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Attorney John Q. Kelly Appears on “Banfield” to Discuss the Derek Chauvin Trial

Julie Grant, Ashleigh Banfield, John Q. Kelly, Esq.

left to right – Julie Grant, Ashleigh Banfield, John Q. Kelly, Esq.

On that day of trial, prosecutors had called several medical experts who testified as to the cause of George Floyd’s death, which they stated was due to asphyxia caused by Mr. Chauvin’s knee on his neck. Mr. Kelly noted that the defense made no objections to the experts’ testimony, and that the trial on the whole has not been adversarial. Mr. Kelly added that the trial has been all about George Floyd, and Derek Chauvin has not been humanized at all.

Mr. Kelly also discussed the potential strategies that the defense may use, including looking at Mr. Chauvin’s intent. According to Mr. Kelly, this should have been the defense’s focus from day one, and while there is no question in the jurors’ minds that Mr. Chauvin’s knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck contributed to his death, the question is whether Chauvin knew that Mr. Floyd was in distress and whether Chauvin exhibited a depraved mind or a reckless disregard for human life with his actions.

The episode of “Banfield” aired on April 8, 2021. To view the episode, visit

About Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC

Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC is a general practice law firm in Greenwich, Connecticut, with a branch office in New Canaan, Connecticut and satellite offices in New York. The firm provides legal representation in multiple practice areas, including personal injury and wrongful death cases, corporate law, employment law, commercial and residential real estate, civil litigation, and trusts and estate planning. Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC is dedicated to its clients and community, and the firm works to achieve its clients’ goals in legal matters related to families and businesses. To learn more about the firm, visit or call 203-661-6000 to arrange a consultation.

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Grace Episcopal Church Alexandria Sued for Perjury, Witness Tampering and Conspiracy

Eric Bonetti, the first person married to a same-sex partner at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA, is suing his former priest in the Federal District court for the Eastern District of Virginia, case number 1:21-cv-00190. The pleadings allege that the Rev. Robert Hiller Malm, while acting as rector of the church, committed perjury in a previous lawsuit against the plaintiff, engaged in witness tampering, concealed evidence, and falsely accused Bonetti of threatening Malm and the church. Further, the complaint alleges that Malm and the other defendants colluded to infringe Bonetti’s First Amendment rights, including to criticize the church and its clergy.

The complaint specifically alleges that Malm, acting on behalf of the church, falsely claimed that Bonetti’s late mother, then dying of COPD and bedridden for several years, or someone claiming to be her, contacted Malm repeatedly to schedule appointments, only to no-show.

The pleadings further allege that the City of Alexandria engaged in discriminatory, biased policing by assisting Malm and the church in their previous lawsuit, while ignoring the Plaintiff’s allegations of criminal activity by Malm.

The lawsuit further alleges that the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has known for some time of Malm’s alleged perjury but declined to do anything on the basis that criminal charges have not been filed.

In motions recently filed with the court, Bonetti has asked for permission to add additional defendants to the case, including the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and St. Gabriel’s parish in Marion Massachusetts.

The City of Alexandria and other defendants have filed motions to dismiss. A preliminary hearing in the matter is set for late May.

Bonetti is a former attorney, now retired.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Engages Courtroom Insight for Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Witness Knowledge Management Services

Courtroom Insight, developer of the first expert witness and arbitrator knowledge management platform, announced today that the global law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, has selected Courtroom Insight to organize and manage its information about arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (“BCLP”) has over 1,400 lawyers globally and enjoys a well-earned reputation as a leader in law firm innovation. Judy Mackenzie Stuart is BCLP’s Chief Knowledge Officer overseeing the global Knowledge Management, Process Improvement, Legal Project Management and Library & Research Services teams. Her multi-disciplinary team is focused on the continuous improvement of firm knowledge workflows and wisdom sharing. She explained “Our Courtroom Insight implementation provides our lawyers with a significantly improved system for capturing and sharing critical information about arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses. Organized internal data combined with strategic content integrations helps us realize major efficiencies in our search and research efforts.”

