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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.

Prof. Maura R. Grossman is the director of Women in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo 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.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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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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Legal Talk Today : Flood Gates: The Nothing Burger Case to Rock Insurance Companies?

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Hear the tale of a seemingly “nothing burger” case that could potentially send shockwaves of litigation against insurance companies even before it gets to trial. Paul White from Wilson Elser explains the impact of a pre-trial motion that may or may not open a floodgate of new cases filed against insurance companies during COVID-19.

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

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:10:02 +0000

Attorneys are ethically bound to protect their firms from cybersecurity threats, but many feel out of their depth when choosing security options and fear the involved expense. While cybersecurity is truly a necessary cost of doing business for lawyers, there are options out there that won’t break the bank! On Balance podcast hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk with cybersecurity expert David Ries about current threats lawyers and law firms face and some common-sense, lower-cost options they can employ to protect their firm’s sensitive data.

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 : Voter Fraud and Vulnerabilities of Mail-In Ballots

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Ilya Shapiro from the CATO Institute provides insights on the integrity of our voting system as well as points out vulnerability with mail-in voting for the 2020 election.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Community Building: How Collaboration Can Help Lawyers Carry the Profession Forward

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

The new environment brought about by COVID-19 has spurred change in nearly all aspects of our lives, and the practice of law is transforming rapidly as a result. While many of these changes are moving the legal profession in a positive direction, there are still many areas of marked uncertainty. Dennis and Tom welcome Gina Bianchini to discuss how this unique moment in history is the perfect time to build collaborative online communities to reinvent what it means to successfully practice law in our changed world.

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.

Gina Bianchini is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks and an expert on network effects.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #293: Futurism & Law Firms, with Tom Cheesewright 

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

Futuristic & author Tom Cheesewright discusses changes in technology that will impact all businesses and what that might look like for legal. 

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 adaptable client service and experience strategies, check out our resource page on law firm client experience. 

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

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Legal Talk Today : No Vacation for You!

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Can the boss restrict your vacation travel during COVID-19? Patrick Peters and James Verdi from Jackson Lewis explain why and how employers might limit where their employees vacation to address potential liabilities from Coronavirus in the workplace. Tune in to hear all about it.

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Law Technology Now : Pros & Cons: Data Privacy’s Role in Advancing Legal Tech

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:33:16 +0000

Legal tech in the U.S. is pressing forward with data privacy playing catch up. In Europe, the trend is largely reversed. Host Dan Rodriguez and his guest, German lawyer and consultant Markus Hartung, talk through each approach’s pros and cons and address legal innovation’s status on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hartung explains how, with good reason, Europeans are skeptical of embracing big data even with the promise of greater efficiency and modernization. At the same time, he says, there is too much confusion over the role of technology and the threat of technology. Notably, Hartung asserts that the impact of artificial intelligence is wholly overstated. “We look at software and AI in a completely irrational manner,” he says.

German lawyer Markus Hartung is an advisor with the consultancy The Law Firm Companion.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : 'Demagogue' tells the story of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's rise and fall

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000

What made 1950s America vulnerable to a man like Joseph McCarthy, a junior senator from Wisconsin? In Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, Larry Tye takes an in-depth look at McCarthy's life.

Tye tells the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles that his interest in McCarthy was piqued during his research for a previous book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. Ethel Kennedy's memories of McCarthy were clearly fond ones. She recollected a man who doted on children, gave her husband his first real job and "was just real fun." It was a far cry from the caricature of McCarthy that is more generally known.

With access to military, medical and personal records that have never before been shared publicly, Tye was able to make a number of revelations. One of the surprises? McCarthy had told the truth about heroics during his military service in World War II, something that had been dismissed by many as another tall tale told by a fabulist.

But Demagogue was not written solely to humanize a man who has become a cultural caricature. "I seek not to redeem the Wisconsin senator but rather to unmask fanatics and fabricators on all sides in a way that presents a truer, more fully dimensional portrait of a figure so central to the narrative of America," Tye writes.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : The Screwball Antics Of The Department Of Justice

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 20:32:08 +0000

One of America's most venerable legal institutions has fallen into rank buffoonery and it's genuinely tragic to watch. From Bill Barr declaring racism over -- except on college campuses -- to a stumbling effort to get Michael Flynn out of his own sworn testimony, Joe is joined by ATL and Wonkette columnist Liz Dye to discuss what's gone wrong over there. And we check in on Kyle Rittenhouse's legal team who've made some... let's just say "interesting" strategic decisions.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Leggo My Burrito

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

A securities lawsuit filed against Chipotle has taken place and representing them is attorney Andrew Clubok from Latham & Watkins, who walks us through the latest with that case.

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Legal Talk Today : Contact Tracing for COVID-19 vs. data privacy

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Contact tracing programs are designed to track potential infections by letting people know that they’ve been in close proximity to someone who’s tested positive for a disease. Hayley Tsukayama from the Electronic Frontier Foundation joins us to breakdown the contact tracing programs for COVID-19 and what we should be concerned about.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The President, the Press, and the Dossier

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

In response to an article published on August 27th by Washington Post’s reporter David Fahrenthold on how the U.S. Secret Service has spent more than $900,000 at Trump properties during Trump’s presidency, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said:

“The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop...” “Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Stephen Gillers, a professor of law at NYU School, and attorney Charles Glasser, an expert in international media law, as they discuss this alleged dossier, it's implications for freedom of the press, and the current and historic relationships between the White House and journalists.

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

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New Solo : From Clicks to Clients: The Law Firm Marketing Funnel Explained

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000

What does a law firm’s client intake process have to do with its advertising campaign? Everything.

Law firm digital marketing expert Jason Marsh won’t even work with firms that don’t have their intake process nailed down. That’s because you can’t have a successful campaign without being able to sign a client successfully.

Marsh tells host Adriana Linares that the intake process’s job is to stop a potential new client from searching for another lawyer. So before small firms begin ad campaigns, it’s critical to understand the entire customer journey from web click to being qualified as a lead and being signed as a paying client. Marsh and Linares discuss the client acquisition funnel and what lawyers need to know to create successful ad campaigns.

Linares pins Marsh down on the average cost of a typical solo or small firm ad campaign.

Jason Marsh is the founder of digital marketing agency MARSH8

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #292: A Mastermind Strategy Call, with Stephanie Everett 

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett guides Lab members through strategic discussions around some of their most pressing concerns facing small firms today. 

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 take your law firm to the next level, check out our resource page on law firm coaching. 

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@theBar : The George Floyd Edition

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:11:38 +0000

EXCLUSIVE: In their first long-format interview discussing the George Floyd case, Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, the attorneys representing Floyd’s estate, speak with host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Martin Gould about the fateful events of May 25, 2020, and the civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of Minneapolis and the police officers accused of wrongfully taking Floyd’s life.

Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.

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Legal Talk Today : Mail-In Voting: Making Sure Your Ballot Counts!

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Are you registered to vote? Joseph Marrone from the Marrone Law firm joins the show to talk about the basic requirements of mail-in voting, the dos and don’ts, and his recommendations to make sure your ballot counts.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : 2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: Privacy Issues Related to Video Conferencing and Cloud-Based Programs

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:06:58 +0000

In a world where we must rely on technology to continue the practice of law, attorneys are ethically bound to keep up with relevant tech and necessary security. A panel discussion at the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand focused on helping lawyers understand how to maintain technology competence and put security practices in place to protect their clients. Podcast host Rocky Dhir talks with panelist Elizabeth Rogers about session highlights, including their focus on risk management for web-based tools.

Elizabeth A. Rogers is a partner at the nationwide law firm Michael Best & Friedrich based in Austin, Texas.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : 2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: Holistic Hustle – 3 Practices to Help Attorneys Thrive at Work and at Home

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:59:24 +0000

Lawyers are more productive when they bring their whole selves to work. Host Rocky Dhir welcomes Nik Sallie Franklin to discuss her talk from the State Bar of Texas’ Annual Meeting On Demand focused on helping lawyers prioritize their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Nik opens up about how holistic practices can help lawyers regain confidence and practice law with excellence.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : 2020 Annual Meeting On Demand: A Conversation with New TYLA President Britney Harrison

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:43:02 +0000

State Bar of Texas podcast host Rocky Dhir sits down with the new president of the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association, Britney Harrison, to discuss her plans for the coming year. After running on a platform focused on empowerment, innovation, and education, President Harrison shares how these priorities remain at the forefront of her goals, even amidst new challenges brought by COVID-19.

Britney E. Harrison is an associate of GoransonBain Ausley in Dallas, where she practices family law.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Who Really Cares About The Hatch Act?

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:32:05 +0000

If you watched the Republican National Convention, you heard a lot of coverage about the Hatch Act and the constant stream of violations occurring on live television. But does anyone really care about this? Maybe more to the point, is the law so over broad that it's blunted its own impact? We also check in on Yale Law School where a prominent professor is suspended for two years after an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Paper Software.

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Legal Talk Today : Heist at the Carnegie (Part 2)

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

In this exciting two part “Who-Done-It” true crime series, our guest Travis McDade, author and writer for the Smithsonian Magazine continues down memory lane of the heist at the Carnegie Library, discussing the mechanics of the caper, and later reveals the thief.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : This law prof has been fighting off Twitter trolls during the coronavirus crisis

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000

While Veena Dubal has adopted to working at home with three young children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the “reply guys” came after the California law professor on Twitter for her support of a 2020 state law that extends employee classification status to gig workers. Dubal tells ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward that she thinks that people’s anxieties are running high amid the pandemic, and some public relations groups harness that energy to support client platforms, particularly on social media.

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Legal Talk Today : Heist at the Carnegie (Part 1)

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

In this true crime series, we take a look at an eight million dollar caper that took 25 years to complete at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Many of the stolen artifacts dating back 500 years were never recovered. Travis McDade, author and writer for the Smithsonian Magazine joins us in this exciting two part “Who-Done-It”.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Google Just Ruined Everything, Debunking SEO Bull****, & Let’s Rebrand!

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:49:10 +0000

Just when marketers have a handle on advertising, the rules change. Conrad Saam and Gyi Tsakalakis outline the newest ad position being rolled out for professional service providers by Google, one of the biggest players in modern legal services advertising. Lawyers using Google Screened will get a green check, indicating that Google has verified the lawyer’s business background, license, and insurance.

The clear value is for end-users, so they can trust that the results they’re getting in searches for legal help are legit. Saam talks through the benefits for lawyers in a competitive marketplace. He and Tsakalakis also address another major shift from PPC to PPL, pay per click to pay per lead.

The two share perspectives and tips on reading analytics reports, what “statistically significant” even means, what data points to ignore, and other SEO advice.

To best illustrate the task of branding, Saam and Tsakalakis are asking listeners to help them rebrand the Lunch Hour Legal Marketing podcast. Should the name change? The image? The music? What do you get out of this show? Tweet your answers to #LHLMBrand.

And Saam and Tsakalakis want to be sure listeners are aware of Carolyn Elfant’s “Lawyer + Mom + Owner Virtual Summit.”

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:57:49 +0000

The Second Brain continues to come to life! With ease and simplicity in mind, Dennis and Tom discuss the content capture tools they are considering as they move forward with the project. They hash out their vetting processes for these tools and share which apps’ capabilities have impressed them thus far. In their second segment, they discuss the current buzz surrounding GPT-3 in the AI sphere.

As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that 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 the answers to your most burning tech questions.

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Workers Comp Matters : Legislative Primer: What Lawyers Can Do to Push for Worker-Friendly Laws

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Active in lobbying for worker-friendly laws, maritime lawyer Amie Peters is focused now on workers exposed to the most risk during the global pandemic. Many think of medical personnel as essential workers. But Peters highlights postal workers, grocery workers, and longshoremen who have been on the job, in-person, during the pandemic.

Host Judson Pierce gets a legislative update from Peters on the major congressional initiatives to make Medicare fairer for workers and employers, set minimum workers comp standards nationwide, and improve federal oversight.

Essential workers are a primary focus of legislative activity, Peters says, in part because their roles have been undervalued for decades and because they have demonstrated how valuable they are in this current crisis.

“We say how they stood up for us. Now it’s time for America to return the favor,” Peters tells Pierce.

Lawyers interested in making laws more worker-friendly can write, email, and call their congressmen to emphasize the importance of essential workers, says Peters, who tells Pierce that “workers comp is an everyone issue” and largely bipartisan.

