Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Scores Huge Win in First Amendment Rights Case

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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig prevails in a win for the Republican Party of Virginia before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Fourth Circuit has implicitly upheld the First Amendment rights of the Republican party—and in fact, all political parties.”

— Cortland Putbrese

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, a leading corporate and intellectual property law firm with law offices across the U.S., Puerto Rico, London, Toronto, and China, announces a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the statewide Republican Party of Virginia. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has been defending the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and the Frederick County Republican Committee (FCRC) in a lawsuit filed against them by plaintiffs Jay Marts and Dana Newcomb.

Mr. Marts and Mr. Newcomb are two former Republican Party members who lost their party membership due to their public advocacy against the GOP’s nominees. The plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, alleging that the Republican Party’s membership requirements violated their constitutional rights. The district court dismissed the case because political parties are not government entities and the Republican Party’s management of its own internal affairs did not constitute actionable government conduct, but instead was an exercise of the GOP’s own fundamental right to freedom of association. Because the Republican Party’s actions were not government conduct, but instead were private activities protected by the First Amendment, the district court found that Mr. Marts and Mr. Newcomb had not properly alleged a constitutional violation.

The plaintiffs then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, claiming that the district court erred in dismissing their suit. The Fourth Circuit disagreed and ruled in favor of the Republican Party. "This is an important win. By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Fourth Circuit has implicitly upheld the First Amendment rights of the Republican party—and in fact, all political parties—to manage their own internal affairs,” stated Cortland Putbrese, the lead partner on this case. In addition to Mr. Putbrese, DBL lawyers Kevin Streit and Erick Poorbaugh assisted on this matter.

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Announcement of the 2019 WEN Board of Directors and Holiday Luncheons

DALLAS, TEXAS, U, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — WEN – North Texas is pleased to announce its 2019 Board of Directors as follows:

President: Monica Messick

Vice President: Sucheta Gokhale

Secretary: Lindsay Grider

Treasurer: Elizabeth Hiltbrunner

Membership: Michelle Mora-Gonzales and Melissa James

Programs: Brooke Granger and Sydney Barcus

Special Events: Natalia Cordry and Brianne Boulter

Communications: Haylee Edwards and Teresa Garza

Public Relations: Jennifer Evans

Sponsorship: Le'Ann Callihan and Thi Dao

Leadership Conference: Guari Gajewar and Becky Petereit

Executive Membership: Kellie Adkins and Carly Hewett

Please join WEN – North Texas at one of our upcoming events.

The December Fort Worth Holiday Luncheon will be on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, 777 Main Street, 40th Floor. Registration for the event will begin at 11:30 am followed by the luncheon from noon to 1pm.

The December Dallas Holiday Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2300 Ross Avenue. Registration for the event will begin at 11:30 am followed by the luncheon from noon to 1pm.

The cost to attend WEN Luncheons is $30 for Members and $45 for Non-Members in advance, or $50 the day of the event, space permitting. Please register online at http://www.womensenergynetwork.org. Payment can be made by credit card through the online registration portal or the day of the event by cash or check payable to Women’s Energy Network North Texas.

For more information about the above events or the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter, contact Jennifer Evans at jenniferevans@garnetenergyllc.com or visit the WEN website at www.wennorthtexas.org and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking Join Today! on the North Texas Chapter’s home page.

Thank you to our generous 2018 WEN North Texas Sponsors:

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BCF Ventures Doubles its Potential Size to $12 million and Presents its Portfolio

Passion led us here.

BCF Ventures, one of Canada’s 1rst Super Angel funds, has doubled its potential fund size to $12M and presents the 6 companies now part of its portfolio.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Montreal, December 11, 2018 – BCF Ventures, one of Canada’s very first super angel funds investing in pre-seed and seed stage startups, is proud to announce that it has increased its potential fund size from $5M to $12M in just six months following its inception and has invested in six innovative companies now part of its portfolio.

Led by award-winning techpreneur Sergio A. Escobar, a renowned business mentor in the international startup scene, BCF Ventures has already participated in investment rounds totalling over $7.8M, investing in multiple opportunistic sectors across Canada and the United States with its wide network of international co-investors extending from Silicon Valley, New York and the Midwest to Israel and Asia. The fund was initially capitalized with a $5M investment over a ten-year period from the partners at BCF Business Law, acting as Limited Partner in BCF Ventures*. With the addition of family offices and wealthy accredited investors as LP’s and by doing so, more than doubling its initial fund size, BCF Ventures is now considered a full-fledged venture capital fund*.

