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Lawyerist Podcast : #340: Growing Big by Going Small, with Deena Buchanan

Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab member Deena Buchanan shares what she did in her firm to get things rolling and growing in no time.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to LEX Reception, Rankings.io, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #339: Nail Your Branding & Get More Clients, with Erik Pelton

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab member Erik Pelton shares his experience with sprucing up his branding and how that helped with his client acquisition process.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Clio, Postali, Rankings.io, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Coaching to Success

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:00:00 +0000

From the football field to the boardroom, talent development expert Ben Murphy has learned a few moves critical to building a motivated and productive team.

Host Christopher Anderson and Murphy discuss how law firms can better hire, train, motivate and retain a team.

Murphy explains why 56% of executives fail within 18 months of being hired and how to avoid these common pitfalls. He also details how managers can effectively manage a team working remotely and manage across generational divides.

Ben Murphy is vice president of Titus Talent Strategies.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Scorpion, Lawclerk, Alert Communications and LawYaw.

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The Legal Toolkit : The Robot “Takeover”; Law Firm Productivity; and “Balls Deep”

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:00 +0000

There are decades of entertainment based on the inevitable AI apocalypse, but…is it really all that inevitable? Maybe, just maybe, robots are only here to help you. Think WALL-E—not Ultron—and tune in for Jared’s take on the importance of embracing AI in your legal practice. (1:50)

Next up, lawyers need simple, collaborative tools to do their best work. Jared talks with Mat Rotenberg about his top tips for removing burdens that hinder productivity and using automation to cultivate a better workplace. (8:22)

And, this time on the Rump Roast, Jared and Mat play “Balls Deep”. . . and we’ll just let you find out what that’s all about. (23:03)

Mathew Rotenberg is the CEO and co-founder of Dashboard Legal.


In honor of Ringo Starr's 81st birthday, here’s a playlist featuring songs from lesser bandmates - and, they're still pretty damn good!


Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is Normal People by M O K.  Check out his album Kids Table on Spotify.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Poems from the Supreme Court

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:26:16 +0000

Harbani Ahuja from ICAAD (The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination) turns Supreme Court decisions into poems without writing a word. How does she do it? Why does she do it? Tune in to find out!

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : For this lawyer, becoming more flexible was a benefit of the pandemic

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Patrick Krill, a lawyer who has a consulting business focused on addiction, mental health and well-being in the legal profession, left all social media, except LinkedIn, during the COVID-19 pandemic. He did it for his own mental health and says any business development benefits that came from Twitter or Facebook were not worth the trade-off.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Legal Talk Today : GoFundMe's Border Wall

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 15:38:43 +0000

Governor Abbott wants to complete the border wall with a combination of redirected state funds and private contributions. Normally the Federal Government finances projects like that but when it decides not to, is Texas allowed to step in? Professor Eugene R. Fidell from New York University Law School joins us to answer that question plus much more.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The Legal Issues Surrounding Homelessness

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

In cities across our nation, homelessness is an ongoing problem. According to the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, completed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development prior to COVID, roughly 580,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020.  This represented the fourth consecutive year in which homelessness increased nationwide.

The severity of this problem has led to high profile conflicts on how to address the crisis. In April of this year, US federal judge David O. Carter issued a 110 page order necessitating the city and county of Los Angeles to find shelter for all unhoused residents of Skid Row, as well as requiring an audit of any spending related to the homeless.  Alleging that Judge Carter's ruling is a violation of the separation of powers, the city and county appealed the matter to the 9th Circuit, who heard arguments this month.

So, how do we combat homelessness? And is enough being done by city officials? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by professor Gary Blasi, from UCLA School of Law and Breanne Schuster, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, as they discuss the legal issues surrounding homelessness, separation of powers, current legislation, and what is being done to combat this nationwide problem.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #338: Reframing Your Client Experience, with Spencer Keys

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Labster Spencer Keys shares with us what he has done to make sure his firm stays client centered.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to DK Global, TextExpander, Postali, and Rankings.io for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : House Arrest!

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:15:14 +0000

The Democratic side of the Texas Legislature escapes to DC while Republicans plot revenge. It seems no one is trying to make friends. What will happen next? Professor Randall Erben from the University of Texas School of Law walks us through this parliamentary predicament.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Clients Need To Mind Their Own Business About Returning To The Office

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Jones Day continues to be a black box -- let's break that open. Morgan Stanley is urging its outside counsel to get back to the office. To what extent do clients get to dictate how law firms run their business? And we talk about cruise lines suing Florida and a Catholic school suing Michigan claiming that making schoolchildren wear masks is sacrilegious, which seems like a stretch.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Can the raucous history of Chicago's lakefront teach us how to preserve land for public use?

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Chicago's lakefront with its parks, museums, beaches and public spaces is an accident of history. But can we take lessons from that history to create sustainable and environmentally responsible public spaces? Joseph D. Kearney and Thomas W. Merrill look at the political, commercial and legal wrangling–some of which involved very strange bedfellows–that led to the development of lakefront land and its preservation for public use in their new book, Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago.

 
From the enigmatic Aaron Montgomery Ward, who amassed a massive fortune that funded his legal battles to keep the lake views from his flagship store, to the rapscallion "Captain" George Wellington Streeter, whose squad of armed squatters long held the land that now forms the neighborhood of Streeterville, Kearney and Merrill share the backstories of a number of the historical figures who helped make the Chicago lakefront what it is today. They also dig into one of the city's most ambitious engineering projects: reversing the flow of the Chicago River to carry its sewage away from Lake Michigan–to the dismay of the cities downstream.
 
Quirks of urban history and competing public and private interests led to landmark cases which created legal doctrines still in use today. And the legal wrangling is far from over; in recent years, a Star Wars museum proposed by George Lucas and the presidential library of Barack Obama have both run into lawsuits over how lakefront land can be used and developed.
 

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Kearney and Merrill discuss the shenanigans that ultimately gave the city and the state of Illinois one of its most priceless parcels of land and preserves it for public use. They also discuss how they envision other local, state and federal entities could use some of this history when designing land use regulations and protecting resources for public use.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : How one bankruptcy software company had a banner year despite filings hitting a low

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:59:00 +0000

When COVID-19 began hitting the United States hard in spring 2020, Janine Sickmeyer was among those in the bankruptcy world who thought that there would be a tsunami of cases. But contrary to the prognostications of many, the influx of bankruptcy matters never materialized.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Alert Communications and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Leggo my Crypto!

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:35:42 +0000

Kraken, a cryptocurrency exchange, was forced by a court to provide user lists to the IRS. But, without probable cause and a warrant, isn’t that a violation of the 4th Amendment for traders not currently under investigation? Donna F. Hartl and Jake Nicholson from the law firm of Roetzel & Andress join us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Trump vs. Social Media

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:01:51 +0000

Our 200th Episode! Former President Donald Trump files a class action lawsuit against the world’s biggest social media companies. Does that mean we will lose Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube? Ken White (of Popehat) returns to Ken-Splain.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Does it Take 10,000 Hours to Become a Legal Tech Expert?

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Are there good ways to develop your legal technology expertise in a hurry? Well, Dennis and Tom’s short answer is no, but don’t let that get you down! Tune in for their tips and resources for building your knowledge base and gaining a greater understanding of the ever-expanding relationship between technology and law. 

This time on “Hot or Not?”, the guys examine asynchronous audio/video tools and offer their take on this tech’s practicality in the workplace. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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The Paralegal Voice : Paralegal Pathways: Legal Operations

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:49:36 +0000

As part of a continuing effort to show the different career paths open to paralegals, host Carl Morrison welcomes a fellow legal operations expert to share his backstory.

Tom Stephenson, legal operations manager at Teladoc Health, shares his career trajectory from paralegal in private practice, legal tech consultant to the head of legal operations. 

Stephenson and Morrison discuss the increasing value of legal operations in helping legal teams run more efficiently and make better decisions.

Tom Stephenson is head of legal operations at Teladoc Health.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA, ServeNow, and CourtFiling.net.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #337: Establishing Systems for Your Firm, with Valentina Rose

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Labster Valentina Rose shares about how systems and technology she put in place have helped propel her firm forward.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Rocket Matter, Rankings.io, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : The Greatest Legal Research Hack

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 16:50:38 +0000

What can you do if you don't have the law on your side? Have you considered telling the judge that legal research is an insult to you both? Because that's what one of the lawyers in the various Trump election suits tried. The judge didn't go for it. Meanwhile, the big man himself is searching for lawyers around Mar-a-Lago and this gets Joe wondering how regular folks find lawyers these days. Kathryn fills us in on a reality TV personality turned lawyer who has joined the Biden administration. And apparently everyone is still attacking Joe in other publications.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Climate Disclosures?!

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:38:44 +0000

Nation leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England discussed the possibility of mandating certain “climate disclosures” on the financial reports of their nation's corporations. Does that mean American Corporations will be subject to foreign regulations on their home exchanges and how much could compliance cost? Jacob Hupart from the Mintz law firm joins us to answer those questions.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Financial Wellness (Part 2)

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:26:51 +0000

In this part two of two, Sonia continues her conversation with Ravi Ramanathan and Mathew Kerbis about financial health. In this episode, they discuss what you need to consider before refinancing your student loans, the recommended savings everyone should have, and whether or not the Nintendo Switch can save you money. {hint} ... It’s about less subscriptions and more Mario.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Financial Wellness (Part 1)

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:09:27 +0000

In this part one of two, Sonia Russo is joined by her friend and unofficial financial advisor Ravi Ramanathan as well as our financial wellness segment host Mathew Kerbis to talk about ways to become and remain financially healthy (even early in your career). Among the many topics of discussion are higher cost of living, managing student loans, and living within your means. {hint}  ... It’s either brunch or property.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : You Down With CPCs?

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 06:01:00 +0000

In the news, market consolidation continues with Litify’s purchase of LegalStratus. And the guys discuss Ohio’s recent short-sighted decision to roll back lawyer advertising by banning competitive brand bidding. 

Gyi and Conrad have more schooling to do when it comes to lawyer ad regulation. But first, the two create a glossary of online ad payment types: CPC, CPM, CPL, and CPA. Listen carefully. There may be a quiz down the line.

In a new segment, “Dear State Bar Regulator,” Gyi appeals to bar regulators in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina to revisit rules that put lawyers at a competitive disadvantage in modern law practice. 

Gyi and Conrad invite reviews of #LHLM, even from bar leaders who may never again invite them to speak at a conference. 

Special thanks to our sponsors Alert Communications, LexisNexis® InterAction®, LawYaw and Clio.

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The Legal Toolkit : Document Management; Kara Vaval’s Unconventional Legal Career; and “What Would ‘Florida Man’ Do?”

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Jared’s got a long list of how law firms’ poorly manage documents, and, well, maybe you’re no better. Tune in for his advice on how to manage your law firm files the right way. (1:44)

Next, Kara Vaval seriously debunks the myth that lawyers have to choose career over family, sharing how her unique life experiences motivated her to overhaul her goals and create a flexible, lucrative legal career. (9:34)

And, finally, lots of crazy shit happens in Florida, so Jared turned the “Florida Man” meme into a game! Find out whether Kara can tell which news stories actually feature a true “Florida Man.” (31:30)

Kara Vaval is an author, keynote speaker, business development coach, and the President of Vaval Law, a personal injury law firm.  Check out Jared's recent appearance on Kara's podcast here.


Since we shouted out our peeps in Christmas, Florida, we figure maybe it’s time for some Christmas in July. So here’s our early Christmas list!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4VOcsU4ONqqvLkB0fEET3N?si=ef02604faa0c456d


Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is Epic Week Abroad by Sam Barsh.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

 

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Legal Talk Today : Reckless but not Violent

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:48:19 +0000

The Supreme Court gave the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) an update with a recent decision but where does that leave state criminal laws? Will our streets become more dangerous? Professor Douglas Berman from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law returns to do a lot of law-splainin’.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : The SOLACE Program — Helping Michigan’s Legal Professionals and Law Students

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000

If a crisis has affected you or someone you know in the legal community, the State Bar of Michigan wants to help! Their newly implemented SOLACE Program offers support in the event of a catastrophic illness, accident, or event; and this help is available to all legal professionals and law students in Michigan. On Balance hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Molly Ranns welcome Bruce Courtade and Rob Mathis to discuss how this program operates and how Michigan’s legal community can learn more and get involved in the SOLACE network.

Bruce Courtade is an attorney at Rhoades McKee and a former president of the State Bar of Michigan. 

Robert Mathis is the pro bono service counsel for the State Bar of Michigan.

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Legal Talk Today : Giuliani’s Suspension

Fri, 09 Jul 2021 18:25:27 +0000

Lawyers are expected to go to great lengths to represent their client’s interests. But what is actually required of them and when does zealous advocacy go too far? Stacie Rosenzweig from Halling & Cayo joins us to talk about Rudy Giuliani’s suspension and what we can learn from it.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Rights of Nature & the Law

Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

The Declaration of Independence famously states "that all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”. But do those or similar unalienable rights extend beyond people? According to groups like the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, our ecosystem - the trees, oceans, animals and mountains - are entitled to rights of their own.

So was the Declaration of Independence too limited in its language? Does nature have its own “self-evident” rights? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, an attorney at Shearwater Law PLLC, to discuss what rights we have to access nature, whether there is a requirement for the government to preserve nature for us, and if we have any legal rights to force the preservation of other species.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #336: Dream Without Limitations: Rethink Your Strategy, with Ryan McKeen

Thu, 08 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lab coach Ryan McKeen about the components of a business strategy and how to put one together to create a firm you’re proud of. 

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Lawmatics, Postali, Rankings.io, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Can Unions Demand Access to Your Property?

Wed, 07 Jul 2021 19:07:28 +0000

Cedar Point Nursery vs. Hassid is a Supreme Court case that determines if property owners can be forced to let union bosses into their businesses to negotiate with their employees against them? Ilya Shapiro from the CATO Institute returns to guide us through the analysis. 

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Supremely Disappointing

Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000

The SCOTUS Term is over and so is any remotely text-based interpretation of the Voting Rights Act. Justice Alito pulled off a smooth rewriting of the statute with nary a peep from his textualist colleagues. It looks like this is going to be our future for a while. And it's a future that will apparently include Justice Breyer who appears to have locked in to staying on the Court, all common sense aside. Speaking of common sense, how much money might you sacrifice to have work from home flexibility? For most of you out there, it's a lot.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Do we need to rethink how we handle classified leaks?

Wed, 07 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000

As the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers case approached, First Amendment scholars Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone knew they wanted to mark the occasion somehow.

Much has changed since RAND Corporation employee Daniel Ellsberg decided spend weeks photocopying some 7,000 pages of a classified report on the war in Vietnam and sneaking them out via his briefcase to be published by the New York Times and the Washington Post. For one thing, since 2011, the complete report has been made available to the public by the National Archives. For another, it has become both easier to download and spirit away classified information, and easier to use digital trails to identify any leakers.

In the digital age, should we still be using the Pentagon Papers case as precedent, and how should we approach modern examples of leakers like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Reality Winner? Bollinger and Stone gathered together about 30 experts in the fields of national security, journalism and academia to tackle the questions raised by 50 years of post-Pentagon Papers jurisprudence.

The commission's report and essays from the various contributors were compiled into the book National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Bollinger and Stone discuss their experience working on the project, the developments they found most surprising, and some of the best practices suggested by the commission.

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Litigation Radio : Presidential Impeachment Trials

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 18:02:11 +0000

Congressman Jamie Raskin joins Dave Scriven-Young to give us a behind-the-scenes tour of what a Presidential Impeachment trial looks like as they discuss the last efforts from the House of Representatives to impeach former President Donald J. Trump.

Stay tuned for Darryl Wilson’s tips on artificial intelligence and the legal issues that may arise.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : How New Technology is Changing Marine Loss Claims

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 14:30:00 +0000

John Gow and Craig Sylvester from expert service provider Jensen Hughes discuss how the latest technologies are impacting marine loss claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, AM Best Company, Best’s Insurance Professional Resources, including Qualified Member attorneys, adjusters and expert service providers.john

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Legal Talk Today : Future of Telehealth

Mon, 05 Jul 2021 14:57:32 +0000

Out-of-state Doctors are remote-treating patients in Arizona. But what are the limitations and will this actually be the future of medicine? Professor Katharine Van Tassel from Case Western Reserve University School of Law walks us through it.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Declaration of Independence

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:12:03 +0000

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend with pomp, parade, and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other... Happy 4th of July!

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The Un-Billable Hour : Herding Cats

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 14:07:10 +0000

Close to leaving the profession she worked so hard to join, Giugi Carminati realized what was missing: Legal project management.

But there was a problem. By their very natures, lawyers are resistant to the methods and processes that make legal project management most effective.

Carminati and host Christopher Anderson talk about how legal project management is slowly being adopted and embraced in the legal profession. Carminati explains how this change in management can help firms retain women and lawyers of color before they get fed up and flee.

Giugi Carminati is an experienced litigator and certified Legal Project Manager and eDiscovery Director for NDH, LLC.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Scorpion, Lawclerk, Alert Communications and LawYaw.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Don’t Make Me Go Back to the Office!

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Not everyone is thrilled about going back to the office, but it seems that more and more businesses are setting dates for their employees’ required return. This begs the question – should employers be able to demand their workers’ physical presence? Dennis and Tom talk through the many issues at play here, and whether we ever can (or should) get things “back to normal.” 

This time on “Hot or Not?”, Dennis and Tom give an update on their Second Brain projects, sharing their individual progress and the notable ways they’ve been implementing their chosen tech. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : A Conversation with Sylvia Borunda Firth—Your New State Bar of Texas President

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000

Sylvia Borunda Firth has been sworn in as the new president of the State Bar of Texas! Host Rocky Dhir welcomes Sylvia to discuss her hopes for the presidency, particularly her passion for diversity and inclusion. As the first Hispanic woman and first person from El Paso to ascend to the presidency, Sylvia discusses her unique campaign path, the importance of these “firsts” and the progress they represent, and then also zeros in on two specific issues: her hopes to tackle the problem of “legal deserts” in the state, and her thoughts on McDonald et al v. Sorrels et al and why a mandatory state bar is good for Texas lawyers. 

Sylvia Borunda Firth is a solo practitioner in El Paso, Texas and State Bar of Texas President for 2021-22.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #335: 5 Traits of Future Firm Leaders, with Mike Howard

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Labster Mike Howard talks about how he is using the traits we teach in The Small Firm Roadmap to grow and improve his criminal defense firm. 

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Termageddon, TextExpander, Postali, and  Rankings.io for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Amazon’s Trojan Horse is Alive!

Wed, 30 Jun 2021 19:12:04 +0000

What is “Amazon Sidewalk” and does it come in peace? Professor Bryant Walker Smith from the University of South Carolina School of Law joins us to explain how Jeff Bezos turned our home wifi into his free network using our smart devices. How does it work? What does it do? Tune in to find out!

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Paralegal Voice : Job Growth Alert: Paralegals In Demand

Wed, 30 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000

The National Association of Legal Assistants is seeing record registration numbers for its second all-virtual annual meeting in July. 

NALA CEO Vanessa Finley joins host Jill Francisco to preview this year’s catalog of hot topics, standards, and certification courses. And Finley explains how to register to attend public events for free. 

At its July meeting, courses cover a range of trending issues – qualified immunity and immigration law – to practical skills, such as case planning with Agile or Scrum, how to write appellate briefs, and avoiding the unauthorized practice of law.

On the topic of UPL, Finley and Fransisco discuss how the regulatory landscape is changing when it comes to who can deliver legal services. Opening markets in as many as 17 states is leading to increased demand and expanded roles for paralegals. This is especially the case for limited licensed legal technicians and document preparers, Finley explains. 

Vanessa Finley is chief executive officer of the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA, ServeNow, CourtFiling.net and Legalinc.

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@theBar : The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion Edition

Wed, 30 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000

In this edition, guest host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by public relations and legal marketing expert Debra Pickett of Page 2 Communications for a discussion about how lawyers can shift their mindset from lawyer to entrepreneur and embrace the art of shameless self-promotion to build their book of business.

Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : So, You're Saying Billing To Non-Existent Matters Is Frowned Upon?

Wed, 30 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Joe and Kathryn welcome Chris Williams, the newest writer to the Above the Law staff, to discuss the latest Above the Law law school rankings. Chris's alma mater tied with Harvard this year and we discuss the ATL model and how it comes up with these numbers. We also discuss last week's biggest story: an associate who billed for over a year to a closed matter. Yikes.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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The Legal Toolkit : Growing Up Quickly; Law Firm Spring Cleaning; and “How Minnesota is That”

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Can you recall the moment your childhood ended?  Jared does.  For him, it all dates back to a fateful day in 1986. (1:50)

Next, Jess Birken of the Birken Law Office joins Jared to share the best tips for “spring cleaning” your law firm. Tune in to learn how to eliminate the waste holding you back. (9:16)

And finally, we find out what makes Minnesota so unique.  (Duck, Duck, Gray Duck?  What is that mess about?). (25:27)


Every good “spring clean” needs a good soundtrack, so check out these inspirational tunes and get motivated!

