Archives April 2023

Ashlyn Nassif: Glamorous EA Place lawyer, 27, charged with alleged multimillion dollar fraud

A glamorous lawyer who allegedly falsified a $150 million construction contract has been banned from contacting her high-profile property developer dad as she’s released on $2.6 million bail.

Ashlyn Nassif, 27, faced Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday charged with fraud after four family properties, including her famous father Jeans home and office, were raided yesterday.

Mr Nassif, who is in Lebanon, posted a supportive message to his daughter on Instagram over the top of a video of a child playing on a beach.

‘To my daughter, NEVER forget that I love you. I hope you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you,’ the message read.

‘When life try’s (sic) to knock you down, I will ALWAYS have your back. I can’t promise to be here the rest of your life, but while (sic) I can promise is that I will LOVE YOU the rest of mine.’

Though aimed at his daughter’s legal woes, the video is a frequently reposted reel that does not depict Nassif and was not created by the real estate tycoon.

Glamorous lawyer Ashlyn Nassif (pictured) has spent the night behind bars after being charged with fraud offences on Tuesday before a court appearance on Wednesday

Glamorous lawyer Ashlyn Nassif (pictured) has spent the night behind bars after being charged with fraud offences on Tuesday before a court appearance on Wednesday

Nassif is pictured leaving Surry Hills Police Station on Wednesday after being granted bail

Nassif is pictured leaving Surry Hills Police Station on Wednesday after being granted bail

Ashlyn Nassif, the managing lawyer of EA Legal Pty Ltd, appeared dishevelled in a pink top and black pants as she faced court from a cell in Surry Hills Police Station. 

Magistrate Greg Grogin told Nassif her family was in the court room, with Nassif grinning and waving at the screen, her handcuffs jingling around her wrists.

Moments later, her smile was wiped away after Magistrate Grogin added that there was also several members of the media in the gallery to report

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Legal Clinics | Law | Baylor University


Students looking for hands-on experience with actual client cases will discover both through Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics. As part of the School’s commitment to pro bono public service, students step outside the classroom and into the community, meeting and working with clients with real needs and real issues—most of who cannot afford a lawyer.

Current Baylor Law Legal Clinics include:

Over the past few years, more than 1,500 central Texans have been served by Baylor Law students, faculty, and volunteer attorneys. Under the supervision of a professor and licensed attorney, many clinics operate year-round. Most are voluntary and all provide students with invaluable experience.

For more information, please contact the Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, Joshua G. Borderud.

CLIENT COUNSELING.

Students discover that clients rarely arrive with their legal problems already tied in a neat bow. Developing the listening, interview and client counseling skills to elicit the facts—and the temperament to manage human side of the process—are foundational to any law practice.

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS.

In some instances, students find the work they’re doing in clinic mirrors many of the same responsibilities—sometimes even in the same area—they will be assuming in practice. They learn how to gather information, interview clients, draft documents, and sometimes, even try cases—all with the safety net of a professor and practicing attorney for support.

BROADER PERSPECTIVES.

For many students, clinical situations provide their first encounter with the poor. Working with people whose lives are impacted, and sometimes torn, by things most of us take for granted is a light bulb moment for many. At the same time, they bring students face-to-face with people whose ethnic backgrounds, family upbringing, culture, political beliefs, and lives are very different from theirs. Being able see the law through the lens of a real

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How to use ChatGPT to write an essay

It is worth noting that if you take the text directly from the chatbot and submit it, your work could be considered a form of plagiarism, since it is not your original work. As with any information taken from another source, text generated by any AI should be clearly identified and credited in your work.

Also: Teachers are using ChatGPT more than students. Here’s how

In most educational institutions, the penalties for plagiarism are severe, ranging from a failing grade to expulsion from the school.

If you want ChatGPT generate a sample piece of text, put in the topic, the desired length, and watch for what it generates. For example, I input the following text: 

Can you write a five-paragraph essay on the topic, “Examining the Leadership Style of Winston Churchill through Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Leadership Grid.”

Within seconds, the chatbot output exactly what I asked for: A coherent, five-paragraph essay on the topic which can help you to guide you in your own writing. 

Also: What is GPT-4? Here’s everything you need to know

At this point it’s worth remembering how tools like ChatGPT work: They put words together in a form that they think is statistically valid but they don’t know if what they are saying is true or accurate. That means you might find invented facts or details or other oddities. It won’t be able to create original work because it is simply aggregating everything it has already absorbed. It might be a useful starting point for your own work, but don’t expect it to be inspired or accurate.

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Robot Lawyer Battles Human Regulators

Correction: This article misstated that the State Bar of California’s Closing the Justice Gap Working Group was still in operation. It was dissolved after the state bar’s annual fee-licensing bill, signed into law on Sept. 18, directed the agency to halt its work on proposals to allow nonlawyers to practice law.