As a core investment thesis, the fund believes in the future of Cloud & Software-as-a-Service companies leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Analytics and Security. The economic impact of its portfolio companies across industries is impressive as they have a total user outreach of over 200 companies, including Fortune 500 corporations, and over 200,000 suppliers.

Here are the six BCF Ventures portfolio companies:

• Alpin (Colorado, USA) is an innovative enterprise that provides a SaaS data monitoring and management platform for cloud enterprise software applications via a single dashboard. The deal was made in co investment with US based venture funds such as Next Frontier Capital (Montana) and Rocky Ventures (Colorado).

• BRIDGR (Montreal, CA) is a data driven project management marketplace for manufacturing companies to find Industry Experts 4.0 (AI, Robotics, Industrial IoT, Smart Factories). The round closed alongside co investor Right Side Capital (San Francisco).

• CareTeam (Vancouver, CA) is an AI enabled digital health platform allowing patient centered care collaboration for individuals suffering from chronic illnesses. Many venture funds such as Right Side Capital (San Francisco), Globalive Capital (Canada), Atrium Ventures (Canada) as well as renowned angel investors such as Barney Pell (associate founder of Singularity University and co founder of Moon Express) and Ajay Agarwal (founder of Creative Destruction Lab) helped close the round.

• FightCamp (Los Angeles, USA), on its way to becoming one of the next giants of the fitness industry, is an AI powered interactive at home boxing subscription service that allows everyone to train in the comfort of their home. The round closed alongside co-investors such as Panache Ventures (Canada), Y Combinator (San Francisco) and StreetEdge Capital (San Francisco).

• FleetOps (Toronto, CA) is an AI enabled freight transportation and logistics marketplace that allows instant matching of trucks to shipments. The deal was made in co investment with Hike Ventures (Japan), Fenox VC (San Francisco) and Panache Ventures (Canada).

• Prospectify (Tempe, USA) is a data driven enterprise that provides a sales management platform for sales leaders worldwide and has many notable clients such as Facebook, Informatica, HubSpot and ScaleFactor. The round closed alongside many co investors such as Techstars Ventures (Colorado), Loup Ventures (New York) and Stout Street Capital (Denver).

“The enthusiasm and the need for funding at the pre-seed and seed stage are huge in the US/Canada and BCF Ventures’ unique model has filled that gap, allowing us to quickly develop promising partnerships with major international co-investors. We are committed to helping our portfolio companies grow their corporate expansion and leverage the remarkable capabilities of Montreal as a global hub in artificial intelligence, said Sergio A. Escobar, CEO & Partner at BCF Ventures. On top of that, our partnership with BCF Business Law firm gave us the expertise to develop a strong due diligence process through its certified scientific IP and patent experts. To obtain valuable intellectual property rights for our entrepreneurs and to protect their core proprietary technologies are key components to BCF Ventures’ distinctive approach. Ultimately, we want our founders to become world leaders.”

*The BCF Business Law’s partners have committed to invest $500,000 a year for an initial 3-year period starting July 1, 2018, along other accredited investors who have joined them and committed to invest $700,000 a year for 3 years. A sum that can then be renewed at the investors’ discretion, annually, for 7 years following the initial period, which could potentially reach a grand total of $12M over ten years.
*Ibid.

About BCF Ventures

BCF Ventures is a pioneer in the Canadian investment scene by being one of the first Super Angel Funds, now converted to a full-fledged venture capital fund. Based in Montreal, BCF Ventures invests at the pre-seed and seed stage of technology-based startups, mostly in North America and opportunistically in Europe/Israel. The fund leverages its extensive network of international co-investors in order to multiply the fundraising capacity of the companies that are selected. As part of the team, Mr. George Korkejian is now Investment Counsel at BCF Ventures overseeing the analysis of investment opportunities. BCF Ventures’ advisory committee is composed of Mike Cegelski, Managing Partner of Panache Ventures, Anne-Marie Boucher, tax lawyer and businesswoman, Jocelyn Auger, IP lawyer, Nicolas Bélanger, head of W Investments and Louis Carbonneau, founder and CEO of Tangible IP and Venture Partner at Cycle Capital Management. The Chairperson of Invest in Canada, Mitch Garber, also acts as a special advisor on a volunteer basis.

