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For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1.  3 Social Media Alerts That Can Get Lawyers in Trouble;
  2.  3 Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s Patent Venue Ruling;
  3.  4th Circuit Uses Trump’s Comments in Blocking Travel Ban;
  4.  ABA Seeks Summary Judgment in Suit Over Lawyers Dropped From Loan  Forgiveness Program;
  5.  Evaluating Databases:  Prioritizing on a Shoestring;
  6.  Five Ways to Network a Barbecue and Not Get Burned;
  7.  How I’ve Learned to Stop Arrogance from Silently Hurting My Career;
  8.  How to Avoid Burnout:  3 Secrets from Research;
  9.  How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict;
  10.  Legal Tech Download:  Courtroom Note-Passing App;
  11.  Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment;
  12.  My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours:  Part 1;
  13.  My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours:  Part 2
  14.  No Public Hearing Set for SCOTUS Budget, Again;
  15.  Plaintiffs Bar Perspective:  Ratzan Law Group’s Stuart Ratzan;
  16.  Ravel Law Unveils New Tool That Measures Law Firm Success;
  17.  The Law Firm Secondment:  Thomson Reuters Explores a New Client Strategy;
  18.  The Power Look:  Tank Tops, Tattoos and Flip-Flops;
  19.  Top Morgan Stanley Lawyer:  Legal and Compliance Belong Together;
  20.  U.S. Corporate Legal Spending Far Outpaces Rest of World; and
  21.  Wikipedia Publisher May Sue Over NSA “Upstream” Surveillance Federal Appeals  Court Rules.

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The Library’s Memorial Day Hours

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The Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library of the Charleston School of Law will be open on Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day, as a study hall only.  It will be staffed by CSOL Security.  There will be no Circulation, Help, or Reference Desk services.

Hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Regular operating hours resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

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Articles Worth Reading

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For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. 4 Boxes to Check Before Firing An Offensive Employee;
  2.  11 Ways to Get Feedback from Your Most Introverted Employee;
  3.  16 Additions to My List of Legal Startups
  4.  After Losing LSAT Lawsuit Against the ABA, Legally Blind Man Sues LSAC;
  5.  Casetext’s CARA Launches New “Brief Finder” Feature;
  6.  Former Prostitute Wins $1.7M Verdict Against Lawyer for Privacy Invasion;
  7.  Four Tips for Protecting Confidential Information on Devices;
  8.  Growing Cyber Threat Causes ABA to Issue New Guidance;
  9.  How Being Happy Is Contagious (And Why You’ll Live Longer);
  10.  Judge Sanctions New York City for Lawyer’s “Plethora” of Deposition Objections;
  11.  Metadata:  What Lawyers and Their Legal Support Need to Know;
  12.  Mouthing Off:  4 Times Bad Manners Puts Lawyers in Hot Water;
  13.  Part I:  A Brief History of Legal Research Tools, According to Someone Who  Actually Uses Them;
  14.  Part II:  Casetext Is Three Dimensional Legal Research:  Watch How a Real Lawyer  Uses It;
  15.  Podcast:  Can Appellate Outcomes Be Predicted?;
  16.  Setting the CLOC Forward on Operational Excellence
  17.  WilmerHale’s Mueller Known as the Consummate Taskmaster; and
  18.  Wolters Kluwer Launches Beta Federal Developments Knowledge Center.

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Opinions from the South Carolina Court of Appeals

 

scsupsealThe South Carolina Court of Appeals published two opinions:

In State v. Thompson, Appellants’ appealed joint convictions of homicide by child abuse (HCA) and unlawful conduct toward a child, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed Appellants’ convictions. Appellants raised three issues on appeal:  1.) Was there substantial circumstantial evidence of Mother’s guilt to justify the trial court’s denial of her directed verdict motion? 2). Was there substantial circumstantial evidence of Father’s guilt to justify the trial court’s denial of his directed verdict motion? 3. )Did the admission of photographs of Victim’s body taken at the crime scene and during his autopsy violate Rule 403, SCRE, due to their probative value being substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice? 

The Court: (1) affirmed the denial of Appellants’ respective directed verdict motions on the HCA charge because the State’s evidence was sufficient to allow a reasonable juror to find Appellants guilty of HCA beyond a reasonable doubt; (2) affirmed the denial of Appellants’ directed verdict motions on the unlawful conduct charge because the evidence was more than sufficient to show Appellants neglected Victim’s needs, placing him “at unreasonable risk of harm” affecting his health; and maliciously inflicted “bodily harm” on Victim so that his health and life were “endangered”; and (3) affirmed the trial court’s admission of the challenged photographs pursuant to Rule 403 because the photographs, while graphic, were necessary to help the jury fully understand that doctor’s testimony regarding the nature of Victim’s injuries resulting in his death.  Accordingly, the Court affirmed Appellants’ respective convictions for HCA and unlawful conduct toward a child.