Spotify playlist!


Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is August by Dario Benedetti.

Special thanks to our sponsors TimeSolv, Clio, Scorpion, and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Defunding Cash Bail

Mon, 28 Jun 2021 17:45:11 +0000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon introduces Special Directive 20-06 which curtails the use of cash bail for certain types of crime. So what are those offenses and what happens when offenders are instantly allowed back on the streets? Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee from Los Angeles County joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : Saying yes has been part of this law school dean’s strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mon, 28 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

As the dean of Pennsylvania State University's law school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and at a time of significant social unrest, Hari Osofsky tried to say yes whenever possible. Leadership involves taking in a variety of viewpoints, she explains, and recognizing what students, professors and administration want is a good way to guarantee people that they are being heard.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Legal Talk Today : California vs. Texas

Fri, 25 Jun 2021 16:36:15 +0000

The Affordable Care Act survived another Supreme Court challenge in ‘California vs. Texas’. But what was actually resolved and what does that mean for future challenges to Obama Care? Aron Solomon from Esquire Digital law-splains.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : SCOTUS & Religious Freedom

Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000

The Supreme Court has seen a number of religious freedom cases so far in 2021. In a 5-4 ruling in Tandon v. Newsom, the high court struck down COVID-related restrictions on group religious activities in private homes. Also, in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a case involving a Catholic group that objects to placing foster children with same-sex couples, SCOTUS ruled that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it froze the contract of the Catholic Foster Care Agency.

So, did the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett impact these religious freedom cases? Do these decisions set any sort of precedent for future cases? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Professor Jim Oleske from Lewis & Clark Law School, to discuss SCOTUS & religious freedom, focusing on the shadow docket, the rulings stemming from COVID restrictions, and the impact these rulings will have on future cases centered around religion.

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The Digital Edge : The Southern Poverty Law Center: A View From the Inside

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:28:00 +0000

Known nationwide for her technology and legal management expertise, Natalie Kelly has recently brought her skills to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help them modernize their legal department operations. Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk with Natalie about her new role and the work done by the center to advance civil rights and racial justice. Natalie discusses the technology used to help the center refresh its operations, highlights her focus on promoting collaboration, and gives an overview of how the center’s practice areas work to advance human rights.

Natalie Kelly is the director of legal management for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications and Nota.

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New Solo : A Listener's Guide to the New Solo Back Catalog

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Guest: Dean Blachford just hanged his solo shingle eight weeks ago. But he didn’t jump into solo practice blind. Instead, he reviewed New Solo’s back catalog and sought advice from host Adriana Linares.

He joins Linares to share his crash course on striking out on his own.

Five Categories of Must-Listen Episodes: 

5) Inspirations from famous people

4) Building a marketing plan 

3) Planning for proper financial management

2) Nailing down a collections strategy

1) Best of New Solos 

Blachford’s Tech Stack:

  • Microsoft Teams for team meetings and video conferencing 
  • Microsoft Word and Excel for planning and collaboration
  • Hubspot for contact relationship management
  • RingCentral to manage business calls
  • Clio for ease of clerk and client use
  • LawPay for client payment flexibility

New Insights (brought to you by Nota):

  • Veteran practitioner Starlett Massey answers litigation associate Melanie Kalmanson’s question:
  • Question 2 of 4: "What is the most underutilized tool in litigation?"

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #334: Carrying your Client’s Trauma, with Sherry Walling

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lab coach Kelly Street is talking with therapist Sherry Walling about what it looks like to carry your client’s trauma.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to DK Global, Rankings.io, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Elder Fraud on the Rise

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:53:55 +0000

COVID’s isolation plus reliance on new technology left our senior citizens more vulnerable to fraudsters. But how can we stop these criminals? Josh Jones from Bressler Aimery & Ross gives us tips and information.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Supreme Court Treats NCAA Like Amateurs

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

The NCAA's amateurism model got obliterated 9-0 by the Supreme Court, with a concurrence inviting more lawsuits to tear the whole thing down. Meanwhile raises continue throughout the legal world and we grapple with whether or not we're contributing to a culture of greed. Finally, the Kraken lawyers face a reckoning not seen since Perseus pulled out Medusa's head.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Summer reading and a book coming to the silver screen

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Summer is upon us, vaccinations are making travel safer, and you may be looking forward to getting some leisure reading done. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, host Lee Rawles shares some of the books she’s read since our favorites reads of 2020 episode. We are also re-airing a 2017 interview we did with David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. A film adaptation of the book is currently in production, with Martin Scorsese directing and Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemmons and Lily Gladstone featured as actors. Check out the interview before the movie's expected release in 2022.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

The Premonition, by Michael Lewis

 
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, by Carol Burnett
 
The Second World War, by Anthony Beevor
 
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, by Anthony Beevor
 
A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: A Cultural History of Murder in Ancient Rome, by Emma Southon
 
The Pacific War Trilogy by Ian W. Toll
 
- Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942
 
- The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
 
- Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
 
The Romanovs: 1613-1918, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
 
500 Miles from You, by Jenny Colgan
 
Scottish Bookshop series by Jenny Colgan
 
Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Pricing to Get Hired: Bridging the Gap Between Lawyers & Clients

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 06:01:00 +0000

The latest news about Google’s update to Core Web Vitals has led to a flurry of opportunistic emails from SEO companies offering their services to “fix” problem points for firms. Gyi and Conrad offer some reassurance, buyer beware tips, and what to focus on with this latest Google rollout. 

Their predictions for further market consolidations hit the mark again, this time with news of the acquisition of SEO industry leader Moz by IContact Marketing Corp. Rounding out the news, they explain what’s new about Google’s new tool, Search Console Insights.

Diving deeper into Clio’s information-rich Legal Trends Report, Gyi and Conrad welcome Friend of the Podcast George Psiharis to talk about lawyer hireability and the disconnect between what lawyers think clients want and what clients say they want from their lawyers.

The three discuss how the disconnect makes sense but how fixing the issues isn’t necessarily so simple.

Special thanks to our sponsors Alert Communications, LexisNexis® InterAction®, LawYaw and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Is Google a Public Utility?

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:29:09 +0000

Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit to turn Google into a public utility so it can be regulated as a common carrier. This might sound far out but Ohio’s unique law gives them legal grounds to try it. But what does all this mean?  Harold Feld from Public Knowledge gives us the skinny.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Mental health problems have long been a prevalent issue amongst both law students and practicing lawyers, but have things gotten better as the profession has sought to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding these concerns? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Patrick Krill for a broad discussion on legal field mental health and his extensive research and work in this area. Patrick offers invaluable perspectives on how to be in tune with your own mental health and how to seek help when you need it. 

Patrick Krill is an attorney, licensed and board-certified alcohol and drug counselor, author, researcher, and advocate who has spearheaded numerous groundbreaking efforts to improve mental health in the legal profession.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Legal Talk Today : The Northwest Angle

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:05:52 +0000

What happens when you are surrounded by Canada and water during COVID-19? If you’re an American living in Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, you get cut off from civilization. So how did everyone survive? Brad Dokken from the Grand Forks Herald tells us about this true-life "Tale of Two Lakes".

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Ransomware Attacks & Cybersecurity

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

We have all seen a wave of ransomware attacks in the news as of late. For those who are unfamiliar, ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to publish, destroy, or block access to the victim's personal data unless a ransom is paid. The ransom is usually paid to these attackers through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, impairing the ability to trace the transaction back to the perpetrator. Targets of all sizes, such as the Colonial Pipeline, McDonalds, the University of California, all the way down to dental practices, have fallen prey to these attacks. No one is immune.

So could you be next? And what can we do to prevent these attacks from happening to us?  On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Thomas J. Holt, director and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : 20 Tips in 20 Minutes!

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Looking for some simple ways to make life just a little bit better? Dennis and Tom challenge themselves to fire through 20 simple technology-related tips in just 20 minutes, from useful shortcut commands, to favorite apps, to smarter tech habits, and more! 

On “Hot or Not?”, they discuss whether making cell phone calls is really useful or necessary in this day and age and what types of issues still exist in regard to network reliability. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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Digital Detectives : Why Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Law Firms Get a Failing Grade in Cybersecurity

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000

No lawyer wants a failing grade, but the fact that nearly one-third of law firms have experienced a data breach makes it apparent that cybersecurity preparedness needs some major work. Focusing specifically on smaller law firms, Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome Tom Lambotte to discuss why lawyers fail to adequately protect themselves and what they should do to bring their cybersecurity measures up to scratch.

Check out Tom’s Stupid Simple Security Tips blog for quick & easy insights on protecting your data. 

Tom Lambotte is the founder and CEO of Security+ and GlobalMac IT.

Special thanks to our sponsors CaseFleet and PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #333: The Mindset Needed to Level up Your Firm, with Kelly Street

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lab coaches Kelly Street and Stephanie Everett share their best tips and insights to help level up your business for greater success.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Postali, Rankings.io, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Snapchat’s Speed Filter

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:42:42 +0000

Did Snapchat’s Speed Filter cause a fatal high speed accident and if so does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protect it from liability? Associate Dean and Professor Eric Goldman from the Santa Clara University School of Law walks us through the lawsuit filed against the social media company by parents who lost their children.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Associate Pay Jumps To $205K

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Biglaw firms are furiously matching salary increases this week, and Joe and Kathryn walk through the latest announcements, how we got here, the impact across the country, and the fate of the whiny corporate clients out there. This episode doesn't have a cash register sound effect, which is really a shame and Joe takes full responsibility for this oversight.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : A new evidence management tool aims to help public defenders process video and audio

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Devshi Mehrotra and her classmate Leslie Jones-Dove, who was also passionate about criminal justice reform, contacted local public defenders in the Chicago area to see how the two technologists could potentially be of help. They responded by developing a technology platform known as JusticeText, an AI-powered evidence management tool primarily geared toward public defenders.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Alert Communications and Nota.

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The Legal Toolkit : Authenticity; Marketing the Real You; and Darian Kovacs’ Marketing Jam Podcast

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 08:00:00 +0000

A whole lot of lawyers are trying to be something they’re not, but Jared thinks you all really ought to cut the crap. The truth is, marketing yourself as some unapproachable superlawyer isn’t going to get you nearly as far with clients as just being yourself. (1:56)

Building on this theme, Jared welcomes Darian Kovacs to discuss ways to develop your online authenticity by telling your story, your way. They chat about compelling marketing tactics to employ on a number of platforms, including Google My Business, YouTube, blogs, newsletters, and more. (8:13)

This time on the Rump Roast, the interview continues! Jared asks Darian about his unique experiences as a podcaster and what led to his Marketing Jam podcast getting picked up by Amazon Prime (27:20). 

Darian Kovacs is a founding partner of Jelly Digital Marketing and PR Agency.

Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is Take Me Home, by Adrian Walther

 

Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Tech Fiction’s Future Law (Part 2)

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 22:29:19 +0000

In this part two of two, Sonia Russo talks with Hema Lochan who participated in the American Bar Association’s Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition. Together, they discuss her short story ‘F(A.I.)LED US’ which is about the unintended consequences for using artificial intelligence (instead of a lawyer) in a future criminal justice system. Stay tuned for the Financial Wellness Minute when contributor Mathew Kerbis discusses how and why everyone should keep an inventory for future insurance claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Tech Fiction’s Future Law (Part 1)

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 22:08:48 +0000

In this part one of two, Sonia Russo talks with the winner of the American Bar Association’s Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition, Theresa Yuan, about her winning dystopian-future short story ‘In The Matter of Infinite Monkeys’ and how it cautions against over-trusting predictive algorithms to determine what kind of person a child will become. Can technology really predict a child’s fate? And what happens if it can? Stay tuned for the Financial Wellness Minute when contributor Mathew Kerbis shares the wisdom and rewards for paying your student loans early.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Legal Talk Today : The Great UnMasking

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:58:39 +0000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for taking off our masks and relaxing certain social distance protocols associated with COVID-19. In this episode we discuss what workplaces need to consider before they change their policies with Melissa Legault from Squire Patton Boggs.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Building Your Law Firm’s Web Presence

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:55:14 +0000

What do we mean when we talk about web presence, and how exactly can your law firm get it? Hosts Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway welcome legal marketing pro Gyi Tsakalakis to chat about what digital marketing looks like in the current legal landscape. They discuss effective ways to invest in your online presence, how to measure your success, and whether an in-house marketing team or a marketing consultant is right for your firm’s needs. And, after their aerial view, Gyi closes in on some of the specifics of Google marketing and shares why he recommends Wordpress for developing your firm’s website. 

Gyi Tsakalakis is founder of AttorneySync, and as a non-practicing lawyer, he understands the unique considerations of ethically and effectively marketing a law practice online.

 

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Legal Talk Today : Citizen Sleuths

Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:05:06 +0000

Amateur online investigators have helped police break cold cases wide open but what happens when they go too far? Dr. Sarah Lageson from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice stops by to discuss the ethical and Constitutional concerns as well as the proper way for law enforcement to team up with these arm-chair detectives.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : The Complexity of Rideshare Claims

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000

Attorneys Thomas Brown and Patrick Delong from the law firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin discuss differences between regular automobile cases and rideshare cases and the types of claims that result from them.

Special thanks to our sponsor, AM Best Company, Best’s Insurance Professional Resources, including Qualified Member attorneys, adjusters and expert service providers.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #332: The Modern Lawyer: Ethics and Technology, with Megan Zavieh

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyer, author, and Lawyerist Lab alumna, Megan Zavieh, shares with us what it means to be a modern lawyer and the role ethics and technology play in it all.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to TextExpander, Postali, and Rankings.io for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Greater Idaho

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 18:37:01 +0000

Recent secession efforts aim to add land to Idaho by removing it from other states like Oregon, Washington, and California. But who is heading this movement and why? Is it legal? Will it happen? Professor Norman Williams from Willamette University College of Law joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : FedSoc Babies Won't Stop Whining

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:17:47 +0000

Stanford responded swiftly to the outcry over threatening a law student's graduation because he made jokes about Josh Hawley, but what's not funny is the fact that the people who targeted him will all have high profile clerkships next year. We also discuss Harvard's insistence that students on need-based aid hand over all their summer associate earnings. And there's way more conversation about the phrase "Wet and Wild" than anyone wants.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : 'Vice Patrol' examines how police and courts enforced anti-gay laws before Stonewall

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

A red tie. Manicured nails. Bleached hair. Loafers. The width of a person's hips. These are just a few of the things cited by vice patrol cops as indicators of someone's sexual preferences in the 1930s through the 1960s. In Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle Over Urban Gay Life Before Stonewall, author Anna Lvovsky examines the way that queer communities were policed in the 1930s through the 1960s.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Bedlam Breakdown: Tactical Takeaways

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:01:00 +0000

If your firm recognized Memorial Day on social media, there’s a chance the celebratory language fell flat against the occasion’s solemnity. 

Gyi and Conrad explain how to recognize holidays from a business perspective appropriately.  

Search engine optimization leads the news with the release of The State of Link Building Report 2021, controversy over Google penalizing a firm for link practice relating to a scholarship it provides, and the latest Google Core Update

Confused? Gyi says not to worry and explains the three things you really need to know.

Looming large in the marketing space is the shift to user privacy by the big players, namely Apple, Facebook and Google. Gyi and Conrad chat about what the shift will mean to marketers. Listen for the bottom line on cost and creativity. 

Conrad and Gyi round out the episode with six tactical takeaways from their recent Bedlam legal marketing conference

Topics include conversion and local SEO approaches, the counterintuitive value of no-follow links, and the benefit of testing title tags regularly. 

The world isn’t standing still. Neither should your marketing strategy, they advise. 

Special thanks to our sponsors Alert Communications, LexisNexis® InterAction®, LawYaw and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Naomi Osaka’s Right to Remain Silent

Mon, 07 Jun 2021 17:21:51 +0000

Professional Tennis Star Naomi Osaka recently and surprisingly withdrew from the French Open after she was fined for failing to make her contractually obligated media appearances. If you’ve been following the headlines, you know Naomi had a really good reason for doing this but there’s so much more to the story. Sports lawyer and law professor Darren Heitner returns to the show to tell us all about it.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Paralegal Voice : Distinguishing Diversity from Inclusion

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 20:17:32 +0000

There’s a right way to create a culture of diversity and inclusion and there are countless wrong ways companies and law firms continue to develop failing programs and policies. St. John’s University’s William Murphy tells host Carl Morrison the range from worst reasons to implement (reactionary) to best (making the business case). In between are altruistic or PR-motivated programs doomed to fail. He outlines what makes a successful program and how those programs not only improve culture but increase profits.

William L. Murphy is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NALAServeNowCourtFiling.net and Legalinc.

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Legal Talk Today : South Dakota’s Right to Party!

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 14:28:48 +0000

In this episode, we talk about South Dakota’s famous 4th of July fireworks show, why it was cancelled, and Governor Kristi Noem’s lawsuit against the Biden Administration to get it back. Christopher Vondracek from Forum News Service joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : States Regulating Protests

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

According to The Hill, Republican lawmakers in 34 states have introduced more than 80 anti-protest bills thus far in the 2021 legislative session.  In Florida, Governor Ron Desantis recently signed an ‘anti-riot’ bill into law that states, in part, that a driver may avoid liability "for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.” And Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a similar bill into law as well, requiring that the driver "unintentionally harm[s] protesters in fleeing said protests".

So is this legislation constitutional? Does it infringe on an individual's First Amendment’s right to peacefully protest? Or is this a necessary deterrent to combat violence at protests? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by attorney Jeff Lewis, from Jeff Lewis Law, to discuss states regulating protests through legislation, how such laws intersect with the First Amendment, and the impact on those who protest.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Essential Summer Reading Lists for 2021

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

It’s that time again! Dennis and Tom return to the time-honored tradition of sharing their summer reading plans with listeners. After discussing their reading habits and some favorite digital reading tools, they offer up their top book picks for the summer – both fiction and non! 

Next, this time on “Hot or Not?”, Dennis and Tom discuss CCTV, its significant privacy implications, and whether they think it might gain more of a foothold in the United States. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #331: The Small Firm Roadmap, with Sam Glover

Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000

We are replaying an older episode where Lawyerist Co-Founder, Sam Glover, and Stephanie Everett talk about the book they co-wrote together, The Small Firm Roadmap

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Rankings.io, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Career Preparedness: Navigating Career Choices in Law School and Beyond

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 19:39:14 +0000

Thankfully, career opportunities for law students and new lawyers seem to be increasing as COVID concerns abate. But, how can you best prepare yourself for actually getting the job you want? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Howard University School of Law’s Lauren Jackson to discuss tips and tactics for pursuing a fulfilling legal career. She emphasizes the importance of networking from day one of law school and advises students to keep an open mind about the opportunities that come their way. 

Lauren R. Jackson is assistant director of career services at Howard University School of Law and a legacy-focused attorney with a passion for helping entrepreneurs, small businesses and everyday dreamers through her consulting agency, The L. Renee Group.

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Litigation Radio : Attorney Client Privilege with Edna Epstein

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:56:38 +0000

Famed author and attorney Edna Selan Epstein stops by to talk with Dave Scriven-Young about Attorney Client Privilege, how it’s developed over the years, and related ways to save cost in discovery. In addition, they talk about starting her firm, lessons she’s learned, and much more. 

Stay tuned for Darryl Wilson’s tips on the scope and use of Attorney-Client Privilege.

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Legal Talk Today : Lawyers, Anthrax, & Money!

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 14:19:52 +0000

The Arizona Election Audit has provoked high-powered legal battles but what is the Arizona Senate looking for and why is Maricopa County and the Democratic Party of Arizona trying to stop it? Zachary Stieber from the Epoch Times walks us through this colossal rumble.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : No One's Where They Expected To Be

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

More law firms announce that they aren't expecting associates to be back full-time in the office in the fall. More law schools announce that they aren't expecting enrolled law students to be in class at all. And more Kardashians announce that they aren't lawyers yet.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Reopening Texas Courts: Plans and Challenges for Resuming In-Person Court Proceedings

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000

As Texas has lightened its COVID-related restrictions ahead of many other states, courts around the state are making plans to or have already opened their doors to resume in-person court proceedings. As this process moves forward, how are jurors, litigants, and the many other people involved kept safe? State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir talks with Judge Maricela Moore about what her court, the George Allen Courthouse in Dallas, is doing to ensure safety and what challenges they face related to changing mandates, individual juror concerns, and many other considerations. Judge Moore also discusses the use of Zoom, her take on its role in the future of the judiciary, and when she thinks it does and doesn't work for court proceedings.