Life moves pretty fast for artificial intelligence start-up DoNotPay. On Jan. 8, CEO Joshua Browder announced the company would pay $1 million to any attorney who would allow the company’s “robot lawyer” to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. The bold offer initiated a wave of skepticism and intrigue across the legal community.

On Jan. 25, Browder—revealing threats of a jail sentence from State Bar officials—announced the company had ditched all plans of deploying its cybernetic barrister. The CEO says they will now focus on their core mission of helping consumers with issues like bank fees and unwanted subscriptions. While all this may have come as a shock to Browder and his team at DoNotPay, the discourse over AI’s place in the legal profession has been ongoing for years.

Notwithstanding the deep complexities involved in the AI’s backend, its user application is straightforward. DoNotPay’s program would have “argued” by having the attorney parrot statements provided by the AI in real-time through a pair of wireless earbuds connected to the attorney’s cellphone. Ostensibly, the program would simultaneously be listening and responding (through the lawyer) to questions and comments from the justices.

The Supreme Court was not the first place Browder sought to test DoNotPay’s AI. The initial real-world experiment was to take place on Feb. 22 in a California traffic court which is what sparked the backlash from state bar officials across the country. Although Browder will not say who specifically sent letters or threatened a

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Writing Research Background – Research-Methodology

Research background is a brief outline of the most important studies that have been conducted so far presented in a chronological order. Research background part in introduction chapter can be also headed ‘Background of the Study.” Research background should also include a brief discussion of major theories and models related to the research problem.

Specifically, when writing research background you can discuss major theories and models related to your research problem in a chronological order to outline historical developments in the research area.  When writing research background, you also need to demonstrate how your research relates to what has been done so far in the research area.

Research background is written after the literature review. Therefore, literature review has to be the first and the longest stage in the research process, even before the formulation of research aims and objectives, right after the selection of the research area. Once the research area is selected, the literature review is commenced in order to identify gaps in the research area.

Research aims and objectives need to be closely associated with the elimination of this gap in the literature. The main difference between background of the study and literature review is that the former only provides general information about what has been done so far in the research area, whereas the latter elaborates and critically reviews previous works.

 

Writing Research Background

 

 

Writing Research BackgroundMy e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Dissertation in Business Studies: a step by step assistance offers practical assistance to complete a dissertation with minimum or no stress. The e-book covers all stages of writing a dissertation starting from the selection to the research area to submitting the completed version of the work within the deadline.

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I had to go to Miami to see Knicks

A Big Apple lawyer banned from Madison Square Garden sporting events because of a case against the stadium told an appellate court Tuesday that he had to go all the way to Miami to see his beloved New York Knicks.

Larry Hutcher – a partner at the taboo law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron – lamented to the five judges during oral arguments, “I have had New York Knicks season tickets for 47 years, and I sued once, and I had to go to Miami to see them.”

In September, MSG — led by CEO James Dolan –notified Hutcher’s firm that all of its nearly 60 lawyers could not attend the famous sports venue while its lawyers represented a client in a case against the Garden.

Hutcher and the company sued a month later, with the partner claiming he’d already paid $18,000 for his season tickets for the Knicks’ 2022 to 2023 season.

His firm won a partial victory when a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled its lawyers could attend all MSG venues for non-sports-related events. But that didn’t help Hutcher when it came to his Knicks.


Larry Hutcher holding a sign saying "HEY DOLAN A BAN CAN'T STOP THIS KNICK FAN."
Larry Hutcher – who is banned from MSG – was forced to catch his beloved Knicks in Miami.
Courtesy Larry Hutcher

Hutcher appealed the portion of the ruling limiting the firm to non-sports-related events, while MSG appealed the preliminary injunction allowing the firm into its venues for occasions other than sports.

Meanwhile, Hutcher took his love for his basketball team on the road.

The die-hard fan saw his home team play in Miami on Friday, when it defeated the Heat.

A smiling Hutcher can be seen in a photo obtained by The Post at the Florida game holding a sign saying, “HEY DOLAN A BAN CAN’T STOP THIS KNICK FAN.”


Larry Hutcher
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Proper way to write a date on a legal document

Legalities are important to follow with any document you want to stand up in court. You should write all contracts, even lighthearted ones or those between friends, in a manner that makes them binding. The date on legal documents is very important, and you need to write it properly so there isn’t any chance that the document won’t survive legal scrutiny.

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Why It’s Important

Write the date properly and correctly on a legal document for several reasons. Documents are intended to show intent, information or contracts, and therefore the date on which these things take place is extremely important. A wrong or incorrectly placed date on a contract of sale, for instance, could void the transaction.

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Writing the Date Properly

Write the date in several different ways so that it is absolutely clear and there is no question about the intent. Write the date several times in your document, especially if the date is particularly germane to document, such as a lease or transfers of sale documents. The date should appear on the header, with the month, day and year style, and also in the body of the contract.

