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Keys to becoming an unfrazzled lawyer

Overwhelmed lawyer

You’re probably not surprised to hear that getting clear on your priorities is the first key to becoming an unfrazzled lawyer. “Priorities” mean your needs, your wants, what makes you happy and fulfilled, what’s important to you personally, and where ...

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Confused about federal COVID-19 emergencies ending? You’re not alone

As the two federal COVID-19 emergency declarations — the public health emergency and the national emergency — end, employers who sponsor benefit plans must deal with changes in group health plan (GHP) requirements and must navigate and administer the wind-down ...

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Four misconceptions about appeals

Missing puzzle piece being added

As an appellate attorney, my business is understanding the business of trial attorneys. But I encounter recurring misunderstandings about appeals and appellate referrals. Here’s why those beliefs are mistaken. Misconception 1: If I refer the appeal, I’ll lose the client ...

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Font choice exposes fabricated document

A probate judge has dismissed a man’s claims against his parents for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and conversion after ruling that a business record he attempted to admit at trial was typed in a font that did not exist ...

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USPTO launches first-time filer expedited exam pilot program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office launched the First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program on March 9, 2023. The program is one of several initiatives developed by the USPTO and its Council for Inclusive Innovation, or CI2, to promote ...

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In times of crisis, the ‘tug of war’ is over

Conventional wisdom used to go something like this: Lawyers and communicators are trained differently and, consequently, see the world differently, especially during a crisis or any other time of adversity. Attorneys want their clients to say as little as possible, ...

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The ever-evolving Fourth Circuit

Federal court of appeals building

In April 1865, as Ulysses S. Grant and the Union army made their way into the Confederate capital of Richmond, fleeing rebel soldiers set fire to bridges and warehouses. That fire quickly spread out of control and torched huge swaths ...

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Federal protections for pregnant, nursing employees coming

Pregnant employee talking on phone in office

On Dec. 23, 2022, President Biden signed into law two measures that expand the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding workers: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers, or PUMP Act. Both measures were ...

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It’s time for employers to embrace the ‘Big Quit’ and adapt

Employees collaborating

Growing up, I watched my immigrant parents build their small business and attempt to navigate the tricky regulations of the automobile industry. Year by year, their workforce grew, and they evolved by implementing more employee-friendly policies. Before the pandemic, a ...

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