May 23 by jason

An Interview with Sara Marcellino of TransForm

As advocates for street safety and supporters of alternative transportation, we at GJEL try to align ourselves with local non-profits actively working to influence public policy and make our community better. One of the organizations we frequently contribute to is TransForm. In the interview below, TransForm’s Development Director, Sara Marcellino talks a little bit about…

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Feb 03 by Beckley

Interview: Imagining laws for self-driving cars

Frank Douma is a Research Fellow and the Associate Director of the Humphrey School of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, as well as a Research Scholar at the school’s Center for Transportation Studies. He’s particularly interested in studying the public policy and legal concerns that driverless cars present. In January, Douma, who also…

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Feb 01 by GJEL

Can Social Media Use Get You Fired? Interview with Employment Lawyer Laura Maechtlen

If you work in an office, the chances are that you’ve used social media at work before. Hopefully, you keep personal use of social media communities like Facebook and Twitter to a minimum during work hours. New reports have found that more than half of employers in the United States view social media use as so harmful to productivity that they’ve banned it altogether. Companies that have not taken this drastic step, however, have run in to a variety of problems related to social media use, which has led to embarrassment, terminations, and even costly lawsuits.

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Sep 07 by GJEL

Ethics and eDiscovery: Q&A With Discovery Strategy Guru Diane Barry

Most people outside the legal profession don’t know the incredible amount of work that goes in to a lawsuit before settlement negotiations or courtroom procedure begins. A major part of this process is discovery, defined by our legal dictionary as “devices that can be used by one party to obtain facts and information about the case from the other party in order to assist the party’s preparation for trial,” including depositions, written interrogatories, and the production of important documents. Discovery has always been a complicated process, but due to the relatively recent rise of computer domination, eDiscovery — which involves the production of information from technological sources — can be even trickier. We asked discovery expert Diane Barry to explain the complicated ethical elements of eDiscovery.

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Aug 24 by GJEL

Legal Ethics Expert Diane Karpman: Social Media Regulations for Lawyers a Violation of Free Speech

No matter what your profession, web culture and social media has become a major force over the past decade and promises to continue it’s influence in the future. But lawyers have been, on average, more resistant to new technologies than professionals in other fields. There are many reasons for this, one of which includes restrictions on legal advertising that have not stayed current with the tech zeitgeist. I spoke with legal ethics expert Diane Karpman about these regulations, the distinction between social media and advertising, and the importance of lawyers interacting with clients online.

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