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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Legal Liability Stemming from the Capitol Riot

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000

As the nation celebrated the 59th Presidential Inauguration, the White House, U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings were surrounded by checkpoints, a seven-foot-high fence, thousands of National Guard Troops, and military vehicles patrolling the streets of DC, all stemming from the riot at our U.S. Capitol just over two weeks ago.

Since the riot, there have been federal felony arrests and charges brought against many of those who entered the Capitol or committed related crimes on January 6th. But who else will be held legally liable for these riots in the year ahead? President Trump? Sponsors and planners of the rally pre-riot? Members of Congress? What about those who have incited violence or spread misinformation through their social media channels?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by attorney Alan Gassman from the law firm Gassman, Crotty & Denicolo and attorney Michael McAuliffe from the firm, McAuliffe Law PLLC as they discuss legal liability stemming from the U.S. Capitol riot, federal felony charges, and what lies ahead for all involved.

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Legal Talk Today : Kraken vs. Kraken

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000

Famed election challenger Sidney Powell is being sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems for 1.3 billion dollars but whose Kraken will win this fight? Jenna Greene, legal Columnist from Thomson Reuters, joins us to discuss the Clash of the Titans.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #312: Bringing Back Common Sense, with Martin Lindstrom

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:30:00 +0000

Author and brand expert, Martin Lindstrom, shares his best tips for helping leaders build a team where common sense is the rule rather than the exception.

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!

Looking for more tips on successfully managing your team? Learn more here.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Future Voting & the Census

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:47:44 +0000

An update on where things stand for the future of voting, representation in Congress, and allocation of federal funds through the Census count. Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation joins us to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump vs. New York and how it will impact our use of the Census in the years to come.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : An Impeachment So Nice They Did It Twice

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000

Can the Senate try a former president on an impeachment charge? Must a fact witness recuse themselves from serving as an advocate in a trial? The answer to both of these questions is obviously, "yes" and yet the last week involved a number of right-wing outlets trying to muddy the waters up to and including Jonathan Turley demanding that everyone stop citing Jonathan Turley. Joe and Kathryn also discuss the Supreme Court's race to approve executions in Trump's waning days and the state of the legal industry entering 2021.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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Law Technology Now : Redefining the Hub

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000

While legions are hopeful for a return to normalcy as soon as possible, the pandemic's legacy will be felt for decades. The impact is already sure to prompt change from tech adoption to what defines an entity's business hub.

Ralph Baxter, Daniel Rodriguez, and Dan Linna use their final episode as hosts of LTNow to discuss life before and during the pandemic, and what they predict is next in their respective fields of expertise.

Linna references disruptive innovation theorist Clayton Christensen in considering a different way for law firms to think, plan and talk about technology. Instead of choosing between prioritizing disruptive tech vs operational innovation, Linna says firms need to balance both to keep pace with an evolving industry.

Rodriguez reviews the pandemic's impact on law schools, already struggling with decreased enrollment, law school finances, and student debt. He discusses regulation of law schools, the shift to all online early in the pandemic, grading changes, and how remote and hybrid learning is creating opportunities for improving teaching during precious hours in person and via technology while remote.

For law firms, Ralph Baxter expects the pandemic will have game-changing ramifications. Specifically, he believes the disruption shared globally created a gateway for change for an industry on the precipice of progress. Years of talking gave way to sudden action by necessity.

Baxter predicts changes and improvements beyond travel and space, down to the fundamental concept of how the workplace hub is defined. A brick-and-mortar space was the hub of activity pre-pandemic. But the new hub is information and the technology that connects people and processes to that information.

Ralph Baxter served as Chairman & CEO of Orrick for nearly a quarter-century and is a member of Intapp's board of directors.

Daniel W. Linna Jr. has a joint appointment at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering as the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives and a Senior Lecturer.

Former dean Daniel B. Rodriguez is the Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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Legal Talk Today : Tanzin v. Tanvir

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:35:29 +0000

Can you sue for damages when the Federal Government violates your religious and civil rights? That’s exactly what three Muslim men did when they were harassed and were put on the no-fly list by law enforcement when they refused to spy on their community. Jennifer Cowan from Debevoise & Plimpton explains this very important case and what it means for religious liberties.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Second Brain Project: Organization, Part 2

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:02:37 +0000

Dennis and Tom have zeroed in on their top pick for organizing their personal knowledge management project, the Second Brain. Having both come to the conclusion that Notion is the right tool for the job, Dennis and Tom dig into why they like it and how its capabilities effectively serve the needs of the project.

Next, is Dennis a hashtag genius or not? In their second segment, a skeptical Tom grills Dennis on his creative new approach to Twitter hashtags.

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.

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Legal Talk Today : Americans Subsidizing Drugs?

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000

According to government sources, drug companies charge Americans more for prescription medications than other countries. In this episode, we talk about a new rule designed to close that gap and why some are pushing back against it. Leah D’Aurora Richardson from the law firm of K & L Gates explains the new rule and policies surrounding the issue.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #311: What You Should’ve Learned in Law School, with Neil Tyra

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:30:00 +0000

Practitioner attorney, Neil Tyra, shares all the things they didn’t teach you in law school, and some of the mistakes he made along the way in his own practice that helped him grow.

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!

Looking to tackle this new year with momentum & clear vision? Learn more about your career & personal goals here.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Supreme Court’s Latest

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:34:16 +0000

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from the Berkeley School of Law joins us to give an update on the Supreme Court and its big cases as well as predictions for Court Packing.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Coup Coup Ka-Choo

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

A lot has happened since we last convened, and we're here to talk about it. What's the standard for "incitement"? How does the 25th Amendment work? Can Amazon really kick Parler off their servers? All that and an update to last week's discussion about Biglaw's involvement in Trump's effort to pressure Georgia officials to "find" votes.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : 'White Fright' author discusses historical lynch mobs and the attack on the Capitol

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Historian Jane Dailey discusses her new book, White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America's Racist History, and what America's history with lynch mobs can teach us about the attack on the Capitol. She and the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles also discuss how the end of Reconstruction impacts us today, and several key court cases that influenced the way courts considered racial identity.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Law firms should not rush lateral hiring, due diligence expert says

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000

With the shift to virtual recruitment amid the COVID-19 crisis, the speed at which law firms vet and hire lateral partners has increased, according to Michael Ellenhorn, the founder and CEO of Decipher. But Ellenhorn, whose company helps legal industry clients evaluate potential hires, says law firms would be wise not to quicken the hiring process too much.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : The Marketing Crystal Ball Says...

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:00:00 +0000

With 2020 having been so blissfully uneventful, aren't we due for some major shakeups? It's hard to know what changes 2021 will bring for legal marketing, but, with the help of Gyi, Conrad peers into his crystal ball to see the future of the digital ad space. Are we fast approaching the digital media reckoning? Are the recent antitrust suits against Google and Facebook harbingers of a changing landscape? And can some good New Year's marketing resolutions help you prepare to weather the storm?

Marketer v. Marketer challenge is coming to a head with Gyi and Conrad set to compete to build LHLM’s listener base by each using UTM parameters (discussed here and here), key performance metrics (here), and their respective takes on creative ad copy. As promised, results of Market That Podcast will be shared with listeners in an effort to teach by example.

Will their experimentation make LHLM the best legal marketing podcast ever? You’ll know it when you hear it. Speaking of, Conrad and Gyi are asking listeners to nominate the best and worst of 2020 legal marketing for our next episode. The LHLMys will reveal:

Marketer vs. Marketer Winner
Legal Ad of the Year
Worst Legal Ad
Best Ad - Comedy
Out of the Box
Best Legal Website
Best Use of Social Media
Best Vendor You Can’t Live Without

Nominate the best and worst you’ve seen in 2020 at this link.

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

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Robert Half Legal Report : What Legal Teams Need to Know about the LIBOR Transition

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000

After employing the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as its primary interest rate benchmark for more than 35 years, the financial services industry is preparing for a critical transition. The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority is expected to cease publication of LIBOR by Dec. 31, 2021. This pending action is pushing financial institutions to plan and implement modifications as they phase out LIBOR and shift to an alternative reference rate – with legal teams providing essential guidance and expertise along the way.

In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, is joined by Doug Wilbert, a managing director with Protiviti, to discuss significant legal implications inherent in the benchmark transition. They explore the operational, legal and compliance challenges of replacing LIBOR with an alternative reference rate – and how legal teams are needed to make crucial impact assessments, identify and manage legal and contractual risks, conduct litigation and regulatory reviews, and more.

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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The Legal Toolkit : Jim Carrey Should’ve Won an Oscar, Making Virtual Conferences Better, and the Rump Roast: Celebrity Nicknames

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 09:00:00 +0000

Whether projecting himself from a rubber rhino’s anus or adeptly portraying the late Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey knows how to commit wholeheartedly to a role. To kick off the show, Jared talks through some of Carrey’s greatest works and makes the case for why this oft-typecast actor deserves higher accolades in his industry. (1:43) Next, Jared welcomes Melissa Rogozinski to discuss the current state of web-based legal conferences and what could be done to increase attendee engagement. (7:52) And, stick around for the Rump Roast, where Jared quizzes Melissa on a variety of celebrity nicknames. (27:59)

Melissa Rogozinski is CEO of RPC Strategies, LLC, and the RPC Round Table.

This week, we talked about the overlooked dramatic acting roles of Jim Carrey. He's largely known for comedy + so is this playlist! It's the best of comedy and parody artists!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3VtyuzW8NKbUK3DNePTFhi?si=mJY0FdVSSbGosWsUpFXqwA

Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.
Our closing song is Schoolyard Swing by Cast of Characters.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolv, and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Counting the Votes!

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:46:37 +0000

How do we count electoral college votes in a contested Presidential election? Professor Richard Hasen from the University of California, Irvine School of Law gives us a civics lesson.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Defining Sedition under the Trump Presidency

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:41:13 +0000

Sedition is defined as “conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.” Throughout the Trump presidency, the word “sedition” has been used by both parties to describe various actions alleged to have crossed a legal line. For instance, Attorney General Barr suggested to prosecutors to file sedition charges against protesters in wake of protests across the country.

On January 6, 2021, Pro-Trump protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were in the process of certifying Electoral College votes in favor of President Elect-Biden. So are any of these actions considered seditious? And if so, what is being done about it?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by constitutional law professor Carlton Larson from UC Davis School of Law, as they talk about sedition as it applies to the actions of the current administration, identify the legal line between sedition and free speech, and define what is and isn't sedition.

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Gascon!

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:02:31 +0000

District Attorney George Gascon has been making national headlines for his Special Directives which have caused his own Deputy District Attorneys to sue him. They believe the new directives put them on a collision course with the law and their sworn duties to the State of California. Tune in to hear all about it with the Daily Journal’s Malcolm Maclachlan.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Succession Planning: Being Prepared for the Uncertainties of the Future

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000

Every lawyer will eventually end their practice of law, and being ready for that transition safeguards you, your clients, and your fellow attorneys. The State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir welcomes Penny Robe to discuss the ins and outs of succession planning for well-prepared attorneys. They discuss the scenarios lawyers should consider as they create a plan (retirement, incapacitation, and more) and share some of the State Bar’s many succession planning resources available to help in the process.

Penny Robe is president of the Robe Law Firm.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : How COVID-19-Related Claims Differ in Canada Versus the US

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000

Expert Service Provider Dan Thompson of DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies discusses the impact of COVID-19 and differences in how claims are handled in Canada and the US.

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 : #310: Better, Faster, Smarter Decision Making, with Annie Duke

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 11:30:00 +0000

Author and decision strategist, Annie Duke, shares how to make your decision making strategy more effective & efficient in your everyday life.

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!

Looking to tackle this new year with momentum & clear vision? Learn more about your career & personal goals here.

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

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Foley & Lardner's Wild Week

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0000

As the post-election drama gets even weirder, Biglaw partner Cleta Mitchell turned up on a call seeming to represent Donald Trump as he attempted to solicit election interference from Georgia officials. Joe and Kathryn revisit the difference between professional consequences and business consequences when it comes to lawyers and boggle over how a lawyer could let a call like this happen without confidentiality provisions. Also, Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz have elite law school educations and their classmates wish they'd act like it.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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Legal Talk Today : Human Trafficking

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:41:29 +0000

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Tune in to learn about the different signs and how to help if you think someone is in need of assistance, with executive director of Samaritan Village Dionne Coleman.

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Legal Talk Today : Why So Many Robocalls? Why?!

Mon, 04 Jan 2021 17:52:38 +0000

University of Nebraska College of Law Professor Justin Hurwitz explains the out-dated regulatory framework at the center of litigation and calls for reform to address the scourge of robocalls.

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Legal Talk Today : Must-See Legal TV

Fri, 01 Jan 2021 18:57:39 +0000

Law in pop culture columnist Adam Banner critiques law on TV, from “Better Call  Saul” and what “100 Humans” can teach us, to pro se shenanigans depicted on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Cheers to a New Year! — Dennis & Tom’s 2021 Resolutions

Fri, 01 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000

In keeping with their annual tradition, Dennis and Tom share their technology and podcast resolutions to ring in the new year. They take a look back at the resolutions they made for 2020, discussing the progress they made and which goals they met. Then, they look forward to 2021, outlining the importance of making specific, measurable, and achievable goals related to technology and discussing what they hope to accomplish for the podcast this year.

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, ServeNow and Colonial Surety Company.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #309: Tightening up Your Onboarding Process, with Maryellen Stockton

Thu, 31 Dec 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Coach and remote work expert, Maryellen Stockton, shares her tips on how remote companies can successfully onboard new employees.

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!

Looking to onboard new associates successfully, so you can get stellar HR processes in your firm? Learn more here.

Thanks to Knackly ,Back Office Betties, LawPay, and TextExpander  for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Finally, We're Finished With 2020

Wed, 30 Dec 2020 16:30:00 +0000

Joe and Kathryn discuss the big stories in law this past year. Is it all COVID? Yes, it is. But there were several different repercussions to discuss from firm business to office architecture to bar exams. And there was a new Supreme Court justice whose nomination nearly destroyed the White House. So there was that.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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Legal Talk Today : 2020 Year in Review with ALM

Wed, 30 Dec 2020 16:06:33 +0000

2020 Year in Review and who better to explain it than our good friend Zach Warren from American Lawyer Media.

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Legal Talk Today : Escaping Alcatraz!

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 20:31:55 +0000

A history of the island prison’s breakouts. Former resident and author Jolene Babyak tells us the tales. Stay tuned to hear what some escapees (if they’re still alive) would be wanted for today.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : What it's like to argue before the Supreme Court during COVID-19

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Jeffrey L. Fisher has argued more than 40 U.S. Supreme Court cases, and he relies heavily on the justices’ body language during arguments. But that wasn’t possible for his last three, which were conducted by phone because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He recently shared his experiences with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Legal Talk Today : Dibs on the Vaccine?

Fri, 25 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Allison Winnike from the Immunization Partnership walks us through the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, how it produced vaccines so quickly, and who will receive them first. 

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Taking a Different Path-Leaving the Law and Finding your Passion

Fri, 25 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Have you ever considered leaving the law and going on the adventure of a lifetime? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams spotlights word traveler, writer, photographer, and public speaker Jodi Ettenberg, a former lawyer who left the law and took a different career path. Jodi will discuss how she became interested in law, what led to her departure, what she learned in her new career, and the importance of finding and following your passion.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LEX Reception.

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The Digital Edge : What’s on the Horizon for Law Firms in 2021?

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

It might be a risky time to predict the future, but Jim and Sharon have decided to give it a whirl! Based on shifts they’ve seen throughout the legal community during 2020, they offer their thoughts on what lawyers should keep in mind as the new year begins. With topics ranging from the movement away from physical office space to cloud-based lawyering to the rise of ransomware, and more, Jim and Sharon talk about which changes they think will stick and what impacts we may see throughout the profession.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #308: Redefining HR, with Lars Schmidt

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Entrepreneur, speaker, and HR expert Lars Schmidt shows us how we should rethink our perspective on HR.

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!

Looking to nail down your mission, vision, and values, so you can get stellar HR processes in your firm? Learn more here.

Thanks to Smith.ai, TextExpander, Back Office Betties, and LawPay  for sponsoring this episode.      

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : No Second 'Chances'

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:30:00 +0000

The New York Times seems to think everyone was too tough of Jeffrey Toobin. They are wrong. Meanwhile one guy who has had far too many chances is Rand Paul, who continues to be completely awful, this time in blocking a bill designed to protect federal judges. And California bar applicants don't need a second chance either, they just need a bar examiner willing to grade their exams honestly rather than suggesting that one-third of them cheated.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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Legal Talk Today : Santa Claus!

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Today we have a special holiday show, and what better way to do it than with our good friends Jared Correia from our Legal Toolkit Show and our producer Molly McDonough, as well as a special guest (stay tuned to find out who it is).

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Workers Comp Matters : The Year that Was in Workers Comp

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 15:30:00 +0000

Sensational coverage and panic drove much of the early discussion and predictions about workers comp during the beginning of the pandemic. But workers comp legal expert Emily Spieler says that early handwringing by employers and employees was overblown. That said, Spieler and host Alan Pierce discuss how the pandemic placed a spotlight on the workers’ compensation system.

For Spieler, the pandemic exposed how the nation’s poor healthcare safety net puts tremendous pressure on workers comp because there is no other real recourse for employees who get sick and can demonstrate they were exposed at work. Without paid sick leave, workers turn to workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp isn’t adequate for illness related to employment. That explains why there are separate federal programs for workers exposed to toxins such as silica, asbestos, and coal dust.

Spieler and Pierce talk through the weaknesses of the system, particularly the nuances of compensable diseases for workers directly exposed through front-line work, such as nurses and doctors, and those who may face increased chances of exposure along the supply chain.

The impact of Covid-19 on workers’ comp is unfolding as data is collected and claims processed.

What’s to come in 2021? While Spieler says most workers, as many as 70% to 80%, didn’t have the opportunity to work from home, she notes there is sure to be litigation over injuries sustained by those working from home. Is tripping while walking to the restroom at home when you’re on the clock the same as tripping on the way to the restroom at work?

Emily Spieler is the Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where she served as dean from 2002 until 2012.

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Law Technology Now : The Case Against Facebook

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Northwestern’s Jim Speta speaks with fellow law professor and host Dan Rodriguez about the suit against Facebook filed by the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general.

Speta, an internet law expert and interim dean of the law school, gives an overview of the case, and delves into the history of the FTC and Department of Justice that enables both entities to enforce antitrust laws. Speta and Rodriguez discuss whether the Biden administration will shift gears with the suit and whether breaking up the social media giant would benefit the three billion consumers who use the platform. Speta also shares his take on best possible outcomes and how they would protect consumer data and assure competitors have a fighting chance in the market.

