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4 data security considerations for GCs when engaging contract lawyers

Contract management. Compliance updates. Discovery responses. Intellectual property portfolio management. These rote, often-time-consuming tasks can all be part of an in-house counsel’s day-to-day schedule. The problem? Many can devolve into costly time sinks for a legal department’s salaried talent.


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Chemerinsky: Will SCOTUS consider it cruel and unusual punishment to prosecute homeless people for sleeping in public?

Can a city make it a crime for unhoused people to sleep in public if there are no other places for them to go? On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this issue in City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson, a case of enormous interest to the many cities that are struggling with burgeoning populations of unhoused people.


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Incarceration series includes female inmates but doesn't tell full story

I was hopeful that Max’s Justice, USA, a six-part documentary series about Tennessee’s criminal justice system, would deliver its marketing promise of a “compelling, insider’s view of Nashville’s criminal justice system.” Sadly, it fell short.


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Legal research tools in the age of generative AI

A little over a year ago, ChatGPT-4 was released, and in that short time, the functionality of generative artificial intelligence has been added to many of the tools that we regularly use in our day-to-day workflows. From research and brainstorming to data analysis and translation, generative AI is changing how work gets done.


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How client service has changed with emergence of generative artificial intelligence

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Jamie Berry, the president of Evolver Legal Services, an e-discovery and litigation support services company.


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Should lawyers always practice 'by the book'?

I recall as a kid growing up in Montreal, we had difficulties with a next-door neighbor. Among other things, Madame Poirier owned a large mut, Roger, which she allowed the run of the land. This included Roger doing his business on our land. It often led to confrontations with my mother, as Madame Poirier insisted that Roger was just doing what dogs do.


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5 tips for law firms to incorporate DEI best practices in 2024

Many law firms are seeking to increase diversity, equity, inclusion accessibility and belonging within their team (collectively, “DEI”).


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New true-crime docuseries sheds light on how polygraph tests are misused

Recently, my wife mentioned watching American Nightmare, a new Netflix true-crime documentary. Numerous other folks told me that I had to watch and report. Couple that with the program having 21.4 million views shortly after it was released, I figured that it was a three-part documentary worth digging into. Warning: Spoilers ahead.


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What's new in document automation for lawyers?

If the legal work your firm handles involves lots of document creation, then you would benefit from document automation software. It facilitates quick and easy document assembly by creating templates that reduce redundant data entry.


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Do you know who your legal recruiter is?

As 2024 begins, so does the business of legal recruiting. And not surprisingly, we have already seen numerous transfers of law firm partners and groups. The market also anticipates several more major firm mergers this year. As we start this new year, I would like to broach the question, do you know who your legal recruiter is?


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