About Courtroom Insight

Courtroom Insight, headquartered in San Ramon, California, offers the leading knowledge management solution that enables law firms to capture, share and analyze critical information about expert witnesses, arbitrators and judges. For further information, please visit

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With over 1,400 lawyers in 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

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News Image, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 50 Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs for 2021. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 208 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. analyzed 208 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 50 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each school.

Students who pursue any one of these programs can expect to gain employment much quicker in comparison to candidates without a degree. In addition to accessibility and cost, the steady job growth in this market is one of the many reasons researched and ranked the Top Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs. To access the complete ranking, please visit:

2021 Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs featured on (in alphabetical order):

Angelo State University

Arizona State University

Boston University

Bowling Green State University

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, San Bernardino

Colorado State University, Global Campus

East Carolina University

Florida International University

Florida State University

Fort Hays State University

Georgia College & State University

Indiana State University

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kent State University

Lamar University

Lewis University

Liberty University

Loyola University New Orleans

Mercer University

Michigan State University

Missouri State University

Northeastern University

Nova Southeastern University

Pennsylvania State University

Rowan University

Rutgers University, Newark

Sam Houston State University

Slippery Rock University

State University of New York, Albany

Texas Christian University

Texas State University

University of California, Irvine

University of Central Florida

University of Central Missouri

University of Cincinnati

University Of Colorado, Denver

University of Louisville

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

University of Memphis

University of Missouri Saint Louis

University of Nebraska

University of New Haven

University of Oklahoma

University of the Cumberlands

Wayne State University

Webster University

Xavier University

About provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs. The website offers curated guides which include the best degree programs as well as information about financial aid, internships and even study strategies. With comprehensive, user-friendly guides and hundreds of program rankings, is a trusted source among students and prospective students. To learn more, please visit

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H5 Announces New Privilege Log Design Module to Enhance Privilege Log Building in H5 Matter Analytics®

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H5 Matter Analytics targets the most challenging parts of the privilege workflow… We’re very excited to leverage nearly 20 years of technology experience to help customers address the costs and risks associated with privilege review.

H5 today announced a new functionality now available in H5 Matter Analytics that expands the H5 Privilege Analytics solution by enhancing the process of creating privilege logs from within the H5 well-established Relativity-integrated application. With customization features and reusable template generation for future privilege log creation, the new module expands the power of Privilege Analytics, which accelerates the overall privilege review workflow.

The creation of privilege logs, which describe reasons for withholding items from production in a lawsuit under a claim of attorney-client privilege or work product protection, can be a tedious, expensive and labor-intensive process, especially given the large data volume that exists in many of today’s matters.

The new H5 Privilege Log Design Module is designed to simplify and expedite the privilege logging process with clean name normalization outputs and automated, customizable privilege reasons assigned to each potentially-privileged document. Users benefit by having access to these integrated features from within Relativity or RelativityOne, permitting customization as the log is built.

“There are few technologies in the marketplace that effectively address privilege and privilege logging, which are huge costs in litigation,” said Jason Richard, H5 Vice President of Products. “H5 Matter Analytics targets the most challenging parts of the privilege workflow, starting with advanced solutions for privilege content identification, continuing through to the creation, QC, and finalization of the privilege log. We’re very excited to leverage nearly 20 years of technology experience in this new release to help customers address the costs and risks associated with privilege review.”    

The integration of the Privilege Log Design Module into H5 Matter Analytics Privilege Analytics expands the overall privilege review solution to include both the identification and classification of sensitive privileged information and the time-consuming chore of compiling details and reasons, easing the case team’s burden.        

The new release of H5 Matter Analytics 2.7.3, which contains the Privilege Log Design Module, is now widely available.

