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News Update: Perez Hilton faces possible legal charges for pictures of Miley Cyrus

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is under fire for posting a picture of Miley Cyrus without underwear on his twitter page. The shot was taken as the 17 year old climbed out of a convertible car in a short white dress. Since the pop singer is a minor, Hilton could be facing serious legal charges for child pornography. The explicit photo has since been removed from the site, and there are reports that Cyrus was in fact wearing underwear when the photograph was taken.

LexisNexis Firm Manager Adds Batch Invoicing for Small Law Firms

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, announced today it has added batch invoicing to the LexisNexis Firm Manager® product. The Firm Manager product is an all-in-one online solution for small law firm practice management that powers front and back-office firm operations. The new functionality is designed to enable law firms to get their bills out faster, reducing the time, and expense firms spend preparing monthly invoices.

“Batch invoicing enables small law firms to significantly reduce the amount of time, effort and administrative burden spent on the billing process,” said Susan Harman, vice president and product champion for the Firm Manager team. “Our research suggests most attorneys describe billing as laborious and uncomfortable task that many would prefer to avoid altogether; the Firm Manager product makes running a law firm, including billing process, a lot easier.”

The Firm Manager product uses a “wizard” style tool to guide attorneys through the process of creating a batch of invoices. This enables a law firm to establish a regular billing cycle to prepare all their invoices for email or mail distribution in just a few clicks. The wizard provides a set of options so attorneys can choose how they want to bill clients. For example, a firm can bill for all legal services performed by a specific attorney, or by date, a range of dates, or by total amount due.

The batch invoicing process also enables law firms to customize invoice templates, for example to include a standard message across all bills. It also provides the means to write a custom note for specific clients and includes options for applying discounts or even “no charge.” Existing invoicing capabilities automatically deduct – and track for record keeping purposes – any draw from a trust account, or can set a bill due date (net due) immediately or along a range from seven to 60 days.

Batch invoicing solves an enormous inconvenience for small law firms – especially solo and duo law firms – where attorneys hold down many responsibilities from marketing to practice to invoicing. In a recent survey of law firm billing practices, about 62% of small law firm spend roughly eight hours per month on their billing processes while another quarter spend about 16 hours per month. More than half (58%) suggested they were already spending too much time on billing, which is non-billable time.

Business processes, and perhaps the technology supporting those processes, were also highlighted in the survey. Some attorneys indicated billing for services too far in the past was a reason accounts fall in arrears and about half (46%) put the chances of collecting on an invoice as “unlikely” or “very unlikely.”

One respondent, a solo attorney practicing Family Law in Texas, wrote in open-ended comments he had a strong desire to streamline “the process so it doesn’t take so many steps, and so long to complete. For my solo firm I can easily spend an entire business day billing clients.”

The Firm Manager product is a completely redesigned product launched early in 2014, after years of field research with small law firm attorneys. In essence it was created by attorneys, for attorneys and engineered to be easy-to-use, affordable and lightning fast.

“I became productive with Firm Manager in less than an hour,” wrote Edward J. Zohn, a New Jersey-based lawyer in a TechnoLawyer review of the LexisNexis Firm Manager product. “Firm Manager is an attractive, reasonably priced, well-designed web application in which lawyers clearly had some input.”

Since then, the LexisNexis team has released multiple software updates bringing new features to the product including the “Money Finder” feature which automatically finds activities that haven’t been associated with logged time. In addition, expense integrations including bidirectional synchronization with the Google Calendar™, more powerful invoicing, and document foldering. The Firm Manager team also recently announced integration projects with Microsoft® Outlook and Microsoft Office 365™ productivity solutions.

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional:

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

LexisNexis helps professionals at law firms and legal departments of all sizes manage the business element of their practice or departments with innovative software and mobile solutions for customer relationship management, competitive intelligence gathering and assessment, time and billing management, matter management, client analysis, legal holds and more.

HotelPlanner & Bellagio Las Vegas Implement Instant Group Contracting with DocuSign

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

HotelPlanner announces the launch of Instant Contracting™ allowing hotels to digitally manage and obtain signatures for group contracts using their HotelPlanner extranet and DocuSign, Inc.’s (DocuSign®) Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform and industry-leading eSignature solution for contract execution. An industry first, HotelPlanner has created a web based template management and merge tool to handle the group contracting needs for hotels of all sizes and for any type of group contract. The launch hotel partner for this new technology is Bellagio Las Vegas which is using the application. HotelPlanner will be offering this technology worldwide as part of the company’s core technology package. For groups processed via HotelPlanner or, there is no charge to the hotel or to the client to use these newly created contracting capabilities.

This new application will make it easier and faster for hotel sales staff to issue contracts to facilitate the group booking process. Now hotel sales people can issue contracts, store information and institute automatic follow-up processes to work closer with event planners and HotelPlanner to sign more business. Instant Contracting™ also makes it easier for event planners to receive, review, sign, and return agreements.

