Uruguay president signs bill legalizing production and sale of marijuana

[JURIST] Uruguayan President Jose Mujica [official profile, in Spanish] has signed into law a controversial plan to oversee the production and sale of marijuana in Uruguay. The Uruguayan Senate passed the measure [JURIST report] to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana earlier this month. The bill makes Uruguay the first country to have a system that regulates marijuana production and sale, as the use of cannabis was already legal in Uruguay. The bill allows [AFP report] individuals over…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2013/12/uruguay-president-signs-bill-legalizing-production-and-sale-of-marijuana.php

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Civility as an Art Form in Diplomacy and the Law

Civility is a skill in the management of differences, disagreements and conflict and is good for the law profession. So how essential is civility to the legal profession? And is it practiced well by lawyers? Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Dick A. Semerdjian from the firm Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley LLP and chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), to discuss the status of civility in the legal profession.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2012/09/civility-as-an-art-form-in-diplomacy-and-the-law/

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Federal judge rules Ohio must recognize same-sex marriage on death certificates

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday that Ohio must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples on Ohio death certificates. The order also extends to marriages not authorized or validly performed under Ohio law, such as marriages between first cousins, marriages of certain minors and common law marriages. The court stated that by treating lawful same-sex marriages differently than it treats lawful opposite sex marriages,…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2013/12/federal-judge-rules-Ohio-must-recognize-same-sex-marriage-on-death-certificates.php

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Paralegals and Microsoft Office Suite

How well-versed should paralegals and and paralegal students be in Microsoft Office Suite? Paralegal Voice co-host Vicki Voisin welcomes Deborah Savadra who blogs at LegalOfficeGuru.com, to take a look at the skills most legal employers expect and how paralegals can master those skills, and the resources available for improving skills. Deborah also shares her top tips for Word and Outlook, as well as her favorite technology tools.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2012/08/paralegals-and-microsoft-office-suite/

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