About H5

H5 helps corporations and law firms find and manage the documents that matter in litigation and investigations by providing expert-driven, technological solutions to address the complex challenges created by electronic data. With expertise in eDiscovery, technology-assisted review and search, H5 is committed to helping clients find and manage the information they need to win cases, meet regulatory requirements and address risks by providing creative solutions that ensure fast, accurate, cost-effective results. This commitment has resulted in the development of H5 Matter Intelligence® and H5 Matter Analytics®, advanced eDiscovery products that streamline reviewand enhance the user experience for Relativity® and Relativity® One hosted matters. Visit us at

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Four Tenured Professors Sue Centenary University for Wrongful Termination

Attorneys for Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP have filed a civil damages action in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Patterson et al. v. Centenary University at al., SSX-L-00069-21) claiming that Centenary University’s firing of four esteemed tenured professors violated their hard-earned academic tenure rights, rights guaranteed to them by Centenary’s Constitution. The lawsuit also alleges that Centenary and its senior administrators and former Board of Trustees Chairman illegally targeted Patterson and Yoshimine because of their advanced ages and Adamo due to their transgender status.

“It’s no secret that academic tenure has been under attack in American higher education,” said Professor James Patterson, a former departmental chair who also served for years as Centenary’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “This lawsuit is an effort to stem that tide, and hold Centenary, the institution that the four of us devoted our professional lives to, responsible for the commitments it made to each of us.”

The action alleges that Centenary violated its Constitution—which permits the termination of tenured faculty only where the school is facing “financial exigency,” is eliminating an entire academic program or department, for disability reasons, or for performance-based cause—by the surprise firing the four professors while they were grading their students’ final exams in mid-December 2019. The complaint notes that Centenary did not claim that any of these four narrow exceptions applied, and that even if Centenary had justified the terminations under the Constitution, it would have had to have taken many important procedural steps, including consulting with the Faculty Senate about the firings, attempting to redeploy tenured professors to other positions, and otherwise making efforts to protect plaintiffs’ jobs. Centenary ignored all these requirements as the administration and Board of Trustees moved unilaterally to terminate plaintiffs in the final weeks of the Fall semester.

The lawsuit also alleges that Centenary specifically and discriminatorily selected Professors Patterson and Yoshimine, both in their 60s, for termination because of their age, and that Professor Chris Adamo, who is transgender and was highly visible in trans outreach and education efforts on campus, was targeted due to their gender expression, both clear violations of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.

“While Centenary’s conduct in firing our clients is outrageous given the many sacrifices they made to the school over the years, we are even more troubled by the school’s targeting of this particular subset of tenured professors,” said Paul Hunczak, a partner at Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP.

In addition to the attorneys’ fees and punitive damages available under New Jersey law in discrimination claims, the lawsuit seeks monetary damages to offset at least some of the serious economic and professional injuries plaintiffs have suffered because of Centenary’s violation of their rights. Given the professors’ ages and the difficulty of obtaining tenure at other institutions, especially in the post-Coronavirus climate, plaintiffs anticipate that their economic and professional damages will be substantial.

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Australia Honors STRmix Co-Developer for Outstanding Public Service

The co-developer of STRmix™ – sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret – has been awarded the Public Service Medal as part of 2021’s Australia Day Honors.

Dr. Duncan A. Taylor of Forensic Science SA (FSSA) was honored by Australia’s Governor-General, David Hurley, for his role in developing STRmix™ and “for outstanding public service to forensic DNA statistics.” The Australia Day Honors annually recognize and reward positive contributions made by Australian citizens.

Since its introduction in 2012, STRmix™ has been used to interpret DNA evidence in more than 220,000 cases worldwide. That number includes numerous U.S. court cases and more than 80 successful admissibility hearings.

Developed by Dr. Taylor, along with John Buckleton, DSc, FRSNZ, and Jo-Anne Bright of the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), STRmix™ has proven to be highly effective in producing usable, interpretable, and admissible DNA results in a wide range of criminal cases. It has also been instrumental in helping to solve cold cases in which evidence originally was dismissed as inconclusive and in exonerating individuals who have been wrongly associated as the source of crime scene evidence.

“As one of the foremost international experts in forensic DNA statistics, Dr. Taylor … has been vital to achieving appropriate justice outcomes through expert DNA evidence in some of South Australia’s most compelling criminal cases in recent times,” noted Governor-General Hurley in honoring Dr. Taylor.