Judge Maricela Moore is the presiding judge of the 162nd Judicial District Court of Dallas County and the local administrative district judge

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : A year after his COVID-19 recovery, Above the Law founder David Lat makes some big changes

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000

In May 2020, lawyer and author David Lat was starting his recovery from a life-threatening bout with COVID-19. A little over a year later, Lat, founder of Above the Law, decided to leave his job as a legal recruiter, go back to writing full time, and leave New York City for the New Jersey suburbs with his husband and their 3-year-old son. The COVID-19 pandemic influenced those changes.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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The Legal Toolkit : Aliens!; Why Law Firms Should Focus on Selling; and “Samesies”

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 08:00:00 +0000

With an ever-expanding universe and a Goldilocks zone around each and every star, isn’t it pretty impossible to assume we are alone in the cosmos? Perhaps since the mysterious Roswell incident of 1947, increased curiosity about aliens and space has given rise to a whole lot of great entertainment and conspiracy theories both interesting and absurd. The truth is out there, so join Jared as he examines our fascination with aliens and UFOs. (1:48)

Next, Jared handily transitions to his interview with sales pro Erik Bermudez. Lawyers tend to hate the idea of sales, but Erik points out the need to drop the stigma and appreciate the fact that a sales-focused approach can actually impress clients and help your law firm grow. (8:56)

Rump Roast time! Jared’s new game, “Samesies”, surprises Erik with the unique opportunity to compare himself with other “Erik Bermudez”-es that Jared found on the internet! (26:12)

 

Erik Bermudez is vice president of strategic partnerships at Filevine. 


 

Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is Artratus by Isaac Joel.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Can We Still Confront Our Accusers?

Fri, 28 May 2021 16:01:01 +0000

The 6th Amendment guarantees our Right of Confrontation in criminal trials and affords us an opportunity to question witnesses against us. But in a world where criminal courts are using Zoom for trials, are we protecting the Constitutional Rights of defendants in court? Professor Andrea Roth from the University of California Berkeley School of Law joins us to explain.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Digital Edge : 10 Features of Microsoft 365 That Lawyers Love

Thu, 27 May 2021 15:00:00 +0000

Microsoft 365 is heavily relied upon by many legal professionals, and with its numerous and frequently updated tools, it’s always good to re-up your knowledge of its capabilities! Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway welcome Ben Schorr to discuss 10 features lawyers especially enjoy about Microsoft 365. Ben discusses some of his favorite hidden gems in the software, and shares lawyer-specific insights on its licensing structure, security, mobile access, email encryption, and more. 

Ben M. Schorr is a senior content designer at Microsoft.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications and Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #330: Developing your Team, with Maryellen Stockton

Thu, 27 May 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Remote work expert and Lab coach, Maryellen Stockton, talks to us about what your next steps should be after hiring and onboarding an employee.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Postali, Rankings.io, and  TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Workers Comp Matters : Who Pays When Company Outings Lead to Injury?

Wed, 26 May 2021 22:07:09 +0000

As the fully vaccinated emerge and more and more offices welcome employees back in-person, employers may be looking for creative ways to reconnect their teams in the office and on the softball field.

Before organizing that company picnic or sponsoring, they may want to check their liability for employees.

Hosts Judson and Alan Pierce address the “deceptively simple and litigiously prolific” workers comp doctrine of recreational injuries, varying standards of proof, and possible defenses. 

Jud and Alan parse the various work-related factors, including how voluntary the activity is and the benefit the employer gets from hosting or sponsoring the off-premises activity.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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Legal Talk Today : Employee or Independent Contractor?

Wed, 26 May 2021 14:44:15 +0000

As America continues to reopen, certain changes at the Department of Labor might impact your workplace and its ability to recover from COVID-19. Tune in to hear the details with expert guests Crystal Wildeman and Louise Griffin from the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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@theBar : The Dark Waters Edition: A Discussion with Environmental Attorney Rob Bilott

Wed, 26 May 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Rob Bilott, the renowned attorney leading the fight against the spread of deadly “forever chemicals,” the author of acclaimed memoir “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont,” and the subject of the 2019 legal thriller “Dark Waters,” sits down with host Jonathan Amarilio to discuss his struggle on behalf of tens of thousands of poisoned Ohio and West Virginia residents and his ongoing efforts to stop the use of toxins that have contaminated nearly all of humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.

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Robert Half Legal Report : Compliance Risks Spurred by the Pandemic Can’t be Ignored

Wed, 26 May 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Amid the far-reaching disruptions caused by the pandemic, safeguarding client relationships, maintaining seamless delivery of legal services and supporting an engaged and productive (and largely remote) staff have been critical priorities. As law firm and legal department leaders manage these and other health, safety and business continuity matters, they are facing growing compliance risks they can’t be ignored. Changes in operational procedures and data security triggered by remote work arrangements and virtual communications channels are just a couple areas where legal teams are working to ensure compliance programs are up-to-date, effective and resilient.

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, is joined by Kim Dickerson, a regional managing director with global consulting firm Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half. They examine current issues that are amplifying compliance risks and discuss ways to manage compliance requirements with evolving regulations governing office re-openings, vetting and working with new suppliers, new technologies, and more. They also offer strategies to help mitigate these risks while reinforcing compliance effectiveness across the organization.

Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Summer Vacations? Maybe Not For Lawyers

Wed, 26 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Infinite vacation time sounds great until you place yourself inside the passive-aggressive crucible of a law firm. Management is probably genuinely trying to give associates more flexibility with their vacations but ultimately freaking out their lawyers in the process. Meanwhile, summer associates are heading to work and very worried about the level of mentoring they're going to get in a remote work environment. And we check in on a judge at the center of an epic set of allegations.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Little-known labor history is illuminated in union attorney's new book

Wed, 26 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

When Mark A. Torres was researching his first novel, A Stirring in the North Fork, he came across a piece of local history he'd never known about. Starting during the labor shortages of World War II, Long Island had been home to dozens of camps for several decades, some of which kept migrant workers in deplorable–and often deadly–conditions. As general counsel for the Teamsters Union Local 810, Torres was fascinated. But information about these camps was available only in news accounts, film documentaries, memoirs and local records. Years after completing A Stirring in the North Fork(plus a children's book and a second novel) Torres decided he would write the first full-length non-fiction account of these camps and the people who lived and died in them: Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Help Is Easier to Get

Tue, 25 May 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Jaclyn Foster knows what it’s like being a full-time paralegal and working for a temp staffing agency. But she opted to break from the norm and build her dedicated paralegal agency because she learned that a professional contract paralegal service could save law firms money, improve quality, and assure continuity. 

Host Christopher Anderson interviews Foster about her journey from rural Minnesota and Wisconsin to running a team of contract paralegals to support modern law practices.

Foster explains how, in her experience, contract paralegals not only save money but bring a level of expertise and consistency that many full-time approaches lack. 

Anderson and Foster discuss lessons learned from the pandemic, including how quickly a sidelined paralegal could be picked up by a different firm in a competitive market.

Jaclyn Foster is the founder and principal of Jaclyn Foster Paralegal Services.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Scorpion, Lawclerk, Alert Communications and LawYaw.

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Legal Talk Today : The Ruff Truth about Certified Service Animals

Mon, 24 May 2021 14:47:58 +0000

How do you balance the needs of a patient versus safely running a mental health facility? In this episode, we discuss whether or not a non-certified service animal should have been granted access to a treatment center. Christopher Knauf from the Disability Rights Legal Center joins us to discuss his work and the law.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Turning Around a One-Star Review

Mon, 24 May 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Gyi and Conrad review the latest news. First up: Clio’s “blind date” with HubSpot. They wonder about the development of Clio Grow, its relationship with HubSpot, and customer relationship management options for law firms. 

In the Clio Legal Trends Report Minute, Gyi and Conrad consider the quarter of lawyers who don’t meet clients virtually and the third of lawyers who don’t support electronic document sharing and e-filing. Back in the day, exceptional customer service was a bonus. Nowadays, exceptional is the expectation, Gyi and Conrad say.

When it comes to legal marketing conferences, Gyi and Conrad shun pay-to-play speaking spots. Their alternative? The no-BS Bedlam legal marketing conference coming up on May 26. They preview the lineup with guest and Bedlam co-presenter and legal marketing frenemy Casey Meraz. 

Listen for the code for the remaining #LHLM free registration spots. 

Closing the episode, Gyi and Conrad talk one-star reviews and how to and how not to respond. 

Pro tip: It’s possible to turn a terrible review from a competitor into a positive. Gyi and Conrad explain how.

Special thanks to our sponsors Alert Communications, LexisNexis® InterAction®, LawYaw and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Private Donations vs. Government Transparency

Fri, 21 May 2021 14:13:07 +0000

Many Americans privately give to causes and charities but don’t want that fact to be made public. But, do we actually have a right to privately donate? The Supreme Court will soon answer that question in another free speech case called ‘Americans for Prosperity Foundation vs. Bonta’. Professor Roger Colinvaux from Columbus School of Law stops by to explain.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : How COVID Changed Our Cybersecurity Landscape

Fri, 21 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

2020 not only brought us COVID-19, but also seemingly the worst year ever for cyber-attacks and data breaches. So, did someone drop the ball, or are threat actors just getting better and better at their craft? Dennis and Tom hash out their thoughts on the matter, examining cyber threats both old and new, discussing how to effectively educate yourself on what’s out there, and emphasizing the importance of proactive security and training for your law firm. 

This time on “Hot or Not?”, Dennis and Tom examine Notion’s API and its ability to truly make this tool a power player in their ongoing personal knowledge management, the Second Brain. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Packing the Court

Fri, 21 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Court packing is defined as “the act or practice of packing a court and especially the United States Supreme Court by increasing the number of judges or justices in an attempt to change the ideological makeup of the court.”

Last month, Congressional Democrats introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, and President Biden announced the formation of a commission to study the court's structure, including the number of justices and their length of service. Of course, this has led to yet another controversy along party lines.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Tonja Jacobi, professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, to discuss packing the Supreme Court, the politicization of the High Court, potential reform, and next steps.

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Digital Detectives : Startling Stats from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Thu, 20 May 2021 17:03:42 +0000

Data security risks are constantly evolving, and the past few years have only shown increases in the number of attacks faced by companies and organizations around the world. To examine these trends in depth, Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome Craig Hoffman to look at the most recent stats from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report. Craig offers insights into many of the report’s findings, including the marked escalation in ransomware incidents, rising risks for previously untargeted industries, whether the work-from-home shift brought about an increase in security incidents, and much more. He also shares tips for what your first steps should be if your business suffers a data security breach. 

Craig Hoffman is a sought-after digital risk advisor who co-leads the Digital Risk Advisory and Cybersecurity team at law firm BakerHostetler.

Special thanks to our sponsors CaseFleet and PInow.

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New Solo : The Unorthodox Path to Becoming a Lawyer

Thu, 20 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Guest: Rachel Allums took a nontraditional path to law practice, first working as a receptionist and paralegal before reading for the California Bar. She benefited from years of firm management experience, leveraging these skills when she launched her estate planning practice one year ago.

Topics:

  • What it’s like being a legal unicorn
  • Flipping the script by learning to be a lawyer before learning to think like a lawyer
  • Battling inertia to make practice management changes that benefit clients
  • Launching a firm during a pandemic
  • Scaling and managing an influx of clients
  • Cultivating relationships through preferred provider deals
  • Managing client expectations with forthright, transparent communication
  • Yes, print advertising still works!

The Tech Stack:

  • Clio Grow/Clio Manage for client intake and management
  • Quickbooks online for bookkeeping 
  • HotDocs document automation from AbacusNext 
  • Lawyaw for online legal forms

New Insights (brought to you by Nota):

  • Veteran practitioner Starlett Massey answers litigation associate Melanie Kalmanson’s question:
  • Question 1 of 4: “What made you decide to start your own firm?”

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #329: How Ownership Controls Our Lives, with Michael Heller & James Salzman

Thu, 20 May 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Authors and professors, Michael Heller & James Salzman, talk to us about the rules of ownership in our lives and what role lawyers play in all this.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to TextExpander, Postali, and ESQ.Marketing for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Little Pistol vs. New York

Wed, 19 May 2021 15:17:04 +0000

Professor Adam Winkler from the UCLA School of Law joins us for a high caliber discussion about New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett and what that case could mean for 2nd Amendment rights.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Yes, You Still Need To Check Your Zoom Name Before Logging In

Wed, 19 May 2021 14:54:45 +0000

Joe and Kathryn discuss the latest legal Zoom fail as a defendant flirts with contempt after his sister changed his Zoom moniker to some sort of sci-fi sex machine. The pair also talk about Ropes & Gray's decision to transition to a four-day office work week and the latest insulting, dubious rant from the National Conference of Bar Examiners declaring that poor test results for minority applicants is... probably because minorities aren't cut out to be lawyers in the first place. Yikes!

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : New AI-powered legal writing tool aims to help lawyers craft winning briefs

Wed, 19 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

A gratifying legal victory sparked Jacqueline Schafer's desire to create a legal technology product that would help other lawyers efficiently craft case-winning briefs full of compelling evidence. Clearbrief is an AI-powered legal writing tool that launched in March.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Alert Communications and Nota.

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The Legal Toolkit : Remote-Friendly Networking; Pro Rainmaking Tips; and “Three Answers”

Tue, 18 May 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Historically, lawyers have been pretty dependent on in-person networking, but in the era of social distancing, taking a new tack has become a necessity. Jared offers tips for remote-based networking to help you market your firm and make new connections. (1:47)

Next, Jared brings on Jaimie Field to dig into her knowledge of law firm rainmaking. Jamie shares her experience with generating income, encouraging a hybrid of virtual and, eventually, in-person tactics. (6:49)

And, of course, we finish off with the Rump Roast! Jared tests Jaimie’s knowledge of TV shows, McDonald’s, and more in a new game called “Three Answers.” (25:00)

 

Jaimie Field is president of Marketing Field, LLC and a rainmaking motivational coach and speaker. Find out more at the-rain-maker.com/

 

Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest

The music for the Legal Trends Report Minute is I See You by Sounds Like Sander

Our closing track is The Perfect Getaway by Polyphonic Groove Orchestra


Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Florida's Anti-Riot Bill

Mon, 17 May 2021 14:34:46 +0000

Does Florida’s new anti riot law violate free speech and the right to right peaceably assemble? Kirk Bailey from the ACLU of Florida joins us to compare notes.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Racism in the Legal Profession

Mon, 17 May 2021 14:24:17 +0000

As far as the legal profession has come, there are still elements of racial inequality and it’s not always easy to see. Host Sonia Russo talks with attorneys Tiana Towns, Andrew Hairston, Paulina Vera, and Jerome Crawford about their personal experiences with racism while practicing law. In addition, they discuss microaggressions, implicit bias, and the importance of self-care. Stay tuned for the Financial Wellness Minute when contributor Mathew Kerbis shares practical tips for saving money.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Legal Talk Today : Travieso vs. Glock

Fri, 14 May 2021 18:25:24 +0000

A huge 2nd Amendment case that flew under the press radar, Travieso v. Glock addresses liability issues when 3rd parties unlawfully use firearms and injure others. Larry Keane from the National Shooting Sports Foundation joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #328: Getting to Inbox Zero, with Trivinia Barber

Thu, 13 May 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Author, speaker and business coach, Trivinia Barber, talks to us about fighting our email to get to inbox zero.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to LEX Reception, ESQ.Marketing, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Law School Professor Just Won't Stop Begging To Use Racial Slurs

Wed, 12 May 2021 15:03:50 +0000

Eugene Volokh used his blog to whine some more about how his constant demands to be respected for throwing around racial epithets in class keep getting him clowned. This time he tries to pull a "gotcha" that two years ago, a single Above the Law article had an unedited slur in a block quote... which is so unhelpful to his argument that you have to wonder if he's suffered a concussion or something. We also talk about Judge Lynn Hughes finding himself the subject of another benchslap and revisit the old Above the Law story that has taken center stage in the Philadelphia DA race.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : The Kidnapping of John Patterson

Wed, 12 May 2021 14:52:19 +0000

In 1974, a United States diplomat was kidnapped by the People’s Liberation Army of Mexico. His wife fought for his release but U.S. policy forbid the government from paying his ransom. Tune in to hear a true life account involving President Nixon, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, the “Hanoi Hilton”, a hijacking, and border crossings. Brendan I. Koerner, author and writer for the Atlantic joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Are you good in a crisis? There may be a growing practice area for you

Wed, 12 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000

When they were putting together their new book, Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations, editors Ray Brescia and Eric K. Stern didn't know that the world would soon be gripped by a pandemic–but they knew that being ready for crises large or small could only benefit attorneys.

In fact, lawyers who specialize in emergency management and handling crisis situations are more in demand than ever, and it doesn't take a contagious deadly pathogen to need their services. In Crisis Lawyering, Brescia and Stern gathered personal accounts from lawyers who handled everything from Hurricane Katrina recovery, to international kidnappings of journalists, to the Muslim ban and contentious family law cases, all of who make the point that a crisis can pop up in cases large and small. Whether you want to make a career out of handling crisis cases or you want to weather a crisis that's been foist upon you, the authors in the various chapters have tips and tricks learned from their own experiences.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Brescia and Stern talk about the writing process, their own experience with emergency management in government and the private sector, and delve into the ethical issues the legal profession should be examining as its members are forced to make hard choices in crisis situations. For example, the medical profession has come together to produce standards for triage during mass casualty incidents. Should lawyers hold themselves to a different standard of care in the legal equivalent of a mass casualty incident?

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Top 5 Metrics For Your Law Firm

Wed, 12 May 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Top headline for #LHLM: More episodes are coming your way! Look for new shows twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

Next up, as Gyi and Conrad predicted, venture capital is making waves in legal. Most recent headlines covered a $100 million infusion for Scorpion, followed soon after by word that Clio raised $110 million. 

What does the investment mean for firms and matter management? Gyi and Conrad discuss.

Speaking of Clio. In the “Clio Legal Trends Report Minute,” Gyi and Conrad explain why some lawyers fared better than others during the pandemic. Hint: Choices of technology for payments, portals, and intake are client-focused.

Metrics can be confusing. So Gyi and Conrad ID the metrics they think law firms should care about most. Each shares five metrics that get to the heart of client acquisition. Properly implemented, they explain how these measures improve everything from client intake (just answer the phone) to a client’s lifetime value. And just in case you’re looking for more acronyms, Gyi and Conrad will set you up with UCR, LTV, and IQLMC.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert CommunicationsLexisNexis® InterAction®LawYaw and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : COVID Fakers!

Mon, 10 May 2021 15:34:24 +0000

As bad as it might sound, some employees are faking COVID symptoms or exposure to receive more time off. Learn how to spot this and what to do about it in this episode with Daniel Kaplan from Foley & Lardner.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Stress and Resiliency in the US Judiciary

Mon, 10 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000

The recent National Judicial Stress and Resiliency Survey offered insights into the overall well-being of judges and the strategies they use to handle stressors in their work. On Balance hosts Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway are joined by Joan Bibelhausen and Judge David Shaheed, who recently co-authored an article on the survey’s results. They share how and why the survey was created, its findings on mental health and coping mechanisms, and what they recommend for stakeholders to help support judges in their roles. 

Joan Bibelhausen has served as Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers since 2005.

Judge David Shaheed's legal career spans more than 30 years, including 20 years as a judge in both criminal and civil courts.

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Legal Talk Today : Uh Oh... it’s Civics Time!

Fri, 07 May 2021 14:54:13 +0000

Can you name all the Supreme Court Justices or tell us which Amendments are in the Bill of Rights (no Googling)? American Bar Association President Trish Refo reveals the results of their most recent civics survey. Tune in to see how your knowledge stacks up.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Blog? Law Review? Something Else? — Publishing Options for Legal Scholars

Fri, 07 May 2021 14:19:12 +0000

Are legal scholarship and commentary currently hindered by antiquated publishing platforms? Law reviews seem to be increasingly irrelevant, but valuable legal content still needs a way to reach its target audience. Dennis and Tom dig into this topic by examining the state of legal publishing and discussing which platforms legal content creators should consider as they move into the future. Later, Dennis and Tom discuss whether law firms should ask their employees to return to the office in another edition of their “Hot or Not?” segment. 

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : Effective Use of Visualizations in Claims Investigations

Thu, 06 May 2021 15:00:00 +0000

Expert Service Provider Steve Rundell, PHD & PE from Explico Engineering Company discusses the importance of forensic visualization in the context of accident and claims investigations.
 
Special thanks to our sponsor, AM Best Company, Best’s Insurance Professional Resources, including Qualified Member attorneys, adjusters and expert service providers.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Remote Court: Judge Emily Miskel’s Insights On COVID-Era Proceedings

Thu, 06 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

After a year of remote court, how are judges, lawyers, and litigants doing? State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir talks with Judge Emily Miskel, vice chair of the Texas Supreme Court’s Remote Proceedings Task Force, about the many innovations in Texas courts throughout the past year. Judge Miskel highlights the advantages of remote court and its ability to increase access to justice for many litigants, and predicts what newly established systems will remain in place in the future, even after courts fully open.