Jim Speta is interim dean and the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Professor of Law at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Our favorite reads from 2020

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000

As a tumultuous year draws to a close, we gathered together ABA Journal editors and reporters to discuss what the past year has been like for them as readers. With the stress of the pandemic and national elections, how had their reading habits changed? Were they concentrating on current events or comfort reads? With our offices operating remotely, did they have more time for reading? Modern Law Library host Lee Rawles spoke to editor Victor Li and reporters Lyle Moran, Amanda Robert and Stephanie Francis Ward to find out which books helped them make it through 2020–and what listeners could be adding to their own 2021 reading lists.

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The Legal Toolkit : Moneyball Your Law Firm, Thought Leadership For the Win, and the Rump Roast: “Yacht or Nyacht?”

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 16:47:03 +0000

Don’t get caught in a pickle! Baseballers use data to win, so your law firm should use it to edge out your competitors. Jared Correia opens the show with boring baseball talk—sports, numbers, blah, blah, blah—but, don’t worry, there’s a great tie-in for your practice. Key takeaway: Use data analytics, no matter what! (1:53) Next up to bat, Jay Harrington joins Jared to talk through the concept of thought leadership and how you can use it to generate new business for your firm. (9:20) And, finally, Jared welcomes yacht-rock connoisseur Tom Nixon for the Rump Roast to answer the eternal question: Is it yacht, or is it nyacht? (26:48)

Jay Harrington is president of Harrington Communications.

Tom Nixon is a principal and chief strategy officer at Harrington Communications.

Our theme song is Two Cigarettes by Major Label Interest.

This week’s closing song is Sunrise on the Water by Page 99.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Data Is Such a Powerful Tool

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Erik Pickering was just getting the hang of things in data operations and company security at Bridgewater Associates when the Great Recession hit and the bottom fell out from under the economy. He still uses the lessons he learned at Bridgewater, which had set up a sophisticated Depression alarm that anticipated the turmoil.

Pickering and host Christopher Anderson discuss the strategy lessons he saw developed and implemented by Bridgewater’s billionaire founder Ray Dalio. Pickering shares Dalio’s five-step planning process that he says applies to business and life.

The lessons are particularly applicable today and boil down to, “Hope for the best. Plan for the worst.”

One key to planning right now? Shorten the planning horizon. Rather than a five-year plan, Pickering and Anderson say firms may need to think in terms of months or weeks.

Pickering and Anderson discuss the common mistakes lawyers make during times of crisis. Taking on too much at once is one Pickering sees far too often.

Closing the episode, Pickering and Anderson talk about investigative and data research as a tool for lawyers, from solos to larger firms. Pickering differentiates the Tracers software and investigation method from simple internet searches that don’t measure up to responsible due diligence.

Erik Pickering is president of the data-research company Tracers.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerkAlert Communications and LawYaw.

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Legal Talk Today : Real Estate Trends 2020 (the latest)

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:20:56 +0000

Where did Real Estate (commercial and residential) end up at the end of 2020? Wendy Cole from the National Association of Realtors gives us the latest.

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Legal Talk Today : Weed in the House!

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

The MORE Act has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but does that mean it’s legal at the federal level? Not just yet... Vincent Sliwoski from Harris Bricken explains the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Pardon the Interruption: 2020 Edition

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

The Kennedy-Mighell Report is wrapping up the year in their traditional style! Joined once again by Debbie Foster, Dennis and Tom recap 2020 with “Pardon the Interruption”-style segments, including Toss Up, What’s the Word, and their very own Buzzword Bingo. They exchange views on many of the latest hot topics in legal, hashing out COVID-era changes, rapid tech adoption, access to justice, and much more.

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.

Debbie Foster is the managing partner for Affinity Consulting, and is a nationally recognized thought leader on efficiency and innovation in professional legal organizations.

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

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The Paralegal Voice : Labor & Employment in the Age of COVID-19

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 18:34:10 +0000

Dinsmore partner Brian Moore provides an overview of hot employment law issues already being litigated and likely to face judicial scrutiny in the months to come. He and host Jill Francisco discuss COVID-19-era legislation that protects many employees who need to take emergency leave to care for loved ones.

The two also explore relaxed privacy protections, leave eligibility, spikes in COVID-19 related employment cases, and employer-mandated vaccines. A common issue Moore sees: Former employees claiming COVID-19 is a pretext for wrongful termination.

Brian Moore is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Charleston, West Virginia

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

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Digital Detectives : Clio’s Legal Trends Report 2020: A Look Into the Future of Law

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

The legal world has made more forward progress since the start of the pandemic than many expected it could do in a decade. Lawyers formerly resistant to technology suddenly found themselves with no choice but to adapt and embrace digital-friendly legal practice. For a closer look at how these changes are playing out in the profession, Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with George Psiharis about Clio’s 2020 Legal Trends Report. They discuss who is weathering pandemic-era shifts most effectively, the mass movement to cloud-based services, the importance of focusing on customer experience, and which COVID-era changes will likely carry on beyond the pandemic.

George Psiharis is chief operating officer at Clio.

Special thanks to our sponsor PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #307: Vision & Values: The Foundation of Your Business, with Stephanie Everett

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett and Marketing Director Laura Briggs discuss why your clarity, vision, and values are about more than just team building and gushy things.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about taking our Lawyerist Lab community and what we do in our program, click here.

Thanks to Termageddon, LawPay, TextExpander, and Back Office Betties  for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : I Wonder If The Big City Lawyer Will Choose Love Or Career?!?!?

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 17:49:49 +0000

Joe and Kathryn discuss the 2020 slate of new holiday movies that seem to always put lawyers on the wrong end of work-life balance. We also check in on Naomi Biden's move to D.C. Biglaw and an attorney who apparently decided that Zoom trials meant the end of dress codes.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper SoftwareLexisNexis® InterAction® and Lexicon.

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Legal Talk Today : Cuomo vs. Houses of Worship

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 17:33:57 +0000

A recent Supreme Court case has diminished Governor Cuomo’s ability to restrict numbers of participants at religious gatherings from his COVID-19 lockdowns. Nicholas Nelson from Faegre Drinker breaks down this case officially called ‘Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York’.

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@theBar : Teaser: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

As we put together our next episode, we wanted to give you a taste of what's to come -- The trial of the Chicago 7 was was a singular moment in American legal history. Then called “the trial of the century,” the case set the United States government against the counter-culture and anti-war movement of the 1960s. More than 50 years later, we sit down with one of the last surviving members of the Chicago 7 and the man who prosecuted them to hear the real story behind the case.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Deloitte is monitoring regulatory reforms but is focused on growing new practice

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Don Fancher, a principal in Deloitte’s legal business services practice in the United States, acknowledges that his firm has been monitoring the regulatory reform developments taking place in several states. But he says Deloitte has no current plans to apply to offer direct legal services in this country as it does in other nations. “These are issues happening in the industry that are important to our legal department clients, as well as our law firm clients, so we certainly pay attention,” Fancher says.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Against All Odds: Jim St. Germain’s Journey From Juvenile Delinquency to Community Leader

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 20:04:00 +0000

After immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of ten, Jim St. Germain was met with the harsh reality that his hoped-for better life seemed nowhere to be found. But, after ending up in the juvenile justice system at fifteen, his life took a positive turn, defying the statistics of many children in similar circumstances. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh talks with Jim about his book, A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, learning how mentors played a critical role in helping him forge a new path and eventually co-found Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk youth in Brooklyn, NY.  

Jim St. Germain is an author, speaker, and cofounder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT). Recently, Jim was a co-author of The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Legal Talk Today : Fertility Fraud & DNA Test Kits

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Many will use DNA testing kits this holiday season and receive unwelcome surprises. What if you suddenly discovered you had dozens of siblings from the same Doctor-Daddy at a fertility clinic? In this episode, we talk about the wide-spread fertility fraud during the 70s-90s featured in HBO’s ‘Baby God’ documentary with Adam Wolf from Peiffer Wolf.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Standing Out in 2021: Professional Growth Tactics for Future-Minded Attorneys

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

The legal profession has been evolving since its inception, but 2020 accelerated changes at a much more rapid pace. Because of shifts in the economy and the sudden need to offer legal services differently, the profession looks, and may look going forward, quite distinct from how it did just a year ago. On Balance hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk with legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan about the opportunities he sees for lawyers moving forward and ways to encourage community and networking in our socially distant world.

Ari Kaplan is a lawyer, writer, analyst, and principal at Ari Kaplan Advisors.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : COVID & the Courts

Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:30:00 +0000

With the pandemic still raging, litigation looks very different. Courtrooms across our country have had to adapt to the pandemic through new safety measures and the use of technology to keep up. But while these changes have allowed courts to operate, these changes haven't come without their headaches and, for some clients, very real challenges.

Have the Courts done enough to ensure access? What does today's courtroom and court procedure look like? What about jury trials and selection? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by attorney John S. Stiff, the founding partner of Stiff, Keith & Garcia, LLC, and Danielle Hirsch, Principal Court Management Consultant for the National Center for State Courts, to discuss COVID and the Courts. They talk about getting justice during a pandemic, take an inside look at what's going on in courtrooms today, explore the impact on all those involved in the process, and what is being done to ease and speed up the process.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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Legal Talk Today : More Video Games on the Brain

Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

What’s better than one episode about video games? ... A second episode about video games! David Hoppe from Gamma Law joins us to discuss the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, large studio acquisitions, and world-wide industry growth.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #306: Getting to Know & Love Your Numbers, with Bernadette Harris

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Financial expert and author, Bernadette Harris shares three numbers that you should be paying attention to in your business.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about taking hold of your law firm’s finances, budgets, and more, check out our resource page on finances

Thanks to Knackly, Back Office Betties, LawPay, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Demystifying UTM and its 'Automagical' Powers

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:30:00 +0000

Gyi and Conrad turn their attentions back to Google Screened and discuss a new audio-only advertising option. Speaking of Google, Gyi and Conrad define and discuss UTM parameters and how these bits of code should be used (but often aren’t) to track key metrics. Expect more on UTM as Gyi and Conrad develop their “Market That Podcast” challenge to grow the #LHLM listener base.

In “By the Numbers,” Gyi digs through ABA TechReport 2020 to reveal the percentage of law firms that budget for marketing and the percentage of lawyers and firms with someone overseeing the marketing of their firm or practice. Don’t know where to begin a budget? Gyi and Conrad talk through approaches based on a firm’s particular needs and goals.

Still manually entering how a client found your firm? In “Dumb S*** Lawyers Do,” Gyi and Conrad discuss intake software and why many lawyers are missing out on the biggest benefit of the tool by failing to tie it to, yes, UTM. If set up correctly, UTM can automatically (or, as Conrad says, automagically) populate this field. The two also explain the dangers of “renting” out communications tools, including analytics, email, content. Conrad shares a client horror story as a cautionary tale.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Can the Boss Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

COVID-19 vaccines are almost here! But what will happen in the workplace? What if your boss makes you take the vaccine but you refuse? Then what? Christine Bestor Townsend from Ogletree Deakins sheds some light.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : 'Tis The Season For Law School Exam Screw Ups

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

It's final exam season for law students and that means it's final exam botching season for professors and administrations. A couple of T14 schools have already stumbled out of the gate. Joe and Kathryn also take a deep dive into whether or not it's ever appropriate for a J.D. to call themselves "Doctor" -- and it isn't. Finally, we discuss holiday shopping for lawyers.

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

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Former corporate lawyer draws inspiration from her family for her tireless clemency work

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Brittany K. Barnett was a perfect fit for corporate law. As a certified public accountant who comes from a family with an entrepreneurial spirit, it made sense to fulfill her childhood dream and become a lawyer. But the same east Texas upbringing that gave her the ambition to succeed as a corporate attorney also wound up pulling her towards what her mother calls her "heart work": clemency and sentencing reform.

In A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, Barnett describes how the war on drugs preyed upon the community she grew up in. It eventually led to her mother, who was fighting a drug addiction, being imprisoned for two years when Barnett was a young adult. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Barnett shares how formative experience changed her and made her identify strongly with Sharanda Jones, an incarcerated woman Barnett met during law school. Jones had been given a lifetime sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-time drug offense.

Barnett's fight to free Jones expanded into a larger mission as she became involved in the Obama administration's clemency project, and she continued that work after the Trump administration signed the First Step Act into law. Working with celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Sean "Diddy" Combs has helped her bring needed attention to certain cases, she tells the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles, but incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people can be tremendous advocates for themselves and should be the directing force behind the work. She also shares details about two non-profits she's founded, the Buried Alive Project and Girls Embracing Mothers.

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The Legal Toolkit : Peculiar Pandemic Purchases, the Legendary Bob Ambrogi, and Our Spotify Contest-Winner Rump Roast

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +0000

An inflatable water park, 30+ baseball caps, a reindeer, and an industrial-sized storage bin—which of these things did Jared Correia purchase this year? Listen in to find out! Next, Jared welcomes Bob Ambrogi, who many consider the legal tech journalist of record. Together, they hash out current trends in the legal tech space, discussing recent mergers and acquisitions and giving their take on the notable legal tech startup surge in 2020. Finally, Jared brings on his majesty, er, um, contest-winner William Crawford Appleby IV for the Rump Roast!

Bob Ambrogi is an attorney, journalist, and well-known legal blogger.

William Crawford Appleby IV is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and founder of rulings.law.

This week on the show, we talked about the recent spate of mergers + acquisitions in Legal Tech. So, here's a playlist of songs from musical mergers - 'super groups'!

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Trump v. New York

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Illegal Immigrants, the Census, and Representation in Congress: Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation discusses Trump vs. New York, the Supreme Court case about counting illegal immigrants to divy up representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Legal Talk Today : Influence Peddling

Fri, 04 Dec 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Dr. Craig Holman from Public Citizen explains what lobbyists do, the rules that apply to Congress, and the system safeguards to help curb unlawful influence peddling.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Will We All Be Video Stars? — Exploring the COVID-Era Video Surge

Fri, 04 Dec 2020 18:26:48 +0000

Throughout the pandemic, online platforms for video have experienced a major uptick in use. From YouTube to TikTok and more, users around the world are creating and consuming video content at a rapid pace. Should lawyers be riding this wave? Dennis and Tom talk about the potential audiences legal professionals could reach, different video formats to consider, and the pros and cons for several of the more popular platforms. In their second segment, they discuss their efforts to do home office updates over the past year and share some of their favorite items for remote work.

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, ServeNow and Colonial Surety Company.

 

Show Notes - Kennedy-Mighell Report #275

A Segment: Will We All Be Video Stars?

B Segment: Biggest Changes to our Home Offices

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New Solo : What New Solos can Learn from Han Solo

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Distinguishing themselves from the field by becoming exceptionally valuable to clients in ways others can’t is one way Seth Godin says lawyers can aim to build successful practices. Godin, an entrepreneur and author of 19 books, speaks with host Adriana Linares and Clio CEO Jack Newton about how lawyers can think more innovatively about marketing, positioning, and offering clients solutions.

Repeating a point he made during his Clio Cloud 2020 keynote, Godin says clients don’t wake up with a billable-hour problem. They wake up with real problems. He says lawyers can better serve their businesses and their clients if they position themselves to solve those specific problems. There’s no issue of scarcity, he says, noting the world is replete with problems.

The three discuss practical advice for BigLaw “refugees” who hang their shingles, from making the leap and surviving the “dip” to embracing the technology that makes client interactions run smoothly.

Jack Newton is CEO and co-founder of Clio.

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioLawclerkROSS, and Alert Communications.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Adapting to Change and Adversity: How the Pandemic Could Help Us Do Life & Law Better

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Will we ever return to “normal,” or are we forever changed by COVID-19? The world of legal has had to adapt quickly to public health and safety guidelines, sometimes struggling to provide access to justice and maintain legal education in the midst of this difficult time. To examine the ways the profession has responded to these challenges, Rocky Dhir welcomes lawyer and professor Michael Maslanka. Together, they search for silver linings and offer hope for a brighter future for the practice of law.

Michael P. Maslanka is assistant professor at University of North Texas | Dallas College of Law and is widely regarded as one of the top employment and human resources lawyers in Texas.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #305:How to Create More Fulfillment with Your Work, with Sarah Aviram

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Author and thought leader Sarah Aviram talks with us about what it means to feel fulfilled with your work, regardless of your location, company, and personal circumstances.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about creating goals that will help with your fulfillment at work, check out our resource page on personal goals.

Thanks to LexReception, TextExpander, Back Office Betties and LawPay for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Video Games are Huge!

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Many businesses have struggled to get through 2020, however one industry has been thriving: the video game industry. Daniel Rose from Foley and Lardner tells us about increased growth, opportunities in esports, and the exciting confluence of streaming, consoles, and Cloud Gaming. {Spoiler} He shares some of his favorite video game picks.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Ready... Aim... Bonuses!

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 19:24:49 +0000

Biglaw bonuses are dropping and seem to confirm that most of the Biglaw world will get last year's bonus check plus a little something extra to match the autumn COVID bonuses that a few heavy hitters previously announced. But where does that leave the industry going forward? Are we really going to see them backslide on compensation when there isn't (hopefully) a year-long pandemic? Meanwhile, after initial fears of mass deferrals, law school applications are way up -- which isn't necessarily a good sign.

Finally, we talk about the Justice Department's latest effort to bring back firing squads and why everyone needs to get over their visceral revulsion and ask, "why does this bother me so much?"

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : Investigating Commercial Vehicle Claims

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Adjuster James Barbieri, president and CEO of Claims Advantage Inc. in Georgia, discusses the investigation process involved in commercial vehicle accidents and the potential for fraudulent 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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Robert Half Legal Report : Legal Teams and COVID-19: Key Strategies for Adapting to a New Business Environment

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:25:27 +0000

The legal services sector has seen unprecedented change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This episode of The Robert Half Legal Report examines strategies that law firms and corporate legal departments are using to adjust to the realities of today’s business environment. Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Moliere, district president with the company, explore key considerations as legal offices re-open. They explore how the expansion of remote work is reshaping staff management, and how creativity, flexibility, and diversity are playing increasingly critical roles in the workplace. They also discuss emerging legal hiring trends and practice area expertise in demand.

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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The Paralegal Voice : Military Trained and Combat Ready

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 22:39:09 +0000

When MSgt. Albert Perez is prepping for a new assignment, he’s not only had to brush up on the area of military law involved but be combat ready. Perez tells host Carl Morrison what it’s like to be a paralegal in the military, including being ready for a new assignment by going through combat training before heading to a war zone.

Perez Oyola and Morrison speak about the differences between being a paralegal in the civilian justice system and under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including Miranda warnings vs. Article 31 rights.

Perez Oyola explains the career path of a military paralegal, the core tasks and levels of progress, and the mandatory continuing legal education at the highest levels.