Amie Peters is a plaintiffs lawyer with Blue Water Legal in Edmonds, Washington.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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The Digital Edge : COVID-19 is Brutal to Young Lawyers

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Young lawyers have been experiencing more professional hardship than senior lawyers during the pandemic. With a hard-hit economy, a halt on many networking opportunities, and fewer new jobs available, the outlook is uncertain for recent graduates attempting to get their careers off the ground. Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson discuss these issues and more with young lawyer Graham Bryant. Graham outlines the unique stressors faced by young lawyers, shares coping strategies and resources, and offers his thoughts on what the profession will look like post-COVID.

Graham K. Bryant is a frequent writer and presenter on the technological, legal, and social trends affecting the legal profession in the twenty-first century.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Be Prepared! – Disaster Planning Tips for Lawyers & Law Firms

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month! Have you considered whether your law firm could recover from an unexpected crisis? State Bar of Texas host Rocky Dhir discusses this topic with Hannah Dyal, whose article, “Building a Disaster Plan for Your Law Practice,” will appear in the September 2020 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Hannah shares insights on the types of hazards lawyers should consider and outlines the essential elements of a well-conceived plan.

Hannah Dyal is an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and an Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience fellow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #291: Managing Stress & Avoiding Burnout, with Emily Nagoski

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Author, speaker, and Ph.D Emily Nagoski discusses how to handle stress and break the burnout cycle in your personal and professional 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 how to address and reduce stress, check out our resource page on lawyer mental health. 

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

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Governor Whitmer!

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Another day, another governor being sued to limit their emergency powers. Erik Kiilunen, leader of the ‘All Business is Essential’ campaign passionately discusses damage caused by shutdowns and his desire to reopen Michigan.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : 6 key numbers that can diagnose the financial health of your law practice

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:35:28 +0000

Do you know how many billable hours you can devote to a new case? Or whether you need to add another attorney to your firm? Can you afford to take time off from your practice, and if so, how much? If you're one of the lawyers who is kept up at night with worries about your firm's finances, you are not alone. Financial consultant Brooke Lively says that law school does not prepare most people for the business side of the practice of law. Through her work with attorneys and firms, she's identified six key numbers that can tell the health of a law practice and identify what next steps a firm needs to take. They are compiled in her book From Panic to Profit: How 6 Key Numbers Can Make a 6 Figure Difference in Your Law Firm, and she walks the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles through all six.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Fixed vs. Growth Mindset and the Effect of Leading Your Team to Growth

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 02:00:00 +0000

Christopher Anderson’s guest Michael Mogill distinguishes between two types of business leaders: those who believe they’re stuck with the hand they’re dealt and those who think they can learn and develop talent and skills.

This fixed vs. growth mindset is especially critical for leaders to understand now. Fears and uncertainty paralyze competitors with a fixed mindset. And those with growth mindsets are doubling down on training, investment, and talent development. This shift in thinking will better position growth-mindset leaders to weather this crisis and come out ahead.

Mogill says that while some law firm leaders are slashing budgets and laying off staff, others are focusing energy on improving relationships with clients and investing in their businesses in strategic ways. Those with the growth mindset have accepted the reality of the situation and current business climate and have shifted their focus on what they can control.

Michael Mogill is founder and CEO of Crisp Video Group.

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

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Becoming A Bar Exam Whiz... Literally

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:02:16 +0000

Examinees across the pond give us a preview of the October exam process by urinating in bottles as proctors refuse to allow bathroom breaks. In case you were wondering if the bar exam fiasco could get any worse, there's your answer. Meanwhile Kirkland & Ellis faces a new discrimination suit, and we chat about the Supreme Court and the election a little bit.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Paper Software.

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Legal Talk Today : The Hidden Cost of Licensing

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Why does it take so much longer to become a licensed painter than an EMT? Senior Fellow from the CATO Institute Michael Tanner discusses the hidden costs of occupational licenses including jobs lost and higher prices for consumers. Stay tuned to hear his policy recommendations and conclusions about public safety.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Legal Malpractice Risk Control in the Covid Era

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 20:26:41 +0000

New risks surfacing for attorneys as a result of the pandemic are generating an increased need to guard your law firm against malpractice. To help listeners get a handle on these new issues, hosts Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway welcome risk control expert Sean Ginty. Sean outlines the emerging problems in the profession and offers guidance on how to both protect your law firm and take the best care of your clients during the Covid era.

Sean Ginty is the director of risk control at CNA Insurance.

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Legal Talk Today : Britney Spears Conservatorship

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Cori Robinson, columnist for Above the Law joins us to talk about the Conservatorship of Britney Spears, what we can learn from it, and predictions for #FreeBritney.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The Constitutionality of the President’s Recent Executive Orders

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:58:34 +0000

Since 2017, President Trump has issued 181 executive orders. Recently, the president has come under fire for issuing executive orders to provide economic relief to Americans during the pandemic, bypassing congress and its traditional "power of the purse".

So what are these executive orders? Are they constitutional, and will the president see legal challenges? On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by professor Kimberly Wehle from the University of Baltimore School of Law and professor Michael W. McConnell, director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, to discuss the use of executive orders by the president and, specifically, the constitutionality of President Trump's recent pandemic motivated executive orders.

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New Solo : TechnoLawyer’s 2020 Top Tech Products Revealed

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:57:29 +0000

In this bonus episode, host Adriana Linares and her guest Neil J. Squillante share insights and industry trends featured in this year’s TechnoLawyer Top 10 Product Awards. Selected based on reader interest, honorees this year include an impressive mix of products for lawyers to better manage and market practices, track cases, conduct research, increase efficiencies, and feel like you’re practicing in 2030.

Follow this link to read TechnoLawyer’s announcement of this year’s list, which includes links to full product reviews.

Neil J. Squillante is the founder of TechnoLawyer, an award-winning email newsletter network.

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

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Digital Detectives : Penetration Tests and Cybersecurity Assessments: What Lawyers Need to Know

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 17:27:20 +0000

The upheaval caused by Covid-19 could very well have put your firm at risk for a data breach. Lawyers can’t simply hope they won’t become a target for hackers. Taking steps to maintain your security is your ethical obligation and vital to your clients’ security. John Simek and Sharon Nelson talk with Mike Maschke about how to assess your cybersecurity and the role of penetration tests in discovering weaknesses in your systems.

Mike Maschke is the chief executive officer and director of cybersecurity and digital forensics at Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull and PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #290: Legal Industry Issues in 2020, with Patricia Refo 

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000

ABA President Patricia Refo discusses some of the most pressing questions and issues for the legal industry in 2020 and beyond. 

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 align your law firm with current challenges, check out our resource page on law firm strategy. 

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

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Law Technology Now : Hotshot: 21st Century Training for New Lawyers and Law Students

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 20:05:58 +0000

From early on, host Ralph Baxter knew co-founders Ian Nelson and Chris Wedgeworth were onto something when they developed a legal training model with proven educational techniques pioneered by Coursera, Khan Academy, and Duolingo.

In this episode, Baxter talks to Nelson about the development of Hotshot and its practical uses by law schools and law firms. Since its early pilots more than eight years ago, Hotshot has developed a library of 200 topics in corporate practice and business acumen.

Hotshot hires experienced lawyers to develop the substantive content for training and hires professional actors for the video presentations, which are generally delivered in short, easily digestible segments.

Guest Sara Dana shares the perspective of Harvard Law, which gave early feedback about the product and has used Hotshot to provide students added learning resources since 2017.

Morrison Foerster partner Rick Jenney shows how his firm has used Hotshot to train new lawyers and boost training resources for junior attorneys. Especially valuable is the ability to use the on-demand library to flip the classroom. Before a firm-led training, lawyers get video homework so everyone is on the same page. Jenney says this approach has improved in-firm training.

Similarly, Dana notes that the students using Hotshot are familiar with video tutorials and have embraced the product because, like so much of what makes on-demand culture popular, “It’s really well done; it’s exactly what they need; they can access it when they need it.”

Ian Nelson is co-founder of Hotshot.

Sara Dana is the communication director for career services at Harvard Law School.

Rick Jenney is a partner at Morrison and Foerster.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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Legal Talk Today : Paying College Athletes?!?!

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:01:49 +0000

Sports lawyer and Above the Law columnist Darren Heitner breaks down Congress’ National College Athletes Bill of Rights which would allow university athletes to make money from playing sports at their schools.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Chicago lawyer Kathy Ehrhart and her firm represented two of the three defendants in a civil case focused on alleged breach of contract concerning a real estate transaction. Though the video proceedings were not without some technical challenges, Ehrhart says the overall experience was better than she expected. "I think as time went on through the trial, we all felt an increasing ability to recapture some of those things that otherwise are lost," she says.

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The Legal Toolkit : Running Behind: The Real Reasons Lawyers Suffer From Inefficiency in Legal Practice

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:52:03 +0000

Attorneys want to practice law in a way that is comfortable for them and their families, but, in reality, many feel they must sacrifice their personal lives to keep up with the demands of the job. Jared Correia and Tucker Cottingham discuss the inefficiencies driving lawyers’ long hours and share productivity tips and technology-powered time-savers that can help them take control of their legal practice.

Tucker Cottingham, J.D., is CEO and co-founder of Lawyaw.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Ain't No Party Like A COVID Party

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:30:23 +0000

As law schools return, one student gets a stern warning about a COVID kegger, law firms get a new ranking, and an unqualified judge issues the sort of baseless decision that landed him on the bench in the first place. A rundown of the week that was in legal news.

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Legal Talk Today : Artificial Intelligence Crimes

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Our good friend and host of Digital Detectives and the Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson from Sensei Enterprises joins the show to talk about some AI-enabled crimes such as deepfakes, fake news, driverless vehicles, and more.

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Legal Talk Today : Doxxed and Cancelled (Part Two)

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

In the second part of this two part episode, our conversation with Simon Tam continues, where we addressed the importance of free speech, how to disagree in a constructive way, and what to do if you've been attacked by Cancel Culture.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Lifelong Learning: Building Your Firm’s Skills for the Future

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:33:43 +0000

Learning has changed dramatically in recent years, but many law firms continue to use antiquated professional development tactics that lack real impact for learners. Dennis & Tom talk with Kelly Palmer about how she helps professionals broaden their definition of learning to develop meaningful pathways for building skills. She discusses her book, “The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete, and Succeed,” and shares an outline of the four stages essential to creating a culture of continuous learning.

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.

Kelly Palmer is chief learning officer at Degreed.

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

 

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Lawyerist Podcast : #289: Leadership Motives, with Pat Lencioni

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Business author and consultant Pat Lencioni discusses what it really means to be a leader.

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 show up consistently and effectively as the leader of your team, check out our resource page on law firm culture & core values. 

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Legal Talk Today : Doxxed and Cancelled (Part One)

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Simon Tam of The Slants shares his experience with cancel culture, being doxxed and online harassment. In this episode, we get into Simon’s personal experiences with online trolls and others who sought to silence his voice through threats and calls for his dismissal as well as why individuals would ever engage in such harmful activity against other people.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : Convicted of a crime that never occurred? It happens all too often, law prof says

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

We are used to hearing about wrongful convictions where a murderer walked free because an innocent person was misidentified. But when Montclair State University professor Jessica Henry was researching material for her course on wrongful convictions, she discovered that in one-third of all known exonerations, the conviction was wrongful because there had not even been a crime.

This discovery paved the way for her new book, Smoke But No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened. In it, Henry recounts stories of disappearances deemed murders until the living "victim" was discovered; natural deaths deemed suspicious because of faulty forensic science; and fabricated accusations that sent innocent people to jail. More importantly, Henry identifies the lapses at every stage of the justice system that can allow for these injustices to occur: from dishonest police officers to careless forensic labs, over-zealous prosecutors, over-worked defense attorneys, and overly permissive and under-informed judges.

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Henry speaks with the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles about some of the strange and heart-rending stories she uncovered and how the legal community can work towards eliminating such injustices.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : That Took A Threatening Turn

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:54:39 +0000

America's bar examination authorities have turned to threatening Character & Fitness repercussions for their critics marking a new, darker phase of the bar exam drama. How in the world did it come to this? Also, we talk about Kanye's double agent attorney and PACER gets a slap from the federal courts.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Paper Software.

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@theBar : The Justice in Policing Act of 2020: A Discussion with Senator Dick Durbin

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently joined the CBA to discuss the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the first-ever comprehensive federal legislative effort to hold police accountable for misdeeds, change negative aspects of the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities. In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Chastidy Burns break down a recent discussion with Senator Durbin about the Act, its core goals, and how the Act seeks to achieve meaningful policing reform.