Judge Emily Miskel has served as judge of the 470th district court of Collin County, Texas, since the court was created in 2015. In 2020, she began serving as the Local Administrative District Judge of Collin County, and has coordinated the courts’ COVID response, keeping courts running during the pandemic.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #327: Rituals to Transform Your Work & Home Life, with Erica Keswin

Thu, 06 May 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Author, speaker and workplace strategist, Erica Keswin, talks about the importance of rituals and how they can transform the workplace.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Postali, ESQ.Marketing and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Vaccine Passports

Wed, 05 May 2021 20:45:51 +0000

In this episode, we talk about the legalities and policy considerations for vaccine passports. Are they a good idea or should we hide in our bunkers? Rachel Morgenstern from Jaspan Schlesinger breaks it all down.

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Litigation Radio : Discovering Your Purpose

Wed, 05 May 2021 16:17:16 +0000

You may have heard that happy people have a purpose. So what’s yours? Some litigators believe that being a lawyer is their purpose . . . but is that true? The Honorable Tiffany M. Williams from the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law joins Dave Scriven-Young to talk about the importance of knowing your purpose and being fulfilled.

Stay tuned for Darryl Wilson’s tips for winning objections!

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Litigation Radio : The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law

Wed, 05 May 2021 16:10:07 +0000

Who better than a curmudgeon to make your firm more profitable? Famed author Mark Herrmann of The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law joins our host Dave Scriven-Young to discuss the best ways to “land whales” through writing, networking, and public speaking. 

Stay tuned for Darryl Wilson’s tips for building your book of business!

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Litigation Radio : Trial by Zoom

Wed, 05 May 2021 16:00:34 +0000

Not to be confused with “trial by fire,” a trial by Zoom can be a scary new experience for any hardened litigator. Luckily, others have pioneered best practices for courts, judges, and, yes, lawyers to follow. Host Dave Scriven-Young is joined by Judge Marsha J. Pechman and Judge Thomas Samuel Zilly from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. 

Together they share the journey going from in-person proceedings to a remote environment and road map the process along the way, including advice for displaying evidence, how to read a jury, what to wear, and much more! 

Stay tuned for Darryl Wilson’s tips for making great opening statements!

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Rudy Giuliani Is The Dumbest Lawyer Ever, Right?

Wed, 05 May 2021 14:25:40 +0000

Obviously, we're not advocating for spoliation of evidence or obstruction of justice, but... shouldn't Rudy Giuliani of all people known not to keep evidence of crimes around? He used to run the DOJ office that's investigating his buddies! Meanwhile, the California bar exam gets caught breaking its own rules and the Pennsylvania bar president gets caught trying to protect himself from extortion.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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The Legal Toolkit : Warren Zevon; Financial Management Best Practices; and “Number One Fan”

Tue, 04 May 2021 08:00:00 +0000

The big question is: if ‘Werewolves of London’ had never been a hit, would anyone have ever heard of Warren Zevon? His mainstream popularity may have been limited, but with a cult following and a catalogue of humorously cutting songs, Jared thinks Zevon’s career deserves some recognition. (1:42)

Next, the past year’s challenges have made many law firms take a hard look at their financials and realize… they’ve got a big ol’ mess. Jared welcomes Brooke Lively to discuss moves smart law firms should make to have a future-ready, data-driven financial management plan. (9:10)

And, finally—the Rump Roast! Jared and Brooke play “Number One Fan” to find out whether their personal preferences line up with favorites of the American masses. (28:25)

Brooke Lively is the CEO and founder of Cathedral Capital, a team of CFOs and profitability strategists who help entrepreneurs turn their businesses into profitable companies. 

Our opening track is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The Legal Trends Report Minute music is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing track is L'apparition by Bellodrone.

Special thanks to our sponsors Scorpion, TimeSolv, Alert Communications and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Hey Drones... Get a Warrant!

Mon, 03 May 2021 16:08:28 +0000

Michigan Courts reinforced the 4th Amendment in a recent decision about law enforcement’s use of low flying aerial drones without a warrant. Mark McKinnon from Fox Rothschild stops by to walk us through this pivotal case.

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Legal Talk Today : Don’t LoJack Me Bro!

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 18:23:59 +0000

Indiana put in place a new law that prohibits employers from forcing their employees to get device implants. Is that a thing?! Craig Wiley from Jackson Lewis joins us to explain it all.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Journalists, Protests, Law Enforcement, and Freedom of the Press

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000

Social justice issues have been at the forefront of protests across our nation.  In order to report on these protests, journalists have been on the front lines of the action. Yet, due to a lack of public trust, journalists are often targeted by law enforcement or counter protesters. 

American broadcast journalist Walter Kronkite, famously said, “Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”So what are the rights of journalists during protests? What about public citizens?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Shannon Jankowski, the E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and David Bralow, Legal Director for the Press Freedom Defense Fund & Senior Vice President, Law, for the First Look Institute, Inc., as they discuss incidents of mistreatment of journalists by law enforcement during recent protests. Together, we explore freedom of the press generally and in the context of protests; and talk briefly about the legalities surrounding the filming and photographing of the police by citizens.

Shannon Jankowski is the E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

David Bralow is Legal Director for the Press Freedom Defense Fund and Senior Vice President, Law, for the First Look Institute, Inc.

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Litigation Radio : Trailer

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:59:32 +0000

Meet the hosts of Litigation Radio, a brand new podcast from the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section. Dave Scriven-Young and Darryl Wilson tell us about the show’s mission to help litigators develop their careers, win cases, get more clients, and build sustainable practices. Stay tuned for episode one!

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Lawyerist Podcast : #326: A Succession Plan for Your Law Practice, with Tom Lenfestey

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Business owner and author, Tom Lenfestey, shares with us his best practices for a law firm succession plan and his top tips for buying and selling law firms.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to TextExpander, Postali, ESQ.Marketing and SweetProcess  for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Big Fraud vs. Your Taxes!

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 16:25:45 +0000

Unemployment insurance fraud has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic and it may be showing up on your tax returns! Don’t pay the taxes of a criminal enterprise or let them utilize your personal identification information. Steve Swirsky from Epstein Becker & Green stops by to tell us how to spot this fraud and report it to the proper authorities.

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Workers Comp Matters : Extraordinary Courage in the Face of Injustice

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

While researching the Manhattan Project, filmmaker Ginny Mohler stumbled on a little-told story of the young watch-dial painters in New Jersey during the Roaring Twenties.

Her search for “dial painters” led her to a Wikipedia page on the “Radium Girls,” and a fascination was born. Nine years later, her independent film, “Radium Girls,” debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the documentary is now streaming on Netflix.

Hosts Judson Pierce and Alan Pierce interview Mohler about the fascinating genesis of the film, its place in the history of occupational health law, and the complex legal battle waged by the workers. 

Do the “Radium Girls” succeed in eliminating radium toxins from the workplace? No spoilers here.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Don't Throw Clients Under The Bus, Unless They're Protesters

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000

A couple of stories out of Littler Mendelson this week, as one partner disappears from the website after pointing the finger at his client in federal court while the firm itself ducks special bonuses for associates by handing out hats. By contrast, Kirkland went over the top on associate appreciation with free food. Joe and Kathryn unsurprisingly think the latter is a better approach. The team also discusses new anti-riot legislation legalizing running over protesters.
 
Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Law Firm Growth Is No Accident

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

When Ken Hardison evaluates his own success building profitable law firms and books of business, he knows the credit is shared with the people surrounding him.

To pull an A-team together, Harison explains he first lets go of his ego and brings in people a lot smarter than him. And he looks for team members who are hungry, humble, and smart.

Hardison and host Christopher Anderson discuss managing a talented team, developing a culture of continual training and mentoring, and keeping core values top of mind.

Book recommended in episode:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni

Ken Hardison is a business development coach and founder of the Powerful Innovative Legal Marketing and Management Association.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerkAlert Communications and LawYaw.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 7)

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 20:29:51 +0000

With the verdict in, what comes next? Professor David Schultz returns to explain the guilty counts, duration of sentences, and possible elements for appeal as well as what might await the other officers involved.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : The pandemic brought this lawyer to legal commentary, and the work includes sponsorship deals

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 14:32:36 +0000

Emily D. Baker wanted a diversion from 2020, so she started doing her own legal commentary about pop culture, with topics including a pair of "Satan Shoes" associated with rapper Lil Nas X and the conservatorship of Britney Spears. Today, Baker is considered to be an influencer. According to her, she earns more than she did as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Alternative Legal Careers — New and Different Ways to Use Your Law Degree

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 20:15:46 +0000

Legal-adjacent careers are cropping up in a whole slew of surprising new areas, and recent graduates and seasoned lawyers alike are finding themselves drawn to these new professional opportunities. Dennis and Tom talk through some of these careers, from legal operations to technology to e-discovery and more, and give their take on how law degrees and/or legal expertise can be used to pivot into these new roles. Then, in another edition of “Hot or Not?”, they discuss whether speech recognition and dictation tools are worth integrating into your workflows.

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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The Paralegal Voice : Cultivating Curiosity

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000

After working as a teacher, then shifting to a career as a paralegal, Amy Johnson made the leap to creating her own business. Marrying her passions for educating and continual learning, she founded The Angle Solutions, a company that gives her a platform for helping others succeed.

In her interview with host Jill Francisco, Johnson details her path to entrepreneurship, shares war stories about life as a paralegal, and offers tips and strategies for paralegals looking to improve and advance.

She offers practical advice, from the basics of double-checking work to strategies for cultivating curiosity in approaches to tasks and assignments.

The two discuss the changing paralegal landscape, alternative career paths, and challenges facing the next generation.

Short Bio for Notes: Amy Johnson is the founder of The Angle Solutions LLC.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NALAServeNowCourtFiling.net and Legalinc.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 6)

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

As the verdict loomed, Professor Schultz talked with us about tactics deployed by the prosecution and defense. In addition we discussed what influence the death of Daunte Wright might have over jurors as well as why the judge decided to admit certain types of evidence over others. Stay tuned for our predictions on when the jury would return its verdict. {Spoiler... We got it wrong}.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Digital Edge : Managing Your Law Firm Through Change

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000

Leading a law firm throughout the pandemic has been no easy task, but the lessons learned have helped many attorneys position their firms for a more tech-focused, efficient approach to business. Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson talk with Mary Vandenack about how she has managed her law firm through the many changes wrought by the pandemic. She describes their transition to remote work, ways to support team communication and tech needs, and her firm’s focus on redesigning legal services to increase automation and accessibility.

Mary E. Vandenack is the founding and managing member of Vandenack Weaver LLC in Omaha, Nebraska.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications and Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #325: Anxiety & High-Achieving Personalities, with Rachel Ann Dine

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Counselor, author, and speaker, Rachel Ann Dine, talks to us about anxiety, high achieving personalities, and how to find a balance with it all.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Termageddon, SweetProcess, TextExpander, Postali, and ESQ.Marketing for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Are Billing Rates Too Darn High?

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 20:45:26 +0000

A Supreme Court expansion proposal is officially out there. It's not going to pass, it's not a particularly good idea, but might proposing it be a smart tactic? Meanwhile, as we get new insights into Biglaw finances from the Am Law 100 release, we got a hefty clue into Covington & Burling's business plan when we learned Eric Holder's hourly rate. Is this too much to bill a client or are people overreacting? Finally, the bonus wars continue, but are counsel and income partners getting left out?

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 5)

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:18:06 +0000

The show must go on! Professor David Schultz joins us for another installment of The State vs. Derek Chauvin. As the verdict loomed, we discussed the cases presented by the prosecution and defense regarding use of force and the medical cause of death. We also talk about the style of the attorneys in the trial. Who was the most affable and who was the most aggressive?

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Sen. Mazie Hirono speaks out in 'Heart of Fire'

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 17:17:30 +0000

Sen. Mazie Hirono's newly released book, Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story, is part political memoir and part love letter to her family and the state she represents.

As Hawaii's first female senator, and the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Hirono had a set of unique obstacles to overcome.

One of Hirono's strongest influences is her mother, Laura Hirono, who passed away at 96 shortly before this episode was recorded. After escaping an unhappy marriage in Japan to an abusive man, Laura Hirono brought her two eldest children back to her birthplace of Hawaii when Mazie Hirono was seven years old, with her youngest son and parents joining them later.

The economic hardships the Hirono family endured were formative for Hawaii's future Democratic senator. Her campaigns to provide economic support and healthcare for families, as well as her strident opposition to the Trump administration's family separation policy, were bolstered by her personal experiences. Her speech against ending the Affordable Care Act, made mere days after a major surgery to treat kidney cancer, was the first time she spoke publicly about the childhood death of her sister back in Japan–a death that might have been preventable if the family could have afforded medical treatment.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Hirono talks about how the Trump administration made her decide to use her voice in a different way, and what it's been like to serve in the Senate after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Hirono also discusses her service on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including the tumultuous Supreme Court nomination hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She shares her thoughts on the importance and limitations of civility, and how taking up one of her mother's favorite forms of artwork has helped her as she's survived cancer treatments and governmental upheavals.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Critical Issues in National Security Law

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000

In the daily onslaught of news from all corners of the globe, it is sometimes difficult to decipher the implications of current events within our own country. From the pandemic, to cybersecurity, to international relationships, linking current events and national security interests to law helps us understand our country’s responses to the things we see in the media. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh talks with Professor William Banks of Syracuse University about the most critical national security issues facing our nation both at home and abroad, including China tensions, nuclear weapons concerns worldwide, the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, and more.

William C. Banks is a Syracuse University College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor at the College of Law and the Maxwell School as Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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The Legal Toolkit : The Bar is Low…Might as Well Improve Your Law Firm!; Pandemic-Era Talent Acquisition; and the Rump Roast: the Return of Correia Family Stories

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Don’t overexert yourself, but maybe start being just a tiny bit more aggressive with your business plan. Jared Correia talks through the current state of law firm businesses, highlighting the fact that the hiring pool is bigger than ever, the distributed workforce is on the rise, and that even small steps toward rethinking how you run your firm and look for new talent could yield some very positive results. (1:57)

Today’s guest, Ron Godier, continues the hiring conversation with tips and tactics for marketing jobs to the right candidates and appealing to younger generations of lawyers. (7:42)

And, finally, in today’s edition of the Rump Roast, Jared’s brother, Patrick Correia, gives us an inside look at just how much of a nightmare it was to have Jared for an older brother. (23:46)

Check out Ron Godier’s Intalegent community for better insights on your next hire.

Ron Godier is the principal consultant for law and legal services at Hirewerx and founder of Intalegent, an online community for recruitment leaders.

Patrick Correia is, among other things, Jared’s brother.

This week, we talked about the present and future of work. So, we've got some songs about work. Work hard, rock hard.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1yhhLSxFaEClrx5GSEJmaO?si=4696439c633e4ee1

Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The Legal Trends Report Minute song is I See You by Sounds Like Sander.

Our closing song is Feel It by Dr. Delight.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAlert Communications and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Free Speech in Schools

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:19:03 +0000

David Hudson from the Freedom Forum Institute and a First Amendment expert joins us to talk about a high school student’s mission to protect her right-to-gripe on the weekends.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Cyberwarfare, U.S./Russia Relations, and Ukraine

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:39:01 +0000

In a Daily Beast article published on April 13, 2021, Julia Davis writes that, “the head of the Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik news agencies believes Russia will invade Ukraine, sparking a conflict with the U.S. that will force entire cities into blackouts.”
Also, according to a White House produced readout of a recent call between Presidents Biden and Putin, the leaders discussed a potential upcoming summit as well as Russia's military buildup and the ongoing tensions centering around Ukraine.

Tensions between the United States and Russia are nothing new, but have recently intensified as a result of findings of Russian interference in US elections, the high profile SolarWinds cyberattack, and the Biden administrations implementation of a new round of sanctions. With no indications of relief on the horizon, what should we expect in the future? Will a cyber attack against the U.S be next? Should we be on high alert? Are we already? Or could we see a resolution of some sort between the two leaders?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Claire Finkelstein, professor of law and philosophy from University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School/Penn Law and General Charles J. Dunlap Jr., former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force, and professor from Duke Law. They discuss national security, potential threat of cyber warfare, U.S./Russia relations before and after interference in our elections, UN involvement, international law, and what kind of cyber protections are needed.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 4)

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

In this Part 4, our coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial continues with Professor David Schultz as we discuss timelines, use of force, and what it means if Morris Hall (who was with George Floyd) does not testify at trial. Professor Schultz from the University of Minnesota Law School and Hamline University returns!

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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@theBar : The Speaking of Speakers Edition: A Discussion with Illinois' New House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 23:09:12 +0000

In this edition, host Trisha Rich and co-host Bob Glaves are joined by the new Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Emanuel "Chris" Welch, who was elected on January 13, 2021, and became the first Black lawmaker to hold the position. He shares the inside story of the whirlwind process of being elected and stepping into the role famously held by Mike Madigan since 1983. He also previews his goals and plans for the State of Illinois, including his efforts to reach across the aisle and restore a greater sense of civility to the political discourse in Illinois.

Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.

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New Solo : Client Acquisition in the 21st Century: With Instagram & TikTok??

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Guests: Taly Goody is a personal injury lawyer, and Michelle Fonseca-Kamana exclusively practices lemon law. Both immersed themselves in social media, successfully leveraging the platforms as free marketing channels.

Topics:

  • Using social media to market a practice
  • Their process for creating videos
  • “The Power of Planning”
  • Why they use YouTube and Facebook and not LinkedIn or Twitter
  • Repurposing their videos for multiple social media platforms
  • What makes a good video? What makes a bad video?

Tools mentioned:

  • Ring light for atmosphere
  • Canva Pro for backgrounds and Instagram Reels
  • InShot App to add text
  • Videoleap Editor App to repurpose reels

New Insights (brought to you by Nota):

  • Eric Ganci answers Robert Southwell’s last question: 
  • “Who are the trial attorneys you thought were most effective? And what made them a particularly good litigator in the courtroom?”

Special thanks to our sponsors, Lawclerk, Alert Communications, Abby Connect, and Clio.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #324: Inclusifying for Leaders & Teams, with Dr. Stefanie Johnson

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Author and speaker, Dr. Stefanie Johnson, shares her best practices to forge strong relationships between leaders and teams, inspire greater productivity, and create a positive environment for everyone.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to ESQ.Marketing,  SweetProcess, TextExpander, and Postali for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 3)

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:47:24 +0000

In this part three, our coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial continues. Professor David Schultz from the University of Minnesota Law School and Hamline University returns. We talk about the witnesses, their emotional testimony, and distrust of the police as well as the importance of timing and vantage point for interpreting what was going on during George Floyd’s arrest.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : The First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:33:38 +0000

When Yale suspended one of its high profile professors for two years citing a pattern of sexual harassment, one wondered if the penalty went far enough considering former students believed Rubenfeld's wife Amy Chua bore some responsibility for the events and remained on the faculty. Fast forward and now Chua is publicly battling with the administration after students told the school that Chua was breaching the alleged terms of the agreement she reached with them over Rubenfeld's suspension. We also talk about the Supreme Court's full embrace of theocracy in a shadow docket assault on decades of religious freedom jurisprudence and we talk about Jones Day's continuing Supreme Court clerkship hiring dominance.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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Digital Detectives : Is This How the World Ends? Artificial Intelligence and American Security

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Autonomous killer robots have certainly grabbed a lot of screen time over the years, but is our world really going to end in an AI-fueled war? Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome Brigadier General Patrick Huston to discuss his role at the Pentagon and dispel some of the most common myths about AI and its military applications. As a self-described “near pacifist,” General Huston shares his perspective on the military’s commitments to ethical and legal development of AI defenses and emphasizes the importance of creating partnerships between the government and the best and brightest AI experts in private industry.

Brigadier General Patrick Huston is the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations in the Pentagon, where he is keenly focused on privacy and the legal and ethical development of AI, cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.

Special thanks to our sponsor PInow.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : How one firm is trying to convince technology clients to embrace subscription pricing

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Joyce Tong Oelrich and Zohra Tejani, the founders of Tong Tejani, which specializes in government contracts and has mainly technology-sector clients, kept initial client feedback about subscription pricing in mind when they formally launched their firm in May 2020.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Alert Communications and Nota.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Conversion Confusion Cleared Up

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Google takes center stage in news updates as Gyi and Conrad discuss two moves that may diminish opportunities for free lawyer advertising on the platform.

Top billing goes to Google’s Local Pack change from a three-pack to a two-pack. The two also shift gears on earlier advice about Google My Business Messaging. Eek. Google is sending messages to your competitors when potential clients use the form.

The “Word of the Day” is ‘conversion.’ To lawyers, conversion means a new client. But many marketers use the term to discuss leads. Gyi and Conrad agree to agree and disagree.

Lawyers may be swimming in data analytics of their own. In discussing their new segment, “Clio Legal Trends Report Minute,” Gyi and Conrad explain that Clio’s report can help put that data in context with the industry, peers, and competitors.

This month’s data points:
Percent of lawyers who decided to leave office space for virtual practice in 2020?
Percent of clients who prefer video conferencing over a phone call?

