Adam Biegel, Jon Jacobson, who will chair the Section beginning in August 2017, shares information about upcoming programing opportunities and the task forces that he’s initiating. These task forces deal with public interest considerations in antitrust law and divergent forms of unilateral conduct analysis between the U.S. and other countries. He also lists ways that young lawyers and anyone else interested can get involved in the Section of Antitrust Law, including assisting with writing articles for Section periodicals and organizing programs.

Adam Biegel leads Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., Antitrust Team and is a longtime member of the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law.

Jonathan Jacobson is a partner in the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's New York office, and the chair-elect of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: What is Spring Meeting and Who Should Attend

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:57:46 +0000

The Antitrust Law Spring Meeting is one of the biggest ABA gatherings of lawyers in the United States. In it, attorneys can get a wide variety of programs to satisfy their mandatory and ethics CLEs. Among the many presenters and speakers are 4 star generals, Justice Department officials, FTC commissioners, state enforcers, plaintiff and defense counsel, and in-house counsel of America’s largest corporations. In this Special Report, host Adam Biegel talks with Antitrust Law Spring Meeting co-chairs Paul Friedman and Margaret Ward. Together, they discuss the attendance of antitrust professionals and enforcers from all over the world, how the meeting is planned, and what the numerous sessions have to offer attorneys at all stages of their careers.

Adam Biegel leads Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., Antitrust Team where he represents clients in antitrust and litigation matters before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state attorneys general.

Paul H. Friedman is the managing partner of the Dechert, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office where he represents parties in merger and non-merger investigations and in antitrust litigation. Mr. Friedman regularly serves as lead counsel in multi-defendant class and non-class action matters in federal and state courts as well as in domestic and foreign arbitral tribunals.

Margaret A. Ward is partner at Jones Day where she practices exclusively in antitrust law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, counseling, compliance programs, and non-merger government investigations. Prior to that, she worked on antitrust matters at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: The View from Veteran In-House Antitrust Counsel

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:42:36 +0000

There isn’t just one way to practice antitrust law. In this Special Report, host January Kim talks to the in-house antitrust lawyers of large corporations, including Gary Zanfagna with Honeywell, Brian Henry with Coca-Cola, Rich Wallis with Microsoft, and Paula Martucci with Wal-Mart about the difference between private and in-house practices. Their discussion includes what skills are needed for in-house lawyers and what they enjoy most about their positions. They also talk about how their ABA Antitrust Section leadership positions have helped their careers.

Brian R. Henry is senior managing counsel at Venturing and Emerging Brands and North America competition counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

January Kim is an associate in the Global Competition Practice of White & Case.

Paula C. Martucci is associate general counsel at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Her expertise is in the areas of litigation management, compliance, and information systems security governance.

Richard J. Wallis is vice president and deputy general counsel for the Microsoft Devices Group at Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Gary Zanfagna is chief antitrust counsel and Associate General Counsel at Honeywell International Inc.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: The Ins and Outs of Advertising Law

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:28:52 +0000

When Joe Camel, the advertising mascot for Camel cigarettes, was threatened, an advertising lawyer had to come to his aid. After the company was accused of encouraging smoking in young adults, the Joe Camel case was brought to court where Camel settled and initiated their current logo as an alternative. John Villafranco was one of the lawyers defending Joe Camel, as he has defended other companies, like Burger King and Herbalife.

In this Special Report, host Melanie Hallas talks to John Villafranco about his experience in advertising law. Their discussion includes the ins and outs of advertising law, his most interesting cases, and what’s currently going on with consumer protection. John also mentions ways young lawyers interested in advertising law can get involved, including joining committees to stay up to speed on current programing.

Melanie A. Hallas is an associate attorney at McDermott Will & Emery where she practices in antitrust and competition matters representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

John Villafranco is a member of Kelley Drye & Warren’s executive committee and provides litigation and counseling services, with a focus on advertising law matters and consumer protection.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Mergers and Acquisitions: The Role of Antitrust

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:17:30 +0000

Mergers of large and prominent corporations can be extremely regulated events requiring the participation of highly skilled attorneys. In this Special Report, host Nathaniel Giddings talks with Alston & Bird LLP partner Leslie Overton about why new lawyers should practice antitrust, challenges to that field, and why mergers and merger reviews are so important to the U.S. economy.

Nathaniel Giddings is an attorney at Hausfeld whose practice focuses on antitrust, consumer, and financial services law. His clients have included small businesses, consumers, recording artists, and local governments.

Leslie Overton is partner at Alston & Bird LLP whose practice encompasses comprehensive antitrust services, including counseling, agency representation and litigation. She previously held senior leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in two separate presidential administrations, including her recent tenure as deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: From the Perspective of the Plaintiffs’ Bar

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:37:28 +0000

Scott Martin has spent 25 years practicing law. Most of it was on the defense side of things but more recently he’s switched to the plaintiff side. In this Special Report, host Hilla Shimshoni talks to Scott Martin about his switch from defense to plaintiff work and how the new administration will affect the future of the plaintiffs’ antitrust bar. Also mentioned in the episode was the successful mock trial that took place at the Spring Meeting. This mock trial, according to Scott, is a vital opportunity for young lawyers to experience court in a hands-on way. He concludes the episode by sharing his excitement for the ABA’s first Global Private Litigation Conference, which will feature “insights into the continuing path of multi-jurisdictional and collective antitrust redress.”

Scott Martin spent over 25 years principally on the defense side of the bar. He joined Hausfeld in 2015, continuing his corporate counseling and advocacy practice but focusing on claimants’ litigation.

Hilla Shimshoni is an associate at Alston & Bird LLP, focusing on antitrust. Hilla advises clients on a wide range of matters, including mergers & acquisitions clearance and risk analysis, strategic counseling, investigations and compliance, and represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Dawn Raids: What To Do When the Government Knocks

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:26:39 +0000

What happens when the government suddenly shows up at your client’s business to seize materials and interview employees? In this Special Report, host Melanie Hallas discusses “dawn raids” with Douglas Tween and James Mutchnik. Together, they discuss what’s at stake in these relatively rare law enforcement actions as well as why it’s important for clients to have a search warrant response protocol so they can act quickly during the first 48 hours in which cases are often won and lost.

Melanie A. Hallas is an associate attorney at McDermott Will & Emery where she practices in antitrust and competition matters representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

James H. Mutchnik is partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he represents corporate and individual clients in antitrust and white collar crime defense matters and related commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States as well as a variety of federal and state investigative agencies.

Douglas Tween is partner at Linklaters where he leads the firm's U.S. Government Enforcement and Cartel practice. He represents companies and individuals in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, with a particular concentration on antitrust and cartel, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities, tax, fraud, and money laundering matters.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Behind the Scenes of a Landmark Supreme Court Case

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:18:04 +0000

In 1975, the Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar case made antitrust history by deciding lawyers are subject to antitrust laws. Lewis Goldfarb, a lawyer working a day job at the time, filed a class action in federal court challenging bar rules about fee levels and won. In this Special Report, host Stephen Calkins talks to Lewis Goldfarb about the Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar case, how it happened, and why it is significant. They also discuss the circumstances that led a lawyer to bring a class action against other lawyers and how people reacted to the case.

Stephen Calkins is Professor of Law at the Wayne State University, where he teaches courses and seminars in antitrust and trade regulation, consumer law, and torts.

Lewis Goldfarb is currently an attorney with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: Antitrust in Latin America

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:05:24 +0000

In Latin America, antitrust regimes have expanded dramatically in the past several years. They’ve grown so much that they are relevant to every antitrust counselor. In this Special Report, host Laura Collins talks to Mariana Tavares, Miguel Flores Bernes, and Russ Damtoft, co-chairs of this year’s Antitrust in the Americas Conference, about antitrust in Latin America and what topics the conference will cover. Together, they discuss compliance issues, cartel enforcement, and communication between jurisdictions. They also talk about what will make the conference unique, including its highly interactive panels.

Mariana Tavares de Araujo practices in the areas of antitrust and compliance.

Miguel Flores Bernés focuses his practice at Greenberg Traurig on antitrust and competition issues affecting clients in various industries.

Laura Collins is an associate in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust, competition, and trade group.

Russell Damtoft is the associate director of the Federal Trade Commission's Office of International Affairs.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting 2017: A Closer Look at the FTC’s Global Role in Consumer Protection

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:43:39 +0000

When you get a sketchy email, you shouldn’t just ignore it, you should report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They are hard at work protecting professionals from scams and data breaches. In this Special Report, host Cale Johnson talks to Deon Woods Bell and Laureen Kapin about their experiences both with the FTC and with the ABA Antitrust Section. Their conversation ranges from what got them interested in the international aspects of their positions originally, to the hottest topics in international privacy. They conclude with what they’re doing to bring more international colleagues into the ABA and advice for those looking to get involved with the FTC.

Deon Woods Bell is Counsel for International Consumer Protection at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in their Office of International Affairs.

Laureen Kapin is Counsel for International Consumer Protection at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in their Office of International Affairs.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : Drone Liability and Litigation

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.  Drones were originally associated by the military, but are now used for other purposes, with estimates of over a million sold by 2015! On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host Janet Rosie, talk to Attorneys Bill Bulfer and Bryan Simpson from Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP, about drone liability, litigation and regulation. 

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Law Technology Now : The Evolution of the Digital Courtroom (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:32:24 +0000

In this rebroadcast episode of Law Technology Now, host Bob Ambrogi talks with Opus 2 International, Inc. CEO Graham Smith-Bernal about his career and the evolution of the electronic courtroom. Graham recalls his early interest in becoming a court stenographer and how at the age of 23 he had the opportunity to establish his company Smith Bernal International. At that time he noticed that the legal industry was driven heavily by precedent and tradition and that he could use technology to establish his company as a service differentiator. Graham was also aware that a lot of lawyers are technophobic, so any software he developed had to be easy to use and with the advent of real time transcription he came up with the idea for LiveNote. He shares that there was a lot of pushback and reticence in the early days, but by exercising the ease of use, increase in efficiency, and leveraging end user feature requests the product became mature as a piece of tech. Graham states that success in any business is about timing and your process and the increase in processing speeds and maturity of the stenography systems availability at the time put his company slightly ahead of the technological curve. He discusses the success of LiveNote and explains how he developed the Opus 2 magnum platform. He closes the interview with an analysis of electronic courtroom evolution and the trends he is currently seeing in tech assisted litigation.

Graham Smith-Bernal started his career as a court reporter in the UK, and founded Smith Bernal International, where he created the LiveNote software. Smith Bernal International went on to become the world’s largest international court reporting company and LiveNote became the most widely used litigation support software prior to Smith-Bernal selling LiveNote to Thomson Reuters in 2006. He then founded Opus 2, where he is currently CEO, to continue his work in this area.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : The Police Have An Image Problem... And This Isn't Helping

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:30:00 +0000

Between fake drug bust prom proposals and pulling people over out Christmas gifts, police departments across the country are trying to improve their image in the worst way possible. Joe and Elie discuss how this isn't so much "cute" as "a glaring violation of the Fourth Amendment."

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : The Aftermath of the Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal and the Dismissal of 21,000 Cases

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

On April 18th 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dismissed more than 21,000 low-level drug cases connected to the drug lab scandal that involved Annie Dookhan, a former chemist of a Massachusetts crime lab who admitted to falsifying evidence. After an investigation into Annie Dookhan and her work at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute, Dookhan admitted to altering and faking test results over a period of 8 years.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Carl Williams, staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Sandra Guerra Thompson, the director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, to take a look at this drug lab scandal in Massachusetts and its impact on drug cases, attorneys, defendants, as well as take an inside look at what goes on inside a crime lab.

Carl Williams is a staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts. Carl was previously a criminal defense attorney with the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Sandra Guerra Thompson is the director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2015, Sandra wrote a book entitled “Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions with Independent Forensic Laboratories."

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The Un-Billable Hour : Give Love to Get Love: Social Media Marketing Tips from Kevin O'Keefe

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

In order to be a good lawyer, you first need clients. And to get clients, you need good marketing. Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of marketing courses at law school. So in this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Christopher Anderson discusses way to market your law firm with LexBlog CEO Kevin O’Keefe, including how to use social media strategically, online networking, and using technology to facilitate and simplify your marketing process. According to Kevin, marketing is a conversation that involves building relevant relationships and setting goals for your particular business. Tune in for insights on various social media platforms and the best times and situations for each.

Kevin O’Keefe is the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a pioneer company that helps lawyers with online marketing and blogs.

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The Paralegal Voice : Become a Paralegal: How to Choose a School and Get Experience

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:43:18 +0000

Aspiring paralegals can get caught on a job carousel. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. In this episode of the Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin talks to Julia Dunlap, president of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), about how paralegal education has changed, trends in the profession, and what employers are looking for when hiring a paralegal. They also discuss ways for young paralegals to get off the job carousel, including investing in certification and which school to choose.

Julia Dunlap is the American Association for Paralegal Education’s president for 2017 and the director of legal education for UC San Diego Extension.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : The Future of AI in the Practice of Law (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:48:28 +0000

In this rebroadcast episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell consider the increased popularity of artificial intelligence, the usefulness of chatbots, and how both innovations can impact the practice of law. Tom speculates that the current data age and the large volumes of information available for analysis have helped to enable the advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Dennis explores exactly what machine learning means and explains the three current learning types: unsupervised, supervised, and reinforced. Tom finds the technology perplexing and uses the definition of Tenser Flow to illustrate how grasping these advanced concepts requires more education and technology knowledge than the average lawyer possesses. They both discuss the AI lawyer Ross and if legal professionals should gain technical knowledge in order to influence future ethical regulations with emergent technology. They end the first segment with a list of possible ways that these advancements in tech can aid lawyers in their everyday lives.

In the second segment of the podcast, Dennis and Tom talk about chatbots and how they can help lawyers with their daily tasks. Dennis proposes that they get a chatbot for the show and Tom strongly disagrees. Tom emphasizes that there are two ways to create a chatbot: programming one manually or allowing one to learn via data analysis and that he is fine observing what innovations programmers create. They both discuss how chatbots can help lawyers automate their scheduling needs and how utilizing this technology can save law practitioners valuable time. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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In-House Legal : Ford’s GC David Leitch on Leadership During Crisis (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:21:55 +0000

David Leitch is no stranger to crisis. During his career, he was chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration during the September 11th terrorist attacks where he was responsible for closing the skies to commercial flights, recruiting qualified Air Marshals, and turning airport security over to TSA. In addition, he was Ford Motor Company’s group vice president and general counsel during the auto industry bailout, when the survival of vital suppliers and General Motors was in doubt. Fortunately, his in-and-out government employment armed him with the tools to manage the legal affairs of our country’s largest and most important institutions during critical times.

In this rebroadcast episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews David Leitch about his career path, crisis management, and leadership. Tune in to hear his opinions about GM’s bailout and bankruptcy as well as facilitating an ethical company culture.

David Leitch is general counsel and a group vice president to Ford Motor Company where he’s worked since 2005. Prior to that, Leitch served in the White House as deputy counsel to President George W. Bush, chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration, and deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel. In his early career, he served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist  and worked as a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells).

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The Florida Bar Podcast : What it Really Means to be a Virtual Lawyer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:33:06 +0000

Chances are, you’re at least vaguely familiar with the term “virtual lawyer”, but what is a virtual lawyer and what does it mean to move your practice online? In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Richard Granat about what a virtual law practice looks like, the major drivers in the switch to online services, and the learning requirements of making your own practice a virtual one. To clarify, technology should be used in conjunction with a traditional practice rather than lawyers simply disappearing behind a screen. According to Richard, legal professionals should establish their business model and find the online resources to meet their particular needs rather than simply diving into technology.

Richard Granat is a lawyer and a recognized expert on the delivery of legal services over the internet. He has served as Co-Director of the Center for Law Practice Technology, Florida Coastal School of Law.

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Workers Comp Matters : How Frances Perkins Impacted Workers’ Compensation

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:15:00 +0000

Frances Perkins, as FDR’s Secretary of Labor and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, gave her voice to industrial workers and their safety, helping to establish the New Deal in response to the Great Depression. In this episode of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce talks to Chris Breiseth, chair of the Frances Perkins Center, and Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, Frances Perkins’ grandson, about the effect she had on worker’s compensation and safety. Also, tune in to hear what made her more than just the Secretary of Labor.

Christopher Breiseth is the board chair of the Frances Perkins Center and the immediate past president and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall has worked in publishing and marketing, mostly in the alternative energy field, focusing on hydrogen and clean energy.

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New Solo : Treat Your Solo Practice as a Small Business (Because it is)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:55:00 +0000

Law schools are gradually catching on, but not a lot of lawyers emerge from law school ready to start their own business, which is what starting a practice is. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Matthew Moeller, owner of the Moeller Firm, about how he started his practice, what technology he’s using, and how his business experience has helped him. He also talks about the upsides and downsides of a shared office space and why he ended up moving to his own suite.

Matthew Moeller is the owner of the Moeller Firm LLC where he represents shipyards, vessel owners and operators, contractors, and other maritime businesses.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #117: Minimalism, Ethics, and Tech Competence in Solo Practice, with Erin Gerstenzang

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode we talk to Erin Gerstenzang about her solo criminal defense practice and the challenges of going solo, especially for newer lawyers. We also address the importance of tech competence and the role minimalism plays in Erin's personal life and law practice.

Erin Gerstenzang is a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. She primarily handles DUI and other drug- and alcohol-related offenses.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Defending Steven Avery, with Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:12:07 +0000

It’s a question that has haunted the nation: did Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach? The Netflix series Making A Murderer has brought the Steven Avery case to the forefront of everyone’s minds and, in doing so, has also brought attention to the lawyers involved. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to Dean Strang, one of Steven Avery’s defense lawyers, about the case from a lawyer’s perspective, including his take on notable scenes, the burden of proof, and the presence of reasonable doubt. He also talks about whether cameras should be used in court and shares advice for young lawyers aspiring to practice criminal defense.

“Keep track of your own humanity and restore and replenish it by recognizing the humanity in every client you represent and every victim you encounter, and every citizen or witness you have to examine.” - Dean Strang

Dean Strang practices in Madison, Wisconsin, as a shareholder in Strang Bradley, LLC. He was Wisconsin’s first Federal Defender and has argued in the United States Supreme Court, five federal circuits, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast : How the Government is Handling Online Privacy and Cybersecurity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:04:38 +0000

The speed of technological developments and change is so rapid that the government can’t craft corresponding rules and regulations fast enough. In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez talks to Northwestern Law Professor Jim Speta about net neutrality, online privacy, cybersecurity, and how the government is handling these growing issues. Their discussion dives into the new net neutrality legislation and how the new chair of the FCC will affect this and future regulation.

Jim Speta is a member of the faculty at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Initiatives. His research interests include telecommunications and Internet policy, antitrust, administrative law, and market organization.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : Are schools that fail to teach children to read violating their Constitutional rights?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

The 14th Amendment has been used to secure civil rights for a multitude of groups. But does it give children a constitutional right to literacy? Is it the government's responsibility to adequately fund schools, so students learn what they need to reach appropriate reading levels?

In the Detroit public school system, it was recently found that only 7 percent of its 8th grade students were proficient in reading. So in 2016, a group of lawyers filed a federal civil rights claim against the city’s school system. In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward discusses the lawsuit with Carter Phillips, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

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Law Technology Now : 5 Ways to Adopt Technology and Improve Access to Justice

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:56:14 +0000

The legal industry has always been the last to catch up with innovation. Technology, however, may help with one of the industry’s biggest problems, access to justice. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to James Sandman about the ten barriers he sees that block the adoption of technology, five strategies to this issue, and how the adoption of technology will help get legal aid to those that need it. He also talks about the Trump Administration’s budget plan which aims to cut the Legal Services Corporation funding.

James Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Invest in a VPN if You Take Internet Security Seriously

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:09:07 +0000

With recent legislation targeting net neutrality, questions of how to maintain internet privacy have become increasingly relevant. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, host Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell define what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is and why it might be a good idea to invest in one to ensure your online information is secure. They also talk about fake VPN services to avoid and share which VPN services they use. In the second segment, they answer an audience question from the Honorable Joseph C. Adams regarding how to motivate lawyers to use the technology offered by a court. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Let Us Tell You Where You Should Go To Law School

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:36:33 +0000

Joe and Elie open the mailbag and answer questions from listeners trying to decide where to go to law school. Even if you're not facing the precise decisions these listeners have, they hit on major issues that all students should consider in making a law school decision.

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The Legal Toolkit : Encouraging Innovation in Law School

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:38:53 +0000

A few years ago, having technology courses at law schools was unheard of. But recently schools have been offering more and more tech opportunities. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks to Gabe Teninbaum, professor of legal writing at Suffolk Law, about the work Suffolk is doing to encourage innovation, including programs, technology courses, and internship opportunities. In the second segment, they discuss Gabe’s website, Spaced Repetition, and his take on topics like access to justice, process improvement, and legal process innovation.

Gabriel Teninbaum is a professor of legal writing at Suffolk University Law School in 2007, leading Suffolk Law's legal technology and innovation work, including directing the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus AttorneyScorpion, and Answer1.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Are prisoners’ civil rights being needlessly violated by long-term solitary confinement?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

In the 1960s and 1970s, a series of deadly prison riots convinced corrections officials that long-term solitary confinement was the only solution to control the “worst of the worst.” Supermax prisons, such as the Pelican Bay State Prison in California, were constructed to fulfill this perceived need. But with the abundance of evidence showing how psychologically harmful solitary confinement is, can its use be justified? And with the lack of transparency surrounding the number and type of prisoners being held in long-term solitary confinement, how can we really judge its necessity or effectiveness?

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks with Keramet Reiter, a University of California Irvine professor and the author of the new book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement. Reiter discusses the years of research she conducted into Pelican Bay Prison, including interviews with the prison’s main designer; the judge who condemned horrific abuses which occurred in the prison’s early years; and former prisoners who have emerged from long-term solitary confinement and dealt with its after-effects. She also shares what kind of reforms she thinks would be necessary for the judicial system and legislators to be able to assess the need for long-term solitary confinement.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #116: The ROI of Giving Things Away, with Doug Sorocco

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, Douglas Sorocco explains why his law firm built a free public event space next door, and why it wound up being a good investment. Before or after you listen, you should watch this video to see how the space gets used:


Doug is an Oklahoma intellectual property lawyer, focused on biotechnology, life sciences, chemistry, and chemical engineering.

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Digital Detectives : Practical Approaches to Preserving New (and Not-So-New) Media

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:25:38 +0000

Social Media is a big deal in the legal profession. Not only is it being used to promote law practices but it's increasingly being used as digital evidence in courtrooms. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Craig Ball about the intricacies of preserving digital evidence. Their discussion includes whether or not to hire a professional to do the preservation and tools that you can use to gather and preserve digital evidence.

Craig Ball is a longtime adjunct professor teaching Digital Evidence at the University of Texas School of Law. He writes and speaks around the world on e-discovery and computer forensics.

Special thanks to our sponsors, PInow and SiteLock.

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The Digital Edge : Defining Artificial Intelligence as a Legal Tool

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:45:36 +0000

A number of lawyers are nervous about artificial intelligence (AI) replacing their jobs in the near future, but most don’t understand AI. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to Mark Tamminga who defines artificial intelligence and what its growing popularity means for lawyers. Their discussion includes the big players in the AI industry, the future of technology, and what Mark would say to lawyers concerned that robots will take their jobs. They also talk about the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference 2017, for which Mark and Sharon are co-chairs. This year’s focus will be artificial intelligence and its role in the legal industry.

Mark Tamminga is a senior partner at Gowling WLG, a platform from which to nudge his firm in the direction of rethinking how legal services and products are delivered.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ServeNowScorpionAnswer1, and Clio.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : Your Browser History: How Recent ISP Legislation Affects Privacy

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:14:54 +0000

On April 3rd, 2017, President Trump signed into law a controversial measure repealing online privacy protections, which were established by the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama Administration and would go into effect at the end of 2017.  This legislation allows internet providers or ISPs to sell customer data without consent. Supporters of this legislation believe that keeping browsing information private would stop innovation, where opponents voice their concerns over the privacy protections of customers.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Alden F. Abbott, deputy director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, as they take a look at the passing of this legislation involving internet service providers and web-surfing data. They discuss this controversial legislation, the privacy issues, and the potential impact on customers.

Ernesto Falcon is legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation with a primary focus on intellectual property and open Internet issues. Prior to joining EFF, Ernesto worked as a legislative staffer for two Members of Congress (2004-2010).

Alden F. Abbott is the Rumpel senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Alden previously served as director of patent and antitrust strategy for BlackBerry, and in a variety of senior government positions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Justia’s Stacy Stern finds real profit in making things free

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:05:00 +0000

Stacy Stern is in charge of revenues, among her other roles at a successful for-profit company, but she tends to talk more about giving away products and services. It becomes obvious that she thinks giving is more important than receiving—not that Justia, the legal portal she and her husband, Tim Stanley, created, isn’t out to make money.

But–philosophically at least–they turn the standard business model on its head. Profit for the 100-plus-employee company makes it possible to put up more free stuff. Stern, a 2017 Legal Rebel Trailblazer, and Stanley, one of the original ABA Journal Legal Rebels, make basic law free and available to one and all, while turning a profit by helping lawyers market themselves.

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The Insurance Law Podcast : Coverage of Intellectual Property (IP) Claims

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Attorney Martha Weis from the firm of Goodman Allen Donnelly addresses whether a typical general liability policy covers Intellectual Property Claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, A.M. Best CompanyBest’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & Adjusters, including Expert Service Providers.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #115: Why Military Spouses Shouldn't Have to Keep Taking the Bar Exam, with Josie Beets

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, Josie Beets explains why military spouses who are lawyers should be able to get a license to practice law without taking the bar exam over and over again.

Josie Beets is President of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN), a bar association for military spouses who are lawyers.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Evolve Law Summit: A Conversation with Fastcase’s Phil Rosenthal

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:53:36 +0000

It might be enough to send missions to Pluto and practice in nuclear law for most professionals, but not Phil Rosenthal. In this report from On The Road, Evolve Law co-founder Jules Miller interviews Fastcase co-founder Phil Rosenthal about their mission to democratise the law and close the access to justice gap. Hear about his experiences at the Evolve Law Summit and why he believes the future is in good hands with today’s lawyerpreneurs.

Phil Rosenthal is president, chairman, and a co-founder of Fastcase. Prior to that he worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, where he concentrated in patent, nuclear and telecommunications law.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Evolve Law Summit: Strategic Partnerships in Action

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:03:41 +0000

At the Evolve Law Summit in New York City, the attendees were investors, entrepreneurs, and strategic partners. Different than many conferences and meetings, attendance was exclusive and by invitation only. The goal was to create an environment where everyone could meet, collaborate, and create future investments and partnerships. In this report from On The Road, Evolve Law co-founder Jules Miller interviews Sandeep Joshi of iManage and Lecia Kaslofski of FactBox who recently had a strategic meeting at the Evolve Law Summit. Tune in to hear how these entrepreneurs were paired using technology and how both of their companies gained from their time together.

Sandeep Joshi is the vice president of Business and Corporate Development at iManage. Prior to that, he was vice president of Channel Sales & Alliances at Hewlett-Packard, director of Global Technology Alliances at Interwoven, and senior consultant at KPMG.

Lecia Kaslofski is founder and chief executive officer of FactBox. Prior to that, she founded the investment arm of the first OCC-regulated Internet Bank and was president of Via Search Consulting.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Evolve Law Summit: Strategic Partnerships for Legal Startups

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:33:44 +0000

Successful strategic partnerships are mutually beneficial to the participating parties or entities. But what does it mean to be beneficial when you are a small startup looking to larger organizations for support and resources? In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti sits down with Michael Frankel, Carlos Gamez, Bill O’Boyle, David Coffee, and Dean Sonderegger from the Strategic Partnerships panel at the Evolve Law Summit in New York City to discuss ideal partnerships, how to approach large organizations, and four laws of attraction when it comes to courting a strategic partner.

Michael Frankel serves as managing director and head of the Deloitte New-venture Accelerator. He is a senior corporate development, strategy, and operating executive and has led and closed more than 100 transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, and alliances. He is a three time book author in mergers and acquisitions and has written several articles for the same.

Carlos Gamez is the senior director of innovation for Thomson Reuters’ Legal Business where he partners with individuals to define the innovation strategy and to execute innovation priorities through strategic projects with the potential to drive organic growth.

Bill O’Boyle founded North State Consulting and has an extensive background developing business models and negotiating at the executive level with global companies such as Sony , Fujitsu, Canon, Citrix, Worldox, Smarsh, Applied Systems, Lexis Nexis, Cicayda, Jostle, and mxHero. He was also a three time invitee of the AICPA’s Executive Roundtable.

David Coffey was named SVP, chief digital officer of LegalShield in November, 2016. Prior to that, he was president of The Coffey Group where he served several clients including NBC Universal’s Biggest Loser, Meredith’s Hyper Factory/New Media Strategies, Engauge, Mr. Youth, and StrikeForce Communications. His past client list includes Allstate, Travelers Direct, Mercedes, Harrah’s, Career Education, CSI Direct, Chrysler, Charles Schwab, Edward-Jones, Janus Funds, Jockey, Bissell, HBO, Discovery Communications, Citi Bank, Virgin Charter, U.S. Post Office, Department of Homeland Security, and Mitsubishi Motors.

Dean Sonderegger leads the Legal Markets Group of Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory US where he is responsible for accelerating the vision and strategy for the Legal Markets and Innovation teams. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the tax and legal software and services industries.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Evolve Law Summit: Angel Investment and Venture Capital in Legal

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:45:00 +0000

Do you run a startup company or know someone who does? Are you a fan of Shark Tank or wonder what venture capitalists look for? Well, we’ve got a treat for you. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti sits down with Edward Wilson, David Rose, Mike Suchsland, Lorine Pendleton, and Jeroen Plink from the Venture Capital and Angel Investment panel at Evolve Law’s Summit in New York City. Together they discuss what’s attractive for investors, common pitfalls for startup companies, and the value of being likeable. In addition they talk about investor exit strategy and why that’s a must-know for capital-seeking entrepreneurs as well as predictions for future legal tech innovations. Will it be dominated by artificial intelligence or virtual reality? Tune in to find out.

Edward Wilson is an investor with Anthos Capital, a $300mm fund based out of Santa Monica. He is focused on finding those companies that have the potential to become leaders in their space and are looking for a capital partner to help support them in this journey.

David S. Rose is founder and CEO of Gust, a global financial technology platform connecting over 500,000 entrepreneurs with investors in over 190 countries. He is also an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor responsible for founding or funding over 100 companies. David is a New York Times best-selling author of both “The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business” and “Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups”.

Mike Suchsland is a seasoned general manager, board member, advisor, mentor, and investor in the legal software and services space. Formerly the president of Thomson Reuters legal business and a board member with Epiq Systems, Mike has 6 companies in his venture portfolio and has advised on over a dozen transactions in the legal arena.

Lorine Pendleton is the US director of business development at Dentons and an investment partner in Portfolia Funds. She is an active angel investor who invests and advises women and diverse-led companies which include include Cisse Trading, Traklight, Hire an Esquire, and Tastemakers Africa. Lorine is a former practicing attorney at Londell McMillan PC, a leading entertainment boutique law firm, where she structured and negotiated multifaceted entertainment and media deals on behalf of her clients such as Prince, Spike Lee, Ruff Ryders Records, Faith Evans, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and the estate of the Notorious BIG.

Jeroen Plink is a former attorney turned entrepreneur. Jeroen was the CEO of Practical Law US until its acquisition by Thomson Reuters. He currently is an advisor to, investor in, and/or board member of a large number of companies, including Kira, Casetext, MeWe, Jurispect, HotShot, Leopard Solutions, Shift Central, Clio, Allegory, and others.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Evolve Law Summit: What is it?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:35:29 +0000

What is the Evolve Law Summit and why is it important? In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Jules Miller and Mary Juetten, co-founders of Evolve Law, about the Evolve Law Summit, which aims to pair legal innovators with strategic partners and investors. A common problem in legal technology is getting funding and building on strategic partnerships in order to get more sales. The Summit used technology to match innovators with investors and the panels covered what investors are looking for in a partnership or investment.

Jules Miller is the co-founder and managing director of Evolve Law, a community of entrepreneurs dedicated to accelerating the adoption of technology and innovation in the legal industry.

Mary Juetten is the current founder of Traklight.com and the co-founder of Evolve Law.

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Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law : A Lawyer’s Guide to IPOs

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:37:01 +0000

2016 was a slow year for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), but 2017 holds more promise, especially with larger companies, like Airbnb and Spotify, expected to go public. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Renee Karibi-Whyte discusses IPOs with Chris Roehrig, senior legal editor at Practical Law. In their discussion, they cover what IPOs are, their future market, and how lawyers are involved. Additionally they discuss dual class share structures and investors’ increasing interests in foreign stock markets.