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Legal Talk Today : Top 12 Practice Management Posts of 2020

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:00:07 +0000

Attorney at Work editor-in-chief Joan Feldman walks listeners through her article, ‘Hot Topics: Top 12 Law Practice Management Posts of 2020 (So Far)’ and what each of them mean. Tune in to hear how these articles could help your legal practice.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : A Look at Voting in the Upcoming Election

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:12:47 +0000

On July 30th, 2020, President Trump tweeted the following:

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

So, what does it mean when a sitting president calls for a delay of an election? What is the difference between universal mail in voting and absentee voting, and why does this controversy exist? And how will all of this impact the 2020 election?

On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by professor James A. Gardner, a specialist in election law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, to spotlight voting in the upcoming election. Craig and Jim discuss the aforementioned tweet, the controversy surrounding mail-in voting, and predictions on what we will see on election day.

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

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Legal Talk Today : 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Dr. Elia Gourgouris, president of The Happiness Center and author of the #1 best-selling Amazon book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness, which has been translated into Mandarin, Cantonese and Greek, walks us through dealing with disasters and crises.

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New Solo : Back to Basics: Smart Marketing for Solos Part 2

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:43:08 +0000

Legal marketing expert Conrad Saam returns for Part 2 of his conversation with host Adriana Linares to explain why for many lawyers SEO has become the “back cover of the Yellow Pages.” It’s expensive and not right for everyone. So when do you need to work on SEO? Linares teases out some tips:

  • How to evaluate if it’s worth spending money on search engine optimization.
  • Whether your last name should be part of your website URL.
  • Which website platform is a good fit for your practice?
  • How to determine if a marketing agency is right for you.

In case you missed it, follow this link to listen to Part 1 of this discussion

Conrad Saam is president at Mockingbird Marketing.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #288: Lawyering & Maternity Leave, with Iffy Ibekwe 

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab member Iffy Ibekwe discusses how she prepared for and managed life with her team, law firm, and new baby during maternity leave. 

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 making room for family and business, check out our resource page on law firm work-life balance. 

Thanks to Law.Bot, Casetext, Back Office Betties, and TextExpander, for sponsoring this episode!

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Law Technology Now : The Spanish Flu to Covid-19: How this Pandemic is Pushing Courts to Modernize

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:33:40 +0000

Even before the global pandemic, Michigan courts were moving more quickly than many others to modernize. Michigan Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack talks with host Dan Linna about accelerating the state’s plans to offer online hearings, online dispute resolution, and to continue efforts to establish e-filing statewide.

Not everything is going smoothly, but McCormack notes some judges are almost current on their dockets. And importantly, she believes that many temporary quick fixes will lead to permanent changes that improve access to justice statewide and increase public trust in the judicial branch.

Bridget Mary McCormack was named chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2019.

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Legal Talk Today : Fun with Forms of Address!

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Laurence wants to invite Beyonce, the Commodore of the Yacht Club, and the Duke of Earl to attend his fancy party but does not know how. Good thing Robert Hickey (Deputy Director of the Protocol School of Washington) stops by to give pointers on proper forms of address.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : "Reverse Reptile:" How Defense Counsel Are Turning the Tables 

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 18:28:49 +0000

Dr. Bill Kanasky from expert service provider Courtroom Sciences, Inc. in Irving, Texas discusses the Reptile Theory and how defense counsel might best deploy the reverse reptile.
 
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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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Firms Slowly Begin To Return To Normal Pay

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:46:12 +0000

It may be too early to declare the legal profession back to normal, but we've now seen some major law firms reverse course on cost cutting and even announce some bonuses. Meanwhile, it took all of a couple hours for the in-person bar exam experiment to net its first positive COVID test.

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Legal Talk Today : Big Tech Antitrust Hearings

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000

William Rinehart, senior fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University breaks down the origins of the underlying antitrust investigation against big tech companies and what they could potentially mean.

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The Legal Toolkit : PPP Loans and the CARES Act

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 20:03:09 +0000

*Important Update* The deadline for filing for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, identified in this episode as August 3, 2020, has been extended to August 8, 2020. Learn more at the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program website.

Businesses hit hard by the pandemic have turned to PPP loans to continue paying employees, and law firms are no exception. Jared Correia discusses the particulars of these loans with Steven Lando, a CPA with many years of experience working with law firms. Steven offers spot-on perspectives to help lawyers make sense of the process, privacy considerations, and forgiveness of PPP loans and discusses what may come from the next round of legislation.

Steven Lando, CPA, is a tax partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Legal Talk Today : Cancel Culture vs. Free Speech

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Parler’s chief policy officer Amy Peikoff joins the show to discuss her take on Cancel Culture, the value of free speech, and its importance to our republic.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Smart Collaboration with Dr. Heidi Gardner

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Collaboration has become essential in today’s complex world, and research-based strategies can help you do it better! Dennis & Tom welcome Dr. Heidi Gardner to discuss her practical experience and academic research on collaboration and how lawyers can benefit from her insights into the legal profession by becoming a more effective team.

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.

Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

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The Paralegal Voice : Eyes Wide Open: Social Media Law & Legal Ethics

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:39:07 +0000

An expert in social media law and legal ethics, Miami lawyer Ethan Wall speaks with host Carl Morrison about this hot and quickly developing practice area. Wall recognized the importance of social media to legal practice early on. He shares how he has developed his firm centered around four core areas: compliance, intellectual property, the unique aspects of internet law (think influencer law), and corporate law. Once considered the Wild West of the web, Wall discusses the developing bodies of regulatory, statutory, and legal ethics guidelines governing all aspects of social media communications.

Wall’s tips for lawyers and paralegals:

  • Presume everything you do and say on social media is governed by legal ethics rules.
  • Know and follow the rules.
  • If you don’t know the rules, ask for help.

Ethan Wall is the founder of The Social Media Law Firm and of Social Media Law and Order. He is currently traveling across the United States, living his life in the moment while maintaining his practice in Florida.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #287: Managing Passion for Peak Performance, with Brad Stulberg

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Author and peak performance expert Brad Stulberg talks through why you might have been thinking about passion all wrong and what to do instead. 

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 defining your personal career goals, check out our resource page on lawyer personal and career goals. 

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Legal Talk Today : Little Sisters of the Poor

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket, breaks down the latest SCOTUS decision in ‘Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania ET AL’ and the impact that will have on their 1st Amendment rights.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : It's Bar Exam Time!

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:31:40 +0000

Well, we're really doing this. States are beginning bar in-person bar examinations this week despite persistent warnings from public health officials and we hope everyone comes out of this experience safely. Joe and Kathryn offer a final roundup of what's going on with the bar examinations this week, from social distancing seating plans to the bogus claim that the bar tests "minimum competency." And, Joe unveils what the ideal attorney licensure regime would look like.

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Legal Talk Today : The End of Washington’s LLLT Program

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:52:18 +0000

Fellow host of our ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast Lyle Moran joins the show to discuss why the Washington Supreme Court is ending its Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) program and what options remain for the LLLT Board.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : 2020 Harvard Law grad postpones bar exam and her wedding plans because of COVID-19

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:14:14 +0000

This past spring, when few people realized that most July bar exams would ultimately be canceled, Molly Coleman decided to forgo the test, for the time being, despite her lawyer father’s objections. Coleman chats with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about moving back to St. Paul, Minnesota—her hometown—less than a week before the area erupted in protests following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in late May. She was joined by her fiance—a University of Michigan Law School student—and the couple postponed their September wedding to 2021, given health concerns with large gatherings.

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Fido: Allergies vs. Emotional Support Animal

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Attorney Christopher Warnock discusses his recent case before the Iowa Supreme Court about accommodations in a residential rental situation: a strict no-pet policy vs emotional support animals.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Standout SCOTUS Rulings, the Justices, and Impact

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0000

From LGBTQ rights, to abortion, to the Dreamers, to Trump’s taxes, major rulings coming out of the Supreme Court in 2020, have been anything but ordinary. Through these decisions, we have witnessed the unpredictability of some of the justices-in particular, newly appointed justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who notably sided with the four liberal justices in a number of rulings.

On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Jeffrey Rosen to discuss SCOTUS, some of its more notable recent decisions, the justices, and the impacts of these rulings.

Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and also host of the We the People podcast. Special thanks to Jackie McDermott, producer of We the People, for her assistance in recording Jeffrey’s audio for this episode.

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

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Conversations with RBG: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law

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The Digital Edge : Best Practices for Audio and Video Evidence: Avoid Mistakes in Court!

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:32:44 +0000

Attorneys have to be thorough in their preparations for court, but in David Notowitz’s experience, audio and video evidence is often inadequately presented. Digital Edge hosts Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson talk with David about common mistakes lawyers make and his recommendations for effective, polished audio/visual presentations.

David Notowitz is the founder and lead forensic expert at the National Center for Audio and Video Forensics.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioScorpionBlackletter PodcastAlert Communications.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #286: Finding and Using the Right Legal Tech, with Zack Glaser 

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Legal Tech Advisor Zack Glaser discusses how to determine the right tech for your small law firm, trends in legal technology, and common mistakes you can avoid when outfitting your firm. 

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

If you’d like to learn more buying the right legal tech, check out our resource page on law firm technology. 

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Legal Talk Today : North Carolina’s In-Person Bar Exam

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

North Carolina holds its July Bar Exam in person and Kimberly Herrick of the North Carolina Board of Bar Examiners gives us all the details.

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Workers Comp Matters : Are Foreign Governments Responsible for Worker Safety in the US?

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:46:13 +0000

As foreign governments do more business in the United States, questions about the intersection of sovereign immunity and U.S. law will undoubtedly arise. In this episode, host Alan Pierce talks with Boston litigator Ted Folkman about an important 1st Circuit case of theirs — Merlini v. Canada — that’s been winding its way through the federal courts for more than 11 years. The case involves what would otherwise be a fairly common workers compensation claim. The difference here is that the injured party is a U.S. citizen who was working in the Canadian consulate in Boston. Even though businesses in Massachusetts are required to carry workers compensation insurance, the Canadian government is asserting the U.S. courts don’t have jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which shields foreign governments from most actions in U.S. courts. Folkman is arguing that U.S. courts have jurisdiction under FSIA’s commercial activity exception because the employee, Cynthia Merlini, wasn’t conducting high-level Canadian business. Instead, she was working like any other administrative assistant at a U.S.-owned business.

Ted Folkman is the founder of Folkman LLC and was previously a partner at Pierce Bainbridge in Boston.

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Law Technology Now : Complex and Significant Matters in the Legal Profession

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Host Dan Rodriguez welcomes Jeff Kelly to discuss his experience with complex litigation and why he chose it as his professional focus. Jeff explains how his practice has been impacted by COVID-19 and what skills he’s refined and utilized to resolve problems arising from this pandemic. He also shares ways he leverages all 24 hours in his day in order to catch up to his more senior colleagues as well as finding and leveraging legal technology to improve his practice. Additionally, hear what it’s like for Jeff to be working as the chair of a law reform commission in North Carolina and what he’s been working on.

Jeff Kelly is a complex litigation attorney at Shanahan Law Group, PLLC.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Logikcull and Acumass.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : How well-meaning social reforms created 'Prison by Any Other Name'

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000

At a time when the country is discussing how the justice system and policing can be reformed, it's critical that we avoid adopting reforms that have damaging consequences. In Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, authors Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law outline the way that well-meaning movements ended up funneling people into environments where they faced even more scrutiny and punitive measures. In this episode, the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles discusses with Schenwar and Law examples such as the school-to-prison pipeline; court-ordered drug treatment programs with no proof of success; location-monitoring devices that are expensive and set probationers up to fail; and the invasiveness of family social services in an era of mandated reporting.

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The Legal Toolkit : Pro Tips for Managing Your Newly Distributed Workforce

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:26:51 +0000

With the increasing realization that there will be no quick return to business as usual, law firms are trying in earnest to settle into long-term remote work. Jared Correia welcomes veteran virtual lawyer Timothy Bowers to discuss the characteristics of a successful virtual legal practice and tips for helping employees work from home effectively.

Timothy Bowers is the Managing Partner at VLP Law Group LLP.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : The Fight For Diploma Privilege

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:33:04 +0000

It's still hard to believe that there will actually be bar exams next week. But even in states with a basic respect for public health warnings, the exams are mostly just delayed requiring applicants to keep ramping up for a test only to be forced to forget everything again when the next delay is announced. The only way to avoid this cycle is to adopt an emergency diploma process. This week, Joe chats with Dr. Pilar Escontrias, Donna Saadati-Soto, Efrain Hudnell, and Emily Croucher, co-founders of United for Diploma Privilege. Follow them @DiplomaPriv4All.

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Governor DeSantis

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Governor DeSantis is being sued by bar owners trying to save their businesses in a second shutdown due to Florida’s spike in COVID-19 cases. Their lawyer John W. Dill explains what’s going on.

