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Funding your legal tech initiative through an initial coin offering

Ari Kaplan: Why is Legaler funding its access to justice initiative through an initial coin offering?

Stevie Ghiassi: Fundraising has seen a significant shift to companies actually raising money directly from their communities.

Judge rejects Harvey Weinstein’s dinner-and a-movie hypothetical, allows civil sex-trafficking suit

A federal judge in Manhattan has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a British actress who sued producer Harvey Weinstein for an alleged violation of the federal sex-trafficking law.

LegalZoom announces $500M secondary investment
LegalZoom, the legal services giant, has landed a $500 million secondary investment led by Francisco Partners and GPI Capital, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Lawyers in Serbia strike after one who defended Milosevic is shot and killed

Updated: A weeklong lawyer strike is underway in Serbia after a lawyer who defended former president Slobodan Milosevic was shot and killed Saturday in the capital city of Belgrade.

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The small country making a big impact on blockchain adoption

Ian Gauci tells Ari Kaplan: “We are a small nation without any particular resources, save for the sun and the sea. Other than that, we have human capital, so we always try to create niches to prosper.”

EU punishes Google with record $5.1B antitrust fine for deals requiring preinstalled apps, services

The European Union has fined Google $5.1 billion for using its market dominance to encourage device makers to preinstall its apps and services on Android phones and tablets.

The antitrust…

Army reverses discharge of immigrant soldier at center of media coverage
The U.S. Army has reversed its discharge of a Brazilian-born recruit after his ouster garnered widespread media coverage.
Poland’s top judge defies law that lowers retirement age

Despite Polish legislation that requires a third of its Supreme Court justices to retire based on their ages, they showed up to work this week.

Embracing the possibilities of law grads from nontraditional backgrounds
Those of us who have had challenges on the way to working in the legal industry must speak up about their own experiences to inspire others. At the University of Exeter, a program called Pathways to Law supports high-achieving students from nonprivileged backgrounds as they finish school and start the process of applying to university.
Supreme Court rules lawyers cannot defy their clients’ wishes to argue for their innocence
A recent Supreme Court decision addresses a dilemma that would challenge any lawyer—how to respond if a client refuses to confess to a capital crime when the lawyer believes such a strategy may be the only way to avoid a death sentence.
Why legal tech conferences have become a global phenomenon
Ari Kaplan speaks with Soon Yi Loo, co-founder and CEO of CanLaw Asia, a legal tech consultancy for law firms and corporate legal departments in Malaysia, and the creator of LexTech Conference; and Andrew King, the founder and strategic advisor of E-Discovery Consulting, which provides litigation support guidance to law firms and corporate legal departments throughout New Zealand, and the creator of the LawFest New Zealand conference.
The ‘think like a lawyer’ approach to law school is outdated
I have been writing about change within the legal industry for a few years, but have held off commenting directly on the law school and bar experience for a couple of reasons.
Proposed Florida law resurrects the debate around the legal duty to help someone in distress
Florida would be in a distinct minority of states if it imposes a duty to rescue people in distress. The rule in the United States is you have no duty to rescue a stranger, and legal scholars are divided on whether that’s a good thing.
Is there an ethical problem with attorneys ghostwriting for pro se clients?
Some states require no disclosure on the part of attorney ghostwriters assisting pro se litigants. Some states mandate disclosure, while other states sometimes require such disclosure.
UK judge calls for ban on pointed kitchen knives to reduce stabbing deaths
A retiring judge in the United Kingdom is calling for a ban on the sale of large pointed kitchen knives to reduce stabbing deaths.

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