Christopher Roehrig joined Practical Law from Torys LLP, where he was a senior associate in the corporate and capital markets practice groups.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : Tackling Issues on the Hill

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:16:28 +0000

As James M. Early, CSSC, a Senior Advisor at Ringler, becomes the 2017 President of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA), there's work to do on Capitol Hill.  Listen as Jim Early talks with Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with Executive Director of NSSTA, Eric Vaughn, about tax code reform legislation, tort reform and advocacy for disabled Americans with a new administration in Washington, D.C.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebel Stacy Stern of Justia

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:05:00 +0000

In this special ABA TECHSHOW episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebel Stacy Stern, president of the vast legal portal Justia.

Stern, one of the co-founders of Findlaw, was named a Legal Rebels Trailblazer in early 2017. She talks here about the expansion of Justia, which champions free law for all in the United States and Mexico.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebels Shantelle Argyle and Daniel Spencer of Open Legal Services

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

In this special ABA TECHSHOW episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebels Shantelle Argyle and Daniel Spencer.

Argyle and Spencer, profiled as Legal Rebels in 2015, founded Open Legal Services in Salt Lake City in 2014. Even though the two didn’t initially plan to launch a not-for-profit law firm straight out of law school, they’ve since become evangelists for the model. They talk here about the not-for-profit model they embraced and the growth of their firm.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #114: NeverAgain.Tech and Appropriate Security Paranoia, with Ansel Halliburton

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:55:00 +0000

In this episode we learn from Ansel Halliburton how technologists have come together in solidarity against data collection and surveillance, and consider what level of paranoia is appropriate (more paranoid than you are now, but probably not as paranoid as you think). We also talk about a promising, open-source document assembly tool, Common Form.

Ansel Halliburton is a startup lawyer and intellectual property litigator in San Francisco. He is also involved in advancing technology for the practice of law, free access to the law, and open source software.

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The Digital Edge : Running with the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:58:58 +0000

You don’t actually need to worry about a robot taking your job. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson talk to Andrew Arruda, CEO of ROSS Intelligence, about how artificial intelligence assists lawyers, not replaces them. Their conversation includes what ROSS is, the biggest misconceptions surrounding AI, and the biggest challenges facing legal technology adoption in larger firms.

Andrew Arruda is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the artificial intelligence company ROSS Intelligence, a leader in the legal technology industry.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ServeNowScorpionAnswer1, and Clio.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : Will Budget Cuts to the Legal Services Corporation Diminish Access To Justice?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:59:05 +0000

On March 16, 2017, President Trump unveiled his proposed federal budget. With this proposed budget came many federal budget cuts to federal agencies and programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, “Meals on Wheels,” and the Office of Violence Against Women.  Included in these cuts, was the Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. If President Trump’s current budget proposal is approved by Congress, this elimination of funding would directly impact those who seek legal representation.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi joins attorney Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, and attorney Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, to discuss President Trump’s budget proposal to zero out funding for the Legal Services Corporation. This discussion includes the state of legal services funding today and what cuts or elimination would mean for lower income Americans.

Attorney James J. Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm’s managing partner for a decade.

Attorney Linda Klein is president of the American Bar Association and the senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litera.

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Workers Comp Matters : National Implications of Opt Out in Workers’ Compensation (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:55:07 +0000

In this rebroadcast episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce interviews attorney, author, and historian Bob Burke about the implications of opt out programs. Together, they discuss the effects on workers, taxpayers, and even the court system as these new systems are put into place. Stay tuned, as both Alan and Bob reveal the primary movers for opt out as well as predictions for future public acceptance.

Bob Burke is an attorney, author, and historian with over 30 years of experience practicing law in workers’ compensation matters.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Casepacer and PInow.

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The Un-Billable Hour : How Algorithmic Data Finances Litigation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:30:04 +0000

So there’s an ice cream shop. This ice cream shop is used to serving quality ice cream to its customers, but recently their vendor has cheated them out of their usual delicious product. But since this is a small business, they can’t cover the cost of litigation even though they have a solid case. What do they do? In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, recorded at ABA TECHSHOW 2017, host Christopher Anderson talks to Joshua Lenon and Eva Shang about Legalist, a form of litigation finance underwriting for commercial cases based on algorithms and data. Together they discuss why Legalist was created, how it works, and its integration with Clio.

Joshua Lenon is an attorney who currently serves as lawyer-in-residence for Clio, providing legal scholarship and research skills to the leading cloud-based practice management platform.

Eva Shang is the co-founder of Legalist, a service dedicated to finance underwriting for litigation.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Answer1 and Solo Practice University.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : The Who, What, and Why of ABA TECHSHOW 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:55:39 +0000

Didn’t make it to ABA TECHSHOW 2017? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about what ABA TECHSHOW is, what they did at this year’s conference, and what to look for at the show in 2018. From networking to legal AI (artificial intelligence), this year’s show included classic TECHSHOW topics along with a lot of change, including hosting more women speakers than men. Next year promises to herald even more change and, in their conversation, Tom shares an exclusive announcement about ABA TECHSHOW 2018. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Beat the Buzzer at Beer for Bloggers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:29:51 +0000

Once again, Legal Talk Network was at Beer for Bloggers, a networking event near the end of ABA TECHSHOW. And once again we dragged the legal bloggers, or “blawggers,” over to our corner of the bar to fire three questions at them. But this year we upped the ante: instead of one minute, we gave our guests only 30 seconds with all questions asked in the beginning. What questions did we ask them?

  1. Tell us about your blog.
  2. Based on TECHSHOW 2017, what app or technology are you going to buy or download next?
  3. If you grab coffee with anybody from ABA TECHSHOW who would it be and why?

Listen in to hear how these legal bloggers deal with the pressure and what they (as clear experts in legal technology) will be downloading next for their own personal use. If you like what they have to say, check out one of their blogs listed below or follow them on Twitter. And maybe next year you can join the event and sit in the hot seat as well!

List of Participants (In Order of Appearance)

  1. Adam Music - Before the Bar - @MusicAdamT
  2. Andrew LeGrand - NOLA - @LawByLegrand
  3. Sharon Nelson - Ride the Lightening - @sharonnelsonesq
  4. Aaron Street - Lawyerist - @Lawyerist
  5. Tom Mighell - Inter Alia - @TomMighell
  6. Carolyn Elefant - My Shingle - @carolynelefant
  7. Niki Black - MyCase Blog - @nikiblack
  8. Tim Baran - timbaran.com - @tim_baran
  9. Nicole Bradick - CuroLegal - @NicoleBradick
  10. Dina Port - Legal Productivity - @DinaRothPort
  11. Tara Cheever - Lit Software - @taracheever
  12. Nehal Madhani - Alt Legal - @nehalm
  13. Bob Ambrogi - Law Sites - @bobambrogi
  14. Victor Li - ABA Journal - @LawScribbler
  15. Joshua Lenon - Clio - @JoshuaLenon
  16. Monica Burciaga - ABA Journal Instagram - @mburci_design
  17. Chad Burton - CuroLegal, kind of - @chadeburton
  18. Carol Lynn Grow - Law Toolbox - @CarolLynnGrow
  19. Chris Jaglowitz - The Ontario Condo Law Blog - @chrisjaglowitz
  20. Casey Flaherty - The New Normal - @DCaseyF
  21. Chas Rampenthal - LegalZoom Blog - @LegalZoom
  22. Kevin O’Keefe - Real Lawyers Have Blogs - @kevinokeefe

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In-House Legal : Google GC Kent Walker on Internet Disruption and Censorship (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:04:41 +0000

As we all know, the internet continually disrupts society on a global scale. It has become a platform for the international exchange of ideas and, more importantly, brought hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty. But with this disruptive platform comes challenges of safety and security, access to information, and censorship within multiple legal systems. How can we appropriately apply the legal standards and expectations from every country in the world to the internet which is, by nature, an international platform?

In this republished episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker about his path to general counsel of Google and the current legal challenges the multinational technology company faces. Walker examines internet disruption and censorship and talks about how Google approaches the legal balance between personal privacy and the government’s need for access to information.

Walker begins by talking about his path through the U.S. Attorney’s office, AirTouch Communications, Netscape (which became AOL), eBay, and then ending up in his current position at Google and how different sources of training gave him the experience to be a successful general counsel. Through his history in tech companies, he has interacted with the evolution of information law in privacy and defamation, jurisdictional questions, intellectual property definitions, the limits on patents and copyright, and new questions about antitrust in a digital economy.

Milch and Walker then transition into a discussion on threats arising to the internet as it is today. As Google is intimately involved in the balance between necessary encryption and government access to information, Walker discusses how his legal department approaches this fine line. Discussion inevitably turns to censorship and the “right to be forgotten,” a misnomer actually meaning the right to be delisted from the search engines. They talk about self-censorship within tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, collaboration in Silicon Valley after the Snowden Revelations, and the international goal of access to information and freedom of expression.

As general counsel and senior vice president for legal, policy, trust, and safety at Google, Kent Walker is responsible for managing Google’s global legal team and advising the company’s board and management on legal issues and corporate governance matters. Before joining Google, Walker held senior legal positions at a number of leading technology companies. Earlier in his career, Walker was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where he specialized in the prosecution of technology crimes and advised the Attorney General on management and technology issues.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebel Sarah Glassmeyer of the ABA’s Center for Innovation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:15:00 +0000

In this special ABA TECHSHOW episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebel Sarah Glassmeyer.

Glassmeyer, a trained law librarian and free law enthusiast, was named a Legal Rebel in 2016. She talks here about her relatively new job at the ABA’s Center for Innovation and the melding of her interests there. She gives a preview of what’s to come from the center.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebel Sam Glover of Lawyerist

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:10:00 +0000

In this special ABA TECHSHOW episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebel Sam Glover, founder of Lawyerist, a one-time blog turned robust legal information site.

Sam was named a Legal Rebel Trailblazer in February 2017. Here he talks about a new venture at Lawyerist: TBD Law, a unique conference collaboration with ‘09 Legal Rebel Matt Homann of Filament in St. Louis.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebel Nicole Black of MyCase

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:05:00 +0000

In this special ABA TECHSHOW episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebel Nicole Black.

Black was in the Journal’s first Rebels class in 2009. Just like then, when she was designated the “Boss of Blogs,” she continues to be a prolific blogger and Twitter user. She talks about blogging today and her gig at MyCase, which offers practice-management services to lawyers.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Catching up with Legal Rebels Ed Walters of Fastcase and Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000

In this special ABA Techshow episode of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Podcast, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebels Ed Walters and Kevin O’Keefe.

Walters, a one-time BigLaw associate and co-founder of the legal-research service Fastcase, was named a Legal Rebel Trailblazer in October 2016. Kevin O’Keefe was in the Journal’s inaugural Rebels class in 2009. The two talk here about their new integration of Fastcase and Lexblog, enabling bloggers on the Lexblog platform to link directly to caselaw they’re analyzing in their blog posts.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #113 How to Build a Mom (and Dad)–Friendly Law Firm, with Michelle Browning Coughlin

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, MothersEsquire founder Michelle Browning Coughlin talks about how being a parent—especially a mom—can make it harder to practice law, and what firms can do do be more parent-friendly, from paid paternity leave and flexible working arrangements to breastfeeding accommodations and playing the HR long-game.

Michelle Browning Coughlin is a Kentucky intellectual property lawyer.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : Keeping up with Ediscovery

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:45:19 +0000

Ediscovery is an industry that is constantly shifting and evolving as technology changes. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to electronic discovery expert William Hamilton about using ediscovery and how the legal industry is adapting to growing technology. Their discussion includes the different ediscovery products available, sanctions, interactions with social media, and resources you can use to keep up with all aspects of ediscovery.

William Hamilton is an electronic discovery expert. He is currently the executive director of the UF Law E-Discovery Project and International Center for Automated Information Retrieval.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : Getting ahead while working from home

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000

A handful of large law firms recently announced limited telecommuting plans for associates, which is a somewhat radical change for the profession.  Does this mean that for lawyers, office face-time may no longer be central to demonstrating you’re a valuable team member?

In this month's episode of Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Sara Sutton Fell about lawyers working remotely. Fell is the CEO and founder of Remote, which helps companies hire, train and manage employees who work offsite, and Flexjobs, a career website focused on telecommuting, freelance work and part-time jobs.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Why Did You Go There?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:34:22 +0000

Joe and Elie discuss how they chose their law schools, and how others should do what they say, not necessarily what they did.

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The Paralegal Voice : Networking for Lawyers Doesn’t have to be Hard

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Even if you qualify as an extrovert, the pressure of networking can be stressful for many legal professionals. In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin talks to Carl Morrison about why networking is so important for lawyers and what they can do to improve their professional social skills. Some of his tips include asking open ended questions, joining a professional association, and working on both your passive and active networking. Social media is a critical aspect of maintaining professional relationships these days, so Vicki concludes the show with do's and don'ts of posting on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Carl H. Morrison is a Senior Certified Paralegal for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, working in the areas of litigation, gaming, employment and corporate law.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston University, NALA, and ServeNow.

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New Solo : Diving Into Solo Practice Part 2: More Advice from Experts

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:38:35 +0000

Taking the plunge into solo practice can be intimidating. Maybe even downright terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. This is part 2 of the New Solo episode in which host Adriana Linares talks to Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, Tony Chiosso, and Albert Thuesen about their experiences running their own solo law firms and advice for those thinking about doing the same. Their tips and tricks range from scanners they use in the office to marketing techniques and social media. Whether you are looking for experience with video conferencing software or finding a solo community, these experts have you covered.

Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve has been a practicing attorney in the public and private sector for nearly 20 years. She has owned Fairgrieve Law since 2013.

Albert Thuesen is the principal of Coit Law Group (CLG), founded in 2014 in San Francisco. CLG is a full service civil practice, focusing on handling litigation claims on behalf of individuals, families, and local business clientele.

Tony Chiosso recently started his own firm, Chiosso Law. He has represented clients in a variety of transactional, consulting and litigation matters throughout his career.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio, Answer1, PerfectIt, and Unbundled Attorney.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Discussing the O.J. Simpson Case with Defense Attorney Carl Douglas

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Labeled the “trial of the century” by many, the O.J. Simpson case brought forth issues of race, celebrity, and police dishonesty. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to Carl Douglas, one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case, about the case itself and the circumstances that ultimately lead to the controversial verdict. Their discussion includes the importance of context to the case, the complicated process of choosing jurors, and the origin of the phrase “If the glove doesn’t fit, we must acquit.” They also talk about what Carl has been up to since the case and his advice for young law students and lawyers.

Carl Douglas is a lawyer specializing in police misconduct cases. He is best known for being one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #112: How to Ditch Your Computer and Work from Your Phone, with Chad Burton

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +0000

In this episode, Curo Legal founder, Chad Burton, explains how (and why) he ditched his computer for an iPad Pro, and then ditched his iPad Pro for his iPhone. And the thing is, you might be able to do it, too.

Chad Burton is a former litigator who developed one of the nation’s first “new model” law firms, leveraging cloud-based technology and modern business practices to develop a lean virtual law firm.

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Law Technology Now : ImmigrationJustice.us: How Lawyers can Respond to Trump's Immigration Laws

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:02:06 +0000

The new Executive Orders on immigration introduced by the Trump Administration have pushed some lawyers to act on behalf of immigrants in need of legal help. But many lawyers who want to help don't know where to start. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to Chad Burton and Ed Walters about the creation of ImmigrationJustice.us, a website built to organize legal professionals who are seeking ways to volunteer their services. They discuss how the website was built in a single night for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the team involved in its creation, and the template that they hope can be used for similar issues in the future. They conclude the episode by saying how important groups of active trendsetters, like the ABA Center for Innovation, will drive change within law.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown into one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world.

Chad Burton is the CEO of Curolegal and is a former litigator who developed one of the nation’s first “new model” law firms, leveraging cloud-based technology and modern business practices to develop a lean virtual law firm. He also serves on the Governing Board for ABA’s Center for Innovation.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: ABA Center for Innovation Takes on Access to Justice

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:00:23 +0000

The legal community has dedicated an increasing amount of energy and resources to improving access to justice in recent years. In this report from On the Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Judy Perry Martinez about the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, including its mission to improve access to justice and its fellowship program. For those interested in being a fellow, their discussion includes what qualities the program looks for and the sponsors involved in the process.

Judy Perry Martinez is the chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Time-Saving Apps that will Boost Your Productivity

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:27:19 +0000

Three minutes of wasted time, whether you’re waiting for your computer to warm up or organizing your documents, doesn’t seem significant. But three minutes over the course of the year results in 13 hours of billable time. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Jack Newton, Deborah Savadra, Adam Camras, Ivan Hemmans, and Rochelle Washington about tech tips, life hacks, and useful apps that can increase your productivity while also helping you manage security and marketing. As well as naming some of these apps, the group discusses what to look for when investing in tech, including asking whether it’s intuitive for you specifically and if the app itself is secure.

Jack Newton is the founder of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management.

Deborah Savadra is editor and chief blogger at Legal Office Guru, which helps practices master Microsoft Word.

Adam Camras is the CEO of LAWgical, the company that owns and operates leading legal brands, including Legal Talk Network.

Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers.

Rochelle Washington is the senior staff attorney in the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS) of the D.C. Bar.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Women Are Powerful in Legal Technology

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:44:00 +0000

This year’s ABA TECHSHOW roster has more women faculty than men. While the legal industry has previously been predominantly men, this demographic is shifting. In this episode of On The Road, host Sharon Nelson talks to Linda Klein, Heidi Alexander, Rochelle Washington, Brooke Moore, Sarah Glassmeyer, and Catherine Reach about the women in legal technology. Their discussion includes why it’s important to promote women’s roles in the legal industry and what specific characteristics women have to improve the tech field.

Linda Klein is the current president of the American Bar Association. In her practice life, she is managing shareholder for the Georgia offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, LLP.

Heidi Alexander is a law practice management advisor at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (MassLOMAP), where she advises lawyers on practice management matters and provides guidance in implementing new law office technologies.

Rochelle Washington is the senior staff attorney in the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS) of the D.C. Bar. She assists lawyers with starting and managing law firms through sessions, programs, and seminars.

Catherine Sanders Reach is the director of law practice management technology for the  Chicago Bar Association. For over 10 years, she was the director at the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center and served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009.

Brooke Moore is the managing attorney at Arkansas Virtual Lawyer. She created AVL based on a growing need for affordable quality assistance and a steady decline in access, currently not adequately addressed by the legal industry.

Sarah Glassmeyer is a lawyer and librarian currently working as a research fellow in the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. She is a passionate believer in the idea that access to information is access to justice.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Rocket Lawyer Aims to Improve Access to Justice

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:24:36 +0000

Though it is one of the legal tech companies that is making lawyers nervous, the ultimate goal of Rocket Lawyer is to make it more affordable and simple for clients to connect with lawyers. In this report from On The Road, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Charley Moore, CEO of Rocket Lawyer, about the functions and goals of the company. While they are not a law firm themselves, Rocket Lawyer aims to make lawyers more accessible to those that need them the most.

Charley Moore is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer. His experience as a startup company attorney taught him that something was missing—an affordable and simple way to handle any legal situation.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: LegalZoom and the Democratization of Law

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:11:02 +0000

Legal tech companies like LegalZoom have gotten mixed reactions from lawyers. In this report from On The Road, host Joshua Lenon has a conversation with John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom, about the mission of the company and how it functions. They talk about how LegalZoom aims to democratize law, what this means, and how the company interacts with and affects lawyers.

John Suh has served as LegalZoom’s CEO since February 2007 and as a member of their board of directors since February 2005.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Lawyer Work-Life Management with GTD

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:09:56 +0000

For those not familiar with the GTD methodology, it is a work-life management systems that, when done correctly, can help you manage your legal business and personal with less stress. In this report from On The Road, host Christopher Anderson talks to Ivan Hemmans and David Sparks, two legal professionals who have switched to the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and have seen positive results. Their discussion includes how to implement the system, key benefits, and resources that will help you get started.

Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he uses his extensive experience with information technology to help people find ways to solve everyday problems with the many available tools at their disposal.

David Sparks has been a lawyer in Orange County, California, for 21 years and recently started a solo practice. He is also a technology expert who has a blog, a podcast, and often writes articles, including his MacSparky blog, about finding and using the best tools, hardware, and workflows for Apple devices.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Alternative Uses for Your Law Degree

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:52:44 +0000

So you have a law degree. Now what? Well, lawyering is not your only option. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Stacy Stern, Nicole Bradick, and Dan Lear about alternate ways to use your law degree. They discuss what skills you need and the important role of passion in pursuing an alternative career.

Stacy Stern is President of Justia. She oversees all revenue and client operations, as well as marketing and partnerships.

Nicole Bradick is Chief Strategy Officer at CuroLegal, a company that works with lawyers to grow efficient, profitable, and scalable firms through its consulting services, operations support, and flexible staffing solutions.

Dan Lear is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo. He is a technology lawyer, facilitator, and blogger.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Why Robots Won't Take Lawyer Jobs

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:35:10 +0000

The panel was called “The Startups Are Building Robot Lawyers” but they unanimously concluded that this is not the case. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Andrew Arruda, Shamla Naidoo, and Ed Walters about artificial intelligence and how technology is helping lawyers, not replacing them. They end their discussion with a call for open-mindedness toward and collaboration with technology in the legal industry.

Andrew Arruda is the ‎CEO and co-founder of ROSS Intelligence, the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney.

Shamla Naidoo is IBM’s Vice President of IT Risk and Chief Information Security Officer.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Why Busy Lawyers Lack Focus

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:02:15 +0000

No matter how great of a lawyer you are, sometimes work can be overwhelming. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Vedia Jones-Richardson about the importance of focus in the workplace, especially for legal professionals. They also discuss energy management, taking breaks regularly, and signs that you may be overwhelmed.

Vedia Jones-Richardson is a principal with Olive and Olive, PA, where she leads the trademark and copyright practice group.

Heidi S. Alexander is a law practice management advisor at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (MassLOMAP), where she advises lawyers on practice management matters and provides guidance in implementing new law office technologies.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Why Invest in Managed Service Providers (MSP)?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:48:13 +0000

How much time do you waste fixing (or even ignoring) computer issues? In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Tom Lambotte and Stanley Louissaint about managed service providers (MSP) and the role they play in a successful law firm. Their discussion includes explaining what MSPs do and what questions you should ask a MSP before hiring them.

Tom Lambotte is currently the CEO of GlobalMac IT, a company offering computer support for Mac-based law firms.

Stanley Louissaint is president of Fluid Designs Inc., a full service IT services provider.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : President Trump vs. the Press

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:46:21 +0000

In recent months, President Trump has been very vocal about his disdain for the press and labeling certain news outlets “fake news.”  In retaliation for contentious press relations, the White House blocked a number of news organizations including CNN, the New York Times, Politico, and the Los Angeles Times from attending an off-camera press briefing with Press Secretary, Sean Spicer on February 24th. So the question remains, how far will President Trump go with curtailing press participation and is that considered an infringement on the freedom of the press?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join attorney David A. Schulz, co-director of the Media Freedom and Information Access (MFIA) Clinic and attorney Howard Cooper, a founding partner of Todd & Weld LLP, as they take a look at the First Amendment, discuss the Trump/press relationship, what constitutes “fake news,” the freedom of the press, and potential future litigation involving the press.

Attorney David A. Schulz is a senior research scholar in law and Floyd Abrams clinical lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and co-director of the Media Freedom and Information Access (MFIA) Clinic.

Attorney Howard Cooper is a founding partner of Todd & Weld LLP. Howard regularly handles significant civil rights and First Amendment matters, which are often of public significance.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litéra.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Don't Be Afraid of Unbundled Legal Services

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:26:44 +0000

The practice of unbundling legal services is one most lawyers are hesitant to adopt. But in this report from On The Road, host Sam Glover talks to Shantelle Argyle about how lawyers can unbundle their services and actually turn a profit. In their discussion, they explain the difference between limited scope and unbundled representation, why cost isn’t the only reason people don’t hire lawyers, and how to figure out pricing if you do decide to unbundle.

Shantelle Argyle is an attorney and the co-founder and executive director of Open Legal Services, a nonprofit modest means law firm in Utah.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: How to Pitch to the Media and get Exposure for Your Firm

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:09:58 +0000

So you want to get the name of your firm under as many eyes or into as many ears as possible. You know some sources that can accomplish this but what is the best way to approach them with a pitch? In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Adam Camras, Molly McDonough, Elie Mystal, and Sam Glover about the best ways for lawyers to pitch to the media in order to get exposure for your firm. Some of their tips include being intentional about building a relationship, knowing the publication, and straight up flattery.

Adam Camras is the Chief Executive Officer of LAWgical, the company that owns and operates leading legal brands, including Legal Talk Network, ServeNow, and ServeManager.

Molly McDonough is the managing editor of the ABA Journal.

Elie Mystal is managing editor at Above the Law Redline and editor-at-large at Breaking Media.

Sam Glover is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Lawyerist.com, an online magazine and reference manual for solo and small firm lawyers.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Evolution of the Legal Industry with Mark Britton

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:50:04 +0000

New legal technology and innovative companies, like Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, are slowly changing the legal industry. In this report from On The Road, host Christopher Anderson talks to Mark Britton, CEO of Avvo, about how law firms are becoming more customer-centric and using technology to do so. Their discussion includes how client needs are currently not being met by lawyers which will lead to a shift in how practices operate, namely turning to innovation and new ideas in order to keep customers coming back.

Mark Britton is the founder, CEO, and president of Avvo, an online legal forum and directory.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Secure Your Legal Data!

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:13:57 +0000

New and improving technology, like voice enabled software or the internet of things, are really cool and may help out at your law firm, but they also introduce a new need for security. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Sherri Davidoff and John Simek about keeping legal data secure. They talk about free (that’s right, free) ways to encrypt devices and emails, as well as promoting two factor identification as an extra means of protection.

Sherri Davidoff is a nationally-recognized cyber security expert who is a founder and senior security consultant at LMG Security.

John W. Simek is vice president of the digital forensics and security firm Sensei Enterprises. He is a nationally known expert in digital forensics and e-discovery.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Behind the Scenes with Practice Management Software

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:52:22 +0000

There are a lot of practice management softwares out there, all claiming to help with the behind the scenes aspects of running a legal business. In this episode of On The Road, host Bob Ambrogi discusses the advantages of practice management software with Niki Black, legal technology evangelist at MyCase. They talk about the strengths of MyCase specifically, along with the improved mobile app and the future of the company.

Niki Black is an attorney in Rochester, New York, and the legal technology evangelist at MyCase.com, a law practice management software company.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Use Performance Data to Improve Your Law Practice

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:22:27 +0000

Your law firm may be functioning, but could it be thriving? In this report from On The Road, host Lee Rawles talks to George Psiharis and Billie Tarascio about how yvou can use performance data to improve your law practice. Their discussion includes what kind of information you can and should look for, the benefits of doing so, and the first steps you can take if you want to measure your stats, like checking out their trends report and determining what your problems are.

George Psiharis is the vice president of business development at Clio. He specializes in customer development and data operations.

Billie Tarascio is a family law attorney, legal innovator, and entrepreneur. She has created a DIY software for litigants that helps minimize legal costs.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Essential Digital Tools for Growing Your Practice

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:28:11 +0000

You became a lawyer to practice law, not to write a blog about law. Blogging, however, is an important tool when marketing your firm. So how, as a lawyer, can you make this process more manageable? In this report from On The Road, host Lee Rawles talks to Tim Baran of Good2bSocial about essential DIY tools to market your legal practice. Because of the importance of content to email marketing, blogs and email campaigns may get your firm the attention it deserves (so you can practice more law).

Tim Baran is the chief marketing officer for Good2bSocial, a digital marketing agency for large and small law firms, solo attorneys, and any companies in the legal space. He has a history as content marketer from Rocket Matter.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Devil is in the Details

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:06:27 +0000

The speed and efficiency of your practice always has the potential for improvement. In this report from On The Road, host Christopher Anderson talks to Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi about process mapping and how it can improve your legal business management. From understanding issues completely to identifying unrecognized waste, cleaning up your processes can lead to a more efficient law firm.

Amani Smathers currently works as a legal solutions architect at Davis Wright Tremaine – De Novo, where she helps design and implement legal and business solutions for the firm and its clients.

Gina Bongiovi is the owner of Bongiovi Law Firm which provides her clients with business-minded legal advice that addresses all facets of business ownership.

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The Legal Toolkit : Improve Your Law Firm with Small Client Intake Changes

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:12:07 +0000

There’s more to practicing law than practicing law. Proper client relationships and interactions can be the difference between a good law firm and an exceptional one. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks to Michael Chasin, CEO of Lexicata, about effectively managing your practice’s client intake process. They lay out a couple common mistakes that legal professionals often make and also explain why improving your intake process is important to the success of your firm.

Michael Chasin is CEO of Lexicata, a CRM and client intake software designed to help law firms and lawyers increase client satisfaction.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus AttorneyScorpion, and Answer1.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : What can neuroscience tell us about crime?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Neuroscience and brain-imaging technology have come a long way, but are they actually useful in a courtroom setting to explain why a person committed a crime? And are our brains to blame for all our actions, or do we have free will? Can a differently shaped brain remove moral responsibility for violence in an otherwise functioning person? 

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles spoke to Kevin Davis, a fellow ABA Journal editor and author of the new book "The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms." Davis shares how he first became interested in the issue of brain injury and brain development theories as evidence, and explains the little-known backstory to the murder case that ushered in the use of neuroscience in criminal defense cases. He also recounts the way the reporting for this book ended up changing his own attitudes and behavior–and how he parents his son.


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Lawyerist Podcast : #111: Daring Networking, with Ruth Carter

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyers aren't always willing to lighten up and be themselves in public. In this wide-ranging episode we talk to Ruth Carter, a lawyer who is undeniably herself in public and private, about what it means to be a lawyer who is known to participate in the annual No Pants Subway Ride or don a Starfleet uniform for Comic-Con.

Arizona lawyer Ruth Carter is known for her daring antics and outgoing personality. With her pants on (probably?), Ruth focuses on intellectual property, social media law, business formation and contracts, and flash mob law.

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Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast : The Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:08:02 +0000

The Supreme Court has faced a whirlwind of change and controversy over the last year, first with the death of Justice Scalia and then with election of President Trump and the actions of his Administration. In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez talks to Carter Phillips about the current state of the Supreme Court in 2017. Their discussion includes President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the Democrat Party opposition during this process, and the consequences of the nuclear option, whether it’s used or not. They conclude the episode with a brief discussion of the textbook Phillips co-authored with Northwestern Law faculty, Advanced Appellate Advocacy.

Carter G. Phillips is the chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s Executive Committee and was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He has argued 75 cases before the Supreme Court since joining Sidley, more than any other lawyer while in private practice.

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Digital Detectives : Electronic Security Sweeps for Law Firms and their Clients

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:35:30 +0000

As a lawyer, sometimes paranoia is a good thing. Legal professionals are constantly handling sensitive information that needs protection, whether it’s details about a case or client data. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Charles Patterson about TSCM (technical surveillance countermeasures) and how this extra level of security can ensure your private information stays private. As the president of Exec Security, a TSCM services company, Charles shares about why lawyers need TSCM, how these sweeps are performed, and provides tips on how to protect yourself from situations that could compromise your confidential information.

Charles Patterson has over 35 years experience in the security field. Previous to his current position as Exec Security president, he spent 17 years traveling throughout the United States and the world working in executive protection and providing tech support to security teams.

Special thanks to our sponsors, PInow and SiteLock.

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The Insurance Law Podcast : Legal Complexity of Construction Litigation

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Attorney Terry Lavy from the law firm of Vernis & Bowling discusses the legal complexity and challenges of construction defect litigation and the impact on insurance carriers and insurers, and significant construction cases in the state of Florida.

Special thanks to our sponsor, A.M. Best CompanyBest’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & Adjusters, including Expert Service Providers.

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Ringler Radio - Structured Settlements and Legal Topics : Dissipation of Personal Injury Settlements

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:02:46 +0000

Personal injury victims receiving large legal settlements may discover that within a short period of time, the money is gone. Without proper guidance, education and customized settlement planning, a financial windfall can become a financial nightmare. On this edition of Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Bill Wright, talk with Greg Micoletti, Director, Structured Settlements at American General about the dissipation of personal injury settlements and what to do to prevent it.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Snap Decisions: Should Lawyers be Using Snapchat and Instagram?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:48:51 +0000

Snapchat and Instagram are household names, but do they belong in law firms too? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss Snapchat, Instagram, and their role in legal marketing. In the episode’s second segment, they answer an audience question from Tom Lambotte (CEO of Global Mac IT), about document assembly in the cloud and which applications function best for solos and small firms. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : When Your Accounting Firm Messes Up

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000

Elie and Joe watched the Oscars like everyone else, and when they saw the Best Picture screw up, they immediately thought what every other lawyer thought... blame the accountants. Caleb Newquist, the founding editor of Going Concern joins the show to talk insider accountant baseball on PwC's embarrassing mistake and why the Oscars won't fire the firm no matter how bad this looked.

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Law Technology Now : What’s Happening at ABA TECHSHOW 2017

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:20:54 +0000

Excited for this year’s ABA TECHSHOW? In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Adriana Linares, the chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2017, about what legal professionals can expect at the conference this year. Adriana talks about the keynote address, legal hackathon, and Taste of Techshow dinners. They also discuss what’s new about this year, the academic track, and the effort to bring more diversity into the event.

