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Fitbit data, other digital evidence used by prosecution in murder case

May 22, 2017

Nicole Black In mid-2015 I wrote about an emerging trend where data from wearable mobile devices was being used in the courtroom (nydailyrecord.com/2015/08/14/legal-loop-wearable-tech-data-as-evidence-in-the-courtroom/). In that column I discussed two cases ...

Ex-offenders are closing the gap

May 22, 2017

Kathryn Riley Mackinac Center The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to expand Vocational Village, an in-prison, skilled trades program that’s had remarkable success in helping ex-offenders land jobs. That’s good news for the pool of inmates ...

14th Amendment remade Constitution, defined citizenship

May 22, 2017

Kevin Ryan BridgeTower Media Newswires For Law Day on May 1, we celebrated the Fourteenth Amendment, which has become the heart of the constitutional system within which we live and practice our profession. Our constitution (lower case because I’m talking ...

Why facilitative mediation produces better ADR results

May 22, 2017

Edmund Sikorski Jr. The facilitative mediation has been described as: A process where “the mediator neither offers an opinion on the value of the case, nor recommends how it should be settled. Rather, the facilitative mediator assists the parties and ...

Ethics committee on lawyers accepting credit card payments

May 22, 2017

By Nicole Black The Internet and cloud computing have drastically altered the legal landscape, including the expectations of legal consumers. Because of rapid advancements in technology and 24/7 access to information, the needs of legal clients are necessarily ...

Consensus decision-making - A new way of making public policy choices

May 22, 2017

Phillip Schaedler Many people are familiar with the concept of interest based negotiation which is widely used in public school, postal service and manufacturing negotiations. Consensus decision making, which is particularly powerful in the public policy and ...