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  • April 10, 2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2018 a wide variety of new Notary laws and administrative rules raising Notary fees, creating new journal requirements, adding testing and training guidelines, and more take effect. Here is a look at some of the important new laws and rules affecting Notaries.  Arizona's new rule, Administrative Rule R18-01, which took effect March 5, raises the maximum fee for notarizations to $10, up from the previous maximum of $2. However, Arizona Notaries now are required to select the fee they will charge — from “no charge” up to the new $10 maximum. Once chosen, the Notary will be expected to charge that fee at all times. The new rule also requires Arizona Notaries to post their fee schedule in a conspicuous location and in a mandatory fee schedule format to inform signers of the fee before performing a notarization.

    To read about changes to notary laws and rules in other states, click here. 

  • March 31, 2018 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US District Judge Ellen Huvelle will decide whether PACER is charging inordinately high fees and putting the revenue toward unauthorized uses.   Read more here:  https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2018/03/23/judge-considers-legality-of-pacer-fees/

  • March 25, 2018 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curiously "Uncurious':  Hollywood Attorney Disbarred for Not Catching Ex-Con Paralegal's $5M Theft

    In what the state Supreme Court called an "egregious" case, Randall Gilbert hired a convicted fraudster without question, fired him for stealing, then rehired him and put him in charge of the law firm's finances.

    https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2018/03/22/curiously-uncurious-hollywood-attorney-disbarred-for-not-catching-ex-con-paralegals-5m-theft/

  • January 25, 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a good article to remind everyone to be very careful with your data.  Some people continue to use DropBox for exchange of confidential or privilege information, and this is why most don't. 

    https://goo.gl/5C8SVf

  • January 10, 2018 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arizona Supreme Court has announced that Pinal County Superior Court is now accepting electronic filings of civil case initiation and civil subsequent documents through the eFileAZ and AZTurboCourt efiling applications. eFiling is currently available using both applications in Yavapai County, Mohave County, Santa Cruz County, and Maricopa County Superior courts. Plans are underway for the remaining Superior Courts in the State to begin accepting civil documents via efiling in the coming months.  To read more, click here.

  • January 09, 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free CLE - Best Practices for Corporate Transactions, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 11am ET/9AM AZ.  By CSC Global.

    Corporate transactions can come with a host of complex compliance and filing requirements that are often necessary to complete under tight time schedules. Therefore, it is critical that practitioners know best practices for these transactions. In this Continuing Legal Education (CLE*) credit-eligible program, we will highlight some meaningful points to consider when working on corporate transactions and discuss relevant recent case law.

    Join Helena Ledic, associate general counsel, and Rob O’Byrne, strategic account manager, as we discuss these important topics, including:

    • Review of common corporate transactional work
    • Things you will encounter regularly
    • Formations and qualifications
    • State-specific information
    • Mergers and acquisitions, and related filings

    To register, click here

  • January 08, 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another free CLE!  "The Juror Mindset; How They Evaluate & Decide Cases," by Eric Rudich, Ph.D., Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant,  Blueprint Trial Consulting, and Litigation Services.

    Friday, January 19, 10 AM or 1 PM AZ Time.

    It is widely accepted that going to trial is inherently risky. Attorneys and clients are always faced with uncertainty, ambiguity and variability in determining the likely outcome of a case if it proceeds to trial. There are many aspects of a case that are unpredictable – which witnesses will be believed, which arguments will resonate, and the amount of damages that may potentially be awarded. By understanding jurors’ decision-making process, the presentation will offer recommendations for developing successful trial strategies.

    FACULTY:  Eric Rudich, Ph.D. is Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant at Blueprint Trial Consulting.  He is a social psychologist who has worked on over 500 cases and appeared on CourtTV and MSNBC.  His doctorate degree is in Social Psychology from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has studied jury behavior at Duke Law School.


    Register here:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eexktrur8652ba98&oseq=&c=&ch=

  • January 08, 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Behind nearly every person who's achieved success in their field, you'll find a mentor who helped them get there.  https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/one-coworker-every-employee-needs-170026099.html

    The APA has mentors!  Members can search our online database for fellow members who are available to mentor you, in your chosen field.   For membership information, visit http://azparalegal.org/join

  • January 08, 2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Litigation Services is providing a free, one-hour CLE webinar on Friday, January 12 at 10 am OR 1 pm (AZ Time) on:  "ETHICS OF SELECTING & PERSUADING JURORS." 

    The prevalence of social media has provided attorneys with the potential to access a great deal of information (within minutes) on prospective jurors. Moreover, jurors also may use social media to post information about the attorneys and trial. We will discuss the ethical considerations of evaluating potential jurors and monitoring their social media during trial. We will also discuss the ethical considerations of using graphics to persuade jurors.

    FACULTY:  Dr. Eric Rudich is Partner and Senior Litigation Consultant at Blueprint Trial Consulting.  He has worked on over 500 cases and appeared on CourtTV and MSNBC.  His doctorate degree is in social psychology from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has studied jury behavior at Duke Law School.

    To register:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eexkq3nh9b79310c&llr=6ltf6crab

  • November 17, 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A prominent law firm is being accused as wilfully taking part in altering or destroying evidence.   Be very diligent with your legal holds and collecting and preserving ESI (electronically stored information).

    https://www.law.com/ctlawtribune/sites/ctlawtribune/2017/11/17/venable-accused-of-being-an-accomplice-to-destroying-evidence/

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