Adriana Linares serves as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar, is the chair of the ABA TECHSHOW 2017, and serves on the board of the Florida Justice Technology Center. She hosts both the New Solo podcast on Legal Talk Network.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : CodeX co-founder caught the entrepreneurial bug at Stanford

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Born and raised in Austria, Roland Vogl fell in love with California almost from the moment he arrived in 1999 as a student at Stanford Law School. In particular, he was drawn to the entrepreneurial ethos of Stanford’s home base of Silicon Valley.

“The idea of being in Silicon Valley and being immersed in the gung-ho spirit where people solve problems—not so much by policy and lawmaking but by building new systems—really appealed to me,” says Vogl, a 2017 Legal Rebels Trailblazer.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #110: Personal Challenges, with Inti Martínez-Alemán, Megan Zavieh, and Tom Martin

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0000

In this episode, we're trying something a little different. We asked three TBD Law alumni to tell us their stories of overcoming personal challenges. First you'll hear from Inti Martínez-Alemán about leaving Honduras after dozens of lawyers were murdered, his mother among them. Then you'll hear Megan Zavieh talk about the challenges that come with building a law practice while moving frequently and having children. Finally, Tom Martin talks about recovering from the near-collapse of his firm and a year of family tragedies.

Inti Martínez-Alemán has a one-stop-shop law firm for Latinos and Latinas in Minnesota.

Megan Zavieh defends lawyers before the California State Bar.

Tom Martin created LawDroid, a chat bot that drafts and files California incorporations over Facebook Messenger.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Al-Tounsi by Anton Piatigorsky: The U.S. Supreme Court through a Human Lens

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000

In his debut novel Al-Tounsi, critically acclaimed Canadian-American author and playwright Anton Piatigorsky tells the behind-the-scenes story of U.S. Supreme Court justices as they consider a landmark case involving the rights of detainees held in a Guantanamo Bay-like overseas military base. It explores how the personal lives, career rivalries, and political sympathies of these legal titans blend with their philosophies to create the most important legal decisions of our time. Given the current U.S. political climate, Al-Tounsi could not be more topical or relevant.
In a conversation that touches on everything from the right of habeas corpus to similarities between the fictional justices and their real-life counterparts and differences between the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts, Jon Malysiak, Director of Ankerwycke Books, discusses the novel with Piatigorsky. They explore how the author, born and educated in the U.S. and currently living in Toronto, came to write a novel with so many parallels to current political debate, that Erwin Chemerinsky has praised as “…a powerful reminder that justices are human and that, as much as the law, determines how important cases are decided.”


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Lawyer 2 Lawyer - Law News and Legal Topics : The Trump Administration and U.S. Labor Laws

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000

The Taft-Hartley Act, written in 1947, is one of the key laws governing labor relations in the United States today. Laws governing the workforce and employers have changed little, while the working world has changed dramatically. So are U.S. labor laws due for a major overhaul?  Also, in recent months, President Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta to fill the Secretary of Labor spot after his first pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join attorney Howard Wexler, an associate in the Labor and Employment group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research and a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, as they take a look at U.S. Federal Labor laws, reform, current legislation, and the impact a new Secretary of Labor under a Trump presidency will have on the U.S. workforce and employers.

Attorney Howard Wexler is an associate in the Labor and Employment group in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office. In this role, Mr. Wexler has extensive experience defending both single and multi-plaintiff discrimination/harassment cases, class and/or collective actions, as well as lawsuits initiated by the EEOC.

Kate Bronfenbrenner is director of labor education research and a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she teaches and does research on union and employer strategies in organizing and bargaining in the global economy.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio and Litéra.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #109: Recognizing Opportunities, with Andrew Haugen

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0000

Just when Andrew Haugen was planning to leave law practice for good, an offer came along that made him reconsider. A couple of years later, he has acquired two family law practices. In today's episode he explains why, and talks about the challenges of integrating several law practices into one functioning business.

Andrew practice family law in Chaska and Shakopee, MN. Andy's goal is to get his clients to the other side of their issues with a result that creates resolution and allows them to move on.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Freedom Of The Press In Trump’s America (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:47:24 +0000

Joe and Elie chat with libel law expert and former Bloomberg Global Media Counsel Charles Glasser about the state of the press going forward. Glasser explains why he’s actually optimistic about freedom of the press, despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric about “opening up” libel law and the mainstream press deciding to hold off-the-record meetings in Trump Tower.

This episode originally aired on November 30th, 2016.

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Law Technology Now : The American Immigrant Representation Project with the Honorable Shira Scheindlin

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:51:53 +0000

While the Trump administration has brought about a significant number of changes, perhaps the most notable are the policies regarding immigration. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to former United States District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin about the American Immigrant Representation Project (AIRP). This non-profit organization was created by a group, including Scheindlin, in order to allow those facing deportation access to counsel. In their discussion, they talk about the driving reasons that motivated this project and how listeners, especially young lawyers, can help.

Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is a member of the Litigation Practice Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and serves as an arbitrator/mediator under the auspices of JAMS.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : Secure and Efficient Legal Tech

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:04:43 +0000

What if there was a way to practice law and only spend five dollars a day running your business? Would you believe it? In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel talk to Rick Georges, a solo practitioner practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida, about how he uses technology to run his business effectively and cheaply. Some of his methods are as simple as using software to take care of administrative tasks, like switching to online banking. In their discussion, they also talk about security measures that those using technology need to take, like encrypting emails and protecting accounts with two-factor identification.

Rick Georges is a solo practitioner, practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is active in the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Florida Bar, and American Bar Association, and presents seminars and programs on the use of computers in the practice of law.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Legal Blogging the Right Way

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:34:45 +0000

Nowadays, it seems like everyone, from your neighbor who writes about her nine cats to your teenage daughter who writes about makeup brushes, has a blog. Lawyers often see blogging as a means of marketing and getting to know their clients. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about what blogging looks like for lawyers and how those without blogs can start one. Their discussion includes where blogging started, how it has evolved as different mediums have developed, and tools that take some of the work out of the posting process. In the second segment of the podcast, Dennis and Tom answer an audience question about diversity within technology and why there isn’t an established diverse attorney search tool. This episode’s parting shots include Data Selfie, a tool that allows you to track and analyze your social media usage, and Scribd, a “Netflix for books.”

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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These news come from Legal Talk Network - Law News and Legal Topics.

The "Baby Mama Syndrome": Book Review

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 08:42:46 -0500

Judge Robert Doyel's book "The Baby Mama Syndrome" examines how the problems of single mothers and their "fragile families" affect all of us. Doyel, who spent 16 years as a Florida judge, mostly in family court, has dealt with thousands of cases involving violence, custody, dependency, and paternity issues. This book will be especially useful to professionals who deal with single mothers and their children: police officers, social workers, teachers, and medical personnel.

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Book Review: Bully by Emme Dun

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:52:36 -0500

"Bully" is the debut novel of Emme Dun with which she made quite an entrance. This gay/lesbian, legal thriller based on true events will reveal to you the more dismal tones of the American justice system.

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Book Review: The Ten Prison Coach Commandments

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:27:54 -0600

Definitive Psychological Insight into the Prison Systems Book Review by Carla M. Paton The Ten Prison Coach Commandments, by John "Doc" Fuller offers a tremendous public service.

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Book Review: Don't Alienate The Kids! By Bill Eddy

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:41:38 -0500

I've been doing quite a bit of reading lately - some professional and some personal. I recently read Don't Alienate the Kids! by Bill Eddy, LCSW Esq. upon a recommendation from a good friend of mine. Eddy covers a great deal of ground in this book about high-conflict divorces/separations, alienation, abuse, how families and other professionals can help or harm a situation, and (most importantly) about using the idea of "1,000 Little Bricks" to help build a "foundation of resilience" instead of a wall of alienation for their children. Exceptional book!

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Book Review: High Conflict People In Legal Disputes By Bill Eddy, LCSW, ESQ

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:20:41 -0500

It was suggested to me that I should read High Conflict People in Legal Disputes by Bill Eddy, LCSW, ESQ. This book is meant for professionals (i.e. counselors, attorneys, judges, etc.), but can be useful for anyone looking for more information on the DSM-IV-TR Cluster B personality disorders: Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial, and Histrionic. It is very informative, insightful, and an easy read that I recommend for anyone in a legal dispute or relationship with a high conflict personality, or for anyone just looking for more information.

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Book Review of "My Beloved World"

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:56:01 -0600

Sonia Sotomayor is a United States Supreme Court Justice. In her memoir, "My Beloved World", she shares her humble Puerto Rican heritage. This was an inspiring book to read. Character is the essence of her success.

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Is U.S. Immigration Reform Necessary?

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:58:52 -0600

The United States is the first preference for international students and employees who wish to pursue higher education and better opportunities. Though the US is a great place to take one's education and career to new heights, one of the biggest issues faced is obtaining an immigration visa. International students and new employees are finding it difficult as their visas are routinely rejected for no apparent reason.

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Just Cause: A Union Guide to Winning Discipline Cases by Robert M Schwartz

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:08:19 -0600

This book not only covers the nuts and bolts of a grievance, it lifts the hood and shows you how things work and how to work you and your members. Required reading not only for the Shop Steward or the Local Leader but for anyone working in the field of Labor.

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John Grisham's "The King Of Torts" And The Process Server

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:03:45 -0600

John Grisham is one of the prolific legal fiction writers of our time. Though the novels may be categorized as fiction and the characters are of course fictional, it depicts real emotions and possible scenarios that anyone can relate to. This may be the key, why all his books had received such rave reviews.

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Book Review: The Legal Rights of Union Stewards by Robert M. Schwartz

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:57:35 -0600

Mr. Schwartz brings to the average Joe Steward a handy and informative guide to the trials and tribulations of being a union steward. Originally published in 1986, in its fourth edition it continues to bring well written and easy to understand information to the shop floor.

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How to Pick the Best Lawyer or a Legal Firm

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:50:21 -0600

There's a myth that you are in a trouble if you need a lawyer. Well, that's partially true. Lawyers can really help you solve big problems or even avoid them. Yet, you may need legal services in everyday situations, for example when buying or selling real estate or an auto. A good lawyer is like a good doctor: either you are 100% honest with him/her or things may get even worse. So, what are the most important considerations when hiring a lawyer?

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Distributive Justice

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:10:42 -0600

Distributive Justice defines a set of rules that should be followed by everyone. These rules should give all people equal opportunity. But is everyone treated equally? Is justice applied in an equivalent manner? Read my take - then tell me your opinion!

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The Best Books For Bar Exam Preparation

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:51:50 -0500

I know One way to pass the California Bar Exam and Five ways to fail. After six rounds at the California Bar exam, I learned the hard way so you don't have to. Bar exam prep doesn't have to be overwhelming with stress. Here are my recommendations for the best bar exam prep materials you can use.

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DOJ Retaining Its Position on GPS Tracking

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:45:38 -0500

In a surprise move on Thursday, the federal government notified an appeals court that it reserves the right to secretly place GPS tracking devices on privately owned vehicles without first obtaining a warrant. Many wonder what the Department Of Justice is thinking since the long-anticipated ruling in January by the Supreme Court on just this issue.

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GPS Tracking Ruling Brings Privacy Discussions To The Forefront

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:12:11 -0500

For months, supporters and opponents have argued the warrantless GPS tracking issue. With the Supreme Court unanimously agreeing that warrantless placement of a GPS tracking device was unconstitutional, law enforcement agencies will have to adapt while still benefitting from the GPS tracking technology.

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The New PIP Statute

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:37:49 -0500

The New PIP Statute and its Effects on Accident Victims: The new Personal Injury Protection PIP Statute that was recently passed in Florida may be a triumph for insurance companies. The law places new limits on the amount of benefits a person can receive as well as the amount of money awarded during a claim.

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Killed by Cars

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:34:50 -0500

Motorcycle riders are an example of innocent people who can be killed by cars. According to RideSmartFlorida.com, 415 motorcycle riders were killed in 2009 due to fatal injuries from traffic crashes. Like pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists are at an unfair disadvantage when a driver loses control of his vehicle due to negligence like texting and distracted driving. They are no match for a car, truck, or van's impact.

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Utilizing the "Wired" Court Reporter

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:41:28 -0500

(The original of the below article was published in the Milwaukee Law Journal in 2002. Footnoted below are innovative changes to the technology and process since the original publication.) The introduction of computers to the court reporting industry in the mid-seventies opened the door for many new reporting products and services and is ultimately creating greater capability for litigators.

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Avoid Excessive Court Costs - Do Enduring Powers Of Attorney

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:49:32 -0500

Losing mental capacity can be an expensive exercise if you do not have your house in order. It can also be a stressful time for family and loved ones already trying to deal with your often sudden loss of mental capacity.

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No Soliciting

Tue, 08 May 2012 13:29:02 -0500

"No Soliciting" This is the message given to most people who approach my front door. There are many others as well that have such a warning posted.

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Physician Heal Thyself - Attorney Gregory Piche' Releases a New Book on Sham Medical Peer Reviews

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:45:41 -0500

In his new book "SHAM PEER REVIEW: The Power of Immunity and The Abuse of Trust," Denver attorney and author Gregory Piche' offers several effective ways to bypass the current system known as the Medical Peer Review. This is an informative, provocative and timely book for an enormous profession that shadows American life, offering valuable insights for anyone working in today's healthcare industry.

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Using Ebooks for Learning About Legal Practice

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:06:08 -0500

Legal terms and procedures include complex laws and practices that a layman cannot understand easily. Thus, there is a demand for eBooks that teach the most difficult terms conveniently. Such eBooks provide accurate information about each and every law, allowing the general public to grasp legal terminologies easily.

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Book Review: The Path Of The Law

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:06:07 -0600

The Path of the Law presents the conclusions drawn by Holmes after more than 30 years of legal observation, thought, and practice of law. He probably wrote this essay to further discuss what he began in his most famous publication, The Common Law. The Path of The Law was written not as a manual about the practice of law, but a manual to show students how to think like a lawyer; what it means to be a good lawyer; and what it means to have a successful law career.

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Can I Discharge Federal or State Taxes in Bankruptcy?

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 08:03:53 -0600

"I heard that I can discharge my tax debt, is that true?"? The preceding question is one that is frequently posed in our Utah bankruptcy practice.

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The 10 Most Popular Books From the Criminal Justice Field

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:18:25 -0600

Criminal justice is a serious matter for those who work in the field. For the general public, however, it stirs up a great deal of morbid curiosity. Many popular books have been ripped straight from the nation's most grisly headlines, revealing a glimpse of what goes into solving a gruesome crime.

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The Volunteers' Guide To Fundraising By Ilona Bray

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:04:40 -0500

"The Volunteers' Guide to Fundraising: Raise Money for Your School, Team, Library or Community Group" by Ilona Bray is a very good book for those that are looking for ideas to help with fundraising efforts for various causes or community groups. It is published by Nolo, a publisher that prides itself on making the law accessible to everyone through quality books and resources. And Ilona Bray has authored a number of books for Nolo, including "Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits."

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Under Fire Written By Margaret McLean

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:14:17 -0500

The author makes you actually feel as though you are in the story whether it is as a cop, a fireman, a defense or prosecuting attorney, a person on trial, the witnesses of the alleged crime, or just in the presence of all of the afore mentioned. "Under Fire" is written so you can't get lost, as some stories seem to do intentionally! You will find you are placing yourself in the capacity of a small storeowner as you discover your store is on fire and you think your son is trapped upstairs in his bedroom.

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All In Against the IRS: Every Gambler's Tax Guide by Attorney and Tax Professional Stephen Fishman

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:31:08 -0500

I am not really a gambler, and while I provided basic tax information to clients that I helped with business matters, I'm not a tax attorney, and therefore referred my clients to tax professionals for their tax needs. With that said, I enjoyed reading "All In Against the IRS: Every Gambler's Tax Guide" by attorney and tax professional Stephen Fishman, J.D. The book is short, very readable, and believe it or not, very interesting, even though the subject is one that most people would consider boring - taxes.

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The Corporate Records Handbook: Meetings, Minutes and Resolutions by Attorney Anthony Mancuso

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:33:29 -0500

"The Corporate Records Handbook: Meetings, Minutes & Resolutions" by attorney Anthony Mancuso is a six hundred page resource book that contains just what the cover says it does. It is a very good book of forms that will allow the reader to use the book to document everything you need to keep records of to maintain your incorporated business. This is not a book to help you incorporate your business, in fact, Mancuso wrote a separate book titled "Incorporate Your Business" to assist with the business formation. This book is for after your corporation is formed and you need help conducting the business matters on an ongoing basis. The book is published by Nolo, which means it is in general language that is easily understood by everyone, not just attorneys. Even though I am a licenses attorney, I still really like the books that Nolo puts out. They are good for the layperson and attorney alike. And this book really is a great book of forms.

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US Immigration Made Easy by Attorney Ilona Bray

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:25:33 -0500

I helped my wife, at the time my fiance, emigrate to the U.S. while I was attending law school. I was not yet an attorney, nor had I taken any classes on international law or immigration. Unfortunately, finances were such that it necessitated that I do the work myself, rather than hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist me. That proves that it can be done by yourself. As an attorney, I assisted a number of people with immigration matters, and it varied from doing just about everything for them, and just having them sign where I told them to at times, to reviewing self-done work to offer limited advice due to the finances of my clients. I provided the services they needed, or wanted to pay for. While I found a number of websites, including the official government website, to be quite helpful, I wish I would have had "U.S. Immigration Made Easy" by Attorney Ilona Bray when I was a law student working at getting my fiance to the U.S.

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The Employee Rights Handbook by Steven Mitchell Sack

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:53:45 -0600

Steven Mitchell Sack is called The Employee's Lawyer for a reason. It is his mission to protect employee rights, and he's been enforcing workplace rights of employees, executives, and sales representatives for over thirty years. With his book "The Employee Rights Handbook: Effective Legal Strategies to Protect Your Job From Interview to Pink Slip" he's created an excellent resource for employees, providing the information to understand job rights, and to protect and assert oneself to collect what is due. If you are wondering about your rights at work, this book has the answers.

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Professor Kingsfield

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:55:59 -0600

In the novel The Paper Chase by John Osborn one of the most important characters was Professor Kingsfield. The setting was law school and the professor was instrumental in teaching the young students to become good lawyers. The student's feelings were obviously no concern to Kingsfield as he sole focus is on providing the most value as possible as a teacher to his students. His lectures were so well planed and precise that they were able to finish the last page of the reading material during the last minute of class time which meant they never fell behind or got ahead of his planned schedule.

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Rigors of Law School

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:45:15 -0600

Law School can be seen as one of the most difficult academic rigors anyone could go through. It is vital for every law student to find someone that can mentor them through these hard times. Whether the student chooses a professor or perhaps a past Law School graduate it does not matter. In The Paper Chase by John Osborn he ironically emphasize the point that the professor is the almighty character that these students really do need to be modeling their lives after him. It is good that Kingsfield's genius shines through to Hart because his mind was truly sharpened after a year of rigorous studies under his favorite professor.

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Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:44:43 -0600

Nolo, the publisher that is passionate about making the law accessible to everyone has published one of the best guides to Social Security retirement and medical benefits for the layperson. Like other Nolo books, "Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits" by Joseph L. Matthews with Dorothy Matthews Berman is written by an attorney, but in language anyone can understand.

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Right of First Refusal Is Not a Restriction on Free Transferability Under Section 111A

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:29:03 -0600

The concept of free transferability of shares in a public company under section 111A of the Companies Act, 1956 is perhaps the most significant unresolved controversy in contemporary Indian corporate law. Time and again the issue has arisen whether the right of first refusal (pre-emptive rights) in the shareholders' agreement and joint venture agreement constitute restriction on the free transferability of shares. Right of first refusal is a commonly used device in the corporate world.

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Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:07:59 -0600

As a publisher, NOLO does a great job at publishing books that allow everyone access to legal information. Most are written by attorneys, but in language that everyone can understand and benefit from. And while I still believe that there are issues where a person needs to hire an attorney, the books by NOLO allow people to do many things themselves, or to have a better understanding of things when they do hire an attorney. The 8th Edition of "Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions" by Shae Irving, J.D. & the editors of Nolo is a book that will help you do things yourself, and provide a general working knowledge of topics that you might want assistance with from an attorney.

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Kendall Coffey Book, Spinning the Law, Examines the Media's Role in Today's High Profile Trials

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:24:01 -0600

Kendall Coffey draws from his years of experience with high-profile cases, both as a witness and game-changing participant in the art of spinning and winning in the court of public opinion and media influence. He offers a riveting analysis of the significance of media strategies and public relations in major courtroom battles through press conferences, media interviews, and online publicity efforts, and other tactics that have become a critical part of setting up a case to win.

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When It Comes to Lawsuit Funding, Give Your Attorney a Break

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:11:10 -0600

Applicants for lawsuit funding, otherwise known as lawsuit loans or litigation cash advances, have wide and assorted reasons for seeking pre-settlement cash against the potential recovery of their legal proceeding. In many instances, applicants require funding as quick as possible.

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Is Law School Worth the Investment?

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:03:56 -0600

When you commit to going to law school, you know that you will be studying long-hours to learn the law. What many students ignore is the mountain of debt it takes to pay the super-high tuition rates of law school. Unless you are on a rare graduate scholarship, law school tuition is not cheap. This post examines the unfortunate intersection between the high-tuition and the lack of jobs for an entire generation of law students.

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Lawsuit Funding - The Use of Credit and Background Checks

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:02:34 -0600

At Fair Rate Funding, we are frequently asked whether we run credit checks in connection with the funding process. The answer to this question is "no".

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Examining the Cost of Lawsuit Funding

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:40:00 -0600

In the last article, we examined the historical pricing models in the lawsuit cash advance funding industry.?We also discussed the business dynamics that often change pricing in any business which puts capital at risk for profit.

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Lawsuit Funding - The Evolution of Pricing

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:53:04 -0600

Much is spoken/written about the "costs" associated with obtaining a cash advance against the future proceeds of a pending lawsuit. Otherwise known as a lawsuit loan or pre-settlement funding, many companies offer cash now against the future resolution of a case.

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"Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference," by Attorney Richard Stim

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:29:56 -0600

Many people don't realize just how important contract law is to our everyday lives. Contracts are not something reserved for lawyers and business executives, but govern many transactions from buying a house or car, signing up for a credit card, or insuring that car or house you purchased. If you purchase anything at a store you've entered a contractual transaction. We are constantly entering into, enjoying the benefits of, and possibly violating, contracts each and every day. If you run or manage a business, you will deal with even more contracts. Because of this, it is important for everyone to understand the basics of contracts, and essential for business owners to be able to interpret and draft contracts. This is where NOLO comes in. NOLO is the leader in publishing books that allow everyone to access legal information. "Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference" by attorney Richard Stim is an extremely useful resource text on contracts.

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Lawsuit Funding Brokers - Examining the Cost

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:34:18 -0600

In any endeavor in which the origination of new business involves work and/or expertise, there will be persons willing to offer such service/expertise for profit.?The business of lawsuit loans or cash advance funding for pending cases is really no different in this regard.

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Lawsuit Funding Brokers - The Good News

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:50:43 -0600

The purpose of this and all articles posted by the undersigned is to educate the public about the lawsuit funding business as a whole. The premise is that if the public is more aware of the business and how it works, it will benefit the lawsuit loan industry and clients alike.

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Arrested - What to Do When Your Loved One's in Jail by Wes Denham

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:05:37 -0600

The copy on the back of the book starts out, "When someone close to you is arrested, things get crazy fast." That is surely an understatement, things will get extremely crazy blindingly fast. In "Arrested: What to Do When Your Loved One's in Jail" by Wes Denham, coauthor of "Arrest-Proof Yourself," you learn how to make decisions that are in the best interests of the entire family, not just the defendant who was arrested. In an easy to read style, without a lot of legal jargon, the book walks your through the process and includes checklists of what to do, and in what order. There is also a lot of information on topics you might not think about when someone is first arrested, but you really should.

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Hazardous Waste, and Hazardous Material Law - Book Review

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 11:09:34 -0600

Do you run a business or a local government agency and find yourself utterly baffled by the myriad of hazardous material laws. Confused about MSDS, cradle to grave policies, and what on Earth the inspectors and even your own bosses are expecting? Well, you are not alone, and coming from an industry where we had to deal with all this even though we only barely class one material.

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Effective Fundraising For Nonprofits - Real-World Strategies That Work by Ilona Bray

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:30:53 -0600

Nonprofit organizations rely on fundraising to exist. Success or failure of many nonprofits depends on the ability to raise funds, because with the money to operate, the charitable mission and the tax-exempt status won't mean much. An organization may have the best intentions, but without capital, and that means money, the success of the organization will be minimal if at all. That's where a book like "Effective Fundraising For Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work" by Ilona Bray, J.D., comes in. It is an extremely informative book, written in plain English, that features advice and stories from over fifty experienced fundraisers, foundation staffers, journalists, and more, regarding everything you need to know to get fundraising for your organization.

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Nonprofit Fundraising Registration - The 50-State Guide

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:55:12 -0600

When it comes to money, the IRS is going to be involved. And unfortunately, tax law is complicated and confusing. What some nonprofits do not know is that there are nonprofit state fundraising registration rules that if you don't follow, the IRS can get involved and make a huge headache for the unknowing and unsuspecting nonprofit. Fines, public embarrassment and even returning donations can result from not following the rules. To assist with this quagmire of rules and regulations, Stephen Fishman, J.D., wrote "Nonprofit Fundraising Registration: The 50-State Guide." This book will show you how to fundraise legally in all states, complete the Unified Registration Statement, and understand Internet fundraising rules.

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The Technique to Choose Appropriate Commercial Litigation Lawyers for Your Company

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:48:47 -0600

Ever required some sort of commercial litigation lawyers for settling some related matters of your company? If you own a company or an organization then there certain circumstances which may lead you to seek some legal advice from commercial litigation solicitors in regard to certain issues concerning your business venture. But before approaching that perfect lawyer for your organization, how will become ensure for the fact that the one you are going to hire will be the best one for your company?

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Building a Parenting Agreement That Works - Child Custody Agreements Step by Step

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 12:38:22 -0600

As a mediator, I've spent a lot of time helping divorcing parents work out a fair and realistic parenting plan or custody agreement that works for them and their children. The plan needs to protect the best interests of the children, and it is the parents who know the children best. Absent any abuse, it really is the parents, not the court or other experts, who need to work together to create a parenting plan that will work for everyone involved. That is where this book comes in. "Building a Parenting Agreement That Works: Child Custody Agreements Step by Step" by Mimi Lyster Zemmelman contains practical solutions and sample language to assist divorcing parents overcome obstacles and build win-win custody agreements that allow everyone, parents and children, to live in their new arrangement.

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Corporate Law Adviser - Justification of Criminal Sanctions For Violations of Corporate Governance

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:41:50 -0500

The system through which those involved in the company's management are held accountable for their performance, with the aim of ensuring that they adhere to the company's proper objectives. Corporate governance is concerned with the separation of ownership and control that results when a company is publicly listed and, therefore, has too many owners who cannot all control the company at once, and as such, they hire professional managers to do so. It has been defined, thus: "The system through which those involved in the company's management are held accountable for their performance, with the aim of ensuring that they adhere to the company's proper objectives".

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Drive: Tapping Into Lawyers' Intrinsic Motivation

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:45:42 -0500

This is a book review of Daniel H. Pink's "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us", adapted to the perspective of practicing lawyers. Daniel H. Pink's 2009 book entitled "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" ("Drive") is filled with information that is highly relevant to the legal profession today.

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Your Limited Liability Company: An Operating Manual by Attorney Anthony Mancuso

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:25:20 -0500

If you are looking for a book to assist you with making business decisions regarding your LLC, this is not necessarily the right book for you. However, if you would like a book to assist with keeping the proper records of your meetings with forms to help you keep minutes and memorialize the decisions you do make, this book, "Your Limited Liability Company: An Operating Manual" by Attorney Anthony Mancuso, is the book you are looking for. The book includes a CD-ROM that contains 70 forms for you to use.

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Filing a Product Liability Compensation Claim

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 21:10:42 -0500

Injuries by defective products are claimable as they are mistake on part of the manufacturer/retailer. Be it out of court settlement or verdict through a court, everyone wants it quick and easy.

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Parental Alienation Memoir Review - A Father's Heartbreak

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:23:16 -0500

Father's rights attorney reviews one man's memoir of the effects of Parental Alienation on his life and his relationship with his children. This book is an excellent primer for parents, lawyers, therapists and judges on the damage that an alienating parent can inflict.

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Product Liability Compensation Claims For Consumers

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 14:39:39 -0500

As you all know, the law and order of the country are for the protection of individual rights. Legal rules are meant for the protection of the rights of every citizen.

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Crooks Can Make a Career for Themselves After All

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:47:59 -0500

This book is based on morals and ethics. Who has them and who doesn't is the interesting part of this fast action financial thriller. Would you be able to tell a story being told as it was being told? There are many they can't and believe every word out of someone's mouth to be true. This is who they look for and that is the person that wants to pull the lever to the one arm bandit.

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Ramaiya - Guide to the Companies Act (With a Thorough Discussion of SEBI Guidelines)

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 20:00:00 -0500

There are few books that have made history in their respective fields and have developed an unusual crave for them amongst their patrons. This encyclopedic work of RAMAIYA'S is undoubtedly one in the Company Law field.

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Book Review on Consumer, Personal, Cell Phone and Internet Privacy Issues

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:16:31 -0500

People have been talking about the Internet and online privacy for quite a while, for as long as I've used that is. I can remember some folks discussing it back in 1993 even, and by 1996 some folks were getting alarmed, and with good reason. It was clear back then, that this was going to become a huge problem, especially as public records were being put online.

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The Lone Star Writ of Garnishment

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:23:52 -0500

Even today, some Texas lawyers- particularly those representing garnishees- take the position that privates are not authorized to serve the writ of garnishment. Given the fact that?my service of the writ has been challenged twice in the last two years, one could reasonably assume it happens regularly throughout the state.

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The Middle Voice - Mediating Conflict Successfully by Joseph B Stulberg and Lela P Love

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:35:30 -0500

I had the opportunity to hear Joseph 'Josh' Stulberg speak at a mediation conference that I was also speaking at this spring. I purchased "The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully" by Joseph B. Stulberg and Lela P. Love at the conference, and now after reading it, am glad that I did. It is a very good book on the basic mediation process and the skills needed to mediation conflict and find resolution. The book is appropriate for those who mediate professionally or for community dispute centers, as well as for those who have to mediation conflict in work, family, or community settings.

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Methods of Service - Follow the Rules

Mon, 17 May 2010 12:53:43 -0500

As process servers, most of us will occasionally find ourselves in possession of a citation or writ of which service may appear problematic. When you find yourself in this situation, it may prove beneficial to do bit of research.

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Keeping Our Heads When Others Are Losing Theirs!

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:35:30 -0500

Marcy Jones, (JD), attorney, divorce coach, lecturer and first-time author has written a superbly informative and emotionally supportive book entitled "Graceful Divorce Solutions: A Comprehensive and Pro-active Guide to Saving You Time, Money and Your Sanity." Jones understands firsthand that facing divorce can feel equal to experiencing one of the greatest losses of your life: the loss of your hopes and dreams as a couple. Jones's stated mission for her book is not small, she wants to see the transformation of a faulty legal system which she says is "broken." She goes on to claim, "Right now, we don't do divorce, it does us. Simply stated, the whole system is illogical and out of control."

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Books For Attorneys - Three Resource Books For Every Lawyer

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:29:36 -0500

If you're a lawyer or getting into law these books are indispensable. Check them out if you haven't already.

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New Book Offers a Kinder, Gentler Divorce For Everyone Involved

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:55:56 -0500

After going through her own divorce, Marcy Jones decided there had to be an easier way. She decided to become a lawyer herself and soon became interested in how collaborative law can help families, especially divorcing couples, come to a solution that does not tear apart the family but instead allows people to work together. Jones' new book Graceful Divorce Solutions looks at divorce from every angle and situation and provides practical advice that will make divorcing couples breath a sigh of relief that they do not have to have their lawyers fight in court to come to an agreement.

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Book Review - For the Life O'Reilly Written by Brian Cohen

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:48:49 -0600

Nicholas O'Reilly was a partner in a huge New York law firm, Williams Gardner & Schmidt. He was going places with this firm and had much prestige even though he knew this type of firm was a cutthroat kind of firm. He had many friends in the firm.

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Law School Admissions Calculator - There is a 95% Chance This Will Be Accurate

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:43:25 -0600

Try more than one and average all the results. Most of all, remember this is only 95% accurate. If you are close to being on the bubble, your personal statement along with your letters of recommendation could still help you get accepted.

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Law School Financial Aid - Almost Every Law Student Must Have This to Complete the Courses

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:43:15 -0600

Available to graduate students are the Stanford Loan and the Perkins Loan which are federally funded loans that must be paid back after graduation. There is also the Graduate PLUS System that connects private lenders with students that need the necessary resources to continue their education in law.

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Law School Scholarship - They Are Out There, Just Keep Looking

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:30:52 -0600

There is a law school scholarship for those that look hard enough. Many institutions of higher learning offer them not only to minority students, but to those that do not have the financial resources to pursue this challenging career.

