TorrentFreak: Court Excoriates ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer and Adds $100,000 in Sanctions

TorrentFreak: Court Excoriates ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer and Adds $100,000 in Sanctions. “Copyright lawyer Richard Liebowitz has, once again, been sanctioned by a New York federal court. In a scathing order, the court sums up the attorney’s ‘deplorable record’ which includes violating court orders and lying under oath. For his most recent wrongdoings, Liebowitz must pay over $100,000 in sanctions and also risks his right to practice in the district.”

Public Radio Tulsa: New Pro Bono Portal Aims to Connect Legal Services Organizations with Clients

Public Radio Tulsa: New Pro Bono Portal Aims to Connect Legal Services Organizations with Clients. “A new website will help organizations offering free legal services connect with clients in need of civil representation. The Oklahoma Pro Bono Opportunity Portal launched Monday. It’s a partnership between justice tech company Paladin and the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation.”

Wisconsin Law Journal: New ABA pro bono portal connects lawyers with volunteer opportunities

Wisconsin Law Journal: New ABA pro bono portal connects lawyers with volunteer opportunities. “The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program and Paladin, a justice tech company, launched the national disaster relief pro bono portal on Thursday. The online database is free to use. Lawyers can filter by practice area, community, type of engagement and ability to work remotely. Current highlighted opportunities include COVID-19 relief, Puerto Rico earthquake relief, FEMA and federal, and disaster-related unemployment.”

Afternoon Briefs: Find COVID-19 resources on new ABA website; law firms aid coronavirus fight (ABA Journal)

ABA Journal: Afternoon Briefs: Find COVID-19 resources on new ABA website; law firms aid coronavirus fight. “The ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic is providing lawyers with resources on a new website. The online clearinghouse includes information on emerging legal issues, court access, public benefits, practice tools and pro bono mobilization.”

Government Technology: Vermont Attorneys Leverage Open Source Expungement Plug-In

Government Technology: Vermont Attorneys Leverage Open Source Expungement Plug-In. “A Vermont Code for America brigade, Code for BTV, designed a Google Chrome extension to scrape data from criminal dockets found on the state’s legacy court database to autofill expungement and record sealing petitions.”

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation . “Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.”

US News & World Report: U.S. News Considers Evaluating Law School Scholarly Impact

US News & World Report: U.S. News Considers Evaluating Law School Scholarly Impact. “U.S. News & World Report is expanding its Best Law Schools data collection with the goal of creating a new ranking that would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the U.S. The intent is to analyze each law school’s scholarly impact based on a number of accepted indicators that measure its faculty’s productivity and impact using citations, publications and other bibliometric measures.”

Web 100: Get informed, be entertained and maybe even transform your practice with tech (ABA Journal)

Thanks Jonathan B. for tipping me off this one from the ABA Journal: Web 100: Get informed, be entertained and maybe even transform your practice with tech . “How so, exactly? For the first time, the ABA Journal’s extensive favorites list has added a web tools category that includes apps, subscription services and other digital solutions to help lawyers with their daily grind—or help provide greater access to justice. The 2018 Web 100 comprises our 20 favorite web tools, joined with 35 timely and thoughtful blogs, 20 entertaining and informative podcasts, and 25 fun and useful Twitter accounts.” Click on the titles of the tool listings (like “Best law blogs of 2018”) to get to the annotated lists.

New York Law Journal: Creative Uses of Social Media in Litigation

New York Law Journal: Creative Uses of Social Media in Litigation. “Social media evidence is not only about using it in a personal injury action to impeach the injured party’s testimony as to what caused the accident or his or injuries; it can be used by defendants against the ‘poster’ in many other types of litigations. As the recent decisions discussed below make clear, counsel simply needs to be creative and ‘think outside of the box’ as to how to effectively utilize social media. Social media is also frequently the basis for defamation claims, and where public posts go too far, as in Carey v. Ripp, 2018 NYLJ LEXIS 2405 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co. July 16, 2018), a court may order the destruction, deletion and/or removal of defamatory information in defendant’s possession, custody and control, including posts on defendant’s Facebook page.”

New York Times: Is Facebook Just a Platform? A Lawyer to the Stars Says No

New York Times: Is Facebook Just a Platform? A Lawyer to the Stars Says No. “Paul Tweed made his name suing news organizations like CNN, Forbes and The National Enquirer on behalf of Hollywood movie stars, winning high-profile cases for celebrities like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake by hopscotching among Belfast, London and Dublin to take advantage of their favorable defamation or privacy laws. So it was telling last year when Mr. Tweed stopped by the Dublin office of a lawyer for Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants — many of which keep their non-United States headquarters in Ireland for tax reasons — with some half-playful questions.”

New Jersey Law Journal: Increasingly, Courts Scrutinizing Lawyers’ Social Media Activity

New Jersey Law Journal: Increasingly, Courts Scrutinizing Lawyers’ Social Media Activity. “The recent New Jersey case of a lawyer whose excuse for missing a filing deadline was proved false by vacation photos she posted on Instagram is part of a growing body of cases in which lawyers and judges faced scrutiny over their social media postings. A federal judge in Newark ordered New York attorney Lina Franco to pay $10,000 in sanctions on April 26 after a sharp-eyed defense lawyer noticed that her personal Instagram page showed her vacationing in Miami on the week she was supposed to submit a motion in a wage-and-hour case. Franco told the court she missed the deadline because she was caring for her ailing mother.”

International Labour Organization: ILO launches online access to legal research and training for developing countries

International Labour Organization: ILO launches online access to legal research and training for developing countries. “The ILO and a group of academic partners have launched a programme to provide free or inexpensive access to legal information and training to promote research in low- and middle income countries and help strengthen the rule of law. The programme, known as GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will give users in more than 115 developing countries access to a wide range of essential legal information for their work and studies that they would not normally be able to obtain.”

Lawyers Weekly: Global launches ‘groundbreaking’ anti-bribery tool

Lawyers Weekly: Global launches ‘groundbreaking’ anti-bribery tool. “A global law firm has launched a new tool which promises to put key aspects of worldwide anti-corruption laws at the users’ fingertips and consequently distil the ‘complex web’ of global anti-bribery laws in one easy, digestible format.”