Magdalena Cuprys releases next article in the Cuprys Law Instruction Series on Cancellation of Removal for LPR's

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Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

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Cancellation of removal protects the LPR from forced Deportation/Removal, also keeping eligibility for underlying LPR status, notes Magdalena Cuprys

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Cancellation of Removal for an LPR is a defense or relief from Removal – thereby sparing the Respondent the consequences of forced Removal/Deportation from the United States.”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 20, 2019 / — In her most recent article, Magdalena Cuprys provides an overview of Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents.

Cancellation of Removal for an LPR (Lawful Permanent Resident) is a Discretionary Immigration Defense or form of Relief from Removal – thereby sparing the Respondent the consequences of forced Removal/Deportation from the United States, notes Ms. Cuprys. This form of relief is only available before a US Immigration Court after an Individual has been placed into Removal Proceedings after the Issuance of an NTA (Notice to Appear).

This form of relief not only protects the LPR (Green Card Holder) from forced Deportation/Removal, yet it also provides for eligibility to retain his/her underlying Lawful Permanent Residence status through this Application process; if found eligible by the Immigration Court.

In order to qualify for Cancellation of Removal and retain Lawful Permanent Residence status before a US Immigration Court, one must demonstrate that the individual as well as his US Citizen and LPR family members would endure extreme hardships as a result of the impending forced separation. Further, the Applicant/Foreign National must also prove the following as well as demonstrate numerous positive equities (examples listed below) which when taken in the aggregate warrant a favorable exercise of discretion by the Court:

1. Continuous Physical Presence:

You have been living continuously in the United States for at least 7 years after having been admitted in any status;

Please note that the date of Issuance of the NTA must be carefully examined, as such date officially ends one’s continuous physical presence date for Cancellation of Removal calculation purposes. Further, one must have qualified Immigration Counsel review the particular Criminal Offenses, as well as the exact dates of the offenses, which can also stop or terminate continuous presence in terms of Cancellation eligibility requirements. This is commonly known as the “Stop-Time” Rule.

2. Green Card Status:

You have been a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) for a minimum of 5 years prior to Application. The Stop-Time Rule is in most cases inapplicable to the Green Card status requirement, as the applicant may count time spent after issuance of the NTA or initiation of proceedings, etc. in order to calculate the 5 year LPR status requirement.

3. Extreme Hardships:

Removal from the USA would cause extreme hardship to the Applicant as well as to the US Citizen or LPR Qualifying Relatives of the Applicant. For example, evidence of a minor child’s medical condition, severity of illness, lack of available and suitable medical care in Applicant’s home country, etc. are strong examples of extreme hardships.

4. Family Ties in the United States

Length of Residence in the USA – which includes age of Applicant at entry to USA and documentation as to level of assimilation into American culture and society;

5. Good Moral Character:

You must demonstrate that you are a good person and possess good moral fiber. Gathering evidence to prove this is critical, and should not be undertaken nor submitted without assistance of Counsel.

6. No Major/Felony Criminal Violations:

Criminal violations in many cases can automatically disqualify the Applicant from eligibility to apply for Cancellation of Removal (i.e. Felony violations which in many cases are deemed Aggravated Felonies under US Immigration Law). Any Violations whatsoever, including all arrests, etc. must be carefully reviewed by Counsel.

7. In the event of a Criminal Conviction, evidence of Rehabilitation and Program Certifications;

8. Evidence and nature of Employment history and level of Education;

9. Property and Business Ties to the US community;

10. Evidence of Community Service (i.e. Volunteer work, charitable contributions, church/religious affiliations, etc.) in which one documents that the applicant is an asset and benefit to the US community at large);

11. Discretionary Relief:

This form of relief is Discretionary, which means it is NOT a right; it is a privilege. The Immigration Judge shall make an individual case determination (on a case by case basis) of whether or not to grant or approve you any such relief from Removal. You must be able to prove to the Court that you deserve this discretionary form of relief.

Cancellation of Removal for Non-LPR:

There also exists another defensive remedy before the US Immigration Court – known as Cancellation of Removal for a Non-LPR (for those who do not possess Green Card status). This should NOT be confused with the Cancellation of Removal standard discussed above which is exclusive to Lawful Permanent Residents. This form of relief from removal was previously discussed in depth in a prior issue of the Cuprys Law Instruction series which is available on-line.

About Magdalena Ewa Cuprys

Magdalena Cuprys is the principal attorney of Serving Immigrants, a full-service immigration law firm offering a complete range of immigration services to both businesses and individuals. Located in Miami and Clewiston, the firm’s offices provide corporate and individual clients of foreign nationality with temporary work permits for the U.S., green card petitions, criminal waivers and representation in removal proceedings cases.