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Legal Talk Today : The Law School Experience for Women of Color

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Veronica Stidvent, executive director at Center for Women in Law and Fiona Hornblower, president and CEO of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education tell us about their new study that highlights the law school experience for women of color and some negative effects it had on faculty and students.

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

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 18:27:26 +0000

Dennis and Tom are hard at work on the first step in their Second Brain project—developing methods of capturing information. They share their approaches to identifying valuable content and consider possibilities for workflows and automation. In their second segment, they discuss whether they believe the notion that older generations of lawyers are better at cyber security than young lawyers.

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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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : What can we expect from the all-virtual 2020 ABA Annual Meeting?

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 20:34:21 +0000

When COVID-19 closed ABA offices in March, staff sprang into work figuring out how the association could convert its meetings and events to virtual environments. In this bonus episode of Asked and Answered, we're giving you a sneak peek at how the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting came together, some of the exciting guests and speakers who have been lined up, and what exactly it will be like to attend an all-virtual meeting. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and Marty Balogh of the Meetings and Travel Group spoke with the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles to share behind-the-scenes information about the annual meeting, which is free to all ABA members. Register before July 27, then attend sessions and events at your leisure from July 29-Aug. 4.

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Digital Detectives : The Battle Against COVID-19: How eDiscovery Software is Playing a Role

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:16:11 +0000

The eDiscovery software known as technology-assisted review (TAR) is traditionally used by lawyers to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant case information, but its capabilities have now shifted into a new role in the fight against COVID-19. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome lawyer and research professor Maura Grossman to discuss how this crossover is helping medical researchers find the information they need to accelerate progress in the study and treatment of the novel coronavirus.

Maura R. Grossman, J.D., Ph.D., is a research professor at the University of Waterloo, an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and principal at Maura Grossman Law, an eDiscovery law and consulting firm in Buffalo, New York.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull and PInow.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #285: From Career Plateaus to Pivots, with Jenny Blake

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Author Jenny Blake explains how to know it’s time to make a change in your professional life and how to start pivoting towards your next chapter. 

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 connecting your goals and culture at your law firm, check out our resource page on law firm mission, vision, and values

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Seattle over CHAZ/CHOP

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Hear the latest about the class action lawsuit against Seattle over the CHAZ/CHOP occupation and how that impacted residents and businesses owners in the area with violent crime, loss of business, and harassment. The Plaintiffs’ attorneys Patty Eakes and Angelo Calfo explain their case against the city.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Putting Culture First: How and Why to Intentionally Create Yours

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:54:41 +0000

Nurturing a healthy culture in your law firm creates happier employees and a more productive business, but what do you do if your current culture isn’t what you want it to be? Host Christopher Anderson talks with Eric Farber about the strategies from his book “The Case for Culture: How to Stop Being a Slave to Your Law Firm, Grow Your Practice, and Actually Be Happy,” and his specific guidance for bolstering firm culture in the midst of the pandemic.

Eric Farber is CEO and chief legal officer of Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center in Oakland, California.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : How feminism worsened mass incarceration–and how it can stop

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000

As a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School, Aya Gruber has seen her Millennial students wrestle with a contradiction that she has long struggled with herself.

"On one side of the scale is a Black Lives Matter-informed belief that policing, prosecution and incarceration are racist, unjust, and too widespread," writes Gruber in her new book, The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women's Liberation in Mass Incarceration. "This side abhors the practice of putting human bodies in cages. On the other is a #MeToo-informed preoccupation with men's out-of-control sexuality and abuse of power. This side wants to get tough."

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Gruber shares examples of the unintended consequences of feminist criminal law reforms; discusses her personal experience as a public defender; and helps ABA Journal host Lee Rawles make peace with her interest in true crime podcasts. Gruber also describes how feminists can rethink gender justice advocacy without contributing to a discriminatory, carceral system.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : Legal reform advocates need to more actively engage the public

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

Supporters of broad reforms to how the legal profession is regulated must do a better job drawing the public into ongoing conversations in several states about such issues, says Paula Littlewood, the former longtime executive director of the Washington State Bar Association. "We need to break outside what I call the echo chamber of the profession and really start bringing the consumer and the public to the table to understand what changes could really enhance their ability to access legal services," Littlewood tells the ABA Journal's Lyle Moran in this episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast. "If you talk to a family member, you talk to a taxi driver and you explain the concept of a limited license legal technician, I can guarantee you that nine times out of 10 the answer is, 'Well, that totally makes sense.'"

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Controversy, Link Building, & Google’s Changing Clickbait Policies

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:03:17 +0000

Whether we like it or not, is all publicity technically good publicity? Gyi Tsakalakis & Conrad Saam apply their marketing perspectives to the McCloskeys, the gun-wielding attorney couple whose aggressions toward Black Lives Matter protesters led to national media attention. Later in the podcast, Gyi & Conrad shift gears to discuss Google’s coming ad policy changes and what they might mean for lawyers.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Chief Justice Hits His Head And Remembers Rule Of Law

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:50:24 +0000

Chief Justice Roberts was hospitalized for a head wound and managed to keep the news from the public for weeks. But it didn't seem to slow him down on the final day of the Supreme Court season, authoring two opinions punting on Trump's subpoenas, kicking things back for a nice, long, litigious delay. The rule of law is upheld theoretically if not practically and that's just where Roberts likes it. Also, we catch up on the looming in-person bar exams, which have crossed into farce refusing public health warnings while issuing dress code modifications.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : Claims Impact of Michigan No-Fault Law Reformation

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:54:06 +0000

Larry Norman, president and executive general adjuster of L.W. Norman & Associates in Michigan discusses recent changes to the Michigan no-fault insurance law and impact on claims.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Defunding the Police: What Does that Mean?

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

What are the implications of defunding, reallocating funds for, or scaling back police enforcement? And what does that mean for communities who need policing the most? Tanya Acker from HotBench shares her thoughts.

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Legal Talk Today : The Appellate Project

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Juvaria Khan, founder of The Appellate Project, explains why she left her practice to start this organization and its mission to bring greater diversity to our appeals courts.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : The 15th and 19th Amendments: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:45:00 +0000

With the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment both falling in 2020, host Rocky Dhir welcomes Paul Stafford, author of the recently published article “Men, Their Rights and Nothing More; Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less” to discuss the history of these amendments, how their histories intertwine, and the social challenges that existed then and that exist now. They discuss what led Paul to write his article for the predominantly legal audience of the Texas Bar Journal, and Paul shares his personal thoughts on the political activism going on today.

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The Paralegal Voice : The WILLOW Project: Helping Wrongfully Convicted Women

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +0000

From NALA’s 2020 Conference @ Home, host Carl Morrison welcomes Anne Geraghty-Rathert to follow up on her presentation about wrongful convictions and her work with the WILLOW Project. Anne discusses the unique issues surrounding women’s wrongful convictions and shares ways paralegals can get involved in clemency-based projects.

Anne Geraghty-Rathert is an attorney in private practice and a professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Celebrating the Upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000

On August 26, 1920, nearly two years after President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech before Congress in support of guaranteeing women the right to vote, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified that the 19th Amendment had become a part of the Constitution, and women could no longer be denied their vote.

While the amendment had been introduced to congress nearly forty years earlier and faced many challenges, women like Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett never stopped fighting and pushed for equality in the voting booth.

On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by historian Ellen Carol DuBois, author of the book, Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote and law professor Paula A. Monopoli, author of the upcoming book, Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment. Ellen and Paula discuss the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the official adoption of the 19th Amendment, take a look at the history of women fighting for voting rights, spotlight the women of the suffrage movement, and discuss the impact voting women will have on the upcoming election.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #284: How to Start Your Own Law Firm

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab coach Stephanie Everett discusses how to start your own law firm when you’re transitioning from law school or another firm.

If you’re looking for more information about how to begin a solo or small law firm, check out our resource page on starting a law firm

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

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Legal Talk Today : Will COVID-19 impact the Criminal Justice System Again?

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Judge Kevin Allen calls out a possible second wave of instability related to COVID-19 and highlights his concerns for the criminal justice system if that were to happen.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Law Technology Now : Reinventing Law

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0000

Law Technology Now welcomes Gillian Hadfield to the show to talk with host Ralph Baxter about the idea of reinventing the law. She starts off by explaining how she became interested in changing the way law works through personal experience and then touches on access to our justice system and how it doesn’t give the ordinary person the legal resources they need. Gillian discusses how reinventing the law will necessitate thinking big, embracing diversity, and being responsive to feedback, not to mention the considerable financial investment needed to implement new solutions. She also explains why the legal industry lacks innovation and what we should do to help expand our knowledge.

Gillian Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society, Professor of Law, and Professor of Strategic Management.

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The Legal Toolkit : Understanding Loneliness During COVID-19

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:27:55 +0000

Lawyers have long been prone to loneliness, and many attorneys are feeling this all the more acutely as they continue to isolate during COVID-19. Legal Toolkit host Jared Correia delves into this topic with J.W. Freiberg who authored the book, “Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation.” Terry shares insights from his writing and discusses how the pandemic affects loneliness in both lawyers and society at large.

J.W. Freiberg holds a PhD from UCLA and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : When Attorneys Attack!

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:14:06 +0000

It was an eventful week in legal news, but the biggest story was definitely the St. Louis personal injury attorneys who pulled guns on protesters and why lawyers have special obligations to maintain professionalism at all times. All that and more of the major stories of the week.

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Legal Talk Today : Above the Law’s Outside Counsel Rankings

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Above the Law’s Brian Dalton discusses the origin and meaning behind their Outside Counsel Rankings done in conjunction with Lake Whillans. Tune in to see which law firms scored the best across different industries.

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The Paralegal Voice : Get Ready for the 2020 NALA Conference @ Home

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:54:48 +0000

NALA has gone virtual for this year’s conference! Join hosts Carl Morrison and Jill Francisco and conference speaker Brian Moore as they discuss the session offerings, social events, and CLE opportunities available through the 2020 NALA Conference @ Home. 

If you still need to register, click here!

Brian Moore is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

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

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Legal Talk Today : Ohio State’s Athletic Coronavirus Pledge

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Darren Heitner from Above the Law and sports law attorney breaks down the Buckeye Acknowledgement and Pledge that Ohio State University is requiring its athletes to take, in order to resume athletics during COVID-19.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Where the Heck Are We? — 2020 Mid-Year Reflections

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Lawyers and law firms have had to adapt very quickly to a very different work environment in 2020. So, how are we all doing? What’s working and what isn’t? Dennis and Tom take a look back at the year to date to talk through what they’ve learned and the tech and tools that have carried them through the pandemic.

In their second segment, they feature a call from listener David in Pennsylvania, who shares his thoughts on their “second brain” project. If, like David, you'd like to ask a technology question or share a thought with Dennis and Tom, call their Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820

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

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

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New Solo : Back to Basics: Smart Marketing for New Solos - Part 1

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:22:06 +0000

Marketing is an essential business tool, but many lawyers lack the expertise needed to leverage it in their law firms. Expert legal marketer Conrad Saam joins Adriana Linares in this 2-part series to discuss simple, effective marketing tactics for attorneys. They define the basic marketing terms all lawyers should know and offer practical advice for going out on your own.

Conrad Saam is president at Mockingbird Marketing.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #283: Bringing Your Human to Work, with Erica Keswin

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Author Erica Keswin discusses what it really means to bring your human side to work and the action steps you can use to infuse that throughout your firm on a regular basis. 

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

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

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Legal Talk Today : Tracking Scooters and our 4th Amendment

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Hannah Zhao, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses their lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Transportation for their tracking of electronic scooters and how that might violate our 4th amendment rights. 

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Addressing Law School Racism & Neomi Rao's School Of Legal Writing Don'ts

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:25:18 +0000

A new account compiles the acts of racism that compound at Harvard Law School, but they could emanate from almost any law school. We take a look at this account and the response of law schools around the country to recent events, including one law school that's taking an aggressive anti-racism stance. Also, we discuss Neomi Rao's Michael Flynn opinion which left a lot to be desired as a work of professional legal writing.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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Legal Talk Today : Indiana’s at Home Bar Exam

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Bradley Skolnik, executive director of the Indiana Office of Admissions discusses Indiana’s new online bar exam that can be taken at home and what applicants can expect from this new test.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : COVID-19 hasn't stopped this lawyer from advocating for wellness and recovery

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Lawyer and author Brian Cuban chats with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about how he’s been focusing on what he can control during the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than what he can’t, and what he misses the most. For Cuban, that includes hugs from family and friends, and he’s not sure that they’ll ever be given as freely as they once were.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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Legal Talk Today : SCOTUS blocks POTUS on DACA Rescission

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Ilya Shapiro of the CATO Institute joins us to discuss why the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA in the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California case as well as the impact that decision could have on immigration reform.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : Inside Girls High School Football and a Title IX Lawsuit

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:16:18 +0000

In June 2017, a Title IX lawsuit was filed against three school districts and the Utah High School Activities Association seeking to add girls football teams to the lineup of sports offered to students.