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Law School Essay - This is Your Personal Statement

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:24:22 -0600

Explain your experiences, but get to the point. Remember, these reviews do nothing but read applications all day. Do what you can to set yourself apart without boring them.

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Requirements For Law School - Get it Right

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:38:39 -0600

While your LSAT score is critical, a commendable GPA and course load are important. An admission board is more likely to look favorably on an applicant that has double majored in biology and philosophy with a GPA of 3.25 than someone who majored in political science with the same GPA.

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Child Custody For Fathers to Help Dads in Their Case

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:25:07 -0600

It is crucial that dads establish themselves prior to acquiring custody. The moment you lose custody, your chances of maintaining an active role in your child's life decrease. Allowing full control by your ex-spouse can be tragic if the divorce was fiercely fought since...

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The Manager's Legal Handbook by Attorneys Amy Delpo and Lisa Guerin

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:43:39 -0600

"The Manager's Legal Handbook" by Attorneys Amy Delpo and Lisa Guerin is another informative text published by Nolo, the publisher that is passionate about making law accessible to everyone. This book is a resource for those who supervise employees and independent contractors. It contains a plethora of advice on important topics to managers.

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Running a Side Business - How to Create a Second Income

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 11:22:02 -0600

"Running a Side Business: How to Create a Second Income" by Attorney Richard Stim and Lisa Guerin, J.D. is a great little book containing the basics of starting a business on the side, while keeping your day job. It is one of the Nolo and USA Today collaborations, so it brings legal information in an easy to understand format with the checklists, tips, and USA Today Snapshots. It's an interesting and informative book.

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Crazy in America

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:11:43 -0600

"A national scandal" is the coined phrase Ms. Pfeiffer, an investigative reporter, uses to describe mentally ill persons and their shockingly tragic encounters with the criminal justice system. In this heartrending book she meticulously documents the stories of six mentally ill individuals who came into contact with the criminal justice system because of aberrant psychotic behaviors related to their illnesses and suffered tragic experiences in jails and prisons.

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Business Loans From Family & Friends - How to Ask, Make it Legal, & Make it Work

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 11:47:44 -0600

The first thing I noticed about "Business Loans From Family & Friends: How to Ask, Make It Legal, & Make It Work" by Asheesh Advani was that the book had a foreword by Richard Branson. Having admired the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group, I figured if he'd endorsed it, I'd take a look. I was not disappointed.

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Setting Up a Private Foundation - A Legal Book Review

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 09:18:10 -0600

A good many folks would like to leave money to the common good when they retire or after they have completed their life experience. Some folks would like to set up private foundations because they would like to give back to the world that has given them so much. Today, there are nearly 76,000 private foundations in the US and that number grows each and every year.

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101 Law Forms For Personal Use

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:50:41 -0600

Regardless of what we do, paper and forms are a huge part of our life. Some are simple and some complex. Others seem unnecessary, while certain documents are worth more than you can imagine at certain times and during certain circumstances. For anyone who wants a head start with drafting forms, Attorney Ralph Warner & Robin Leonad's book "101 Law Forms for Personal Use" is a handy reference.

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What If There Really Was Equal Justice For All - A Book Review

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:31:31 -0600

The civil rights movement in the United States was nothing short of epic. And it really was befitting of the United States considering what we claim to stand for. Some say that we went too far, and actually in many cases promoted those who had been pushed down before above those races and nationalities who once controlled everything. They call it reverse discrimination.

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Legal Book Review - Incorporating Your Small Business

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 22:46:04 -0600

If you own a small business and you wish to protect your assets, and stretch your tax dollar to the fullest then you might wish to consider incorporating your business. Maybe you don't know a lot about how to incorporate your business, or why you should. Perhaps, you'd like to know the history behind the reasons people have incorporated their businesses in the past, or how that relates to the same needs, challenges, and issues of our present time and your particular business.

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For the Hobby Inventor and Innovator, Patent Law is Paramount - Book Review

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 20:25:51 -0600

Inventors, dreamers, innovators, and concept designers have a visually enhanced brain, and they can create and conceive of nearly anything. They are creative geniuses, and we are lucky to have them in our civilization and society. Unfortunately with this incredible gift, they often lack the incessant details, and inability to work within a structured environment of forms, law, and filing the patents they need to protect their genius.

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Avoiding Legal Pitfalls That Can Come Back to Bite You at Work, at Home, and at Play

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:04:18 -0600

So Sue Me, JACKASS! by Amy Epstein Feldman and Robin Epstein is a book that will answer all the legal questions you've been afraid to ask - no matter how outlandish they may be - and it does it in a practical, easy to understand and humorous way.

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Form Your Own Limited Liability Company by Attorney Anthony Mancuso

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:48:04 -0500

Overall, this is a good basic book for someone who is looking to learn more about LLCs and how to form them. Again, the most important chapters are those that help with creating Operating Agreements.

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Leases & Rental Agreements by Marcia Stewart and Attorneys Ralph Warner & Janet Portman

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:38:14 -0500

Why start from scratch and reinvent the wheel all by yourself? If you are a landlord, regardless if you own one rental or many, there are a variety of forms and agreements you will need. "Leases & Rental Agreements" by Marcia Stewart and Attorneys Ralph Warner & Janet Portman is a Nolo publication that is billed as your lease and rental documents companion. It's a good reference to get you started.

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The Criminal Law Handbook - Know Your Rights, Survive the System

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 20:21:16 -0500

"The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System" by Attorneys Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman is an impressive 678 page tome of information all about criminal law. The book sets out to assist you with understanding the confusing rules and procedures involved with criminal offences and to teach you how the system works, why police, lawyers, and judges do what they do, and most importantly, what you can do to limit the harm. I feel it accomplishes that goal very well. Most of the book is written in an understandable question-and-answer format...

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Legal Research - How to Find & Understand the Law

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:01:33 -0500

"Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law" by Attorney Stephen Elias and the Editors of Nolo is another book in the huge legal library published by Nolo, a publisher that prides itself on making the law accessible to everyone. I'm an attorney, and I still like the books put out by Nolo, especially the ones on areas I'm not as familiar with, but want a little knowledge. Nolo always delivers.

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How Cyber Law by Brett Trout is an Example of POD Publishing

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:37:04 -0500

As the publishing industry undergoes violent upheavals of change, it is useful to track that change through the very books that are riding that change, and implementing it, through how they are created, published, distributed and sold. Cyber Law by Brett Trout is a perfect example of such a book.

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Save Your Small Business - 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times Or Close Down & Move On

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 19:45:55 -0500

If there were ever a timely business book, "Save Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies To Survive Hard Times or Close Down & Move On" by Ralph Warner and Bethany K. Laurence is certainly it. Promoted as a road map to small business survival, Warner and Laurence provide simple, no-nonsense, steps that can make a huge difference in running, saving, or if needed closing, your small business. Running a small business has always been hard, but currently it can be brutally agonizing, if not downright scary.

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A Review of Law School Confidential

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:59:58 -0500

Review of the popular law book, Law School Confidential, and whether it is worth its hype or not. Law School Confidential has built up a formidable reputation since its publication as a must read book for every aspiring or current law student. If you ask an actual law student, you will find that most, if not all, have a copy of this book sitting in their book library.

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Divorce Without Court - A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 22:41:55 -0500

Going through a divorce is an emotionally and financially taxing time. To make matters worse, the complexities of the unknown process and the adversarial conflict that often accompanies divorces increase the stresses tenfold. One has to ask, "can you have a civilized divorce and minimize the financial and emotional conflict?" Attorney - Mediator Katherine E. Stoner answers this question with an unflinching, "Yes!" Her book, "Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce, 2nd Edition" provides a guide to the steps necessary to negotiate a divorce settlement using divorce mediation or the new innovative approach called collaborative divorce.

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Law School Confidential Review

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 09:02:57 -0500

We review the Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience, By Students, For Students - long considered essential reading for anyone thinking of applying to law school, and see if it is worth the hype.

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Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants by Janet Portman

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 23:53:20 -0500

I just read the 2nd Edition of "Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants" by Janet Portman, the author of "Every Landlord's Legal Guide." This book is a great resource for the new landlord who will do everything him or herself.

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IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans - Taking Your Money Out by Twila Slesnick and John Suttle

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:27:51 -0500

There are many books on investing that include chapters on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other retirement plans. However these books usually give the advice to ensure you are contributing to these plans and offer suggestions on what investment vehicles to use to help save a nest egg for a person's retirement years. This book is different. "IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out 9th Edition" by Twila Slesnick and John C. Suttle is not for the person wanting to invest for retirement, it is for the person who has reached retirement, or about to, and wants to take money out of these types of accounts. There are various rules, and this Nolo legal guide helps the reader navigate them.

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Learn the Legalities of Income Property and Home Rental Business - A Book Review

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 09:50:10 -0500

Have you ever consider owning rental properties, but were unsure about the issues and legalities of the rental business? If so, I sure have the perfect book for you, one that will help keep you out of trouble and prevent you from getting taken to the cleaners. The book is called; "Managing Rental Properties for Maximum Profits; Save Time and Money with Greg Perry's Foolproof System for Buying the Right Properties, Finding and Keeping Good Tenants, Getting Paid On Time, Fixing and Maintaining Your Properties, Handling Tenant Complaints, Keeping Good Records and So Much More," by Greg Perry; Prima ...

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Drowning Accident - Should You Sue?

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:53:58 -0500

A drowning accident is scary for any family. Sadly there are a large number of drowning accidents every year. A drowning accident can happen quickly.

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Estate Planning For Blended Families - Providing For Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:18:15 -0500

Estate planning can be difficult enough, but for those in their second marriage, it can be even more complex. "Estate Planning for Blended Families: Providing for Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage" by Attorney Richard E. Barnes guides you through the process of planning your estate to be fair with everyone and minimize family fights.

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Saving the Family Cottage - A Guide to Succession Planning

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 11:48:01 -0500

I first learned of "Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home" by Stuart J. Hollander, Rose Hollander, & David S. Fry a couple of years ago from a fellow attorney who recommended it. This is a very good book if you plan on passing on a cottage or vacation home to your children, if you have inherited a cabin with siblings or other relatives, or you just want to know how to keep property in the family and reduce or avoid the squabbles over it.

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MS-13 is a Real Threat - They Are Serious, Powerful and Have the Numbers to Raise Hell

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 09:30:04 -0500

Most folks that live in America do not fully comprehend the MS-13 Gang, but regardless we are all effected in some way by their actions and endeavors. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with local jurisdictions in nearly every state in the US to try to stop this entrenched group. How are they doing?

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Intellectual Property Law in the Information Age - Book Review

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 10:38:45 -0500

When it comes to Intellectual Property law in the computer age, there are far too many patent infringement cases, and far too much legal maneuvering, which gets in the way of the speed of innovation in the industry. Probably the best book that I've ever read on this subject is the one about how Microsoft changed its strategy and just said; the hell with it, and went all in!

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Why Is There No Law for Religious Malpractice?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:27 -0500

If a doctor gives a person the wrong prescription or removes the wrong organ, or so forth, he would be up for malpractice and would lose his license. The same does not apply, however, to the priest who upholds the lies and myths of religious tenets and advises incorrectly. The fact that he claims to forgive sins and sends people on their way to do the same again should come under the heading of religious malpractice.

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How To Detect a Lemon Car

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:56:21 -0500

There are few things more exciting than buying a new car and testing it on the road. Owning the car of your dreams is a great feeling. Unfortunately, this feeling can be quickly ruined if the new vehicle begins to act strangely and is plagued by numerous malfunctions in a short time. If the number of repairs is quickly getting higher and you wander why, the answer may be in front of your eyes: you have bought a lemon car. Find out how to detect a lemon car before actually buying the car and contact a lemon law attorney if you need any help.

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What Is Food Safety and How Is It Achieved?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:55:35 -0500

Food security is one big issue that needs to be dealt with no leniency. Everyone has a right to clean food and this is made sure by the strict rules of FSSAI. Also, the consultants play an important part in getting the manufacturers their licenses to make sure only high quality food reaches the masses.

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It's Time We Answered the Call for First Responders

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:58:41 -0500

Under current Colorado law, first responders are not able to receive benefits if a traumatic event that occurred while on the job resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder. However, Colorado House Bill 1229 will allow these heroes to seek claims involving PTSD if diagnosed by a licensed mental healthcare professional. The Colorado Workers Comp attorneys here at Burg Simpson are fighting for your rights to clear this important bill.

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How Lawyers Can Mindfully Cope With Changes Coming To The Legal Profession

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:02:11 -0500

Change on an unprecedented scale is descending upon the legal profession. This article examines what some of those changes are, what other firms have already done and how you can mindfully cope with the changes you will have to make yourself.

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Free Legal Advice

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:27:39 -0500

What is a Founder Agreement (FA)? When a startup company comes into existence, it requires a set of rules between the founders/promoters of that company. "Founder Agreement" is a contract which is drawn between the founders/promoters of a company on key issues in regards to their company.

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Comparison of Minorites Shareholders Rights Under Companies Act 1956 and 2013

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:48:54 -0500

Sec 397 to 409 of companies Act 1956 lays down provision in order to safeguard the interest of shareholders & oppressive act of majority shareholders. Principle of natural justice works under this, it is so necessary because in general "the will of the majority prevails". They control he maximum decisions of the company because of which minority dragged automatically. They misuse their power to exploit the rights of minority. In such a case a proper balance of rights of majority & minority shareholders is essential for the smooth functioning of the company.

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Indian Laws and HIV/AIDS Patients

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:27:01 -0500

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the breakdown of the immune system. It is the final stage of HIV infection, where severe damage is done to the immune system and leads to fatal infections. This article represents the scenario/legal status of the Aids community whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of the society.

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What to Do If the New Car You Bought Is a Lemon

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:57:03 -0500

One of worst nightmares of any newly bought car owner is to discover that the vehicle is not working as it was supposed to. If the car you purchased is a so called "lemon", read the following article and find out what to do.

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The Advantages Of Working With Bail Bonds Agent

Fri, 05 May 2017 08:56:01 -0500

In order to properly deal with your bail bonds, it is best to work with agents. These agents can provide the best features that can accommodate your needs.

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Power of Attorney - What Are the Benefits?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:19:21 -0500

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a document that will state the name of the person who has the power to act on your behalf when they conduct any important transactions for you. The person who is acting in your behalf is referred to as the attorney-in-fact. When utilizing the power of attorney the attorney-in-fact is expected to act with complete integrity and honesty. The most important benefit of being an attorney-in-fact is the relationship of trust that you build with the one gives them the power of attorney.

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498A - A Ground Reality

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:01:32 -0500

The rationalization, which feminists give, when someone talks about misuse of 498A is that all laws are misused. And it is no big issue that the 498A is misused. This rationalization is nothing different of those people who take advantage of other less privileged. Due to this obtuse reasoning (or lack of it), they have been able to derail discussions around any changes in the existing law even when there is a detailed Law Commission report (243rd volume) on misuse of 498A.

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Challenges Faced By CS in Annual Return Filing

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:32:36 -0500

It is a well-known fact that 'annual filing fever' grips all CS (Company Secretary) offices during October & November after corporates hold their AGMs and due dates are triggered for filing of audited financial statements and annual return. However this year, filing has reached a 'feverish' pace and pitch thanks to the late release of e-forms under the new Companies Act, 2013 and also repeated revisions of the same. This has thrown several challenges at CS offices as well as corporates struggling to understand and fill the information correctly.

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Extraterritorial Application of Competition Law

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:28:31 -0500

This article describes the significane of competition law policies both nationally and internationally; the risks involved in individual competition especially engaging in cross-broader trade activity. It insists upon the need for an effective competition policy at international level and provides possible solution to reduce abuse.

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International Environmental Law and Policy of Sustainable Development

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:28:29 -0500

This article addresses the concern to create an order of international environmental governance in the light of Sustainable development as this is one significant concern which remains as great as ever and which cannot be considered in isolation from other global concerns. States, International organizations, non-government organizations, networked communities of experts, and administrative secretariats of treaty organizations are accountable for law and policy making in the field of international environmental law.

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The Horse Hair Wig and the Law

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:58:40 -0500

It's a peculiar sight to see when judges enter courts in their robes and horse hair wigs while barristers are similarly dressed. In the Supreme Court under British rule they line up like Santa Clauses in red robes and wigs to administer the law. The question is who are speaking for and what is the meaning behind their garb?

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How to Stop Harassment From Creditors

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:34:49 -0500

Creditors can take action to recover their money if you have unpaid debts and this intent is not illegal by itself. However, if the steps taken to recover the debt amount to harassment or cause you trauma, then you have the right to put an end to it.

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How to Choose a Lemon Law Lawyer for Yourself?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:46:48 -0500

Lemon law is an extremely specialised field of litigation and requires years of experience and expertise. Due to this very reason, choosing a lemon lawyer can be quite a difficult task. So, here are few guidelines as to how you can choose the best lemon lawyer for yourself. Just follow these guidelines and you shall have no problem at all.

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Insurance Lawyers

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:33:47 -0500

This professional specializes in different types of insurance and the lawful upholding of these different insurance policies. During a normal workday, they may work with staff and aides to track any current cases progression, complete continuing education courses like changes in insurance law, or investigate current cases. Some of the more common types of insurance include:

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Assault Defense Lawyer

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:33:21 -0500

This professional represents a person who has been charged with assault, which could be felony or misdemeanor assaults. They also represent clients that are charged with battery. The combination of assault and battery will often have a penalty of jail time. The job of the assault defense lawyer is to keep their client out of jail or have the amount of time they would be given if they were found guilty reduced. The lawyer will often try to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor if their client will have to pay a fine if found guilty.

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What to Know When Searching For Public Records

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:25:00 -0600

Not all public records are free and online. However, there are many great resources for finding public records and court records.

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Legalization of The Powers of Traditional Authorities As Environmental Supervisors

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:48:22 -0600

The traditional authorities are reckoned as landowners and the rightful heirs to the seat of the past forebears. Owing to their ordained position, they are charged with the heinous responsibility of ensuring the conservation and the sustainable use of the resources in the environment. Thus, their powers need to be legalized for them to play their roles effectively as environmental inspectors.

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3 Ways to Search for the Best Whistleblower Lawyer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:44:36 -0600

Whistleblower lawyers are the one, who exposes wrongdoing in the health care industry and bring unlawful activity to the attention of the court and the government. Whistleblower lawyers who expose crime of an individual that is deemed to be illegal within the healthcare industry.

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Types of Insurance Fraud

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:53:02 -0600

Insurance fraud is when deception is involved in the process of insurance. It could be a case when someone makes a fake claim from an insurance firm. It could also be when the insurer refuses to pay the claimant. Statistics have shown that the number of insurance frauds committed globally is rising.

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Legal Aid Society - What It Is

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:48:18 -0600

This organization offers low-cost or free legal services to residents who have low income. The cases legal aid society handles and the guidelines for qualifying for any legal services differ by jurisdiction. The funding for this organization can come from national, regional, or local services. Legal aid society is usually a not-for-profit organization.

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The Value of Law in Our Lives and Society

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:30:13 -0600

It is known by all that law is an essential part of a society. It helps to make a society trouble free and peaceful. Law is made by humans in order to change the society with the introduction of equality, justice, and fairness.

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My Thoughts on National Court of Appeal - Indian Judiciary

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:56:04 -0600

National Court of Appeal - Mainstream regularization won't be worthy as it would only result to stubborn disobedience. The very right to fight for justice these days is for the poor only when you have Supreme Court taking it up. Violence based on theoretical interference can only force unobstructed structural violence. The Supreme Court's occupational capacity mustn't be increased. Simultaneously, time spent in refusing the court cases should be followed sincerely by reputed structures. And, I have come up with an intermediary solution for this.

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Communicating With Clients: Know Who Your Audience Is

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:40:43 -0600

Communicating with clients and colleagues used to be a simple matter. All you needed was a phone and some stationery. Today you need something more: flexibility.

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How a Private Investigator Could Help Improve Your Retail Business

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:25:56 -0600

If you're the manager or owner of a retail company, you'll know how important the customer-facing role of a shop assistant can be. When it comes to your customers, interaction with your staff could make or break their first impression of your business - and a good first impression could secure future visits.

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How to Find a Discreet Detective Agency Online

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:25:38 -0600

Personal investigators are usually highly motivated individuals with specialist training that enables them to handle sensitive situations with discretion and professionalism. They are sometimes ex-policeman or security personnel so will possess both understanding and experience of investigative work.

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Lawyers: Phones Are The New Billboards

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:49:03 -0600

What can a lawyer do nowadays to stay in front of clients and brand themselves as leaders of the pack? Simple, stay in front of the thing clients use the most, phones. There has been a trend with mobile devices over the last decade, mainly that they have become ubiquitous.

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How to Find Good Legal Services Abroad

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:23:35 -0600

Advancement in technology has made it quick and easy to set up businesses abroad. Whether the business functions out of a brick-and- mortar office or a virtual one, doing business on an international level has become the norm. Conducting business in a foreign country entails familiarity with the host country's laws. The legal intricacies of international trading could be quite challenging, and without the right legal guidance, a business owner may well end up paying penalties and fines, and saddled with legal hitches. What does it take to find good legal services abroad?

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Tips To Avoid Buying A Lemon

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:42:05 -0600

Very often, car owners might have a car that might turn out to be a lemon. Such cars obviously do not meet the requisite standards, even after a number of repairs have been carried out on them.

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Negotiating a Business Contract? Consider the Other Party's Interests

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:35:29 -0600

People in business are constantly engaged in negotiating: with existing and prospective customers; with suppliers and other vendors; and, with others within their own organizations. Those who are successful in business are quite often those who have developed the skill set necessary to become effective negotiators. Good negotiators recognize that a successful negotiation is about more than just making a deal - it is about making a good deal. Good deals are more apt to result when the parties are able to agree to a contractual arrangement that satisfies one or more of the interests of each of the parties.

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International Humanitarian Law and Philosophy of War

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:04:58 -0600

Law implies order and restraint and can act to deter war, whereas war means the absence of both. History reveals us that the development of a more elaborate legal regime has preceded apace with the increasing savagery and destructiveness of modern war.This article attempts to enlighten the significance of International humanitarian law in constructing a modern philosophy of war where humanitarian claims can only be taken into consideration as far as the nature and object of war permit.

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We Are All Equal Under The Law, So What Is The Problem?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:52:00 -0600

If you have a problem with the buzz-word "Equality" you are not alone. It's being bantered so often now, it's hard to tell if the definition of the word actually means anything. It's even hard to say if it is good or not. Let me explain if you will.

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The Roles of an Employer Defense Attorney in the Business Realm

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:28:58 -0600

An employer defense attorney can help employers to make informed business decisions. Professional legal advice can cushion businesses from potential legal issues.

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I'm Owed Money - Where Do I Start?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:23:29 -0600

There are a myriad of options available when attempting to collect a debt. This article will help you get started.

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The Need of Hiring a Business Transaction Lawyer is Rising

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:22:08 -0600

A business transaction lawyer makes it probable for the business owners to focus on the business, and is therefore employed in a company to take care of the legal details of a business, and help the company to grow and expand itself largely. Business lawyers are present to take care of the matters of the organization that cannot be handled by the owners themselves and look out for positive perspectives and find out the right direction for the business to expand. A business lawyer is supposed to help out an organization to solve out the complexities that a company may face in its working tenure. Therefore, a company should appoint a proper business lawyer with enough knowledge and proper experience so that it helps in maximizing the profit rather than creating a trouble for the company.

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Before You Pay a Claim It Is Worth Looking Closely at It

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:20:17 -0600

Not everyone who files a claim has a legitimate reason to. Sadly, there are people out there trying to get money for nothing. They know there is a good chance a settlement offer will be provided. They can get the money and use it for anything they want. Before you agree to pay any such claim, it is worth looking closely at it.

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A Quick Guide to Understanding the 5 Common Types of Harassment

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:52:16 -0600

Harassment of any kind can cause severe psychological trauma. Here are 5 of the most common forms of harassment faced by people on a regular basis.

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Workplace Fashion's Gone Casual - Should Lawyers Be Joining the Trend?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:03:51 -0500

Recently, a local legal event featured a lawyer as its speaker. The speech was intelligent and professional, delivered with confidence and poise. But I have it on good information that many lawyers in attendance ignored the speaker's material and performance.

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What Can You Do While Your Attorney Handles Your Case

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:16:31 -0500

There are some useful things you can do in the interim after hiring a lawyer to handle your personal injury case. Here are the five best things you can do while you wait.

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How Can Laws Be Beneficial for Society?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:24 -0500

A law is nothing but a set of rules and regulations which allow the better and easier administration of the community, country or an organisation. It allows the regulation of the activities of the peoples involved. Often, some kind of punishment is given to the defaulters who are breaking the law. These rules and laws may seem harsh, but often they are not like that. They usually have a lot of benefits.

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Civil Law: What It Is, And How It Affects You

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:08 -0500

Civil law is one of those subjects many people don't know much about (no, watching those court TV shows is no substitute for actually learning what civil law is), and yet it affects them every day. If you're ever involved in litigation, you may need to hire a civil lawyer.

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Evidence Law in Cyprus

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:59:31 -0500

The evidence law refers to the rules and legal principles that define the proof of facts in a legal proceeding. As the available evidence shapes the judge's decision, the evidence law indicates what evidence should or should not be taken into consideration by the Court. In Cyprus, the proof of facts in a legal proceeding is regulated by the 'Evidence Law' (Cap. 9).

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What a Medical Review Officer Can Do for You

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:43:11 -0500

When you require drug testing of your employees, it can be beneficial to work with a medical review officer. You want to keep the process as simple as possible. You also want to make sure that you have a fully working drug testing program in place.

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6 Beneficial MRO Services

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:42:40 -0500

Drug testing and other services can be beneficial. When you work with a medical review officer, there are some very beneficial MRO services you can take advantage of. It's simply a matter of finding out what services you can tap into and knowing how they will be able to help you.

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Why FCRA Background Checks Should Be a Part of Your Hiring Process

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:41:58 -0500

FCRA Background Checks have to be conducted. Otherwise, you don't really know who your employees are, or what they have done in the past. There is an easier way to have these checks conducted, and that involves working with a third-party.

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How Random Drug Testing Can Help to Keep Employees Honest

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:41:54 -0500

Employees need to be drug tested from time to time. It can help you to identify if there are issues that need to be addressed. You want to do everything you can to have a good program in place - having drug free employees can make a world of a difference.

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How to Use a DOT Consortium to Remain DOT Compliant

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:09:44 -0500

Working with a DOT consortium can make a lot of sense for your business. These third-party administrators will be able to manage all aspects of your DOT drug and alcohol program. You can also pick and choose the services you want them to provide.

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How to Set Up DFW On Site Drug Testing

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:08:41 -0500

It's important to take advantage of DFW on-site testing. This will allow you to find out whether your employees are under the influence or not. You don't want to have to send employees to allow because it can result in them not going for the test, because of transportation issues or something else.

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4 Industries to Utilize DFW Drug Testing

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:04:48 -0500

You can learn a lot about employees and candidates with DFW drug testing. Some industries have more dangers on the worksite than others. Trucking Industry The trucking industry is regulated by the DOT.

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DFW Background Checks

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:52:04 -0500

What DFW Background Checks Can Tell You - DFW background checks can tell you a lot about your employees as well as candidates for employment. When you take the time to conduct checks, you learn a lot. This insight can guide you to make better decisions.

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Life Is Full Of Surprises And So Is Legal Aid

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:33:49 -0500

The article talks about the significance of employing a competent legal team to look after matters that requisite attention. Have you procured the services of a legal aid to take you out of troubled situations?

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Contest A Will In Cyprus

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:21:27 -0500

Challenging a will is a demanding and complex legal procedure. As a result, the assistance of a professional probate lawyer is important. A professional probate lawyer will review thoroughly all the facts provided by you and they will offer you the best possible solution.

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When Is the Right Time to Bring in Education Defense Attorneys?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:59 -0500

If a child becomes injured at school, there might be a legal recourse. It's best to find experienced education defense attorneys to review the merits of a lawsuit.

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Careful Analysis of Different Case Situations

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:09:30 -0500

The article talks about the value of partnering with a legal team to get all-embracing assistance. The crux of the matter is that legal aspects govern every domain of our lives. We cannot remain vulnerable, so that someone takes advantage of us. Lower the propensity of personal and business risks legally.

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Finding The Best Legal Resources And Services

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:46 -0500

Injuries that are the result of an accident or mishap are often a more serious matter than many victims might realize. Even seemingly minor injuries can result in considerable expense due to medical costs, lost wages and other concerns. Working alongside a qualified and experienced attorney can ensure that those who have been involved in an accident or who have suffered harm are more likely to obtain a successful ruling or verdict should they elect to take legal action.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Choose Full-Service Law Firms

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:56:35 -0500

There are several reasons why many choose full-service law firms. They offer quality legal services for you and your family that will help you in the long run.

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Enlighten Yourself on the Lemon Law

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:02:53 -0500

Lemon Law states that a car can be replaced or refunded to the customer if purchased with a major mechanical defect as per the allowances of the law. A car can be said to have major mechanical defects if it cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of repairing attempts and that is covered by warranty. In order to get a replacement vehicle, lemon laws can often be used by the consumers only once their original vehicle is said to be a lemon.

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Tips To Hire A Disability Lawyer To Improve Your Success Rates

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:20:39 -0500

Social Security disability claims can be tricky but they can be made easier by hiring disability lawyers to offer needed assistance. A disability lawyer who is competent, specialized and well-equipped and with necessary experience will have a very easy time crafting application for the claim so that your winning chances are increased. In case of a denial for the claim, the same lawyer begins appeal process and reconfigure the claim argument to your favor. But to enjoy a smooth experience when dealing with a disability claim, you would need to be careful with the disability lawyer that you choose.

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Los Angeles Statutory Rape

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:11:37 -0500

In seeking for justice, the law has to get followed to the latter. Cases of rape, especially to the minors, are significantly getting pronounced, and the need to curb them is of great importance. The agencies responsible for the human rights are emphasizing mainly on the minors and other vulnerable groups in the society due to the high likely hood injustices.

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Six Reasons to Hire a Lawyer

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:37:14 -0500

An attorney is required in every legal matter. Two very minor examples, in this case, are - going to small claim courts for claims and fighting a speeding ticket. In many situations, like legal challenges, deals or disputes, nobody wishes to take the risk of going into the courtroom alone. Everyone needs the advice of an experienced lawyer, in order to win such legal battles.

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The Joke's On Us: But Is It Accurate?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:29:03 -0500

As all lawyers know, we are the butt of an abundance of jokes. Though we know these jokes are not to be taken seriously, it can be hard to think about the plethora of lawyer jokes and not wonder where they stem from.

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What To Do If You Do Not Want To Be An Executor

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:25:28 -0500

If you have been nominated as an executor in someone's Will this means that they want you to take care of their estate after they pass away. However, just because you have been nominated does not mean you have to carry out these duties. This article explains what to do if you have been nominated to be an executor but are not in a position to or do not wish to carry out the duties of an executor.

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DUI in California

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:54:26 -0500

This is an article about DUI defenses. There are many legal defenses to a DUI.

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Pokemon and Legal Implications

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:54 -0500

Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game that embeds virtual creatures in the physical space. The intersection of virtual and physical space urged legal professionals to start considering the impact of augmented reality games on privacy, data protection, road accidents, personal injury claims and trespassing.

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The Supreme Court Rules on Letterhead

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:39:54 -0500

The Supreme Court recently ruled that it is legal for contracted attorneys in special cases to use Attorney General's letterhead. You may be scratching your head and asking yourself: Why did this case make it all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States? Don't the Justices have bigger things to worry about?

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Is The Marijuana Growing Business In California About To Be Legalized, Regulated and Taxed?

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 07:40:26 -0500

Years back, I was traveling around our nation by motor home and became smitten with the Northern California coastline, one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the entire United States. During these travels in Northern California I generally picked up a local newspaper at whatever city I was in and stopped into a coffee shop to read it and talk to locals, folks truly living in paradise - and they knew it too.

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Why You Might Not Get A Costs Award When Your Claim Under $40,000 Succeeds In The NSW District Court

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:55:46 -0500

A usual principle of civil litigation in Australian courts is that the winner is entitled to have part of his or her legal costs paid by the loser. However, this is not always the case, and there are specific rules that may affect a claimant's obligation/entitlement to pay or recover costs. The New South Wales Court of Appeal recently made a number of findings that could have significant implications for some claimants who choose to file their proceedings in the District Court of New South Wales at first instance, rather than in the New South Wales Local Court.

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Municipal Court - What Offenses Are Tried There

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:37:02 -0500

The types of offenses that are tried in municipal court are the criminal misdemeanors and civil infractions that can affect the quality of life in the local community. They can include noise and traffic violations. A municipal court has limited jurisdiction. It is a court that is allowed to only handle the offenses that are assigned to the court by local ordinance or local law. The authority of the court will vary by jurisdiction, which is the boundary of authority.

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Learn The Effectiveness Of Employing Adept Lawyers

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:55:42 -0500

Lawyers with their dynamic strategies can solve several sorts of legal hassles with excellence. That is the reason why, whenever the matter is related with FDCPA they are the one considered for a productive assistance.