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Employment Lawyer Curt Surls concludes series of articles about Paralegals in law offices

Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer

Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer

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Articles by Curt Surls on CELA VOICE

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Attorney profile of Curt Surls on Martindale

The continued usage of Paralegals in the profession is a mandate of economics. Paralegals significantly reduce attorney burden and costs, notes Curt Surls.

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Paralegals play an indispensable role in the legal profession, and if the predictions are correct, that indispensable role will continue to expand as economic pressures continue”

— Curtis Surls, Employment Lawyer

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — California lawyer Curt Surls has published the final article in his four-part series on the paralegal profession. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Surls at https://curtsurlsblog.blogspot.com/

Paralegal Work Assignments

Paralegals can be delegated any task normally performed by a lawyer, as long as the lawyer supervises the work (except those specifically proscribed by law). For example, Paralegals can review and organize client files, conduct factual and legal research, prepare documents for legal transactions, draft pleadings and discovery notices, interview clients and witnesses, and assist at closings and trials. But Paralegals (and their supervising Attorneys) must always avoid the “unauthorized practice of law.” Generally, Paralegals may not represent clients in court, take depositions, or sign pleadings. In addition, Paralegals may not establish the attorney's relationship with the client or set fees to be charged, and may not give legal advice to a client.

The continued usage of Paralegals in the profession is also a mandate of pure economics. Paralegals significantly reduce attorney burden and costs. In many instances it affords the practitioner the ability to lower legal fees in certain practice areas. They are also extremely valuable in their ability to maintain increased client communication and contact which further enhances client satisfaction and customer service. Paralegals also are of tremendous economic value to the law firm or office, as their hourly time spent on individual cases may be billed to the client separately, and at lower rates for the clients. Such staff may increase client satisfaction and provide a significant additional income stream for the law practice if managed effectively. Additional benefits to the firm as well as the community is the usage of Paralegals in Pro Bono activities and services. Paralegals enhance the ability of law firms to provide significantly more pro bono legal services as they could have through attorneys alone.

Supervising Attorneys remain ultimately liable for Paralegal work

As in every aspect of the practice of law, utilizing Paralegal services comes with corresponding ethical considerations for the attorney or firm. Attorneys are ultimately responsible for the work product of Paralegals. Even more, Attorneys are also responsible for the ethical conduct of the Paralegals whom they employ. Any transgressions by the Paralegals may subject the Attorney to professional discipline. This is due to the fact that Paralegals are not directly subject to any rules of professional conduct promulgated by courts, legislatures, or government agencies, the (supervising) Attorneys are. However, Paralegals who are members of national and/or local Paralegal associations are required to follow the ethical codes of those associations.

Billing issues for Paralegal Work

As pertains to fees and compensation, a Paralegal's substantive legal work (i.e., that which is not clerical) may be billed directly to the client just as an attorney's work is billed, or considered in setting a flat fee just as that of an attorney's work. Attorneys may compensate Paralegals based on the quantity and quality of their work and the value of that work to the law practice. Paralegal compensation, however, may not be in any way based on a contingency, by advance agreement, or on the specific outcome of a particular case. In addition, Attorneys may not split any legal fees with Paralegals nor compensate Paralegals for the referral of legal business. They are also not permitted to be a partner or shareholder in a law firm.

Where to get Paralegal Education?

As previously mentioned, the educational programs for Paralegals widely vary. These programs may or may not be approved or accredited. Those educational programs that are affiliated with a college or university may offer Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, and/or certificates, which may be classified as undergraduate or post-baccalaureate certificates. Proprietary schools generally offer certificate programs. Educational programs are also available via The American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), NALS – the Association of Legal Professionals, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), the National Association of Paralegals (NALA), and the American Alliance of Paralegals (AAIPI) have developed accredited curriculum.