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Veteran Actor Hawthorne James Leads Ensemble Cast in Feature Film KEYS to Premiere in New York on January 25

“KEYS” stars Hawthorne James an American actor and director, known for his role as Big Red Davis in the 1991 film, “The Five Heartbeats” and the role of Sam in “Speed.” “KEYS” opens in New York on Jan. 25, 2019 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

“KEYS” premieres on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432. WBLS 107.5FM Radio Personality Shaila Scott is the red carpet host.

Former NYPD Detective turned Film Director Anngeannette Pinkston is from Staten Island, NY. Her first feature film “KEYS” opens in New York on January 25 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

Belgian Actor Anthony Ferro is Detective Mike De Capos in “KEYS,” which premieres on January 25, 2019 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

The title song, “KEYS,” was composed by Actor Shawn McDonald who hails from Queens, NY. McDonald plays Detective Desmond Wright in “KEYS.”

Former New York City Detective Anngeannette Pinkston Premieres Her First Feature Film at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

KEYS is a dramatic story inspired by criminal cases and my experiences while serving on the New York City Police Department.”

— Anngeannette Pinkston, writer and director of "KEYS."

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, USA, January 19, 2019 / — First-time screenwriter and director Anngeannette Pinkston, a native New Yorker, premieres her feature film, "KEYS," on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432. WBLS 107.5FM Radio Personality Shaila Scott is the red carpet host. Media check in 5:30 p.m. Red Carpet at 6 p.m. Screening at 8:30 p.m. Q&A and after party to follow on-site. For Talent/Media submissions, contact: Marie Lemelle, Platinum Star PR at 213-276-7827 or

The crime drama set in Staten Island, New York features an ensemble cast led by acclaimed actor Hawthorne James as Chief Charlie Miller (Flint Tales, A Day of Trouble, Five Heartbeats, Speed). Joining James is Anthony Ferro as Detective Mike De Capos; Shawn McDonald as Detective Desmond Wright; Nyasia Mitchell as Carla Smyth and introducing Anngeannette Pinkston as Anngela Keys.

"Hawthorne, Anthony, Shawn and the entire cast and crew brought their A game to a story that is based on some criminal cases, as well as my own personal experiences, with added fiction," said Pinkston who worn many hats on the set of KEYS. "I was inspired to write a screenplay from a New Yorker's perspective and from the right side of the law."

KEYS explores the psyche of an unassuming group of four blue collar employees who can't seem to get their heads above financial waters. Carla Smyth, an active NYPD police officer; Jason Bloom, a postal worker; Jason's girlfriend and postal co-worker Christine; and Shae Blake, a twenty-year NYPD officer retiree, are tired of being broke. The group's first plan of action would involve Anngela Keys, a newly retired NYPD sergeant and successful entrepreneur, to get her opinion about pulling off robberies because they are in possession of actual keys to the city. Keys refuses to get involved. Ignoring the warnings of Keys, the foursome embark on a string of neighbor robberies but get a taste for something bigger.

The entire KEYS cast is confirmed to attend the premiere. Celebrities invited are the Original DJ Spindarella (Salt N Pepa); Grammy-winning Rapper Terrance Kelly known professionally as Mr. Cheeks (The Lost Boys); Bass Guitarist Corey Boyd, touring performer for Konvict Muzic, a record label founded by R&B singer Akon; Actor John Canada Terrell (She's Gotta Have It; Boomerang); and New Day Associates CEO and President John Blassingame (publisher of Black Men Magazine, Today’s Black Woman, and Hype Hair Magazine); Film Director Marc Cayce (Flint Tales, A Day of Trouble, Sasha Lanes); Corey and Tamara Galloway, owners of the New York Streets, the National Arena League's newest franchise; and more.

KEYS' film producer is Pinkston. James Brickhouse is the associate producer. KEYS film crew include Director of Photography and editor Douglas Ferguson. The title song, "KEYS," was composed by Shawn McDonald, one of the co-stars.

Prior to taking on the entertainment industry, Pinkston grew up surrounded by the typical temptations that plague big cities. She chose to follow the footsteps of her older brother Andrew who was in law enforcement. She graduated from the New York Police Academy and eventually became a detective and ultimately served 12 years in the Manhattan North Narcotics Division that caused her stress. “During my 8th year on the police force, I witnessed the worst tragedy in modern history – the 9/11 attacks,” said Pinkston. “I was in my early 30s and preparing to testify for a court case that morning. I arrived too early and decided to do some banking about 5 blocks from the World Trade Center.” At that moment from a clear vantage point, Pinkston witnessed in horror as the plane crashed into the tower as people fell or jumped to their death.