STRmix™ is currently being used in 59 federal, state, and local forensic laboratories in the U.S., including the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Internationally, all nine state and territory forensic labs in Australia and New Zealand, as well as 14 labs in other countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, and Canada, now use STRmix™.

A new version of STRmix™, STRmix™ Version 2.8, was launched late last year following nearly a year of extensive development and testing. STRmix™ v2.8 features a top-down approach that allows users to set the number of major contributors to a mixed DNA profile in which there is interest, and then obtain the LR only for those contributors. This approach enables users to tackle more complex profiles faster. The new version of STRmix™ also contains improved modelling and memory usage.

The team that created STRmix™ also recently launched two other products: an update of DBLR™, an application used with STRmix™ that allows users to undertake superfast database searches, visualize the value of their DNA mixture evidence, and carry out mixture to mixture matches, now allowing kinship analysis; and FaSTR™ DNA, expert forensic software that rapidly analyzes raw DNA data generated by genetic analyzers and standard profiling kits and assigns a number of contributors (NoC) estimate.

Together, STRmix™, FaSTR™ DNA, and DBLR™ complete the full workflow from analysis to interpretation and database matching. For more information, visit

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Attorney Ronald L. Hendrix and Attorney Christopher L. Hendrix Named 2021 Elite Lawyers

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“Christopher and I are both honored to receive the Elite Lawyer award. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to our clients who need help resolving a variety of family law matters, especially during these trying times,” Ronald L. Hendrix commented.

Elite Lawyer is a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have displayed a high level of competence in their practice area and received recognition from their peers, community, bar, and committees. It serves as a comprehensive resource for attorneys, and an easy-to-use directory for potential clients who are looking to hire a highly respected lawyer. Only the most outstanding and experienced attorneys receive the Elite Lawyer award through a rigorous selection process.

With more than 30 years of experience as a family lawyer, Ronald is the founder and principal of the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. He focuses exclusively on divorce and family law issues and is a court-appointed mediator. In addition to his law degree, Ronald holds a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. Ronald is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the Will County Bar Association.

Throughout high school and college, Christopher worked with his father at the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. Christopher earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, his duties expanded, taking on a paralegal role by drafting documents and conducting legal research, all while attending law school at night so he could continue working at the law firm. In 2018, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University and was admitted to the bar the same year. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage Bar Association.

“Christopher and I are both honored to receive the Elite Lawyer award, a prestigious recognition from our peers in the legal community. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to our clients who need help resolving a variety of family law matters, especially during these trying times,” Ronald L. Hendrix commented.

About the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C.

The skilled legal team at the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. is exclusively focused on family law, providing clients with a comprehensive understanding of Illinois divorce law. With personal attention, they are committed to fully understanding clients’ concerns and goals to find realistic solutions for settling their disputes inside or outside of the courtroom.

To learn more about the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C., visit or call 630-416-7004 to schedule a free consultation.

To learn more about Elite Lawyer, visit or call 833-403-5483.

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Criminal Attorney in Austin Jason Katims Provides Complimentary Speeding Ticket Consultations

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Local attorney Jason Katims is offering Austin-area residents speeding ticket consultations to determine whether they should fight their case in court.

One of Katims’ practice areas is representing clients in traffic violation cases. When it comes to speeding, most Texans simply opt to pay a ticket and move on, not realizing that by doing so, they are pleading guilty and taking a conviction on their driving record. An attorney can fight a ticket for a speeding violation and prevent insurance rates from increasing and points from accumulating, potentially adding up to a suspension or loss of license.

Many people are unaware that they are not obligated to pay the fine for a traffic ticket. An attorney can help fight a ticket in or out of court—and many Texans are surprised that the attorney’s fees are less than the fine they might have paid for their ticket.

When potential clients meet with Katims to discuss their cases, he will listen to the circumstances surrounding their situation and give them a detailed explanation of what they can expect should they decide to move forward with having his firm represent them in court, including the process of fighting a ticket and the expenses involved. During these consultations, legal advice is not given, but should a client decide to move forward and hire the firm, work on the case will begin immediately.