Conclusion

Paralegals play an indispensable role in the legal profession, and if the predictions are correct, that indispensable role will continue to expand as economic pressures force law firms and businesses to become ever more cost-effective. While the job outlook for Paralegals is bright, this may adversely affect Attorneys, whose work will migrate as much as technical and ethically possible to Paralegals. Just as a doctor’s workload may in part be handled by nurses or nurse practitioners, a lawyer’s workload may end up where it is most cost-effective (subject to professional and ethical rules, of course). The only constant in life is change, and this is yet another example of how the practice of law continues to do just that. The drum computer has to a large extent replaced the drummer in a band or studio recording. The remote-controlled drone has in part replaced the fighter pilot. The taxi driver may soon be replaced by Google’s or Uber’s self-driving cars. It appears that the only constant in life is change, and this is just another example of a profession adapting to a new economic reality.

About Curt Surls

Curtis Surls is an attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. Located in Manhattan Beach, California, the Law Office of Curt Surls offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. With nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law, attorney Curt Surls and his law firm provide the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need.

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CCHR to Host Attorney Summit on Florida Mental Health Law

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The Florida chapter of CCHR

The Florida chapter of CCHR

Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is hosting a continuing legal education event on the Florida mental health law for defense attorneys next month.

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit watchdog organization dedicated to restoring dignity and human rights to the field of mental health, is hosting a continuing legal education event on the Florida mental health law for defense attorneys next month. The free event, being held on January 25th from 1-5pm at the headquarters for CCHR located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave. in downtown Clearwater, will cover strategies to effectively serve families and to eradicate violations of the law.

Commonly called the Baker Act, Florida’s mental health allows for men, women and children to be taken into custody and held for involuntary psychiatric examination across the state and in the 16 years from FY01/02 to FY16/17, involuntary examinations more than doubled. [1]

Attendees of the event will hear from attorneys Justin Drach of Theole Drach Law, Carmen Miller, a former Public Defender now in private practice specializing in Baker Act cases and Kendra Parris of Parris Law. Also speaking will be the president of the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein.

“Over the past several years changes have been made to the Baker Act which specifically better protect the rights of children and hosting this event will help educate defense attorneys on these changes as well as successful actions in defending clients being held for involuntary psychiatric examination,” said Stein.

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse prompting CCHR Florida in 2016 to launch a campaign for the purpose of educating Floridians on their rights under this law.

To learn more about the Baker Act or to reserve a seat at the next seminar please call 727-442-8820 or visit http://www.cchrflorida.org/events/.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:
[1] Baker Act Annual Report http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf

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CCHR Calling for Greater Protection of Elders from Baker Act Abuse

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is calling upon lawmakers to protect senior citizens from unlawful involuntary psychiatric examination.

Seniors, especially those with dementia, are being taken from their homes or care facilities for psychiatric examinations when they don’t actually meet the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to exposing human rights violations, is calling upon lawmakers to protect senior citizens from unlawful involuntary psychiatric examination.

The overall mental health law in Florida, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for the legalized involuntary examination of senior citizens. When a Baker Act occurs an elderly person can be sent against their will for an examination and the receiving facility is then legally allowed to hold the senior for up to 72 hours. According to the Annual Report on the Baker Act, released in June of 2018, there were 199,944 involuntary examinations in 2017 — more than doubling from 2001 — with over 7 percent of the initiations on persons 65 years of age or older. [1]

“CCHR is very concerned that the Baker Act is being abused. Seniors, especially those with dementia, are being taken from their homes or care facilities for psychiatric examinations when they don’t actually meet the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

Over 14,000 of Florida’s elderly, including those with dementia, were sent for involuntary psychiatric examinations in 2017, forcing the stress of physical transport to Baker Act facilities on these seniors. It is well documented that transferring an elderly person, and specifically one suffering from dementia, puts them at risk for depression, anxiety, and similar behavior disturbances, which may then result in the senior being treated with unnecessary psychotropic drugs which come with many side effects. [2]

Moreover, senior citizens who find themselves admitted for psychiatric evaluation are sometimes later informed that the criteria for Baker Acting was never met, that there was no evidence of mental illness, and instead it was found by clinical staff the senior simply needed rest, proper nutrition, or an adjustment to baseline medication. [3] [4]

Additionally, polypharmacy, which is the concurrent use of multiple medications, has doubled in the past decade among retirement-age Americans despite warnings from geriatric medical organizations. In fact, the number of office visits resulting in multiple pharmaceutical prescription has risen from 1.5 million in 2004 to 3.68 million in 2013 — more than a 50% increase — with rural areas showing the highest surge. Those diagnosed with dementia are even more susceptible to polypharmacy and specifically psychotropic drugging. According to the Office of the Inspector General, 304,983 elderly nursing home residents in the U.S. were given dangerous and often deadly antipsychotic drugs, 88% of which were prescribed off-label for dementia. [5] [6]

“Many retirement-age Americans are taking at least 3 psychiatric drugs but yet don’t have a mental health diagnosis on record,” said Stein.