Finally, Gyi and Conrad debate and justify their Pick Twos. Think the choices are obvious? Not a chance.

  • Fast, cheap, quality?
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter?
  • Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings?
  • Clubhouse, blog, podcast?
  • Coffee, ice cream, alcohol?
  • First page of Google, a good website, good reviews?

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert CommunicationsLexisNexis® InterAction®LawYaw and Clio.

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Legal Talk Today : Heavy Weight Tax Fight!

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:18:13 +0000

New Hampshire vs. Massachusetts is a monster case about taxes and federalism that could impact employers all over the United States. Who’s going to win and who’s going to lose? Sam Megally from K & L Gates joins us to law-splain.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : The Attorney Grievance Process in Michigan - Part 2

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000

To continue demystifying the attorney grievance and discipline process, On Balance hosts Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway welcome Mark Armitage of Michigan’s Attorney Discipline Board (ADB). Mark explains how complaints move from the Attorney Grievance Commission to the ADB, outlines the types of cases that often require disciplinary action, and clears up common misconceptions about the relationship between the ADB and the State Bar of Michigan.

Mark Armitage is executive director and general counsel at the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

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Young Lawyer Rising : COVID

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:05:00 +0000

The pandemic impacted the practice of law in unpredictable ways, especially for new lawyers. Host Sonia Russo taps into the lessons learned by James Liu, Michelle Garcia, and Shawn Hoover on how to manage their careers and ensure clients have adequate representation during a time of scarce resources and more limited access to justice. Stay tuned for the Financial Wellness Minute when show contributor Mathew Kerbis reveals practical tips for saving money.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Civility

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Dealing with a rude, difficult, or offensive person can be a real challenge. But what happens when that person is a client, a co-worker, or even worse, your boss? It might be tempting to simply tell them off or quit but that could derail your career. Host Sonia Russo delves into the workplace experiences of Melissa Lessell, Eric Sternberg, Melanie Senosiain, and Professor Heidi Brown to find constructive ways to handle these tough situations as they come up on the job. Stay tuned for the Financial Wellness Minute when show contributor Mathew Kerbis discusses the long-term benefits of pet insurance.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.

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Legal Talk Today : Alternative Business Structures

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:05:52 +0000

Why should clients care about who owns their lawyer’s law firm? Does it matter? Are the clients still being taken care of? We answer these questions and more about the new Alternative Business Structures for law firms taking root around the country. Andy Halaby from Greenberg Traurig joins us.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Second Brain Project: Sharing, Part 1

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:42:35 +0000

It’s time for the fourth and final pillar of the Second Brain project – sharing. Dennis and Tom discuss their differing theories on this pillar and explain what “sharing” might look like within their individual projects. Next, in the second installment of their “Hot or Not” segment, they discuss the increase in sales of desktop computers and give their take on this somewhat surprising trend.

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety CompanyServeNow, and Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #323: Hiring a Virtual Assistant, with Paige Atkins

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Operations Director, Paige Atkins, shares her best practices for hiring a virtual assistant.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to Lawmatics, Postali, ESQ.Marketing,  SweetProcess, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 2)

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:56:21 +0000

In the second part of this series, we continue our discussion about the Derek Chauvin Trial with Professor David Schultz, talking about the criminal charges and what the prosecution will need to prove to get a conviction. Later on, we discuss jury selection, concerns about security, and a unique Minnesota evidence law that might make the prosecution’s job much more difficult.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Does The T14 Even Matter? Asking For Some Hoyas.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Not since the NCAA tournament has Georgetown been so hyped and so disappointed. The GULC fell out of the vaunted "T14" in the US News Law School Rankings to be replaced by UCLA. But why do we persist in a "14" ranking? And what else did the new US News formula bring us? Joe and Kathryn also chat about vaccine appointments and the (potentially) coming work from home revolution.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Increasing revenue while cutting down on billable hours? 'AI for Lawyers' says it's possible

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000

As the founders of a company that provides AI-powered contract analysis software, Kira Systems' Noah Waisberg and Dr. Alexander Hudek are used to facing skepticism, fear and doubt from attorneys. Will AI steal their jobs? Would using it violate ethics rules? How can it be good for a business model that relies on the billable hour to cut down on the amount of time it takes to review a contract?

In their new book, AI for Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise, and Transforming Careers, Waisberg and Hudek attempt to answer these questions and provide an accessible guide for firms considering how AI might add to their practices. They also pulled in other minds in the legal tech community to speak to the use of AI beyond the kinds of contract review Kira Systems focuses on, such as in litigation analytics, legal research and e-discovery.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Waisberg and Hudek discuss their experiences as early proponents of artificial intelligence, the unique programming challenges presented by legal language, the still-developing ethical debates and common misconceptions about AI.

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Young Lawyer Rising : Trailer

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 23:27:04 +0000

Meet the hosts of Young Lawyer Rising, a brand new podcast from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Sonia Russo and Mathew Kerbis tell us about the show’s mission and give us a preview of early episode topics. Stay tuned for episode 1... 

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : The Surprising Impact of Low-Impact Auto Claims

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:57:33 +0000

Expert Service Provider Dr. Ernest Chiodo discusses the analysis of low-impact automobile accidents and the impact on claims.

Special thanks to our sponsor, AM Best Company, Best’s Insurance Professional Resources, including Qualified Member attorneys, adjusters and expert service providers.

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The Legal Toolkit : Larry Bird Stories; Getting the Reputation You Deserve; and the Rump Roast: The Gritty Origin Story

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:00:00 +0000

From his incredible skill to his entertainingly ruthless trash-talk, Larry Bird was one of the best. Jared shares some of his favorite stories about the Hick from French Lick, and points out that the L.A. Lakers were, and still are, a steaming pile of, well… you know. (1:50)

Jared then welcomes guest Shawn Hill to chat about online reviews and their potential to help you grow your business. Shawn shares how effective management and response to reviews builds your reputation and draws in new clients. (8:49)

This time on the Rump Roast, Jared asks Shawn about his involvement with the Philadelphia Flyers Mascot, Gritty, and how the initial fan reaction went from loathing to devotion in less than 24 hours! (25:37)

Shawn Hill is community marketing director at NiceJob Inc, a review management platform, and is the host of The NiceJob Podcast

Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

The Legal Trends Report Minute song is I See You by Sounds Like Sander

Our closing song is Hey Yo Rocco! by Dresden, The Flamingo.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAlert Communications and Clio.

 

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Legal Talk Today : The State vs. Derek Chauvin (Part 1)

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:05:30 +0000

It’s the biggest criminal trial in a generation and believe it or not we’re still learning a lot about George Floyd and Derek Chauvin. In this series of episodes, we’re going through it point by point to talk about evidence, witnesses, and legal strategies with Professor David Schultz from the University of Minnesota Law School and Hamline University. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Updated timeline with new information from police body cams
  • Impact of televising the trial
  • The judge and lawyers involved
  • What family members are allowed to attend
  • Who is paying for Derek Chauvin’s defense

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Legal Talk Today : Hot Pursuit!

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:40:47 +0000

On this episode we discuss when police officers are allowed to enter your home without a warrant and the Supreme Court case (Lange v. California) that could change how all of that works. Professor David Gray from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law joins us to break it down.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Open Carry Laws, Public Safety, and Young v. Hawaii

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 16:31:58 +0000

On March 24th, 2021, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling and upheld the effective ban on the open carry of firearms in the state of Hawaii. Coming in the wake of multiple high-profile mass shootings around the country, the case of Young v. Hawaii is likely to be a contentious development in the ongoing gun debate. To briefly recap, back in 2011, George Young, a resident of Hawaii County, unsuccessfully applied for a carry permit twice citing a need for self-defense. Young filed suit, arguing that Hawaii's law was inconsistent with the Second Amendment.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Eric Ruben, an assistant professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law and a Brennan Center fellow to discuss the debate surrounding open carry laws, the history of Young v. Hawaii, this recent federal court ruling, and open carry vs. public safety.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Get to Know Your State Bar President-Elect Candidates!

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:48:13 +0000

Voting for the State Bar of Texas’ president-elect candidates will take place in the month of April! Podcast host Rocky Dhir welcomes candidates Sara Dysart and Laura Gibson to learn about their backgrounds, discuss a variety of issues from diversity to COVID-19 to access to justice and more, and hear what each hopes to bring to the role of State Bar President. Members can vote either online or by paper ballot from April 1-30. Learn more at: https://www.texasbar.com.

Sara Dysart is a sole practitioner in San Antonio, Texas and is certified in commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Laura Gibson is currently a partner and head of the Labor & Employment Section at Dentons in Houston, TX.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #322: Stop Making These Legal Marketing Mistakes, with Delisi Friday

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Legal marketing expert, Delisi Friday, shares her specific do’s and don’ts when it comes to marketing across the legal industry.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to SweetProcess, TextExpander, Postali, and ESQ.Marketing for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Varsity Blues (behind the scenes)

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 18:00:25 +0000

We all heard about famous actresses making bribes to get their kids into elite colleges but who was the mastermind behind it and how did it all work? Jennifer Levitz, author and national reporter for The Wall Street Journal joins us for a deep dive about ‘Operation Varsity Blues’, the biggest college admissions scandal ever.

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The Paralegal Voice : The Value of Certification

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 17:47:26 +0000

Jumping off a listener question, host Carl Morrison devotes an entire episode to answering common questions he hears about an increasingly hot topic: paralegal certification.

Questions tackled:
Why get certified?
Do certificate paralegals make more money?
What’s the difference between a certificate and a certification?
Which certification program is best?
Is getting a state certification advisable?
Will certification help obtain limited licensing?
Can CLE courses be applied to multiple certification bodies?
What’s the time commitment for certifications?

In this episode, find answers to these questions and hear why Carl decided to pursue so many certifications.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NALAServeNowCourtFiling.net and Legalinc.

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Workers Comp Matters : How Voc Rehab Helps Injured Workers Recover on the Job Front

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 17:39:23 +0000

Just like workers’ compensation, states have varying approaches to vocational rehabilitation.

Voc rehab expert Rhonda Jellenik and host Judson Pierce discuss how state programs differ and what role counselors like Jellenik play in the legal and job training processes.

Whether called on by a plaintiff or defendant, Jellenik helps determine whether the worker has transferable skills and what options for employment are available with and without additional training.

And because she works in Massachusetts, she often has the opportunity to work with injured workers in a more comprehensive way from testing, to planning and prepping them for job interviews.

Pierce and Jellenik talk about how assessments have changed in the shift from in-person to virtual meetings. And they discuss how an individual’s ability to join a video call is now part of Jellenik’s documentation.

Rhonda Jellenik is a nationally certified vocational rehabilitation counselor.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

In the United States, the right to counsel in civil cases is currently a very complex issue. Some states provide counsel in certain types of civil cases, but not others; while other states may have little or no access to civil counsel in any matters. With this complicated picture in mind, what should be done to attain more equality throughout our nation’s civil courts? ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh talks with John Pollock about the many implications of a lack of legal counsel across a variety of civil matters (with a particular focus on guardianship) and his ongoing efforts to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals.

John Pollock is a staff attorney for the Public Justice Center and has served as the coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel since 2009.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : What Does It Mean To Be A Market Leader?

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

As special bonus season intensifies, Kathryn muses about compensation leadership and what the value of going big. Joe talks about vaccines and returning to in-person events and we recap the goings on at CUNY and Michigan where the deans faced pressure over past incidents.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Price Gouging (another look)

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 17:44:48 +0000

Laurien Gilbert from Cornerstone Research joins us to discuss price gouging and how things have evolved through COVID and the emergencies beyond.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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Robert Half Legal Report : Contract Management: Driving Greater Value Amid Accelerating Compliance, Security and Legal Pressures

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Heightened data privacy, security, economic, and legal pressures all serve to underscore why a comprehensive and effective contract management program is essential in today’s business environment. Organizations that fail to regularly evaluate and update contract management platforms and processes expose themselves to a host of operational, legal and financial risks.

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, is joined by Bernie Donachie, managing director of Protiviti’s supply chain solutions practice, and Frank Serge, managing vice president with Robert Half Legal’s consulting solutions practice, to discuss best practices for contract lifecycle management. They explore why legal and contract teams are increasingly adopting a digitized system; and how other tech advancements, including artificial intelligence applications, help to strengthen contract processes and enable more effective analysis, while minimizing compliance, operational and financial risks. They also offer critical strategies and actions that can help reboot contract management platforms to achieve maximum control, benefits and value.

Robert Half is not a law firm and does not provide legal representation. Robert Half project attorneys do not constitute a law firm among themselves.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : The pandemic has not slowed down Howard Bashman of How Appealing

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused there to be fewer court filings in some jurisdictions, Howard Bashman’s blog, How Appealing, continues to share multiple posts on a daily basis about appellate law and legal news.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Legal Talk Today : Alaska's Fowl Chicken Case

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:21:25 +0000

Dr. Roger Blair and Ms.Tirza Angerhofer from the University of Florida join us to discuss Alaska’s 1 billion dollar lawsuit against the poultry industry as well as others in food production. If you like dinner... you should definitely tune it.

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Reflections on ABA TECHSHOW 2021

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 17:40:04 +0000

In this new age of all-virtual conferences, there have certainly been a few growing pains throughout the process of moving content online. So, how did TECHSHOW 2021 fare in this new medium? Dennis and Tom share thoughts on their attendee experiences this year, discussing which elements of the conference were highly successful and pointing out a few small quibbles. Later, they introduce a brand-new segment—Hot or Not?—this time, deciding whether online conference breakout rooms are really worthwhile.

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Have a technology question for Dennis and Tom? Call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820 for answers to your most burning tech questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Colonial Surety Company and Nota.

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The Digital Edge : Clio’s 2021 Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

For the first time ever, Clio has released a special trends report focused specifically on solo law firms! To talk about how this report came about and the helpful data it has to offer solo attorneys, Sharon Nelson and guest host John Simek welcome Clio’s CEO Jack Newton. Jack shares some of the most surprising insights gleaned from their solo survey, discusses pandemic-era changes in the behaviors of solos and their clients, and gives his take on what solo firms might do to become more agile and improve their revenue.

Jack Newton is CEO and co-founder of Clio.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications and Nota.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #321: Document Automation Basics, with Zack Glaser

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Marketing & Partnerships Director, Laura Briggs, interviews Lawyerist’s Legal Tech Advisor, Zack Glaser, about all things document automation.

If today’s podcast resonates with you and you haven’t read The Small Firm Roadmap yet, get the first chapter right now for free!

Thanks to CosmoLex, TextExpander, Postali, and ESQ.Marketing for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Springtime For Biglaw Bonuses

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:45:47 +0000

After Willkie Farr announced another round of seasonal bonuses, Davis Polk went over the top and announced another two rounds of bonuses. The good times keep rolling in Biglaw. Joe and Kathryn also discuss the impending release of the US News and World Report Law School rankings -- could there be a big change this year? And a disturbing study from a few years ago started making the rounds showing the gross sentencing disparity caused by unexpected college football losses.

Special thanks to our sponsors, LexisNexis® InterAction®Lexicon and Nota.

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Legal Talk Today : Recalling Gascon

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:52:12 +0000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon faces more challenges on criminal law reform but this time from his constituents through recall efforts. Joshua Spivak returns to give us the skinny.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : 'Watergate Girl' give an inside look at special prosecution team that brought down Nixon

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Jill Wine-Banks was barely 30 when she became an assistant Watergate special prosecutor investigating President Richard M. Nixon. In Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President, Wine-Banks (who was then known as Jill Wine Volner) shares her experience battling political obstruction, courtroom legal wrangling and the era's sexism. Though she'd originally attended law school with the thought it would help her become a hard-news journalist, she found herself instead under the microscope of a ravenous press that dubbed her "the mini-skirted lawyer."

Her memoir, which has been optioned by actress Katie Holmes' production company to be made into a feature film, concentrates on her time in the Watergate special prosecution. She candidly shares not only the work the team was doing behind the scenes but also the difficult time she was having with her marriage and personal life.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Wine-Banks and the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles discuss her winding career path, which also led her to becoming the first female general counsel of the U.S. Army and the first woman to be hired as the executive director and COO of the American Bar Association.

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The Un-Billable Hour : It’s Not About the Leads, It’s What You Do With Them

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

So much of legal marketing over the past decade has emphasized generating client leads. And, for the most part, those focused on lead generation are seeing those leads come in.

But are those leads turning into appointments and paying clients?

Kara Prior, the co-founder of James Publishing’s Marketing Amplifier program, says there’s a gap between generating leads and signing a client.

Prior tells host Christopher Anderson how lawyers take simple steps to close this gap, using client-centered marketing techniques now standard in other industries.

She shares tips on creating “lead magnets,” video messaging, mystery shopping the front-desk team.

Kara Prior is president of James Publishing and its Marketing Amplifier program.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerkAlert Communications and LawYaw.

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Powerful Book Blind Injustice Should Open Eyes To False Imprisonment

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:52:36 -0600

Whenever it is proven that an innocent person was wrongfully convicted, which occurs way more frequently than any of us would like to admit, we are quick to pin the blame on some evil authority figure. According to Mark Godsey, a former prosecutor now heading the Ohio Innocence Project, there is no such sinister antagonist, only humans behaving as humans. In his new book Blind Injustice, Godsey not only explains how and wrongful convictions occur, but also provides some relatively simple, inexpensive ways to greatly reduce these tragic cases.

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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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5 Reasons to Hire the Services of a Good Advocate

Mon, 08 Feb 2021 07:43:27 -0600

Although you don't need an advocate for all types of legal matters, you do need one to deal with legal disputes. After all, you don't want to take the risk of dealing with important matters without consulting a good advocate. A good professional is expensive but can help you deal with the difficult situation like a DUI violation, lost job or bad divorce, to name a few.

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6 Qualities to Look for When Hiring an Advocate for the First Time

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:38:13 -0600

If you are looking for a legal professional who can speak in favor of you to handle your case, you can hire a good advocate. Before you hire one, make sure you consider a few good qualities as well. In this article, we are going to share with you 7 of these qualities. Read on.

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5 Tips to Help You Hire a DRT Lawyer

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:38:08 -0600

If you manage a business that sells goods or services both on cash and credit, you may have to chase unpaid invoices. Although you may recover your money in most cases, you may have to get professional help from time to time. In this case, you may hire the services of a DRT lawyer. If you want to hire one, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this article.

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5 Advantages of Hiring an Experienced Arbitrator

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:38:03 -0600

Arbitration happens outside the court of law unlike litigation aka the conventional resolution process that takes place in the courtroom. This process happens under an arbitrator instead of a judge. Arbitration is relatively less expensive compared to litigation. However, the cost depends on the lawyer hired for this purpose. In this article, we are going to take a look at the 5 advantages of hiring an arbitrator. Read on to find out more.

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5 Questions That You Must Ask When Hiring a Civil Lawyer

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:35:27 -0600

A civil lawyer is a professional who can help you file or deal with a lawsuit. Since this process is quite stressful, it's better to get help from a legal professional. In this article, we are going to talk about 5 questions that you should ask when hiring a good civil lawyer. Read on to find out more.

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A Personal Injury Lawyer Explains How to Get the Most From an Initial Meeting

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:31:52 -0600

This article explains what to expect at an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. Make the most of your time with a lawyer by preparing in advance with the information you need to provide and the questions you need to ask.

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Your Accident Case Can Be Wrecked If You Rush

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:31:42 -0600

If You Settle Too Quickly, You may Regret It. We often get calls from clients or other people handling their own claims who are very eager to resolve their personal injury accident claim to obtain a quick cash settlement. There are times when our advice is to encourage them to hang on..

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Essential Qualities of an Houston Personal Injury Lawyers

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:19:57 -0600

An attorney, or a lawyer, is a paid professional that you trust to represent you in court for whatever your legal needs may be. As with any profession, there are some qualities these individuals must possess in order to truly excel in this job. We're diving into the top 5 essential qualities of an attorney right here.

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What Every Lawyer Should Know About Pro Bono Work

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:38:58 -0600

There is no denying that lawyers play a very important role in global development. Just like every public-spirited people from every profession seek to contribute to the developmental cause, our knowledge as lawyers and our problem-solving ability can greatly contribute to the wide-ranging skills needed to promote development worldwide. This work focuses on how lawyer's dedication to pro bono legal services can help in community development.

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The 3 Pillars of Justice

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:20:08 -0600

While international humanitarian law only applies in times of armed conflict, human rights law applies at all times; in times of peace and in times of armed conflict. The concurrent application of these two bodies of law has been expressly recognized by various international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the UN Human Rights Committee, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and, of course, numerous national courts.

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Immigration Lawyer

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:18:17 -0600

Having a qualified immigration attorney to protect you is becoming more critical. Each day, politicians and news media are spotlighting immigration issues. The debate surrounding the Deferred Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the fate of DREAMers continues.

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Legal Outsourcing

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:03:17 -0600

Legal Outsourcing has been there for quite some time now and is here to stay till the time law firms and the legal department of corporate companies are willing to stay competitive. By outsourcing, you save more than 50% of the operational costs, with no compromise on quality what so ever.