Master Sgt. Albert Perez Oyola serves as a U.S. Air Force law office superintendent at Whiteman, AFB.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Jones Day's Intimidation

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:56:30 +0000

John Adams’ representation of British Soldiers after the Boston Massacre ensured representation for all in our courts. Today, many lawyers are being scrutinized, harassed, and/or threatened for their representation of President Trump’s or the Republican Party’s interests in recent election cases. David Lat joins us to explain what’s been going on with Jones Day and other law firms and lawyers who have found themselves under intense public scrutiny.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000

April Dawson, an associate dean and professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, misses seeing her constitutional law students in person. But the constitutional law and voting rights scholar has been finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom, even before the pandemic, and she says the experience helped her connect with students and foster meaningful discussions, even when classes can’t meet in person.

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Legal Talk Today : Safe Shopping on Black Friday

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Black Friday has arrived! And Linn Foster Freedman from Robinson and Cole is here to help you safe-shop this holiday season while keeping your data secure.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Transition of Power

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

The transition of presidential power is the process during which the president-elect of the United States prepares to take over the administration of the federal government of the United States from the incumbent president. The peaceful transition of government has long been a hallmark of American democracy.

In what has become an unfortunately common refrain, 2020 has proven different. For weeks following the election being called for Joe Biden, the Trump administration refused to begin the transition process. It was in these circumstances that this episode was recorded. However, since then, the General Services Administration has decided to release funds to the incoming Biden administration to facilitate a transition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a smooth transition is here. The possible impact of the delays, continuing refusals to concede defeat, and ongoing litigation disputing the results in multiple swing states give rise to concerns regarding national security, the economy, and the government's ability to properly address the effects of the Coronavirus.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by William C. Banks, professor and former interim dean from the Syracuse University College of Law and professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs, director of the McGeorge School of Law Capital Center for Law & Policy, as they explore the practical impacts of a delayed transfer of power from an uncooperative incumbent administration, both for the incoming administration and the American people. They’ll discuss what lessons we can learn from the past, and what options the Biden administration may have going forward.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #304: How to Discover and Lean Into Your Strengths, with Becca Syme

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Author and thought leader Becca Syme talks with us all about what it means to not only discover, but actively lean into your strengths and use them in different areas of your life.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about creating goals that align with your personal vision and lifestyle, check out our resource page on personal goals.

Thanks to Smith.ai, LawPay, TextExpander and Back Office Betties and for sponsoring this episode. 

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Lawyer recounts the life and legacy of the mysterious man behind Pilates

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:02:04 +0000

In 1963, John Howard Steel was a 28-year-old attorney with a challenging litigation practice, an unhappy marriage and a stiff neck. At the urging of his mother, Steel decided to try physical therapy at a gym owned by an elderly German immigrant named Joseph Pilates. It was a decision that would change Steel's life.

Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates & His Legacy is a memoir, history and biography that tells the story of Steel's intergenerational relationship with Joe Pilates and his wife Clara, and the transformational effect of Joe Pilates' workout routines. Steel estimates that at the time of Joe Pilates' death in 1967, his life's work–which Joe Pilates called "contrology"–was limited to a circle of some 50 insiders who attended his New York City gym. He had no idea that one day the exercises that had cured his stiff neck would become an international phenomenon. His main concern was purely selfish, he says: He wanted the gym to keep operating so that he could continue to practice the workout that had benefited him so much. And he was not alone; people who Joe Pilates had mentored would eventually open more studios that kept contrology–now known simply as Pilates–alive.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Steel tells the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles about the unlikely history of Pilates–both the exercise phenomenon and the man himself. While Joe Pilates was living, Steel never questioned the man directly about his murky origin story. In his research for Caged Lion, Steel would disprove some of the tales the man had spun and come up with his own theories about how Joe Pilates developed his now-famous techniques and equipment. He also shares the backstories of the legal battles over who could use the Pilates name and practices.

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Legal Talk Today : Mayflower Landing: 400th Anniversary

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:58:46 +0000

400 years ago the Mayflower arrived in the New World. Before the passengers could set foot on shore, they needed to assemble a new set of laws to hold the colony together. Professor Julia Ernst from the University of North Dakota School of Law tells us the story of the Mayflower Compact, our first representative government.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : What Would Be Better Than The Bar Exam?

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Election challenges continue, Krakens are released, Rick Schroder provides a critical look at America's cash bail system, and Bill Barr has some explaining to do.

But beyond all that, a new study takes a comprehensive look at the legal licensing process and the value of the status quo bar examination regime. It may not surprise anyone that the existing system does a poor job of providing the assurances of "minimum competence" that the public and the profession need, but this study does the hard work of backing that feeling up with data and, more importantly, outlining alternative licensing programs that would do better. AccessLex funded the study, and Aaron Taylor, Executive Director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence joins the show to talk about it.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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The Legal Toolkit : The Unkillable Billable Hour, Productizing Legal Services, and the Rump Roast: Double Jeopardy!

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:42:30 +0000

If a nuclear attack gutted legal business, Jared’s pretty sure the billable hour would somehow creep from the rubble, but maybe it’s finally losing some ground. Maybe. Jared opens the show with his thoughts on the uptick in subscription legal services, which offer the fixed prices clients love and major value potential for law firms. Next, Dorna Moini, CEO of Documate (Clio’s recent Launch//Code winner!), talks shop about how to productize your legal services. She details how legal expertise can be made into products across any and all practice areas and shares how these can help lawyers cultivate credibility, profitability, and client satisfaction. Finally, in homage to the great Alex Trebek, Jared hosts Dorna in a Jeopardy!-style Rump Roast.

Dorna Moini is the founder and CEO of Documate, a document automation platform. 

Contest Alert! – On the Spotify playlist linked to this episode, Jared has compiled 14 songs that mention specific brands or products. To play, send a message to Jared by November 27th on Twitter @jaredcorreia or via email at jared@redcavelegal.com identifying all the products correctly and you could appear on the next Legal Toolkit episode!

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Profit First: Helping Law Firm Owners Serve Their Clients Best

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Following the “Profit First” finance strategy created by Mike Michalowitcz, Triangle Smart Divorce founder Jenny Bradley has vastly improved her firm’s business operations. So much so that she’s looking for ways to share the strategy with clients.

Bradley tells host Christopher Anderson the steps she took to implement the plan, from finding the right bank to ensuring her bookkeeper was on board. 

If she could turn back the clock to before she launched her firm, Bradley says she would do two things differently: read more business-oriented books and do a better job taming her calendar. 

In addition to “Profit First,” Anderson and Bradley discuss Michalowitcz’s book, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur,” and Michael Gerber’s book and business method, “The EMyth.”

Jenny Bradley is a family law attorney and owner of Triangle Smart Divorce in Cary, North Carolina.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerkAlert Communications and LawYaw.

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Legal Talk Today : Census Impact 2020 (Part II)

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:48:19 +0000

In this second episode (of two), Professor Margo Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee continues her discussion about the Census, this time addressing counting methodologies, the requirement of confidentiality, and the formula used to apportion representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The Digital Edge : ‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2020

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:00:00 +0000

It’s time for Jim and Sharon’s favorite podcast of the year – Tech Toys for the Holidays! In keeping with tradition, The Digital Edge hosts offer up their favorite practical and not-so practical tech toys, this year with plenty of remote work and COVID-related gift ideas in the mix. Pick up some wishlist inspiration for yourself and your favorite lawyer-nerds – a handy UVC sterilizer, the latest LegalBoard Wireless, ideas for your home workspace, a portable bug zapper (wait, what?), and so much more! Happy Holidays!

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Census Impact 2020 (Part I)

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Professor Margo Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discusses the importance of this year’s Census for representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, federal funding, and redistricting for the purposes of voting.

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

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Time to get organized! Dennis and Tom are moving along to the next phase of their Second Brain project—taking their captured data and deciding how to best classify and catalogue it. With easy, effective data access in mind, they talk about their preferred organizational structures, hash out their tendencies toward both apple-pie order and thinly veiled chaos, and examine the tools they think will be most helpful to their unique sensibilities.

In their second segment, they ponder the apparent revival of email newsletters. As many writers have moved toward launching independent, subscription-based newsletters in 2020, this formerly passé medium has suddenly found new popularity. Dennis and Tom discuss the viability of this shift and their thoughts on the pros and cons for this type of content.

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, ServeNow and Colonial Surety Company.

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Digital Detectives : Ransomware Surges: What Law Firms Need to Know

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Throughout 2020, ransomware has increased rapidly in both the number of incidents and the ransom amounts paid, and current data shows no foreseeable slowdown. As these ransom demands continue to surge, what do lawyers need to know if they fall victim to an attack? Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with Ted Kobus about how threat actors in these incidents typically operate, what usually happens to ransomed data, and what law firms should do and not do in the event of an attack.

Ted Kobus is a partner and the firmwide chair of BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Group.

Special thanks to our sponsor PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #303: Humanizing Your Clients, with Crystal Banse

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett interviews Lab member Crystal Banse on her trauma journey and how that experience helped tailor her legal approach and humanize her clients in the 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!

If you’d like to learn more about creating a holistic client experience, check out our resource page on client experience.

Thanks to Quickbooks Online Advanced, TextExpander, LawPay, and Back Office Betties for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Shroom Ballots

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Oregon has changed the penalty for certain quantities of illegal drugs and is trying to start a new “magic mushroom” therapy business under the passing of Measures 109 and 110. But does that mean these illicit drugs are suddenly legal? Not exactly. Lizzy Acker, reporter for the Oregonian explains.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Jones Day Bets On Donald Trump As Half-Baked Election Challenges Crumble

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:06:23 +0000

As pressure mounts on Trump's election attorneys, Jones Day has doubled down on the sinking effort. While declaring that it is not representing Trump per se, the firm is behind the Pennsylvania "stop the count" effort and with advocacy groups urging corporations to pull business and reports emerge of internal strife, the firm seems willing to stay the course. It worked for the Titanic after all. Meanwhile, a family law attorney pursuing the case makes an interesting complaint about the size of Kirkland & Ellis. In more heroic news, a lawsuit takes aim at Confederate monuments and we talk about the state of annual bonuses.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Constant communication has been key amid COVID-19, law school dean says

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Just before students at the University of California at Irvine School of Law were set to return from spring break in March, the university decided that all classes would be moved online because of the spread of COVID-19. L. Song Richardson, the law school’s dean, says the news generated anxiety among students and faculty about how the rest of the spring semester would play out. Richardson emphasized to the law school community that they had experience addressing challenges together, and constant communication would be key to making the best of switch to remote learning.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Weed Ballots and the Constitution

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:04:30 +0000

Is it unconstitutional for the federal government to ban marijuana? In 2005, it wasn’t according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Raich. But with more states legalizing marijuana in the 2020 election, does that same analysis apply? Professor Douglas Berman from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law breaks it down.

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Legal Talk Today : Free Speech at Work?

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Think you’re free to speak your mind at work? Before you give an oratory on sensible governance, tune in here. Grant Osborne from Ward and Smith explains free speech in the workplace and the 1st Amendment. {Spoiler}... Your level of free speech can depend on who you work for.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Presidential Immunity

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:49:15 +0000

On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, after nearly a week of waiting for the results of the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. As of the publication of this episode, President Trump has not yet conceded and has instead filed or intends to file a number of lawsuits against select swing states, claiming voter fraud and demanding recounts.

On January 20th, 2021, it is expected that President Trump will leave the White House and return to life as a private citizen without certain protections and a loss of presidential immunity. A number of currently pending lawsuits and an investigation await the president after his departure from the office. For instance, New York City is specifically targeting President Trump and his business dealings with a criminal investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by attorney David S. Weinstein, partner with the firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP to discuss the potential litigation that could follow President Trump after he leaves office. We will take a look at his current "immunity from prosecution" as president, the loss of presidential immunity, and what may be to come for private citizen Trump.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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The Paralegal Voice : Stand Up, Speak Up

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:36:41 +0000

Diversity and inclusion expert Sheri Crosby Wheeler and host Jill Francisco walk through what differentiates diversity and inclusion. Listeners learn how to take advantage of opportunities to be influencers and how to be effective allies for those whose voices are being overlooked or drowned out.

Wheeler shares what young professionals and their employers should be looking for to make the right career choice and be sure they’re creating an inviting, inclusive culture.

What’s coming in 2021? Wheeler predicts an emphasis and microscope on written and unwritten policies that create barriers to diversity. She also explains why firms and companies will need to pay attention to new platforms grading employers on diversity and inclusion.

Sheri Crosby Wheeler is VP, Corporate Social Responsibility for Mr. Cooper.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #302 Mastering the Art of Negotiation, with Alex Carter

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Author & professor Alex Carter talks to us about changing our perspective on what we think negotiation is and how we can build healthy relationships through negotiation.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about how to integrate such practices like negotiation into your firm’, check out our resource page on law firm strategy.

Thanks to Termageddon, TextExpander, Back Office Betties, and  LawPay for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : CHAZ / CHOP Returns

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

The CHAZ/CHOP returns but this time it’s not the protests. Walter Olson from the CATO Institute gives us an update about the lawsuit filed by Seattle businesses against their city.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : F.O.P.s and Fundamentals

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 19:43:58 +0000

Just because we’re a few episodes in doesn’t mean we’re done with fundamentals. For instance, if you’re not even answering the phone, SEO isn’t going to save you. Stop wasting money and fix the basics! In By the Numbers, Gyi and Conrad reviewed their clients’ performance as to answering calls. How do you stack up? How can you do better both for your clients and your bottom line? Then, continuing our shift from Rebrand That Podcast to Market That Podcast, Gyi and Conrad discuss their new contest to see who can grow the show’s subscribers more effectively. Follow along over the coming episodes to see what they did, who did better, and what lessons you can take for your own business. As promised, the guys also battle it out over why you should–or shouldn’t–ask the question, “How did you find us?”

Following Gyi’s recent appearance on the Legal Toolkit podcast, F.O.P. Jared Correia joins the conversation to share his views on the Digital Client Journey and the role of tech tools. There’s lots of great legal tech out there, but it’s not going to do your job for you. You still have to put in the effort to create the best path for new leads to become new clients. After their discussion, Jared sticks around for a couple rounds of Becoming the Archetype. In this game, the guys take turns sharing mock lawyer advertisements drafted in the style of different brand archetypes. Can the others identify the archetype? Can you?

Jared Correia is CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting and founder of Gideon Software, Inc. Jared is also the host of the Legal Toolkit podcast.

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

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Welcome To Four Seasons Legal Podcast

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000

It took awhile to declare a winner in the election, and it looks like it's going to take even longer to declare an end to the election. And that's nobody's fault but the lawyers willing to make dubious claims from parking lot rallies and within the bowels of bureaucracy. Joe and Kathryn run down the quasi-lawyering phase of this election season.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Having a hard time connecting with your witness? Try these tips

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000

You're a plaintiffs attorney with a promising tort case, but getting the narrative evidence you need from a particular witness is like squeezing blood from a stone. How can you get through to them and help ensure that your client gets the damages needed for long-term care? The real problem might be that your communication styles are fundamentally different, says author and trial consultant Katherine James.

Properly preparing one's witness is key to a successful outcome, but lawyers can't assume that every witness has the same learning style that they do, James says. She provides tools for figuring out communication and learning styles in her book, Harvesting Witnesses' Stories: How to Get your Client the Second Best Life in the World by Maximizing Human Damages.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, James explains to the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles how she draws from her background in the theater to advise lawyers. James shares some of her war stories from her many years as a trial consultant and offers advice to listeners about how they can achieve the best outcome for their injured clients.

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The Legal Toolkit : Everybody Likes Tom Petty, Your Client-Generating Machine, and the Rump Roast: Portland Edition

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:37:55 +0000

Legal stuff? We’ll get to that later. First up, the life and music of Tom Petty. Jared Corriea takes listeners through Petty’s career and albums, highlighting the music that offered a soundtrack to his own youth (Check out Jared’s Tom Petty Spotify Playlist!), and pointing out that 2020 got just a little bit better with the October release of Wildflowers & All The Rest, which finally gave the world the unreleased half of the beloved 1994 Wildflowers album. (1:51) Next up on the podcast–legal stuff! Jared welcomes SEO and legal marketing expert Megan Hargroder to talk about how to create a law firm website that actually does what it should and brings you new clients. Megan explains how storytelling, SEO-savvy, accessibility, and a smart set-up helps your site build trust with prospective clients and gain their business. (11:46) Finally, Jared and Megan play a Rump Roast round with a Portlandia flair. (31:46)

Megan Hargroder is CEO and lead strategist at Conversations Digital, LLC, a marketing and advertising firm that works exclusively with solo and small firm attorneys.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Workers Comp Matters : Want to Improve Performance? Take a Break

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:04:37 +0000

Executive coach Jayme Purinton explains how modeling wellbeing from the top down can improve performance teamwide. Especially during times of stress, it’s essential to take time to recharge and reinvigorate, whether that’s by reading a book, going for a run, or watching the news.

Those who don’t take time out are more likely to burn out or make mistakes. By separating from the work and decompressing, there is time to recharge and fill emotional reserves, building resilience, Purinton tells host Judson Pierce.

Jayme Purinton is the founder and Principal Consultant at Blue Sky Consulting.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Examining Racial Inequality in Juvenile Justice

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:38:38 +0000

The disproportionate number of minority children navigating juvenile justice systems continues to be a point of great concern in our country. Where does this problem start? Is it in schools, in over-policed minority neighborhoods, or even in homes? What other factors are at play? Putting an end to the injustices suffered by children of color means understanding how present circumstances have put them at risk. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh talks through these issues with Natasha Fortune, assistant attorney in charge at the Legal Aid Society of New York in the Juvenile Rights Practice. Ms. Fortune discusses her work and clientele in the Juvenile Rights Practice and offers insights on the steps, both large and small, that can be taken to disrupt unjust cycles and create lasting positive change.

Natasha M. Fortune is assistant attorney in charge at the Legal Aid Society of New York in the Juvenile Rights Practice.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Legal Talk Today : President Who?

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:23:00 +0000

Legally speaking, neither President Trump nor former Vice President Joe Biden can claim an election win. There appears to be many lawsuits on the horizon which could sway the course of this hotly contested election in one direction or the other. Luckily, Professor Edward Foley returns to give us a walkthrough on the possibilities.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Internet Legal Research on a Budget with Carole Levitt and Judy Davis

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:22:16 +0000

Lawyers may be surprised to learn that publicly accessible websites may be all they need for a significant amount of their online legal research. There may be no need to pay for expensive legal research databases if you know where to look! The State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast hosts Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway welcome Carole Levitt and Judy Davis, authors of Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, to learn more about their book and favorite budget-friendly resources.

If you would like a copy of their book, go to linkon.in/ilrb20 and enter the discount code LGLRS20A for 20% off any time now through the end of 2020.

Carole Levitt is president and founder of Internet For Lawyers.