For more information on the protection of elder rights under the mental health law, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:
[1] http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf
[2] https://hernandosun.com/Baker_Act_A_Dementia_Dilemma_7_29_16
[3]http://www.heu.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research_reports/HEU_Literature_Review_Sept23_2002.pdf
[4] https://www.crisisprevention.com/Blog/November-2010/A-Real-Issue-for-Many-Individuals-With-Dementia
[5] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/health/psychiatric-drugs-prescriptions.html?_r=1
[6] https://www.cchrint.org/issues/protectelderly/

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Illinois real estate attorney William B. Blanchard publishes article series on the role of legal assistants

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

Website of William Blanchard Law

Website of William Blanchard Law

Blog of William B Blanchard at williamblanchardblog.blogspot.com

Blog of William B Blanchard at williamblanchardblog.blogspot.com

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Attorney Profile of William B Blanchard

Attorney Profile of William B Blanchard

The economic pressure is on to transfer more and more legal work assignments to Paralegals to keep a law firm competitive, explains William Blanchard, Esq.

William B. Blanchard, Attorney at Law (N/A:N/A)

The reality today is that a large part of client interactions is handled by Paralegals, such as gathering necessary information, drafting forms, … and providing answers to questions”

— William "Bill" Blanchard, Real Estate Lawyer

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As William B. Blanchard explains in his new article series, Paralegals are gradually taking on more and more tasks that in the past were handled exclusively by Attorneys. The beneficiaries of this evolution are primarily the clients because of lower costs and easier access to information. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Blanchard at https://williamblanchardblog.blogspot.com/

The Paralegal (or Legal Assistant) has evolved into a critical component of the modern law office. Today, most law firms and businesses with legal departments could not function without them. In fact, it seems that Paralegals already handle most of the day-to-day routine legal support, including gathering information from clients. However, there have been some dramatic changes since the 1990s in the way Attorneys and Paralegals work. In fact, the economic pressure is on to transfer more and more legal work assignments to Paralegal to keep a law firm or other business competitive.

In his new four-part article, William Blanchard reviews how Paralegals are used in a law office or business setting today, how work assignments are divided up between Attorneys and Paralegals, and what ethical requirements apply. In adapting to today’s economic reality, the likely beneficiary of the emerging trend is the client because of reduced

The general job description for Paralegals may seem rather mundane: “Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.” (see O*NET, below). In fact, as discussed below, it is a hands-on job of increasing importance as law firms and businesses are under pressure to reduce costs in a competitive economy.

Paralegal work now requires extensive use of Technology Skills, such as:

* Analytical or scientific software — Office software; LexisNexis, CourtLink; Strategic Profiles; Uniscribe; Wilson's
Computer Applications; RealEasy Appraisals
* Database user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access; Relativity e-Discovery; TrialWorks
* Desktop publishing software — Digital contract software; Microsoft Publisher; ProForce; Paralegal Pro-Pack; Sure Will Writer
* Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat; CaseSoft DepPrep; PDF; Snake Easy Bates; Summation Blaze
* Information retrieval or search software — American LegalNet USCourtForms; LexisNexis; Thomson West FindLaw; Westlaw Real Property Deed

The detailed Work Activities, however, have remained largely the same and involve:
* Maintain the order of legal documents.
* Prepare legal documents.
* Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.
* Confer with court staff to clarify information.
* Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.

The reality today is that a large part of client interactions is handled by Paralegals, such as gathering necessary information, drafting forms, applications and pleadings, and providing answers to questions about the contents of the client file and missing documents. Thus, Paralegal work is not quite as mundane as it appears from the O*NET description. In fact, most of the colorful day-to-day client interactions are presumably handled by Paralegals (subject to ethical rules as discussed below).