Pinkston was devastated but committed to serving the people of New York. “The following day, I was assigned to Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, the site where debris and the remains from the World Trade Center were separated into evidence,” said Pinkston. Some victims, not having been recovered from the debris on site, were transported to the landfill. “We had to sort through the personal effects of people who had perished or was missing from the 9/11 incident.”

As a result, some of Pinkston's life experiences are expressed through her songwriting and storytelling on the stage, TV and film.

For interviews with the director and cast or talent and media submission, please contact Marie Lemelle of Platinum Star PR at 213-276-7827 or

About Anngeannette Pinkston:
Anngeannette Pinkston is a powerhouse from Staten Island, NY. She is a former NYPD Detective and author of short stories and a book currently on Amazon and Barnes & Noble called “The Navigator.” She is the creator of a television show, "SKII-TV," and CEO/President of SKII-Magazine.

Pinkston is also a songwriter. She wrote a musical arrangement entitled, "When Someone Young Dies," which was dedicated to the New Town, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 26 children and adults. As an activist and a community leader, the song was dedicated and sung by Pinkston and her daughter Nyasia Mitchell for Eric Garner, Sean Bell and other victims of tragic shootings throughout the country. Pinkston is leaving her mark in American and Haitian History.

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Title song for “KEYS” the movie composed by Shawn McDonald

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WEN North Texas Extends Invitation to Annual Kickoff Socials and Announces January Luncheon Speakers

DALLAS, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2019 / — Monica Messick, 2019 President of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter, is pleased to extend an invitation to the Chapter’s Annual Kickoff Socials. The Fort Worth Social will be held January 31, 2019 at Taverna, 450 Throckmorton Street from 5:30-7:00 pm. The Dallas Social will be held February 7, 2019 at Mi Cocina, 3699 McKinney Ave. from 5:30-7:00 pm. You do not need to be a member to attend the WEN Annual Kickoff Socials. All women who are currently working in the energy industry are invited to attend these complimentary events. Registration for these events is strongly encouraged.

“Our Annual Kickoff Socials are some of our most highly anticipated events. They are a great way to network with women working in all capacities of the energy industry, and to find out about all the upcoming opportunities that the WEN Board of Directors have planned for 2019.” said Monica Messick.

“As we move into 2019, three key focal areas for our chapter will be networking, leadership and community. We’re excited for our many upcoming networking and educational luncheons, community outreach and volunteering opportunities, the annual leadership conference in June, and fun, interactive social events. We also look forward to the continued expansion and improvement of our executive tier program, a sub-group of our chapter which was launched in 2017 as a platform for women at the highest ranks of their profession to network and collaborate with one another.”

WEN had the pleasure of hosting Richard F. Strickland, PhD as the guest speaker at the Fort Worth WEN luncheon on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club. Mr. Strickland, President of The Strickland Group, gave an informative presentation on “The Macondo Blowout.”

Monica Messick, WEN North Texas 2019 President and Partner at Jackson Walker, LLP, will be the guest speaker at the Dallas luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Dallas Petroleum Club. Ms. Messick will be presenting the topic “Ring in the New Year with WEN,” where she will share her vision for the North Texas Chapter in 2019.

Doors open for luncheon events at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon presentation to follow from noon to 1:00 p.m. The cost to attend WEN North Texas luncheons is $30 for members and $45 for non-members if paid in advance. Member and non-member registration the day of the event is $50, space permitting.

Please register online for any of our great events at For more information about the above events, contact Jennifer Evans, Garnet Energy, at For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter, visit and click on Find Your Chapter. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking on Join Now on the North Texas Chapter’s home page.

About WEN

The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 4,000 members nationwide.

Thank you to our generous 2019 WEN North Texas Sponsors:

National Sponsors
Sidley Austin LLP
Vinson & Elkins
Talos Energy
Hunt Oil Company

Silver Level Sponsors
Jackson Walker
Thompson & Knight
Legacy Texas

Bronze Level Sponsors
EnLink Midstream
Locke Lord LLP

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Janet Reed, Esq. publishes guidance on Online Legal Research for Family Law and other issues

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

Janet Reed Attorney in North Carolina

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Often the internet is a good start to find applicable forms and instructions, but good old-fashioned manual research and review may still be required.

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Often the internet is a good start to find applicable (hardcopy) forms and instructions, but good old-fashioned manual research and review may still be required.”

— Janet Reed, North Carolina lawyer

JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2019 / — Janet P. Reed, in her newest published article, provides an overview of online research when confronted with family law or other legal issues such as expunction and driver’s license restoration. Often the internet is a good start to find applicable (hardcopy) forms and instructions, but good old-fashioned manual research and review may still be required. The complete article is available on the blog of Ms. Reed at

Research is always complex and time-consuming process. Not only must one double check facts and figures from a number of different sources, but it’s imperative for you to also ensure that your sources are credible and that you do not support misinformation or flimsy entities through your research. This is particularly true when undertaking your legal research online.