In SC Public Interest Foundation v. Courson, SC Public Interest appealed the circuit court’s order denying SC Public Intere’s motion for attorney fees and costs, arguing  S.C. Code Section 15-77-300 applies to Senators John Courson, Darrell Jackson, Joel Lourie, and John L. Scott (the Senators).

The Court held that the circuit court properly denied SC Public Interest’s motion for attorney’s fees because South Carolina recognizes the longstanding doctrine of legislative immunity for legislators carrying out their legislative duties. Nothing in the plain language of state action statute indicates the General Assembly intended to waive legislative immunity; therefore, legislative immunity prevents the statute from applying to Senators.

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For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

1. 3 Secrets from Research;

2. ABA President Advocates a $450M Budget for LSC in Letter to Senate;

3. Beyond Broad Strokes:  How CLOC Broke Down the Legal Industry’s Transition;

4. Can You Tweet That?  NY Bar Updates Social Media Guidance;

5. Citepad Legal Keyboard Rolls Out a Windows Version and New Pricing;

6. Clear the Way to Better Writing:  Use a Conference to Cure a Problematic Draft;

7. Cornell Law Library’s LawArXiv Removes Paywall from Scholarship, Goes Open Source;

8. Finding Success from Failure:  The Lessons of Telstra’s Legal Innovation Forum;

9. Forget Torts.  New Nationwide Program Teaches Law Students’ About Personal Finance;

10. How Lawyers Can Use Client Data to Grow Their Practices;

11. Law Student with Felony Record and Skadden Fellowship Denied Character and Fitness Recommendation;

12. Legal Research Is Easy:  I Just Don’t Get It;

13. Renewal and Progress:  Strengthening Higher Education Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change;

14. Research Preferences of Law Students:  Print vs. e-Book;

15. Scaling Up Perma.cc:  Ensuring the Integrity of the Digital Scholarly Record;

16.  Scholarly, Meet Practice:  Developing Sustainable Legal Research Skills;

17. The “Business Judgment” Discovery Rule and its Impact on Information Governance;

18. The Care and Feeding of Law Student Research Assistants;

19. The Changing Legal Profession:  An Insider’s View of the Future of Legal Services;

20. Using Unencrypted Email in Client Communications Not Always Enough, Ethics Opinion Indicates;

21. Upsetting the Applecart of Legal Research; and

22.  Why BigLaw Won’t Change Unless Clients Demand It.

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Articles Worth Reading

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For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

1. 4 Ways Laterals can Spot a Toxic Law Firm Before Day 1;

2. 6 Ways to Energize Your Team;

3. Amazon’s Alex Can Now Track Billable Hours;

4. Are Lawyers Artistes or Shortstops:  How to Measure Performance?;

5. Grading on Operational Excellence;

6. How to Write Powerful Closers;

7. Law Schools Gone Innovating;

8. Lisa Solomon Found the Time Was Right for Her Career in Online Legal Research;

9. Primary Sources, Secondary Sources and Beyond

10. Richard Susskind on the Growing Influence of the Legal Operations Boss;

11. Startup Uses Algorithms to Help Law Students Pass the Bar or School Exams; and

12. Understanding the Digital Lives of University Students.

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Articles Worth Reading

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For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1.  4 Things Employers Should Know About “Comp Time” Bill;
  2.  4 Ways Law Firms Drive Clients Away;
  3.  Bad Puns Aside, Law School Clubs Lighten the Load;
  4.  CLOC Legal Operations Career Skills Toolkit:  Lawyers, Your Clients Value Legal-  Service Delivery Skills;
  5.  Do These 5 Things Right Now to Still Be Employable in a Decade;
  6.  Devices, Drones, Data:  What’s Next in Torts;
  7.  Five Takeaways From This Year’s AmLaw 100 Report;
  8.  How to Overcome the Fear of “Putting Yourself Out There”;
  9.  J&J Hit With $110M Verdict in Latest Mo. Talc Cancer Trial;
  10.  Law Architects:  New Legal Jobs make Technology Part of the Career Path;
  11.  North Carolina, Wisconsin Bills Would Mandate Punishment for Campus Speech  Disrupters;
  12.  Purdue’s Purchase of Kaplan Is a Big Bet–and a Sign of the Times;
  13.  Take a “Journey” Through the Justices’ Bookshelves;
  14.  United Passenger Dragged From Plane Settles With Airline; and
  15.  Who Will Regulate Flying Cars?

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