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Tips to Work With a Probate Attorney

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:34:45 -0500

Have you found a probate attorney to resolve your provide case? If so, you should work with him throughout the process. Even if you have worked with an attorney before, you will come to know that working with the probate attorney is somewhat different.

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4 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Probate Lawyer

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:34:40 -0500

For any executive, going through the probate process is quite time-consuming and complicated. If you are the in-charge of fulfilling the last wish of the deceased, you may be looking for ways to make sure that the assets are calculated, liabilities are settled, and the rest of the property is distributed among the beneficiaries. The entire process can take a few months or a few years.

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5 Benefits of Working With a Probate Attorney

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:34:30 -0500

After the death of a loved one, the sense of loss can be quite overwhelming for you. You need plenty of time to heal, which is why you have to step back from your routine responsibilities. The situation demands that you spend more time with your family and friends.

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5 Things to Consider Before You Hire A Probate Attorney

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:34:19 -0500

If you are looking for a probate attorney, chances are there that you are dealing with changes after the death of a loved one. Hiring this type of professional can help you avoid a lot of issues related to probating a will. Apart from this, it can also give your family a sense of peace during this difficult time.

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Factors to Determine Before Choosing Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:38:35 -0500

In the legal version, sexual harassment refers to any kind of unwelcome sexual advances verbally, physically, or through various means like phones, email, SMS, or such behaviors in a workplace or any other setting that typically creates a scary, unfriendly, and offensive working environment especially for the victim. Recent studies show that a whopping 52% of women and 33% of men come across some form of sexual harassment in the workplace in their lifetime. Fortunately, both federal and state laws have been empowered strictly to protect workers from sexual harassment and discrimination, found widespread in...

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The Upcoming Presidential Election: The Procedure To Elect The President Of The US

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:35:04 -0500

The upcoming United States presidential election is set for 3rd November 2020. This year will mark the 59th quadrennial presidential election. People of the United States will vote for their desired presidential electors on Election Day. On December 14, 2020, these electors will vote for a new President and Vice President. Alternatively, they can re-elect the holder of the office Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

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How to Begin the Adoption Process

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:27:19 -0500

When you want to expand your family, you're going to have to navigate some channels if you plan on adopting. Some adoptions can be simple and take less time to complete while others can take years and be a bit more complicated. Overall, though, the process is typically not as frustrating, time-consuming, or costly as many people expect.

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Black Lives Matter

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:11:18 -0500

The "Black LIves" matter movement has gained momentum since the untimely death of George Floyd at the hands of a law enforcement officer. These are my thoughts on the subject.

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Hatred Remarks by Channel S Presenter, Apology and Social Implications

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:53:30 -0500

Racially motivated hate speech should be taken seriously. Any statement that is made by anyone in the society that intends to insult, degrade, intimidate, create anger or incite violence against someone based on religion, ethnicity, race, gender, origin of country or regional identity or any other forms is dangerous and harmful should be a matter of grave concern. Anti-religious prejudice, malicious intent of dehumanising others is not only illegal but can create huge social unrest and even violence.

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Impaired Driving: How Big Is the Problem?

Tue, 26 May 2020 14:48:34 -0500

Drivers should never forget the fact that their safety and the well-being of other road users is in their hands. Road accidents are majorly caused by drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Impaired driving is the act of driving under the influence of liquor or other substances. It is extremely dangerous and has been the cause of most car crashes on the roadside.

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Appeal Your Judgment With An Appellate Attorney

Mon, 11 May 2020 06:56:19 -0500

VIrtual law has become an instant search result on your Google page, you want to know who to call, what legal issue you're pursuing, or how to combat a judgment, not in your favor? Look it up.

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How Do Bail Bonds Work?

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 09:04:36 -0500

Bail Bonds provides fast, efficient and affordable 24-hour bail bonds in the State of Colorado. If you or your loved one got in trouble in Mile High City or anywhere in the state of Colorado, Denver VIP Bail Bonds needs to be your first phone call.

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American Justice System Is Flawed

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:12:52 -0600

The American justice system is flawed when there are so many inconsistencies surrounding the sentencing of its inmates. THis article are my thoughts on the subject.

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LSAT Tips That You Should Know

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:08:46 -0600

If you are going to take the LSAT test, make sure you spend enough time getting ready for the test. This will help you get a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, you will be able to focus your efforts on areas that need most of your attention.

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Implementation of Foreign Arbitral Awards in UAE

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:16:17 -0500

Obtaining an arbitral award is not the end of the road to redress. Execution or recognition is the subsequent phase, and this phase can be complex and prodigious especially if enforcement is supposed to be beyond the jurisdiction from where the award was obtained...

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Guide in Commercial Dispute Resolution

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 08:52:29 -0500

UAE has seen a considerable increase in the business opportunities and foreign investors in last decade. Accordingly, the lawmakers have amended the laws in order to have an effective dispute resolution mechanism. Such strong and stable institutions can accommodate both foreign and domestic investors in accordance with their requirements.

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Three Tips for Surviving Your Deposition

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:58:54 -0500

Some quick and easy tips on how to survive a deposition. If you have an upcoming deposition, this is a great resource.

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What Really Are Human Rights?

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:32:14 -0500

What are Human Rights, and what are Natural Rights, and why are they confused. They both exist and how does one use them?

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How to Choose the Right Law School in the US

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:55:57 -0500

Typically, international students have to choose from many schools if they want to to get admission in a US law school. For them, it is a challenge to choose the best law school. They have to perform a lot of research before making the ultimate decision.

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What Are The Pros and Cons of Government Surveillance?

Tue, 28 May 2019 08:20:08 -0500

Do you wonder what are the good points of government surveillance? Of course, you must realize there must be some bad points as well.

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Does the FBI Use Drones & Helicopters for Aerial Suveillance?

Tue, 28 May 2019 08:19:48 -0500

Do you get the impression the FBI is spying on you from the sky? Do you hear a plane or a helicopter flying sometimes above your home?

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Have You Seen a FBI Surveillance Van Parked in Your Street?

Mon, 27 May 2019 15:08:41 -0500

Do you suspect the FBI is spying on you? Have you noticed a van parking for lengthy periods around your neighborhood?

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Facts Every Lawyer Should Know About Hispanic Marketing

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:52:53 -0500

Hispanics remain one of the fastest growing segments of the population. As a result, Latino communities across the United States have a rising need for legal representation. Are you doing enough to effectively market your law firm to the Hispanic community?

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Why to Get a PF Registration Done - The Benefits of a Provident Fund

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:55:27 -0500

There are several ways an individual can save for the future, but the Employee Provident Fund is one of the easiest and safest option. The write-up aims to elaborate a few primary paybacks of registering for Provident Fund. It explains who PF can be utilised in case of emergency or life in general.

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The GST Bill and the GST Return - The Eight Pros and Cons of It

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:03:16 -0500

India recently switched to a single Goods and Service Tax also known as GST. In this writeup, a brief introduction to the tax is given. It is followed by the benefits it affords consumers and business. In conclusion, the obstacles the tax creates are also listed.

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Udyog Aadhar Registration - Answering What, Who, How and Why of It

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:48:27 -0500

The Government of India supports and aids medium, small and micro enterprises. To get that help, a business has to register under Udyog Aadhar. This article explains what it is and who can register for it. It then talks about the process of registration and the benefits that can be availed after it.

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Professional Tax Registration - The Benefits of Hiring Experts to Do It

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 10:11:01 -0500

The writeup explains, in brief, what is the professional tax. It then clarifies in which states is it levied, how the tax is paid and who is responsible for paying it. In conclusion, the benefits of employing a service provider for registering for professional tax payment are elucidated extensively.

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Selecting the Business Structure and the Process of Company Registration in India

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:08:26 -0500

The article explains the necessity of picking a company structure before registering it in India. It elucidates the types of constitutions a business can form and the importance of it. Followed by it, is an essential guide that helps new owners decide the structure of their ventures. Finally, described is the process of company registrations.

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Fill an NGO Online Registration Form

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:30:36 -0500

Starting an NGO is admirable work, but it comes with its responsibility. This article aims to provide all the information a person may need before registering an NGO. Starting from what an NGO is and ending with how to get the organisation registered, it explains every step of the way. The writeup even tackles the methods of finding financial support for the agency.

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Simplifying the Process of Name Change on a Birth Certificate for Children and Adults

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:52:53 -0500

A birth certificate is a notable document that needs to be unconditionally correct. There is no scope for error in it. The article helps simplify the process of correcting any mistake that may have occurred in the certificate. It also explains how a person can get the name changed on a birth certificate.

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Legal Assistant's Corner: Safeguard Yourself Against Burnout

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:33:07 -0500

Being a legal assistant is a high stress position. We are the last step in a long line of steps that ensures pleadings and documents get filed and out on time to whomever they need to go. Everyone wants everything done yesterday, even if they only got their part of it to you ten minutes ago. It's commonplace for us to take on all responsibility for a project and get it done in an unreasonably short amount of time. We, simply, are magicians; however, it sometimes comes at a steep cost.

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Deposition FAQs, Tips and Tricks

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:39:36 -0500

You have been called upon to give sworn testimony via deposition. Thorough preparation on your part is essential. Following are answers to frequently asked questions along with some tips and tricks to make your deposition go smoothly.

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6 Qualities to Expect From a Good Solicitor

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:38:48 -0500

A successful solicitor must posses the right skills to match their particular area of law. Many of these skills will be developed over time, but it is also necessary to hold the right professional qualifications to enter this career path.

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Off-Body Carry: The Complete Guide [2018]

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:12:05 -0500

Carrying your pistol or revolver off your body in a concealed carry bag, or in any purse, fanny pack, backpack, concealed carry day planner, messenger bag or sling bag that places it away from your body may be a problem and a risk for some, but is a common style of carrying your firearm. This article will help you understand the pros of this style of carry and guide you between belt pouches, shoulder bags and purses for women.

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BigLaw And Millennials: Peas In A Pod

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:07:42 -0500

Almost every day, we see yet another article on millennials; they are examined, poked, and prodded to determine just exactly what they are and why they are not like the rest of us. I would argue to the contrary. They are just like the rest of us - only better.

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How to Get Access to the Public Records With Ease

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:36:42 -0500

In the United States of America, public records refer to the records that the government collected and archived. And these records are available for the common people to access for free. In simple terms, these records consist of country, state or federal info on a public domain. Anyone who has access to the internet can check out these records. Let's find out how you can find these public records with ease.

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Legal Assistant's Corner: We Do Know What We Know

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:02:40 -0500

One of the readers of my previous article commented: "While I don't know everything, I do know what I know." Despite my admission that legal assistants don't know everything related to law, there are circumstances in which we do know everything. Legal assistants are the detailers of the legal profession. We make the attorney's vision of their solution to a client's problem come to fruition. We get 'er done.

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The Thin Line Between Morality & Law

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:09:09 -0500

If one eats meat, in a place where majority abstain from taking it, would that person be liable to punishment? What if one takes part in a protest for more Democratic space, which has been proscribed by the Government, is that person justified in his/her cause? Are the police justified to kill in the commission of crime so as to protect innocent lives, with many viewing taking of another life no matter the situation as wrong?

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Legal Assistant's Corner: We Don't Know It All

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:25:35 -0500

I work in a small general practice law firm. Despite that description, I am not familiar with every area of law. There are dozens of areas of law, some broad in scope and others very specific. Some law firms opt to practice in limited areas of law while others, like the one I work in, practice in several areas of law. There are benefits and drawbacks to each law firm model; however, I prefer working in general practice firms because they provide diversity each day. Forrest Gump famously said, "... life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." The same is true with general practice law firms.

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'DAYA-MARAN' (Euthanasia) AND 'ICHCHHA-MARAN' (Willfully Embracing a Dignified Death)

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:39:58 -0500

'Euthanasia' has been under great discussion recently, as the Govt. of India is planning to bring out a Law on this subject. Very recently, in March 2018, the Supreme Court of India rendered a very important decision on this issue. * This article, of 2016, discusses issues related with 'Euthanasia' as well as 'Willfully embracing an Honourable Death'; & talks about what is the position in Law (In India) & what it should be legally & morally. The basic principle discussed will be applicable everywhere in the World, as the Laws may differ from Country to country, but the issues related with Morality are the same everywhere

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Does My Dog Have Rights? Why Do Courts Value Pets As Property?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:12:03 -0500

We love our pets. They feel like part of the family, and Americans spend billions of dollars on them yearly - specifically $61 billion. With so much love for our furry friends, why do our courts still value pets as simple property?

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Why You Should Have a Corporate Lawyer on Staff

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:25:57 -0500

Corporations and small businesses are sites of expertise in their own industries. Business executives are highly specialized professionals whose primary focus is on the efficient and profitable management of their businesses.

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Tips For Lemon Car Cases

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:22:52 -0500

When a car fails to meets its warranty parameters and either does not function or poses a serious safety problem, we usually deal with what's called a "lemon". Being the unlucky owner of a lemon is certainly a pill hard to swallow. Luckily, each state has specially designed consumer laws. Ask the local DMV about lemon laws in your state. You surely want to get your money back or to have it replaced with a fully functional one. Check the following tips for lemon car cases:

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Legal Assistant's Corner: I Really Do (Mostly) Love My Job

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:49:02 -0500

Legal assistants are notoriously stressed out and we sometimes focus too much on the negative things that rear their head throughout each day - and negative things do happen every day. On the flip side, the majority of us absolutely love what we do and have no desire to do anything else professionally.

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How Inheritance Funding Works

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:05:23 -0500

The passing of a beloved person is always a sad moment. Some of us cope better with this new reality. Things get really complicated when that person was an important source of income for the family. Furthermore, deciding what will happen with the remaining belongings is usually a legal matter. The entire process of distributing the goods to the rightful inheritors is called a probate and it can take even years before things get sorted out. Of course, not all of us can afford waiting several years. If you need urgent money, you can always get advance inheritance funding from advance inheritance loan companies.

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Tips to Hire a Private Investigator

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:22:38 -0500

If you need to hire a private detective to spy on your cheating spouse or some other family member who you are responsible for, make sure you consider the tips given below. License It's very important to opt for a licensed detective. In fact, hiring an unlicensed one may lead to a negative outcome.

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What To Do After Buying A Lemon Car

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:22:00 -0500

For many, buying a car is a major investment. Unfortunately, not everything planned goes well. There are many hidden lemons, waiting for the unaware buyer. And by "lemon" we refer to cars which have serious malfunctions. If you suspect that you have bought a lemon, you should immediately take action. Find out more about what to do after realizing that the vehicle has serious problems.

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Understanding UK Average Weight Legislation

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:55:47 -0500

Current average weight legislation exists to ensure that packages contain, on average, no more (or less) than the weight or volume specified on the packaging. It affects all pre-packaged products, of a predetermined weight or volume that are produced without the customer being present.

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Legal Assistant's Corner: The Sticky Wicket of Conferring With Clients

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:09:50 -0500

Clients and legal assistants often build a strong and friendly relationship during the course of a case. Legal assistants act as a go between for the client and the attorney, obtaining and passing along information about the case for both. While legal assistants exist to make a case run smoothly for both the client and the attorney, discussing the case directly with a client sometimes gets sticky for us. Legally, we aren't allowed to provide you with legal advice. It's ACTUALLY a crime that we can be personally charged with. So, we generally pass you along to the attorney when you tread into those waters.

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Legal Assistant's Corner: Please Respect Our Time

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:17:50 -0600

The average legal assistant works for two or three attorneys. Among other things, our job description includes drafting/editing/formatting/reviewing documents, obtaining records from various sources, disseminating documentation to all required parties, electronically filing documents with the court, knowing local/state/federal court rules, maintaining/organizing client files, scheduling appointments/hearings/depositions and interfacing with clients. In smaller firms, it's common that legal assistants wear additional hats such as receptionist, bookkeeper, office manager, marketing manager and countless more. Our days are spent constantly evaluating where in our priority list each new task ought to fall and accomplishing those tasks accordingly. To say we are crazy busy is a huge understatement.

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How to Settle a Court Case

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:17:50 -0600

"Money makes the world spin". It's a phrase that we all know very well. Credit cards, alimony, child-support, mortgages, student loans, business loans,.

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5 Easy Steps To Obtain a Grant of Probate

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:33:32 -0600

When disposing of an estate, you will sometimes need to obtain a document called a Grant of Probate, or, depending on the situation Letters of Administration. This article shows you how to obtain a Grant in five easy steps.

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What to Do If You've Been Left a Gift Under the Will But the Solicitors Won't Speak to You

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:04:27 -0600

If you believe that you may have been left a gift under a Will it is only natural to be curious as to what that gift is, or when you can expect to receive it. You may try talking to a solicitor who is dealing with the estate, but they may not always be able to speak with you. This article explains why and what you can do about it.

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4 Easy Steps to Value an Estate

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:58:33 -0600

When someone passes away, if they left a Will they will have nominated an executor, if they didn't leave a Will the next of kin will be able to deal with the estate. Part of sorting out the Estate means valuing it and this can be daunting. But this article explains in four easy steps how to manage this.

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Top 5 Solutions for Dealing With HMRC Winding-Up Petitions

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:11:55 -0600

I've previously written an article explaining how to get winding up petitions dismissed and withdrawn and another, five months later, revealing how HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was responsible for issuing the vast majority of winding up petitions in Britain. Sadly, very little has changed over the past three years and today, HMRC issues approximately 80 per cent of the winding up petitions received by the High Court in London - around 800 every month. HMRC issues approximately 80 per cent of the winding up petitions received by the High Court in London - around 800 every month.

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How to Ensure Your Winding Up Petition Is Not Dismissed or Withdrawn

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:09:59 -0600

Some time ago, we presented a winding up petition to a company that owed one of our clients 50k. Upon receipt, the respondent company threatened to apply for a court injunction to restrain us from proceeding and dismiss the petition on the grounds the debt was disputed. The respondent company falsely alleged that 49k of the debt was disputed, but in accordance with section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986, the petition remained in force as the undisputed sum (1k) was more than ?750.

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Legal Assistant's Corner: Be Nice to Your Attorney's Legal Assistant

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:41:20 -0600

I can't count the number of times I've been the brunt of a client's anger or irritation just to hear that same client interact completely respectfully towards the attorney just one minute later. We understand that you are likely going through one of the most stressful and traumatic periods of your life; however, it doesn't give you license to treat us poorly during the process.

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Steps of Inheritance Probate

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:12:12 -0600

We all have to go, sooner or later. And many of us choose to leave more than memories to the loved ones. This is why making a will and specifying the inheritors has become of utmost importance. If you care about your spouse and children, make sure that their future is secured long after you are gone. Before receiving any money and access to estate, the beneficiaries will have to wait for the probate process to finish and the inheritance distributed. There are several steps for any typical probate.

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Technology in the Legal Sector

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:41:58 -0600

It is safe to say that we are firmly into 2018 now. The first month of this year has been filled with brand new technology. That is set to change the way we live our day to day lives.

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Preparing For A Lie Detector Test - The Dos

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:32:04 -0600

The lie detector test is very common, especially where police investigations are involved. There are however very many other situations where the tests can be applied, including in job application, especially government jobs and during investigations at the place of work. Some couples also opt for the tests when they are uncertain about the aspects in their relationships and feel the only way to get closure is by putting their partners to the test.

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Limits of Human Laws

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:18:28 -0600

The evolution of man necessitates that he form communities where he can live in relation with his neighbors. And since human beings are of varied in nature, it became pertinent that each community must organize itself to take care of both the weak and strong, and therefore a legal system gradually evolved in each society based on the spiritual maturity of the people.But the more mankind fell from grace, the more removed the laws became from natural laws that govern all creation.

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Starting a Tax Exempt Organization

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:56:23 -0600

The term 501(c)(3) refers to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, where the rules and regulations governing exempt organizations are found. Tax exempt organizations are commonly referred to as 501(c)(3). 501(c)(3) includes both public charities and private foundations.

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The Top Business Lawyers Mean Business

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:30:26 -0600

Business owners need to abide by the laws of business from day one. These laws govern various aspects of a business - organization, taxation, advertising policies, pricing, human resources, infrastructure, and others. They also provide protection to business owners from liabilities.

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Evolution of Military Law in the United States

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:34:18 -0600

While in service I visited the United States as a guest of the US Air Force. As I was sometimes a presiding officer of Court Martial in India (being legally qualified), I was interested how the US military law functions. One significant difference is that in the US, there is at the moment one Unified Military Code which is applicable to all the 4 service arms namely the army, airforce, navy and coast guard, while in India we have a separate military code for each service.

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DUI Lawyer - What They Do

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:32:05 -0600

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence but in some states it is called DWI, Driving While Intoxicated. There are strict laws in all of fifty states for those that are caught doing driving when they are intoxicated. If you are stopped for suspicious behavior the law enforcement officer can do a field sobriety test if the drive has slurred speech, has a strong odor of alcohol on them or general incoherence. They can also ask permission to do a BAC, which stands for Blood Alcohol Content test if the driver does not demonstrate good motor skills or judgment during the field tests.

