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June 22nd, 2017

ACLEA’s 2017 Best Use of Technology Award Goes To…

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In October of 2016, Lawline launched a dynamic mobile app allowing both online and offline access to an extensive library of content. The app not only allows attorneys to access and absorb CLE on the go, but provides an array of tools to enhance the learning experience, aid with information retention, and, ultimately, allow users to develop professionally and excel in their practice. Since its launch, the app has been downloaded over 4,500 times with users completing over 17,000 courses via the app.

In August of 2017, ACLEA will host a Best Awards ceremony in Montreal, and has selected Lawline to be the recipient of an Award of Outstanding Achievement in their Best Use of Technology category. For the selection of this Award, ACLEA stated that the technology being nominated for this category must meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates an innovative use of technology
  2. Is useful as an example for other ACLEA members to follow
  3. Is well designed and well executed
  4. Provides significant benefit to the CLE organization or its customers
  5. Demonstrates an effective use of the organization’s resources
  6. Is well received by the target audience or market

Lawline’s Mobile App Dashboard

We are extremely proud to have created a product that satisfies these criteria for reasons that go beyond receiving this great honor. One of Lawline’s brand promises is Stress Free CLE. No user of any app should have to waste so much as an extra second in the navigation of that app, especially when the user is an attorney balancing heavy case-loads against family obligations and a grinding schedule. For this reason, we made ease of navigation a central feature of the Lawline app. Furthermore, once a course has been downloaded to the user’s smartphone, it can be accessed at any time, regardless of whether or not an internet or mobile connection exists. Offline access frees attorneys from the restriction of consuming CLE at their desks, allowing them to integrate the learning process into every phase of their lives with flexibility and ease.

In satisfying an objective of information retention that can benefit users in a long-term sense, a SmartNotesTM feature has been integrated into the mobile platform allowing viewers to take notes during the program while simultaneously saving the specific point in the program that corresponds with the note. If they wish to review their notes afterward, they need only click on a particular note to be automatically directed to the corresponding portion of the course. The SmartNotesTM that a user generates on the app can sync across all of the user’s devices, including iPad and desktop computers.

This ACLEA Award means a great deal to us, and we will ensure that the Lawline app continues to provide our customers with the best use of their technology and their time.

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June 8th, 2015

Stephen A. Hochman: Agent of Reality Makes the Case for Mediation

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

For lawyers with the proper temperament and outlook on dispute resolution, mediation practice can be a tremendously fulfilling career enhancer, no matter what practice area you hail from.  Stephen A. Hochman started out in transactional work and then shifted into mediation. Now a leading proponent of alternative dispute resolution, he recently sat in with Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.’s Simeon Baum for 10 Mistakes Even Good Mediators Make, the sixth part of Baum’s eight-part Lawline series on Commercial Mediation.

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June 8th, 2015

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No, It’s my Lunch-Delivery Drone: Lawyers at Forefront of UAS in USA and Beyond

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

With the FAA’s recent streamlining of its commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) exemption process, along with the February 2015 issuance of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Small UAS, it probably won’t be too long before Amazon and a host of other companies unleash UAS technology on our everyday lives. If ever there was a time for lawyers to step up and really be lawyers, this is it. We’re talking seriously unchartered territory here – Wild West. Hogan Lovells’ UAS group offered Lawline the most up-to-date skinny on UAS regulatory and commercial development. Its suite of presentations leaves lawyers with the sense that this is not only an area in flux, but one of the most exciting practice areas to come down the pike in a great long while. Why?

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June 5th, 2015

You’ve Been WARNed: Communicating Outsourcing Transactions to Employees

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

Every outsourcing transaction eventually comes down to people and how they impact, and are impacted by, the deal.

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June 1st, 2015

No Longer Lost: Garcia’s Performance in Innocence of Muslims May be Found Again on YouTube

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By: Amy Goldsmith

In my May 12, 2015 Lawline presentation regarding Rights of Publicity, we discussed the litigation between actor Cindy Lee Garcia and Google/YouTube involving the film Innocence of Muslims. The dispute arose several years ago, when Cindy Lee Garcia was hired (absent the typical written assignment of copyright) to appear in a film called “Desert Warrior.” Five seconds of her performance was converted into a diatribe against the Prophet Mohammed and uploaded by the producer to YouTube. The producer even dubbed over her words: “Is George crazy? Our daughter is but a child?” turned into “Is your Mohammed a child molester?” Millions of view ensued, and Ms. Garcia received death threats. She asked Google to take down the film, citing violations of her right to control her likeness and her right to privacy. Google refused.

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June 1st, 2015

Trade Dress: A Bite Taken Out of the Apple

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Trade Dress: A Bite Taken Out of the Apple by Amy Goldsmith 

Apple has been battling Samsung since 2012, asserting claims of utility and design patent infringement and trademark and trade dress infringement. The California jury handed Apple over a billion dollars in damages (later reduced by the lower court to $930 million), agreeing with the allegations of infringement. Samsung appealed, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its decision on May 18, 2015, reversing the jury’s verdict on the trademark and trade dress component but affirming the rest (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Case: 14-1335, May 18, 2015).

In my Lawline presentation on May 12, 2015, I stressed the importance of defining the trade dress and in understanding the differences between functional and non-functional features, especially when trade dress is claimed in a product configuration. The functionality of certain features of the iPhone 3G/3GS was the question before the Federal Circuit.

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April 13th, 2015

Lawline’s CEO David Schnurman Announces 2,000,000 CLE Courses Completed

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At the 2015 Education Innovation Summit in Arizona, Lawline CEO David Schnurman shared some of the secrets to Lawline’s success. In this 7 minute presentation, David shared how Lawline got started and what led to it’s growth as the largest provider of online Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Please enjoy the presentation below.

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February 28th, 2014

Legal Intelligence: Lawline’s March 2014 Webcasts & Events

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  • Federal Grand Jury Practice for Defense Attorneys (Part 1): Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua Dratel discusses the fundamentals of Federal Grand Jury Practice, including distinctions with some State Grand Jury systems. Mr. Dratel will illuminate defense strategies for addressing Grand Jury investigations and subpoenas (including joint defense agreements) and discuss proffer and immunity agreements.

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February 28th, 2014

Starting and Growing a Food and Agriculture Law Practice

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As the awareness for what we eat and where it comes from grows, so does the various organizations, entities and interests.  One such body of law that has seen particular growth is Food and Agricultural Law.  As a result, various practices have begun to emerge to keep pace with the protection and representation of these key players.

One program that I am very excited to highlight is Cari Rincker‘s program with Lawline entitled “How to Start and Grow a Food and Agriculture Law Practice.

The  program gives a really nice overview of the definition of food and agriculture law and discusses the regulatory system affecting food and agriculture.

Perhaps even more interestingly, Cari’s  program seeks to help attorneys grow a ‘food and agriculture law’ practice by introducing them  to the fundamental building blocks upon which similar successful practices have been perched, and the unique culture of the industry.

Reblogged from “Starting and Growing a Food and Agricultural Law Practice” on Food. – By Sigalle Barness.

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February 21st, 2014

Legal Intelligence: Lawline’s February Calendar

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Check out Lawline’s Upcoming February Events!

FEBRUARY 2014 EVENTS

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Reblogged from: February 2014 Events by Sigalle Barness: Celebrating Life, Law, Travel & Food.

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