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Two months ago, the State Bar of Arizona ran a lame contest via Instagram to encourage voters to 

Voters here aren’t particularly fond of playing to figure out who to vote for among scores of judges up for judicial retention elections. The numbers can run upwards of 50 to 60 — even 70. Unfortunately, most of the populace has never heard of the candidates. And for Red State Arizonans, it’s even tougher since judicial elections aren’t partisan.

So in lieu of throwing darts at a list or visiting the judicial performance review website, which 99% of the time rubber-stamps its approval anyway — many voters take a pass. They either vote “No” on everyone or they don’t vote altogether for the judges.

Faced with this, the Bar, at the behest of the Court, — came up with its contest to encourage the electorate to fill out the ballots completely. In fairness, it’s is a tall order trying to pour energy into voter ennui.

Just the same this wasn’t the contest to do it, not by any stretch. Assuming anyone paid attention, the contest was purely a sop for those crying out for something — anything to stem the tide of persistent problematic ballot roll-off.

The sole prize for the winning video entry was supposed to have been a $250 Visa gift card. But since the November election, it’s been a minor mystery on whether or not the Bar received any contest video entries or whether anybody actually won. I’ve seen no pronouncements from our friendly state bar, which is highly unusual since this stands in stark contrast to all the email announcements ballyhooing the start of the contest. Odd, too, as the local Bar is quite fond of filling up lawyer inboxes with unsolicited email newsletters, redundant CLE advertisements and just today, an especially unwelcome “time to pay your State Bar of Arizona’s annual dues” email.

At least for now, it appears mum’s the word on “Finish the Ballot,” which naturally prompts the question whether or not the Bar ever plans to “Finish the Contest.”

To be clear, I don’t actually care a rat’s hindquarters about the contest. This is merely my snarky segue into posting more FREE CLE offerings for lawyers still trying to “Finish the CLE” by year-end. The usual disclaimers on content; continued availability; and jurisdictional approval apply.

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FREE CLE

First American Exchange Company

http://firstexchange.com/webinars

1031 Exchanges and
Commercial Real Estate

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
50 minutes
Topics will include:

  • Current Trends
  • Allowable Closing Costs
  • Recapture of Depreciation
  • How Reverse Exchanges Can Save a Transaction
  • Exchange Deposit Accounts
  • State Regs for QIs

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Wolters Kluwer
Alternative Entities — Navigating New Choices for Business Formations Webinar
December 9, 2014 – 1:00PM(ET)

http://www.cvent.com/events/alternative-entities-navigating-new-choices-for-business-formations-webinar-december-9-2014-1-00p-et/event-summary-ec6cf48dac2244db92fd51c114fd0e2d.aspx?elq_mid=3977&elq_cid=41694

1.0 CLE credit hours in California, Illinois, Missouri, NALA, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas and other jurisdictions under reciprocity.

Topics:

  • Series LLC
  • Benefit Corporations
  • Low-Profit LLC
  • Unincorporated nonprofit associations
  • Limited cooperative associations
  • Master Limited Partnership

Attendees will learn:

  • What new entities are now available
  • How they are different from and similar to traditional entities such as the corporation or LLC
  • Where they can be formed
  • How they are formed, maintained and terminated
REGISTER NOW

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LexisNexis® Presents a Complimentary CLE-eligible Webinar: Ethical Concerns Conducting Research via the open Web
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
2 – 3:35 P.M. ET (11 A.M. PT)
Duration: 95 minutes
Earn 1.5 CLE credits
Topics:
• Risks of legal research on the open Web
• Developing a firm policy on utilizing the open Web
• Preserving information found on the Internet
• Protecting your own Internet content

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Photo Credits: 214/365, at Flickr by Morgan via Creative Commons attribution.

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File:Simpleton takes The Golden Goose to the inn - Project Gutenberg eText 15661.jpgThis Wednesday, it’ll be two months since the State Bar of Arizona considered a proposal to protect its two-million dollar revenue laying Golden Goose known as Bar-sponsored continuing legal education (CLE).

On September 19th, the Bar weighed a recommendation to seek state supreme court approval for a requiring third-party CLE providers to pay a precertification fee for Bar-accreditation to sell credit-eligible courses in Arizona.