Judy K. Davis is a law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

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Legal Talk Today : Section 230

Fri, 06 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Matthew Feeney from the CATO Institute is here to help explain the FCC’s review on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and what that means for social media.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : All-In on Virtual Reality: VR Tech & Its Many Potential Applications in the Legal Field

Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:56:56 +0000

Virtual reality may not immediately strike lawyers as useful to their practice, but a deeper look at this versatile tech reveals a multitude of possibilities for the profession. New VR uses are cropping up all over the legal world, from law students training to litigation applications for more powerful storytelling to simple programs that prep clients for the courtroom. Dennis and Tom talk about their personal experiences with VR tech and discuss its tremendous potential for helping lawyers improve their legal practice.

In their second segment, they give an update on the current state of deepfakes and what is being done to aid in deepfake detection.

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, ServeNow and Colonial Surety Company.

Show Notes - Kennedy-Mighell Report #273

A Segment: Dennis and Tom talk about Virtual Reality

B Segment: Update on Deepfakes

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans: Making a Difference by Meeting Veterans’ Legal Needs

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 18:23:18 +0000

Ten years ago, the State Bar of Texas launched Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) under the leadership of 2010-11 Bar president Terry Tottenham. A former Marine, Terry saw the plight of many Texas veterans experiencing poverty and homelessness and implemented TLTV to provide pro bono legal services to both them and their families. Podcast host Rocky Dhir welcomes Terry and fellow past bar president and veteran Richard Pena to talk about what TLTV has accomplished in the past decade and how Texas lawyers can offer their help to veterans in need today.

Terry Tottenham is Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Richard Pena is president and CEO of the Law Offices of Richard Pena, P.C., and a Vietnam veteran.

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New Solo : Why a Career Path Isn’t a Straight Line

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Even in law school with a career track in mind, promising lawyers don’t really know where they’ll land. Legal Innovators Chairman Jonathan Greenblatt talks with host Adriana Linares about modern career paths and their inevitable shifts because of challenges and unexpected opportunities.

Greenblatt points out what he believes are fundamental flaws in BigLaw hiring and training junior talent and how his startup is creating alternatives for firms and corporate law departments while ensuring young lawyers from diverse backgrounds get on-the-job training.

He and Linares talk through four good habits for developing a successful career: Go where opportunity takes you, network, develop mentors, and make yourself indispensable.

Jonathan Greenblatt is a co-founder and chairman of Legal Innovators.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioLawclerkROSS, and Alert Communications.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #301 Strategies for Work Conflicts, with Amy Gallo

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 11:30:00 +0000

Thought leader & author Amy Gallo talks to us about dealing with conflict in the workplace and how we can effectively communicate with those who have different perspectives from us.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about managing a team and tips on communication, check out our resource page on managing people.

Thanks to BetterLegal, LawPay, TextExpander, and  Back Office Betties for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Google Antitrust

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0000

Google is being sued for antitrust violations by the United States Department of Justice. But why and what does that mean for consumers? Author Maëlle Gavet joins us to break it all down.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Have You Tried Editing Your Opinions, Your Honor?

Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:59:59 +0000

News is moving far too fast for this show. We discuss the elevation of Amy Coney Barrett and it immediately seems like old news. Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh's clerks apparently failed to closely edit and cite check his opinion, leaving the beer-soaked jurist with egg on his face in a critical opinion. Finally, we talk about the best -- if ill-advised -- way to get out of your criminal charges.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software, and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Legal Talk Today : Contested Elections: An American Tradition

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 18:57:02 +0000

Will we know who our President is on election night? Probably not, but this is not new for the United States. Tune in to hear our country’s history with contested elections, how we got through them, and possible avenues for the 2020 Presidential Election with Professor Edward Foley from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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Legal Talk Today : The Nuclear Football (Part 2)

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 18:00:23 +0000

In this part two of our conversation about America’s nuclear defense with Professor Alex Wellerstein, we discuss what the nuclear football is, who carries it, and what it does. In addition, we delve into commencing a nuclear strike, comparative policies, and legislative attempts to officially add people to the decision making process.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The 2020 Election: Voter Suppression, Mail-in Ballots, and a Potential Legal Fight

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0000

As we approach Election Day on November 3rd, 2020, it seems the list of issues grows by the day. Controversy over ballot drop boxes. Intimidating emails to voters from Iran and Russia. A call for an "army of poll watchers" from the president. And so much may hinge on the Supreme Court.

So, what impact will these issues have on the election? On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by professor Joshua A. Douglas from the University of Kentucky College of Law as they explore a variety of legal issues leading up to the election including voter suppression, voter intimidation, controversy over mail-in ballots, and the potential legal fight awaiting us after the election.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #300 Legal: Past, Present, & Future, with Sam Glover

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:30:00 +0000

For our 300th episode, we are joined by Lawyerist founder, Sam Glover. He shares his thoughts on the current state of the legal world, as well as debuting the project he’s been working on since leaving Lawyerist.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about building a law firm strategy that challenges the status quo of the legal industry, check out our resource page on law firm strategy.

Thanks to Termageddon, Back Office Betties LawPay and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Toobingate Was Only Last Week

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 22:51:12 +0000

So much has happened that you'd be forgiven for thinking Jeffrey Toobin removed himself from the public eye -- by not removing himself from the public eye -- forever ago. Alas, it was only last week. We talk about the downfall of one of America's preeminent legal talking heads, the challenge for Biden when it comes to the apparent inevitability of court expansion calls, and we have a little eDiscovery lesson courtesy of Ghislaine Maxwell's unsealed deposition transcript. What will next week bring?

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast : Imminent Lawless Action

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:23:11 +0000

In 1919, The US Supreme Court in Schenck v. United States established the rule that if words create a "clear and present danger" to incite criminal activity or violence, the government has the right to prevent and punish that speech. For nearly fifty years, through wars and the Red Scare, that rule was applied largely without question. Then, in the 1969 case of Brandenburg v. Ohio, a white supremacist in Ohio, convicted for an inflammatory speech at a Klan rally, challenged his conviction saying it violated his First Amendment rights...and the Court agreed. A new test was born which has lasted for now more than 50 years. But, having been formulated in an era of much more limited media, does it still hold up today?

In this episode of Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast from Popehat.com, host Ken White explores how the First Amendment has handled inflammatory speech, from Schenck to the current Brandenburg standard and all the way up to today. With the help of Professors David Cunningham and Richard Wilson, Ken digs into what makes the “imminent lawless action” test of Brandenburg such an important turning point in First Amendment law but also investigates whether the proliferation of online communication necessitates a renewed look at the standards set out in a “simpler” time.

Professor David Cunningham is professor and Chair of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Professor Richard Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at UConn School of Law.

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Legal Talk Today : The Nuclear Football (Part 1)

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:47:10 +0000

Who has the authority to launch America’s nuclear weapons? It might surprise you that it’s not the military. Professor Alex Wellerstein of Restricted Data the Nuclear Secrecy Blog explains how and why that decision resides with one person... The President.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Pivoting to Help People

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:26:10 +0000

While there’s expected growth in practice areas related to the pandemic, De Novo Review CEO and Founder Genny Castellanos says surges are nothing new. Rather than staff up with a permanent team, she and De Novo Review’s CSO Garrick Pursley tell host Christopher Anderson that more firms are using contract attorneys as needed.

Pursley says the shift from permanent splurge hiring to temporary surge hiring is accelerating for some because of the pandemic. While some lawyers are boning up on growth areas to meet demand, others are bringing in subject-matter experts to help them manage growth areas.

This ability to be flexible is especially critical as firms adapt to new revenue streams, new ways of acquiring clients and positioning in a fast-changing society.

Genny Castellanos is the founder and CEO of De Novo Review, and Garrick Pursley is De Novo Review’s CFO and COO.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerk, Alert Communications and LawYaw.

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The Legal Toolkit : Branding Your Firm, Tools and Tactics To Up Your Marketing, and the “Name Game”

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:55:54 +0000

You know what we’re all pretty tired of? The same old generic interview show. Trust us, we’re right there with you. And thus Legal Toolkit is reborn! Jared Correia welcomes Gyi Tsakalakis, legal marketer and host of the Lunch Hour Legal Marketing podcast, on the first episode of the new Legal Toolkit. Jared opens the show by highlighting the way jurisdictions are hurting the industry with restrictions on branding and how following these rules can lead to results both comical and dishonest (2:05). Then Gyi and Jared sit down to discuss some of the most important and accessible tools and tactics lawyers should be using to up their marketing game (10:03). Finally, stick around for the first round of the Rump Roast, where Jared and Gyi play a version of the Name Game (28:04).

Gyi Tsakalakis is a legal marketer and founder of AttorneySync.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Windy City Rehab: When Reality TV Implodes

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:27:51 +0000

When reality TV implodes, who’s left to clean up the mess (especially if there are real customers)? Toni Long from The Long Law Group lawyer-splains.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : How to maximize your business development during the COVID-19 crisis

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Plenty of lawyers in private practice worry about business development during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there may be more opportunities to discover new clients than they realize. And that is thanks to an increase in online events, says Karen Kaplowitz, a lawyer and business development coach.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Marketer vs. Marketer

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:58:02 +0000

After reviewing the latest marketing-related news and trends coming out of the 2020 Clio Cloud Conference and Clio's 2020 Legal Trends Report, and especially Clio's new "Clio for Clients", Gyi and Conrad return to their recurring "Rebrand This Podcast" segment.

Over the last couple of episodes, Gyi and Conrad used this podcast as a case study in rebranding. The two reveal their decision and move to the next step: marketing.

Continuing with the podcast as a case study, these marketing pros will compete to see who can best build the show’s audience. Listeners are the clear winners because they’ll get practical strategic and tactical advice related to their own law firm marketing efforts along the way.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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@theBar : The Voting Rights Edition

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:34:51 +0000

In this special 2020 election edition of @theBar, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Chastidy Burns are joined by John Cusick, Litigation Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), for a discussion about the current state of voting rights, in the courts and at the polls, since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder eliminated the full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.

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Legal Talk Today : Home Improvement? Get Your Permits!

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:41:31 +0000

Many people did home improvements during the pandemic but did they follow building codes and get the proper permits? If not, they may have difficulty selling their home. If you’re one of those people, don’t worry... Linda Pieczynski (aka the Code Attorney) is here to walk us through it.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Microsoft Teams: Tips for Law Firms from Karuana Gatimu

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Many law firms looking for a secure and mobile collaboration platform in the midst of the pandemic have turned to Microsoft Teams, but many lawyers still aren’t aware of the extent of its capabilities. Dennis and Tom welcome Karuana Gatimu to help legal professionals understand how Microsoft Teams can aid both them and their clients in legal matters and how to get the training they need to use it successfully.

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.

Karuana Gatimu is director of the Customer Advocacy Group at Microsoft Teams.

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

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The Digital Edge : Arizona First State to Approve Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:51:40 +0000

In hopes of encouraging growth in their legal community in a variety of ways, Arizona has removed barriers preventing lawyers and non-lawyers from sharing fees. To learn more about what this change could mean for the profession as a whole, hosts Sharon and Jim talk with Arizona Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer about the positive impacts they hope this new reform will bring. Along with hopes of helping law firms improve entrepreneurial success, the main driver behind this reform was to increase access to justice by encouraging creativity and innovation in legal service delivery.

Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer has served on the Arizona Supreme Court since her appointment in 2012.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : The Impact of Covid-19 on Claims in Brazil

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000

Attorney Marcelo Mansur Haddad from the law firm Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados addresses the impact of Covid-10 on Brazil's insurance 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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Lawyerist Podcast : #299: Attracting Diverse Job Applicants, with Orin Davis

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Self-actualization engineer and avid speaker Dr. Orin Davis discusses how to attract and hire with diversity in mind. 

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!

If you’d like to learn more about an inclusive based approach to hiring, check out our resource page on diversity and inclusion.

Thanks to Quickbooks Online, Back Office Betties, TextExpander, and LawPay for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Governor Newsom’s Car Ban

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Kassie Siegel from the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute explains Governor Newsom’s executive order to ban the sale of gas-powered cars in California by the year 2035.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Knowing when to tell your client 'no,' and other ethical dilemmas

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000

One of the most important ethical obligations a lawyer has is knowing when to tell their client “no.” But how do you know when that moment has come, and how do you deal with it? For legal ethics experts Lawrence J. Fox and Susan R. Martyn, teaching their fellow attorneys how to cope with the dilemmas they may run into at their practices has been a passion for years. It’s also behind their seventh book together, the recently released Fair Fight: Legal Ethics for Litigators. Told in a storytelling format, the book strives to be a reference manual that is also a good read. Fair Fight walks its readers through every step of the litigation process, from recruiting clients—or understanding when you’ve acquired a client—to a sentencing or settlement. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Fox and Martyn walk the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles through “the Six C’s” of legal ethics, discuss the writing process that’s made their longtime partnership work, and share their advice for what lawyers most need to keep in mind to meet their ethical duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: Building Trust on Social Media

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:42:12 +0000

Especially during the pandemic, no one wants to feel like someone’s selling to them. So California lawyer, author, and speaker Mitch Jackson tells Laurence Colletti that lawyers need to use social media to focus on building relationships. Jackson says lawyers should find ways to meet the current need for positive human interaction, whether that’s video, podcasts, or other ways to communicate. Through social media, lawyers should give, give, and give without asking anything in return, Jackson says. By sharing, professionals are earning their audience’s trust.

Mitch Jackson, a social media expert and author is a senior partner and founding member of Jackson & Wilson.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Clio Cloud Conference Provides The Pulse Of The Profession

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:24:10 +0000

One of the most exciting legal tech shows of the year was ported online and demonstrated how much we've learned about virtual events since the pandemic began. Joe got a chance to talk to Clio CEO Jack Newton about the show, the lineup of keynote speakers, and the annual Legal Trends Report.

Joe also ran down Seyfarth's ransomware snafu and ACB's performative celebration of laziness.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Legal Talk Today : California Expands Paid Family Leave for Small Business

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Governor Newson signed Senate Bill 1383 which features expanded coverage for Paid Family Leave. Who now qualifies and how is it funded? Jenna Gerry from Legal Aid at Work explains it all.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: How E-Payment Systems Helped Law Firms Weather the Pandemic

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:44:12 +0000

According to Clio’s Legal Trends Report, firms who had online payment systems in place before the pandemic have fared better than those dependent on other methods. From the Clio Cloud Conference 2020, host Laurence Colletti talks with Tom West about why online payment systems added to law firms’ success over the past 6 months and what we can expect from e-payment platforms in the future.

Tom West is CEO of AffiniPay, the parent company of LawPay.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: Bryan Parker on Driving Innovation with Data & Diversity

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:20:10 +0000

For too many firms and corporate legal departments, diversifying ranks is viewed with altruism or as a project. Bryan Parker discusses the highlights from his Clio session, “Equity in Practice: Driving Structural Legal Innovation with Data and Diversity,” with Laurence Colletti. He tells Colletti that business professionals need to shift that thinking and make diversity and inclusion a business imperative. Doing so will increase profits and increase job creation, all while doing the right thing. Parker says businesses need to be courageous about identifying gaps, commit to improving, and “relentlessly measure” to close those gaps.

Bryan Parker is a co-founder and CEO of Legal Innovators.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: Resilience in Teams with Paula Davis-Laack

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 20:00:00 +0000

In increasingly remote-based workplaces, it is vital to help your team avoid burnout—but, how do you do it? Laurence Colletti talks with Paula Davis-Laack about her conference presentation, “Developing Resilience in Teams,” focused on helping law firm teams bounce back and deal with challenges. She explains how to work toward a resilient culture by fostering quality communication, tackling problems quickly, and learning from setbacks to better handle future challenges.

Paula Davis-Laack is the founder of the Stress & Resilience Institute.

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Legal Talk Today : President Trump’s Deferral on Payroll Taxes

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Angelique Neal and Maureen Rouse-Ayoub from Varnum explain President Trump’s executive memo for Deferral on Payroll Taxes. What does it mean for employers and employees?

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Law Technology Now : Black Lawyers in Major American Law Firms: How to Make More Progress

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:47:09 +0000

Getting a job at a large firm and becoming a partner is vastly different than it was even in the 1990s. Where there once was a school-to-firm process and pipeline, Harvard Law’s David Wilkins tells host Ralph Baxter that hiring is dominated by lateral moves and recruiting of proven talent. Where young associates were given a long lead time to show their potential, metrics begin year one. And where achieving partnership was once akin to achieving tenure for professors, partners now have to prove their worth at every step. The current culture for partners, Wilkins says, is “What have you done for me lately?”

Wilkins, who asked in his writing in 1996 and then in 2016 why there are so few Black lawyers in law firms, and Baxter, former chairman and CEO of Orrick, talk about the lack of substantial progress yet sincere intentions on the part of law firm leaders to achieve diversity.

But both agree that having good intentions isn’t enough.

Wilkins notes he will continue the conversation with his brother, Freshfields Partner Timothy A. Wilkins, during an Oct. 14 webinar, “Race, Sustainability, and Social Justice” hosted by Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession.

Prof. David Wilkins is the faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. 

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The President, COVID-19, and Impact on the American Public

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0000

On October 2nd, 2020 President Trump announced that he and his wife, Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. After disclosing his positive test, President Trump was taken to Walter Reed hospital, and questions and rumors circulated about his condition.

In press conferences from Walter Reed, medical professionals cited HIPAA privacy laws for not sharing specific details regarding the president’s health, leaving the American public guessing. After a controversial car ride around Walter Reed by the president, questions remained about the exposure to COVID-19 of those closest to him. On October 5th, the president was released from Walter Reed, when he gave a thumbs up before walking inside the White House and took off his mask. Now back at the White House, will this experience result in any change?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Harry Nelson, founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman, the largest boutique healthcare law firm in Los Angeles, to discuss the health of the president and whether it is a national security issue to not know his condition; to take a look at White House staff members and others testing positive; and to consider the duty of all employers to keep employees safe, the controversy over wearing masks, and the impact of the president’s words regarding the virus on the American public.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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The Legal Toolkit : Bar-pocalypse! – Bar Prep and Exams in the Midst of COVID Complications

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Law school grads faced a whole slew of uncertainties as they navigated bar exams in 2020. Exams were handled differently from state to state, and the widely varied approaches had a significant effect on bar prep. Will this create permanent changes in this sphere? Jared Correia talks with Adam Balinski about the challenges brought by the pandemic and what he expects bar prep and exams to look like in the future.

Adam Balinski is founder and CEO of Crushendo.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Keeping Employees Safe at Work — ADA Considerations in the Age of COVID

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

COVID-19 has created numerous complications for employers, leaving many unsure about how to best comply with their legal obligations to employees, especially when ADA considerations are at play. State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir welcomes Kelli Fuqua to discuss employment law and the ADA in the context of the pandemic. Kelli offers practical guidance for employers on how to ensure compliance and get creative with employee accommodations.