On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, guest host Jared Correia is joined by attorney Brent Gordon, and his daughter and plaintiff, Sam Gordon, to talk about girls high school football, and their efforts to provide girls more equality of opportunity at the high school sports level.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : How the COVID-19 Crisis Creates an Environment for Fraudulent Insurance Claims

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0000

James Barbieri, president and CEO of Claims Advantage in Georgia discusses how COVID-19 influences fraudulent claims and what investigators and claims managers need to be concerned about.

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

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The Digital Edge : A Legal Podcast About Legal Podcasting

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Sharon and Jim have reached a major milestone—the 150th edition of the Digital Edge! For this special episode, they welcome fellow veteran podcasters Bob Ambrogi, Joe Patrice, and Tom Mighell to talk shop about the world of legal podcasting. They share favorite memories and horror stories and offer invaluable insights for aspiring podcasters.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio, Scorpion, Blackletter Podcast, Alert Communications.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #282: Leading a High-Performance Remote Team, with Jason Fried

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Basecamp founder & CEO Jason Fried discusses how the pandemic has shifted the perspective on remote work, what companies need to do to thrive with newly-remote teams, and how to handle the influx of communication that could overwhelm team members. 

If you want more insight on how to succeed with a remote law firm, check out our resource page on virtual law firms. 

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

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

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Legal Talk Today : AB 2261: California’s Facial Recognition Bill

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 19:11:21 +0000

Kirsten Errick from Law Street discusses California's Assembly Bill 2261, it’s key provisions, what the proponents/opponents say about it, and possible infractions of rights.

Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : What does police abolition look like?

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Recent protests over police brutality have raised the volume on calls to defund the police. But while police abolition may be new to some, it's a concept that has been studied and discussed for decades. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale explains the troubling origins of modern policing, why commonly suggested reforms like training and increased diversity have not been successful, and how slashing social services has placed police officers in situations they are unequipped to deal with. In this episode, Vitale also shares with the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles how he explains the issue to sceptics, and ways that lawyers can help rethink the ways that the criminal justice system re-enforces inequality.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Headnote.

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The Legal Toolkit : The State of Workers’ Rights Today

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:44:38 +0000

The area of workers’ compensation law has been evolving since its inception, and today’s unique circumstances under COVID-19 have brought new layers of complication. Jared Correia talks with Sam Pond about the current state of workers’ rights and how lawyers in any area of the law can help those working in unsafe conditions.

Samuel H. Pond is managing partner of Pond Lehocky, the largest workers’ compensation firm in Pennsylvania.

Special thanks to our sponsors ScorpionTimeSolvAbby Connect and Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : A Wild Week At The Supreme Court

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:02:33 +0000

A decidedly conservative Supreme Court made discrimination against the LGBTQ community illegal and then turned around and wiped out the Trump Administration's effort to cancel DACA. What was in the water last week? Joe and Kathryn break down why the opinions weren't nearly as revolutionary as the results they brought might make them seem.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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Legal Talk Today : Relist Limbo and SCOTUS

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

John Elwood of SCOTUS Blog joins us to talk about the Supreme Court and what a relist limbo is and why it’s important to lawyers and their client’s cases.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : A Quick Announcement

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 21:45:04 +0000

Host Craig Williams is on vacation. In the meantime, producer Kate Nutting has a special announcement about next week's episode and shares some suggested relevant episodes you should check out during this extraordinary time.

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Legal Talk Today : Debt Forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Allyson Baker of Venable discusses the Paycheck Protection Program and what business owners (and their lawyers) need to know about its debt forgiveness requirements.

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Eureka! — The Beginnings of Dennis & Tom’s Second Brain Project

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:55:38 +0000

Dennis and Tom’s knowledge has exceeded the puny confines of their craniums—time for more headroom! Join them on their deep dive into the mad science of developing a second brain.

In their second segment, they address a listener question on whether there may be positive elements to the idea of security theater.

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.

Show Notes - Kennedy-Mighell Report #263

A Segment: First Steps Toward a Second Brain

B Segment: Security Theater

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

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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast : Wellness During Times of Crisis

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:15:18 +0000

In this time of stress and uncertainty, it is essential that we continue to examine and prioritize our own mental health. In this edition of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast, Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway talk with Molly Ranns and Katie Stanley about their tips for cultivating mindfulness and staying healthy in the midst of the pandemic.

Molly Ranns is a clinical case manager for the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of Michigan.

Katie Stanley is a staff attorney and fair housing education manager for Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.

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Digital Detectives : Work-At-Home and Remote Access – It’s Time for a Security Review

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 18:23:13 +0000

Lawyers are ethically obligated to maintain client security, but remote work has added a new layer of complication for many law firms. If you and your staff are not well-versed in the necessary work-at-home and remote access security measures, now is the time to get up to speed. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome David Ries to discuss what lawyers need to know to maintain appropriate security.

Read David’s entire co-authored alert here: Work-At-Home and Remote Access – It’s Time for a Security Review

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.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull and PInow.

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State Bar of Texas Podcast : What to Expect from the 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:00:51 +0000

For the first time ever, the State Bar of Texas is hosting its annual meeting entirely online! Host Rocky Dhir talks with Reginald Hirsch and Ron Chichester about what this virtual conference will look like and a sneak peek of the presentations and speakers planned for attendees.

Register here: 2020 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting On Demand

Reginald A. Hirsch serves as CLE chairman of the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas and practices family law in Houston.

Ron Chichester practices technology-related law in the Dallas area and is a past chair of both the Computer & Technology Section and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #281: Lies About Work, with Ashley Goodall

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0000

SVP of Methods and Intelligence at Cisco Ashley Goodall discusses leading and managing at work the right way and some of the biggest lies we believe about 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 how to manage successfully in your firm for the long term, check out our resource page on law office management. 

Thanks to First Place Legal, LawPay, Back Office Betties, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode!

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Legal Talk Today : Escape Hatch: Force Majeure during COVID-19

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Alston and Bird’s Jason Levine breaks down the use of force majeure contract clauses during COVID-19 and how these “escape hatch” provisions could impact business owners state-to-state by forgiving or suspending certain obligations.

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The Un-Billable Hour : Getting Optimized, or More, or Some Results From Your Law Firm Technology

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 18:00:16 +0000

Do you struggle with your law firm tech, feeling like it really isn’t doing what you thought it would to make your life easier? It’s tempting to give up, but a simple shift in your mindset may help you get more out of your tech than you realized was possible. In this Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson talks with Tom Lambotte about how Optimize Method helps lawyers approach technology with clarity and make better use of what they have.

Tom Lambotte is the founder and CEO of GlobalMac IT and the creator of the Optimize Method framework.

Special thanks to our sponsors, NexaSolo Practice UniversityScorpion, and Lawclerk.

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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels : BigLaw firm’s legal tech subsidiary has launched a steady stream of COVID-19 tools

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000

When the novel coronavirus began rapidly spreading across the United States earlier this year, Kimball Dean Parker says he felt a strong desire to help consumers and businesses in need. Utah-based SixFifty set out to do what it does best: develop online tools to assist consumers of all types tackle complex legal challenges without breaking the bank.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Workers Comp Matters : Medical Marijuana Reimbursement in Workers’ Compensation Systems

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:03:05 +0000

As a Schedule I controlled substance, marijuana is not permitted for medical usage at the federal level. However, variance in state laws and conflicting decisions in recent appellate cases beg the question — should workers’ comp programs have the ability to reimburse the cost of medical marijuana for injured workers? Host Alan Pierce talks with George Flores, whose recent article on this topic titled, “Lewis and Bourgoin: The Growing Divide Over Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana in the Workers’ Compensation System,” won the 2019 writing contest for the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers.

George Flores is a 2L at Penn State Law, University Park.

Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Explaining Michael Flynn's Case To Non-Lawyers And Other Challenges

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 19:13:44 +0000

With an independent report by a federal judge branding the Department of Justice "corrupt" this seems like a good time to revisit exactly how we got here. Your elderly aunt on Facebook has a lot to say about Michael Flynn and most of it is wrong. Joe and Kathryn unpack the case and also discuss the case of a lawyer who egged a judge's car.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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The Florida Bar Podcast : The Science of Working From Home

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 20:10:13 +0000

Working from home has been thrust upon us all, and every part of our legal system has been deeply affected by the need to operate online. How should you navigate these changes? To help lawyers understand the new landscape created by COVID-19, Florida Bar Podcast hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt welcome three guests, Judge Robert Hilliard, Rebecca Bandy, and Jack Newton, to hear their valuable perspectives on remote work for the legal profession.

First, Judge Robert Hilliard of Florida’s First Judicial Circuit shares how the judiciary has operated in the era of social distancing and what technology they have used to make the shift to virtual court proceedings. Judge Hilliard offers lawyers insights on how to navigate online court appearances and discusses what judicial operations may look like in the future.

Following this conversation, Christine and Karla are joined by Rebecca Bandy, director of the Florida Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, to discuss strategies for maintaining high professionalism standards while working from home. Rebecca shares common lawyer mishaps in virtual legal practice and offers best practice tips for maintaining privacy, confidentiality, proper video conference etiquette, and more.

For their final interview, Christine and Karla talk with Clio CEO Jack Newton about how new, tech-driven processes can improve client experiences and make legal services more efficient. Jack also outlines Clio’s resources for helping lawyers deliver legal services from home and digs into what the COVID-19 Impact Research Briefing shows about the current state of the profession.

Finally, make sure your workspace is working for you! Christine and Karla share their tips for creating a comfortable, productive workspace in your home office.

This episode, The Science of Working from Home (Course # 4041), has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for the following CLE credits:

  • General - 2.0 hrs
  • Technology - 1.0 hrs
  • Mental Health Awareness - 1.0 hrs

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Florida Courts 

Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism

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Additional Resources:

The Florida Bar’s Health and Wellness Center and Mental Health Helpline - 1-833-FL1-WELL

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Legal Talk Today : Qualified Immunity

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Jay Schweikert, policy analyst from the CATO Institute discusses qualified immunity for the police and whether the Supreme Court will change it.

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Legal Talk Today : Penn State Law: The Journey from Pandemic to ReOpen

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Dean Hari Osofsky of Penn State Law walks us through their journey dealing with the pandemic, key decisions made, what they learned, and what’s going on with a possible reopen.

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The Paralegal Voice : Sneak Peak of NALA Conference & Expo 2020

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 21:09:49 +0000

It’s almost time for the 45th Annual NALA Conference & Expo and, as you may expect, things are going to be handled a little differently this year. In this brief announcement, host Jill Francisco shares some details about NALA’s first virtual conference, 2020 NALA Conference@Home. NALA is taking a bad situation and turning it into a victory by making this their most accessible conference ever, leaving you with no excuse when it comes to networking with your peers, getting your CLE credits, and becoming an even better paralegal.

2020 NALA Conference@Home will be held July 9-11. Register before June 12 and receive a conference care package loaded with great goodies.

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ABA Law Student Podcast : A Career in Legal Aid — Perspectives from Sally Fisher Curran

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:44:35 +0000

Legal aid is crucial to those unable to afford legal services, and a career serving the underserved can be hugely rewarding. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meghan Steenburgh talks with Sally Fisher Curran about her passion for increasing access to justice and her career experiences working in legal aid.

Sally Fisher Curran is the executive director of The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

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New Solo : Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile with Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:12:22 +0000

Building a better LinkedIn profile can help you increase professional connections, but why should you really care about this platform? Adriana Linares hears tips and tricks from Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields from their book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals. They share how effective participation can help you gain more visibility in your peer community, increase your referrals, and find new professional opportunities. 

Adriana would love to take listener LinkedIn questions and have Dennis and Allison back for a future episode! Send your questions to newsolo@legaltalknetwork.com

Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology pioneer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Dennis is also the co-host of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast.

Allison C. Shields, Esq. is the President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ClioNexaLawclerk, and ROSS.

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The Paralegal Voice : What a Legal Recruiter Can Do For You

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:58:43 +0000

If you have hopes of advancing your career but aren’t sure how to find new opportunities—especially in the midst of COVID-19—a recruiter might be just what you need! Many paralegals are unfamiliar with the work recruiters do, so Paralegal Voice host Jill Francisco sits down with legal recruiter Jillian Kuehl to discuss how recruiters can advocate for you in your job hunt and help you take the next step in your career with confidence.