The creation and widespread use of the internet has made research far easier and more efficient than it was in the past with all sorts of information available at the click of a button, most people forget the fact that this convenience also comes with a price to pay.

While the internet has contributed immensely to the availability and accessibility of information, it goes without saying that there’s a lot that needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to conducting research on the internet. Not only does credibility remain a major issue when conducting research on the internet, but the intrinsic sensitive nature of legal research worsens the problem tenfold. Moreover, with novices claiming to be professionals and uploading researches and creating legal blogs full of misinformation, conducting legal research over the internet can be quite a hassle for a variety of reasons.

With that said, however, disregarding the importance and value of a source of information as vast and grand as the internet simply because of fraudsters and credibility issues is the wrong approach and should be avoided. Instead, it is imperative for researchers to exercise due diligence when conducting research over the internet to ensure that they can benefit from the platform without worrying about being duped.

Additionally, since most people are worried about legal research costing an arm and a leg, it’s still possible for people to conduct research on legal matters using the internet, often free of charge. This article should get you started with your research, providing tips and tricks that you can use to conduct legal research over the internet and save time and effort.

A well-organized online library is usually a great start. For example, Georgetown University has an information website about Family Law at

At that website you find further references, such as Family Law Research Guide,

Similarly, Cornell University has the Legal Information Institute online which offers a broad range of resources for family law at

Hybrid Research: Something is online, but additional “manual” work is required

For some issues, the internet is a good starting point, but additional work may be required. For example, for the expunction (expungement) of criminal records in North Carolina, the basic forms and instructions are available online, but the petition must nevertheless be assembled in hardcopy and additional research for specific cases may be necessary.

The North Carolina Judicial Branch provides relevant information on its website at, entitled “Petition And Order Of Expunction Under G.S. 15A-145.5 (Nonviolent Felony Or Nonviolent Misdemeanor); Instructions For Petition.”

Secondary Sources such as Journal Articles

While lawyers are generally looking for primary law that includes court statuses, opinions, and regulations, it is generally easier to resort to secondary law as a starting point. This is primarily because secondary law is not only easier and far more convenient to understand, but free journal articles that essentially classify as secondary law are full of analysis and explanations to legal matters that can be difficult to understand when viewed or researched in isolation.

What’s more, certain online sources and platforms are also integrated with Google-powered search engines for you to enter appropriate keywords and browse through countless articles from numerous online journals and law reviews.

Legal Research Software and Apps

Fortunately for legal researchers, countless developers interested in making legal research more convenient and hassle free have launched applications that contain credible information making research extremely easy – that too without the risk involved. Since all information on these platforms and applications goes through intensive checks beforehand, one can easily benefit from the contents of the research without worrying about authenticity.

One thing, however, that must be taken into account is that since you have to be extremely specific about the name of the application before buying it, it is imperative for you to conduct research regarding the best applications out there. Luckily for many, since that is a common problem that researchers had to go through, certain individuals and entities have also increased the convenience of researchers in this regard and have created comprehensive lists of all of the relevant applications and resources that one can benefit from. The UCLA’s Law Library, for instance, is a comprehensive and alphabetically ordered list of law apps that users can benefit from when they are interested in conducting research without spending a fortune.

Can I believe what I saw?

As mentioned above, one of the most common problems when conducting legal research online is the authenticity factor. Since the credibility of information is questionable, there are also multiple techniques through which you can retrieve background information regarding legal professionals to ensure that you don’t take home from misleading reports or articles.

If you need background information regarding any professionals in the legal world from lawyers to judges, your best bet is to resort to the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory which is essentially the most traditional and trusted source for all information of this type. Additionally, you could also opt for the FindLaw Lawyer Directory and the Justia Lawyer Directory.

If you’re looking for something a little less conventional, you could also opt for the directories by Nolo and Avvo, the latter of which includes a lawyer rating system based on “a mathematical model that considers elements such as years of experience, board certification, education, disciplinary history, professional achievement, and industry recognition.” For increased credibility, the directory also allows users to put in reviews of lawyers that they have worked with to ensure that others looking for lawyers can understand exactly what they can expect and the type of cases that the lawyer has already dealt with.

For the convenience of researchers, these portals and platforms also contain a lot of additional information that you should be able to benefit from for a variety of reasons.

Federal and State Court Documents

Most family and criminal issues such as expunction and driver’s license restoration involve State law. While federal records are often conveniently assembled such as in the federal PACER system (see below), not all State court records can be easily searched online.