Kelli Fuqua is an associate attorney at Littler Mendelson in Austin, Texas.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: Lawyer Forward with Mike Whelan

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:55:09 +0000

So, you think you’ve had a good idea for your legal practice, but is it a viable idea? Host Laurence Colletti chats with Mike Whelan about his Clio Cloud presentation titled, “Lawyer Forward: Focusing Your Ideas to Define Your Firm's New Normal.” Mike discusses problem solving tactics that allow lawyers to purposefully develop ideas and create effective solutions for their law firms.

Mike Whelan, Jr. is an attorney, author, and CEO at Lawyer Forward.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: George Psiharis on Legal Trends Data

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:34:44 +0000

Clio’s groundbreaking legal data dive revealed trends during the tumultuousness of 2020. Chief Operating Officer George Psiharis gives OTR host Laurence Colletti an overview of this year’s findings and makes predictions about what changes will stick.

Not surprisingly, Clio saw a steep drop in matter intake volumes in March, April, and May. And while there have been rebounds, Psiharis says firms still aren’t at pre-pandemic levels.

Regardless, some firms are succeeding where others aren’t. Psiharis tells Colletti that firms that deployed three specific cloud-based technologies (online payments, legal intake and CRM, and client portals) are earning 40% more revenue per lawyer than those firms that haven’t.

Psiharis also explains how tech adoption is another key component that surfaced in the 2020 data. Trends data show that accelerated tech adoption is happening on the lawyer and client sides, with 90-year-old clients signing engagement letters via iPads.

Resource: Legal Trends Report and Covid-19’s Impact on Legal

George Psiharis is the chief operating officer at Clio.

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On the Road with Legal Talk Network : Clio Cloud 2020: CEO Jack Newton

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:34:34 +0000

The pandemic threw many companies out of whack but Clio, a cloud-based legal tech pioneer, already knew it could handle remote work. Given that the company is based on remote technologies, it’s no surprise that it quickly adapted and pivoted to a fully remote working environment.

Clio CEO Jack Newton tells On the Road host Laurence Colletti about his company’s pivot to a “distributed by design” workforce with bricks and mortar offices serving as communal gathering places or hubs. The onsite is the new offsite at Clio. Nine times out of 10, remote work experience is okay. But in some instances, in-person can’t be beaten, Newton says.

Newton tells Colletti about key developments, including integrations with Google My Business, a digital storefront where legal demand is being created; the new app Clio for Clients, which more seamlessly connects clients to their matters; and updated billing tools to modernize the business of law.

Jack Newton, author of The Client-Centered Law Firm, is CEO and co-founder of Clio.

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Digital Detectives : “Zooming” Into 2021 with Audio/Video Discovery

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Audio and video files have become increasingly relevant in today’s legal matters, and lawyers need to know how to best handle this information. Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome eDiscovery experts Doug Austin and Brett Burney to discuss how to collect, preserve, search, and review audio/video information and then effectively present it in court.

Doug Austin is an eDiscovery thought leader and blogger.

Brett Burney is principal of Burney Consultants LLC.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull and PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #298: Find a Way to Get to Yes, with Michael Abrashoff

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Former Navy captain & author Michael Abrashoff shares his best practices on how to take an underperforming team to high achievers.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about empowering a team of high achievers, check out our resource page on managing people.

Thanks to Knackly.io, LawPay, Back Office Betties, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Banning TikTok and WeChat

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Every day brings us closer to the removal of TikTok and WeChat. Or so we think? What does this mean and should we care? George Grammas from Squire Patton Boggs tells us all about it.

Thank you to our sponsor ClioCloudConference.com.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000

In recent years, a growing number of law firms reduced their brick-and-mortar office space as a way to cut costs and also better meet the changing workplace needs of their attorneys. Sherry Cushman says the COVID-19 pandemic has further enhanced the desire of firms to shrink their real estate footprint.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Biglaw Bonuses Belong In Associate Pockets, Not Partner Coffers

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:20:00 +0000

Joe and Kathryn have a lot to break down this week. Amy Coney Barrett's supporters tried to give her a nickname and managed to make an even bigger mess of it. As she begins her hearings, you'll not be able to get her new nickname out of your head. Meanwhile, Biglaw firms are split on whether or not to give bonuses to associates right now, but Kathryn explains that it looks better to pay now than to wait. And the online bar exams held last week were riddled with glitches, but examiners are committed to pretending it went off without a hitch.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Legal Talk Today : Pennsylvania’s UnConstitutional Shutdown Order

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Professor Eugene Volokh from the UCLA, School of Law and the Volokh Conspiracy blog joins us to talk about Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 shutdown order and its violation against free speech.

Thank you to our sponsor ClioCloudConference.com.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Cybersecurity Practices That Won’t Bust Your Budget – Practical Tips

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 16:20:02 +0000

On Balance hosts JoAnn and Tish welcome back David Ries for part 2 of their discussion regarding economical cybersecurity practices for legal professionals. In last month’s episode, David stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity for your law firm. This time, David offers practical tips to help you move from the big picture down to the specific safeguards needed to protect essential technology (devices, networks, servers, and more) in use at your legal practice.

David Ries is of counsel in the Pittsburgh, PA office of Clark Hill PLC, where he practices in the areas of environmental, technology, and data protection law and litigation.

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Legal Talk Today : Nominations, Politics, & Contention: a Historical Look at our Supreme Court

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:29:34 +0000

With the upcoming confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, many are reminded of how unpleasant the nomination process was with Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But, has it always been this contentious? Ilya Shapiro of the CATO Institute and author of ‘Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court’ walks us through the history of the Supreme Court.

Thank you to our sponsor ClioCloudConference.com.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Demand-Side Sales with Bob Moesta — How Quitting Selling Helps You Create a Better Client Experience

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Ranging from mildly awkward to seriously cringeworthy, the lawyer’s experience of selling legal services to prospective clients is one many wish they could forgo. But, can they? Dennis and Tom hear a resounding yes from Bob Moesta, author of “Demand-Side Sales 101: Stop Selling and Help Your Customers Make Progress.” Bob coaches listeners on how to view sales through the lens of the buyer and help clients make the progress they need in their legal matters.

Bob Moesta is one of the principal architects of the Jobs to be Done theory and founder of The Re-Wired Group.

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.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #297: Smart Collaboration & Innovation, with Dr. Heidi K. Gardner 

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Distinguished fellow at Harvard Law & author Dr. Heidi K. Gardner explains what smart collaboration is for small 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!

If you’d like to learn more about working with the right team, check out our resource page on law firm hiring and staffing. 

Thanks to Smith.ai, Back Office Betties TextExpander, and LawPay, for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Ohio’s COVID-19 Liability Shield

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Faith Whittaker and Hayley Geiler from Dinsmore and Shohl join us to discuss Ohio’s liability shield for COVID-19 and how they’re planning to give air-cover to businesses and individuals for reopening.

Thank you to our sponsor ClioCloudConference.com.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Voting rights attorney tells a tale of dark money chicanery in 'The Coyotes of Carthage'

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:23:46 +0000

Steven Wright spent six years at the Department of Justice Voting Section witnessing all manner of election chicanery, voter suppression and dark money campaigns. So when he turned his efforts towards fiction, he decided to write what he knew. The result was The Coyotes of Carthage, a literary novel following Toussaint Andre Ross, a Black political consultant sent from his Washington, D.C., agency in disgrace to run a dark money campaign and convince a small town in South Carolina to sell their land to mining interests. The personal, moral and ethical choices that are made could save his career–or set him adrift entirely. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Wright tells the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles how he made the leap to creative writing, what it's been like to teach students at the University of Wisconsin Law School remotely, and the plans to turn The Coyotes of Carthage into a TV series.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Some Supremely Useful Advice

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 18:35:22 +0000

Obviously Trump's biggest mistake with ACB involved causing a White House superspreader event, but we didn't know that when we recorded this week's show. So we spend some time talking about his other mistake -- nominating ACB before the election and giving "never Trumpers" everything they want and leaving them with zero incentive to reelect him. We also discuss the wave of Fall bonuses among Biglaw firms and more importantly, the firms that aren't joining the party and what it means for the legal landscape.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Legal Talk Today : A Conversation about Policing (Part 2)

Mon, 05 Oct 2020 18:56:43 +0000

In this part two, we continue our conversation with former police officer Randy Petersen from the Texas Public Policy Foundation. We pick up where we left off talking about body cameras, what they leave out, and how that plays into the public perspective regarding police use of force. Stay tuned to hear about the importance of not resisting arrest and the impact of the “Ferguson Effect” on an officer’s ability to do their duty.

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Legal Talk Today : A Conversation about Policing (Part 1)

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:59:15 +0000

In this part one of two episodes, former police officer Randy Petersen from the Texas Public Policy Foundation joins us to discuss issues like resisting arrest, use of force, training for officers, and implications for defunding the police. Stay tuned to hear what goes through an officer’s mind and the factors they consider while making an arrest and hear the rest of the conversation on Monday in part 2.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : RBG, Judge Amy Coney Barrett & the Impact on SCOTUS

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 17:28:47 +0000

On September 18th, 2020, we lost a powerhouse on the Supreme Court. An advocate, a fighter for women’s rights, and a trailblazer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away leaving behind a huge legacy, in addition to an empty seat on the Supreme Court.

With less than two months before Election Day, controversy was sparked between republicans and democrats when President Trump nominated federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, known as a conservative judge and a former clerk for Justice Scalia, to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat.

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams and is joined by Deborah Pearlstein, professor of constitutional and international law and co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at Cardozo School of Law, discuss the latest on SCOTUS, the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her legacy, the controversy surrounding President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett in an election year, and the potential impact on Roe v. Wade, healthcare and the High Court.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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New Solo : Getting Started Tips from a New Solo

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

From client management to website development and networking, Florida bankruptcy lawyer Kelly Roberts has intel to share fresh from her own startup experience.

Roberts tells host Adriana Linares that she often gets calls from lawyers wanting to establish a bankruptcy practice like hers. Many times they have a practice launch approach that she believes is the opposite of what it takes to be successful as a solo.

But even Roberts is starting to experience growing pains so Linares offers advice on next steps for building a team while documenting processes and procedures before making a first support staff hire.

Kelly Roberts is a bankruptcy lawyer based in Florida.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioLawclerkROSS, and Alert Communications.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #296: How to Operationalize Culture, with Melissa Daimler

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Operational culture expert Melissa Daimler discusses how to make your organization a great place to work. 

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!

If you’d like to learn more about team culture, please read our resource page on law firm culture. 

Thanks to Postali, TextExpander, LawPay, and Back Office Betties for sponsoring this episode. 

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Legal Talk Today : FAA Approval for Amazon’s Aerial Delivery Drones

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 19:00:49 +0000

The Federal Aviation Agency issued a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate to Amazon’s fleet of Prime drones. So what does that mean for the future of aerial deliveries? Drone Law lawyer Jonathan Rupprecht explains it all.

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Law Technology Now : Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for AI?

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Research Prof. Maura Grossman has long studied the effectiveness of machine learning and its implications for the delivery of legal services. She learned early on that machines were better than lawyers at many tasks, especially in the ediscovery process. But she recognized right away that to adopt and implement new technologies, lawyers needed to see proof that the new tools worked.

In this episode, host Dan Linna talks to Grossman about what questions lawyers should be asking when evaluating tools purporting to use artificial intelligence to solve problems with legal services delivery.

Grossman tells Linna that until there’s some sort of consumer consortium for AI, something like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval or Consumer Reports for algorithms, lawyers will need to be smart about evaluating the tools entering the market.

She and Linna discussed eight questions that should guide a lawyer’s evaluation of AI tools.
Grossman says lawyers should be asking pointed questions about:

  • The problem or pain point the tool is trying to solve
  • How much data cleanup has to happen before the tool can be used
  • What training needs to be done for the tool to be implemented
  • Whether the tool has been validated

On that last point, Grossman says the buyer doesn’t want to be a beta tester for the AI tool.

Professor Maura R. Grossman is a research professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and principal at Maura Grossman Law.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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The Paralegal Voice : The 5 Ps of Legal Six Sigma

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Whether they fully appreciate it or not, paralegals are project managers. And while comparing efficiencies in auto manufacturing to daily paralegal work might seem odd, host Carl Morrison would disagree.

Morrison, who is working on a certification from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute, shared with listeners what he’s learned so far about applying process improvement concepts to the delivery of legal services. From planning to performance metrics, Morrison highlights the value of finding efficiencies and eliminating wasted time.

Morrison also responds to a timely listener question about securing confidential client documents when working from home. Morrison talks through the ethical responsibilities of paralegals and how to raise issues with employers.

The onus is on the paralegal to secure confidential materials through, among other things, encrypted wifi, password protections, and locked storage.

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

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The Legal Toolkit : The Benefits of Lawyer Coaching: Making the Most of Career Transitions

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:50:04 +0000

Making a career move can be intimidating, and many lawyers who want a change really aren’t sure how to go about it. Jared Correia talks with attorney coach Stephen Seckler about his experience helping lawyers take meaningful steps toward their goals. Stephen explains how coaching can help lawyers at any stage of life identify what they want, overcome obstacles, and find greater satisfaction in their work.

Stephen Seckler is president of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : On The Passing Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:20:31 +0000

Justice Ginsburg's loss is a blow to the profession in almost every dimension. A legendary advocate, a long-tenured Supreme Court justice, and a genuine legal celebrity that provided a familiar touchstone with people mostly closed off from the law and its role in society. Joe chats with former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about arguing before Justice Ginsburg and his experience clerking at the Supreme Court while she was a new justice. Joe and Kathryn also discuss the impact Justice Ginsburg had and the track records of her likely replacements (which was promptly narrowed to Amy Coney Barrett after recording).

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Legal Talk Today : Age Discrimination in COVID-19

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:19:13 +0000

Sean Andrade from Andrade Gonzalez law firm joins us to talk about age discrimination and the legal issues that come from it during this pandemic.

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The Digital Edge : Supreme Court of Virginia’s Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative: A Rousing Success!

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000

The Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative is bringing even more resources and educational opportunities to help attorneys prioritize wellbeing. Digital Edge hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway welcome wellness coordinator Margaret Ogden to discuss the history and development of this new initiative and how attorneys can seek assistance, take advantage of CLE opportunities, find resources, and more.

Margaret Ogden is the wellness coordinator at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : Representing Power: A Conversation with Attorney Robert Barnett

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Not every law student has a clear vision of where they want to end up in their career, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s more about seizing the opportunities that present themselves than strictly sticking to a plan. In this ABA Law Student Podcast, host Meghan Steenburgh sits down with attorney Robert Barnett to discuss his incredibly storied career. Together they review his career, focusing particularly on his work as practice debate opponent for numerous Democratic Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, his representation of some of the most notable names on both sides of the aisle for book deals (even convincing James Patterson and President Bill Clinton to write a book together), and his experiences working with Hollywood. While we can’t all achieve such an exceptional career, find out what it takes to blaze your own path from one of the most unique individuals in the legal profession.

Robert Barnett is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : How is the lawyer known as ‘Popehat’ on Twitter keeping busy during the pandemic?

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Legal news about President Donald Trump often outrages people, but it shouldn’t. And at the same time, his administration makes outrageous legal statements that many accept as normal, says Kenneth White, a former assistant U.S. attorney known as "Popehat" on Twitter. Now a partner at Brown, White & Osborn in its Los Angeles office, White recently spoke with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward.

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Legal Talk Today : Poll Worker Esq.

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:14:04 +0000

ABA President Patricia Refo joins us to explain the ABA’s new initiative to gather lawyer volunteers to help keep our in-person polling locations open during the upcoming election.

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Robert Half Legal Report : Understanding Recent Updates to the CCPA and EU-US Privacy Shield

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Data privacy remains a critical priority for businesses today. The introduction and enforcement of regulations to protect consumers’ personal data is a trend that shows no sign of abating. And that reality has become a key challenge as organizations seek to maintain compliance amid ever-shifting privacy mandates.

In this episode of the Robert Half Legal Report attorneys Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Joel Wuesthoff, a managing director with the company’s consulting solutions practice, discuss significant updates relating to data privacy that could directly impact your business and compliance obligations. They explore recent changes in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), including enforcement actions. They examine the impact of a landmark ruling that invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield, offering approaches to set a new course for EU-US data transfers. And they suggest strategies to help companies ensure ongoing data privacy compliance, including an audit checklist.

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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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : New Take On an Old Question: Should Lawyers Learn to Code?

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Given the advances in technology over the last few years, the question of whether lawyers should code needs some revision. Today’s movement toward low-code/no-code applications has created new opportunities for those with little to no coding experience, so should lawyers learn to use them? Dennis and Tom unpack this topic with attorneys in mind and offer their take on the benefits and challenges involved in working with low- and no-code applications.

In their second segment, they discuss folding phones and the pros and cons people may ponder before investing in one. As an actual foldable phone owner, Tom gives his perspective on whether this tech is worth the cost.

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, ServeNow and Colonial Surety Company.

 

Show Notes:

A Segment: Low Code/No Code

B Segment: Why Would Anyone Want a Foldable Phone?

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Digital Detectives : The Perils of Biometric Information: Relevant Laws and Insurance Coverage for Biometric Lawsuits

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:43:37 +0000

What happens when biometric information is compromised? For too many lawyers, the risks associated with this technology have been flying under the radar, but that needs to change! Digital Detectives hosts John and Sharon welcome Judy Selby to discuss the full spectrum of what lawyers should know about biometric technology. They address its many uses, the risks involved, relevant laws, and insurance coverage for biometric lawsuits.

Judy Selby is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull and PInow.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : Cumis Counsel Selection and Impact on Claims

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:17:42 +0000

Attorney Tim Agajanian from the law firm Ropers Majeski discusses the selection of cumis counsel attorneys and how their duties impact 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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Workers Comp Matters : Up in the Air: When Uniforms are Toxic

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Delta Air Line’s “Passport Plum” Lands’ End uniforms designed by Zac Posen debuted with much fanfare only to be mired in litigation once flight attendants started complaining of nausea, skin rashes, headaches, respiratory problems, and fatigue.

Florida personal injury attorney Bruce Maxwell tells host Judson Pierce how he got a call from a flight attendant with odd symptoms, then another, then another. Now he’s seen more than 1,300 claims against Lands’ End, which he, Thomas Holder, and other counsel say is negligent in the design, manufacturing, and labeling of uniforms that are defective and dangerous to the wearers.

Maxwell says his firm began testing the uniform fabric and found excessive levels of formaldehyde, fluorine, bromine, and other toxic chemicals.

While there’s been a lull in calls, likely because of the decrease in flights during the pandemic, Maxwell tells Pierce that new clients are still reaching out, and the judge overseeing the case is moving forward. He and Holder also share how his Delta clients were reluctant to file workplace injury claims against Delta because they are loyal to the airline.