HotelPlanner’s Instant Contracting™ application allows hotels to load the actual group contract(s) used at a hotel on a daily basis. Once loaded the contract is converted into a template that is customized by the hotel as needed for each group booking. The application makes extensive use of drag and drop functionality that allows hotel sales representatives to add the specific offers residing in HotelPlanner or which have been quoted to an event planner to be included in the hotel’s formal agreement. Instant Contracting™ allows the hotel to customize the look and feel of the content using design tools to make an agreement easier for clients to read. The application allows for multiple contracts to be stored, allows multiple users from the same hotel to access them, and can accommodate any language or country worldwide.

“Now the administrative time needed to execute a group contract will be reduced from weeks to minutes, allowing sales people to focus more time on selling business and delivering customer service rather than chasing paper,” said Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. “Instant Contracting™ will greatly increase productivity, accuracy and make follow-up easier to ensuring higher levels of sales and customer satisfaction,” continued Mr. Hentschel.

“Bellagio books a large amount of groups with HotelPlanner and Instant Contracting™ will make it faster and easier for our sales teams to close on group bookings,” said Shelly Cruz, Director of Sales. “The technology will increase our percentage of wins because we can respond to customer needs quickly and accurately and have them DocuSign contracts anytime, anywhere, on any device,” continued Shelly Cruz.

About HotelPlanner & provides online services to the global group hotel market. The company’s service ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. HotelPlanner allows customers to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and group travels. The company also provides mobile applications for booking group hotel reservations. The company owns and operates, a site that provides information and booking services for meeting and banquet venues around the world for corporate and association meeting planners. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in in West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), Las Vegas, Nevada, London, England, (European Headquarters) and Hong Kong (Asia Headquarters).

About Bellagio

Bellagio Resort & Casino is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½ acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O,” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio.

About DocuSign, Inc.

DocuSign® is The Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management®. DocuSign helps more than 100,000 companies across nearly every industry and department make their digital transformation by putting an end to the paper chase. More than 50 million people in 188 countries turn to DocuSign to manage their most important transactions—digitally. DocuSign’s DTM platform supports legally compliant signature processes tailored to meet requirements globally with localization in 43 languages. Every day more than 50,000 new users join The DocuSign Global Trust Network to increase speed to results, reduce costs, enhance security and compliance, and delight clients with a secure digital experience.

Copyright 2003-2015. DocuSign, Inc. is the owner of DOCUSIGN® and all of its other marks, All other marks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact Bruce Rosenberg, Chief Operating Officer HotelPlanner & at (818) 661-0244 or Bruce(dot)Rosenberg(AT)hotelplanner(dot)com.

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Stetson presents awards in May for lifetime achievement, professionalism

GULFPORT, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Retired Justice David A. Erickson will receive Stetson University’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy during the Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference on May 19 on the Gulfport campus. The Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award will be presented to professor Adam Shlahet.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy. Justice Erickson’s distinguished career as a lawyer, jurist and law professor began in 1976. Erickson served as an assistant state attorney, was appointed to the bench where he served between 1988-1996, and became the first assistant state’s attorney in Cook County. In 2001, Erickson was recalled to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court and presided for three years in the Juvenile Court, serving as trial judge and as acting supervisory judge until his appointment to the Appellate Court. In 2006, Erickson retired as justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and became senior lecturer in law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he has directed the school’s nationally ranked trial advocacy program, Criminal Law Certificate Program, and “Rule of Law” initiative in Mexico.

The Edward D. Ohlbaum Award honors an individual whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The award is designed to recognize a trial team coach and program director who exemplifies the late Professor Ohlbaum’s commitment to doing things with a high degree of professionalism, integrity and competency. In choosing this year’s recipient, the selection committee was charged with finding a rising star in the advocacy coaching world. The committee selected Shlahet, a special assistant attorney general with the New York State Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. Shlalet received the Travis H.D. Lewin Outstanding Coach Award from the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association. He has coached Fordham law students competing in 23 national trial competitions and was named director of Trial Competitions at Fordham Law School in 2012.

The annual Educating Advocates conference, May 18-21 on Stetson University’s Gulfport campus, draws law professors, lawyers and legal practitioners from across the U.S. to learn the Stetson method of advocacy, developing teaching skills, new techniques and networking with some of the most recognized names in advocacy teaching. To register for the conference, visit

About Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, has prepared lawyers and leaders since 1900. Today, Stetson leads the nation in blending legal doctrine with practical training, evidenced by its top-ranked programs in advocacy and legal writing. Through our academically rigorous curriculum and commitment to social responsibility, Stetson lawyers are ethical advocates ready to succeed in the legal profession.

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