Since you might need access to dockets and could want to review case documents to extract relevant information, portals and platforms have been created to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), you could also resort to RECAP, a docket site which allows you to view millions of federal dockets for bankruptcy, criminal, and civil courts of the United States.

About Janet Pittman Reed

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver’s License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.

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iDisclose Announces partnership with EarlyIQ

iDisclose announced today that it has partnered with EarlyIQ, to provide background and accredited investor checks for iDisclose clients.

We are pleased to work with iDisclose and offer our diligence and compliance services through their platform.”

— David Trissel, CEO of EarlyIQ

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2019 / — iDisclose, a New York-based legal technology company, announced today that it has partnered with EarlyIQ, to provide background and accredited investor checks for iDisclose clients. The service allows for iDisclose to offer its clients a cost-effective solution to equity crowdfunding issuers who are required to go through background checks for their executives. In addition, the service will allow issuers to perform accredited investor checks for transactions that require them. iDisclose is adding EarlyIQ’s services and reports to its suite of documents to further assist issuers, crowdfunding platforms, and Broker/Dealers.

"The partnership with EarlyIQ helps our customers by providing both legal and bad actor compliance on one platform. We continue to grow our product offerings both internally and through partnerships to streamline the fundraising process for startups and small companies," said Michael Knox, CEO of iDisclose.

"We are pleased to work with iDisclose and offer our diligence and compliance services through their platform," said David Trissel, CEO of EarlyIQ.

iDisclose supports funding platforms by providing a system to assist entrepreneurs in filling out complex legal documents and dramatically reducing the cost of legal review of the required filings. The company believes there is a huge opportunity for technology to reduce the costs of legal services, particularly as it relates to small businesses and startups, and expects to continue expanding its product offerings to further support such companies.

About iDisclose
iDisclose, founded in 2015, is an industry-leading platform in the crowdfunding legal disclosure space with major contracts with platforms such as Republic, MicroVentures, Nvsted, and seriesOne. In addition, iDisclose offers legal document solutions for all small businesses, including regulatory documents, deal documents, HR documents and other business documents under its LawCloud services. For more information about iDisclose, visit their website at

For media inquiries, contact Michael Knox, +1 (212) 381-0788.

About EarlyIQ
EarlyIQ is driving trust through transparency for investors and companies seeking early stage investment. Founded in 2012, EarlyIQ is the leading provider of simple, secure online diligence and compliance solutions for private financial markets including crowdfunding, peer lending, angel, accredited, private equity, and venture capital. Their efficient, secure and streamlined solutions are used to help evaluate private investment opportunities while also enabling compliance with Federal regulations including SEC Regulation D, Rule 506 accredited investor verification, Bad Actor compliance, and Regulation Crowdfunding. Website:

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Kelly Strauss Named 2019 Virginia Auctioneer of the Year

Strauss Named VA Auctioneer of the Year

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2019 / — Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., ( announces that the Virginia Auctioneers Association awarded Kelly D. Strauss, CAI of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group its coveted Auctioneer of the Year Award at its recent 2019 Annual Auctioneers Convention held in Richmond, VA.

The Virginia Auctioneer Association (VAA) Auctioneer of the Year award recognizes an auctioneer who has tirelessly and unselfishly represented the auction profession, Virginia’s auction industry and the VAA. This year the VAA recognized Kelly D. Strauss as its Auctioneer of the Year for his steadfast and faithful dedication to the VAA.

In comments made during the convention, Strauss stressed the importance of family in both his personal and professional auction lives and its importance for the entire auction profession.

As auction coordinator of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., Strauss oversees the day-to-day management of many complex auction projects for the company. A graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA and the Certified Auctioneers Institute, Bloomington, IN, Strauss was born and raised in the New River Valley region of Virginia in Christiansburg and Radford. He is an auctioneer from King George County, VA where he has made his home for over 20 years with his wife and two children.

Strauss currently represents the auction industry serving on the Board of Directors of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and previously served as the 2015 Virginia Auctioneers Association (VAA) President. Strauss was instrumental in scheduling highly respected members of the auction industry to speak at VAA meeting during his tenure of the VAA Board of Directors.

Strauss has served on numerous national, state, and local boards and is active in many community and church activities in King George.

For more information about Kelly Strauss, the VAA, and the NAA, visit,, and

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About Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc.
Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., is a professional accelerated marketing firm specializing in the promotion and sale of real estate via the auction method of marketing. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, NAMG has been serving the needs of the Mid-Atlantic region since 1968. The Nicholls team comprises world and state champion auctioneers, an award winning marketing staff, and sales percentages unmatched in the industry. For more information about Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., visit or call 540-898-0971.