Bruce Maxwell and Thomas Holder are personal injury attorneys practicing in Florida and Georgia.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #295: The Future of Jobs, with Jeff Wald

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Author and thought leader Jeff Wald discusses why so much about what you’ve heard about the future of work is wrong and what the data really tells us. 

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!

If you’d like to learn more about hiring contractors to grow your law firm, check out our resource page on virtual legal assistants. 

Thanks to Belay, Back Office Betties, TextExpander, and Casetext.

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Legal Talk Today : Keep Nine Amendment

Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Roman Buhler from “Keep Nine” explains their proposed Constitutional Amendment to keep the number of Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to nine. Tune in to hear why they have bipartisan support as well as the history of the Supreme Court’s number of Justices over time.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : The case for separating Church and State

Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000

The separation of church and state is a concept that is often talked about, but there's hardly a national consensus on what that should look like–or whether it should exist at all. In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been shifting towards an "accomodationist" interpretation, say the authors of The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State. To Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, this is a dangerous approach. In this episode of the Modern Law Library podcast, Chemerinsky and Gillman explain to the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles the difference between separationist and accomodationist views, the reason they felt that it was an opportune time to write this book, and what they hope to accomplish with its release. They also stress that a separationist view is not hostile towards religion; rather, it maintains a neutrality to not infringe on anyone's religious beliefs or prioritize one religion above another. (Note: This podcast was recorded before the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.)

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Begun The Bonus War Has

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:37:16 +0000

What was a nice trickle has turned into a tsunami. Law firms are falling over themselves to hand out big time bonuses to associates to show the world how they've weathered COVID. And yet some firms are being forced to admit that they aren't able to keep up with the Biglaw Joneses. Speaking of Joneses, we also check in on a Jones Day associate likely bound for the federal bench despite all normal rules of the profession.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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The Un-Billable Hour : What Clients Want: Bringing AI to Your Business

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Many lawyers were so busy making fun of the robot lawyer, laughing at the thought of bot making a Perry Mason-like court appearance, that they missed a significant development. Online dispute resolution bypassed the court process and showed that lawyers aren’t always needed to help resolve disputes.

The joke was on us, Tom Martin tells host Christopher Anderson during a discussion about how the pandemic accelerated lawyers’ use and adoption of automation, and how consumer expectations are fast being applied to legal services and lawyer/client relationships.

The two also discuss how tech adoption may open up the legal marketplace and the impetus behind Martin’s co-founding of the American Legal Technology Awards.

Tom Martin is the founder and CEO of LawDroid.

Note: Since the recording of this episode, the American Legal Technology Awards were announced. Learn about the inaugural honorees at americanlegaltechnology.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors,  ScorpionLawclerk, and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Meant to Us

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 22:57:49 +0000

In this non-political tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 10 women leaders share how the late Supreme Court Justice inspired them in their legal careers.

Participants:
Trish Refo (ABA President)
Marcia Clark (Author, Podcaster, and Criminal Attorney)
Michelle Suskauer (former Florida Bar President)
Liz McCausland (Florida Attorney)
Lee Rawles (Web Editor at ABA Journal)
Stephanie Francis Ward (Senior Writer at ABA Journal)
Kathryn Rubino (Above the Law Podcaster and Writer)
Sonia Russo (Assistant Attorney General at Colorado Department of Law)
Meghan Steenburgh (Host of ABA Law Student Division Podcast)
Sharon Nelson (Host of Digital Detectives Podcast)

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Practice Well! — Law Practice Resources Division Launches Its New Website

Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000

What kind of tools could help you practice law in a healthy, sustainable way? With Texas’ diverse legal community in mind, the new www.texasbarpractice.com website is filled with resources to help any and all Texas attorneys practice law with ease. Podcast host Rocky Dhir talks with Sharon Sandle about the genesis of this newly launched site and its goal of giving lawyers greater success in all areas of legal practice.

Sharon Sandle is the director of the Law Practice Resources Division at the State Bar of Texas.

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Legal Talk Today : Making Outdoors Great Again!

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Amy Lindholm from the Appalachian Mountain Club joins us to discuss the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill passed to improve our parks nationwide.

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New Solo : Unintended Consequences Rule the World

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Since the pandemic caused courthouses to close and law practice to shift almost entirely online, practically overnight, Lawclerk has seen demand spike.

The provider of on-demand virtual associates has doubled in size since the beginning of the year. That’s double the number of projects, and an increase in the value of projects overall, Lawclerk’s co-founder tells host Adriana Linares.

So why the growth spurt? Garman says that even though some firms were cutting back, solo and small firm practices started to focus on their most important work but needed to find a way to support their lower-priority matters. So while lawyers were spending time on their best clients and best prospects, they were sending matters more often to freelance associates through Lawclerk. [Disclosure: Lawclerk is a sponsor of the New Solo podcast.]

The pandemic created a real-time test of Lawclerk’s model. It demonstrated that it could adjust to assist its core market of lawyers who need occasional associate support without creating additional business overhead.

Garman and Linares also discuss the many lessons learned and new ways co-workers are connecting. Garman notes that he now communicates with more people in a single day than he did when the team worked 40-feet from one another.

Greg Garman is co-founder of Lawclerk.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioLawclerkROSS, and Alert Communications.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Bob Woodward, the “Trump Tapes,” and the Parallels to Watergate

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

This month, a series of excerpts from 18 recorded interviews between investigative journalist Bob Woodward and President Trump for Woodward’s book, Rage, were released. As many of you know, Bob Woodward, who was a young reporter with The Washington Post back in 1972, teamed up with another investigative reporter, Carl Bernstein to report on the Watergate scandal, ultimately leading to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

In his book, Woodward interviewed President Trump on a variety of topics, including the threat of the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter. One of the more controversial revelations was from the recording on February 7th when Woodward asked about the threat of the coronavirus-President Trump responded, “It's also more deadly than your, you know, your even your strenuous flus. This is deadly stuff.” Meanwhile, on February 27th, during a White House press conference, the president was telling the American public something very different. So did the president knowingly keep this information from Americans?

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams and guest co-host Bob Ambrogi are joined by historian Jim Robenalt, litigation partner at Thompson Hine LLP and John Dean, former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon, as they discuss the controversial excerpts from Bob Woodward's interviews with President Trump, the parallels to the Watergate scandal through these recently released "Trump Tapes,” and how these revelations could impact the president before the election.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal and LEX Reception.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #294: Onboarding New Associates, with Stephanie Everett 

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett and Marketing Director Laura Briggs discuss how to hire and onboard new associates in your small law firm effectively. 

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!

If you’d like to learn more about hiring and onboard new associates, check out our resource page on law firm hiring and staffing. 

Thanks to ActionStep, Casetext, TextExpander, and Back Office Betties for sponsoring this episode!

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Law Technology Now : Model for Change: Utah’s Data-Driven Approach to Closing the Justice Gap

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:35:39 +0000

When the Utah Supreme Court started studying the access to justice gap, justices and bar leaders were alarmed to learn that 93% of those using adult courts in the state’s largest jurisdiction were showing up without legal assistance. Let that sink in: 93% were coming to court without a lawyer. It’s a figure host Ralph Baxter’s guests say is common across North America.

With news still fresh of Utah’s groundbreaking order creating a regulatory sandbox to address the crisis involving the delivery of legal services, Baxter discusses the order’s rationale and significance with three key leaders behind Utah’s move: Economics and Law Professor Gillian Hadfield, Utah Justice Deno Himonas, and Utah Bar immediate Past President John Lund.

There’s something wrong when the current legal model serves just ten to fifteen percent of the population, Hadfield tells Baxter. She says Utah’s approach is on solid ground because the bench and bar are cooperating to collect data that will inform its shifting legal regulatory framework.

The four discuss how the model rules of professional conduct, developed for an older and dated model of law practice, are less about ethics and more about controlling business operations. Utah’s sandbox removes many of those barriers while keeping consumers protected.

Hadfield and Lund also note that despite pushback on rule changes -- such as relaxing rules on non-lawyer ownership and creating licensing routes for paraprofessionals -- the remaking of the rules is bound to increase opportunities for lawyers. Finding ways to better serve that 80% to 90% who need but don’t have lawyers will open up the market, they tell Baxter.

Gillian Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Deno Himonas is a justice of the Utah Supreme Court.

John Lund is a Salt Lake City lawyer and immediate past president of the Utah Bar.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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Legal Talk Today : Why are Bankruptcies so low during COVID-19?

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Legal Analyst Teadra Pugh of Bloomberg Law tells us why there’s an artificially low number of bankruptcy filings around the country. Stay tuned for her predictions on where we’ll be as we crawl out of COVID-19 shutdowns.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Judge Scott Schlegel’s history of utilizing technology in his Louisiana courtroom to make life easier for attorneys and members of the public has come in very handy during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the public health crisis forced the closure of Jefferson Parish courtrooms earlier this year, Schlegel contacted those he knows in the legal tech world for assistance in bringing to fruition a plan to remotely accept guilty pleas in criminal cases.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Oh Dear: Terrible Rejection Letters & the Bad Ratings that Follow

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 21:37:51 +0000

A mistake hosts Gyi Tsakalakis and Conrad Saam see far too many lawyers make is sending prospective clients cold, form-like rejection letters when declining representation. Clients seeking counsel are already likely in a bad place emotionally. Throw an emotionless rejection letter at them and they may leave the interaction disgruntled enough to fire off a bad online review.

Rejections aren’t a time for automated efficiency, Tsakalakis suggests. Instead, he advises lawyers or support staff to have a conversation first before sending a letter that documents the lawyer’s decision to decline representation.

Tsakalakis and Saam continued their rebranding lessons using the Lunch Hour Legal Marketing podcast as an example. This episode discusses whether to have guests, whether it’s worth disrupting the brand’s consistency by changing the name, and what jingle represents the show best.

Listeners are encouraged to share and tweet feedback and suggestions to #LHLMBrand.

And Saam and Tsakalakis are offering up to 50 tickets for #LHLM listeners to attend Carolyn Elfant’s “Lawyer + Mom + Owner Virtual Summit.” Use the code “lunchhourlegalmarketing” at checkout when registering at https://lawyermomownersummit.com/ to take advantage of the offer.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : An Election So Nice, You Should Vote TWICE! (No, You Shouldn’t)

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:27:55 +0000

Professor Rick Hasen of UCI Law and the Election Law Blog joins us to talk all things election. Following up on his new book Election Meltdown we cover dangerous media expectations, vote-by-mail rules, how ballots are processed, the "Blue Shift" and the impact COVID is having on an already strained election system.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Paper Software and LexisNexis® InterAction®.

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The Legal Toolkit : What Lawyers Don’t (But Should!) Know About the Business of Law

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

What drives your business? Are you making smart investments that increase profits and grow your practice? The reality is, most lawyers aren’t businesspeople, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make their business a success. Jared Correia talks with Scott Brennan about common business struggles lawyers face and the importance of driving legal tech adoption in law firms and taking advantage of alternative legal service providers.

Scott Brennan is CEO at Lexicon, a new practice management software for lawyers.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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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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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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Five Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Attorney

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:35:30 -0500

Learn how to find the right attorney for your needs. Identify the steps you should take to ensure you choose the attorney who will best represent you.

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Looking 40 Years Back - A Circle Closes

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:59:07 -0500

We learn the meaning of a career by looking back over the decades of struggles and successes. But even at the end of a work life, we are called to create outstanding results with energy and imagination. I just attended my law school 40-year reunion. What I learned surprised me, and it was seeing into my own soul, the parts of me that account for both my progress and my missteps after 40 years of court battles.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Parking Lot Compliant With Fire Lane and ADA Striping

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:54:32 -0500

When your parking lot needs to be compliant with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Standards of Accessible Design, there are a few things to keep in mind. To begin with, when you need to provide spaces for parking, you have an immediate obligation to remove any barriers to accessibility that may exist in your facility of parking. It is relatively inexpensive to do ADA striping and thus, quite achievable. Here are a few tips to ensure you get it right the first time.

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HOA Attorney Job Description

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:22:57 -0500

This type of attorney is the one that represents and advises the homeowner's association board members on many different matters regarding property rights and contracts. A HOA attorney (homeowners association) is generally in charge of drafting the community rules so that they comply with the governing law.

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Are We Sinking the Jones Act?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:39:42 -0500

As a former merchant mariner, I continue to follow issues relating to the shipping industry in general with a particular interest as to matters touching on the survival of America's merchant marine. I was surprised to recently learn that Senator John McCain, a man whom I admire, has introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Jones Act restrictions against foreign flag vessels carrying cargo between U.S. ports. His bill, entitled the Open America's Waters Act of 2017, would allow foreign flag vessels to compete within U.S. waters for goods moving between American ports. I can't help wonder why the Senator believes such a repeal is good policy, maritime or otherwise.

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What Are Lemon Law Attorneys?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:27:07 -0500

When we buy a new car, we make sure to get a car that works fine and we feel comfortable in it. This is why most of us opt for test-driving a car before purchasing it. It is a smart thing to do. But even so, our hopes and dreams will be shattered if the car we bought starts to act strangely and it stops running. Even more troublesome is when after repeated repair attempts, the car still has the same problem. In this case, we are sad to announce you, but you've stumbled upon a lemon. The best thing to do is to get your car replaced with a working one or have your money returned. Hire a lemon law attorney if things do not go well with the car dealer.

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Scope of Corporate Law in India

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:25:41 -0500

Gone are the times when litigation and a robe clad barrister used to be the only meaning and face of law in India. Today the scene is such that the corporate law practice is truly international in nature thanks to the fact that India is one of the most fastest growing economies in the world and a signatory to the WTO or world trade organization.

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A Brief Summary of Contract Law: Key Terms, Common Defenses and General Recommendations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:44:41 -0500

Many individuals and companies enter into contracts without fully understanding the terms. Often, neither party has clarity on what the contract requires in terms of performance standards, remedies for breach and whether unwritten terms can supplement the written contract. This post is intended to provide a quick guide to some key terms and issues that are relevant in the area of contract law.

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Method of Commencing Action in the Magistrate Court in Nigeria

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:01:45 -0500

How proceedings are initiated in the magistrate court. -LAGOS AND ABUJA AS A CASE STUDY. (A) Magistrate Court in Lagos - Under ord 1, Magistrate's Courts (Civil Procedure) Rules, two forms of commencement are provided: A person can institute an action using any of the following:

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Appraisal of Applications Pending Appeal and Enforcement of Judgment in Nigeria

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:04 -0500

Upon judgment, a party may appeal against the judgment or interlocutory order. It becomes necessary to preserve the res ante pending the determination of the appeal. There are three types of applications that can be made for maintenance of the status quo pending appeal.

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What To Do When You Need Quick Inheritance Money

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:12:47 -0500

The departure of a loved one is always a great moment of sadness. Unfortunately, this unpleasant feeling will be aggravated by the immediate financial consequences. If the person who dies was the one earning the most money (or the only one earning money) for the family, the loss of income will be very dangerous for the remaining descendants. Luckily, most of us take this scenario into consideration and formulate wills. In this way, the valuables will be distributed to the loved ones. However, the process of distributing the valuables stipulated in the will can take a lot of time. This may be a big problem in the heirs need urgent money. Find out what to do when you need quick inheritance money.

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Conservatorships and Why You Should Avoid Them

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:20:02 -0500

This article will explain how conservatorships work in the state of California. You will learn about the pitfalls of conservatorships and how to avoid them.

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6 Winning Asset Management Strategies That You Need to Apply Now

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:29:37 -0500

It is all about to understand the 6 winning asset management strategies. It will help help apply now and get satisfactory results from expert asset protection attorney.

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How 'No Win, No Fee' Is on the Verge of Demise

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:00:44 -0500

Being in the hospital is never easy. It puts everything to a stop and, depending on the seriousness of the issue faced, can make you think seriously about what is really important in life. For those that don't suffer such a serious injury or illness, it can really slow you down in life.

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Police Shortages Threaten Big Cities, Small Towns

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:26:27 -0500

It's never been harder to find a hero. Police departments across the country are struggling to fill their ranks, and it's overworking officers, worrying residents, and frustrating city and state officials. Big cities don't have nearly enough police officers walking the beat. If you are a law enforcement officer that has been injured on the job from a lack of support, visit a Colorado workers comp attorney today.

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The Major Keys of a Legal Service System

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:24:19 -0500

In whichever country we may reside we are bound by the laws of the place. Every country state has its own set of laws that the people, organizations and every alternate system have to abide by. The citizens have to limit their activities according to the demands of the state and country.

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See You In The Court

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:18:01 -0500

Justice hails to be a part of our life and it secures our rights. But in the current world justice has been matched with mere anarchy and destitution.

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Why Is There No Law for Religious Malpractice?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:27 -0500

If a doctor gives a person the wrong prescription or removes the wrong organ, or so forth, he would be up for malpractice and would lose his license. The same does not apply, however, to the priest who upholds the lies and myths of religious tenets and advises incorrectly. The fact that he claims to forgive sins and sends people on their way to do the same again should come under the heading of religious malpractice.

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How To Detect a Lemon Car

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:56:21 -0500

There are few things more exciting than buying a new car and testing it on the road. Owning the car of your dreams is a great feeling. Unfortunately, this feeling can be quickly ruined if the new vehicle begins to act strangely and is plagued by numerous malfunctions in a short time. If the number of repairs is quickly getting higher and you wander why, the answer may be in front of your eyes: you have bought a lemon car. Find out how to detect a lemon car before actually buying the car and contact a lemon law attorney if you need any help.

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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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Public Performance Fees for Songwriters

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:32:50 -0500

We hear music on the radio, while shopping, in clubs, even while on hold on the telephone. Does the songwriter get paid? If so, how do they get paid. Weekly? Or weakly? This article summarizes the situation.

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Copyright Terms - What Is the Legal Definition of a License Agreement?

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:42:59 -0500

Copyright of specific works and the ideal of Intellectual Property are two subjects, especially in our highly technological Internet age with ease of communication, theft and fraud, which are constantly under debate. The discussion on how to protect the rights of an artistic or literary creator from those who would steal works, give them out as their own, or simply market them for profit, has been raging since long before the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was first penned and accepted in 1885 / 1886. The Berne Convention consists of various clauses which define who...

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Internet Law and Copyright Infringement - Where Does the Burden of Proof Lie?

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:20:34 -0500

Copyright laws are constantly being updated to take account of technological and financial changes. The Burden of Proof, however, remains indisputable: a brief explanation.

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What Is Legal and Illegal File Sharing?

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:10:38 -0500

In the world of internet marketing and the internet in general, there is legal file sharing and illegal file sharing. This article discusses the difference between the two.