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Probate Attorney - What You Should Know

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:38:43 -0600

This is the attorney that you would hire to administer the last will and testament of a deceased person. They will also help to guide the heirs through the probate process in court, which is when a person files a petition for probate. This is the process to determine if the will the deceased left behind is valid. In the probate process the assets that the deceased left behind are distributed to pay any bills and what is left is divided among the heirs as the will states.

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How Home Insurance Lawyers Can Help Resolve Your Case

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:47:44 -0600

Home insurance lawyers do the fighting that you are not able to do. Terri-Lynn Robinson's entire life was turned upside down when a dispute with her ex-husband went disastrously wrong. As he packed to move out, he decided to take revenge. He retrieved a BBQ lighter and lit the entire length of their bed skirt on fire.

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Do Current Law Students Need: Remedial Study - And Different External Bar Preparation?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:12:37 -0600

Law school enrollment and bar examination pass rates are on the decline for various reasons. There is a solution to help students and protect the public too.

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Why The Probate Process Takes A Long Time To Decide Inheritance Distribution

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:02:31 -0600

Without proper planning, a person's estates will be distributed through a probate process after the person's death. This judicial-administrative process is lengthy and it may take years until a final resolution is reached. Hiring specialized lawyers and consultants is recommended and will greatly speed up the process, since experts know what documents are needed and the exact steps of the probate. But first, let's analyze the reasons for which a probate process lasts so long.

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5 Things to Consider While Building a Remote Legal Team

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:26:07 -0600

Thinking of building a remote legal team? Read this article and learn about a few things, which you need to consider for your venture's success.

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Law Enforcement Investigator

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:21:01 -0600

When a crime is committed, it is essential to uncover all the evidence associated with it in order to find the culprit. It is the law enforcement authorities who make the arrest. But they require a complete analysis of the motive behind the crime, methods involved in committing the crime, prime suspects, etc. This can be done either in-house or professional private investigators can be hired. He is known as a law enforcement investigator.

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How to Best Prepare for Attending Court

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:20:03 -0600

It can be difficult to know how to behave and act to reduce the stress of attending court and present yourself in the best possible light to the Judge. This article will discuss some of the most practical advice to present yourself well at Court.

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Why I Sued an Elephant

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:05:24 -0600

15 million lawsuits were filed in America last year. I urge you to protect yourself, and the first step is researching how you can lawyer-proof your life.

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Getting Good Legal Advice

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:22:59 -0500

You have to make a decision that can cost many thousands of dollars. You want good legal advice. This article shares how one attorney analyses a case for his clients.

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Protect Your Work With Copyrights

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:46:19 -0500

Literary works, musicals, artwork, sculptures and other creative works are generally concern to copyright protection. A copyright protects the shape of expression, as opposed to the subject depending on the expression. There must be some element of creativity and originality inside the paintings.

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Advantages of Copyright Registration

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:44:10 -0500

When running a business, you need to be cautious and make certain every small interest of your organization is blanketed. When you manufacture a product or float a design and even think of a suggestion for the betterment of what you are promoting, it is vital for you to copyright it.

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How To Avoid Copyright Infringement

Thu, 31 May 2018 06:56:38 -0500

Copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets are all ways in which people can protect their intellectual property. However, there are key differences in each of the protective instruments in regard to what exactly they're protecting.

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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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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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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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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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What the Texas Morality Clause Means

Ask any Texas divorcee what the most challenging aspects of their divorce were, and theres a good chance they will reference their child custody battle. Even if two parties recognize the need to divorce, having to sacrifice time with your child and uproot their routine can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around. This is why, in Texas, morality clauses have been introduced; their goal is to create and maintain the stable routine children were used to before the divorce. A morality clause...

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Finding the Best Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

A rough estimate shows that there are thousands of options for choosing the right divorce lawyer in Singapore. Having a choice is good, but when the number of choices gives more confusion, it is a headache. Most people look on the internet, and whichever is the first option, they opt for that. Understand that hiring a divorce lawyer is a crucial decision, and you can't take it as quickly as you gulp a glass of water. So what are those factors that you must consider while choosing the best la...

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Things You Must Discuss With Your Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

You have appointed the best lawyer for a divorce in Singapore and starting up with the legal process. However, it is only half of the work done. There is much more that has to go in to ensure smooth litigation. It is way more complicated than it sounds. You need to take care of few things before the case takes its pace to ensure everything is on track. The most significant thing is to communicate everything to your lawyer. Discuss everything from basics to detailed information keeping nothin...

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Points to Consider to find a Divorce Lawyer for your Case

When hiring a divorce lawyer for your legal proceeding, you cannot hire the first one you meet. When hiring a divorce lawyer for your divorce proceeding, you cannot randomly hire a lawyer in the first meeting itself. You have to do a lot before making this decision as it will decide if you will come out of your misery or end up doubling it. There will be a lot of suggestions from friends and families. Moreover, the internet will also confuse you even more with tons of options. Is...

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Best Tips for Working Through a Child Custody Case

Separations are traumatic, and things get much more complicated if you have children. Separations are traumatic, and things get much more complicated if you have children. A couple may hate everything about each other, but they love their children unconditionally no matter what. Moreover, divorces are hard on the children as well. Studies show that children may fall prey to mental trauma, anxiety and it can affect their growth. To make sure your children accept the transformation well, ...

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Grab Details on How to Curb Financial Worry During a Divorce Proceeding

You won't find any couple who can dream of a divorce at any point in time while getting married. You won't find any couple who can dream of a divorce at any point in time while getting married. The couple desires to stay happy ever after. However, due to uncertain consequences, many couples need to take the tough call to dissolve their bad marriage. There are so many things that get disturbed when a couple wants to file for a divorce. Divorce is not an easy affair, a divorcing couple may h...

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How to get the Best Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

Divorces are more complex than you know. Especially if there are alimony and property involved, things can get nasty. Divorces are more complex than you know. Especially if there are alimony and property involved, things can get nasty. Without an attorney by your side, you can get really stressed, and things will go far beyond sorted. As per the statistics, there are more than 500 divorce lawyers in Singapore, which means you have plenty of choices. Having more options also means that it w...

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Hiring a Criminal Lawyer? Here are the Things that You must Check

Handling criminal cases is the worst nightmare for anyone. Depending on the severity of the offense, it can affect your life badly. Handling criminal cases is the worst nightmare for anyone. Depending on the severity of the offense, it can affect your life badly. You must hire a criminal lawyer at an early stage to be safe from all ends. Whether you are innocent or guilty, you need a proficient Singapore criminal lawyer by your side. Nobody wants to get caught up with a criminal charge. If...

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What is Divorce Mediation? What does the Mediation Process Involve?

Courtroom trials are not the only way to get a divorce. Sometimes you can get done with it without any conflicts. Courtroom trials are not the only way to get a divorce. Sometimes you can get done with it without any conflicts. The first try of any divorce lawyer is always to settle things out of court. It saves a lot of money and time and rescues the couple from the trauma of courtroom trials. Your divorce lawyer can help you with the family law mediation and settle things in a better way. ...

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Know the Process to File for Divorce in Singapore

Marriage is undoubtedly one of the important institutions of our life, and everyone wants to have a successful married life. Unfortunately, many couples face severe problems in their married life and want to end the same to lead a peaceful life ahead. Different counties have different laws for filing a divorce. In Singapore, a couple can only file for divorce to prove that the marriage is irretrievable. Lots of factors are responsible for seeking or applying for a divorce. If a woman needs divor...

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Want to File a Divorce? Know the Stages of the Divorce Process in Singapore

In Singapore, divorce is a 2-stage process. To initiate divorce in Singapore couple has to fulfil certain criteria. Here in this article we will discuss about those criteria and process of divorce. A couple must: A citizen of Singapore Be married for a minimum of three years. The marriage should be irretrievably broken. (Ground for Divorce) Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Separation The couple opting for divorce must give consent for an agreement relating to divorce. ...

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Hiring a Divorce Lawyer- 4 Steps You Need to Take

Going through a divorce is never easy, no matter how uncomplicated the situation is. Many people find themselves not knowing what to do, but theres no doubt that the first thing you should do is find a divorce lawyer - especially if there are some assets you're looking to protect or if you expect problems down the road. Divorce attorneys can help you in several ways, from protecting your business to helping you find ways to compromise and negotiate with your spouse. If you're ready to hire ...

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Tips on How to Inform your Spouse that you Want to Divorce

Couples decide to end a marriage only when the relationship is left with no hope for repair. Couples decide to end a marriage only when the relationship is left with no hope for repair. When there is strained communication between the couples, it is tough for a partner to inform the other that they want a divorce. In this situation, it is the best option to contact top lawyers and seek legal advice. It is necessary to follow specific tips recommended by lawyers at the time of informing you...

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Points to Consider before Hiring a Top Criminal Lawyer

A criminal lawyer is specialized in criminal laws and has extensive experience in this field. So, if you are charged under any criminal case then without wasting time you should seek the advice of a top criminal lawyer. You will need the help of a legal advisor if: If you are charged with a criminal offense Or, you want to set up a prosecution against anyone. So, before you opt for hiring an expert to look into your criminal case details, you must check the points mentioned below. ...

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Few Important Facts to Know from a Family Lawyer Before Hiring

Whenever a couple plans to file for a divorce, they must understand that divorce is not easy, not only for them but for all those who are related to them. Whenever a couple plans to file for a divorce, they must understand that divorce is not easy, not only for them but for all those who are related to them. It will have a severe effect on your and family members daily life schedule. It is important to be sensitive and take utmost care of your children, choose a best time and situation to talk ...

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Facts to Know About the Divorce Mediation Process in Singapore

Filing a divorce and going through the entire process of separation can become quite strenuous for the divorcing couple. Filing a divorce and going through the entire process of separation can become quite strenuous for the divorcing couple. Lots of couples have to pass through bad experience during the divorces process. Sometimes it may happen that the couple get engaged in quarrel for the issues like the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance of the child, alimony and others. T...

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The Basics of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California

Domestic violence restraining orders can be issued to individuals when the individual being issued the restraining order is: a spouse or former spouse someone you were or are dating someone you were or are engaged to a co-parent a close relative a co-habitant If any individual that fall into these categories has hurt you physically, issued threats verbally, or has harassed you, you are within your rights to file a domestic violence restraining order against them. Any acts o...

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Can I Use a Paralegal instead of a Divorce Attorney?

Law can be a complex thing to interpret due to its lengthy and elaborate provisions. Being aware of all the provisions applicable to any particular type of case or specific matter is almost impossible for any lay men. More so in the case of divorce because divorce is not about just dissolution of marriage or separation of two individuals. It also has to address the questions of property division, custody of children, alimony, domestic violence, and a lot of other issues, if applicable ...

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Benefits of Hiring a Legal Document Assistant

Any countryandrsquo;s legal system is a complex system of various acts, provisions, judgments, and amendments. This is because the governments need to make sure that every small and big activity and possible occurrence is covered under the purview of the law. As a result, more often than not, one will come across various provisions and documents for different matters. These provisions can also differ from place to place more or less, depending on the government structure, law structure, an...

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5 Tips for Researching and Hiring a Chicago Mediation Lawyer

Engaging in business with different companies require special skills from different experts. Financial advisors and Chicago commodities attorney will ensure you handle all business and serve all your customers. The process of hiring lawyers for business revolves research and cases that need representation. You can find the best Chicago mediation lawyer with research on the different firms and the following pointers will help you research and hire the best representatives. Specializing Lawyers a...

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The Friday Tech Fix – Social Media Sends a Message

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 15:33:25 +0000

Hi everyone, and Happy Independence Day! I hope you are all enjoying some down time this weekend. The tech world enjoyed a little down time this weekend itself, and as a result I don’t have a lot to report. But one trend stood out this past week, one that I think is just beginning: social media... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – Widgets and Chips at WWDC 2020

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 04:37:09 +0000

This week, there was news from one company that pretty much drowned out all the rest, and that company goes by the name of Apple. This week was the first virtual World-Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), the annual meeting where Apple announces new software updates, and developers can meet and listen to Apple engineers describe the... Continue Reading

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Podcast Recommendation – Rabbit Hole

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:45:58 +0000

Since we’ve been on lockdown, have you noticed your podcast consumption increasing or decreasing? The number of podcasts have exploded the past few years, and it seems like one effect of the lockdown is that all the people who “always wanted to start a podcast” are now actually doing that, and let’s just say the quality... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – June 5, 2020

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:33:13 +0000

Hello, and welcome to the Friday Tech Fix for June 5! My original goal has been to cover what I think are the “biggest” technology stories of the week, and why lawyers should care about them. But we are currently living in extraordinary times, and big technology news has been taking a backseat to, well…..more... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – May 29, 2020

Fri, 29 May 2020 14:00:30 +0000

Welcome to the Friday Tech Fix for May 29, 2020. As I mention over at my weekly newsletter, The Extra Mighell, this was a heck of a time to start blogging and writing about technology news. There just hasn’t been much of it, given the obvious slowdowns. But there was one really big tech news story this... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – May 22, 2020

Fri, 22 May 2020 11:00:26 +0000

Welcome to the Memorial Day Weekend edition of The Friday Tech Fix, featuring three stories from the consumer technology world lawyers need to know about. Although it was a pretty quiet week overall, there were nevertheless three stories that I think were pretty big. So let’s get started! If you Virtually “Build” It, Will They... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – May 15, 2020

Fri, 15 May 2020 14:00:04 +0000

It was another pretty quiet week in technology, which is probably why my newsletter, The Extra Mighell, is full of goats running wild and episodes of The Office appearing in Slack (you have to see it to understand it). But there were two stories that I think are important for lawyers, so here goes: The Thunderspy who... Continue Reading

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Getting and Using a Password Manager, Part 3: My Recommendations

Wed, 13 May 2020 17:49:22 +0000

In the last two posts in this series, I have explained why I think everyone should use a password manager. In Part 1, Getting and Using a Password Manager – For Real, This Time, I made the case for why password managers are necessary – at least, until we find a way to get rid... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – May 8, 2020

Fri, 08 May 2020 14:00:40 +0000

Welcome to your Friday Tech Fix for May 8, 2020! In the Tech Fix, I focus on what I consider to be the top technology news of the week, and why lawyers need to pay attention. For me there were two big stories this week – let’s dive in: Microsoft Dives Deep with Surface. While... Continue Reading

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The Friday Tech Fix – May 1, 2020

Fri, 01 May 2020 15:06:08 +0000

Welcome to your Friday Tech Fix for the first day of May, 2020. From a news perspective, there were the usual landslide of stories about virtual meetings, Zoom, working from home, and the like.  You can catch up on some of the other stories I found interesting at my “extra” newsletter, The Extra Mighell. Here are... Continue Reading

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Labor Attorneys, at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File...

United Natural Foods West, Inc. allegedly violated the California Labor Code by failing to provide their employees with legally required meal and rest breaks, as well as allegedly failed to pay...

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Tinnelly Law Group Promotes Matt Plaxton to Partner

Tinnelly Law Group, a premier California HOA law firm, announces the promotion of attorney Matthew T. Plaxton, Esq. to Partner.

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Public Health Policy Expert Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell Joins...

Visionary practitioner with decades of experience in government, private, and non-profit sectors to serve as Chief Strategist and Advisory Board Member

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Attorneys, at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File Lawsuit...

Jefferson Healthcare, Inc. allegedly violated the California Labor Code by failing to compensate their employees for missed meal and rest breaks, as well as allegedly failed to reimburse for required...

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Reynen Court Partners with EmotionTrac to Expand eDiscovery Software...

Reynen Court, the leader in bringing pre-vetted cloud-based legal technology solutions and eDiscovery software to law firms and legal departments worldwide, has partnered with EmotionTrac. EmotionTrac...

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McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates teams up with Jacksonville...

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates joins forces with A.J. Cann, the Dreambuilders Foundation, and Ezekiel Ministries, sponsoring a shoe giveaway and bowling event for children involved in a...

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Minneapolis Litigation Practice with...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Litigation Practice with the addition of Nicole E. Narotzky and Thomas R. Pack as shareholders in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

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LawGeex Named Top 5 in Law Tech By Chambers and Partners

The leading Contract Review Automation (CRA) platform, LawGeex, has been named a top five law tech vendor by Chambers and Partners, one of the most respected analytics research firms in the legal...

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LeafHouse, iJoin® partner to deliver a personalized managed...

The tech-fueled offering is poised to disrupt the retirement plan industry

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Compliance Enhances Cimplifi™ Platform with the Release of Two...

Compliance, an integrated eDiscovery services and contract analytics provider, today announced two innovative tools recently added to Cimplifi™, a client-centric experience and ecosystem that offers a...

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Gavin Tudor Elliot Joins Exclusive Haute Lawyer Network By Haute...

Gavin Tudor Elliot joins the exclusive, invite-only Haute Lawyer Network with a concentration in Business Law in the South Florida region.

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Docket Alarm Provides Half A Billion Documents for Legal Analytics and...

Record-breaking Expansion to 500,000,000 Legal Documents in Database Offers Law Firms Competitive Advantage Opportunities

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The Most Important Reasons Why Drivers Shouldn’t Drive Without A...

Compare-autoinsurance.org (https://compare-autoinsurance.org/) announces a new blog post, “The Most Important Reasons Why Drivers...

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Uptime Legal Partners with Clio for Law Practice Management

Uptime Legal to expand product portfolio to deliver a Complete Law Office in the Cloud.

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Array Announces Merger with The Gnoêsis Group, Adding Contract...

Merger provides additional capabilities to Array’s spectrum of service offerings so lawyers can focus on winning their cases.

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Solve & Win announces that a non-litigator attorney prevails in...

California business attorney prevails in Natbony v. Reccius et at., a referral fee case, under Rule 2-200 and Barnes, Crosby, Fitzgerald & Zeman, LLP v. Ringler. Suzanne Natbony, Esq. referred...

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PCE Announces Two New Shareholders

Paul Vogt and Eric Zaleski Added to PCE's Ownership Team

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SpotCrime Enlists Woolpert to Deliver Google Maps Platform Services,...

The goal of the public facing crime alert service is to improve safety and promote transparency in police data.

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Lemon Larry is Now Serving Consumers in the State of New York Who Have...

Lemon Larry helps consumers who have purchased a lemon truck or car find experienced lemon law attorneys in their area. Lemon Larry is a no-cost online service for consumers.

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Greenberg Traurig Expands IP and Life Sciences Practices in Orange...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to expand its Intellectual Property & Technology and Life Sciences practices with the addition of patent attorney Jeff Giering, Ph.D.as a...

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Greenberg Traurig Recognized in IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate,...

The International Finance Law Review’s IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate, Project Development, and Real Estate 2021 Rankings have recognized global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in five key legal...

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CobbleStone Software Joins HubSpot Solutions Partner Program

CobbleStone Software – recognized as a contract management software Leader by Forrester Research, Inc. - is pleased to announce that they are now a solutions provider with HubSpot, a widely recognized...

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Legal Cyber Attack Prevention and Recovery Live Webcasts Offered by...

NYC area legal IT security consultant and guest law firms to address both legal cyber attack prevention and steps to recover after an attack—in live webcasts

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FGA Investigates Third-Party Involvement in Executive Order 14019 and...

On Friday, FGA filed FOIA requests to multiple agencies in an effort to understand EO 14019 a law that aims to promote voter registration and participation through the federalization of election...

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TailWinds Technologies Ranked on Channel Futures MSP 501—Tech...

TailWinds Technologies has been selected as one of the technology industry’s top-performing providers of managed services by the editors of Channel Futures. For the past 15 years, MSPs from around the...

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Signature Resolution Opens in San Diego

Alternative dispute resolution firm expands its footprint in Southern California

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TRX Systems Awarded DHS S&T Contract for Public Safety In-Building...

DHS Phase II SBIR award supports the development of a solution for mapping LMR and FirstNet LTE indoor service availability for first responders.

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PRAT PARIS Products to be Distributed by ITOYA PROFOLIO

Prat Paris portfolios and presentation books join forces with Itoya to achieve growth in the Art Supplies category

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The City Of Aurora Invites Local Business Community To A Community...

The City of Aurora and Griffin and Strong P.C. are hosting a community listening session for the 2021 Disparity Study. All community members and business owners are invited to this event. It is an...

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Labor Law Firms Zakay Law Group, APLC and JCL Law Firm, APC, File A...

The lawsuit alleges Curation Foods and Landec Corporation violated the California Labor Code by failing to timely pay employees' earned wages.

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Greenberg Traurig Secures Dismissal on Behalf of USA Today in Suit...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP successfully represented Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC d/b/a/ USA Today against tortious interference with contract and unfair competition claims...

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Greenberg Traurig and ROMBA Host LGBT+ Workplace Management Webinar

Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) partnered together for ROMBA’s July webinar, “LGBT+ Workplace Management: From Policy to Practice,” hosted by Shareholder John R. Richards on July...