One thing has continued unchanged; Paralegals provide essential support to Attorneys, as well as assist in the production and delivery of legal services to the modern client. This “go between client and attorney” career began to develop in the late 1960's when law firms and individual law practitioners sought ways to not only to improve efficiency, but also to reduce costs and expenses – expenses that could be passed along to the client over the course of legal representation. Still, the beneficiary has been the Client because such support work is billed at a much lower rate, and Paralegals tend to be much more accessible than Attorneys with their hectic, deadline-driven schedule. Thus, there is a benefit to both the law firm and the client – Paralegals are able and qualified to perform many services that reduce Attorney time spent on a particular legal matter, thus again resulting in a lower cost to the client. The use of Paralegal services also greatly improves case efficiency and accuracy as the Attorney is now free to spend more time on the more vital aspects of the client’s case. In many cases, work is prepared or drafted by a Paralegal and then reviewed and finalized by an Attorney. This process in many instances provides “a second set of eyes” to check the work product. However, there are ethical restrictions so that the Paralegal does not dispense legal advice and acts like an attorney, even though the boundaries are becoming blurry, explains Mr. Blanchard.

The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Blanchard at https://williamblanchardblog.blogspot.com

About William B. Blanchard

William Blanchard (“Bill Blanchard”) is a real estate attorney with offices in Illinois, in St. Charles and Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Bill specializes in representing real estate clients for purchases and sales as well as home owner real estate tax assessment appeals.

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Lerner and Rowe Gives Back Sponsors the Shop With a Cop 2018 Event

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Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is proud to sponsor the Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support (AZLEOS) Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Sheepdog 2018 event.

We just wanted to give back to the kids in need. Helping pay for their breakfast is the least we can do for them.”

— Kevin Rowe

MESA, AZ, USA, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lerner and Rowe Gives Back Sponsors the Shop With a Cop 2018 Event

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is proud to sponsor the Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support (AZLEOS) Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Sheepdog 2018 event.

The holidays are around the corner, and Lerner and Rowe is proud to embody the spirit of giving. At the event, which takes place on Saturday, December 15, 2018, there will be lots of fun for everyone!
The event’s breakfast, hosted by MCCCD PD and Mesa PD, begins at 7:00 am at Mesa Community College (1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202). Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is proud to contribute $2,500 towards this breakfast for law enforcement officers and the children they will be with.

"We just wanted to give back to the kids in need," said attorney Kevin Rowe. "Helping pay for their breakfast is the least we can do for them."

Representatives from 22 police and military agencies will attend the event as well as kids from throughout the state. After the breakfast, law enforcement officers will pair up with kids who were pre-selected based on grades, financial need, good deeds, community service, and other criteria. The kids will each be given $100 to spend at the Target on Longmore and Southern. The kids will also be able to interact with some special guests, namely Star Wars characters and Disney Princesses!

Overall, this event is a fun and festive way to give back to the community, and Lerner and Rowe is proud to be a part of it.

Questions about the AZLEOS Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Sheepdog event should be directed to Cindy Hill at Cindy.Hill@azleos.org or to Jim Hill at Jim.Hill@azleos.org.

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If you missed the AZLEOS 2018 Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Sheepdog event, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to give back to your community. Contact Lerner and Rowe today for more information on giving back. You can reach us online, or you can call us 24/7 at (844) 977-1900. Additionally, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t hesitate; give back to your community right away!

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California Lawyers Association names Paula Brunoro-Borokhov Vice-Chair of Young Tax Lawyers Committee Taxation Section

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Paula Brunoro-Borokhov, tax attorney and international legal counsel, will serve tax lawyers that have been practicing for 10 years or less in California.

I am honored to be nominated for this new role. I am excited to be a part of the YTLC to assist and promote the Taxation Section not only within San Diego but throughout the state of California.”

— Paula Brunoro-Borokhov

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is a nonprofit, voluntary organization dedicated to promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Paula Brunoro-Borokhov, who has recently served as the Chair of Young Tax Lawyers Section of the San Diego CLA Chapter, will now be the Vice-Chari of the Young Tax Lawyers Committee of the CLA (“YTLC”).