About Virginia Auctioneers Association
The Virginia Auctioneers Association (VAA) represents Auctioneers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 1959 the mission of the VAA is to promote the auction method of marketing and enhance the professionalism of its members through education and technology. To learn about auctions in Virginia, visit

About the National Auctioneers Association
The National Auctioneers Association represents thousands of auction professionals from the U.S. and across the world. The mission of the NAA is to provide critical resources to auction professionals that will enhance their skills and successes. The NAA’s headquarters are in Overland Park, Kan. The association was founded in 1949. To learn more about auctions, visit

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IT Governance relaunches Information Security Staff Awareness E-learning Course to help organisations tackle cyber risk

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 17, 2019 / — IT Governance, the leading provider of cyber risk and privacy management solutions, has released a revised version of its popular Information Security Staff Awareness E-learning Course.

The course has been reimagined to include more in-depth cyber security material to equip organisations with the necessary knowledge and skills to efficiently tackle cyber risk. With cyber threats on the rise and information security increasingly influencing consumer trust, the need for thorough training is greater than ever.

The three pillars of effective information security are people, processes and technology. However, while organisations are spending more on technology and implementing increasingly sophisticated processes, they often fail to address the most vulnerable of the three pillars – the human element.

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “Staff awareness is crucial to effective information security and maintaining cyber resilience. The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has found that four of the five top causes of data breaches are because of human or process error.

“Organisations that neglect to properly train their employees on key information security issues and managing cyber risk are much more likely to suffer a data breach. In today’s cyber security climate, you simply cannot afford to do this.”

The aim of the Information Security Staff Awareness E-learning Course is to reduce the likelihood of human error by familiarising non-technical staff with security awareness policies and procedures, as well as with the types of cyber threats and attacks they could encounter.

The course is available in the form of a one-year licence, which can be either individual or corporate, depending on the number of users required, and is hosted on GRC eLearning Limited’s LMS (learning management system). To purchase a licence, please visit the product page.

For more information about IT Governance’s training courses, visit the website, email or call +44 (0)333 800 7000.

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Wyoming Legislators Want State to De-Risk Investments by Holding Gold and Silver

Wyoming legislators introduce three bills to protect the state's assets with gold and silver

CHEYENNE, WY, USA, January 17, 2019 / — A group of Wyoming legislators have introduced three bills this week to de-risk the state’s financial holdings with modest allocations to physical gold and silver in the state’s pension fund, reserve fund, and mineral trust fund.

Introduced by Representative Roy Edwards (R-Gillette) and co-sponsored by 15 others, the Wyoming Sound Money Trust Act (HB 174) empowers the State Treasurer to hold at least 10% of the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund in the monetary metals in a depository in or near the state of Wyoming.

The Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund is the state’s oldest and most well-funded permanent fund with over $8 billion in assets.

Last year, Rep. Edwards successfully passed the ground-breaking Wyoming Legal Tender Act, a measure which reaffirmed that gold and silver are constitutional money and removed all state taxation of them.

Meanwhile, the Wyoming Sound Money Pension Act (HB 156), introduced by Representative Mark Jennings (R-Sheridan), aims to reduce financial risk and better secure state-managed pension funds by allocating a modest 10% of Wyoming Pension System assets to the monetary metals.

And Representative Scott Clem (R-Campbell) introduced the third bill, the Wyoming Sound Money Reserve Act (HB 190). This measure requires that at least 10% of Wyoming’s Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account be held in gold and silver.

All of these measures would help the state hedge its risks of holding stocks, bonds, and short-term debt instrument with an allocation to a bedrock asset carrying no counterparty risk and proven to maintain purchasing power. The state has suffered significant investment losses in recent months, including a $220 million unrealized loss on investments in Third World debt.

Backed by the Sound Money Defense League and Campaign for Liberty, these measures protect Wyoming’s accounts by insulating them with the only money proven to protect against the Federal Reserve Note’s ongoing devaluation. Furthermore, an allocation to precious metals is proven to increase overall returns over time, reduce volatility, and reduce drawdowns.

The Sound Money Defense League is a public policy group working nationally to bring back gold and silver as America’s constitutional money and publisher of the Sound Money Index. For comment or more information, call 1-208-577-2225 or email

Jp Cortez
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Business Consultant Cyrus Leon Batchan publishes guidance on researching hospitality industry information manually

Blog of Cyrus Batchan, Sherman Oaks, California

Blog of Cyrus Batchan, Sherman Oaks, California

Website of Business Consultant Cyrus Batchan, California

Website of Business Consultant Cyrus Batchan, California – Photograph by Eater Los Angeles, Wonho Frank Lee

Nightshade restaurant, Cyrus Batchan, Consultant

Nightshade restaurant, Cyrus Batchan, Consultant – Photograph by Eater Los Angeles, Wonho Frank Lee

Cyrus Batchan at Lock&Key in California (Hollywood Reporter picture)

Cyrus Batchan at Lock&Key in California (Hollywood Reporter picture)

Cyrus Batchan in California, Business Consultant Sherman Oaks

Cyrus Batchan in California, Business Consultant Sherman Oaks

For restaurant entrepreneurs, it is hard to believe that manual research is still required for issues such as occupancy permit and zoning, notes Cyrus Batchan

Office of Cyrus Leon Batchan, Business Consulting (N/A:N/A)

For restaurant entrepreneurs, it is often hard to believe that manual research is still required for issues such as occupancy permit, regulatory issues, zoning, and other requirements.”

