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Holiday Party Liability Prevention Checklist: Best Practices For Employers
Posted on 11-18-2017 by Sarah Patrick

By: Lexis Practice Advisor Team This checklist provides best practices and considerations for private employers when hosting holiday parties for their employees. While there are benefits to holiday parties, such as employee camaraderie and improved... Read More

Tags: labor and employment , human resources , holidays , checklist , holiday party liability

“We Spoke, USCIS Listened”
Posted on 11-17-2017 by Mshahlaw

By Hermione Krumm, Esq. and Sami Haidar - Mona Shah Global USCIS Immigrant Investor Program (IPO) Acting Chief Julia Harrison, Senior Advisor for Economics Jan Lyons and Division Chief of Adjudications Richard Murry met with EB-5 stakeholders twice... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , investment , Immigration

Insider Trading: Equifax Says No
Posted on 11-17-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Board Report Says Execs Unaware of Breach A report from the Equifax board of directors states that none of the four executives who traded shares of the company was aware of the breach, and the trades followed company policy. The board concluded no... Read More

Tags: insider trading , Data Breach

New Associate Newsletter: November 2017
Posted on 11-11-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Beat procrastination, work-life balance tips, grab a chance to work in big law, deal with cranky clients. Stop Putting It Off—Get It Done Today Unless you’re among the 5% of people who don’t procrastinate, you need some motivation... Read More

Tags: Associates , graduates , law school graduates , new associates

The Unlisted Ingredient in Your Honey: The Impact of Pesticides in Bees and Humans
Posted on 11-11-2017 by Robins Cloud

The EPA is reviewing the use of neonicotinoids and proposing bans on spraying them in fields where bees have been brought in to pollinate a crop. By: Heather Williams of Robins Cloud LLP Pesticides. Some say a necessary evil. They help protect... Read More

Tags: food law , food , honey

Tax Reform: Law Firms Excluded
Posted on 11-11-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Professional Services Not Covered By Pass-Through Tax Rate The specifics of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were recently unveiled to mixed reviews. A provision sure to draw the eye of law firms excludes professional service firms from a capped 25% tax rate... Read More

Tags: tax reform , tax , law firms

Artificial Intelligence Law: Recent Development - Automated Truck Rules
Posted on 11-06-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Trucks Driving Artificial Intelligence Laws The battle over the laws and regs that will govern artificial intelligence has begun. It looks like self-driving cars and trucks will be one of the first battlegrounds covering safety, interstate commerce... Read More

Tags: self-driving cars , AI , artificial intelligence

Ponzi Scheme Roundup: October 2017
Posted on 11-06-2017 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

By Kathy Bazoian Phelps Ponzi Scheme Roundup: October 2017 Below is a summary of the activity reported for October 2017. The reported stories reflect: 4 guilty pleas or convictions in pending cases; over 153 years of newly imposed sentences for... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

Your Legal Writing Resolution ... Write Better Now! Upgrade Your Legal Writing With These 11 Articles
Posted on 10-28-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Legal writing overhaul ... today (don’t wait till January to make that all-important legal writing resolution). Legal writing is the heart and soul of your legal practice. Because the machinery of the law depends on briefs, motions and complaints... Read More

Tags: legal writing , words , grammar , writing

Are Computers Smarter Than Lawyers?
Posted on 10-26-2017 by Kristin Casler

Computers can beat humans at poker . . .check. Computers can beat humans at chess . . . check. Computers can beat scientists at identifying data patterns . . .check. Clearly, artificial intelligence (AI) has a growing track record of wins over... Read More

Tags: AI , artificial intelligence

HSBC Forex Fraud: Transcripts & Other Docs
Posted on 10-26-2017 by Lextalk Staff

First Forex Rigging Banker Convicted When Mark Johnson took the stand he denied any fraud and stated there was no regulation that prevented his conduct. The jury didn’t see it that way. Mr. Johnson was convicted of defrauding bank client Cairn... Read More

Tags: fraud , bank fraud , banks

AI Is At Your Doorstep ... Why It's Critical That You Embrace It!
Posted on 10-24-2017 by Kristin Casler

Does artificial intelligence (AI) frighten you? It should. Not because of what scaremongers say AI might do—eliminate jobs or pull an I, Robot uprising—but because of what very likely will happen to your legal practice without it—obsolescence... Read More

Tags: AI , artificial intelligence

3 Musts for your legal blog that will delight your readers (and bring them back for more)
Posted on 10-24-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Not everyone is cut out to be a blogger You should know before you start if you can live up to a blog. It’s hard work and additional hours but successful bloggers do it because they believe in it. Take a look at these “Musts” to... Read More

Tags: blogging , legal blogging , blog

Delaware’s LLC Act: Case Law Developments and Updates - Complimentary Webinar / October 24th
Posted on 10-17-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Title: First State Update: 2017 Case Law Developments and Updates to Delaware’s LLC Act Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour Register Now LexisNexis®, CSC® and Potter Anderson... Read More

Tags: Delaware Limited Liability Act , Limited Liability Company , Delaware , LLC

CFPB Challenges: Courts Are Opening the Door
Posted on 10-14-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Courts Open The Door to CFPB Challenges The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had a rough summer that seems to be continuing into the fall. Several District Courts seem willing to rule on CFPB claims, giving parties more reason to take their business... Read More

Tags: CFPB , consumer financial protection bureau

Emotional Life of Lawyers: Stop Ignoring What You Feel!
Posted on 10-14-2017 by Lakeshia Ekeigwe

Emotions matter ... and your emotions will only allow you to ignore them for so long. By Lakeshia Ekeigwe Twitter / LinkedIn I once read that human beings experience everything emotionally first, logically second. We actually feel before... Read More

Tags: female lawyers , women lawyers , emotional life

“A Killer Deal” for EB-5 or a “Deal Killer”?
Posted on 10-14-2017 by Mshahlaw

By Mona Shah, ESQ. & Hermione Krumm, ESQ. Just revealed… the “last, best and final offer” for the EB-5 program from the judiciary leadership of the House and Senate. During the past few weeks, the EB-5 industry stakeholders representing... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , investment , Immigration

Words ... Lawyers Love WORDS! To Celebrate Dictionary Day (Oct. 16th), Here’s a “Wordy” List of Lawyerly Articles
Posted on 10-14-2017 by Lextalk Staff

Words & lawyers: You can’t say one without the other. Words are an integral part of the law. Arguments are built on words. Briefs are built on words. Statutes are built on ... you guessed it, words. As a tip of the hat to the wordiest... Read More

Tags: word , dictionary , words

Women Lawyers: 5 Common Issues They Face
Posted on 10-13-2017 by Lakeshia Ekeigwe

Women lawyers: These are the 5 common issues preventing you from creating a life you love. By Lakeshia Ekeigwe Twitter / LinkedIn Having worked with lawyers for over 30 years, I have had the privilege of getting to know them in ways most people... Read More

Tags: female lawyers , women lawyers

New Associate Newsletter October 2017
Posted on 10-09-2017 by Lextalk Staff

New Associates: Read about h ow leaders start a conversation, email is killing the law, the price of sleep debt, top resume tips. ‘I Need You To … ’ And Other No-No Conversation Starters Successful collaborative leaders get... Read More

Tags: Associates , graduates , law school graduates , new associates