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Lien Stripping - 522(F) - Motion to Avoid Liens in Bankruptcy

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:50:12 -0500

One of the primary objectives of the United States Bankruptcy Code is to enable Debtors to obtain a fresh start and return to good financial health. Towards that end Congress recognized the needs of Debtors in maintaining certain basic assets enabling them to function comfortably. Exemptions were established under the United States Bankruptcy Code permitting Debtors to retain basics, housing, household furnishings, personal effects, tools of the trade, etc.

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2013 Cincinnati Court of Appeals Decisions

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:04:05 -0500

In reviewing the 852 appeals filed in 2013 in the First Appellate District of Ohio, covering Cincinnati and Hamilton County, several results are noteworthy. A total of 153 civil appeals were dismissed, which is 49% of all civil appeals. 14.4% of civil appeals filed in 2013 resulted in reversals or modifications to the trial court. The trial court's decisions were affirmed in 35.8% of civil cases. In criminal cases, the trial court's decisions were affirmed in 57.5% of all appeals filed in 2013; 18.5% were involuntarily dismissed, and 7.4% were voluntarily dismissed for a total dismissal rate of 25.9%. Reversals or modifications to the trial court decision in criminal cases were granted in 16.6% of cases; that is up from the percentage of criminal reversals in 2006 & 2007, when the rate was 10.5% and 10.7% respectively.

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Justice Is Truth In Action - For World Day of International Justice - July 17

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:16:05 -0500

CHARLINE MUSANIWABO had a pretty ordinary life, a beloved member of a loving family, until the Rwandan genocide of 1994. She was eighteen and overnight her life plunged into an abyss. Both her parents, and five of her eight siblings, were killed. She fled with the remaining three, but was raped and forced to marry the Hutu rapist who had violated her, conceiving four children to him, suffering constant abuse to him over fifteen torturous years. With the help of a brave woman neighbour, she finally fled him in 2011. A longer version of her story can be read here.

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The Origins of Modern Day Bankruptcy Law

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:08:42 -0500

This article provides a brief summary of the history of modern day bankruptcy law to familiarize the reader with the theories leading up to our bankruptcy system in the United States. The transition moved from a system created with a primary focus on protecting creditors to protecting both debtors and creditors to promote and incentivize debtor cooperation in the process and permitting discharge of debts as a reward for debtor cooperation.

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Growth and Development of International Law

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:39:21 -0500

International law in an area that has been of great importance in recent times as it regulates the relations of States, IGO's, NGO's and individual persons in their dealings with one another. International law as it is seen in modern times has gone through several developmental states to achieve its present status. There have been several modifications in the scope and subjects of international law as time passes by. This article divides the growth and development of international law into four main phases. The first phase starts with the peace agreement made in Europe after the thirty years war, followed by the second phase with begins after the first Word War and then the third phase which begins after the Second World War and finally the last phase which refers to the aftermath of the Second World War till date. The last part of the article looks at the future of international law and it does this by situating the future of international law in the question as to whether international law is dying or not.

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Legal Disputes of the Future

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:03:27 -0500

The world is unprepared for new legal questions the future holds in store for us. Many of these confrontations will arise from the use of technology.

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LLB Law Revision Tips From Law Tutors

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:32:04 -0500

Revising for LLB law exams can be a tough and stressful time for students. Students are often required to digest entire subjects such as contract law, tort law and trusts. This involves memorising the facts and ratios of the leading cases, knowledge of the academic commentary in the area and an understanding of the policies behind the law. There are however a number of techniques to help you with your revision, and this article lists a few, written by law tutors to help you pass your exams.

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Online Law Tuition - Increasingly Popular Among Private Law Tutors

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:15:48 -0500

Online law tuition is becoming an increasing popular option both for students and law tutors. Indeed many tutors now prefer to teach their students through Skype and other online services. Some predict that by the year 2017 most LLB tutors will be partaking in online law tuition over traditional localised private tutoring.

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The Rise of High Calibre Law Tutors

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 10:58:01 -0500

Law tutors, especially those involved in LLB tuition, are in increasing demand. University law students often find their LLB law degree challenging and many have found that an effective way to both learn, and later to revise for the LLB is to hire private law tutors.

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Wrongful Death: An Overview

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:47:45 -0500

Accidents happen regularly, we all know that, we see it on the evening news each and every day, but it never really hits home until it happens to a loved one. When an accident could have been avoided and was the fault of another party, the loss of someone's life could be defined as 'wrongful death.' When tragedy strikes a loved one, the first thought is to be there for the survivors.

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What Is Mooting?

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:28:42 -0500

University law students are often encouraged by their lecturers and peers to participate in moots, but what is a moot? This article helps answer a question that many law students are asking.

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How to Moot in Easy Steps - Part One - Research

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:26:57 -0500

In this series, we give our tips on how to moot. Many students find mooting a particularly tricky activity to get the hang of, and it can be daunting to start. In these guides we attempt to give you some tips so that you can start mooting yourself.

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Juvenile Hall - What Is It?

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:46:25 -0500

This is a secure facility for juveniles, who are young people under the age of eighteen. In some areas it can also be referred to as a youth detention center. Many times these are offenders who are waiting to go to court. They can also be a long-term disciplinary care program for youths who are accused of crimes like robbery or drug possession. The youth offenders are usually held in a juvenile hall to make sure that they will appear in court on their appointed date. It may also be for public safety reasons.

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What to Look for When Choosing Between Law Tutors

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:16:02 -0500

Law tutors are a valuable commodity to those studying undergraduate or postgraduate law, or professional qualifications such as the LPC and BPTC. It is no secret that these degrees are particularly difficult, and many students opt for tutors to help them get through their exams and coursework, or attain the highest honours. But with no real way of gauging the ways to choose law tutors, some students are at a loss for who to choose. This handy guide lists three factors to look for when choosing a law tutor.

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Lemon Laws Are Applicable For Cars Available For Resale

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:42:49 -0500

Even if your car has become old, you can protect from any damage by getting it insured under Lemon Laws. Generally, used cars are nominated under the Lemon Law. But recently, the government has issued new laws, which covers only new cars under this Law. However, there are certain exceptions to this law.

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Get Redressal On The Consumer Court Online Complaint Registration Forum

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:06:05 -0500

In the present-day era, protecting and safeguarding the interests of the consumers has become the main concern of the sovereign government of India. The Consumer Protection Act 1986 is a government regulation that defends the interests of consumers. The Central Government of India requires business establishments to reveal the detailed information about products, specifically the areas where safety or public health is an issue, for e.g. food. Consumer protection is connected to the idea of consumer rights and this help consumers to make better choices in the marketplace. The government is a body which has the authority, the power to enforce laws within civil, corporate, academic, religious or some other groups. In a broader sense to govern means to manage or administer a group of people or a collection of assets.

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Do a Quick Search for Any Inmate

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:05:50 -0500

There are some situations where you need to find some information about a convicted person. This should not be a problem. You can get easy and conveniently free inmate locator/search services online. These services can help when doing research on criminals' background information. These services also come handy for persons who need to get information on details about prisoners transferred between facilities

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How to Protect Your Prized Car Under Lemon Law

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:46:19 -0500

Have you noticed your car facing the same performance issue multiple number of times, and that too within the warranty period? Even after multiple attempts to repair the defect, roughly three times or more, if your car is still facing same the problem then your car qualifies to be a Lemon and is protected by the law.

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The Injustice Of Jury Duty

Tue, 31 May 2016 11:16:47 -0500

We give lip service to the notion of giving a person accused of a crime a fair trial. But the current jury system is anything but fair. Does anyone know how many jurors on a given case are actually paying attention to the court proceedings?

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Revenge Photos

Tue, 31 May 2016 10:26:10 -0500

Because of technology being what it is, new crimes emerge from time to time. One of the new crimes that hasn't been completely absorbed into the various criminal justice systems around the world is that of the revenge photo.

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Five Things a Private Investigator Should Not Do for You

Tue, 31 May 2016 10:19:44 -0500

Despite what we see on TV and in the media there are certain tasks that a Private Investigator can not do. Here is a brief overview.

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Secure Your Documents Now

Tue, 31 May 2016 10:18:38 -0500

We all have many documents and we should ensure that certain records are kept securely. Here is a quick guideline.

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When Should You Consider Hiring a Private Investigator?

Tue, 31 May 2016 10:16:12 -0500

There are times you should consider turning to an investigator for help, and other times when a private investigator is really not what you need. Here are a few guidelines for you.

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Anti-Piracy Law In Cyprus

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:37:25 -0500

Cyprus is one of the most important maritime locations in the world. Precisely, Cyprus is the third biggest maritime fleet in the EU and the tenth biggest fleet in the world. Therefore, maritime security is an essential topic that needs to be addressed. That is to say...

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Reporting Formalities for Ships Arriving and Departing From the Republic of Cyprus

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:34:42 -0500

The Department of Merchant Shipping has updated its guidelines to operators of ships calling at ports in the Republic of Cyprus. All the necessary information shall be provided online via the SafeSeaNet platform.

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How To Access Court Records Paper And Electronic Files

Fri, 27 May 2016 06:41:22 -0500

Whether you are a law student or just interested in obtaining a court record to check some information, knowing how to access records is important. Access to these records are generally available to the public and are often considered as public records.

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What Sets Great Lawyers Apart From the Rest?

Fri, 27 May 2016 06:19:42 -0500

Lawyers can be found in all corners of society, working behind the scenes in every industry. But what qualities make one individual superior to their colleagues? Whether you're hiring one or considering going into law yourself, it's important to know what sets a great legal professional apart from the crowd.

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Ensuring That You Own Your Content's Copyright

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:56:57 -0500

You have been a prolific writer for your business for a long time and, of course, just like all other writers, you use sources to back up the facts that you write in your content. Of course, there is no reason for you to assume anything other than the fact that you own the copyright of all of the content that you are writing.

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Basics of Navigating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA")

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:35:47 -0500

Due to the proliferation of the Internet, social media platforms, and hosting websites, online service providers have often become unwitting hosts to materials that may potentially infringe on the copyrights of another. Likewise, original content creators have also increasingly found themselves to be targets of unjustified DMCA takedown requests. Sometimes these takedown requests are made for anti-competitive or harassing purposes by competitors of the website operator.

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Copyright Law For Internet Marketers

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:51:05 -0600

Need an image for your website - cut and paste. Need some content - cut and paste. It seems to be the way of things in the virtual world these days, but it's easy to run afoul of the copyright laws and get yourself in trouble with the "cut and paste" approach. This article will cover the basics of copyright law that every digital entrepreneur should know.

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How To Respond To Settlement Letters In Copyright Infringement Cases

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:39:23 -0600

Settlement letters are sent to particular internet subscribers who are identified to have infringed a copyrighted material. Also known as letter of demand (LOD), the letter is usually composed of the name of the infringer, IP address, and all the details about copyright infringement. First of all, getting a demand letter such as a TCYK letter more likely means that you did violate the law and the copyright enforcers have evidence to prove that you have infringed a copyrighted content.

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What Are the Most Common Forms of Intellectual Property?

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:01:29 -0600

There are many types of intellectual property, such as patent, trademark, copyright. Understanding the basics of these subjects is critical to knowing how and when to register them for protection.

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How Digital Technologies Improve Filmmaking

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:24:00 -0600

Breaking into the current film industry holds a greater challenge compared to classic filmmaking. The digital era has certainly catered to the universal passion of moviemakers for making motion pictures. Today, digital technology changed the way how movies are made.

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How to Come Up With Your Best Legal Move for Copyright Cases

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:49:29 -0600

There are a number of factors that contribute to the success of a copyright case. This article explains the different types of damages that can be calculated and ultimately help people determine their best legal move.

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Copyright Infringement in the Digital World

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 06:41:02 -0600

In this article, some of the reasons behind copyright infringement in the digital world are briefly discussed. Several basic solutions to reduce the issue are also included.

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Ways to Overcome Copyright Problems

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 06:39:55 -0500

In this age of instant communication, more and more ideas are being born and products created than ever before. With the current entrepreneurial trend, new business owners are creating never-before-seen content and services in order to better the world. With so much going on, it can be easy to create something that copies another person a little too closely.

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Of Film Festivals, Creativity, and Copyrights

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:07:01 -0500

Movies with poor reviews do not necessarily give anyone the excuse to pirate them. Art is subjective and stealing is wrong. These are two truths that should be recalled when dealing with piracy.

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Received a Copyright Infringement Notice? Now What?

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:53:42 -0500

This article talks about what to do when receiving a copyright infringement notice or letter of claim such as the TCYK LLC letter. It has a few FAQs and what-to-do tips in order to prevent getting another piracy letter.

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Film Copyrights In Adaptations

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:04:55 -0500

This article is about film adaptations and their copyrights. A range of examples of some known film adaptations are also enumerated, such as works that come from comics and novels. It also discusses the importance of copyright protection even for film adaptations.

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How to Be Protected From a Copyright Infringement Claim

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:46:56 -0500

Copyright infringement can be avoided by limiting yourself to "fair use" of the copyright. So, to keep from getting a Copyright Collections letter or a lawsuit, check if your use is still under fair use.

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How Does One Track Copyright Infringers?

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:38:32 -0500

In the Age of the Internet accessing a limitless wealth of knowledge is at your fingertips. But how this information is tracked and regulated is often a mystery. Usually carried about by government agencies, tracking how people use the Web and access information yields some interesting trends about consumption.

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Consequences of Downloading Movies Illegally

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:03:57 -0500

Criminal and civil penalties, damages and fines, and viruses or adware are just some of the disadvantageous factors behind downloading movies illegally. Get to know more consequences of using pirate sites through this informative and comprehensive article about "Consequences of Downloading Movies Illegally".

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Film Copyrights On Practical Applications

Tue, 12 May 2015 10:50:07 -0500

In universities, academicians explore new ways of teaching their students. To be more effective in what they do, they come up with ideas on how to make their points come across as clearly as possible. Some do outdoor activities while others give as many exams as possible.

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Email Yourself To Protect Your Own Copyright

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:32:36 -0500

Use a method that is much better than a "poor mans copyright", called Emailer's Copyright! The time-stamp is embedded in the system, so that means the user can't alter it, at least not directly.

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Protect Your Artistic Work - Apply for Copyright Registration Now

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:29:23 -0600

Introduction: Copyright registration can be obtained for original works of art, literature, books, music, films, CDs and computer programs. Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of authors over their creations, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity. Creativity being the keystone of progress, no civilized society can afford to ignore the basic requirement of encouraging the same. Economic and social development of a society is dependent on creativity.

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Identity Crisis: Protecting Yourself From Image Theft

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:11:48 -0600

Online Image theft poses more than just a threat to photographer's copyrighted works and income. Personal images stolen from online sources present a grave security risk, and can be used as the basis in the creation of fraudulent online profiles. Learn the facts and how to protect yourself from image copyright violation and identity theft.

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All About Copyrights

Thu, 29 May 2014 10:53:44 -0500

All about copyrights, sourced, and basic. In this article I tell you about how to get a copyright, how to upkeep one, and why they exist.

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Unwritten Constitutional Law Of The United Kingdom!

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:12:05 -0500

Constitutions organize, regulate and handle state power. It helps to frame a strong structure of the state, the key state institutions and the fundamentals governing their associations with everyone and with the citizens of the state. The constitution of the United Kingdom is an exception because it is not available in the written form.

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Copyright Fraud

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:06:25 -0600

A look at copyright fraud and how a private investigator may be able to help in this increasingly global market. Particular emphasis is given to the South East Asian context of copyright fraud.

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Copyright Part Three: A Work of Authorship

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:24:16 -0600

Part Three of a three-part series on what it takes to protect your creative work via copyright laws. Learn here why a work of authorship is essential to copyright protection.

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Copyright Part Two: Unprotected Works

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:50:22 -0600

Part Two of a three-part series on what it takes to protect your creative work via copyright laws. Learn here what a copyright does not protect.

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Copyright Part One: The Definition of Protection for Creative Works

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:36 -0600

Part One of a three-part series on what it takes to protect your creative work via copyright laws. Learn here what two of the three essential parts of copyright protection are.

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Copyright 101: Understanding Copyright Law and How to License Your Artwork As a Designer

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:15:58 -0500

Understand your rights as a designer for both copyright and licensing your artwork. Many designers don't know the facts on how to protect themselves by regulating artwork usage.

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5 Reasons to Register Your Works With the US Copyright Office

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:39 -0500

When you create a work, you automatically own the copyright. No notice or registration is required. However, unregistered works don't have the same protection that registration confers on the owner. Here are 5 reason that you should register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Entertainment Law - How To Register Your Copyrights

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:47:17 -0500

Although your work is copyrighted as soon as you commit it to paper, tape, etc., there are numerous additional benefits if you register the copyright in your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. This article walks you through the surprisingly simple registration process to save you time and money.

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Copyright For Non-Lawyers

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:43:08 -0500

The Internet, along with the social media networks built on it, has created a plethora of opportunities for those who create video, music, photographs and writing to publish their work in formats with the potential for wide distribution. Copyright questions have suddenly become important to many of us who would never have otherwise considered them.

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Copyright Books and Songs in India

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:17:28 -0500

From the music we listen to and the books we read, to the website, photograph, Video and products we use in our daily lives, each is a product of human creativity, and that creativity is protected. It is these creations of the mind, once expressed, that make up intellectual property.

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Legal-Binding 'Work for Hire' Freelance Jobs

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:43:50 -0500

Work for Hire agreements are becoming more common in the business world for the simple fact that companies want to retain ownership of their works. Complete ownership means companies can keep generating revenue from such works without paying royalties. For any WHF agreement to be legally-binding, both the company and freelancer must sign and date the contract, acknowledging all terms and rights.

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The 5 Steps You Need to Take When You Receive an ISP Subpoena Letter

Fri, 10 May 2013 14:03:10 -0500

What steps should you take if you have received a letter from your ISP notifying you that you have been accused of copying movies, music, software or other content over the Internet? This article provides the beginning of an action plan from an experienced attorney.

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Integrating Copyright Awareness in the Pedagogy of Art in Ghana

Fri, 03 May 2013 08:47:28 -0500

The historical evolution of teaching and learning in class reveals that the creation and use of art remain an integral aspect of education. During the time of the pre-historic man, various art forms were used in many ways to communicate, keep records and pass on information from generation to generation, when there were no written records and texts were not developed.

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What Is Copyright Awareness?

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:43:47 -0500

There is no standard definition for "Copyright Awareness". However, some critics have argued that awareness can only be defined in the light of what is being manifested in all forms of perception, knowledge and consciousness. In each expression, awareness is revealed as the ability to perceive (perception), know (knowledge) or the state of being conscious (consciousness).

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Top 10 Reasons to Register Your Copyright

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:18:26 -0500

The sheer act of creating an original piece of art makes it yours and yours alone. That unique beat, the words to a song, steps to a dance, or outline to a TV pilot: It's your intellectual property. This property, like real estate or a bank account, holds value and you should protect it. Certainly, if someone is to become famous from your musical ideas or reap vast profits from their sale, it should be you and not the person who ripped your ideas off. Just like there are vaults to protect your money and deeds to prove you own land, the law provides a simple way to protect your intellectual property: registering a copyright. With due apologies to David Letterman, and in no specific order, here are the 10 Ten Reasons to Register a Copyright:

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The Importance of Music Licensing Agreements

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 08:13:00 -0500

Working in the music industry is highly competitive and can oftentimes become stressful when handling money, legalities and costs or fees involved with producing and distributing music. Whether you are an artist trying to earn a living from your music or a producer and distributor looking to generate a profit from helping artists, hiring a music licensing lawyer is often necessary to avoid any potential legal issues from arising in the future.

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Current State of Copyright Awareness in Education

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:48:48 -0500

There are many misconceptions about copyright law. Many people sometimes fail to notice that the use of other peoples' resources without due acknowledgement is offensive. Some also think that using copyrighted materials do not always require permission from the author in all cases.

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What Are Music Publishing Agreements?

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:20:04 -0500

Any time you are working professionally in the music industry, having the right legal assistance is a key factor in finding success financially and when trying to expand your career. Whether you are planning to record and produce music or if you want to share and sell your own records, hiring an entertainment lawyer is highly recommended to keep yourself legally protected and informed at all times.

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What Does GMO Seed Patent Law Have To Do With Copyright Law for 3-D Printing

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:37:20 -0600

Regardless of how you feel about genetically modified crops the Supreme Court is going to hear a case which could affect many future cases in many different industries. The case involves a farmer who paid Monsanto to use their seeds one time, but of course seeds grow into plants which make more seeds and then the farmer used the seeds of those plants without further paying Monsanto for continued use. Monsanto has spent billions of dollars developing specialty seeds and needs to make a return on their investment and has a patent for those genetically modified seeds.

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The Most Crucial Points You Should Know About Music Licensing And Musical Copyright

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:21:26 -0600

Royalty-Free Music, Copyright Free Music, Retail Music, there are many different kinds of music when it comes to Licensing arrangements and copyright issues. Treading carefully is not only a wise thing to do, but essential if you want to stay clear of a costly law suit.

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"No Stairway, Denied!" - The Effect Of Copyright On DVD Releases

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:20:39 -0600

Have you ever been watching one of your favorite TV shows of films on DVD and had the experiences ruined by a poor dubbing of music or blurred images? The reason behind this problem is the huge expense that networks and studios would have to pay for licensing rights to the removed music and images. Prior to the explosion of DVDs, many just didn't think to have broad, extended licensing deals to the music and images used in producing TV shows and films.

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Get Permission When Using Other People's Material

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:52:25 -0600

Everything that somebody publishes to the Internet is covered by copyright automatically, whether or not it says so explicitly. Some copyright holders do make their material available for sharing, and in different ways. Here's a list of the most common types of permission.

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Facts About Copyright: USCO Registration

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:39:37 -0600

Facts about copyright: USCO registration is not required in order to protect your rights, but it does provide important benefits. Here's how copyright registration works--and what doesn't work.

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Does the "Poor Man's Copyright" Really Work?

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:27:12 -0600

The "poor man's copyright"-mailing a copy of your own work to yourself, leaving it sealed, and using the dated postmark to prove legal ownership-is commonly considered legally valid. But does the so-called poor man's copyright really protect your work?

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Understanding the Impact of Duplicate Website Content

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:11:55 -0600

When you begin to create a web presence for your work from home business, it can be tempting to look for short cuts to get things up and running. We all know that the best websites are fantastic sources of information, telling us things we don't know from news to how-to guides and articles. The quickest way to create a rich website that is full of great content is to bring together some of the content that is already available online. But did you know that duplicate content on your website can seriously harm your reputation? Even copying just a few pages from a competing website can result in damage to your reputation, your search engine performance and - ultimately - your success.

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Copyright Law - A Detailed Explanation of the 'Fair Use' Clause

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:32:32 -0500

A claim of Fair Use for copied extracts from a another copyright work is a common plea used by authors, researchers and critics. What is Fair Use and how can it be defined? A brief explanation.

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Public Performance Fees for Songwriters

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:32:50 -0500

We hear music on the radio, while shopping, in clubs, even while on hold on the telephone. Does the songwriter get paid? If so, how do they get paid. Weekly? Or weakly? This article summarizes the situation.

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Copyright Terms - What Is the Legal Definition of a License Agreement?

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:42:59 -0500

Copyright of specific works and the ideal of Intellectual Property are two subjects, especially in our highly technological Internet age with ease of communication, theft and fraud, which are constantly under debate. The discussion on how to protect the rights of an artistic or literary creator from those who would steal works, give them out as their own, or simply market them for profit, has been raging since long before the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was first penned and accepted in 1885 / 1886. The Berne Convention consists of various clauses which define who...

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Internet Law and Copyright Infringement - Where Does the Burden of Proof Lie?

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:20:34 -0500

Copyright laws are constantly being updated to take account of technological and financial changes. The Burden of Proof, however, remains indisputable: a brief explanation.

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What Is Legal and Illegal File Sharing?

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:10:38 -0500

In the world of internet marketing and the internet in general, there is legal file sharing and illegal file sharing. This article discusses the difference between the two.

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All About Works Made for Hire

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:13:46 -0500

Works for hire are work that you create for an employer while under their employ. Generally, the employed owns the copyright for these works, but there are some scenarios where that is not the case.

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Working Interaction Between FSA, FSCS and FOS

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:03:22 -0500

1. Financial Services Authority (FSA) is the official regulator of financial services in the United Kingdom. Financial services included banking, securities and insurance.

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What You Need to Know About Copyright Attorneys

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:15:09 -0500

The common mistake of website owners when buying articles online is that they assume full ownership over the material. Little do they know that the ownership still depends upon the agreement of between the buyer and the writer. To make sure that you don't commit the same mistake, it is important that you have a copyright attorney to write a contract before hand.

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Creative Commons: An Alternative Solution To Copyright Restrictions

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:59:51 -0500

This report provides an analysis and exhaustive explanation of Copyright restrictions in order to encourage creators to choose Creative Commons licenses. The purpose is not only to give a clear understanding of why authors should chose Creative Commons licenses, but also to raise awareness of the harmful consequences of Copyright for the whole society or the public domain.

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Thing to Remember When Looking for the Best Patent Lawyers

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:59:01 -0500

If you own a business, you would know how important the uniqueness of your business's name can be. If you are facing an unfortunate situation where someone is illegally using your name, you are probably in dire need of getting legal protection. Before choosing a patent lawyer to handle your case, however, familiarize yourself with the qualities of ideal patent lawyers.

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Copyrights And Copying Off a Screen Print of Google Earth

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:47:16 -0500

Have you ever had one of your friends or family print off a Yahoo or Google Map to tell you how to get to a family event or party? It happens all the time, but did you know there's a good chance they are breaking copyright law? That sounds pretty funny doesn't it? However, you might be doing this in your small business if you are having a sale and you print off directions to your business on a flyer. I've even seen maps in the Yellow Pages which were printed right from Yahoo Maps, they even left in the copyright. That's interesting isn't it?

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Legal Tips for Using Social Media

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:59:12 -0500

Without a doubt, social media has introduced a whole new world of opportunity for citizen journalists, bloggers and others looking to share their stories and ideas in the public arena. Unfortunately, it's also introduced a host of ways to violate intellectual property laws. If you want to participate in social media, here are six things you need to know.

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Save Yourself Against Copyright Infringement

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:45:20 -0500

Copyright infringement is a serious problem in today's world as there is a lot of content that is being developed by companies. The things that one needs to prove to save oneself of copyright is that one holds the copyright for the content in contention and that there has been substantial copying of the same and that has been misappropriated.

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Getty Images and The Next Generation

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:21:41 -0500

Is almost impossible to protect copyrighted work these days - it's just too easy for people to copy what you produced, and you don't have time to chase down everyone who violates your copyrights. Yes, we live in a world of imitators, content thieves, and copyright violators. It appears to be human nature, and no matter how hard we try we cannot overcome this, and we certainly can't do it online or in the digital age. Yes, those that have intellectual property are doing everything they can to lobby Congress to make new laws, but those who would violate such laws always seem to find a way around them.

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Copyright Registration

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:24:03 -0500

We often receive enquiries about how to apply for copyright protection, and many people are surprised to learn that in fact they do not need to apply at all. Copyright subsists automatically in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, and the typographical arrangement of published editions. Literary works are taken to include computer programs, databases, and other compilations.

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3 Myths Regarding Internet Copyright Laws Revealed

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:58:37 -0500

"If there isn't any copyright notice, it's not copyrighted" This is among the biggest myths in the field of internet copyright laws. While this was actually true in the past, most regions now follow what is known as the Berne copyright convention. For example, in the US almost everything which was created on or after April 1989 is copyrighted and subsequently under protection. Especially where internet copyright laws are concerned, it is safe to assume that anything you see online is protected by a copyright. While there are a few older works that have lost coverage over time, it is a good move to ask prior to using anything which you see online for your own projects. Though a lot of people make use of the letter "C" in parenthesis, i.e. (C) to show that their work is copyrighted, it has never been given any legal credence. Rather, look for and additionally use the written letter "C" inside of a circle to indicate copyrighted work.

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Some Of The Copyright Laws Internet Companies Can Experience

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:41:56 -0500

Copyright laws will have an effect on each and every company eventually, and problems surrounding them can vary from safeguarding your own property to disputes over the use of your property by others. There is a misconception drifting around the internet stating that anything found online is in the "public domain" and therefore it is freely able to be applied in any way that a person deems suitable to use it. This is grossly untrue and is regarded as one of the top kind of copyright laws internet businesses deal with. Of course, traditional companies deal with these issues and, however the ease of sharing online has left businesses working there especially vulnerable.

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How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter and Stop Copyright Infringement

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:50:33 -0500

A cease and desist letter is a low-cost alternative to a time-consuming and potentially costly lawsuit, if someone is using your copyrighted materials without permission. Let's look at how to write a cease and desist letter so that you can maintain and control your copyrights and other intellectual property.

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Why Should I Register My Copyright With the US Copyright Office?

Thu, 31 May 2012 12:06:08 -0500

Copyright registration is voluntary -- you don't NEED to register in order to be protected by copyright law -- but there are very good reasons to officially register with the US Copyright Office. Let's take a closer look at some of them; you may decide that the benefits far outweigh the modest filing fee!

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Why You Need To Place Watermarks On Images You Post Online

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:17:22 -0500

A photography watermark can be another picture as in a logo, words, or the name of the photographer which is placed over the picture. If a photo has a watermark, those looking at it will know that they are not allowed to copy or use your photo without first notifying you or abiding by your requirements.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:33:27 -0500

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act's principle features focus on limitations on infringement liability for service providers and prohibitions on circumvention of technological protection measures. Online education environments are greatly affected by the act provisions. Instructors should get with their organizations and their legal counsel to become familiar with the complex intricacies of the act.

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A Good License Agreement for Your Music

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:10:26 -0500

Many amateur composers fall victim to a badly drafted licensing agreement that totally stomps on their right over their royalties and possible million dollar career. This scenario does not only affect songwriters but also musical composers for movies and televisions. They write songs and produce music.

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Copyright Protection: 2 Intriguing Objects Eligible for Copyrights

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:12:19 -0500

Copyright protection is afforded to books, movies, music, photographs, and a wide variety of other creative expressions of an idea -- but did you know that vessel hull designs and architectural works are also eligible for copyright protection? This article touches on the history of copyright law to explain how these seeming outliers to intellectual property have been granted the same copyright protections as any other creative work.

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Can You Copyright a Fight Song or a School Motto?

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:46:29 -0500

The other day, I was having a conversation about copyright law, you see I am an online article author, and I produced a number of e-books, and before my stint as a writer, I was quite concerned with protecting our company operations manual from getting in the hands of competitors. I've been mildly successful at all of those things above, and therefore have quite a bit of both positive and negative experiences when it comes to copyright law.

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Defending Copyrights - Challenges With First to Publish Proof in the Information Age

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:42:07 -0500

Just because you wrote something and put one of those little C's at the bottom of the page, and claim the copyright, doesn't mean that you won't find challenges in our information age. After all, you might write something, put it on a website or blog somewhere, perhaps an obscure place, or perhaps you may even write something and put it into a paper newsletter that goes out to your Homeowners Association, soccer team, or school. You wrote it first, and you claim copyright, but then someone else finds it, likes it, puts it on the Internet, or incorporates entire...

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Can Google's New Semantic Search Keep Within Copyright Laws?

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:41:42 -0500

All great companies must evolve, and I believe Google to be a company which wishes to stay on the leading edge of its core business model. It is a search engine after all, it delivers information to the world, which is one of the main reasons the Internet exists in the first place. Today, the web is an accumulation of human knowledge, and it is also one of the greatest communication devices ever created in the history of mankind.

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DMCA Is Definately Your Online Defense Shield

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 08:41:00 -0500

Copyright is one of the most significant non tangible assets of an organization. Organizations consider copyrighting their entities as an essential legal obligation. This act infers that the organization values the social and ethical rules followed globally.

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Understanding Movie Copyrights

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:27:59 -0600

Outdoor movie events are all about fun; getting together with family and friends in the community and enjoying a new film or an old favorite. If you are the one planning the event, though, you have the responsibility of making sure your event complies with movie copyright law. If you have never put on a movie event before, you might not understand exactly what these rules mean and whether or not your event must be licensed as a public performance. This quick guide will give you a basic understanding of movie copyrights and assist you in determining if one is needed for your event.

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Fighting Against Copyright Infringement Using DMCA

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:11:53 -0600

Copyright infringement has started to emerge as a critical issue in the contemporary market today. Where innovation is optimizing, encroachment of various copyrighted works is becoming a routine. In this anarchy of legislation, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) serves as a copyright law which outlaws conception, production and distribution of ideas, technology and/or services that violate the controls on workings bearing exclusive rights.

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SOPA and PIPA: A Lethal Sister Act?

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:45:40 -0600

From the inception of SOPA and PIPA to the avid protestors, the sister acts have lost some appeal from a lot of their initial supporters (many of them due to the backlash from the public) and has been halted by the government. The voice of the people has never been louder through the wielding of the Internet. The Madison Tool which is associated with OPEN Act, hopes to help the public govern what should be regulated on the Internet - not the government.

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Do We Need More Online Education With Regards to Fair Use Copyright Laws?