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Brandan Davies Invited to Join Kansas City Business Journal Leadership...

Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust is an Invitation-Only Community for Top Business Decision Makers in the Kansas City Area

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Public Finance Tax Team with Solomon Cadle

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP's Washington, D.C. office continues to expand with the addition of Solomon Cadle as a shareholder in the Public Finance and Infrastructure and Tax practices....

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Labor Law Attorneys Zakay Law Group, APLC and JCL Law Firm, APC File...

The lawsuit alleges Fineline Woodworking, Inc. and Fineline Architectural Millwork, Inc. violated the California Labor Code by failing to provide employees with timely, off-duty meal and rest periods.

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Greenberg Traurig Team Secures Sale for Kansas City Pioneers LLC to...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has advised the Kansas City Pioneers LLC, an emerging esports organization, on several fundraising, sponsorship, employment, corporate, and team-property...

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Austin Injury Attorney Joel Levine Provides Consumer Fraud...

Austin law firm to provide consultations for a limited time

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FADEL Chooses Montréal for its New Research & Development...

Many of the world’s largest publishing, media and gaming companies will benefit from FADEL’s digital IP Management solutions developed in Montréal.

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Othram and DoeNetwork Collaborate to Reunite the Missing and...

New initiative will raise awareness, funding, and other resources to help solve cold cases

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Ritchie Law Firm Hires New Associate Attorney

Kenneth C. Kettler -- New Associate Attorney for Ritchie Law Firm

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The National Trial Lawyers Announces Collin County Criminal Defense...

The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. is proud to announce that Senior Associate Attorney Aubrey K. Noonan has been recognized as one of Texas’ Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers.

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Chicago Law Firm, Anderson and Associates, P.C. Names Attorney Kyle...

Anderson and Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that Attorney Kyle Sellett has been named partner.

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Cornerstone Research: Number of Securities Class Action Filings Falls...

SPAC-related filings increase sharply in first half of 2021.

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ClearstoneIP joins Reynen Court Solutions Store to help patent groups...

The Clearstone FTO platform will be featured and made available to discover, evaluate and procure for deployment to law firms and corporate legal departments through the Reynen Court Solutions Store.

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Factor Launches ‘Factor Connect’ Partnership Program to Accelerate...

Continuing its mission to bridge the gap between New Law and traditional law, Factor announces first cohort of participating companies, including Agiloft, Kira and BlackBoiler

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Central Florida Bonding Announces Their Newest Safety Blog

Orlando, Florida bail bonds agency offers information on keeping valuables safe while at the beach

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CEO Embarks on 3,000-Mile Cross-Country Cycle to End the Cycle of...

Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Tim Markison Launches Interwoven Circles Foundation with a Goal to Raise $1M for Multiple Non-Profit Organizations Focused on Child Abuse Prevention

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Buttafuoco & Associates triumphs in landmark decision allowing NY...

Personal injury law firm Buttafuoco & Associates sets a precedent in New York for auto accident victims who are injured due to the vehicular negligence of volunteer firefighters responding to...

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Daily Herald Business Ledger Announces Sara Boucek of Kriha Boucek...

Sara Boucek, a partner at Kriha Boucek Law Firm based in Oakbrook Terrace, was one of 20 suburban business leaders who received the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s C-Suite 2021 Awards. A virtual award...

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Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law Welcomes Kevin Sparkman to their...

Prominent Tampa, Florida, personal injury law firm announces new attorney, Kevin Sparkman, is joining the practice.

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WA Parliament debates new child protection laws

Tue, 03 Aug 2021 17:30:00 +1000

This week, the WA parliament is debating new child protection legislation.  Meanwhile a program called Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making is being piloted. Will new laws and programs reduce the vast over representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care, currently seventeen times more likely than non-Indigenous children?

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Covid19 vaccination litigation in the US and transporting jurors virtually to the scene of the crime

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +1000

In the USA there is a growing number of legal disputes involving employees, consumers and university students who are challenging mandatory vaccination requirements. And new research suggests that virtual reality headsets could help jurors reach fairer verdicts in complex criminal trials.

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Proceeds of crime

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +1000

If you earn a million dollars from selling drugs and are convicted under proceeds of crime legislation, you don’t get to keep it. But what if that conviction is quashed years later? Some of the most notorious figures in the gangland era are heading back to courts to appeal their convictions following the Nicola Gobbo scandal. What happens to the 70 million dollars confiscated? Greg Muller asks, what are the laws around proceeds of crime and are they always fair?    

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Climate change litigation

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Climate change is increasingly being raised in courtrooms around the world. The latest was brought by eight Australian school students and a nun who argued that the government owed a duty of care to protect children from the harmful effects of climate change. As journalist Greg Muller reports, climate change is now seen as a legal and financial risk as well as an environmental one.  

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Bougainville independence talks underway. And are judges too lenient when sentencing sex offenders?

Tue, 06 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Could we soon see the creation of a brand new country immediately to Australia's north? PNG's Prime Minister and the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government are negotiating Bougainville's future. Also, what are the most important factors that judges weigh up when sentencing sex offenders? And are judges out of touch with community expectations?

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Overwhelming support for constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 17:30:00 +1000

The Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice to parliament. In response, the federal government created a co-design process, which produced an interim report outlining what form this voice might take. A new report has found that 90% of the 2500 submissions received following the interim report support constitutional enshrinement.

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Witness K and the public interest. And should Australia adopt private sponsorship of refugees Canada style?

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Can revealing Australia’s security operations ever be in the public interest? A former spy, Witness K received a three-month suspended sentence for revealing the Australian government spied on the Timor Leste government during negotiations over oil and gas resources in the Timor Strait. And, since the 1970s, over 300,000 refugees have settled in Canada under the country’s private sponsorship scheme. Could a similar scheme work in Australia?

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Crime and Justice in the Torres Strait and Cape York’s Licensing Muster program

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Torres Strait's low crime rate, the Muster program

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Vaccine passports and global snapshot of LGBTQI discrimination

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Some countries and states have introduced a Vaccine Passport, to allow more domestic and international movement and businesses to return. What are the technical and legal obstacles to a COVID-19 vaccine passport here in Australia? And in this Pride Month, while the LGBTQI community has a lot to celebrate in Australia, in many countries they face ongoing legal discrimination, even the death penalty.

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Porter v ABC and  AGL v Greenpeace

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Former Attorney General Christian Porter has discontinued his defamation litigation against the ABC. And power company AGL is taking Greenpeace to court arguing breach of trademark and copyright. AGL says the activist group should not have used its trademark in a series of parody advertisements that highlights its CO2 emissions.

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Victoria's Yoo-rrook Justice Commission and new research on Magistrate stress levels

Tue, 25 May 2021 17:30:00 +1000

We speak to the Chair and one of other the four commissioners who will preside over Victoria's ground breaking Yoo-rrook or Justice Commission. And new research has found that local court magistrates are the state-based judicial officers who suffer most from work-related stress.

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Improving the justice system for sexual assault survivors

Tue, 18 May 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Many victim survivors of sexual assault say they found giving evidence at trial a harrowing and re-traumatising experience. The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into ways to improve the responses of the justice system to sexual offences.  

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Federal Court rejects challenge to India travel ban. And rugby's no fault standdown rule [Updated audio]

Tue, 11 May 2021 17:30:00 +1000

The Federal Court dismissed a challenge to the Morrison government's ban on Australian citizens returning from India. Justice Thawley ruled that the government was acting within its powers under the Biosecurity Act 2015. And should professional sports people be able to continue playing when facing serious criminal charges?

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Drug driving truckies and outraging public decency

Tue, 04 May 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Mohinder Singh, the truck driver responsible for the deaths of four Victorian police officers has been sentenced to a non parole period of 18 years. Richard Pusey, who callously filmed the tragedy has also been sentenced to 10 months jail after pleading guilty to a number of offences including outraging public decency. And, why did the NSW Workers Commission award $500,000 to the family of a truck driver who was high on ice and died after crashing his rig into a home, injuring a sleeping pensioner?

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Australia's whistle-blower protection laws. And is it time for a vaccine injury compensation scheme?

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 17:30:00 +1000

Australia's whistle-blower laws will be in the spotlight when a long-running, high-profile prosecution involving former ATO officer Richard Boyle comes back before the courts. Also, if a vaccine causes an injury, many countries have a vaccine injury compensation scheme. Do we need one in Australia?

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Court rules couples can conspire and how brain implants might transform criminal law

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 17:30:00 +1000

The High Court of Australia rules that a married couple can conspire to commit a crime. Also, the challenges posed by emerging neuro technologies.

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The findings of two significant Coronial Inquests

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:30:00 +1000

NSW State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan has found that the murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their father were preventable. The Coroner identified a series of serious systemic failures which contributed to the crimes. Also, Victorian Coroner Paresa Spanos has recommended the adoption of pill testing after investigating the deaths of five young men who died in separate drug related incidents between July 2016 and January 2017.

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Full decriminalisation of sex work on the cards in Victoria

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:30:00 +1000

The Victorian government is set to consider fully decriminalising sex work this year. Guest producer Carly Godden traces how, over the eras, the law in Victoria has regulated the commercial sex and adult industries.  *Note there are sexual references in this program

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Christian Porter no longer Attorney General. And eminent scientists petition for release of convicted killer Kathleen Folbigg

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

On advice from the Solicitor-General, the PM shifts Christian Porter to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. And following the NSW Court of Appeal ruling that Kathleen Folbigg stay behind bars, the Australian Academy of Science issues a strong statement saying 'there are medical and scientific explanations for the death of each of Kathleen Folbigg's children'. A petition from ninety eminent scientists also called for her immediate release.

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Inside Thomas Embling Hospital, a Forensic health facility

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

For the first time a journalist is allowed to record in the Thomas Embling Hospital, Melbourne's Forensic healthcare facility. Meet therapists, the psychiatrist in charge and some of the patients who have committed a serious crime but are deemed not responsible for their actions due to mental illness.

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Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Attorney-General Christian Porter has just lodged a defamation action against the ABC. And recently, the full Federal Court upheld a $120,000 damages payout to Senator Sarah Hanson Young by former Senator David Leyonhjelm. Also, new research on who is most likely to commit a serious crime. A former prisoner or former forensic hospital patient?

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Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Attorney-General Christian Porter has just lodged a defamation action against the ABC. And recently, the full Federal Court upheld a $120,000 damages payout to Senator Sarah Hanson Young by former Senator David Leyonhjelm. Also, new research on who is most likely to commit a serious crime. A former prisoner or former forensic hospital patient?

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Debate over independent inquiry into Christian Porter rape allegations

Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Should there be an an independent inquiry into historic rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter and if so, what should it look like?

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Disability Royal Commissioner Ron Sackville. And legal win for Torres Strait native title holders

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Ron Sackville QC, AO, the chair of The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has been hearing harrowing accounts of the experiences of people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system. In a legal first, the Kaurareg people of Muralug island obtained an injunction under the Native Title Act preventing future damage. As a result the Torres Shire Council has just abandoned plans to build a harbour on a sacred site

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Adventure tourism accidents and legal liability

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 17:30:00 +1100

If you go skydiving or hot air ballooning and tragedy strikes, who can you sue? The tour operator? In a unique unfolding case the Bureau of Meteorology is being sued.

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Convicted terrorist to stay in jail on continuing detention order. And sacked climate change skeptic to get his day in High Court

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:30:00 +1100

The High Court of Australia has upheld the Continuing Detention Order for convicted terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika. Even though his fifteen year sentence is over, he is deemed to pose an ongoing threat and he remains in detention. Also, the High Court has agreed to hear the case of sacked marine physicist Peter Ridd. He was terminated after being disciplined repeatedly by James Cook University over comments he made about the research of colleagues and associated entities. He is critical of science linking coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. with climate change and polluted water.

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Queensland's outlaw bikie exit scheme. And international divorce property dispute can be heard in Australia

Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Queensland Police has launched an exit scheme to help outlaw motor cycle gang members break away from their clubs.  It's the first venture of this kind in Australia. And the High Court has ruled that issues around property division and maintenance can be heard in an Australian court, even when the divorce is overseas.

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Can you be sacked if you refuse a COVID-19 vaccine? And is neglecting an overdosed friend a crime?

Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Two recent unfair dismissal cases may provide some insight into whether employers can sack workers who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination. Also, a recent decision in the NSW Court of Appeal upholds a manslaughter conviction involving a failure to help a friend who needed urgent medical help.

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How itchy underpants created our consumer laws

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:30:00 +1100

If a consumer is injured by a faulty product, they can sue the manufacturer. In Australia, The law of Negligence or Torts forms a fundamental building block of our legal system. As reporter Carly Godden discovers, these laws owe much of their origins to a case from the 1930's involving a pair of woollen long johns.  

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Retired Magistrate David Heilpern critical of NSW drug driving laws

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:30:00 +1100

In northern NSW, Lismore Local Court Magistrate David Heilpern has just retired at the age of 58. In a candid conversation about his working life, its challenges and stresses, he also outlines his misgivings about the NSW drug driving laws which played a big role in his decision to step down.

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Family violence killing found to be a workplace death

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:30:00 +1100

The NSW Court of Appeal found that the killing of a woman by her de facto husband at home was a workplace death and her family are entitled to workers compensation. This decision was handed down in March, just at the time when millions began working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So what are the implications of this case for workers and their employers? If you or anyone you know is affected by family violence there is help available at 1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 Lifeline on 13 11 14 safe steps on 1800 015 188 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

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Former Facebook moderator sues social media giant for PTSD

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:30:00 +1100

Social media can be useful connecting people and ideas but moderators are needed to keep disturbing and toxic material off the platforms. Chris Gray, a former Facebook moderator claims viewing such content in order to keep us safe, gave him PTSD. He's the lead plaintiff in an action against Facebook and CPL, the contracting company that employed him. *And a warning this program discusses disturbing material*

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Adolescents who turn homes into war zones

Tue, 29 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +1100

One in ten incidents of family violence are committed by adolescents. Most of the violence is carried out by young males towards their mothers and involves verbal and physical abuse, coercive and controlling behaviours, financial abuse, stalking and property damage. Are our legal and social responses adequate?

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Australia’s legal response to WW1 and the 1919 Spanish Flu

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +1100

A timely reflection on the legal responses to two separate but intimately-linked tragedies. During war we saw restrictions on food prices, protests and the freedoms of German Australians. During the Spanish flu crisis we saw maritime quarantines, closed internal borders and spats between the states and feds. Sound familiar?

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Call for regulation of debt repair or credit management companies

Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +1100

New research finds that 8% of Australians have used the services of debt management or credit repair companies this year. The Consumer Action Law Centre who commissioned the research are calling for UK-style consumer protections that require these businesses to act in the best interests of clients.    

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COVID-19 and jury trials

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Don a mask and join a tour of the County Court of Victoria with Chief Justice Peter Kidd. Find out how jury trials are being made COVID-19 safe.  And while masks aren't mandatory in NSW criminal trials, there have been many changes including more judge-only trials.

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Royal Commission into Lawyer X findings. And Family Court's Lighthouse Project new approach to family violence

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants concludes that the behaviour of both the Victoria Police and Nicola Gobbo, who led a double life of both barrister and informant, may affect over 1,000 court findings. Among the 111 recommendations is the appointment of a special investigator, as well as a suitably qualified person to investigate a further eleven people who were human sources with potential legal obligations of confidentiality or privilege. And, in a world first, the Family Court are launching The Lighthouse Project, a pilot scheme that links support services to families experiencing violence.

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How well did ADF Legal Officers in Afghanistan perform their task? And the right to silence a focus in High Court decision

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Justice Brereton’s report into alleged war crimes by our special forces in Afghanistan is triggering a lot of discussion around failures in lines of accountability. It raises questions about on-the-ground Australian Defence Force lawyers, the very people who are meant to be experts in the Laws of War. And the Right to Silence. The High Court of Australia quashes a conviction and orders a retrial because the trial judge made comments to the jury about the accused’s decision not to give evidence.

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Recycled print cartridges don't infringe patents says High Court. Also, reforms to responsible lending laws

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The High Court of Australia rules that a company that buys used empty computer print cartridges, refills them with ink and sells them to consumers is not infringing the patents of the original manufacturer. Protecting Consumers vs Streamlining Access to Credit. With the aim of getting the economy moving and consumers spending, the government hopes to loosen 'responsible lending laws' contained in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act.

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Trump disputes election loss in court, Australian challenges to COVID-19 restrictions and First Nations art from Victorian prisons

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Can Donald Trump challenge his election loss in the courts? Three challenges to COVID-19 restrictions thrown out by Australian courts. And a new exhibition Future Dreaming...visions of the future showcases art works from First Nations prisoners in Victoria.

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NT police officer to stand trial for shooting death. And the COVID legal responses helping businesses from going under

Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +1100

An Alice Springs local court judge has ruled that Constable Zachary Rolfe will face a murder trial for the death of 19 year old Yuendumu man, Kumanjayi Walker. In a separate development, a NSW coroner referred a death involving corrective services officers to prosecutors. And with restrictions easing and some borders opening up, what are the legal and financial challenges ahead for business?

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Landmark Victorian report on image based sexual abuse

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released an in-depth study into how non-consensual recording or distribution of sexual images or videos offences are handled by Victorian courts. It's the first report of its kind in Australia. What's surprising is the connection between prosecutions and domestic violence.

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South Australia reduces sentencing discounts. Also, direct democracy in NZ and the US

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +1100

All around Australia if an accused pleads guilty to a criminal offence, they become eligible for a reduction in prison time. But just how big an incentive should we give an accused if it’s a serious crime? The South Australian parliament has passed legislation reducing the maximum possible prison discount from 40% down to 25%. And during NZ's national election, our Kiwi cousins voted on two referendum questions. One was a private members bill which was literally pulled out of the NZ Democracy Biscuit Tin. Meanwhile in upcoming presidential election US citizens will also vote on a staggering number of state-based ballot propositions. In Colorado voters will be asked whether grey wolves should be re-introduced into the northern Rockies.

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Appointing judges in the US and Australia and our consumer watchdog at work

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Over the next few months two justices of the High Court of Australia will retire. What is the process for choosing their replacements? How different will our process be from what’s taking place right now in the USA with the US Supreme Court vacancy? Also, the Federal Court has just fined price comparison site iSelect $8.5 million after it admitted to misleading and deceptive conduct. This comes just few days after the court imposed a $7 million fine on ticket reseller Viagogo. But these two wins, follow two courtroom losses for the ACCC, both involving products spruiking their green credentials, flushable toilet wipes and disposable picnic ware.

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Elder abuse and COVID-19

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +1100

There have been over 660 COVID-19 deaths in residential aged-care facilities. The Royal Commission into Aged Care special report on COVID 19 has made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the safety and quality of life of residents. The pandemic has also increased the vulnerabilities of elderly where-ever they live. Physical, financial and emotional abuse as well as neglect and chemical restraint have all made worse.

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Claremont murder trial, judges and apprehended bias and Victorian children on remand who never receive a custodial sentence

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +1000

The Perth trial of Bradley Robert Edwards, found guilty of two of the three Claremont murders. How should we deal with judges who are biased or incompetent? And, a new Victorian report finds that two thirds of children who spend time on remand never receive a custodial sentence.

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VALE Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. High Court of Australia rules that an off-duty soldier can face trial in military court

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death has ignited raw and intense political wrangling over how to fill her seat on the US Supreme Court. We reflect on her legacy and the political manoeuvering. And, in a case involving a soldier known only as Private R, the High Court of Australia has determined that a trial for ADF members can be held in the military justice system even when the alleged crime was not connected to military service.

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Bill to ban mobile phones in immigration detention. And Supreme Court win for remote NT residents over poor housing

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +1000

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill which will strip mobile phones from people in immigration detention. Will the bill pass the Senate? What does this mean for asylum seekers?     And residents of the remote Northern Territory community of Santa Teresa have just won a big legal victory over NT Housing. One elderly representative litigant Enid, whose house didn’t have a back door for 6 years has just had her compensation increase from $100 to $10,000, a win that will have big implications for other communities.

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Judicial inquiry into COVID-19 hotel quarantine in Victoria

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +1000

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases in Victoria’s second wave of the pandemic are traceable to breaches of hotel quarantine. What went so horribly wrong? A judicial inquiry is trying to find out.   So far, a lot of the evidence has focussed on how the roles and responsibilities of private security guards fitted with those of the police, government authorised officers, health providers and hotel staff.

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Clive Palmer v WA, gag laws on sexual assault survivors in Victoria and considering personality disorders when sentencing

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +1000

How might Clive Palmer challenge WA legislation designed to thwart his legal action against the WA government? Also, in Victoria, sexual assault survivors now require a court order before they can speak publicly about their experience. Following protests the law is currently under 'urgent' review. And the Victorian Court of Appeal has just handed down a landmark decision involving 19 year old Daylia Brown. It allows sentencing judges to consider an offender’s personality disorder when calculating an appropriate prison term.

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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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