The best time to contact an attorney is immediately after a speeding ticket, but the next best time is now.

About Jason A. Katims, PLLC

Jason A. Katims is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Williamson County Bar Association, the Texas Independent Bar Association, and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He founded the Law Office of Jason A Katims, PLLC in 2018. A Texas native, Katims earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Washington University in 2015.

The Law Office of Jason A. Katims, PLLC is located at 608 W. 12th Street, Austin TX 78701 and can be reached by phone at 512-900-9769 or online at

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QuantaVerse Launches New Financial Crime Investigation Report to Streamline Level 1 AML Investigations

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“The Level 1 FCIR was designed to make investigations conducted by first-level analysts more efficient,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “We adapted our original FCIR to aggregate only the most elemental information and serve it up to first-level analysts in a clear and l

QuantaVerse, which uses AI and machine learning to automate financial crime identification and investigations, has introduced an additional Financial Crime Investigation Report that addresses the specific needs of Level 1 AML compliance teams. The new report helps reduce the average time spent investigating an alert by over 50 percent.

Level 1 investigators at financial institutions are the first line of defense against money laundering perpetrated by criminals and terrorist financing organizations. They evaluate suspicious cases triggered by transaction monitoring system (TMS) alerts. These first-level investigators manually gather critical information from the Internet and multiple disparate databases and spend, on average, 20 to 90 minutes clearing an alert or attempting to determine if the case requires additional scrutiny.

The QuantaVerse AI-enabled Financial Crime Platform automates the AML investigation process. What the platform discovers is reported to analysts through distinct types of Financial Crime Investigation Reports (FCIRs). The new QuantaVerse Level 1 FCIR enables the speedy clearing or escalation of a case to a senior analyst. The report leads with a high-level summary of the case and includes alerts that triggered the investigation, automatically pulling descriptions of violated rules directly from the TMS. This limits the need for first-level analysts to leave the report to search other databases. The next section of the report provides risk scores related to reputation, monitoring, and intent, as well as overall risk segmentation which delivers an at-a-glance understanding of where risk lies for each entity and what requires consideration.

The final section of the report is a narrative summarizing risks that the entity exhibited along with those for which it was cleared. By articulating what risks have been eliminated along with the rationale for that conclusion, investigators can use these explanations to explain why a case was cleared. Due to the report’s modular architecture, the Level 1 FCIR can be adapted for multiple business lines, including retail, correspondent, and commercial banking.

“The Level 1 FCIR was born out of our clients’ need to make investigations conducted by first-level analysts more efficient,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “We worked tirelessly to adapt our original Financial Crime Investigation Report to aggregate only the most elemental information and serve it up to first-level analysts in a clear and logical report.”

The QuantaVerse family of FCIRs now includes:

  • Level 1 FCIR – helps first-level analysts to speed initial reviews of TMS alert investigations
  • High-Risk Entity Report – assists financial institutions in efficiently conducting periodic entity risk reviews
  • Alert-based FCIR – examines cases that have been triggered by TMS alerts including in-depth analysis of related entities and counterparties and the content required for filing SARs when indicated
  • Entity-based FCIR – analyzes and documents the risk associated with each customer and their counterparties for suspicious activity that a TMS system has failed to discover

QuantaVerse’s Level 1 FCIR is now available customers using the QuantaVerse Financial Crime Platform. To schedule a demo of the offering, please visit:

About QuantaVerse

QuantaVerse is the leader of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions purpose-built for identifying financial crimes. QuantaVerse utilizes its validated and proven AI Financial Crime Platform to reduce financial crime risk by identifying patterns and discerning anomalies that current approaches and systems regularly miss.  The QuantaVerse solutions have helped customers more efficiently comply with AML (Anti-Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer) and FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) regulations. Most importantly, QuantaVerse is helping to rid organizations of money laundering and other financial crimes that support our greatest global ills – the drug trade, human trafficking, terrorism and political corruption. For more information, contact QuantaVerse at (610) 465-7320 or visit

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