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All About Works Made for Hire

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:13:46 -0500

Works for hire are work that you create for an employer while under their employ. Generally, the employed owns the copyright for these works, but there are some scenarios where that is not the case.

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Working Interaction Between FSA, FSCS and FOS

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:03:22 -0500

1. Financial Services Authority (FSA) is the official regulator of financial services in the United Kingdom. Financial services included banking, securities and insurance.

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What You Need to Know About Copyright Attorneys

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:15:09 -0500

The common mistake of website owners when buying articles online is that they assume full ownership over the material. Little do they know that the ownership still depends upon the agreement of between the buyer and the writer. To make sure that you don't commit the same mistake, it is important that you have a copyright attorney to write a contract before hand.

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Creative Commons: An Alternative Solution To Copyright Restrictions

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:59:51 -0500

This report provides an analysis and exhaustive explanation of Copyright restrictions in order to encourage creators to choose Creative Commons licenses. The purpose is not only to give a clear understanding of why authors should chose Creative Commons licenses, but also to raise awareness of the harmful consequences of Copyright for the whole society or the public domain.

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Thing to Remember When Looking for the Best Patent Lawyers

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:59:01 -0500

If you own a business, you would know how important the uniqueness of your business's name can be. If you are facing an unfortunate situation where someone is illegally using your name, you are probably in dire need of getting legal protection. Before choosing a patent lawyer to handle your case, however, familiarize yourself with the qualities of ideal patent lawyers.

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Copyrights And Copying Off a Screen Print of Google Earth

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:47:16 -0500

Have you ever had one of your friends or family print off a Yahoo or Google Map to tell you how to get to a family event or party? It happens all the time, but did you know there's a good chance they are breaking copyright law? That sounds pretty funny doesn't it? However, you might be doing this in your small business if you are having a sale and you print off directions to your business on a flyer. I've even seen maps in the Yellow Pages which were printed right from Yahoo Maps, they even left in the copyright. That's interesting isn't it?

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Legal Tips for Using Social Media

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:59:12 -0500

Without a doubt, social media has introduced a whole new world of opportunity for citizen journalists, bloggers and others looking to share their stories and ideas in the public arena. Unfortunately, it's also introduced a host of ways to violate intellectual property laws. If you want to participate in social media, here are six things you need to know.

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Save Yourself Against Copyright Infringement

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:45:20 -0500

Copyright infringement is a serious problem in today's world as there is a lot of content that is being developed by companies. The things that one needs to prove to save oneself of copyright is that one holds the copyright for the content in contention and that there has been substantial copying of the same and that has been misappropriated.

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Getty Images and The Next Generation

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:21:41 -0500

Is almost impossible to protect copyrighted work these days - it's just too easy for people to copy what you produced, and you don't have time to chase down everyone who violates your copyrights. Yes, we live in a world of imitators, content thieves, and copyright violators. It appears to be human nature, and no matter how hard we try we cannot overcome this, and we certainly can't do it online or in the digital age. Yes, those that have intellectual property are doing everything they can to lobby Congress to make new laws, but those who would violate such laws always seem to find a way around them.

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Copyright Registration

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:24:03 -0500

We often receive enquiries about how to apply for copyright protection, and many people are surprised to learn that in fact they do not need to apply at all. Copyright subsists automatically in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, and the typographical arrangement of published editions. Literary works are taken to include computer programs, databases, and other compilations.

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3 Myths Regarding Internet Copyright Laws Revealed

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:58:37 -0500

"If there isn't any copyright notice, it's not copyrighted" This is among the biggest myths in the field of internet copyright laws. While this was actually true in the past, most regions now follow what is known as the Berne copyright convention. For example, in the US almost everything which was created on or after April 1989 is copyrighted and subsequently under protection. Especially where internet copyright laws are concerned, it is safe to assume that anything you see online is protected by a copyright. While there are a few older works that have lost coverage over time, it is a good move to ask prior to using anything which you see online for your own projects. Though a lot of people make use of the letter "C" in parenthesis, i.e. (C) to show that their work is copyrighted, it has never been given any legal credence. Rather, look for and additionally use the written letter "C" inside of a circle to indicate copyrighted work.

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Some Of The Copyright Laws Internet Companies Can Experience

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:41:56 -0500

Copyright laws will have an effect on each and every company eventually, and problems surrounding them can vary from safeguarding your own property to disputes over the use of your property by others. There is a misconception drifting around the internet stating that anything found online is in the "public domain" and therefore it is freely able to be applied in any way that a person deems suitable to use it. This is grossly untrue and is regarded as one of the top kind of copyright laws internet businesses deal with. Of course, traditional companies deal with these issues and, however the ease of sharing online has left businesses working there especially vulnerable.

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How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter and Stop Copyright Infringement

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:50:33 -0500

A cease and desist letter is a low-cost alternative to a time-consuming and potentially costly lawsuit, if someone is using your copyrighted materials without permission. Let's look at how to write a cease and desist letter so that you can maintain and control your copyrights and other intellectual property.

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Why Should I Register My Copyright With the US Copyright Office?

Thu, 31 May 2012 12:06:08 -0500

Copyright registration is voluntary -- you don't NEED to register in order to be protected by copyright law -- but there are very good reasons to officially register with the US Copyright Office. Let's take a closer look at some of them; you may decide that the benefits far outweigh the modest filing fee!

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Why You Need To Place Watermarks On Images You Post Online

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:17:22 -0500

A photography watermark can be another picture as in a logo, words, or the name of the photographer which is placed over the picture. If a photo has a watermark, those looking at it will know that they are not allowed to copy or use your photo without first notifying you or abiding by your requirements.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:33:27 -0500

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act's principle features focus on limitations on infringement liability for service providers and prohibitions on circumvention of technological protection measures. Online education environments are greatly affected by the act provisions. Instructors should get with their organizations and their legal counsel to become familiar with the complex intricacies of the act.

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A Good License Agreement for Your Music

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:10:26 -0500

Many amateur composers fall victim to a badly drafted licensing agreement that totally stomps on their right over their royalties and possible million dollar career. This scenario does not only affect songwriters but also musical composers for movies and televisions. They write songs and produce music.

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Copyright Protection: 2 Intriguing Objects Eligible for Copyrights

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:12:19 -0500

Copyright protection is afforded to books, movies, music, photographs, and a wide variety of other creative expressions of an idea -- but did you know that vessel hull designs and architectural works are also eligible for copyright protection? This article touches on the history of copyright law to explain how these seeming outliers to intellectual property have been granted the same copyright protections as any other creative work.

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Can You Copyright a Fight Song or a School Motto?

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:46:29 -0500

The other day, I was having a conversation about copyright law, you see I am an online article author, and I produced a number of e-books, and before my stint as a writer, I was quite concerned with protecting our company operations manual from getting in the hands of competitors. I've been mildly successful at all of those things above, and therefore have quite a bit of both positive and negative experiences when it comes to copyright law.

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Defending Copyrights - Challenges With First to Publish Proof in the Information Age

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:42:07 -0500

Just because you wrote something and put one of those little C's at the bottom of the page, and claim the copyright, doesn't mean that you won't find challenges in our information age. After all, you might write something, put it on a website or blog somewhere, perhaps an obscure place, or perhaps you may even write something and put it into a paper newsletter that goes out to your Homeowners Association, soccer team, or school. You wrote it first, and you claim copyright, but then someone else finds it, likes it, puts it on the Internet, or incorporates entire...

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Can Google's New Semantic Search Keep Within Copyright Laws?

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:41:42 -0500

All great companies must evolve, and I believe Google to be a company which wishes to stay on the leading edge of its core business model. It is a search engine after all, it delivers information to the world, which is one of the main reasons the Internet exists in the first place. Today, the web is an accumulation of human knowledge, and it is also one of the greatest communication devices ever created in the history of mankind.

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DMCA Is Definately Your Online Defense Shield

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 08:41:00 -0500

Copyright is one of the most significant non tangible assets of an organization. Organizations consider copyrighting their entities as an essential legal obligation. This act infers that the organization values the social and ethical rules followed globally.

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Understanding Movie Copyrights

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:27:59 -0600

Outdoor movie events are all about fun; getting together with family and friends in the community and enjoying a new film or an old favorite. If you are the one planning the event, though, you have the responsibility of making sure your event complies with movie copyright law. If you have never put on a movie event before, you might not understand exactly what these rules mean and whether or not your event must be licensed as a public performance. This quick guide will give you a basic understanding of movie copyrights and assist you in determining if one is needed for your event.

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Fighting Against Copyright Infringement Using DMCA

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:11:53 -0600

Copyright infringement has started to emerge as a critical issue in the contemporary market today. Where innovation is optimizing, encroachment of various copyrighted works is becoming a routine. In this anarchy of legislation, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) serves as a copyright law which outlaws conception, production and distribution of ideas, technology and/or services that violate the controls on workings bearing exclusive rights.

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SOPA and PIPA: A Lethal Sister Act?

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:45:40 -0600

From the inception of SOPA and PIPA to the avid protestors, the sister acts have lost some appeal from a lot of their initial supporters (many of them due to the backlash from the public) and has been halted by the government. The voice of the people has never been louder through the wielding of the Internet. The Madison Tool which is associated with OPEN Act, hopes to help the public govern what should be regulated on the Internet - not the government.

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Do We Need More Online Education With Regards to Fair Use Copyright Laws?

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:22:43 -0600

My rule of thumb, and this is what I do for my own personal use, is I always cite the article, the author of the article, the date of the article, the name of the publication, and never more than five lines of text. In doing this generally my articles of four, five, or 600 words, it turns out to be very little, and I know I've satisfied the fair use rules.

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Copyright Law - A Brief Guide to the Basics of Copyright Law

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:06:25 -0600

Copyright protects your original work of expression, such as an article, website, software, cookbook, song or a painting from unauthorized use by others. You get the exclusive rights to sell, display, reproduce your work, and sue those that infringe on those rights.

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Legalities With Non-OEM Ink Cartridges

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:22:28 -0600

The price of ink cartridges is nothing to ignore. Consider the fact that a common brand of printer cartridges, Hewlett-Packard, sells one at a price of $22 for .25 ounces, it comes out to be more expensive that imported and expensive luxury foods such as caviar from Russia.

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What If Google and Wikipedia Disappeared Forever?

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:24:36 -0600

As most know Wikipedia went dark on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in protest of the SOPA bill, and for them with a small staff, they certainly have a point, as their business model could be targeted and shut down. There is no way they could hire enough people to ensure everything posted was original, every sentence, and every picture "duty free" - thus, what if Wikipedia did not exist? Google also blacked out its logo to get us to think also.

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Copyright Law Applies to T-Shirt Designing

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:24:22 -0600

When you hire an artist to create a design for you, you own the product designed once the art work is complete but not the copyright to the design- it still remains the artist's property as it is his creativity. An authority must be granted by the artist in writing to claim that the copyright has been transferred as well.

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Copyright Infringer - Employer or Employee?

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:51:43 -0600

When a piece of work faces plagiarism and the infringer is an employee or a hired contractor, the employer is held responsible for this act. Hence, he is liable of punishment for the violation of the Copyright Law.

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Song Titles, Lyrics, and Copyright Infringement: When Do I Need Permission?

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:36:44 -0600

When quoting song titles or lyrics, it's not always clear when you're required to ask permission from the original author. This article takes a closer look at song titles and lyrics and how they relate to copyright infringement.

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Copyrighting Your Music

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:27:18 -0600

Any original idea that changes into a tangible form becomes copyrightable. Its author then has the right and authority to own his creation. This goes for any work in the field of art, literature, design or research and also music.

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Copyright Infringement and Its Consequences

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 19:49:34 -0600

The author or creator of every original work that is tangible in nature has every right over his project. If this work is reproduced, altered, exhibited, broadcasted or made public in other way without the consent of the owner, it is considered violation of the legal and moral rights of the author.

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Need of Copyrighting for Bloggers

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:29:35 -0600

Bloggers generally want their message to spread across the internet. If you are a blogger and write good content, you must have copied your work and other people across the internet must be copying it too.

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Outdated Copyrights

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:20:44 -0600

I have always been interested in do it yourself plans and worked upon searching for these. Before the internet was commonly used, I searched books and magazines for the same. I discovered many copies of old magazines like Mechanix Illustrated, Science and Mechanics and many others of the kind offered lots of such do it yourself plans.

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Moral Rights of an Author

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:23:54 -0600

The following article states some general information about the moral rights a copyright law provides to the author of a particular piece of copyrightable work. This is not legal or expert advice and for more specific information a professional copyright lawyer should be contacted.

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Copyright and Trademark

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:26:45 -0600

In general, lots of people confuse the words "Copyright" and "Trademark". They do not know how to copyright or rather, trademark their logo, blogs or business names. The word copyright has been used alongside trademark to make things a little easier to understand.

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Avoiding Copyright Infringement When Making a Website

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:22:26 -0600

Copyright has become very essential now with increasing plagiarism. But copyright law has some specifications and complications associated with it which makes seeking professional help necessary. The copyright lawyers help their client in understanding the problem better and finding a good solution.

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Copyright Lawyers, Trademarks and Copyright

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:36:00 -0600

Copyright law can sometimes be a bit confusing and there are some things that aren't covered by it. This article looks at the differences between copyright and trademarks to help you determine which would be right for you.

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The Copyright Lawyers

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:07:03 -0600

Copyright has become very essential now with increasing plagiarism. But copyright law has some specifications and complications associated with it which makes seeking professional help necessary.

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Copyrighting a Website

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 06:49:40 -0600

When a piece of work is brought into a tangible form, it automatically acquires copyright protection. It is still a good idea to preserve each document with time, date and some official stamp. If ever this record has to be reproduced to challenge infringement, this data will be very helpful in influencing the decision in the owner's favour.

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The Difference Between Patents and Copyright - A Copyright Lawyer Explains

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:29:01 -0600

There are a number of ways of protecting your intellectual property rights. In this article, a copyright lawyer explains the differences between copyrights and patents.

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Copyright Act of United Kingdom

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:10:36 -0600

Copyright Law is part of the intellectual property law that assures security of original compositions. The Copyright Act grants protection against plagiarism to all tangible pieces of work.

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Efforts Towards Copyright Policy in China

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:17:58 -0600

Due to plagiarism and infringement of pieces of work in literature; music; drama; art; sound recording; architectural design and government work, copyright policies are much stressed upon all over the world. But some authors and publishers have been surprised by the unlawful reproduction of their copyrighted works.

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Misinterpretation of the Word Copyright

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:41:30 -0600

To copyright a certain piece of work means to protect it from being reproduced or altered without the permission of the owner. There is a common misconception that the ownership authority is not attained unless the work is registered with an official organization such as the US Copyright Office (USCO) at the Library of Congress at Washington DC.

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Copyright Protection, Duration, and Registration in South Africa

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:41:22 -0600

Copyright protection in South Africa is governed by the Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 and its amendments. Under the current intellectual property laws of South Africa, copyright subsists in artistic, literary, musical, broadcast, architectural and related works. As such there is no need to register such as it is automatically assigned once a work takes tangible form.

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Copyright Law - 5 Common Myths About Copyright Law You Should Know

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:53:52 -0600

As a published author, I am amazed and encouraged by the current "independent" publishing boom happening as a result of the popularity of the Kindle and Nook readers. Writers who once papered their walls with rejection slips now take chances by producing their work on their own. Some, like HP Mallory and Amanda Hocking, have succeeded in finding audiences and sales. Others do well enough to cover the monthly grocery bill, but in the end all writers should be concerned about issues involving copyrights.

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Using Copyrighted Material: How to Ask For Permission

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:36:53 -0600

Most people are aware that in most cases, using copyrighted material without permission is considered copyright infringement. But how do you go about getting permission to use this material? This article looks at the various ways we might locate and contact the copyright owner for permission to use the material.

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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

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5 Guides for Selecting Law Firms and Landlord Tenant Lawyers

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Children and Divorce

Whenever a divorce is being discussed, it is often in the context of a husband and wife and not many remember the children involved. Even though kids are not often discussed in these issues, they are heavily impacted whenever parents split. For kids, divorce and separation can be some of the saddest, confusing, and most stressful periods of their lives. But that said, there are some useful tips on how you can make your kids cope during the period of the marital split. andnbsp;A divorce or separ...

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How Expat Divorce Works in Singapore

If you are living outside (in Singapore) the country of your origin (Britain or Australia) and your marriage breaks down. If you are living outside (in Singapore) the country of your origin (Britain or Australia) and your marriage breaks down. Now you have made up your mind about Singapore Expat Divorce. You might be of British origin but living in Singapore. You can use the help of the Singapore family law practitioners so that you can peacefully get your divorce done. Apart from divorce, you ...

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Reasons not to Hire Lawyers at Cheap Rates.

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Why should you be with car accident attorneys Ft Myers?

Holding the right lawyer can have a major influence in the estimation of the case, especially if a particular lawyer is willing and ready to introduce evidence case in the technique augments gains related to customer money. The more explicit you in choosing the best family law legal guide for you, the more confirmation you will have in the portrayal and legitimate techniques. YourVoiceInTrial is the obvious choice for the client to get a valid affiliation. A car accident can be the biggest di...

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How is personal injury Lawyer in Fort Myers performing for you?

Right when this case is handled correctly, the decline in injury is routinely left with lifelong mercy. It is willing and set to introduce techniques that build confirmation causes related to the customer's cash position. As a big accident lawyer, we ignored no stone in a careless meeting assessment imagined in an accident. The accident can be the biggest disaster in individual life. Fortunately, with a little exploration of incident losses can find deterioration practicing legal advice to hel...

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Why you Need the Assistance of a Singapore Criminal Lawyer?

Knowingly or unknowingly situations may arise in anyones life when he/she gets convicted in a criminal case. Knowingly or unknowingly situations may arise in anyones life when he/she gets convicted in a criminal case. We understand that the situation is not at all welcoming in life, but what to do if such a scenario arrives in life? An individual, convicted in a criminal case, needs to hire a criminal lawyer. You may come across people who, prefer to stay away from hiring a lawyer due to massiv...

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How is motorcycle accident attorney Cape Coral Florida so beneficial?

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Does Divorce Coaching Really Saves Money and Empower a Good Married Life?

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How are Muskegon court judges the best legal eperts?

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Services Provided by Notaries Public in Singapore

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How Child Custody Lawyer Functions

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Trademark Registration for Machines and Machines Product

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Finding a Perfect Divorce Lawyer

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A Guide to Winning Custody of Your Child

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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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Gun lobby incited mass shooter, alleges grieving son in lawsuit filed...

Lawsuit takes aim at gun lobby and Colt Manufacturing for Tree of Life mass shooting

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Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP File Lawsuit Against...

The lawsuit alleges AltaMed Health Services Corporation, violated the California Labor Code by failing to compensate their employees for missed meal and rest breaks.