— Cyrus Leon Batchan, Business Consultant in Sherman Oaks

SHERMAN OAKS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2019 / — Even though we live in the age of the internet, "paper" has not completely disappeared. Particularly for restaurants and other hospitality businesses, many applications and procedures still involve "paper" applications. Accordingly, research for the hospitality industry still requires a lot of "old fashioned" manual research. For restaurant entrepreneurs, it is often hard to believe that manual research is still required for issues such as occupancy permit, regulatory issues, zoning, and other requirements (and many permit applications, registrations, and other transactions are still in "hardcopy"). Cyrus L Batchan, in his newest published comment, provides an overview of traditional (or “manual”) research for business issues. The complete article is available on the blog for restaurant entrepreneurs of Cyrus Batchan at

Conducting research in the hospitality realm can be extremely difficult regardless of the sources that you might have access to. There are a number of different aspects that need to be taken into consideration when conducting legal research. This is because there are a lot of different directions that you can take with legal research, and it is absolutely imperative for you to take all factors and aspects into consideration when you’re dealing with legal documents and cases since even the slightest discrepancy can amount to a lot.

Needless to say, legal research requires a lot more concentration and diligence than other types of research due to the different conclusions that are possible with minor tweaking. What’s more, since there’s a lot more material that you need to go through when it comes to regulatory, statistical, and demographic research, you need to be absolutely certain that your sources are not only credible and authoritative, but also relevant to the problem at hand.

Another common problem that researchers and people interested in legal issues encounter is that of contradictory information available online. Additionally, in most cases, credible information online comes with a literal price to pay. What this means is that most online platforms that contain credible legal information expect you to pay a fee to be granted access or authority to view the content.

Interested in learning more about how you can go about conducting hospitality research the right way? Read on to find out as we tell you all about the different steps that you should take to conduct research the traditional way without relying on online sources for best results.

My first piece of advice for any new hospitality entrepreneur is to visit the local regulatory agency in person (yes, I mean “you go there personally to ask questions.”) That is probably a good use of your time in preparing for a new business and the best way to obtain information on the regulatory requirements. These agencies have different names in different states and U.S. territories. For example, in the District of Columbia, the agency is called the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). It is amazing what information you can obtain about licenses and permits in just one visit by simply asking questions. Image what a food safety inspector can tell you about other restaurants in the area where you are planning to open one.

For many of us, it is hard to believe that there are still libraries out there. In fact, they are highly useful and in most cases allow you to do research free of charge.

So here is my first piece of advice: ask a librarian before wasting time searching through a library yourself – In the past, to do research, a student would head over to the library and ask a Librarian for help. Today, that might strike many as, shall we say, "outdated." The fact is that librarians know the library better than anybody, and if you are looking for something specific, a simple question to a librarian may save you hours of wasted time.

Contrary to popular belief, the path you follow for regulatory and other research will be based on a number of different factors. What this means that there is no single, absolute path that’s that must be followed.

While there are certain common and extremely popular steps that are generally followed by anyone who wishes to conduct legal research, it’s important to note that these steps may or may not be followed in a sequential fashion for each scenario. This essentially means that while certain scenarios may require you to follow the steps listed below in the exact order, you may choose to play around for other cases – and that will not affect the results of your research.

Before you start conducting legal research, it’s important for you to know that you will be expected to revisit certain sources of information for increased clarity. What’s more, you might even be expected to check certain sources of information a number of times due to exceptions. Even in the case of exceptions, you will have to double-check whether the conditions of the exception apply to your particular case, and if there is any way that the exception can be worked around for your particular scenario.

Here are some of the steps that you are advised to follow when conducting legal research without the use of the internet:

Have you identified the exact issue? The number one reason why people are unable to conduct thorough research is the fact that they do not pay enough attention to the initial phase of the process. It goes without saying that identifying the problem and its scope is of key importance when you’re interested in conducting legal research as doing so will essentially set the precedent and give you an idea of how thorough your research must be.

