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Why We Need to Learn to Fail Better

For most people, failure is pretty simple: it’s bad, even shameful. Life is going well if you’re not experiencing failures, and we think that avoiding failure is obviously the right goal. We worry about what it says about us when we get something wrong (we’re not good enough!). The social stigma of failure exacerbates that spontaneous reaction. The instinct is so strong that we can find ourselves upset about the smallest missteps – the comment that falls flat in a meeting, the stumble on an uneven sidewalk that has us furtively glancing around to see if anyone noticed.

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How to Get the Most out of Mentoring

Workplace mentoring has long been an informal affair, disguised as a chat by the coffee machine or a trip to a bar with a longer-serving and more senior colleague. Even the most successful find having a receptive ear a useful addition to the organization armory. For over 30 years Bill Gates has turned to another billionaire, Warren Buffett, for advice. Mark Zuckerberg, another tech baron, credits Steve Jobs, an American business magnet, inventor, and digital pioneer as one of his greatest inspirations.

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Sentencing Summit to be held in October

NAPCO members have been invited to attend a special two-day summit entitled Rewriting the Sentence II summit presented by the Center for Justice and Human Dignity (CJHD) in collaboration with George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. The event will be held October 16-17, 2023, from 9 AM to 6 PM each day in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre on the GW campus and will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, sessions, interactive roundtables, and discussions.

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New Tier of Legal Professionals Created by National Framework

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced the release of its new report, Allied Legal Professionals: A National Framework for Program Growth, as part of Institutes’ Allied Legal Professionals project. The report offers multiple research-informed recommendations to help standardize a new tier of legal professionals across states, with the goal of increasing options for accessible and affordable legal help in civil matters involving self-representative litigants and the public in general.

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Civil litigation increasingly embraces remote e-discovery

There was a time when the managed review portion of e-discovery projects—or “document review,” as it’s colloquially known to those who practice it—was conducted exclusively in the dowdy back rooms of legal staffing agencies. Teams of attorneys hired on contract would sit at laminate classroom-style tables, usually shoulder to shoulder and often amid clutter, scrolling through hundreds of electronic files a day. It was understood, but still repeated on every review, that all work took place inside that room to safeguard clients’ confidential information.

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