The YTLC works with regional chapters to provide education and support for new tax lawyers throughout California. The purpose of the YTLC is to provide opportunities for new tax lawyers to further their personal and professional development through participation in Taxation Section activities. Local chapters hold periodic meetings on current tax developments and facilitate educational talks on noteworthy tax topics while providing networking opportunities to meet fellow young tax attorneys and to meet more senior tax practitioners who often speak at the meetings. There are presently chapters in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brunoro will participate in the various taxation-specific educational programs organized by the committee and serve as an extension of the Taxation Section to the Young Tax Lawyers Section. Her guidance and participation with these committees will also help her serve the greater legal community in San Diego where her practice operates.

“I am honored to be nominated for this new role. I enjoyed serving as the Chair of the Young Tax Lawyers San Diego Chapter for the past 2 years and I am excited to be a part of the YTLC to assist and promote the Taxation Section not only within San Diego but throughout the state of California.”

About Brunoro Law, APC
Paula Brunoro-Borokhov is the principal attorney at Brunoro Law, APC, a leading international tax law firm located in San Diego California. Brunoro received her J.D. equivalent from the Faculdade de Direito de Vitória in Brazil, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She obtained her LL.M degree in Business and Corporate Law from the University of San Diego and her LL.M in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Brunoro has been recognized by both the San Diego Daily Transcript and San Diego Business Journal for her legal accomplishments and is an active member of the California Lawyers Association.

Brunoro Law specializes in assisting businesses and individuals with business and tax related matters. The firm’s practice areas include but are not limited to: Tax Controversy, Collections, Planning, International Tax, and Corporate law with a specialization in representing clients from or with business in the US and throughout the world. Contact the firm to receive more information or request a consultation from Paula Brunoro-Borokhov.

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Suffering From a Catastrophic Injury in the National Football League

A catastrophic injury, especially a brain injury, in the National Football League is a prominent cause for concern among today's professional athletes.

A catastrophic injury, especially a brain injury, in the National Football League is a prominent cause for concern among today's professional athletes.”

— Alvin F de Levie, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

Catastrophic Injury in the National Football League

Football, especially the NFL, has been going through a lot of changes since we last discussed it here on the blog. The NFL got embroiled in an ongoing political debate, and many people tied that to a huge dip in its ratings, as the numbers declined steadily between 2015 and 2017. Even a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory wasn't enough to stem the tide of a dip in viewership analytics.

But obfuscated by all that kneeling during the anthem discussion was the much larger problem with football and all contact sports — head trauma and the traumatic brain injury caused by playing tackle football from every level including high school, college, and the National Football Lague. American Football players are scientifically proven to be at risk for major catastrophic injuries to their head.

With all the echo chamber hot takes about the anthem embattling the NFL in the United States, the bleak fact remains that catastrophic injuries are part of the package to those who play football. Professional football players put themselves at risk of everything from memory loss to degenerative brain disease.

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), brain damage was found in the brain tissue of all but one of the 111 brains that were donated by NFL players. The study links serious brain injuries to football. Families of the participants reported that 85% showed signs of dementia, 90% had behavioral symptoms, and 95% had cognitive symptoms.

In previous studies, severe CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) has shown to bring on memory loss, depression, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia. Repeated blunt strikes like head tackles can cause brain damage and are collectively called CTE. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is the term for brain damage that occurs after repeated blunt head impact, like head tackles in football.

It’s common for NFL players to sustain mild to severe brain injuries during their football playing career. A recent personal injury lawsuit was settled between the NFL and thousands of former NFL players, where the governing body agreed to pay a sum of $765 million to the players because of the brain trauma they had sustained during their career. The bulk of the compensation will go towards the athletes who’ve sustained the most severe catastrophic injuries, and the rest will be invested in furthering research about the potential effects of brain injuries due to playing football.

These kinds of litigation aren’t surprising with the kind of attention head injuries from sports have been getting in the recent times. Concussions are common football injuries that players experience from the time they suit up for their high school football team until they make it all the way to the Super Bowl. It’s constantly being debated whether these seemingly large settlement amounts are enough for the injuries sustained by players and the lack of awareness of their long-term effects. Players are uninformed about the risks of developing ALS, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases due to repeated impact on the brain. The life expectancy of an NFL player is, on average, 20 years shorter than the average American male according to a published report. Former football players are noted for having man issues from a career of impact injuries and related concussions.

The NFL came out with a directive to make sure clubs publish the fitness reports of players to help maintain integrity in the game. These reports will be available to the public, the opposing teams, and the media. There are three sections in the Injury Report. The Practice, Game Status, and the In-Game Injury report.

