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Planning for the Summer of 2021 as a Law Student

Planning for the Summer of 2021 as a Law Student

While there is some cause for optimism based on the present distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, despite the bureaucratic pitfalls that accompany it, law students may still wonder about what future changes await their academic journeys, which once seemed so predictable and fit a common scheme. Unfortunately, planning for the summer of 2021 as the pandemic continues necessitates dealing with this umbrella of uncertainty. Nonetheless, as any law student would under normal circumstances, it requires a reasonable amount of planning well in advance. While there is no way of knowing the extent to which the effects of the pandemic and any resulting...

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Lawyers And Ergonomics

Lawyers And Ergonomics

In the last few decades, the practice of law has substantially changed. Computers and related technology, specifically the mobile phone, have become a vital part of the 21st-century law practice. The result is that most lawyers spend an abundant amount of time using their computers and mobile devices. While these devices are convenient and time-saving, thus improving the efficiency of the modern law practice and reducing costs, which increases profits, there are drawbacks in the ergonomic issues that are caused by constantly staring at a computer, tablet, or phone. The modern 21st Century lawyer must have a comfortable workspace and utilize...

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Developing Checklists Of Procedures For Legal Practice Issues – Part Two

Developing Checklists Of Procedures For Legal Practice Issues – Part Two

Checklists give rise to systems or processes where both represent a “process” a horizontal workflow for legal services. These processes start at some point in a law practice and conclude with some by-product deliverable to court or client. There is simply no legal practice area that would not derive any benefit from any well-established office procedure. Any process for any practice group must be well established and include everyone involved from partners to administrative assistants. Documenting these processes in writing ensures that the learning curve remains manageable and potential errors subjecting the firm to malpractice liability decrease substantially. As an example, personal injury...

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Developing Checklists Of Procedures For Legal Practice Issues – Part One

Developing Checklists Of Procedures For Legal Practice Issues – Part One

The practice of law requires a long list of procedural and analytical exercises before any client matter may move forward. While the information collected through these exercises may be overwhelming, the implementation of checklists within a law practice ensures that important information is processed, organized, and utilized effectively and efficiently. Checklists offer the following advantages: Checklists may help an attorney mitigate malpractice risks and comply with any ethical obligations. Checklists reduce the resources necessary to train employees and help orient new employees about the firm’s practices, policies, and goals. Checklists eliminate the potential for errors and avoid missing deadlines and other...

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Ten Legal Technology Trends For 2021 – Part Two

Ten Legal Technology Trends For 2021 – Part Two

Here is the second part of our blog on ten technology trends for 2021. Greater thought as to how remote work is performed 2020 saw the implementation of a new workplace model encompassing virtual meetings, mobility, collaboration, and the completion and performance of work remotely away from the office. As a result, law firms must embrace technology to make this new workplace model as seamless and practical as possible. The changes caused by the pandemic are not temporary and have pushed attorneys to create a remote experience for clients that is equal to, if not better than, the traditional office...

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Ten Legal Technology Trends For 2021 – Part One

Ten Legal Technology Trends For 2021 – Part One

As 2021 begins and lawyers scramble to adapt to the changes wrought from the COVID-19 pandemic, the development and use of technology in a legal context continues to evolve. The following is a look at ten legal technology trends in 2021. Accelerated movement to digital domains Consumers and clients are increasingly moving to the digital realm as evidenced by their behavior. Those law practices that choose to fully embrace the digital domain to interact with and attract clients are more apt to thrive than those who do not. Lawyers must ensure that new clients have the ability to discover their...

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Best Courtroom Movies – True Believer

Best Courtroom Movies – True Believer

Long before he was Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. played a young lawyer in the movie “True Believer” in support of James Woods, whose character was based on Tony Serra, a noted criminal defense attorney in California during the latter half of the 20th Century. In 1983, Serra won an acquittal for Chol Soo Lee, a Korean-American immigrant, who had been convicted of murder in 1973 and sentenced to life imprisonment in San Francisco. The film inspired a spin-off television series, Eddie Dodd, starring Treat Williams in the title role. In 1970, Serra successfully defended Black Panther leader Huey Newton in a murder trial. He had many other high-profile criminal clients including organized crime boss, Raymond...

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Important California Laws To Know – Posting Harmful Information On The Internet

Important California Laws To Know – Posting Harmful Information On The Internet

In 2010, the California legislature enacted a law to counteract certain criminal conduct on the internet. Necessitated by the growing use of technology and social media, California lawmakers have established different laws to fight internet crimes, including a statute (known as posting harmful information on the internet, California Penal Code § 653.2) prohibiting indirect harassment on the internet. This offense is typically charged as a misdemeanor. The internet presents opportunities for many people to involve themselves in different internet crimes without their knowledge. The law against indirect electronic harassment is defined under California Penal Code § 653.2 PC, which reads as...

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Attorneys, Banks, And Financial Management – The IOLTA Account

Attorneys, Banks, And Financial Management – The IOLTA Account

Because lawyers often handle their clients’ money, settlement checks, or advance payments for court costs or other expenses, they must participate in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. This is true in the State of California as well as most other jurisdictions in the United States. Any attorney who handles client funds that are too small in amount or held too briefly to earn interest for the client must use an IOLTA account for such funds. A lawyer who receives funds that belong to a client must place these funds in a trust account separate from the lawyer's personal...

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