  • Write the date in several different ways so that it is absolutely clear and there is no question about the intent.
  • The date should appear on the header, with the month, day and year style, and also in the body of the contract.

Shelley Loverign, a court clerk in Aberdeen, South Dakota, says that in order to get rid of any confusion regarding dates, you should first write the date in numbers, such as February 21st, 2009, and then in words, such as February twenty-first, two thousand and nine. This will make the date clearly stated on the document.

Include a place for those signing the

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Rules for writing out dollars & cents in legal documents

The details are key in a legal document. When a document contains a dollar amount such as a figure owed for a settlement, the exact amount must be clear to any reader. To that end, dollars and cents in legal documents are written in both words and numbers. This helps to ensure that the correct amount is understood, especially when there is a large, uneven amount.

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Cents

When writing out an amount under one dollar in a legal document, start with the figure spelt out and followed by the word “cents” — for example, “forty-nine cents.” Note the use of hyphens between the numbers in the tens and ones places of the figure. Follow the words with the numeric figure in parentheses — for example, “forty-nine cents (49 cents).” If the amount is under 10 cents, simply write out the full number — “nine cents,” for example.

  • When writing out an amount under one dollar in a legal document, start with the figure spelt out and followed by the word “cents” — for example, “forty-nine cents.”

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Whole-Dollar Amounts

According to “Legal Writing: How to Write Legal Briefs, Memos, and Other Legal Documents,” for a whole-dollar amount you can choose to write either the amount numerically preceded by a dollar sign or write out the full amount in words. For example, if the amount is £195 you can use “$300” or “three hundred dollars” in the document. Do not add a decimal place to the figure if there are no cents in the amount.

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Dollars and Cents

To write out dollars and cents, you need to represent the figure with both words and numbers. If the figure in question is £2,600.2 then you would write it in your document as “four thousand dollars and thirty-five cents ($4,000.35).”

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Alex Murdaugh lawyer calls trial a ‘miscarriage’ of justice

A lawyer for convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh said he was “shocked” when the jury returned a guilty verdict so quickly, and called the end result of the sensational trial “a miscarriage of justice.”

“There was six weeks of evidence and there was so little evidence on the actual murders. There’s no murder weapons. There’s no bloody clothes. There’s no motive to the murder,” Jim Griffin told Chris Cuomo on cuomo-show/jim-griffin-alex-murdaugh-reaction-appeal/”NewsNation Friday night. “We thought the jury would have to work through a lot of that.”

One juror has said it took the panel less than an hour Thursday to find Murdaugh, 54, guilty of killing his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, in 2021.

 “That’s not a deliberation. That is concerning frankly,” Griffin told Cuomo.

Griffin insisted to Cuomo that members of the Murdaugh family came away from the trial “more convinced than ever that he did not do it.”


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Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer Jim Griffin told Chris Cuomo he was “shocked” by the speed of jury deliberations.

Asked why Murdaugh, a disbarred lawyer, took the witness stand, Griffin called it a “hail Mary” move. It came after Murdaugh admitted lying about his whereabouts the night his wife and son were killed.

“Frankly, we had to throw a hail Mary by putting him on the stand, to explain the lie, explain why he cheated, explain why he stole and because of his drug addiction,” Griffin said. “We had hoped that jurors had experience, whether family members or relatives, of how drug addicts lie, cheat and steal. And they would have understanding of that. Obviously, that did not work.”

Murdaugh received two life sentences Friday.

His lawyers intend to appeal.

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How to write an internal legal memo

Laws change frequently in the UK due to the use of prior case law as precedent, as well as new laws and codes that are enacted. This situation makes it easy for a barrister to lose track of the status of the law. When a barrister is trying a case, if she needs information regarding how the existing law treats a specific issue, she will ask an associate to write an internal legal memo. A legal memo updates her on the status of the law, and may offer a prediction as to how the court will decide the issue.

  • Laws change frequently in the UK due to the use of prior case law as precedent, as well as new laws and codes that are enacted.
  • A legal memo updates her on the status of the law, and may offer a prediction as to how the court will decide the issue.

Write the header of the legal memo. The header is comprised of four lines indicating the purpose of the memo, the parties to the memo and the date. The four lines of the header are “To:”, “From:”, “Date:” and “Re:”.

State the question, or questions, that the internal legal memo will address in the “Questions Presented” section. Each legal issue that the internal legal memo will discuss is a separate question. You may state the question in the “whether” form or an “under-does-when” form. For example, a legal issue statement can written as “whether a person commits trespass when he steps on his neighbour’s garden to avoid being hit by a car,” or “Under the common law, does a person commit trespass when he steps on his neighbour’s garden to avoid being hit by a car?”

  • State the question, or questions, that the internal legal memo will address in the
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