Practice Report: This is a fitness report card of a player during the practice sessions. It’s available to other clubs and fans of the game. Apart from how much the player participated in practice sessions, any significant injuries are also available on the report, regardless of whether the player is expected to play in the next games or not. Rather than finding out through media channels and rumor mills, fans will have first-hand information about their favorite players thanks to this report.

Game Status Report: This is an availability report. Clubs are required to let everyone interested know the status of injured players who are going to play an upcoming game, even if they were part of the practice report. The status needs to be published by 4 pm EST the day before the next scheduled game.

The “probable” status has been removed in 2016. There are three categories players are listed under:

Out: Meaning they will not play the next game.
Doubtful: They are unlikely to play.
Questionable: Uncertain of being able to play.

In-Game Injury Report: These injury reports are to be provided by clubs during the game as soon as they are available. And these should be available to the broadcasters, the fans, and the media.

These should also be broadcast on the scoreboard and ribbon boards, as mandated by the NFL for the viewers at the venue. The information needs to be credible and accurate. These will go a long way in keeping everyone informed about their favorite injured stars and also make people aware of the dangers of the sport.

Head Injuries and Younger Football Players

Over the recent past, there have been a significant number of catastrophic NFL injuries and players that have been diagnosed with neurological diseases due to repetitive trauma to their brain during their career. Among other things, this can cause CTE which can quietly lead to dementia, which has no apparent signs during the footballer's career. However, doctors may easily misjudge the symptoms of CTE and delay in a proper diagnosis.

One of the biggest consequences of the concussion and brain trauma in football players research is that fewer young people are participating in the sport.

In a recent documentary, retired star quarterback Brett Favre said he’d prefer that his grandsons play golf over football. Celebrities like former President Barack Obama, and now Justin Timberlake, have said they wouldn’t let their sons play football.

National trends reflect the unease. The number of high school students playing football dropped by 25,000 in the 2016-’17 school year, despite more students than ever taking part in high school sports. (Football is still the most popular sport for high school males.)

And parents have reason to be concerned about young kids playing the sport.

A 2015 study found that former NFL players who began football before age 12 fared worse on cognitive assessments than those who started later in their teens. And this held true even controlling for the number of years played.

It suggests (though not conclusively) that playing football at ages younger than 12 is more dangerous for long-term cognitive decline than starting at an older age. “The results of this study suggest that sustaining repeated head injuries during critical periods of brain maturation could alter neurodevelopmental trajectories, leading to later-life cognitive impairment,” the study concluded.

More recently, a study on the brains of deceased football players also found a link between early play and CTE. Athletes who began playing tackle football before age 12 developed the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of CTE 13 years earlier on average than those who started playing later in their teenage years.

“Every one-year younger that participants began to play football resulted in earlier reported onset of cognitive and behavioral [and] mood symptoms by approximately 2.5 years,” the study concluded. However, the study did not find an increased amount of physical abnormalities in the brains of athletes who began playing earlier than age 12. Scientists are still working to figure out the exact relationship between physical brain damage, diagnosed concussions, and the start of symptoms — and are recognizing that behavior symptoms can occur without detectable physical changes.

Regardless, brain changes are a concern for younger football players. Yet another study found evidence to suggest that college football experience can lead to a decrease in the volume of the hippocampus — a critical region for memory — compared to people who never played college football.

And teenage brains can show signs of CTE, as a study of four brains from deceased teenagers who died within a few weeks of sustaining a head injury showed. A severe case, one of the brains had enough tau protein to be diagnosed with stage 1 CTE.

Again, this study doesn’t suggest that CTE among teenagers is prevalent. It just shows that it is possible.

There are many uncertainties left in the research. A study of 3,000-plus Wisconsin men who had played high school football in the 1950s found no elevated rates of cognitive impairment. This shows not everyone who plays football as a teen suffers consequences, and researchers still need to better understand how much exposure to football tackles is too much for both current players and former players.

Recognizing the problems of catastrophic injuries can help. Family members who play youth football or even high school players may be experiencing health problems due to sports-related concussions. If you or someone you know has suffered a catastrophic injury, please contact the Law Offices of Alvin F. de Levie & Associates at 844-777-2529 to speak with an attorney today.

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