Jillian Kuehl is the director of legal recruiting at Xcentri Legal.

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

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Lawyerist Podcast : #280: Expanding Your Firm’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Awareness, with Jennifer Brown

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

Consultant, author, and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown discusses how to build a law firm with a hiring process and culture that meets the needs of diverse audiences. 

If you’d like to learn more about inclusion and equity, please visit our resource page on diversity and inclusion. 

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

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

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Law Technology Now : COVID-19’s Impact on the Legal Ecosystem

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 20:07:11 +0000

What’s going on in the legal industry during COVID-19? Host Dan Rodriguez welcomes returning guest Mark Cohen of LegalMosaic to talk about the changes the pandemic has brought to the legal industry. They discuss how the traditionally tech-averse legal community has begun adopting new tools, such as Zoom, and how, for young lawyers and law students, learning business skills beyond the traditional scope of legal practice can be valuable. At the end of the episode, Mark speaks to the current cultural climate by driving home the importance of diversity and how legal professionals can contribute to making the community better through inclusion.

Mark A. Cohen is the CEO of LegalMosaic, a legal business consulting company.

Special thanks to our sponsors, HeadnoteLogikcull and Acumass.

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Legal Talk Today : LSAT FLEX: the LSAT taken from home

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Law School Admission Council President and CEO Kellye Testy explains the LSAT FLEX, the new online LSAT that can be taken from home and how LSAC pivoted to make this new exam available to keep law school admissions moving during COVID-19.

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ABA Journal: Modern Law Library : What's lost when jury trials vanish?

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:44:42 +0000

Thirty years ago, between 9% to 10% of federal criminal cases actually went to trial before a jury. That may not seem like a large percentage, but by 2018, only 2% of defendants received a jury trial. To Robert Katzberg, this represents a three-fold crisis. First, citizens are unable to participate and observe the judicial system through jury service. Second, trial attorneys are unable to hone their skills in front of a jury. Third, defendants are thus deprived of experienced counsel. It inspired Katzberg to write The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of Its Passing. Part memoir, part practical advice for litigators and part warning to the public, the book shares stories from Katzberg's four decades of litigation experience in New York City and around the country. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, he explains to the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles why he chose to praise and criticize people by name, and why jury duty is such a valuable experience.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Headnote.

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The Legal Toolkit : How to Get Press Coverage for Your Law Firm

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 21:44:49 +0000

Your firm has a lot to offer, but does your community even know you exist? Getting into the news can do a lot to increase your visibility and bring you new clients. But, how exactly do you attract the attention of a reporter? In this edition of Jared Correia’s Legal Toolkit, Janet Falk offers up a press coverage playbook for helping lawyers connect with the media.

Check out Janet’s Media Profile worksheet for attorneys, and her Falk FIVE Fast Tips to Maximize a Media Interview

Janet Falk is a media, PR, and marketing consultant at Falk Communications and Research.

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

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : As Law Firms Self-Reflect, State Bar Exams Double Down

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:54:37 +0000

As law firms struggle to demonstrate to clients and their own attorneys that they take societal ills seriously, Kathryn's starting to notice some patterns in the statements getting released. Meanwhile, Joe is covering the state bar exams, where many are continuing to insist on shoving hundreds of people into small rooms in July and making applicants sign away their rights for the privilege of exposing themselves to disease.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : How COVID-19 is Changing Insurance Claims Handling and Inspections

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:37:20 +0000

Tripp Wagner, senior forensic mechanical engineer from expert service provider Jensen Hughes, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted forensic engineering, claims handling and relationships with insurers.

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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Legal Talk Today : Riots and the Insurrection Act

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Professor Daniel Farber of Berkeley Law guides us through the Insurrection Act and how the nationwide riots with looting, violence, and arson impact the President’s ability to utilize it.

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Legal Talk Today : Trump vs. Twitter (again)

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Ken White of the Popehat blog joins us to discuss the dispute between Twitter and President Trump regarding hidden or “fact-checked” tweets. Oh, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was also mentioned. 

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The Kennedy-Mighell Report : Moving from Idea to Action

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:05:54 +0000

Ideas tend to rattle around in our heads, often never seeing the light of day, even if they really should! If you’re stuck just pondering your latest stroke of genius, Dennis and Tom have tips on how to best capture, share, and develop your idea to give it life in the real world. In their second segment, Tom schools Dennis on the advantages of using an ultrawide monitor.

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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State Bar of Texas Podcast : Autonomous Vehicles: Legal Implications of a Driverless Future

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:46:23 +0000

The rapid development of ever-advancing driverless technologies brings with it a whole slew of legal questions. For one, who is responsible for regulating the use of this new technology? Can the term “autonomous” really be used to describe any of today’s vehicles? And, if a vehicle boasting some level of autonomy is involved in an accident, who is at fault? State Bar of Texas host Rocky Dhir welcomes Quentin Brogdon and Ron Hedges to answer common questions about autonomous vehicles and their many intersections with different areas of the law.

Quentin Brogdon is a partner at Crain Brogdon Rogers in Dallas, where he specializes in personal injury trial law.

Ronald J. Hedges is senior counsel with Dentons US.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #279: What to Do Before Creating a Strategic Marketing Plan, with Stephanie Everett 

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab leader Stephanie Everett and Marketing Director Laura Briggs discuss the three steps you need to take before building and implementing a strategic marketing plan for your law firm. 

If you’d like to learn more about marketing for your small firm, check out our resource page on legal marketing. 

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

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

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Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast : I Know It When I See It

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:29:20 +0000

How do you know when something’s obscene? It’s not exactly an easy question. Plenty of now respected works were, at one point, declared obscene and subject to judicial scrutiny - James Joyce’s Ulysses, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, and George Carlin “7 Words You Can’t Say on TV” to name just a few. But how exactly does a court answer the question? And how can the layperson know, with any degree of certainty, whether something is obscene or not?

In this episode of Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast from Popehat.com, host Ken White explores the United States Supreme Court’s approach to obscenity law through the lens of the landmark case of Jacobellis v. Ohio, in which we find one of the most well known lines in Supreme Court jurisprudence - “I know it when I see it.” With the help of guests Professors Philippe C. Met and Geoffrey R. Stone, Ken explores the rules set forth by the Supreme Court, their notorious ambiguity, and how they apply in the modern day.

Professor Philippe C. Met is a professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of French Forum.

Professor Geoffrey R. Stone is a noted First Amendment scholar, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and formerly served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

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Legal Talk Today : Freelance Attorneys & Capturing Pent Up Demand

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Kristin Tyler of LawClerk explains how outsourcing to a freelance attorney can help make money, save money, and provide an opportunity to capture pent up demand for law firms coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lunch Hour Legal Marketing : Tactical Marketing — Smart Spending for Better ROI

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:44:11 +0000

As promised, Gyi Tsakalakis and Conrad Saam launch into smart marketing tactics to give you an advantage in the marketplace. They take a deep dive into strategies you can put right to work in your law firm, offering up the best ways to manage your ad spend and laying out common mistakes. Later, they shift gears to discuss how you can take a leadership role in your community in the midst of the nation’s current racial and political turmoil.

Special thanks to our sponsor Alert Communications.

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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Guns, Germs, And Section 230 Internet Regulation

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:07:36 +0000

Lawyers are pulling guns over facemasks? That... seems excessive. But here we are staring into the COVID abyss again. Austerity measures continue throughout the industry, lawyers are getting edgy, and a new assault on "the law that built the internet" issues from the White House.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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Legal Talk Today : Suing Governor Pritzker

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Illinois attorney Thomas DeVore explains the lawsuits against Governor Pritzker to re-open Illinois businesses.

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Legal Talk Today : Price Gouging

Fri, 29 May 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Jason Levine of Alston & Bird discusses price gouging, how it’s treated by different states, federal oversight, and the impact on supply chains.

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer : The Current State of Civility in the Legal Profession

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:40:04 +0000

On May 14, 2020, clients of the litigation firm Boies Schiller Flexner filed a malpractice lawsuit against the law firm alleging that the attorneys in their dispute gave them bad advice and drove up costs through overly aggressive litigation tactics. As a result of these actions, the malpractice plaintiffs claim they were forced to settle as they could not afford to appeal.

According to an article published by the ABA Journal on May 18, 2020, Boies Schiller responded to the suit stating “This lawsuit is nothing more than a cynical attempt by a former client to avoid its obligation to pay the firm’s legal fees….the allegations are baseless and will not deter the firm from continuing its efforts to collect its fees.”

On today’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Craig Williams is joined by Dick Semerdjian, founding partner of Schwartz Semerdjian, and attorney Jayne Reardon, the executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, as they discuss the current state of civility in the courts, the use of overly aggressive litigation tactics, and how the legal profession is promoting civility through various methods.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Blue J Legal.

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Lawyerist Podcast : #278: Moving Forward with Your Law Firm in a Pandemic, a Coaching Call with Ryan McKeen

Thu, 28 May 2020 10:30:00 +0000

Lawyerist Lab member Ryan McKeen discusses how to strategize and make action plans for moving forward even with an uncertain future on the horizon. 

If you’d like to learn more about deciding on your goals and next steps right now, check out our resource page on personal and career goals. 

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

Thanks to Lawyers With Purpose, Back Office Betties, LawPay, and TextExpander for sponsoring this episode!

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Law Technology Now : Data-Driven Legal Services: Pricing and Cost Prediction, with Catherine Krow

Wed, 27 May 2020 23:22:24 +0000

Tune into this episode with Dan Linna and Catherine Krow as they discuss her company Digitory Legal, a cost analytics platform that brings data-driven pricing and cost prediction to law, and also explains why data is important for litigators to understand. Catherine breaks down how to predict costs, review data correctly, and acquire it for her practice. She also explains what law firms should do to provide the best quality value and services to their clients. She also discusses how data is being used to evaluate and improve diversity and inclusion efforts. She ends by letting our listeners know where she believes data will go in the legal industry and how those new developments will impact law firms and their clients.

 

Catherine Krow is the founder of Digitory Legal.

 

Thanks to Acumass for sponsoring this episode.

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Legal Talk Today : Re-Opening Business Checklist

Wed, 27 May 2020 19:00:00 +0000

Principal of Elkins Employment Law Cindy Elkins walks us through what business owners should be thinking of in terms of re-opening.

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Best's Insurance Law Podcast : How COVID-19 will Impact the Return to Workplace Environment

Tue, 26 May 2020 23:06:34 +0000

Attorney Tom McCally from the law firm Carr Maloney discusses what employers and insurers must address to avoid potential COVID-19 related 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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Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer : Why Business Development Is Every Lawyer's Problem

Tue, 26 May 2020 22:56:57 +0000

Joe speaks with David Ackert, host of The Market Leaders Podcast about the role of business development in the legal profession. Lawyers may not love the hustle, but it's the basis of a service industry and lawyers at every level have a role to play in building their future opportunities. And it's not just a challenge for attorneys -- firms need to build a culture that maximizes respect for attorney business development too.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Logikcull.

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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered : Can cyborg lawyers convince their clients to listen?

Tue, 26 May 2020 19:57:16 +0000

Do you really need a human for the so-called human touch in lawyering, particularly when a big part of the job is convincing the client to be reasonable? Maybe not, according to some people who created apps that they claim help people accomplish tasks traditionally carried about by lawyers. The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward talks with legal technologists about how their apps are working to do things such as detect and block sarcasm in texts between parents at odds with each other and quickly find middle ground between people battling over small amounts of money.

Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.

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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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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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What Is Food Safety and How Is It Achieved?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:55:35 -0500

Food security is one big issue that needs to be dealt with no leniency. Everyone has a right to clean food and this is made sure by the strict rules of FSSAI. Also, the consultants play an important part in getting the manufacturers their licenses to make sure only high quality food reaches the masses.

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It's Time We Answered the Call for First Responders

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:58:41 -0500

Under current Colorado law, first responders are not able to receive benefits if a traumatic event that occurred while on the job resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder. However, Colorado House Bill 1229 will allow these heroes to seek claims involving PTSD if diagnosed by a licensed mental healthcare professional. The Colorado Workers Comp attorneys here at Burg Simpson are fighting for your rights to clear this important bill.

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How Lawyers Can Mindfully Cope With Changes Coming To The Legal Profession

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:02:11 -0500

Change on an unprecedented scale is descending upon the legal profession. This article examines what some of those changes are, what other firms have already done and how you can mindfully cope with the changes you will have to make yourself.

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Free Legal Advice

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:27:39 -0500

What is a Founder Agreement (FA)? When a startup company comes into existence, it requires a set of rules between the founders/promoters of that company. "Founder Agreement" is a contract which is drawn between the founders/promoters of a company on key issues in regards to their company.