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:22:43 -0600

My rule of thumb, and this is what I do for my own personal use, is I always cite the article, the author of the article, the date of the article, the name of the publication, and never more than five lines of text. In doing this generally my articles of four, five, or 600 words, it turns out to be very little, and I know I've satisfied the fair use rules.

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Copyright Law - A Brief Guide to the Basics of Copyright Law

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:06:25 -0600

Copyright protects your original work of expression, such as an article, website, software, cookbook, song or a painting from unauthorized use by others. You get the exclusive rights to sell, display, reproduce your work, and sue those that infringe on those rights.

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Legalities With Non-OEM Ink Cartridges

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:22:28 -0600

The price of ink cartridges is nothing to ignore. Consider the fact that a common brand of printer cartridges, Hewlett-Packard, sells one at a price of $22 for .25 ounces, it comes out to be more expensive that imported and expensive luxury foods such as caviar from Russia.

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What If Google and Wikipedia Disappeared Forever?

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:24:36 -0600

As most know Wikipedia went dark on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in protest of the SOPA bill, and for them with a small staff, they certainly have a point, as their business model could be targeted and shut down. There is no way they could hire enough people to ensure everything posted was original, every sentence, and every picture "duty free" - thus, what if Wikipedia did not exist? Google also blacked out its logo to get us to think also.

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Copyright Law Applies to T-Shirt Designing

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:24:22 -0600

When you hire an artist to create a design for you, you own the product designed once the art work is complete but not the copyright to the design- it still remains the artist's property as it is his creativity. An authority must be granted by the artist in writing to claim that the copyright has been transferred as well.

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Copyright Infringer - Employer or Employee?

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:51:43 -0600

When a piece of work faces plagiarism and the infringer is an employee or a hired contractor, the employer is held responsible for this act. Hence, he is liable of punishment for the violation of the Copyright Law.

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Song Titles, Lyrics, and Copyright Infringement: When Do I Need Permission?

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:36:44 -0600

When quoting song titles or lyrics, it's not always clear when you're required to ask permission from the original author. This article takes a closer look at song titles and lyrics and how they relate to copyright infringement.

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Copyrighting Your Music

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:27:18 -0600

Any original idea that changes into a tangible form becomes copyrightable. Its author then has the right and authority to own his creation. This goes for any work in the field of art, literature, design or research and also music.

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Copyright Infringement and Its Consequences

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 19:49:34 -0600

The author or creator of every original work that is tangible in nature has every right over his project. If this work is reproduced, altered, exhibited, broadcasted or made public in other way without the consent of the owner, it is considered violation of the legal and moral rights of the author.

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Need of Copyrighting for Bloggers

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:29:35 -0600

Bloggers generally want their message to spread across the internet. If you are a blogger and write good content, you must have copied your work and other people across the internet must be copying it too.

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Outdated Copyrights

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:20:44 -0600

I have always been interested in do it yourself plans and worked upon searching for these. Before the internet was commonly used, I searched books and magazines for the same. I discovered many copies of old magazines like Mechanix Illustrated, Science and Mechanics and many others of the kind offered lots of such do it yourself plans.

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Moral Rights of an Author

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:23:54 -0600

The following article states some general information about the moral rights a copyright law provides to the author of a particular piece of copyrightable work. This is not legal or expert advice and for more specific information a professional copyright lawyer should be contacted.

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Copyright and Trademark

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:26:45 -0600

In general, lots of people confuse the words "Copyright" and "Trademark". They do not know how to copyright or rather, trademark their logo, blogs or business names. The word copyright has been used alongside trademark to make things a little easier to understand.

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Avoiding Copyright Infringement When Making a Website

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:22:26 -0600

Copyright has become very essential now with increasing plagiarism. But copyright law has some specifications and complications associated with it which makes seeking professional help necessary. The copyright lawyers help their client in understanding the problem better and finding a good solution.

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Copyright Lawyers, Trademarks and Copyright

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:36:00 -0600

Copyright law can sometimes be a bit confusing and there are some things that aren't covered by it. This article looks at the differences between copyright and trademarks to help you determine which would be right for you.

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The Copyright Lawyers

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:07:03 -0600

Copyright has become very essential now with increasing plagiarism. But copyright law has some specifications and complications associated with it which makes seeking professional help necessary.

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Copyrighting a Website

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 06:49:40 -0600

When a piece of work is brought into a tangible form, it automatically acquires copyright protection. It is still a good idea to preserve each document with time, date and some official stamp. If ever this record has to be reproduced to challenge infringement, this data will be very helpful in influencing the decision in the owner's favour.

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The Difference Between Patents and Copyright - A Copyright Lawyer Explains

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:29:01 -0600

There are a number of ways of protecting your intellectual property rights. In this article, a copyright lawyer explains the differences between copyrights and patents.

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Copyright Act of United Kingdom

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:10:36 -0600

Copyright Law is part of the intellectual property law that assures security of original compositions. The Copyright Act grants protection against plagiarism to all tangible pieces of work.

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Efforts Towards Copyright Policy in China

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:17:58 -0600

Due to plagiarism and infringement of pieces of work in literature; music; drama; art; sound recording; architectural design and government work, copyright policies are much stressed upon all over the world. But some authors and publishers have been surprised by the unlawful reproduction of their copyrighted works.

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Misinterpretation of the Word Copyright

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:41:30 -0600

To copyright a certain piece of work means to protect it from being reproduced or altered without the permission of the owner. There is a common misconception that the ownership authority is not attained unless the work is registered with an official organization such as the US Copyright Office (USCO) at the Library of Congress at Washington DC.

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Copyright Protection, Duration, and Registration in South Africa

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:41:22 -0600

Copyright protection in South Africa is governed by the Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 and its amendments. Under the current intellectual property laws of South Africa, copyright subsists in artistic, literary, musical, broadcast, architectural and related works. As such there is no need to register such as it is automatically assigned once a work takes tangible form.

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Copyright Law - 5 Common Myths About Copyright Law You Should Know

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:53:52 -0600

As a published author, I am amazed and encouraged by the current "independent" publishing boom happening as a result of the popularity of the Kindle and Nook readers. Writers who once papered their walls with rejection slips now take chances by producing their work on their own. Some, like HP Mallory and Amanda Hocking, have succeeded in finding audiences and sales. Others do well enough to cover the monthly grocery bill, but in the end all writers should be concerned about issues involving copyrights.

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Using Copyrighted Material: How to Ask For Permission

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:36:53 -0600

Most people are aware that in most cases, using copyrighted material without permission is considered copyright infringement. But how do you go about getting permission to use this material? This article looks at the various ways we might locate and contact the copyright owner for permission to use the material.

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Copyright Law and Simulation

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:58:53 -0600

Copyright is the protection of an original work produced in the field of literature, music or art. As this is the creativity of an individual mind, it deserves all efforts to keep it from being reproduced by anyone illegally. Whether it be photographs, films or simply a piece of writing, Copyright Law applies to all original works.

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Milestones Along the Legal Road

Getting pulled over by a police officer isnt on most peoples top 10 favorite moments lists, especially when it results in charges. Whether you think youve experienced an injustice or just need legal support during this time, a criminal defense attorney in Bremen, GA, has whats needed to carry you through. Here are three aspects common to the process. Time Its interesting how time solves a number of problems and inconveniences. Many legal matters settle in a matter of days. If you have...

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Ask Your Attorney About Evidence Suppression

Being accused of drug crimes in Houston is a major problem. These allegations often come with a distinct social stigma as well as a possibility for extreme punishment. You might face many years in prison should you be convicted of a drug crime, depending on the classification of the offense. That's why it's crucial you retain an experienced counsel as soon as possible and maintain the relationship during the sometimes-lengthy evidence-gathering and legal procedure. One important aspect of the su...

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Finding the Right Lawyer for You

No one wants to have to deal with a legal situation. Thankfully, lawyers can help. If you find that you need social security payments, then you may need to hire a Boise social security attorney. They can help you get the money you need. If the time has come for you to hire an attorney, then there are some things you should look for. Experience Having a lawyer that specializes in social security can be of great benefit to you. This is because you want someone who knows the laws inside a...

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What Is Personal Injury Law?

You have likely heard of personal injury law, but do you know what all it encompasses? It is important to understand if you want to file a lawsuit. You need to make sure you choose the right attorney to handle your case. If it is a personal injury case, then you will need the best personal injury lawyer in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The Basics Personal injury is the area of law that focuses on thenegligence of one person causing injury to another person. It is civil, not criminal. This means...

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Family Court Is Still Court

No matter what your reason is for winding up in family court, you will probably get a better outcome for your case if you hire a specialized family lawyer in Daphne, AL. There is a tendency for many people to think one lawyer is pretty much the same as any other. With so many areas covered by the law, it can be virtually impossible for a single attorney to be fully versed in contract, criminal, real estate, health careand civil law, and the myriad other subjects you could find yourself involved ...

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What Does It Take To Hire A Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents can cause unexpected personal injury and property damage, and in most cases, those who are involved in the accident need an attorney. You might be someone who has suffered losses and physical pain owing to someones mistake, or worst still, the other party may accuse you of the mishap. Regardless of the situation, a good auto accident attorney can help you in getting justice. Here are some of the things you need to know. Do I need a lawyer? Auto accidents are pretty com...

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IOLTA trust Bookkeeping software for Lawyers, and Perfect tool to acquire the assurance finance in

Certainly one of The roughest accounting activities of almost any law business could be the correct processing of their trust account of these customers. It's in fact a banking accounts of those customers at which attorneys possess the sum to pay for the true expense price. It's called this entire world since IOLTA or Interest on Lawyers Trust Account. It's really a split out of the working report of this lawfirm at which the funds might be discovered precisely. Every nation has various instru...

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Implementing a Licensed Probate Real Estate Specialist | Things to Consider before

The next thing to do would be to recommend repairs that provide the vendor with the best return on investment. Now, before you even consider keeping the aid of an appraiser you need to know one important fact. The fee is essentially an unavoidable tax. Any essential attorney fees are paid from the estate. You have many choices. In the event the buyer defaults after a court confirmed the sale, the buyer may drop the deposit. If you are the executor of this will, take a duplicate of this will...

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Pretrial Imprisonment Order

The Public Prosecution, ordinarily, has a discretionary power to issue the pretrial imprisonment order unless there is a special case described in different regulations and provisions. After questioning the accused, the Public Prosecution member may issue a pretrial imprisonment order, if he or she is of the opinion that the evidence is satisfactory and the deed is a felony or crime that is punished and penalized by other than a fine. Such pretrial imprisonment orders shall include the...

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The Right Divorce Lawyer for You

Being able to find the right divorce lawyers in Fort Worth is an important undertaking and it goes beyond looking at an advertisement or pointing at finger at the Yellow Pages. If you are facing a divorce and you have a feeling that there is a lot that is at stake, it is important that you take your time to select competent divorce attorneys who are experienced and also have a good reputation in settling the most intricate cases involving property, assets as well as child custody cases. Mak...

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Your Simplified Guide for Finding a Personal Injury Attorney

Understanding personal injury law can be complicated for many people. If you are involved in an auto accident or have suffered injuries due to someones mistake, you can seek compensation for the same, and for that, you have to hire a personal injury attorney. You have to ensure that a good attorney represents you in court. In this post, we will talk about the aspects that matter in selecting a law firm. Things to expect In personal injury cases, attorneys do much more than just fighti...

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Why it's Important to Hire an Experienced DUI Attorney

No one has the intention to drink (or be on drugs) and drive- at least no one of sound mind I think. But mistakes like this are so easy to make and the consequences are very dire. First time DUI convictions can change ones life; they get your name on the record for DUI convictions. When its your second or subsequent time getting convicted then it can be even more serious. In either case, its necessary that you high the right DUI lawyer with significant years of experience as this can greatly det...

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What Is The Right First Step To Take With Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Naturally, contacting a criminal offense attorney is the first thing that anyone charged with a serious criminal offense like assault, fraud of others should do. Its very easy for you to end up behind bars, or part with lots of cash for bail money with these offenses. If youre in Las Vegas, the experience and expertise of criminal defense attorneys Las Vegas can help navigate the law and get you a fair hearing during trial thus ensuring that your legal rights are respected. In fact, the stress ...

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Will Writing- Why You Need To Hire a Lawyer When Writing Your Will

Family feuds resulting from the inheritance left by a deceased person are no news. Most of these feuds can however be avoided if only people wrote their will, with the assistance of will and trust lawyers so that the people left behind can have clear guidance of how to handle everything that has been left behind. A good will should be both valid and reasonable. If you live in San Diego, you can hire the services of good will and trust attorneys in San Diego who can give you step by step guidance...

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4 Things a Skilled Criminal Attorney Will do for You

Because life is imperfect, we all make mistakes. Its inevitable that we will all do things we regret and that get us into trouble. Unfortunately, some people go a little farther than others and cross over into breaking the law. Anytime this happens, you are entitled to a fair trial and legal representation. But instead of letting the court appoint you someone, its a wise idea to hire the most experienced, skilled counsel possible. When you hire a criminal attorney in Bremen, GA, you give yoursel...

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While selling your home in probate why you'll need a specialist probate attorney

What's likely to occur during probate is likely to be contingent in your geographic region. Probate is just a legitimate process occurring after someone dies. Usually, usually a probate needs to be submitted or there will not be obvious name towards the real property. Since probate is complicated and low-lawyers who make an effort to look after a probate issues are often run into by themselves, if you should be building a probate scenario make an effort, like a potential customer to get the exec...

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Handle your occasions utilizing the CRM application

There's a good deal as it pertains to employed in a and controlling your issues upward along with a directly sure procedure. This if completed independently utilizing the resources that are various accessible will require unneeded spend of hrs of your energy every single day. A instance could be anyone coping with various customers in the same period and being fully a Attorney. Its your occupation and you will see numerous costs to customers that are various. Next you will see an incident ...

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Do I Need an Attorney for My Divorce?

Many couples debate whether they need a divorce attorney when mediation is required by the courts. The attorneys at the Roberts Family Law Firm recommend, at minimum, consulting with an attorney about your options and what is best for your case no matter how well you and your ex-spouse get along. Here are a few examples to consider if you are debating whether you should hire an attorney for your divorce. If you have many complicated assets to divide up. If youve accumulated various expensi...

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My Parents Are Getting Old, How Do I Protect Them? - Tips from a Specialist Elder Law Attorney

In the present day and age, the prevalence of abuse of the elderly is seen to be on the increase. Perhaps this is the result of a growing disregard for the elderly, as the family unit continues to disintegrate and becomes smaller. Most elderly adults in America rely on hired caregivers or their loved ones to assist them in their everyday tasks including cleaning the house, paying bills, bathing, taking medication on time among others. Its perhaps this over dependence and pressure of responsibili...

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Parks and Braxton Now Becomes The Top DUI Defense Law Firm In And Around Tampa

Albemarle, NC (June 09, 2017) - Parks andamp; Braxton Tampa DUI with its formidable record in defending DUI cases, has secured itself as the most respected and reputed Tampa dui lawyers. This Tampa DUI law firm, in addition to the courts in Tampa, serves the Polk, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Tampaduidefenders.com is backed by lawyers who specializes in defending the DUI cases and the pool of lawyers possess a rich experience of 40 years, collectively. As such, they are completely conversant wit...

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Introducing the Friday Tech Fix

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:40:20 +0000

I will wager that most of you don’t have a lot of time to keep up with the latest tech gadgets, apps, sites, and services. While I probably don’t have a lot of time for that either, I have come to recognize my tech addiction for what it is, and have accepted my need to [...]

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Back to Blogging, and a Pivot

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:33:10 +0000

From the looks of it, this is my first official blog post in over 6 months, and only the second post in more than a year. From the days when I used to track law bloggers, I definitely qualify as an “inactive.” I’ve been trying to get back into the blogging swing [...]

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The iPad Pro vs. Windows Surface Pro 3: An Early Look

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:30:09 +0000

If you happened to be sleeping or otherwise absent last week, you may have missed that Apple announced a few products. Being an iPad fan, I was of course interested to see the much-rumored announcement of the iPad Pro, a much larger tablet that Apple says “lets you be more creative and productive [...]

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Do Lawyers Use Technology To Collaborate?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:59:40 +0000

Way back in 2008, Dennis Kennedy and I wrote The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together – hard to believe it has been 7 years since we wrote that book! We recently decided to revisit the topic on our podcast, so in our latest episode of The [...]

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Are Technology Resolutions Important for Lawyers?

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:50:20 +0000

At this time of year, every year, you can count on a regular deluge of articles on New Year’s Resolutions, “getting a fresh start,” and all types of advice to suggest that everything you did last year was a failure, and to make sure this year is not a similar disaster, you’d better get started [...]

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Review: Logitech Keys-to-Go Bluetooth Keyboard

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:14:46 +0000

For years, I have used (and recommended) two Bluetooth keyboards, primarily when I am using my iPad. I tend to use Apple’s Wireless Keyboard more; it’s reasonably thin and light, and I like that it’s a full-size keyboard, which is not the case with most of the other portable keyboards for the iPad. If I [...]

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iPads and “The Art of Being Solo”

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:40:19 +0000

I am a firm believer that there can never be too many practice management resources for solo lawyers. As the name implies, solo lawyers don’t have the colleagues to help them when it comes to technology, marketing, finance, and overall management of a law practice. That’s why I was pleased and flattered to participate in The [...]

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Why are Passwords So Hard for Lawyers?

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:49:44 +0000

The subject of passwords is one that is both fascinating and frustrating to me. We know that it’s getting easier and easier for hackers to crack our passwords; just three years ago, a nine-digit password would take 44,530 years to crack, but today that same password can be cracked in less than a [...]

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The Increasing Automation of Technology: A Good or Bad Thing?

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:03:42 +0000

The latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report is called Automation or Control: Why Attorneys Must Choose (I didn’t choose the title) – in it, we discuss the fact that technology services are increasingly connecting to each other, automating things that we used to have to do ourselves. For example, my Fitbit now talks to my [...]

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Blawg of the Day – Blawgletter

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:00:06 +0000

We’ll end the week with a fun blog – Blawgletter is published by Dallas lawyer Barry Barnett, and it features “legal bits you can hold onto.”  He talks about a number of legal topics – recent posts have discussed Peer-to-Peer movie sharing opinions, the Supreme Court’s “first sale” decision, and other recent decisions of [...]

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FDAnews Announces — "FDA’s Work Plan ... the 21st Century Cures...

The 21st Century Cures Act is a complex set of compromises that Congress mandated. In 90 fast-paced minutes, Prof. Jim O’Reilly Esq. of the University of Cincinnati College of Law will reveal current...

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FDAnews Announces: Early Bird Pricing Ends July 28 for Clinical...

The Clinical Quality Assurance workshop teaches proven tips and tricks for training auditors to spot even the slightest violations, before the FDA does. Early bird pricing for this interactive...

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Digital Marketers Disrupt The Legal Recruitment Market

Digital marketing agency Deep Footprint today announced a new website that will connect job seekers and employers in the legal industry with legal recruiters. The Legal Recruiter Directory is unlike...

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Leading Tax Group’s James Alderete Educates Taxpayers on IRS Audits

James Alderete, manager of Leading Tax Group, lists the top six biggest mistakes taxpayers make when...

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Levine Benjamin Attorneys Examine Social Security Disability Claim...

Detroit attorneys Joseph E. Houle and Gary W. Bimberg, of Levine Benjamin Law Firm, list...

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Tey Por Yee and Gomif’s team of E-Commerce Socialpreneurs Sponsor...

Without the necessary financial resources, intelligent and hard-working students would languish in their villages, devoid of hope for a chance to escape the cycle of poverty that persists in rural...

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Howes Promoted To Partner: Major Changes Announced At Goodman, Shapiro...

The practice of condominium law is demanding more experienced legal professionals. Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC, responds with the promotion of Mary-Joy Howes, Esq. and the addition of new...

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Zelle LLP Chooses Bellefield Systems for Mobile Time Entry Solution

iTimeKeep Platform sees continued growth as firms of all sizes recognize the impact the right timekeeping solution has on the bottom line

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Tanya Dohoney Joins Varghese Summersett PLLC

Tanya S. Dohoney, a Criminal Law and Appeals Specialist with 30 years’ experience, has joined Varghese Summersett PLLC

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Endurablend™ Named Approved Product for Los Angeles Green Bike Lanes

Endurablend™ is a Color Surface Treatment.

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Opelousas General Health System Named 2017 Most Wired Hospital

Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health

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Signature Bank President, CEO Named Chairman of Saint Patrick HS Board...

Michael G. "Mick" O'Rourke Becomes First Parent to Serve as Board Chairman

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D’Amore Personal Injury Law, LLC Files Law Suit against Maryland...

High speed police chase led to death of innocent bystander.

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The Margarian Law Firm Files Suit against Canada Dry Ginger Ale for...

The class action lawsuit alleges that the famous Canada Dry Ginger Ale contains no ginger in the drink. Deceptive misrepresentation of the real content in food products is illegal.

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Conroe Family Loses 3 Children To Tragic House Fire

Texas based law firm, Godsey Martin, P.C. has teamed up with local radio station Majic 102.1 to help the family in any way possible.

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A Former Debt Collector Gets a Phone Call - from a Debt Collector

Consumer Financial Protection Attorney Mike Cardoza would turn the tables on each and every debt collector with "The Collection Blocker," a hard-hitting legal letter that he specially...

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Greenberg Traurig Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Women of the...

The Orlando office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig recently hosted a reception celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Women of the Boardroom.”

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ImageRights Acquires Image Witness, Strengthens Image Search...

Solidifies ImageRights’ Leadership Position in Copyright Enforcement

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FDAnews Announces — Using CDRH’s Medical Device Quality Data to...

For device makers who don’t know the red flags, warning letters and 483s await. Here’s the simple secret to avoiding them.

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Jeffrey M. Williams Named President of AAML Pennsylvania Chapter

Williams Family Law managing partner leads statewide chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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McHenry County Law Firm Announces Hiring of New Family Law / Estate...

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, welcomes attorney Elizabeth M. Ellis to the firm

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Appleton Attorney Elected to Leadership Post in Litigation Section of...

Herrling Clark Partner Kristen Scheuerman named Treasurer of Litigation Section Board of Governors

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San Diego’s Top Directors Honored at 2017 Director of the Year Awards

Six leading directors, nominated by their boardroom peers, are being recognized for outstanding performance in the boardroom and behind the scenes.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Stephen Paffrath and Michael Lane to Participate...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Stephen Paffrath and Michael D. Lane will participate on the Strafford CLE Webinar, “Removing a Case to Federal Court: Navigating Substantive and Procedural...

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Coats Rose Expands to Midwest Market with New Cincinnati Office

Firm grows affordable housing practice with the addition of four attorneys

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JML Law Commemorates 20th Anniversary Maximizing Recovery for Clients

JML Law marks twenty years fighting for the rights of the individual in California.

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Counsel Financial Announces Diamond Sponsorship of AAJ Conventions

Law firm funding company hosts mass tort presentation for plaintiffs’ attorneys.

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Attorney Clinton Bowers Educates Divorcing Parents on Child Custody

Louisiana family law attorney Clinton Bowers, of Bowers Law Firm, LLC, lists the top three...

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Colorado Business Alert: Colorado Insurance Law Center Reminds...

Colorado businesses and business owners can be vulnerable to loss of business income due to issues surrounding the state’s unpredictable weather and storms. Colorado Insurance Law Center (CILC)...

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Dallas Law Firm Richard T. Cheatham, PC Celebrating 2nd Year

Attorney and conservationist Richard T. Cheatham commemorates second anniversary of his law firm...

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Hov Pod Introduces New Perimeter Security Solutions Optimized to...

Hov Pod introduces Perimeter Observation and Disaster Operations (POD Ops). POD Ops perimeter Security, wide area surveillance and critical infrastructure security solutions have several advantages...

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Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type 2...

SOC 2 Type 2 report states ESR management maintained effective controls over the privacy, security, and confidentiality of its employee background screening system.

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How to Manage Advanced Issues in Setting Up Provider-Based Clinics:...

This live audio conference will review Medicare’s provider-based rules along with some related advanced topics.

(PRWeb July 20, 2017)

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Billing for Advanced Practice Providers: Live Webinar by AudioEducator

This live webinar will focus on the policies and procedure recommendations consistent with Medicare and other payer rules.

(PRWeb July 20, 2017)

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OVC, Inc. Celebrates Business Milestone

Downers Grove-based online marketing firm for attorneys marks 9th Anniversary

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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FDAnews Announces: Drug Quality Risk Management: Beyond FMEA —...

In two information-packed days at the Drug Quality Risk Management workshop, drugmakers will go from learning the basics of ICH Q9 to applying its subtleties. They’ll use case studies and participate...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Complimentary Webinar on WCRI's Latest Worker Outcomes Research

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will be hosting a free 45-minute webinar on its most recent research on outcomes for injured workers on Wednesday, August 9 at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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FDAnews Announces: Medical Device Risk Management: Batten Down the...

Risk management is just plain hard, complicated, conflicted and confusing. FDAnews and Ombu Enterprises are here to help, with a two-day workshop designed to untangle every mystery of risk management...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Kansas State Alliances to Host 2nd Community Symposium for All...

Subject matter experts to provide education and resources that address the needs of Service members, their Families and Veterans at a Community Symposium hosted by key organizations, including Army...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Greenberg Traurig’s Bill Gausewitz to Speak at the 28th Annual ACIC...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Bill Gausewitz will speak at the 28th Annual Association of California Insurers’ (ACIC) General Counsel Seminar in San Diego, July 27.

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Benjamin Aguilera Elected Co-Vice Chair...

Benjamin Aguilera, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been elected Co-Vice Chair of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of the Arizona State Bar for the...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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8th Grade Student Burned by Boiling Water Files Suit Against Chicago...

Jon Topolewski of Ankin Law Office LLC, is representing the family of an injured eighth-grade student at George Manierre Elementary School who is suing the Chicago Public Schools in the Circuit Court...

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Rinaldo Law Group to be a Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Mothers of Minors...

Local personal injury law firm to sponsor Mothers of Minors in their annual baby shower to help mothers in need in the local Pinellas area.

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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LEAD1 Association Announces New Officers!

New leadership continues the new direction of LEAD1 under McMillen

(PRWeb July 19, 2017)

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Greenberg Traurig’s Steven G. Barringer to Present on CERCLA Financial...

Steven G. Barringer, an environmental shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will present the CLE webinar, “CERCLA Financial Assurance: What Energy...

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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IRA Financial Group Introduces New Self-Directed IRA Bitcoin Solution...

Checkbook control self-directed IRA solution will allow individuals to trade or hold Bitcoins and other cryptocurrency directly via their IRA LLC

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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FDAnews Announces — ClinicalTrials.gov and the New Final Rule (42 CFR...

42 CFR Part 11, “Final Rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information,” is a head-scratcher. In a 90-minute webinar Scott Cunningham Esq., will deconstruct the new final regulation into...

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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Three Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Receive American Bar...

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Marcella C. Ducca (Atlanta), Lacey D. Hofmeyer (Miami), and John R. Richards (Atlanta) were awarded the 2017 American Bar Association’s “On the Rise – Top 40 Young...

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Labor & Employment Practice, Adds...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP further grows its Labor & Employment Practice with the strategic addition of Michael Taylor as shareholder in its Northern Virginia office.

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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Greenberg Traurig’s Sean Jessee Selected as Law360 Products Liability...

Sean Jessee, an associate at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was recently selected as one of Law360’s Product Liability Rising Stars for 2017.

(PRWeb July 18, 2017)

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Wed, 12 Mar 2003 04:11:52 GMT

Ephedra Under Fire in California.  On Monday, eight Northern California county district attorneys and a city attorney of San Diego filed a civil lawsuit against Cytodyne Technologies Inc. and its corporate officer, Robert Chinery.  The suit accuses them of unfair business practices and making misleading statements about the effectiveness of the dietary supplement, Xenadrine, which contains ephedra.  The suit seeks to end deceptive advertising and asks for civil penalties.  As reported by Reuters on findlaw.com.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2003 03:50:06 GMT

Pfizer Close to Settling Suit Over Neurontin.  Pfizer is close to settling a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Dr. David Franklin, a medical liaison hired by Warner-Lambert, a company that it acquired in 2000.  In the suit, Dr. Franklin alleged that the company illegally marketed Neurontin, an epilepsy drug, for uses for which it was not approved.  As reported in The New York Times.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2003 03:28:44 GMT

Highly Questionable Practices.  Joseph F. Rice, a well-known class action lawyer, has agreed to accept a $20 million "fee" from the parent of a company that he is suing on behalf of workers exposed to asbestos. This "fee" will be in addition to the fee that he collects from his clients for settling their claims against the same company.  In other words, he is being paid by the plaintiffs, whom he represents, and the defendants, whom he is suing.  Hmmm.  Mr. Rice is reportedly being paid this "fee" to broker settlements with other lawyers handling asbestos claims against the company.  As reported in The New York Times.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2003 02:59:16 GMT

If it Sounds Too Good to be True. . .  Rexall Sundown, Inc agreed to repay consumers up to $12 million to settle charges of deceptive advertising by the Federal Trade Commission.  The company claimed that its dietary supplement, Cellasene, could erase your cellulite and give you "smoother-feeling legs and a firmer-looking appearance of your skin after just eight weeks."  The settlement will become final upon approval by a federal judge in Miami and completion of class action lawsuits in California and Florida.  As reported by The Associated Press in The Washington Post.

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Tue, 11 Mar 2003 03:20:37 GMT

The Fat Lady is About to Sing.  Closing arguments occurred today in an Illinois class action lawsuit against Phillip Morris brought by smokers who alleged that they were deceived by labelling on "light" cigarettes.  The plaintiffs seek $7.1 billion (yes, that's with a "b") in compensatory damages and twice that amount in punitive damages.  As reported by Reuters in The Washington Post.

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Tue, 11 Mar 2003 03:03:13 GMT

Asbestos Workers Can Recover for Fear of Cancer Only.  The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that workers exposed to asbestos who have asbestosis can recover damages for the fear of cancer if they can document their fears about their health, even though they may never develop cancer.  The six retired railroad workers who brought the lawsuit had obtained a $5.8 million dollar verdict against Norfolk & Western Railway Company in the trial court, which was reduced by the intermediate appellate court to $4.9 million dollars.  The significance of the ruling will be determined when state courts start to determine whether to extend it beyond the context of railroad workers.  The dissent pointed out the important point that allowing these workers to collect money means fewer dollars for those who do develop asbestos related cancer.  The opinion itself can be read here while the article reporting about the case can be read in The Washington Post.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2003 04:41:50 GMT

American University Law Professor Hanging Onto Job By a Thread.  In December, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld a one year suspension of American University law professor Mark Hager from the practice of law and found that he engaged in "conflicts of interest, dishonesty" and "improper conduct" during his representation in 1997 of two women in a class action products liability lawsuit against Warner-Lambert, the maker of Nix lice shampoo.  The women challenged Warner-Lambert's representation that Nix shampoo was 99% effective.  During the suit, Hager and his co-counsel got $225,000 in "secret" fees and expenses from Warner-Lambert, while consumers got $10,000 in coupons.  Worse, Hager and his co-counsel agreed with Warner-Lambert not to tell their clients about the "secret" payments and agreed never again to represent claimants in similar claims.  As reported by The Washington Post.

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Sun, 09 Mar 2003 16:43:44 GMT

FDA Proposes Standards for Supplements.  On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules for labelling on dietary supplements.  As reported in The Associated Press

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Sun, 09 Mar 2003 16:35:58 GMT

No Big Surprise.  A study released Saturday has scientifically proven what we already knew --- that a combination of eating fast food and watching television can cause obesity.  As reported by The Associated Press.  We may not have seen the end of lawsuits against food manufacturers seeking to hold them liable for allegedly making people obese.  Despite suffering a defeat earlier this year when a New York City federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit against McDonald's blaming its food for obesity, plaintiffs' lawyers may take another bite at the apple in another forum and/or venue, especially if the study proves effects that may not have been obvious to us all.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 05:19:40 GMT

Cell Phone Class Action Lawsuits Dismissed.  A federal judge dismissed five class action lawsuits against cell phone manufacturers that sought to require them to provide headsets to protect users from radiation emitted by the devices.  The federal judge reportedly dismissed the suits on the grounds that they are pre-empted by federal standards regulating cell phones.  As reported by The Associated Press in The New York Times.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 05:13:44 GMT

Federal-Mogul Proposes Settlement.  Federal-Mogul Corp. proposes setting aside one-half of its stock to settle asbestos lawsuits.  As reported by The Associated Press in The New York Times.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 05:10:10 GMT

Agency Refuses to Require Product Registration.  Today federal regulators refused a request from the Consumer Federation of America to require manufacturer's of children's products to include registration cards to be filled out by consumers and mailed back to the manufacturer.  The CFA wanted manufacturers to keep the registration information for twenty years to use to notify consumers of potential dangers of the products.  As reported by The Associated Press in The New York Times.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 04:54:24 GMT

Victory for Gun Industry.  Today, a California state court dismissed thirty-eight gun manufacturers, distributors, and trade associations from a lawsuit brought against them by major cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.  The municipalities' lawsuit, patterned after the one brought by State attorney generals against the tobacco industry, claimed the industry created a public nuisance by supplying guns to ineligible buyers, violated state business laws by making misleading statements about the dangers of gun ownership, failed to incorporate safety features, and failed to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals and juveniles. As reported by Reuters in The New York Times.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 04:03:12 GMT

Toyota Settles Clean Air Suit.  To settle a Clean Air Act lawsuit, Toyota has agreed to retrofit up to 3,000 diesel vehicles that it did not manufacture with modern antipollution devices.  The government's lawsuit alleged that in documents certifying compliance with the Clean Air Act, Toyota failed to disclose limitations in a diagnostic system that warns drivers of fluid leaks that can cause pollution.  However, the government does not want Toyota to do anything with the 2.2 million vehicles that triggered the lawsuit because, as the EPA says, "there is nothing wrong with the cars."  Toyota just "didn't follow the proper certification process."  As reported by The Washington Post.