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Glenn L. Udell Joins The Exclusive Haute Lawyer Network By Haute...

Glenn L. Udell has joined the exclusive Haute Lawyer Network by Haute Living with a concentrate in Real Estate Law in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

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Amin Talati Adds Medical Device Patent Practice With Addition of...

Leading regulatory and intellectual property law firm Amin Talati Wasserman LLP today announced that prominent medical technology patent attorney Peter Paredes has joined the firm as a partner in...

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Greenberg Traurig’s Harold N. Iselin Recognized on City & State’s...

Harold N. Iselin, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Albany office and co-chair of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice, has been recognized on City & State’s “Health...

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Morrison & Foerster Partners John Carlin and David Newman...

Messrs. Carlin and Newman announced as Acting Deputy Attorney General and Associate Deputy Attorney General, respectively; former U.S. government officials Robert Litt and Alex Iftimie to become...

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Early Morning Multivehicle Crash Highlights Need for Drivers to...

Los Angeles-based Legal Defenders comments on a recent article that the consequences of causing an accident could be life-changing, but remaining patient and attentive at the wheel can keep motorists...

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Object Management Group Issues Request for Information for Disposable...

Standardizing contextual, disposable self-sovereign Identities for enhanced privacy

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Kelly Legal Group Offers Complimentary Foreclosure Defense...

Real estate law firm in Austin, TX to offer complimentary foreclosure defense for a limited time

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Prevedere Receives An Additional Patent from U.S. Patent Office on Its...

New patent adds to the growing list of domestic and international patents

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Peopletrail® Marks One Successful Year For Its Dynamic Consumer...

Peopletrail LLC, the leading consumer reporting agency providing advanced background checks and pre-employment screening, today marks the successful one-year completion of their new exclusive consumer...

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Level Legal Wins American Lawyer ‘Best Law Company’ Award

Leading Legal Services Company Honored Alongside Litigation Department of the Year Texas Winner, Baker Botts, California-based Legal Services Innovation Winner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati,...

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Law Business Media Announces Acquisition of Electronic Newsletter...

Owner of Corporate Counsel Business Journal, In-House Ops and In-House Legal Tech Expands News Aggregation and Database Marketing Capabilities

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Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP File Lawsuit Against...

The lawsuit alleges Automobile Club of Southern California, violated the California Labor Code by failing to compensate their employees for missed meal and rest breaks.

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Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law Welcome Thomas McFadyen to their...

Prominent Tampa, Florida, personal injury law firm announces new attorney, Thomas McFadyen, is joining the practice.

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Save the Storks’ Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and...

Save the Storks believes that to be truly pro-women, you must be pro-life. That's why we champion the work of pregnancy resource centers who care for women, offer healing and provide the options...

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Greenberg Traurig’s Nicole Silver Participates in GAR Interactive:...

Nicole Y. Silver, International Arbitration & Litigation Practice shareholder at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will participate in the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Interactive: BITs...

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CobbleStone Software Announces Partnership With Paralegals Connect

CobbleStone Software, a celebrated global leader in contract management software, is pleased to announce its affiliate partnership with Paralegals Connect. Paralegals Connect is a worldwide paralegal...

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Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File Lawsuit Against...

The lawsuit alleges Trader Joe's Company violated the California Labor Code by failing to reimburse employees for required business expenses, as well as allegedly failed to provide accurate wage...

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LexisNexis Adds Lexis+ Litigation Analytics to the Lexis+ Ecosystem

Accurate, relevant, data-driven insights from Lex Machina and CourtLink give Lexis+ users a powerful toolset for litigation analytics in a single integrated workflow

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Attorney Marques Eason Releases Memoir Chronicling His Battle With...

Attorney Marques Eason of The Law Offices of Marques A. Eason in Chicago, IL recently released I Ain’t Done Living Yet: A Coronavirus Survivor Memoir after overcoming his battle with COVID-19. Marques...

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CFPB Advisory Opinion Supports Branch's Employer-Based Earned Wage...

Guidance from leading government consumer protection agency reinforces Branch’s approach to Earned Wage Access

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Irvin Hernandez Included in Latino Leaders Magazine’s ‘Lawyers to Keep...

Irvin Hernandez, an associate in the Atlanta office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, was named to Latino Leaders magazine’s list of “Lawyers to Keep on the Watch.”

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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Greenberg Traurig Represents Metric Theory in Merger with S4 Capital...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP represented Metric Theory, LLC, a digital marketing agency, in its merger with S4 Capital plc’s data and digital media consultancy subsidiary, MightyHive.

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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Good in Practice Features Partnership with Wellspring Living in...

Good in Practice, Greenberg Traurig’s podcast focused on pro bono, released its sixth episode “Wellspring Living & its Work to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking.”

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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The National Law Review’s Readership Exceeds 25 Million in 2020 and...

The National Law Review receives a record number of pageviews, 25,000,000 in 2020 and recognizes the talents of exceptional authors covering the COVID-19 crisis.

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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Venio Systems Announces Venio Cloud, New End-to-End eDiscovery SaaS

Venio Systems' new eDiscovery Saas is a fully-managed, highly-secure platform features lightning-fast processing, AI-powered review, automated operations, and interactive analytics. Venio Cloud is...

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Associate Attorney Gessimbergue Monteiro Joins Morris Law Group

Morris Law Group, Boca Raton-Based Estate Planning Law Firm, Announces the Hiring of Associate Attorney Gessimbergue S. Monteiro Jr., Esq., LL.M.

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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Argo and Envoy Global Announce New Partnership To Enhance Consular...

New partnership will provide Envoy Global customers with industry leading consular interview preparation services

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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NetDocuments Records Unprecedented Growth Among Law Firms and Legal...

Record Q2 and Q4 results, enhanced distributed workforce productivity based on cloud adoption, and expanded technology solutions headline 2020.

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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New Generations Institute Poll Resolves Controversy Over Kamala’s...

Heated debate has raged online between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Jones

(PRWeb January 19, 2021)

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CobbleStone Software Recognized as CLM Industry Leader by Digital.com

CobbleStone Software, a trusted leader in contract management software, is excited to announce its recognition by Digital.com in their article “Best Contract Management Software Companies of 2021.”...

(PRWeb January 18, 2021)

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Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney David Tabb Joins Wolf &...

Strengthens Fort Lauderdale firm with his experience in corporate law and as a managing attorney at a multi-state personal injury law firm.

(PRWeb January 18, 2021)

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City of Augusta Disparity Study Virtual Public Hearing

The City of Augusta Business community is invited to join Griffin and Strong, P.C., for a virtual informational meeting on the 2021 Disparity Study

(PRWeb January 16, 2021)

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Livesay & Myers, P.C. Announces Promotion of New Lead Senior...

Attorney Jonathan McHugh is promoted to the position of Lead Senior Associate.

(PRWeb January 15, 2021)

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Autism Scholarship Announced by Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Firm

The Feldman Law Firm is pleased to announce that it will be offering a $1,000 tuition scholarship open to those who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The goal of the scholarship is to...

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NAELA Celebrates Passage of Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

Relief Package Addresses NAELA’s Top Three Public Policy Priorities

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San Luis Obispo Attorneys Release ‘Why Every Adult Needs a Living...

A living will, or Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD), is an important document for every adult, regardless of the value of the estate. The attorneys at Toews Law Group, Inc., providing counsel...

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QuisLex Announces Upcoming Events, Continuing Company’s Commitment to...

To start the year, the company is set to participate in two high-profile events in the coming weeks: BDO Alliance AMPLIFY and Legalweek(year).

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CobbleStone's Virtual User Conference Is Just A Few Days Away

CobbleStone Software – a top player in AI-based contract management software – is hosting its 2021 virtual user conference January 20th – January 21st from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM ET on both days.

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Gatekeeper revolutionises Self-Service Contracts with the launch of...

Brand new, advanced automation capabilities help Gatekeeper customers to dramatically reduce time spent on contract administration.

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Emergency Reporting Releases Report to Simplify Process for Assistance...

Emergency Reporting, the leading provider of Fire & EMS records management software, has released a new report to assist customers with their applications for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants...

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Weston Finn Joins The Exclusive Haute Lawyer Network By Haute Living

Weston Finn has joined the exclusive Haute Lawyer Network by Haute Living as an expert in Personal Injury Law in South Florida.

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Traliant Announces New Preventing Workplace Violence Training

Traliant, an innovator in online sexual harassment training and diversity training, today announced a new addition to its HR/compliance library, Preventing Workplace Violence. This interactive, online...

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Enterprise Risk Management Services Evolve From Compliance to...

ALM Intelligence Pacesetter Research finds law firms entering the risk services market

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Asia Real Estate Practice and Boosts Japan...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has continued the expansion of its Asia real estate practice with the addition of Mori Inada as a shareholder in its Tokyo office. Inada joins the firm from...

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Patterson Legal Group Expands Into Garden City to Offer More...

Patterson Legal Group's new Western Kansas law office will be located at 2312 East Kansas Ave., Suite A, in Garden City.

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CobbleStone Software Announces Membership With Unified Patents, LLC

CobbleStone Software, a leader in contract management software, is pleased to announce its membership with Unified Patents, LLC – an international membership organization that seeks to improve patent...

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Four James Scott Farrin Attorneys Recognized in 2021 North Carolina...

Attorneys Hoyt Tessener, Gary Jackson, and Matthew Healey from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin have been selected to the 2021 North Carolina ‘Super Lawyers’ list by “Super Lawyers” magazine. JSF...

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. promotes Jaclyn J. Wilcox to...

Prior to being named an associate attorney, Ms. Wilcox worked on numerous high-profile cases and trials as a law clerk

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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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VP Candidate Kamala Harris, Australian police accountability and body cams

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +1000

What is Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris' record on law and justice issues? A review of the legal framework around Police Body Worn Video Cameras has just been released by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Who decides what gets recorded? And what factors are considered when a complaint is made against Victoria Police?

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Tackling modern slavery

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +1000

In the battle to secure PPE to protect ourselves from COVID 19 are we turning a blind eye to forced labour? Is our federal Modern Slavery Act up to the task and why has the separate Modern Slavery legislation in NSW been put on ice? Also, the first criminal conviction for keeping slaves in New Zealand's modern history.

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Singapore introduces COVID 19 electronic bracelets. And media freedom in Malaysia

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +1000

One in four Victorians supposed to be self-isolating for COVID 19 were found to be not at home.  Starting today Singapore will allow some new arrivals to wear an electronic bracelet, instead of quarantining in a state-run facility. Could this be a more effective way to monitor those who should be staying at home?. And in Kuala Lumpur, the offices of Al Jazeera were raided by police because the government objected to the Australian journalist's negative report on the treatment of undocumented foreign workers. It’s just the latest in a series of government responses to criticism that have many concerned for media freedom in Malaysia.

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What is a 'state of disaster'? And Sole Practitioner loses sexual harassment appeal

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Victoria has just been declared a state of disaster. What powers does this confer? And the Full Federal Court has unanimously upheld an earlier decision of the Federal Circuit Court which awarded $170,000 in damages to Catherine Hill. Ms Hill was a junior lawyer who was sexually harassed by her employer, Owen Hughes, a Sole Practitioner based in northern NSW.

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Queensland parliament to vote on legalising Torres Strait Island childrearing practices

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Before the next Queensland election, state parliament will vote on The Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice Bill. If passed, the legislation will officially recognise the adoption practices of Torres Strait Islanders. This ground breaking bill was introduced into the Queensland Parliament by the first Torres Strait Islander member of parliament, Cynthia Lui.

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Family violence killing found to be a workplace death

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +1000

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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New security laws are designed to confuse, says former Hong Kong barrister. And, should the Bernard Collaery trial be held in secret?

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Hong Kong authorities warned voters choosing pro-democracy candidates in the primaries ahead of September elections that they could fall foul of new National Security legislation. A prominent former barrister says the new laws are designed to confuse. And, the Bernard Collaery trial. How should Australia's court system balance open justice with keeping state secrets?

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Melbourne public housing lockdown, and US online library sued for IP breaches

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +1000

A voice from the towers in the Melbourne lockdown, and major book publishers sue the online library, Internet Archive, for breach of copyright.

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Covid-19 and family law

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

The Covid-19 crisis has transformed our family law courts. In response to a surge in disputes over parenting plans, the Family Law Courts created a Covid-19 List to hear urgent cases using Microsoft Teams. And this is not an isolated example, right now most hearings are taking place in a virtual space rather than in a bricks and mortar courtroom. So will these new virtual courts stay with us in a post-pandemic future? And if you're in an abusive situation, or know someone who is, call 1-800 RESPECT. That's 1-800 737 732. If it's an emergency, call 000.

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Sexual harassment findings against retired High Court judge. Melbourne lawyer sentenced to jail for theft

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

An independent investigation commissioned by the High Court found that six former staff members were sexually harassed by the former judge Dyson Heydon. A suburban lawyer has been sentenced to jail for stealing from his clients, including taking money from trust accounts. What is the best way to regulate lawyers?

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Sexual harassment findings against retired High Court judge. Melbourne lawyer sentenced to jail for theft

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

An independent investigation commissioned by the High Court found that six former staff members were sexually harassed by the former judge Dyson Heydon. A suburban lawyer has been sentenced to jail for stealing from his clients, including taking money from trust accounts. What is the best way to regulate lawyers?

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Retired Magistrate David Heilpern critical of NSW drug driving laws

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

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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George Floyd killer charged with 2nd degree murder. Australian Black Lives Matter protests. And the case of the Hitler meme.

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

As Derek Chauvin appears in court charged with 2nd degree murder, jurisdictions across the US are looking at how to change police culture. In Australia, what can be done immediately to end black deaths in custody? And a Perth refinery worker sacked for parodying his bosses using a well known Hitler meme returns to work after a decision of the full bench of the Federal Court.

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In a legal first, a car driver evading police is jailed for murder. And is the Races Power in our Constitution an anachronism?

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Kylee King, a drug affected driver who killed motor cyclist Jordan Thorsager while engaging police in a high speed car chase has been convicted of murder. And should our federal constitution contain a power that allows parliament to make laws for particular races?

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Two coronial inquests make findings about unconscious racism

Tue, 26 May 2020 17:30:00 +1000

For Reconciliation Week, a reflective discussion on two significant recent coronial inquests where the families of the deceased asked the coroner to make finding about unconscious bias or racism. Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day died after sustaining serious head injuries in a Victorian police cell in 2017, and Naomi Williams, a pregnant 27-year-old Wiradjuri woman, died of sepsis in hospital in regional NSW in 2016. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples should be aware that this program and website contains images and names of people who have passed away and that traumatic events will be described.

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Two coronial inquests make findings about unconscious racism

Tue, 26 May 2020 17:30:00 +1000

For Reconciliation Week, a reflective discussion on two significant recent coronial inquests where the families of the deceased asked the coroner to make finding about unconscious bias or racism. Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day died after sustaining serious head injuries in a Victorian police cell in 2017, and Naomi Williams, a pregnant 27-year-old Wiradjuri woman, died of sepsis in hospital in regional NSW in 2016. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples should be aware that this program and website contains images and names of people who have passed away and that traumatic events will be described.

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Covid-19 emergency responses for witnessing wills and redundancy payouts. And a win for traumatised US Facebook content moderators

Tue, 19 May 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Three states are now allowing virtual witnessing of wills. How does that work? Also how redundancy payments negotiated with Covid-19 affected employers? And, in a world first, Facebook pays $US52 million to content moderators who have been traumatised by sifting through distressing social media material.    

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Covid-19 public health rules and the police

Tue, 12 May 2020 17:30:00 +1000

As we begin to emerge from isolation we will all still need to continue to comply with safe physical distancing rules. As the rules change, we will need to adjust. How have we, and those that enforce the public health rules done so far?

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Introducing Section 71: High Court cases that changed Australia

Fri, 08 May 2020 03:00:00 +1000

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Prisoners, drug users, the homeless and Covid-19

Tue, 05 May 2020 17:30:00 +1000

Prisoner Mark Rowson argued that he was particularly vulnerable if he contracted Covid-19, but the Supreme Court of Victoria has refused to release him. How Covid-19 has impacted on the illicit drug market and also healthcare responses such as the methadone program. And, a much praised initiative has been the emergency accommodation in hotels for the homeless, but some peer advocates say there have been unintended consequences.

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Australia’s legal response to WW1 and the 1919 Spanish Flu

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +1000

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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High Court ruling exposes gaps in Australia's protections for public interest journalism. And is it still murder if the victim dies eight months after the assault?

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +1000

News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst could still face charges despite the High Court ruling that the AFP's raid on her home in June 2019 was carried out on the basis of a flawed warrant. What does this case mean for the public's right to know and press freedom? And an elderly man brutally attacked in a home invasion died eight months later, but the High Court ruled the attacker was responsible for his death. The case may have implications for the current NSW Homicide Squad investigation into the COVID-19 related deaths and infections on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

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How will the $130 billion JobKeeper package work? And workers' compensation at home

Tue, 14 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +1000

The covid-19 crisis is forcing fundamental, previously unimaginable changes to way we organise and regulate employment. We take a look at the JobKeeper payment scheme. Also, if you have an accident while working from home, are you covered by workers' compensation?

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George Pell freed from prison following High Court decision

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +1000

In an unanimous decision the High Court of Australia has quashed George Pell's convictions for historic child sex offences and has released him from prison. If this conversation raises issues or causes emotional distress please contact Lifeline 13 11 14

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Criminal and civil courts in the age of COVID-19

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Day by day our courts are being totally transformed by the COVID-19 crisis. Civil courts are using video and audio links. New criminal jury trials have been suspended and judge alone criminal trials are becoming rare. A recent major drug conspiracy trial in the NSW District Court was derailed after concerns about safe distancing, but it wasn't the jury that raised fears of catching coronavirus.

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COVID-19, prisons and the courts. And the homeless man fined for dumpster diving

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Should prisoners be released because of the risks around coronavirus? And the case of the homeless man, just released from prison who was fined $250 for salvaging pies and iced coffees from a dumpster.

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How the coronavirus crisis is stress-testing commercial contracts. And how enforceable are self-isolation orders?

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

As business reels from the impact of the coronavirus, lawyers are poring over contracts, looking for ways to help their clients either enforce, or escape from their contractual obligations. Also authorities are requiring certain groups of people to 'self isolate'. Will this work?

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How the coronavirus crisis is stress-testing commercial contracts. And how enforceable are self-isolation orders?

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

As business reels from the impact of the coronavirus, lawyers are poring over contracts, looking for ways to help their clients either enforce, or escape from their contractual obligations. Also authorities are requiring certain groups of people to 'self isolate'. Will this work?

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Protecting buyers from dodgy car loans

Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Should car dealers & retailers be exempt from the requirements of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act? The Royal Commission into Banking and the Financial Services Industry recommended the removal of the exemption. But until that happens, consumers will continue to have very troubling experiences.

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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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