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Comparison of Minorites Shareholders Rights Under Companies Act 1956 and 2013

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:48:54 -0500

Sec 397 to 409 of companies Act 1956 lays down provision in order to safeguard the interest of shareholders & oppressive act of majority shareholders. Principle of natural justice works under this, it is so necessary because in general "the will of the majority prevails". They control he maximum decisions of the company because of which minority dragged automatically. They misuse their power to exploit the rights of minority. In such a case a proper balance of rights of majority & minority shareholders is essential for the smooth functioning of the company.

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Indian Laws and HIV/AIDS Patients

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:27:01 -0500

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the breakdown of the immune system. It is the final stage of HIV infection, where severe damage is done to the immune system and leads to fatal infections. This article represents the scenario/legal status of the Aids community whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of the society.

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What to Do If the New Car You Bought Is a Lemon

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:57:03 -0500

One of worst nightmares of any newly bought car owner is to discover that the vehicle is not working as it was supposed to. If the car you purchased is a so called "lemon", read the following article and find out what to do.

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The Advantages Of Working With Bail Bonds Agent

Fri, 05 May 2017 08:56:01 -0500

In order to properly deal with your bail bonds, it is best to work with agents. These agents can provide the best features that can accommodate your needs.

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Power of Attorney - What Are the Benefits?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:19:21 -0500

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a document that will state the name of the person who has the power to act on your behalf when they conduct any important transactions for you. The person who is acting in your behalf is referred to as the attorney-in-fact. When utilizing the power of attorney the attorney-in-fact is expected to act with complete integrity and honesty. The most important benefit of being an attorney-in-fact is the relationship of trust that you build with the one gives them the power of attorney.

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498A - A Ground Reality

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:01:32 -0500

The rationalization, which feminists give, when someone talks about misuse of 498A is that all laws are misused. And it is no big issue that the 498A is misused. This rationalization is nothing different of those people who take advantage of other less privileged. Due to this obtuse reasoning (or lack of it), they have been able to derail discussions around any changes in the existing law even when there is a detailed Law Commission report (243rd volume) on misuse of 498A.

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Challenges Faced By CS in Annual Return Filing

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:32:36 -0500

It is a well-known fact that 'annual filing fever' grips all CS (Company Secretary) offices during October & November after corporates hold their AGMs and due dates are triggered for filing of audited financial statements and annual return. However this year, filing has reached a 'feverish' pace and pitch thanks to the late release of e-forms under the new Companies Act, 2013 and also repeated revisions of the same. This has thrown several challenges at CS offices as well as corporates struggling to understand and fill the information correctly.

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Extraterritorial Application of Competition Law

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:28:31 -0500

This article describes the significane of competition law policies both nationally and internationally; the risks involved in individual competition especially engaging in cross-broader trade activity. It insists upon the need for an effective competition policy at international level and provides possible solution to reduce abuse.

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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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Trademark Registration for Machines and Machines Product

As we know, Trademark registration offers businesses to claim full control of their unique brand name and guards against misuse and violation. With the trademark registration, one can surely promote business brands. Trademark Application has listed under 45 different classes which are based on the nature of the business activity. In this article, we will discuss Trademark Class 7 which connects to the business of Machinery and Machinery Tools Know about Trademark A trademark can be a...

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Finding a Perfect Divorce Lawyer

If you and your spouse are moving for a divorce, it is ideal to hire the lawyer. If you and your spouse are moving for a divorce, it is ideal to hire the lawyer. The lawyers will have their own specialization in this field. For matters about family, you should hire the family lawyer Singapore. These lawyers will be an expert in the family law and will process the documents and will also provide family counseling. If any of you are feeling depressed, sad, and feels like alone then you can go...

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A Guide to Winning Custody of Your Child

Life can present many challenges, one of which can involve fighting over custody of your children. The process needs to be handled carefully, as any wrongdoing or mistakes can lead to delays and possibly even the loss of custody of your child or children. Want to know what you need to do to win your child custody case? Lets outline some dos and donts that can make the case you present in court more likely to win your custody battle. Things to Do Collaborate When you are looking to gai...

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How to Advertise your Law Firm

In these days of the internet, any law firm needs to be on top and should also be visible to their potential clients and also help in retaining the existing clients. In these days of the internet, any law firm needs to be on top and should also be visible to their potential clients and also help in retaining the existing clients. When you are advertising such legal clients, you should use the most efficient and technical solution. This as we saw earlier, will help both retaining the clients an...

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How To Choose A Good Legal Service And Firm For Divorce In Singapore

There are more than 400 legal firms that can handle divorce-related cases in Singapore. To make the best of the most relevant pick and choice out of these can be a daunting task. There are more than 400 legal firms that can handle divorce-related cases in Singapore. To make the best of the most relevant pick and choice out of these can be a daunting task. However, you can undertake certain measures given below and do some research and efforts to ensure that you are hiring the most relevant and ...

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Be Honest to your Lawyer to Achieve the Desired Results

When you are going for a divorce, you can hire the services of divorce lawyer Singapore. When you are going for a divorce, you can hire the services of divorce lawyer Singapore. They will take care of the entire process and will make your divorce smooth and easy. He will take care of the technical as well as legal details of the divorce case. Dont forget, this is your life and some of it will affect your life. The divorce in Singapore by your lawyer who possesses a law degree has enough ex...

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Tips to hire the highly reputed criminal lawyers

Without intentionally sometimes one might land up in an offense. In some cases, they might even be arrested. Without intentionally sometimes one might land up in an offense. In some cases, they might even be arrested. All these are not nice and you might end up with fear. Under such circumstances, you must hire the services of criminal lawyers. When you get arrested, you might find yourself with a series of things like probations, fines, and a tainted record. Already you might not like all thes...

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How Divorce Lawyers Function

When you have decided to divorce your partner, you should contact the divorce lawyers. When you have decided to divorce your partner, you should contact the divorce lawyers. They are the legal professionals that specialize in divorce, annulment, and dissolution. These lawyers are experts in their field and will focus on the different aspects of your family and marriage such as adoption and will. For any couple who go through the divorce process, it is ideal to hire the services of the lawyers. ...

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Family Legal Services in Singapore- When You Need Them

The bulk of family disputes and cases are related to divorce and hence most people think that a divorce lawyer and a family lawyer may be the same professionals and legal service. The bulk of family disputes and cases are related to divorce and hence most people think that a divorce lawyer and a family lawyer may be the same professionals and legal service. However, divorce cases only make a part of legal issues affecting individuals and families and family lawyers/family legal services ass...

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Administration of small estates explained

A decedents property interests may pass in a number of different ways. Ownership of a jointly owned asset will pass by operation of law to a surviving joint tenant. Life insurance payable as the result of a decedents death will be paid to the designated beneficiary. Such assets are not part of the personal property of the estate for purposes of administration and are referred to as being self-administering. A fiduciary is not required in order to pass legal title to such assets. The determi...

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How Biotin Shampoo Helps New Hair Growth

Hair thinning and hair loss can be very worrisome and frightening, especially if you dont know what is causing it. While it equally effects both men and women, hair thinning and hair loss is more socially accepted for men, and frowned upon for women. The most common triggers for a change in your hair condition are hormonal imbalance, stress, iron deficiency, dramatic weight loss and age, but of course, whats happening could also be hereditary. The good news is that you no longer need to feel emb...

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The Divorce Process - How it works

When you and your partner want to end your marriage amicably then family law mediation is the alternative for the traditional proceedings. When you and your partner want to end your marriage amicably then family law mediation is the alternative for the traditional proceedings. You can hire the family law mediator who will be present until the settlement is done. Lets see here some of the cases where mediation is used. Mutual Divorce When you and your partner have mutually decided ...

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Is a Good Divorce Lawyer Needed to File for a Divorce?

When thinking of ending the marriage, many people think it as a simple process and expect it to be handled by self. When thinking of ending the marriage, many people think it as a simple process and expect it to be handled by self. If you think to get it quickly, it is important to possess knowledge on several factors that play a vital role. In Singapore, there are increasing numbers of divorce cases in the past few years. This has rained the demand for family divorce lawyers in the country...

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How a Criminal Lawyer Works and How to Find the Right Person

A criminal lawyer is a person who is adept at handling criminal cases. The primary role of these lawyers is to review evidence and prepare an effective defense strategy. A criminal lawyer is a person who is adept at handling criminal cases. The primary role of these lawyers is to review evidence and prepare an effective defense strategy. These lawyers work as defense lawyers or prosecutors. When you hire a defense lawyer they will advise you on your case and will help you with how to proceed wi...

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How to Match a Lawyer for your Divorce Case?

Finding legal help is always welcomed in a couple who has decided to terminate the marriage. Finding legal help is always welcomed in a couple who has decided to terminate the marriage. In Singapore, the divorce process is complex and requires knowledge of various factors. If such a situation arises in life, it is best to take legal help from experts to handle this stressful and unnerving situation. For this, it is important to easily figure out who is the best lawyer in your city for your case...

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Is CBD Legal in North Carolina?

Is CBD Oil Legal in North Carolina? - CBD Roadmap in North Carolina Hemp-derived CBD products are becoming more commonly available in North Carolina. - People use different types of CBD, including edibles, capsules, and CBD oils. - The cannabis industry is only starting at NC, but the CBD market does not seem to be up and running as a result. - Hemp products sold in the country must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. - In the last few years, the hemp processing plant has opened, bri...

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A Detailed Guide on Expat Divorce in Singapore

Are you an expat or a foreigner living in Singapore and look to terminate the marriage? In this situation, it is important to know the law for the expat to divorce and conditions. Are you an expat or a foreigner living in Singapore and look to terminate the marriage? In this situation, it is important to know the law for the expat to divorce and conditions. It is hard to gather details on complex family law in Singapore for expat and due to this, hire expat lawyer. In past years, a divorce invo...

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Can a Top Divorce Lawyer Prevent a Divorce or Get it Done in a Day?

When it comes to end the marriage it should be done properly. This helps people to either prevent a divorce or get it done in a few days without much stress and cost involved. When it comes to end the marriage it should be done properly. This helps people to either prevent a divorce or get it done in a few days without much stress and cost involved. For this, a top divorce lawyer is recommended to make the proper research on the case and present all the possible options as per the law of Singap...

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Understand Singapore Family Law Divorce in Detail

With increasing cases of divorce in Singapore, knowledge of the process of divorce is important for everyone. With increasing cases of divorce in Singapore, knowledge of the process of divorce is important for everyone. This helps to understand the actual reasons why couples are separating and the real cause of increasing divorce cases being filed each year. It is experienced that marriages with no children or property enlargement are less complex over with children and properties. No matter wh...

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Divorce coach - An alternative to litigation in Divorce

Divorce is an extremely stressful process that couples find when ending the marriage. Divorce is an extremely stressful process that couples find when ending the marriage. This is a long-lasting legal process that becomes more complicated when children and marital property are involved. For couples who have decided to file for separation has to go through litigation that is embarrassing and expensive. People now look for the alternative and has given rise to divorce coach. People mostly avoid f...

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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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Vermont Department of Economic Development announces new hire

Brittany Nevins named Vermont Captive Insurance Economic Development Director

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The President’s Executive Orders Promise Drug Price Reform: But Will...

Drug pricing is a hot-button topic in the upcoming election as the president and lawmakers promise change, but nothing happens. Life Sciences consulting firm Innopiphany explains where the difference...

(PRWeb September 30, 2020)

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added two nationally-recognized data privacy and security attorneys from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) to the firm’s Global Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice....

(PRWeb September 30, 2020)

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IntegriDATA Introduces Dependent Payment Automation with New Wire...

Wire Chains for IntegriDATA CashWire automates complex wire dependencies for hedge funds and private equity

(PRWeb September 30, 2020)

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Qorus Wins Multiple G2 Awards for High Performance and Best Support

Qorus, a global provider of RFP and proposal management software, has once again received recognition for its high performance and excellent support from G2.com, a leading online business solution...

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Law Ruler Announces Secure Integration with Microsoft Office 365 Suite...

Law Ruler has announced the October release of its highly-anticipated and ultra-secure document integration with the Microsoft Office 365 suite for law firms, which includes cloud and desktop...

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Financial Poise™ Announces "Bad Debtor Owes Me Money!" a New...

This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter™ and part of the "Restructuring, Insolvency & Troubled Companies" series. It will feature Thad Wilson (King & Spalding); Jonathan...

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Littman Krooks Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in New York for 2020

Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA®, AEP® (Distinguished), Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., and Marion M. Walsh, Esq., partners in the law firm Littman Krooks LLP, have been named by Super Lawyers...