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Sat, 08 Mar 2003 03:43:31 GMT

Compensation Fund for Smallpox Vaccinations

Although not yet a "products liability" issue, I am concerned enough (personally and professionally) about what is happening with smallpox vaccinations to put it on by weblog.  As we all know, the United States government is in the process of immunizing healthcare workers and other emergency response personnel with the smallpox vaccination.  I previously reported that initially only eight persons out of over 7,000 vaccinated had developed what could be considered serious complications therefrom.  

Now, I read in The Washington Post here and here that The White House is supporting the establishment of a "compensation fund" for immunized health care workers.  Those who become sick or die from the vaccination would be entitled to lost wages, medical treatment, and a "one-time $262,100 payment."  All that in addition to the government trying to protect them first from a biological terrorist attack.  Perhaps those healthcare workers should simply be given the choice of either protecting themselves now or running the risk later of either dying a horrible death or becoming permanently disfigured.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2003 04:46:29 GMT

A New Feature For My Blog.  Starting today I will highlight recent opinions rendered by the United States Supreme Court and federal circuit courts of appeal in the area of products liability.  State supreme court decisions to follow soon.  See Recent Decisions to the left.

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Thu, 06 Mar 2003 03:34:11 GMT

Congress Trying to Limit Asbestos Cases.  On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from lawyers, lawmakers, and victims regarding how to handle the more than 600,000 asbestos lawsuits and economic fallout that led to more than sixty bankruptcies since 2000 and a loss of approximately 60,000 jobs.  Senator Don Nickles (R) of Oklahoma seeks legislation requiring claimants to meet certain criteria using American  Medical Association guidelines and removing the statute of limitations so that those who do not have asbestos-related illnesses can retain their rights in the event that they do in the future.  As reported by Associated Press on findlaw.com.

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Thu, 06 Mar 2003 03:24:41 GMT

New York County Bans Sale of Ephedra.  The sale of all dietary supplements containing ephedra was banned on Wednesday in Suffolk County, New York under legislation considered to be the first of its kind.  As reported by Associated Press on Findlaw.com

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Thu, 06 Mar 2003 02:45:35 GMT

The Latest from Corpus.  According to The Associated Press, internal documents and emails released by the plaintiff's lawyers show Bayer executives discussing the possible dangers of Baycol long before it pulled the controversial drug from the market in 2001 after being linked to dozens of deaths.  Bayer's attorney, Phillip Beck, said the emails were taken out of context.  Bayer claims that there are approximately 7,800 lawsuits pending from former Baycol users.  Approximately 450 cases have been settled for $125 million.  Bayer is allegedly in negotiations to settle another 500 cases.  Mr. Beck reportedly said that "the company is taking responsibility for the drug and would rather compensate victims than fight them in court."  As reported in the Houston Chronicle.

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Thu, 06 Mar 2003 02:23:24 GMT

FDA Recommends Warning for Arthritis Drug.  On Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that manufacturers of three biotech drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis warn patients about a possible link to incurable lymph cancer.  As reported in The Chicago Tribune.

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Wed, 05 Mar 2003 01:48:31 GMT

First Lawsuit Filed As Result of Rhode Island Fire.  Relatives of two persons killed in the fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the band, the club owners, the company that manufactured the club's insulation, and the fire inspector.  It is believed to be the first lawsuit filed as a result of the deadly blaze.  As reported by The Associated Press.

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These news come from Products Liability Blawg.

$15,000 reward offered for the return of more than 20 stolen reptiles .. (audio)

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:50:00 +1000

Laura Tchilinguirian is speaking to the curator of the Australian Reptile Park, Liz Vella

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Council on the Ageing says Lateline abuse report shows need for better training in aged-care industry .. (audio)

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:45:00 +1000

Cameron Green spoke to COTA boss Ian Yates

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George Zimmerman's acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin prompts debate over the role of race in the U.S Justice system... (audio)

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:50:00 +1000

Laura Tchilinguirian spoke to Dr David Smith, a lecturer at the U.S Studies Centre in Sydney.

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Inquiry into child abuse due to hear from Hunter Valley's former Catholic Bishop, accused in cover-up of two priests' crimes .. (audio)

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:45:00 +1000

Cameron Green spoke to ABC Reporter Dan Cox

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Has consumer law has kept pace with globalised commerce? We talk to the VP of the International Assn of Consumer Law ..(audio)

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:55:00 +1000

Glen Bartholomew is speaking to The Vice-President of the International Association of Consumer Law, Professor Gail Pearson

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Coalition of NSW emergency services workers on why it opposes opening of so-called 'sobering up' centres. ..(audio)

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:20:00 +1000

Mandy Presland spoke to Director of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and spokesperson for lobby group LAST DRINKS, Brett Holmes

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Report into whether laws and protections for Aus cruise-line passengers are adequate tabled in Parliament. .. (audio)

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:15:00 +1000

Shon Walker spoke to Committee Chair Graham Perrett

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NSW whistleblower says "there will be panic at Police HQ" after admission that church child-abuse docs were shredded .. (audio)

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:15:00 +1000

Steve Chase spoke to Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox

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NSW Greens MP confirms senior cop was getting, then shredding, church docs about abuse of kids .. (audio)

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:15:00 +1000

Marius Benson spoke to New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge

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WA's top cop has alcohol advertising in sport in his sights - and he's telling a Canberra conference why: (audio)

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:45:00 +1000

Sandy Aloisi spoke to WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callahan

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Australians lost nearly 100 million dollars in scams last year --- and that's just the ones we know about, says ACCC .. (audio)

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:55:00 +1000

Sandy Aloisi spoke to ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard

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What do you if you see a racist incident? Vic Health's Preventing Racism Program looks at that dilemma .. (audio)

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +1000

Steve Chase spoke to Dr Peter Streker

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As the search for his body resumes, we look back at the Donald Mackay case .. (audio)

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:20:00 +1000

Steve Chase spoke to Mike Donaldson

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Griffith City mayor on police reopening the search for Donald Mackay's body, 36 years later .. (audio)

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:55:00 +1000

Marius Benson is speaking to John Dal Broi

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Former CIA employee Edward Snowden flees his Hong Kong hotel after being named as whistleblower: where does he go now? (audio)

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:45:00 +1000

Steve Chase asked International Law expert Don Rothwell

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Doctors express growing concern about alcohol related violence - and especially the 'killer punch' .. (audio)

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:20:00 +1000

Glen Bartholomew spoke to Dr Anthony Grabs, Head of Trauma Services at Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital

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Witchcraft and sorcery across Pacific considered very real, and very dangerous .. hence a big Canberra conference: (audio)

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:50:00 +1000

Steve Chase was joined by one of the conference convenors, Dr Miranda Forsyth from the ANU's Research School of Asia and the Pacific

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The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland has launched an international appeal for child abuse victims and survivors .. (audio)

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 07:55:00 +1000

Sandy Aloisi got details from Sir Anthony Hart -- the Chairman of Northern Ireland's Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

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Military trial of U.S soldier Bradley Manning begins near Washington, after he leaked secret files to WikiLeaks - we analyse the case .. (audio)

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:15:00 +1000

Shon Walker was joined by Dr Adam Lockyer, a lecturer in U.S Politics and Foreign Policy at the U.S Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

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Bravehearts group backs plans to decriminalise 'sexting' by teenagers .. (audio)

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:20:00 +1000

Steve Chase spoke to Bravehearts National Operations Manager Leza Sullivan

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Victims support group disappointed by evidence of Cardinal Pell to child sex abuse inquiry .. (audio)

Tue, 28 May 2013 07:50:00 +1000

Sandy Aloisi spoke to Broken Rites spokesman Bernard Barrett

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Cardinal George Pell before Victoria's parliamentary Inquiry into church sex abuse today - but will his evidence cast much light? (audio)

Mon, 27 May 2013 07:50:00 +1000

Sandy Aloisi spoke to Judy Courtin from the Faculty of Law at Monash University in Melbourne

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These news come from ABC NewsRadio Crime Law and Justice News Links.

Is practicing criminal law bad for your mental health?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Is practising criminal law bad for your mental health?

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What next for the George Pell case, and meet the Australian gun advocate in Guatemala

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

What next in the George Pell case? Meet the Australian fighting gun violence in Guatemala.

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UNHRC decision on transgender birth certificate and HCA ruling on Photo ID

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Transgender and identity. High Court ruling photo ID .

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Federal Ministers face possible Contempt charges, Parole and terrorism, Manus Island Class Action

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1000

Three Victorian judges and three politicians. Parolees with terrorism links. Manus Island Class Action.

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Women in prison

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Unintended consequences of women in prison.

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Indemnity deal leads to recovery of Matthew Leveson's remains and can Schapelle Corby sell her story?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Can Michael Atkins face trial again? Schapelle Corby and profiting from crime.

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Islam and Indonesia and Right Wrongs: Mythbusting

Tue, 30 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Right Wrongs: Myth busting. Is Indonesian pluralism under threat?

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Poverty and the law

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Law and poverty 40 years after the Sackville Report .

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Access to solar energy and family law disputes over schooling

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Protecting your solar panel sunlight. Family court rulings on how to raise children.

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Ethics and legal implications of drones in the military and police

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Drones used by military and police.

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Drones and regulations

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Regulating 'Eyes in the sky'.

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Restorative justice in sexual assault cases

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Restorative justice for survivors of sexual assault.

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The Court of Disputed Returns; Juvenile justice in the US

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Senator Bob Day's disqualification. Lessons from youth detention in the US.

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Advocates Immunity; 3D hand guns

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Advocates Immunity defence is refined. 3D guns and regulation.

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European Court rules on headscarves at work

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Hijabs and high heels.

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Class Actions

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +1100

25 years of Class Actions in Australia.

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Criminal records and deportation, Seeking custody of grandchildren

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Deportation of non citizens with criminal record. Grandparents seeking custody of grandchildren.

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Voices of children in the Family Court

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The views of children in Family Court disputes.

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Tasers and police

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Courts consider use of tasers by police.

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Teaching civics to primary school students

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Taking the democracy tour .

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Institutional abuse Lawyers; US Climate Change case

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Institutional abuse lawyers. Youth sue the US government for failing to protect them from climate change.

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Meet Australia's first school lawyer

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Vincent Shin, Australia's first school lawyer.

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Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, indigenous prisoner art

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Australia's first female Chief Justice. Art in prison.

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The cost of capital punishment

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The art of Myuran Sukumaran . 50 years since Ronald Ryan's execution.

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Law Report - 2017-01-17

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Can video or audio recordings be used in the Family Court?

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Law Report - 2017-01-10

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Community values and sentencing.

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Law Report - 2017-01-03

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Prisoners living with Acquired Brain Injury.

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Law Report - 2016-12-27

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:53:31 +1100

Citizen's arrests.

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Law Report - 2016-12-20

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Using sound as crowd control.

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Law Report - 2016-12-13

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French.

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Law Report - 2016-12-06

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +1100

The Christmas work party and the law.

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Law Report - 2016-11-29

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Digital disrupters and industrial law.

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Future of ICC, Rwanda community courts and prosecuting sexual violence as war crimes

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Is the ICC in crisis? Rwanda's 'justice on the grass'. Prosecuting sexual violence as a war crime.

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Law Report - 2016-11-15

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Donald Trump and the US legal landscape .

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Law Report - 2016-11-08

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Exploitation in the workplace of temporary visa holders and new arrivals.

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Law Report - 2016-11-01

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +1100

President Duterte's 'war on drugs' in the Philippines.

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Law Report - 2016-10-25

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Spotlight on superannuation life insurance.

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Regulating pro-anorexia websites; the pitfalls of social media and the workplace

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Eating disorders and online forums. Social media in the workplace.

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Law Report - 2016-10-11

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

The Deaf community in the court room.

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Mooning criminalised in Victoria; Comic contracts

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +1100

Victorian reforms to mooning, streaking and sexual offences . Comic contracts.

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Law and emotions

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Judges and emotions. Judging remorse.

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Refugee stories and a class action: Manus Island

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Manus Island detainees don't feel safe following PNG ruling. Class action on behalf of Manus Island detainees.

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Constitutional recognition, and Uncle Jack back in prison

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

What is Constitutional Recognition of Australian First Peoples and would it clash with Treaties? Uncle Jack Charles returns to prison.

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High court rulings on Baden-Clay murder and controversial group crime culpability

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:30:00 +1000

High Court overturns Baden-Clay manslaughter decision . High Court rules on extended joint criminal enterprise.

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Timor-Leste and Australia at the Hague, Ocean noise pollution

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Timor-Leste takes Australia to the Hague over sea boundaries. Regulating ocean noise pollution.

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Research into indigenous recidivism in Australia, Youth justice in NZ, Canada's Gladue reports

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Accessing rehab programs for indigenous offenders in Australia. Maori justice. Canada's approach to sentencing Aboriginal offenders.

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Australia's live music industry and government regulation

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Unintended consequences: the story of Australia's live music industry and government regulation.

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The jurors note; predictive assessment tools in court; NSW 1st female solicitor

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Revealing the inner workings of a jury. Justice via Algorithms? Pioneering lawyer Marie Byles.

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NT youth detention and lessons from the USA

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:30:00 +1000

Are NT juvenile justice legal frameworks failing? Juvenile detention in the USA.

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Migration Agents and the law

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +1000

The consequences of dodgy migration advice.

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Kroll CEO Statement

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:40:36 -0400

"Kroll is a robust, international business -- the largest in the risk mitigation and investigations industry -- and the gold standard for investigations, with over 2,000 employees across 53 offices in 28 countries. We have been in the computer forensics business for decades, and our team includes professionals from the highest levels of cyber law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. We offer the full spectrum of cyber security solutions with laboratories around the world. Additionally, we have global data analytics capabilities, operating five data centers on four continents through which we provide structured and unstructured data analytics services. When confronted with legal and business challenges, our clients know where to turn, and we look forward to providing them the same unparalleled service they have come to expect for years to come." -- Kroll CEO Emanuele Conti


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The Am Law Daily Has a New Home

Fri, 04 May 2012 15:17:06 -0400

If you're looking for news about the business of law as practiced by the biggest, wealthiest law firms in the United States and the rest of the world, and stories about the lawyers who work at those firms, please visit the newly redesigned Am Law Daily.

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Linklaters, Herbert Smith Advise on $1.7 Billion Vodafone Deal

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:59:23 -0400

The British mobile phone service provider will acquire business telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

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Mayer Brown Helps Nestle Whip Up $11.9 Billion Baby Formula Deal

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:03:57 -0400

Nestle will acquire pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's infant nutrition business to expand its own global presence in the formula market. Mayer Brown, Skadden, Clifford Chance, and DLA Piper all have roles on the transaction.

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Covington Takes Lead on Pair of Health Care Deals as Sector Stays Hot

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:23:15 -0400

Two transactions announced Monday--Thomson Reuters's $1.25 billion sale of its health care unit to a Veritas Capital affiliate, and AstraZeneca's $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences--generated assignments for Covington & Burling, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Paul Hastings.

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Fenwick, Covington Advise as Facebook Snags Chunk of AOL Patent Portfolio From Microsoft

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:32:03 -0400

The social networking leader and the software giant turn to familiar firms for representation on a $550 million deal involving intellectual property assets.

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D.C. Dewey Partner Heads to Allen & Overy

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:43:31 -0400

Project finance partner Gregory Smith's departure for Allen & Overy pushes Dewey & LeBoeuf's partner losses so far this year to an even 70.

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The Careerist: Latham & Watkins's Women Go Back to the Kitchen

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:10:44 -0400

Will master classes in canapé making help women in business development? Latham's London office seems to think so.

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Dealmaker of the Week: Iain Wagstaff of Linklaters

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 12:38:39 -0400

Wagstaff and fellow M&A partner Marc Loy, respectively, led the Linklaters teams in London and Paris advising multinational utility GDF Suez on its $10.8 billion acquisition of the stake in Britain’s International Power that GDF does not already own.

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Amid Bankruptcy Reports, Dewey Says It’s Eyeing All Options; Greenberg Confirms Possible Interest

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:30:00 -0400

The drama swirling around Dewey & LeBoeuf took a new turn Friday when Greenberg Traurig said it has had "preliminary discussions relating to lawyers at Dewey & LeBoeuf," but has "made no commitments" nor "reached agreements." The statement came on the heels of reports that Dewey leaders are considering a prepackaged bankruptcy plan in order to keep intact what remains of the rapidly shrinking firm.

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Julian Burnside: Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Julian Burnside, barrister, human rights advocate and writer presents the Sydney Peace Prize Lecture at Town Hall.

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Greg Barton: Challenges Posed by the Islamic State Movement at Home and Abroad

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Professor Greg Barton from Monash University sets out the historical context and provides a rational analysis of the rise and rapid expansion of the Islamic State.

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Corporations, Power & Citizenship: When Should CEOs Speak as Private Citizens?

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Ian Narev, CEO of Commonwealth Bank, is in conversation at the St James Ethics Lab about the role of CEO on behalf of their company, but also as a private citizen contributing to the broader public debate.

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Understanding Indonesia

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Indonesian author Ahmad Fuadi and London-based writer Elizabeth Pisani explore corruption as an essential feature of Indonesian life.

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The Snowden Files

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Who really is Edward Snowden? The Guardian's Luke Harding talks about why Snowden did what he did and how he came to be the world's most wanted man.

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DNA Profiling: The Ethics of Modern Genetics

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Vanessa Hayes, a world renowned expert, speaks with Simon Longstaff about the direction genomic research might be heading, how realistic the expectations are and the ethical implications of having your DNA sequenced.

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IQ2 USA: Flexing America's Muscles in the Middle East

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1000

This IQ2 debate from New York is centred on the Middle East and the steady advance of ISIS or the Islamic State through Syria and Northern Iraq. It features American policy maker Aaron David Miller and author Bret Stephens.

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Bill Henson: Can Art Civilise Our Technology?

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Bill Henson discusses art and its relationship with technology with Simon Longstaff at the St James Ethics Centre.

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Helen Garner in Conversation with Ramona Koval

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Helen Garner’s latest book follows the disturbing case of Robert Farquharson. She tries to understand what she sees as a very ordinary bloke, who commits a horrific act.

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Masha Gessen: Pussy Riot

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Masha Gessen appears at the Melbourne Writers Festival to discuss Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Gessen traces the Russian punk group’s arrest, trial and time in jail.

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Lydia Cacho: Slavery Inc.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist who has made it her life’s work to investigate sexual slavery on a global scale. She has revealed the most extraordinary scale of the sexual slavery and her own personal story working in the field is both terrifying and inspiring.

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Peter Singer: The Point of View of the Universe

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

You may think you have heard most things that Peter Singer has to say; but there’s always an informed update. You can still be a hardcore meat eating believer and still take something away from this vegetarian non-believing philosophy Professor.

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Alissa Nutting: In Conversation

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Tampa, a story about female paedophilia and the debut novel by Alissa Nutting. Here she is in conversation with Benjamin Law at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Shifting Sands: Lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan and 12 Years of War

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Writers Abbas El-Zein, Antony Loewenstein and Washington Post journalist David Finkel deliver very different perspectives on the Iraqi and Afghan wars.

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Raimond Gaita: Tackling the big issues of our time

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Raimond Gaita in conversation with Simon Longstaff about the “examined life and the role a philosopher might play.”

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Secrets and Lies: Should the Catholic Church Confess?

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +1000

David Marr, Joanne McCarthy and John Saunders discuss the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, the decades of fierce cover-up and obstinate denial by the church hierarchy.

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David Aaronovitch: Speaking Your Mind in a Democracy

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000

A robust, passionate and challenging conversation on the notions of free speech from British journalist David Aaronovitch and Simon Longstaff at the St James Ethics Centre.

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Integrity in Sport - Winning at What Price?

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Integrity in sport. No, this isn’t satire. A bunch of sporting heavyweights come together to talk about the future and how to combat the current issues. Sports broadcaster, Frances Leach, moderates this session.

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Weedland: Inside the Cannabis Industry

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +1000

In the US, Washington and Colorado are the first two states to have legalised the recreational use of marijuana. Weedland presents a compact history of the fight for decriminalisation; from outlaw status through to what will be a billion dollar industry.

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Malcolm Fraser

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Party leader and Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser joins Simon Longstaff in conversation from St James Ethics Centre in Sydney to gives an interesting insight into what has shaped his values and his politics.

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Nicole Vincent at TEDxSydney

Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Nicole Vincent is a philosopher who specialises in neuroethics. In this address at TEDxSydney she questions the 'magic pill' mentality that's popularising cognitive enhancement medicines.

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Mary Jerram at TEDxSydney

Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Former NSW State Coroner Mary Jerram speaks on justice and revenge at this year's TEDxSydney event at the Sydney Opera House.

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Crime and Corporate Punishment

Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:00 +1000

This session is called Crime and Corporate Punishment, but how many big wheels ever see the inside of a jail once convicted of a crime? Simon Longstaff chats with regulators from ASIC, APRA and ACCC.

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IQ2 Debate: Snowden Was Justified

Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Was Edward Snowden justified? This US Intelligence Squared debate asks that query. For the motion: Daniel Ellsberg and Ben Wizner. Against the motion: Andrew McCarthy and Jim Woolsey.

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Investigating Justice

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Investigative journalists Colleen Egan and Bret Christian and discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions. They speak about the inequities of our criminal and justice system with Bron Sibree.

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A Good Death

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +1000

What constitutes a ‘good death’? Anne Summers pitches this question to Catholic priest Frank Brennan, writer Lionel Shriver, euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke and academic Dennis Altman at the 2014 Perth Writers Festival.

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Savage Advice: Dan Savage

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Dan Savage is a huge cult figure in the US, as the author of sex advice column Savage Love and creator of podcast Savage Lovecast. Here at the 2013 Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House he will almost certainly confront your ideas and beliefs about monogamy.

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Can a Killer be a Good Neighbour?: Erwin James

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Erwin James was sentenced to life for 2 murders in the UK. He spent 20 years behind bars and he’s been out on parole for 10. It’s a rare occasion to hear a man convicted of two murders, addressing a literary or an ideas festival.

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IQ2 Debate: True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +1000

Will a treaty change the way we do government in this country? Is it something we should be scared of? What does a treaty deliver? An IQ2 Debate from Melbourne.

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David Suzuki: Foresight over Hindsight

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +1000

David Suzuki delivers the 2013 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment - "Imagining a Sustainable Future: Foresight over Hindsight".

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IQ2 Debate: Copyright is Dead, Long Live the Pirates

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +1000

Is copyright and copyright law a battle that's over? Technological change moves much too fast for the legalities of implementing protection of ownership, but should we give up? An IQ2 Debate from Melbourne.

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Chris Masters: The Battlelines of News and History

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +1000

How effectively do journalists function as historians? Chris Masters delivers this lecture for the History Council of NSW.

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The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Andrew West

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1000

The Dalai Lama is in conversation here with ABC Radio National Religion and Ethics presenter, Andrew West, at a packed public session in the NSW Parliament.

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Martin Luther King: Re-living the Dream, 50 Years On

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +1000

On August 28 1963 Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

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Who Cares About the Constitution?

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +1000

This discussion for Constitution Day 2013 is a pretty broad ranging one, canvassing just how relevant our constitution is currently. Professor George Williams, Samah Hadid, Tanya Hosch and Jeffrey Bleich make up the panel of speakers.

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In Cold Blood

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +1000

This session at the Sydney Writers' Festival 2013 explores the broad territory of crime and non-fiction. It features Mark Tedeschi, Anna Krien and Matt Condon, moderated by PM Newton.

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Jennifer Robinson: Courage is Contagious

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +1000

Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer, best known for her defence of Julian Assange, but in this TEDxSydney talk she tells the story of West Papuan leader Benny Wenda.

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IQ2 Debate: Is it OK for Athletes to Use Performance Enhancing Drugs?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +1000

This IQ2 takes the debate on performance enhancing drugs in sport further than anything published thus far in the media. It features Shane Gould, Peter FitzSimons, Julian Savalescu and Robin Willcourt.

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Charles Perkins Oration: Gail Mabo and Bryan Keon-Cohen

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +1000

This year's Charles Perkins Oration celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Mabo legislation and features Gail Mabo and Bryan Keon-Cohen.

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Mabo 20th Anniversary Roundtable

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +1000

This is a roundtable discussion that took place around the time of the 20th anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision.

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Cory Doctorow on Copyright

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +1000

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction writer, blogger, technology activist, co editor of boingboing.com and a contributor to a whole host of the mainstream press. The topic in this keynote address from Vivid Sydney is copyright.

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Marriage Equality: The International Experience

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +1000

An international perspective on marriage equality from two very interesting figures; Professor Lee Badgett from the US and Boris Dittrich from the Netherlands as well as Australian Marriage Equality campaign director Rodney Croome.

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IQ2 Debate: Same Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalised

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +1000

The proposition in this passionate and quite unpredictable debate IQ2 debate is that 'Same Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legalised'.

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Paul McGreevy on the Role of the Whip in Horse Racing

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 +1000

Veterinarian Paul McGreevy’s talk on the use of the whip in horse racing will raise the ire of trainers, jockeys, connections and some of the racing writers.

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Balancing National Security and Individual Rights

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +1000

The broad theme of this session is ‘Balancing National Security and Individual Rights’. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the office of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. Features Dr Vivienne Thom, David Irvine and Dr Rufus Black.

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David Lyon on The Culture of Surveillance

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +1000

This is an analysis of ‘the culture of surveillance’ by the director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Canada, Dr David Lyon. He’s very good on the strength of what he describes as the cooperation between surveillance and the surveilled!

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Paul Ham and Kim Barker: Collateral Damage

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +1000

Collateral damage – that chilling euphemism for civilian casualties in any warzone, anywhere in the world. Taking part in this discussion is Paul Ham, historian and journalist, who wrote a brilliant book on Vietnam and whose latest work is Hiroshima Nagasaki. He’s joined on stage by former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Kim Barker who’s filed from the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Judge Sang-Hyun Song presents the Wallace Wurth lecture: From Punishment to Prevention

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +1000

Judge Sang-Hyun Song presents the Wallace Wurth lecture - ‘From Punishment to Prevention: Reflections on the future of the International Criminal Court'. He is currently the president of the ICC and in this talk at the University of New South Wales, he draws on his own childhood experience which has help shaped his adult attitude to war.

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Fiona Skyring and Liz Jackson in Conversation

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +1000

Fiona Skyring's new book is 'Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia'. She details extraordinary stories of racism and prejudice that were confronted head on with the establishment of the ALS in WA in the early 1970's. Her book is a record of the activism and bravery that brought about human rights and legal changes for indigenous people. But she doesn't shy away from difficulties and rifts within indigenous legal services that resisted acting for indigenous women, who suffered abuse from their indigenous partners.

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Noam Chomsky: Revolutionary Pacifism

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

On a rare visit to receive Australia’s only international prize for peace, the godfather of modern linguistics is in activist-mode expounding the prospects for a more peaceful world while outlining some major obstacles and missed opportunities.

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Australia's Battle of the Think Tanks

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Leading spokesboffins from our most prolific and influential think tanks duke it out over whose ideology and vision for the future should prevail. The feisty and well-lubricated discussion traverses the GFC, nanny state silliness, middle class welfare and the evils of derivatives markets.

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Jimmy Carter: In Conversation

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

In this insightful one-on-one from IQ2 in the UK, the former US president, Nobel Prize winner and peanut farmer talks about his time in office and his busy retirement as a senior statesman and humanitarian activist.

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War: Keep Out of Reach of Children

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

The ugly truth is that kids are good at war. Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal joins seasoned war correspondent Kate Adie to discuss an issue we all wish was in the past. The ABC’s Mark Colvin engages them at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

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Christopher Ryan: If You Want Fidelity, Get a Dog

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species, right? The author of the bestseller "Sex at Dawn" tells the Festival of Dangerous Ideas it's a giant porkie. He says having an affair might even make your marriage last longer!

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Salil Shetty: Western Politicians Should Stop Lecturing Others About Human Rights

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

The West has long regarded itself as the bastion of human rights. But do our actions live up to our words? Can countries like Australia lecture China about Tibet or Sri Lanka about its Tamil population when we treat asylum seekers as we do?

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IQ2 UK: The War on Terror was Right

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +1000

Four heavyweight international political figures, including Pakistan’s ex-President Musharraf, battle it out in a fierce Intelligence Squared UK debate over the motion: “The war on terror was the right response to 9/11”.

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Annabel Crabb: Politics and the Media

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

At The Sydney Institute, the ABC’s online political commentator reflects on a study trip to the US to give a more general appraisal of the future of politics and the media.

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Daniel Pipes: Making Sense of the Middle East

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

The Boston Globe claimed "If Daniel Pipes' admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11." But his critics say his views on Islam are just as extreme as the Islamists he criticises. So, where to now after the Arab Spring?

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Simon Mainwaring: We-First Capitalism

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +1000

A longtime ad guy with a fresh twist on brand spin. Is it really plausible that bigname brands and consumers can use social media to build a better world? Is it possible to create a new kind of caring, sharing capitalism?

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IQ2 Debate: The media have no morals

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Do we have the right to expect ethical and moral standards of the media or have they always done whatever it takes to get the story and our attention? A lively event from the 2011 Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

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Marc Thiessen: Is Torture Necessary?

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:00:00 +1000

Information from “enhanced interrogation techniques” was allegedly crucial to the operation that found and killed Osama Bin Laden. A former Bush speechwriter argues the “Yes” case at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

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Laurie Oakes: The Future of Political Journalism

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +1000

He’s delivered more scoops than a convention full of icecream vendors. Delivering the 2011 Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture, Australia’s doyen of political journalists shares his thoughts, and some dire predictions.

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Within the Law

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Polly Higgins urges the UN to recognise the Crime of Ecocide, Christine Nixon was Australia’s first female police commissioner and Rob Mundle's “Bligh” rebrands history’s favourite villain. Together, they do time at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

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Jay Bahadur: The Pirates of Somalia

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Pirates are back in the news after a 300-year lull. A young journalist tells the story of how he left the comforts of Canada to seek out the scary ones behind the hijackings of huge ships owned by international conglomerates.

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IQ2 Debate: Do we need a Nanny State?

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +1000

From internet filtering to junk food advertising, everyone has an opinion on how much government should be able to regulate our lives. Is this a simple battle between libertarianism versus public good ... or is it about something much more?

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Freedom of Speech And the Invisible Muzzle

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +1000

The rise and rise of "political correctness" in all its forms gets a serious bollocking from these outspoken panelists. It's a way of silencing unpopular opinion, they say, and a serious threat to free speech.

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Bess Nungarrayi Price: Men Behaving Badly

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Bess Nungarrayi Price: Men Behaving Badly This outspoken and sometimes controversial indigenous leader turns her attention to the alcohol-fueled violence plaguing many remote indigenous communities and finding solutions straddling both blackfella and whitefella laws.

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IQ2: Is Wikileaks a Force for Good?

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Many people are convinced Julian Assange is a white knight fighting the good fight for freedom of information, while others condemn Wikileaks as being equivalent to a terrorist organisation that detonates explosive information rather than bombs.

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Eugene Kaspersky: Global Cybercrime

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +1000

He’s a Russian expert in IT security issues, having developed various anti-virus software programs. His controversial solutions for the future security in the web, including “internet passports”, are not popular with many of his colleagues.

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Daniel Altman: Outrageous Fortunes

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Why is it there so much money in the world and yet so much poverty? And why do most economists care more about the former than the latter? A former economic journalist turns his attention to raising living standards in developing countries.

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David Cannadine: The Construction of National Identities

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +1000

This Princeton University scholar asks whether the nation is still the most significant focus and resonant form of collective identity. Will the notion of the nation survive an increasingly globalised world? From Melbourne’s Festival of Ideas.

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The War(s) on Terrorism

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:00:00 +1000

From Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya and Pakistan, US military intervention has been the leitmotif of the 9/11 decade. Hear from two men at the centre of their countries' engagement, as well as Australia's leading critic of how the war’s been waged.

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Porn Wars

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Is there ever a case for pornography, or should it be totally off-limits in an ethical society? Feminist anti-pornography activist Gail Dines spars with gender politics advisor Catharine Lumby in this heated session at Sydney Writers Festival.

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Osama’s Death: Murder or Justice?

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 13:00:00 +1000

The street celebrations across America in the wake of the Al Qaeda leader’s death made many outside the US feel uncomfortable. Was it right to crow about a murder, no matter how heinous the crimes involved?

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IQ2: All Drugs Should Be Legalised

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Should all drugs be legalised...or should the restrictions on recreational drugs be tightened? Is there actually a war drugs? Is this a mental health issue or a criminal one? A high-powered IQ2 debate grapples with this sensitive issue.

