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Schrems & The Collapse of Safe Harbor: What Are The Alternatives to EU Data Collection? [Video]

In the second part of a Front-Line interview, Jo Sherman, CEO, EDT, shares her views on how organizations can comply with new EU regulations in the context of the recent Schrems decision, and the collapse of safe harbor. As...more

Courts Reject Protection for Corporate Investigations, but Offer Helpful Guidance: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described two cases rejecting defendant's protection claims for internal investigations. In each case, the court held that the defendant undertook its investigation in the ordinary course of its...more

Legal Advice Privilege In The Context Of A Regulatory Investigation

In this case report, we consider the decision of the High Court in Property Alliance Group Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2015] EWHC 3187 (Ch) (5 November 2015). In the latest in a series of procedural decisions in...more

Advice for the Lawyer Who Hates Business Development

I believe many—if not most—lawyers choose to attend law school in part because they hate the idea of having to sell something. They go to law school to learn about the complex system of laws and rules and the subtleties of...more

Thanksgiving Checklist for your International Depositions

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, reminding us to count our blessings in all areas of our lives. There are blessings tucked into our professional as well as personal lives, whether it be the good fortune to work with...more

How I started my Law Practice Over at 40

Ten years ago this fall I started my first law firm. I’m turning 40 next month and now, after ten years of practicing mostly family law, I’m doing the unthinkable… ...more

What is the impact of longer hours on lawyer satisfaction?

Every lawyer, law professor, law student, and legal commentator has an opinion on this question. Today we can test our views against actual data. ...more

Gastronomic Benefits of International Depositions

As mentioned in previous blogs, international depositions provide prime opportunities to expand your cultural horizons and tap into your inner Magellan. If you aren’t attending your depositions overseas via videoconference,...more

Enjoining The Correct Spelling

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about Judge Leigh Martin May had issued a ruling enjoining a SEC administrative proceeding. Presumably, Judge May has or will issue an injunction. This leads me to question why the verb is...more

iPhone Tips and Tricks: Customizing and Time Saving Tips

With its sleek style and easy navigation it’s no wonder Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones out there. With all the features it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But, there are some not-so-obvious features that...more

FAQ This! Identify Your Next Best Writing Ideas in 5 Simple Steps...

How to come up with six new, substantial writing ideas and build the beginnnings of an editorial calendar. Couldn't be simpler...more

How to prevent data theft from lost devices

Technology can be a blessing and a curse for attorneys. While technology enables attorneys to be able to conduct business on the go, it also puts client and firm data at risk. In the United States, someone loses a cellphone...more

Date Your Way to Cross-Selling Success

Earlier this year, a CMO friend asked for help designing and delivering a two-hour session on business development at the annual women partners’ retreat. Business development had been a topic at every retreat for a number of...more

Access Requirements for Depositions in Japan

As mentioned in previous blogs, depositions in Japan are permitted only at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka. The Japanese Embassy and Consulate have strict requirements in place regarding...more

How Being a Door Lawyer is Killing Your Chance at Success (Part 2)

In last week’s article I shared with you how taking every case that comes your way is hurting your law practice and your life. I also shared with you how to build out your law practice business model, if you don’t want...more

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…Bar Results

Twice a year a huge knot forms in my stomach in anticipation of bar results. Even though I am not awaiting my bar results, I am still anxious for the thousands of law students who are. Here are some things to take into...more

21 Things to Tell Your Testifying Witness

Before your friendly witness is called to the stand, you should go over some general guidelines with him or her. This is particularly true of inexperienced witnesses, but it can’t hurt to review these admonitions even with...more

"But we have a solid legal case, right?"

Business people with legal disputes often expect that when their legal position is very strong, litigating it to victory should be relatively quick and painless. That’s often not the case, however, as illustrated by a recent...more

Bryan Garner of LawProse discusses interviewing the Supreme Court justices w/ @HsuUntied [Video]

Today, my guest is Bryan Garner, Founder & President of LawProse, Inc. and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, who has personally interviewed nine Supreme Court Justices on writing and oral...more

Benefits of Social Media for Court Reporters

It’s no secret that social media has become a basic tool for survival – personally as well as professionally. It has certainly changed our lives dramatically over the last ten or so years. For instance, I’m 25, so I started...more

JDB 077: How Can a Solo Lawyer Compete with the Big Law Firms?

The numbers just don’t add up. How can a solo attorney or a small firm really believe that they can compete with the big law firms and their big advertising budgets and in-house marketing departments?...more

Embrace Change and Reap the Rewards

There seems to be a theme with our clients these past few months: change. We have three different clients who recently hired new CMOs, and there are significant changes in the managing partner and chairman roles of law firms....more

How Being a Door Lawyer is Killing Your Chance at Success

A few years ago, Jill Gregory was a door lawyer. What that meant is that she took any kind of case that came in the door. She thought she had to, in order to pay the bills. That also meant she had to work all the time...more

EEOC Joins Office of U.S. Attorney, Bar Association and U.S. District Court in Continuing Legal Education Seminar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will join several other government and educational entities in a continuing legal education seminar (CLE) on Nov. 12 at...more

Part IV: Alumni Surveys, The Varied Career Paths of Law School Graduates

This is Part IV of a blog series that focuses on alumni surveys based on data for Northeastern Law alumni who graduated between 1971 and 2012 (n = 833, 21% response rate). Prior posts covered data related to the pre-law...more

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