When you’re trying to identify the problem and its scope, it’s also important to ask questions that are highly specific and will give you a clear understanding of the jurisdiction, search terms, and time period that is applicable or relevant to the problem. By doing so, instead of being confused by all of the options that you have available, it will be possible for you to get a better sense of direction to start taking the most appropriate path for conducting your research.

Have you checked other sources of information? Unlike primary sources, secondary law or sources of information are bound to help you understand how your specific scenario is also relevant for a much broader context. What’s more, once you start browsing through secondary sources of information, it will be far easier for you to visit primary sources that are relevant to your particular scenario and can help you gain greater understanding for the scope in question.

By consulting secondary sources of information, it will also be possible for you to get references to citations and statutes that will help you gain the right information regarding your legal research.

What is the “relevant” information here? Once you have done your fair share of research through secondary sources, it will be far easier for you to identify relevant statutes that will help you in gaining the information that you need for your legal research of a particular scope, question, or scenario. By identifying relevant statutes, you can get into greater detail and start browsing through to find other sections that may be relevant or could potentially add value to your legal research.

In addition to finding the right statutes for the legal research of your particular scenario, you can also browse through cases in digests and find ones that may contain relevant information to ensure that all aspects of research are covered.

Make sure to write down important facts. Keeping track of all of the documents that you have already been through is extremely essential to ensure that you do not have to resort to the same cases and documents over and over again. It’s also important to note that you must do so regardless of whether or not you have retrieved any relevant information from the source.

Here are my final thoughts when researching issues for your hospitality business: make sure to keep a file with all information you have collected. I find it most useful to use legal-size manila folders for different subjects (tabbed according to the issue contained therein, such as “occupancy permit” and “food license”). That way, all your precious research is preserved and organized for future use.

*** Cyrus Leon Batchan is a business consultant in Sherman Oaks, California. He has significant “hands on” experience with businesses. Currently, he is involved in the hospitality businesses Lock & Key, Nightshade, Skylight Nha Trang, and East-West Brewery (as Advisor). Mr. Batchan grew up in a restaurant family and worked every job from dishwasher, cook, delivery driver to bartender. Initially, he managed an investment fund developing real estates all throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. In 2013, he opened Lock & Key, an upscale lounge, in Los Angeles. Most recently, he has been involved in Nightshade, the first restaurant for Top Chef winner Mei Lin along with partner Francis Miranda of N°8. The expansive space, which goes into the former Cerveteca, will feature a pan-Asian menu infused with modern touches and California sensibilities, with Lin herself calling the experience “fine food in a casual setting.” Think fine dining touches and plating with flavor influences from Italy, Japan, and China.

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Attorney explains 459 PC charges

Los Angeles Criminal Attorney

A spirited defense by an experienced criminal attorney, can get the 459 PC charges dismissed or lowered.

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, January 17, 2019 / — Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi recently explained what 459 PC is and how the law breaks down the criminal charges filed under the code section.

“459 PC is burglary. Basically entering any building, or vehicle with the intent to steal something. Whether or not something is actually stolen does not matter under California law. The intent is what matters,” he said.

“Intent”, proving the person charged with the crime intended to steal something, is a burden on the prosecution. Mr. Hashemi said the Prosecuting Agency is always going to look at burglary charges, even if nothing was taken.

“We see a lot of people who are charged with burglary and shoplifting who simply forgot to pay for something when they left the store. They got distracted by a baby, a phone call or simply forgot to pick up an item on the bottom of the shopping cart to be scanned,” said Arash Hashemi. “Prosecutors will file both charges in hopes of intimidating the person and getting a conviction.”

If it is really an oversight and the store got the items back or they were paid for, the store is likely not interested in prosecuting the person. A Civil Compromise might be a way to have the case dismissed.

Beyond that, the charge can be a misdemeanor or a felony. How the charge is filed depends on what happened and to some degree the person’ past history, the attorney said.

“This applies to vehicle burglary as well as entering a building,” Mr. Hashemi said. “The idea that felony or a misdemeanor charge is based on the dollar value of what was taken is not the case in California any more. The only difference is petty theft v. grand theft. If the item or items taken are more than $950, that is grand theft. Petty theft, which can include shoplifting, is less than $950.”

California Penal Code 459 reads : “Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel…with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary.”

For more information about criminal defense in 459 PC cases, call Arash Hashemi at 310-448 -1529.

About Law Offices of Arash Hashemi:
Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is a California-based law firm that is passionate in defending the rights of their clients in the face of criminal prosecution. To help their clients, Arash Hashemi leads a team of attorneys specializing in different practice or areas in criminal law, DUI & DWI, drug crimes, and more. A results-driven firm, they harness years of experience in aggressive representation.
For more information, please visit or call (310) 448-1529.

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Charged with 459 PC?

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