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Surety Bond Authority Launches Its Streamlined Surety Bond Services in...

For over 30 years, the company has been offering surety bonds designed to meet the changing needs of various businesses and individual professionals. Surety Bond Authority announced today that it has...

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Robinson Bradshaw Opens Office in Raleigh, North Carolina

Robinson Bradshaw is pleased to announce the opening of its Raleigh office. This is the firm’s fourth office in the Carolinas.

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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AAAAI’s School Asthma and Allergy Bill Passes the House of...

The bill, based on the AAAAI’s School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™), will now move on to the Senate.

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Innovative Keynote Speakers and Diverse Education Sessions Headline...

The International Trademark Association has lined up two dynamic keynote speakers and a diverse slate of upwards of 100 other presenters from 20 countries for its upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting &...

(PRWeb September 29, 2020)

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Trick or Treating Will Be Allowed in Pennsylvania this Halloween, The...

Understand the laws as trick-or-treating will still take place in Pennsylvania this year.

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Elizabeth Colón of Metaphrasis Wins Daily Herald Business...

Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC CEO Elizabeth Colón was one of several honorees honored during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. The...

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Edge Legal Marketing Named in the Top Three PR Agencies in New York...

Edge's fourth time being recognized in New York Law Journal’s Best Of Survey

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Greenberg Traurig’s Jana E. Harris, Ph.D. to Speak on Boston Bar...

Jana E. Harris, Ph.D., an Intellectual Property and Technology Practice associate in the Boston office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will be a speaker on the Boston Bar Association’s...

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Greenberg Traurig's Mark Tratos & Sabina Vayner to Speak at...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Mark G. Tratos and Of Counsel Sabina A. Vayner will present at the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries...

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Compliance readiness for TCPA STIR/SHAKEN and Call Blocking to be...

Convoso joins legal/industry experts for virtual panel discussion regarding impact of STIR/SHAKEN and various Call Blocking efforts on call center operators. Forum scheduled for Sept 30 at 4:30pm ET...

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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CARES Act Forbearance: Mortgage Impacts

What benefits are available for your mortgage under the CARES Act? The Law Office of Michael A Ziegler: Debt Fighters gives the details to know your rights.

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Claira Announces Loan Contract Understanding & Analysis to Better...

As the commercial lending market continues to prove challenging, Claira’s next-gen AI provides in-depth contract analysis & loan covenant understanding enabling clients to more accurately manage...

(PRWeb September 28, 2020)

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Denton Peterson Dunn Reached a Settlement of $1.5 million in...

The Arizona employment lawyers at Denton Peterson Dunn successfully litigated a case where sales employees at a local tech company were allegedly denied overtime pay. Employees received an average of...

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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ERLC President Russell Moore Affirms Amy Coney Barrett as SCOTUS...

Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, affirmed President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney...

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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Uptime Legal’s JurisPage Brand Launches Comprehensive Marketing...

The industry’s first ever all-in-one digital marketing program for law firms.

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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Catafago Fini LLP Defeats Class Certification of Meal Break and Wage...

Catafago Fini Scores Big Win For Client Accused of Depriving Dozens of Employees of Wages

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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Passing of Williams and Williams Law Group, PLLC Founder Jason...

Williams & Williams Law Group, PLLC Statement on the passing of their Founder and former Federal Prosecutor Jason Williams, Paralegal Rita Nixon and the passing of Justice of the United States...

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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Merino Yebri LLP Sues Denny’s, Alleging Former Server Was Fired For...

Denny's Employee Alleges She Was Fired After Reporting That Denny's Lied About COVID-19 Temperature Test Results And Ordered Servers With High Fevers To Continue To Serve Customers

(PRWeb September 26, 2020)

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Lerner and Rowe Supports The Boys and Girls Club of the Valley: Warner...

100% of funds generated by the Fore The Kids Charity Golf Tournament will go towards helping individual and communal needs of children in the Greater Phoenix area.

(PRWeb September 25, 2020)

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Greenberg Traurig Sponsors, Participates in Virtual CCWC Annual Career...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is sponsoring the Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s (CCWC) 16th Annual Career Strategies Conference. Shareholders Johnine P. Barnes, Nikki Lewis Simon, and...

(PRWeb September 25, 2020)

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Attorney Aaron D. Boeder named to Law...

Law Bulletin Media announced the 2020 Forty Under 40 class during a virtual happy hour on September 24, 2020.

(PRWeb September 25, 2020)

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Black and Missing Foundation Urges Parents to Increase Child Internet...

Child internet safety is important now more than ever, and we must educate ourselves and our children about the cycle of online child sexual abuse in order to prevent more victims. As our children are...

(PRWeb September 25, 2020)

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Avenu Insights & Analytics Launches the Clearview Justice Portal

Cutting-edge digital innovation offers safer and more efficient constituent-facing processes

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Signature Resolution Expands Nationwide with Virtual Mediation...

Leading Dispute Resolution Firm Now Offers Arbitration, Mediation and ADR Services Across the United States

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Rosenfeld Firm Compels Court to Reconsider Client’s Early Release

A man with brain damage who avoided receiving a life sentence without parole in 2019 for attempted murder might have his sentence further amended, due to the intervention of mental health criminal...

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ALM Intelligence Launches New Professional Services Research

ALM Intelligence Pacesetter Research explores the shifting dynamics and convergence of services delivery across Advisory Firms, Consultancies, Insurers, Law Firms, Technology, and other types of...

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Greenberg Traurig Minneapolis Shareholders Stephen R. Baird and...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a sponsor of the 2020 Midwest IP Institute on October 1-2, 2020. Stephen R. Baird and Alexander J. Kim, Intellectual Property and Technology shareholders in...

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Matthew F. Bruno Invited to Rutgers School of Public Health’s Dean’s...

Matthew F. Bruno, an associate in the New Jersey office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been invited to join Rutgers School of Public Health’s Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC).

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Greenberg Traurig’s Ernest Greer Speaks at Wiley W. Manuel Bar...

Ernest L. Greer, co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will speak at the Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association’s (WMBA) Legal Fusion 2020: Black Lives Matter event taking place September 24. WMBA, an...

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Fatal Collision Involving Wheelchair-bound Pedestrian Highlights...

The Los Angeles personal injury firm comments on a recent article warning against negligent driving, especially during times of reduced visibility.

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Long Island Law Firm Announces Continuation Following Founder’s Death...

Mr. Migliore’s son will run the Long Island based firm representing a wide array of individuals injured or harmed by negligence or dangerous...

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Content Pilot Launches CP Brand Aid to provide pro bono branding...

Content Pilot invites nonprofit organizations serving North Texas to apply for a free brand makeover through the CP Brand Aid pro bono initiative.

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New Research from The Trevor Project Assesses Suicide Risk Factors for...

Fears of detention and deportation are strongly associated with greater risk of attempting suicide.

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Greenberg Traurig Sponsors, Nikki Lewis Simon Speaks at ACC...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP sponsored the 2020 Good Lawyers to Great Lawyers Strategic Professional Development Virtual Retreat. The three-day event, Sept. 21-23, hosted by the Association...

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Greenberg Traurig's Steven Fleissig Elected to ACMA Board of...

Steven Fleissig, real estate shareholder in global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP’s New Jersey office, has been elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys’ (ACMA) Board of Regents.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Kemal Hawa Moderates the TMT M&A Forum 2020

Kemal Hawa, a shareholder at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will moderate a panel at the TMT M&A Forum 2020.

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Charles Birenbaum is the Keynote Speaker for the Argyle Digital Human...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Charles Birenbaum will be the keynote speaker at the Argyle Digital Human Resources California Forum on September 24, 2020.

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Greenberg Traurig Releases New Episode of...

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP released a new episode of the Legal Environmental Insights Podcast, “How Equine Law is Hurdling COVID-19,” as part of its “Getting Through” mini-series focused...

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Global Court Reporting Company Acquires Legal Sales Talent in Key...

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CobbleStone Recognized in Contract Lifecycle Management Software...

CobbleStone Software, a leader in contract lifecycle management software, is pleased to announce its recognition by Forrester Research, Inc. in its report, titled “Now Tech: Contract Lifecycle...

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Lex Machina Announces Updated COVID-19 Tracking Tools

Nearly 4,000 cases have been filed in federal district court due to COVID-19 since January 1st; Insurance, contracts, and employment are the most prevalent practice areas.

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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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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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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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High Court clears former London cop of blowing up his holiday home. Also, should juries in child sex-abuse trials hear about prior convictions?

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The High Court of Australia has ordered the immediate acquittal and release of Queensland man Eamonn Coughlan who was serving a jail sentence for arson and attempted fraud. And, new laws to be introduced that will broaden what evidence a jury can hear in child sex-abuse trials.

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Legal diversity in Malaysia

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Malaysia's complex politics and legal systems are shaped by the nation's ethnic and religious diversity. How religious and government authorities categorise you can have a huge impact on your life. Meet a Muslim feminist slam poet, a Hindu mother who won a landmark court case, a transgender activist and a government minister.

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Former Facebook moderator sues social media giant for PTSD

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 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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The High Court rules Indigenous people can't be 'aliens'. Plus, is illegally obtained evidence allowed in court?

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Can persons of Aboriginal heritage who are not citizens be deported? In the cases of Brendan Thoms and Daniel Love, the majority of the High Court says no. And, the High Court rules that illegally obtained video evidence of serious animal cruelty is not admissible in a prosecution involving the training of greyhounds. Why?

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Bushfire smoke, air pollution and the law

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The impact of this summer's bushfires has been devastating. What is less clear are the health consequences of smoke inhalation and the legal implications for employers. Some recent Australian and international court cases may provide a guide.

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Two Queensland Court decisions involving workplace injuries.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +1100

The case of the Gold Coast sales assistant injured in a jewellery store robbery and the case of the Brisbane teacher who was injured falling from a rope-swing while on a school trip to Vanuatu.

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Do Victorian committals deliver fair and fast justice?

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Unlike other states, it's common for victims of crime to give evidence at a Victorian committal hearing. The state's Law Reform Commission is currently considering how well this system works. While victim advocates want big changes, defence lawyers say committals are an important filter.

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Youth justice, Maori style

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Sit in on a Rangatahi, one of the Maori Youth Courts of New Zealand. Find out how they compare to Indigenous courts in Australia.

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No handcuffs, no uniform: a different approach to youth justice

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +1100

Come on a tour of Korowai Manaaki Youth Residence in Auckland. Meet the troubled young offenders and the people who care for them. What can we learn from NZ and what can they learn from us?

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A selfie, credit card and CCTV: a burglar's digital trail

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:30:00 +1100

It was a case of 'guilty by social media' when a burglar's twelve day, $58,000 crime spree was brought undone by his glaring digital fingerprints.

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The dog helping survivors give harrowing evidence

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 17:30:00 +1100

In an Australian first highly trained Labradors are supporting vulnerable witnesses in Victorian criminal trials.

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Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:30:00 +1100

A global study across 135 countries by the International Bar Association has found that bullying and sexual harassment is widespread in the legal profession. The report makes a number of recommendations to change the culture and work environment in the law office. NB* This program was first broadcast 20 August 2019.

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Legal aid in bushfire zones, and private security firms helping family violence survivors

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:30:00 +1100

As bushfires sweep across NSW, emergency services continue to battle the blazes. In areas where the immediate danger has passed there are a range of other organisations supporting those affected, including giving legal advice. Also, how and why family violence services use private security companies to protect vulnerable women. New research is highlighting the benefits and the risks.

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Australia's first school lawyer

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:30:00 +1100

Meet the first in-house school lawyer in Australia. Vincent Shin provides legal advice to students and their families who attend a Victorian school.

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How Australia, Canada assess asylum seekers' claims for refugee status

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:30:00 +1100

How does a public servant decide whether someone is a refugee? And is it better to grant an asylum seeker protection when they don't need it, or to deny them protection when they do?

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High Court to decide Akon Guode infanticide, murder sentence anomaly

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:30:00 +1100

How should you punish someone who has committed two very different crimes at the same time? That's the dilemma before the High Court, which is considering extending the prison term of a Melbourne woman who killed three of her seven children by driving her car into a lake.

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The culture gap in the law

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:30:00 +1100

If you fill a law firm or court room with more lawyers from a wider range of backgrounds, will it automatically become a more inclusive one to work in? Panel discussion organised by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and the Muslim Legal Network held at Ashurst Melbourne.

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Radio on the inside

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:30:00 +1100

National Prison Radio, the world's first national 24 hour radio station produced by and for prisoners beams into all jail cells across England and Wales.

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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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