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100 Years of Women's Struggle

Thu, 12 May 2011 11:00:00 +1000

In celebration of the Centenary of International Women's Day and launch of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, a group of female leaders including the Governor General, Quentin Bryce, gathered to mark the historic day.

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Unnatural Selection: Artificial Life and Designer Babies

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Big Ideas host Waleed Aly moderates an expert panel of ethicists and scientists as they discuss artificial life, designer babies and what they mean for future generations.

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Leslie Cannold on Abortion Law Reform

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:00:00 +1000

In this passionate lecture, women's rights activist Dr Leslie Cannold outlines why there is still a long way to go when it comes to reforming abortion laws in Australia.

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Dorothy Rowe: Why We Lie

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:00:00 +1000

At the Perth Writers Festival renowned psychologist Dorothy Rowe examines why we lie and explains how lying can be the source of both personal and global disasters.

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Peter Beinart: Failure of the US Jewish Establishment

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Young American Jews have grown up in a different world to their forebears and, as a result, their views of Israel are often at odds with the Jewish establishment. Journalist and academic Peter Beinart says many now disown Israel.

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Peter Singer: Evolution versus Ethics

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:00:00 +1000

The world-renowned Australian philosopher asks if knowledge of evolution help us to understand ethics? Our moral compass may have evolved over time, but how does enhancing our reproductive fitness help us work out what is really right or wrong?

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IQ2 Debate: Better off without the army

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Are our Armed Forces a bunch of decent blokes who travel to foreign places as peacekeepers to protect our way of life...or boys with nasty toys involved in a redundant waste of taxpayers' dosh? Peaceniks vs defence experts in this IQ2 debate.

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Julian Burnside on Freedom of Expression

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:00:00 +1000

Recent anxiety about terrorism is a reminder of the importance of the freedom to speak and the freedom to hold unpopular opinions, according to Julian Burnside, barrister and human rights advocate.

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Wikileaks: A Discussion

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +1000

Join Australian columnists and commentators Richard Ackland, Janet Albrechtsen, Wendy Bacon and Gerard Henderson as they debate the Wikileaks scandal at The Sydney Institute.

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Assange Meets Ellsberg

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +1000

At a forum late last year at London's Frontline Club, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange swapped stories with his seventies counterpart, Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

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Religion vs Ethics in Schools

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +1000

At a feisty IQ2 debate in Sydney, ethicists were pitted against religious leaders over the proposed introduction of meaningful alternatives to scripture classes in school. In a secular society, is it a question of equality, and indeed, ethics?

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If You Want Peace Forget Justice

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +1000

At this provocative IQ2 debate from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, high-profile thinkers thrash out this difficult equation. What do these terms really mean in the 21st century...can we have both, or does one rule out the other?

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When Journalist Becomes Story

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +1000

Former ABC foreign correspondent Peter Lloyd himself became the headline when he was jailed in Singapore for possession of the drug 'ice' in 2008. See what he learnt along the way.

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David Boies: Overturning Proposition 8

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:00:00 +1000

He's been described as the "Forrest Gump" or "Zelig" of America's legal system, there at every important turning point. Here, the legendary activist lawyer talks about his big win for gay activists in California in August 2010.

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John G Roberts on the Bill of Rights

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:00:00 +1000

America's top sitting judge with a history lesson on sometimes torturous and mostly fraught process of getting to a Bill of Rights. The circumstances were very particular, he concludes, and strong personalities drove the outcome.

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A Constitution For All

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 11:00:00 +1000

It's the bedrock document underpinning Australian democracy. Some think it needs an overhaul. Others worry it fractures political power.

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The Quest for Justice

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:00:00 +1000

Is the public and the media's obsession with taking a hardline on crime turning us into an intolerant, cruel society?

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IQ2: Better More Cameras Than Crime

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:00:00 +1000

IQ2: Better More Cameras Than Crime In the name of crime reduction, cameras are popping up everywhere on our streets, buses, car parks and even offices. But are they actually as effective as people claim? Or do they infringe on our privacy with no real gain for society? Join this feisty debate to find out.

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Palestine: Prospects, Priorities, Responsibilities

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:00:00 +1000

The informal and intimate forum Politics in the Pub in Sydney, invites Diana Buttu, Canadian Palestinian Lawyer and former spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization, to talk about what she unflinchingly terms the apartheid state of Israeli-occupied Palestine.

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Lydia Cacho: Fighting Sex Slavery

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:00:00 +1000

The inspirational anti-violence activist who exposed the powerful men behind Mexico's sex slave trade...and lived to tell the tale.

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Julian Assange: WikiLeaks

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 11:00:00 +1000

He's the Australian behind the world's most successful "whistleblower" organization. The former hacker and "international man of mystery" spills the beans on dodging kidnappers, lawsuits, the Chinese government and the Pentagon.

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Gay Marriage: Yes or No?

Tue, 25 May 2010 11:00:00 +1000

A beefy man-on-man debate about why same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, featuring gay rights advocate Rodney Croome and hetero "family man" Bill Muehlenberg.

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IQ2: Governments Should not Censor the Internet

Fri, 14 May 2010 11:00:00 +1000

The world wide web has evolved into a sprawling, massive and untamed collection of billions of ideas, images, opinions and videos. Many people regard the fact it's largely anarchic and without state boundaries as one of the internet's great strengths. But many see this lack of regulation as a dangerous flaw, leaving our children exposed to pornography and our society to violence.

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Michael Kirby on Gough Whitlam's Human Rights Legacy

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:00:00 +1000

Much has been written and discussed about the reformist attitudes of the Whitlam government. Delivering the 2010 Whitlam Lecture at the University of Western Sydney, former high court judge Michael Kirby examined Whitlam's prodigious legal engagement, especially in the area of international human rights. Between 5 December 1972 and 11 November 1975, Whitlam's government ratified in excess of 130 more international treaties, statutes and conventions, more than any other since Federation.

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Bess Nungarrayi Price on the NT Intervention

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:00:00 +1000

In this impassioned address Bess Nungarrayi Price defends the controversial Northern Territory Emergency Response otherwise known as the 'Intervention.' Since the emergency measures were introduced in the Northern Territory in 2007, the intervention has been debated around the country some branding the measures as racist and extreme. In this Peter Howson Lecture for The Bennelong Society Bess Nungarrayi Price, a Walpiri woman from Yuendemu in the N.T. discusses the issues facing her community and explains why she thinks policies such as enforced income management are needed and welcome. Her speech is followed by an address given by her husband of over twenty years David Price about human rights, aboriginal culture and law.

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Jonathan Safran Foer On Eating Animals

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:00 +1000

US author Jonathan Safran Foer has been an on again/off again vegetarian for most of his life. With the birth of his first child he decided he needed to get his meat eating story straight.

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Make All Drug Use Legal

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Although the media sporadically reports on major narcotic raids, the general consensus about the war on drugs is that small battles will not win this war. Despite all the money spent on drug enforcement worldwide, illicit drugs are still relatively cheap and widely available. Increasingly drugs are being viewed as a social problem rather than strictly a legal one. So is it time to rethink traditional approaches to the illegal drug industry? Countries like Portugal and Argentina are forging ahead with drug reforms, but will Australia follow suit? In this panel from the provocative Festival of Dangerous Ideas the argument is put forward that decriminalisation and regulation would be the best solution to addressing the problems associated with drugs. This event was presented by the Sydney Opera House and the St James Ethics Centre.

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Is Democracy Not For Everyone?

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Winston Churchill famously said that democracy was the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried. In western countries like Australia the universal good of democracy is simply assumed. But are we assuming too much?

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IQ2 Debate: Is Our Rate of Immigration Too High?

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Australia is a proudly multicultural society, but are we at a point where we need to slow down our rate of immigration? With the world in a state of financial uncertainty, the environmental situation looking grim, and jobless figures in flux, will more immigrants be of help or hindrance to Australia? The sixth of the I.Q Squared Oz debates for 2009 took the topic that "Our Current Rate of Immigration is Too High". The affirmative, led by Tim Flannery, argued that cutting down immigration would benefit our environment and our labour market, and protect us in difficult times. The negative team, including Tom Keneally and Tanveer Ahmed, took the view that such concerns have not been borne out historically, and that migrants will continue to benefit our society.

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David Kilcullen and Julian Burnside on Tactics in the Iraq War

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Australian-born David Kilcullen was the senior advisor to US General Petraeus during his time in Iraq, advising on counter-insurgency. The implementation of his strategies is now regarded as a major turning point in the war. Kilcullen is now advising the US military in Afghanistan. Here, in a brilliant discussion with human rights lawyer Julian Burnside at the Melbourne Writers Festival, he talks about the ethics and tactics of contemporary warfare.

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Geoffrey Cousins on Moral Courage

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Is what's legal always ethical, or does it sometimes take moral courage to stand up against authority? How important a quality is a strong ethical framework in a good leader? These are some of the questions considered by businessman Geoffrey Cousins in the second annual Vincent Fairfax Oration, organised by the St James Ethics Centre.

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IQ2 debate: The Media Can’t Be Trusted to Tell the Truth

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Freedom of the press is held up as one of the most fundamental values of a functioning Western Democracy. But can you actually believe everything that’s reported in the media?

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Khalid Koser: Why people smuggling pays

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:00 +1000

After the tragedy of the SIEV 36 incident in which five Afghan asylum seekers died, many in politics, the media and the community blamed people smugglers for the deaths. People smugglers have typically been portrayed as shadowy, evil figures, exploiting human misery for financial gain, and risking lives by using dangerous vessels to transport people. But it’s rare that the inner workings behind this murky industry are explored. What motivates people smugglers, and how do they operate? Who are there main clientele? In this fascinating expose, international migration expert Khalid Koser shares his research on the economic motivations of those involved in smuggling migrants, and the massive and complex industry that has sprung up around them.

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Should We Ban The Burka?

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:00:00 +1000

The burka has been the subject of much controversy recently, especially in France. In Australia, some libertarians have also called for it to be banned, arguing that it subjugates women and is a symbol of male dominance. But who has the right to determine when an item of clothing should be banned, and for whom? In this engaging debate at ANU a group of journalists and writers voiced their opinions and concerns on this complex issue.

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Edward MacMahon on Defending 9/11 Terrorists

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Veteran trial lawyer Edward MacMahon has defended some of the most reviled men in the world. He’s given counsel to 9/11 accused Zacarias Moussaoui and alleged USS Cole bomber Walid bin’Attash. These experiences have left him highly critical of his government’s legal treatment of alleged terrorists. Here, at the Miller Centre for Public Affairs in Virginia, he delivers a blistering attack on the Guantanamo Bay military trials he observed first hand.

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Cheryl Kernot On Helping Struggling Communities

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:00:00 +1000

While many large corporations adopt programs of social responsibility, a new breed of organisations are emerging that go one step further. These "social entrepreneurs" have picked up where most traditional corporations have left off, redistributing their profits directly back into developing communities, charities and other social programs. In this talk at the State Library of Queensland, Cheryl Kernot discusses some of the ways that companies are addressing the inequalities in the world today, in order to create more sustainable and economically viable communities.

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The Siev 36 Incident

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:00:00 +1000

On 16 April, 2009, a small boat carrying a human cargo of asylum seekers from Afghanistan ignited and sank in Australian waters. Five passengers died, and many more were seriously injured. In the weeks following the sinking of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) 36, the debate about our treatment of asylum seekers was passionately renewed in parliament and across the nation’s media. In response, a group of lawyers and academics met in Canberra, to try and explain the extraordinarily complicated web of legislation and policy surrounding the processing of people entering the country by water.

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Michelle Goldberg on Sex, Power and the Future of the World

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Throughout history, the issue of women's rights has spent most of its time in the margins. However in her new book, "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World", author and journalist Michelle Goldberg makes a persuasive argument that a nation's legislation and attitudes around the reproductive rights of women are frequently reflective of much broader political and ideological agendas.

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Should State Governments Be Abolished?

Wed, 27 May 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Where else would you find National Party senator Barnaby Joyce, former NSW ALP treasurer Michael Costa, and Professor AJ Brown, a constitutional lawyer who, in his own words "might vote Green" all arguing on the same side of an issue? At an IQ2 debate, of course. The proposition they all agreed upon? That State Governments should be abolished. Perhaps a controversial position to take, especially for a former senior state government politician. Arguing against this unlikely alliance were two experts on Constitutional law, Professor Anne Twomey and Professor Greg Craven, and Former Premier of Western Australia, Professor Geoff Gallop.

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Does Work/Life Balance Exist For Australians Today?

Fri, 22 May 2009 10:00:00 +1000

It has been the site of some of the most important verbal stoushes in our history, but earlier this month Old Parliament House in Canberra was host to a much more light-hearted debate. To mark the opening of the Museum of Australian Democracy, a group of democratically-elected Australians met to argue the question, "Does Work/Life Balance Exist for Australians today?"

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John Dryzek on The Australian Citizens' Parliament

Fri, 15 May 2009 10:00:00 +1000

In February 2009, a group of 150 randomly-selected Australian citizens were brought together at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Called "The Citizens Parliament", the group spent four days discussing politics, policy, and systems of parliament. While the specific subjects under consideration were not prescribed, the attendees were asked to address the broad question: "How Can Australia’s Political System be Strengthened to Serve Us Better?" Here, speaking as part of the Department of the Senate Occasional Lecture series, political scientist John Dryzek reports back on the event.

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Malcolm Knox on Honour

Fri, 15 May 2009 10:00:00 +1000

In an age of video-referees, literary hoaxes and perjuring judges, is there any room for honour left in our society? What does this strangely archaic word even mean? In this thoughtful and engaging talk, given as part of the Sydney PEN International Voices lecture series, journalist and writer Malcolm Knox searches for a definition.

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Can The Use of Military Power By The USA Be Justified?

Fri, 08 May 2009 10:00:00 +1000

One hundred days into the Obama presidency, and there are still tens of thousands of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. What lessons can the new administration learn from the decisions of its predecessor? At City University in New York recently, a panel assembled to discuss the use of military power by the US. It included General Barry McCaffrey, political correspondent Thomas E. Ricks and academic Alex de Waal, and was moderated by Professor Tom Weiss.

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Bronwyn Winter on the politics of the Hijab

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

An ostensibly simple piece of cloth can be one of the most controversial and divisive items in a society. In 2004, when the French Government decided to ban Muslim girls from wearing headscarfs - or hijab - to school, popular opinion split on the issue. Was it an authoritarian abuse of religious freedom? Or, was it a strike against religious ghettoisation, by a staunchly secular government? Bronwyn Winter has better part of two decades thinking and writing about the politics of the hijab, and here in conversation with Shakira Hussein at Gleebooks they explore the issues surrounding this highly politicised garment, which are very far from simple.

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Geoffrey Robertson on the History of Human Rights

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Queen's Counsel, broadcaster and author Geoffrey Robertson has achieved international fame by defending high-profile cases, often representing victims of alleged human rights abuses. Here, at an event organised by Amnesty Australia, he gives a short history of human rights, from the Magna Carta to the present.

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Rosemary Stanton on Ethical Eating

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

There once was a time when what to have for dinner was a simple choice, decided by cost and availability. But no longer. In a world with increasingly diminishing resources, eating is now complicated by a range of social, environmental and agricultural concerns. Choosing our food is getting confusing, but here, talking at UTS in Sydney, nutritionist Rosemary Stanton gives some practical advice on ethical eating. She is joined by researcher Dana Cordell, who’s been studying the environmental implications of the decreasing supply of phosperous in Australia and the world. The event is chaired by Prof. Stuart White from UTS’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and presented as part of the UTSpeaks Series.

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Clive Small on the real-life "Underbelly"

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

In Australia right now, it’s all about gangsters. Underbelly continues its dominance on the Australian TV ratings ladder. And the attention that the media is bestowing on bikie gangs is bordering on the obsessive.

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IQ2: Freedom of Speech Must Include the Licence to Offend

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Is there a point where it’s better that some things are not said? If so, who gets to choose what can and can’t be expressed? Is the idea of Democracy based upon the notion of complete unhindered freedom of speech, and does this in fact favour those who have the education, ability and opportunity to voice their opinions? These were just some of arguments bandied about in this lively, thought-provoking and sometimes laugh-out-loud IQ Squared debate.

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Australia's Right To Know

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 10:00:00 +1000

At Australia’s Right to Know, freedom of speech conference held on March 24th, Senator John Faulkner announced the changes that we can expect in government transparency in the future. (For details have a look at the speech given by Senator Faulkner on our website). Following the announcement an esteemed panel of journalists, lawyers and politicians discussed the implications of these changes and how they might affect freedom of information in Australia. Most agreed that the draft bills are a step in the right direction. But do the draft bills go far enough and what will the reformed landscape of information dissemination look like?

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Jeff Halper on Israeli - Palestinian Relations

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:00:00 +1000

The Israeli- Palestinian conflict is an issue that has divided opinions since the state of Israel was formed in 1948. What are the obstacles to achieving peace in the Middle East? Dr. Jeff Halper is an Israeli academic and activist who is no stranger to controversy. On his recent tour to Australia, the Australian Jewish News refused to advertise his lectures. This would come as little surprise to Halper, who is a vocal critic of Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank. Halper claims that Israeli policy towards the Palestinians is akin to apartheid, and that the issue of settlements are intrinsically linked to a wider policy to disempower the Palestinian people. As co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions he is actively involved in the non-violent protest of demolitions of Palestinian properties on what Israel deems is illegal land.

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John Faulkner on Freedom of Information

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:00:00 +1000

This week Australia’s largest news organisations, including the ABC, held a conference on Freedom of Speech. At “Australia’s Right To Know”, which was filled with some of the biggest names in Australian media, Senator John Faulkner took the opportunity to announce significant reforms to freedom of information in Australia.

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Michael Kirby lets his hair down

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 10:00:00 +1000

Over 40 years ago a young, idealistic and very, very confident recent graduate from The University of Sydney and former student politician was admitted to the NSW bar. His undergraduate career had suggested Michael Kirby would take a professional path of dynamic activity and noteworthy contribution to the greater good. In 1974 he became the youngest person to be appointed to a federal judicial office in Australia, as the Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. He worked his way through the NSW court system before moving to the High Court, where he served for 13 years, recently retiring at age 69. He has spent much of his career working for AIDs awareness. He also has a long involvement with international bodies such as the OECD, Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organisation, the World Health Organisation, UNESCO and chaired the drafted group that prepared the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. He has received the Human Rights medal for his work, been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to law and in 1991 was awarded Australia’s highest civil honour as a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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IQ2: We Should Legalise Euthanasia

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 10:00:00 +1000

The first of the IQ2 debates for 2009 drew boos, cheers and hisses from the capacity audience, and that was just for Tony Abbott’s address. Squaring up against a panel of pro-voluntary-euthanasia heavyweights led by Dr. Philip Nitschke, Abbott sharply divided the partisan audience. Both sides delivered passionate, sincere and reasoned arguments. But despite the rumoured 70-seat group booking made by the Right-to-Life Association, at the conclusion of the debate 75% of the audience voted for the proposition, with 20% against and 5% undecided.

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Gustav Niebuhr On The Problem With Tolerance

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Gustav Niebuhr is an author, journalist and commentator who writes mainly about issues of religion. In this passionate talk, delivered at the Chautauqua Festival in August, he argues that a better society will come from more interaction between faiths, races and creeds.

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Anita Stuhmcke On Surrogacy And The Law

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Finding a surrogate mother is an increasingly popular solution for those who can't conceive children themselves. But the medical advances that enable these pregnancies have developed much faster than the legislation which surrounds them. The laws differ from state to state, and legal decisions about issues such as custody can have devastating effects on mothers and families.

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Rajendra Pachauri On Climate Change

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri was the co-recipient, with Al Gore, of the 2007 Nobel peace prize. He's the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. Here, he's delivering the 2008 Wallace Wurth lecture at the University of NSW.

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Prof. Fiona Stanley On Aboriginal Health

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Former Australian of the year Professor Fiona Stanley has devoted much of her career to trying to improve the health of Aboriginal people, especially children. Delivering the annual Hawke Lecture in Adelaide recently, she discussed some of the causes of poor indigenous health, and outlined some strategies for improving it.

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Professor Kenneth Miller On The Threat To Scientific Rationalism

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Is intelligent design about to win America’s soul? This is the question asked by Brown University Professor of Biology, Dr Kenneth Miller, at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Professor Miller is particularly known for his opposition to creationism, including the intelligent design movement. He’s written several books on the subject, including his latest, Only a Theory in which he explores intelligent design and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, as well as the overarching threat ID presents to scientific rationalism.

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Sara Roy On The Palestinian Occupation

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:00:00 +1000

It's been 15 years since the Oslo accords were supposed to bring about greater stability in Israeli-Palestinian relations. But today the situation for most ordinary Palestinians is nothing short of dire. American author and academic Sara Roy has been writing about the region since the 1980s, and here, in a lecture at Sydney Ideas, she delivers her assessment of the current situation.

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Michael Sandel: Ethics In Genetic Engineering

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Next up, Michael Sandel is a professor at Harvard University. He's also the author of many books, most recently "The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering". Here, at the Chautauqua Institution, he engages the audience in a lively and challenging debate on this controversial topic.

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Janet Albrechtsen and Lee Rhiannon Find Common Ground

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Common Ground is a series of lectures presented by the Centre for Policy Development. It takes the novel idea of bringing together two people from opposite ends of the political spectrum to discuss a subject that they actually agree upon.

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Simpson And Burnside On War Crimes

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:00:00 +1000

With the controversial Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay ongoing, it's a good time to question whether war crimes can be fairly prosecuted on an international stage. Gerry Simpson is a professor of international law at the London School of Economics, and is a visiting senior fellow in the law department of Melbourne University. His most recent book, "Law, War and Crime: War Crime Trials and the Reinvention of International Law ", looks at war crimes trials from Nuremberg to the present day. He's in conversation with Australian barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside, at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Philippe Sands: Torture and Terror

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 15:00:00 +1000

How much did the Bush administration really know about the torture that was carried out by the US military in Guantanamo Bay and Iraq since 9/11? It's a fascinating question, brilliantly addressed by international lawyer Philippe Sands in his new book, "Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values". Here he's at the Melbourne Writers festival with “Stasiland” author Anna Funder. Philippe Sands is a professor in international law at University College London, as well as serving as a Queen’s Council on the British bar. Anna Funder is a Sydney-based writer, journalist and former lawyer.

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Mick Dodson: Treaty Entreaty

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Should the Australian constitution be altered to refer specifically to indigenous Australians? Should there be a treaty between the Australian nation and its first inhabitants? It's currently a big debate, and recently at the National Archives in Canberra, the former reconciliation commissioner Mick Dodson bought in to the argument. His talk commemorates Constitution Day.

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Cynthia Banham: Survivor, Inspirer

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:00:00 +1000

In March 2007, journalist Cynthia Banham was a passenger aboard Garuda flight 200 when it crashed into the airport at Yogjakarta, Indonesia. The disaster left 21 people dead, and Banham with burns to 60% of her body, a broken back and both legs requiring amputation.

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Does Freedom Of Speech Have Its Limits?

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:00:00 +1000

The annual Macquarie University Vice Chancellor's Debate, and this year's topic is "Does Freedom of Speech have its Limits?"

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Susette Cooke On The Tibetan Uprisings

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:00:00 +1000

It's just 5 months since the Tibetan capital Lhasa was torn apart by demonstrations against the Chinese regime. Many predicted that the Beijing Olympics would prove a catalyst in the development of a more open society in China but will anything really change?

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Parag Khanna on The Second World

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Parag Khanna is a writer and academic who has advised the US government on geo-political strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here, at the World Affairs Council of Northern California, he discusses his new book, "The Second World: Empires and Influences in the New Global Order".

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US Ambasador Mark Lagon on Human Trafficking

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:00:00 +1000

US Ambassador Mark Lagon is the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in the US government. In a recent speech at Georgetown University, he addressed legal and moral issues surrounding human trafficking, or what he terms "modern slavery".

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Human Rights & the Law in China

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:00:00 +1000

In the midst of the Olympics in Beijing, there are still grave international concerns about human rights violations by the Chinese Government. At a recent event put together by Amnesty Australia, a group of writers, activists and lawyers gathered to talk about some of these abuses, and how the legal system in China works.

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Father Robert Sirico: Religion and Liberty

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 15:00:00 +1000

American-born Catholic priest Father Robert Sirico, recently in Australia for World Youth Day, found time to deliver the annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom at the Centre for Independent Studies. In his address, "Is Religion a Threat to Liberty?", Father Sirico looks at the issues from historical and contemporary perspectives, and reveals himself as quite a fan of the theologian formerly known as Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

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Eric Foner: America, Land Of The Free?

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:00:00 +1000

The idea of freedom is enshrined in the U.S. constitution - freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly.

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The Scandalous Gospel Of Jesus

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:00:00 +1000

With the Anglican church threatening to split over the issue of gay marriage and gays in the clergy, the outspoken minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church, Peter J. Gomes, recently bought into the debate. Here, the gay, celibate preacher talks about what he thinks Jesus' attitude would be to two of the big social issues: race and homosexuality. He also gives some frank advice to the Anglican church on how to deal with its divisions.

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Catharine Lumby: All About Porn

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:00:00 +1000

Professor Catharine Lumby has spent the last three years looking at porn in all its forms. She's a co-author, with Alan McKee and Kath Albury, of "The Porn Report", the most comprehensive examination of pornography and porn consumers in Australia.

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Art Censorship and Pornography

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:00:00 +1000

The Bill Henson Affair and the difference between art and pornography.

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Princesses and Pornstars

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:00:00 +1000

After four decades of the women's movement, has feminism achieved its aims?

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Future of Journalism: Copyright, Defamation, Ethics and Privacy

Fri, 30 May 2008 15:00:00 +1000

In the age of Facebook, You Tube, illegal downloading and instant worldwide information distribution on the internet, issues of privacy, ethics, copyright and defamation have never been more important.

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Sorry Speech

Tue, 20 May 2008 00:00:00 +1000

ABC Fora doesn't just bring you the latest speeches, it also brings you the most important. On 13th February, 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood in Federal Parliament House and apologised to indigenous Australians for the actions of past governments. Whether you agree with the need for an apology or not, Rudd's speech was quickly recognised as one of the finest pieces of oratory ever delivered in Australia. Watch it in full here, and keep checking ABC Fora for more of the speeches that have influenced our nation.

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TRU Staffing Partners Adds Pete Smith as Vice President of Business Development

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:04:23 GMT

TRU Staffing Partners, an award-winning search firm representing talent and opportunities in e-discovery and cybersecurity, today announces the addition of Pete Smith as vice president of business development.

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Bold Legal LLC Welcomes Alessandro Sacerdoti to Team

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Alessandro ("Sandro") Sacerdoti has joined Bold Legal LLC as an attorney in its Corporate Law practice. Sacerdoti brings wide-ranging expertise in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions.

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Evolve IP Acquires Arizona-Based Cloud Services Provider Azzaron, Inc

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:09:57 GMT

Provider of Cloud Computing Services for Veterinary, Construction and Legal Markets Joins Inc. 500|5000 Cloud Services Company

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TRU Staffing Partners Founder and CEO to Speak at Enfuse 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:49:28 GMT

TRU Staffing Partners, an award-winning search firm representing talent and opportunities in cybersecurity and e-discovery, today announces Jared Coseglia, founder and CEO of the company, will be presenting at Enfuse 2017 taking place May 22-25 in Las...

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Miller & Wynn, P.C. Adds Patricia Roy to Expand its Offerings in Business Litigation

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:58:48 GMT

West Georgia Firm also specializes in Personal Injury & Criminal Defense

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Arnstein & Lehr Annual Advanced EB-5 Seminar

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:13:39 GMT

WHAT: As Congress prepares to overhaul the EB-5 visa program, Arnstein & Lehr is hosting its annual EB-5 Seminar on Friday, June 9, to discuss the future of the EB-5 industry.

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Qualmet and ACC Legal Operations to Deliver Webcast to the Legal Community

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:03:13 GMT

Product demo to showcase Qualmet's newly launched platform designed to measure the value of external legal service providers

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Bold Legal LLC Joins the Pledge 1% Movement, Makes Commitment to Integrated Philanthropy

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Bold Legal LLC announced today that it has joined Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business.

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AccessLex Institute To Serve as Title Sponsor of National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.'s Outreach Events

Fri, 12 May 2017 07:47:58 GMT

National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. is pleased to announce that AccessLex Institute will become the title sponsor of its upcoming 2017 diversity pipeline outreach events.

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Advanced Discovery Solutions Expert to Speak at Atlanta Chapter Meeting for Women in eDiscovery

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:15:46 GMT

EVENT: Women in eDiscovery Atlanta Chapter Meeting WHO: Dkeith Wilson, senior vice president, solutions from Advanced Discovery will be a presenter along with Michael Sarlo from HaystackID.

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Paper Software Adds Enhanced Proofreading and Editing Capabilities to Contract Creation Tools

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:00:12 GMT

Paper Software, developers of powerful applications for creating and analyzing contracts on Mac and PC, today announces updates to Contract Tools and Turner that make reviewing contracts easier and more accurate than ever before.

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Women In eDiscovery™ Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:57:06 GMT

Women in eDiscovery, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization that brings together women interested in technology related to the legal profession, announced today the celebration of its 10-year anniversary.

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Edify Reinvents How Professional Advisors Acquire New Clients

Sun, 07 May 2017 21:26:24 GMT

Online Platform Enables Experts Across Spectrum of Industries to Deliver their Services Via Direct One-on-One Video Chat

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Bold Legal LLC Completes Founder's Roster with Adria M. Dillon

Thu, 04 May 2017 23:27:45 GMT

Bold Legal LLC's daring approach to superior transactional legal service, as well as wise business and financial counsel is resonating with Colorado entrepreneurs and established businesses.

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Yerra Solutions is #5 in Best Employers in Switzerland 2017 Ranking in its Size Category

Thu, 04 May 2017 19:36:54 GMT

Companies of all industries and sizes participated in this benchmarking research by the Great Place to Work Institute assessing their culture and attractiveness as an employer

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Father of FSU star shot with AK-47 style weapon

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:49:44 GMT

Father of FSU star Travis Rudolph fatally shot in neck with AK-47 assault rifle

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Spohrer Dodd paralegal named second vice president for local chapter of Paralegal Assoc.of FL

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:41:30 GMT

Sarah Shedlarski will begin serving in the new board position in June

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Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC Announces Exciting Changes to the Firm

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:57:02 GMT

Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC is strengthening its commitment to serving the Charlotte area and is proud to announce that Katie C. Clary has become a named partner and Kimberly R. Matthews has joined the firm.

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Hollywood puts a Hit on Phillip Moscato Jr

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:33:13 GMT

Netflix purchases alleged Mobster Movie Mistake for $105 Million

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TRU Staffing Partners Announces 2017 Scholarship Program Recipients

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:16:43 GMT

TRU Staffing Partners, an award-winning search firm representing talent and opportunities in e-discovery and cybersecurity, today announces the recipients of the highly sought-after 2017 scholarships for legal technology training and education.

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Lawyers Diary and Manual Introduces New Mobile App

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:10:47 GMT

Attorneys save time by keeping critical information at their fingertips, whether in the office or on the go

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Six Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Honored Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:20:21 GMT

The Texas trial and appellate law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC, is pleased to announce that six of its Dallas attorneys have been selected to the 2017 list of D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas.

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Advanced Discovery eDiscovery Expert and Relativity Master to Speak at Relativity Fest London

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:37:01 GMT

Annual conference designed to educate and connect the eDiscovery community in Europe

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Innovative Computing Systems Will Host Webinar on Efficient Workflows and Intelligent Integration

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:33:17 GMT

Innovative Computing Systems, a Los Angeles-based legal technology company, will co-host a free webinar titled "Efficient Workflows and Intelligent Integration: cleanDocs and iManage Share" along with DocsCorp.

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LawBase President to Attend MTMP Spring Conference 2017

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:06:17 GMT

LawBase, the leading case and matter management system designed to increase productivity, today announces the company will be in attendance at the Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) 2017 Conference taking place April 26-28, 2017, at the Wynn Hotel, Las...

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Susan D. Kronick Wins 2017 South Florida Woman of Vision Award

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:24:08 GMT

Arnstein & Lehr LLP is proud to have presented its 2017 South Florida Woman of Vision award to Susan D. Kronick for her considerable contributions to our community.

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EDRM and Duke Law Announce 2017 E-Discovery Workshop Agenda

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:07:06 GMT

Working Groups to Focus on TAR, Analytics and Cross-Border E-Discovery

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EDRM and Duke Law Offer Security Audit Education

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:19:29 GMT

Webinar Session to Provide Practical Training on EDRM Security Audit Questionnaire

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InOutsource Welcomes Tim Clauss as Information Governance Implementation Manager

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:58:01 GMT

InOutsource, an industry-leading global legal consulting firm, today announced that information governance expert Tim Clauss has joined its staff.

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'Unauthorised' CEO Americas Magazine confirmed by The CEO Magazine

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:24:01 GMT

CEO Americas Magazine operating 'without any affiliation whatsoever' to iconic global publication, The CEO Magazine.

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