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When It Comes to Civility in Court, It’s Do or Die

I’ve yet to find a judge or anyone else who disagrees with my opinion that our country is more divided now than at any time since the Civil War. Disagreement is to be expected in a democracy. The problem is how we disagree. Simple disputes turn into screaming matches. Protests turn into violence. We no longer see someone with a different perspective—we see some thing that must be shouted down and defeated. It was an 18th-century English aristocrat, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who said, “Civility costs nothing and buys everything.” But that accounting seems lost on modern society.

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Arizona, Utah Okay Nonlawyer Program for Housing Advice

The Innovation for Justice program, also known as I4J, announced a new Housing Stability Legal Advocate (HSLA) initiative on May 30 to train and empower licensed advocates who are employed by or volunteer at community-based organizations to provide limited-scope legal advice and services to tenants who are facing eviction. In most states, only lawyers can provide these types of legal services, due to restrictions on the unauthorized practice of law.

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WEBINAR: Mental Health Cases II: Crisis and Opportunity for State and Local Trial Courts 

On June 15, 2023, NAPCO held a webinar titled “Mental Health Cases II: Crisis and Opportunity for State and Local Courts”. This webinar is the second in a three-part series exploring the problems, challenges, and strategies trial court leaders need to know to improve the justice system’s response to cases involving mental health disorders.

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Leading in today’s organizations requires keener social aptitude abilities

Soft skills matter in leading. Writing in the Harvard Business Review last year, Raffaella Sadun of Harvard Business School and her co-authors analyzed almost 5,000 job descriptions that Russell Reynolds, a headhunter, had developed for a variety of c-suite roles between 2000 and 2017. Their work showed that companies have shifted away from emphasizing financial and operational skills towards social skills—an ability to listen, reflect, communicate and empathize. Other research has reached similar conclusions about jobs lower down the pay scale: being able to work well with people is seen not as some fluffy bonus but as a vital attribute.

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Colorado will license paraprofessionals to perform limited legal work

The Colorado Supreme Court has approved a new rule that allows licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals to perform limited legal work in some divorce and child-custody matters. Paraprofessionals will be allowed to complete and file standard pleadings, represent their clients in mediation, accompany their clients to court and answer a court’s factual questions, according to a March 27 press release.

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