Angry businessman yelling into bullhorn 1Following a universal outcry from members who criticized the proposal as an unnecessary added cost, the vote was apparently tabled. But who knows for sure? Since the board of governors meeting minutes have yet to see the light of day, the lawyer hoi polloi in Arizona are left to wonder whether or not the Bar’s goose will lay another golden egg.

But fortunately, there’s no need to wonder about the continued availability of FREE CLE — from third-party providers, naturally. Along with the usual disclaimers about content, continued availability and jurisdictional approval, here are the latest updates.

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Rimon Law

Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

One hour CLE; approved in California and credit-eligible in NY.

CPE/CLE Webinar – State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends.

http://rimonlaw.com/events/cpe-cle-webinar-state-and-local-taxation-headline-news-and-trends

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Lewis Brisbois 

http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/webinars

November 20, 2014

Managing and Mitigating Damages in the Wrongful Death Case

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST

Fee: Complimentary

REGISTER

December 18, 2014

Encore Performance: Affordable Care Act – Part I: The Impact of The Affordable Care Act on Personal Injury Litigation. A Plan to Defend Against Claims for Future Medical Costs, Loss of Health Insurance, and Life Care Plans.

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST

Fee: Complimentary

REGISTER

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West Legal Ed

Content Partner: Robert Half Legal

Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession

http://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsf?courseId=100031914

One hour, Video On Demand, Complimentary

Approved in multiple jurisdictions.

Enroll in Course

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American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, ASLME

Alcohol Law and Policy: Lessons Learned from the Field

Thursday, November 20th
1:00pm – 2:30pm (ET)

Free

http://www.aslme.org/webinar-alcohol-law-and-policy-lessons-learned-from-the-field

Presented in Partnership by: American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME); Network for Public Health Law; and Public Health Law Research

(Hat tip: 4FreeCLE: Free Continuing Legal Education)

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Photo Credits: Simpleton_takes_The_Golden_Goose_to_the_inn_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_15661.jpg, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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And so I found myself pondering the quote, “I listen to what you say, but I hear what you mean.” It was attributed to Agatha Christie’s famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, as played by actor David Suchet.

But it wasn’t until late last night that I came across the thought-provoker. Monday had caught up with me before I was ready to let go of Sunday.

That’s why I hadn’t yet finished reading Sunday’s NY Times Magazine and particularly Hope Reeves’ interview with Suchet, Part of Me Died With Him containing the quote. Suchet, who played Poirot in the BBC show, says Poirot made him “a better listener.”

Were it only so that we listened with Poirot’s discernment. More often’s the case that people don’t listen to what you say — and hear only what they mean. Or as the late Steven Covey perceptively proclaimed, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  

And so also true in the same interview was Suchet’s later declaration, “most people actually enjoy talking about themselves more than sharing with another person.”

On that note, here’s one more free continuing legal education link, which I missed last week. It comes with the usual disclaimers.

FREE CLE

ESI, Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Should and Should Not Be Doing

Bloomberg BNA
Thursday, October 16, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
1.5 CLE Credit Hours
Product Code – LGA285

• Understand how social media may appropriately be used to advertise.

• Learn how legal advice may be given through social media.

• Understand how social media can be used to gather and review evidence.

• Discover how social media can be used to communicate with clients.

• Find out how juror research may be conducted through social media.

http://www.bna.com/esi-ethics-social-w17179891704/?id=17179891704

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File:Falafel.JPG“What the falafel?” I rhetorically asked after two colleagues separately emailed me the past day about the State Bar of Arizona’s new CLE Institute Training Program.

Ahead of the Arizona Bar’s likely imminent approval of a new CLE provider precertification system that passes on more costs on lawyers, comes the same “friendly state bar’s” new “voluntary faculty development program.” Participants sign up for $50 apiece to attend a CLE Institute to become a “State Bar Certified CLE Presenter.” Wow!

Apparently someone had a brain infarction that Arizona lawyers were clamoring for such a credential! If I’d only known. Just tell me, though, when “voluntary” becomes “mandatory.” Meantime, my right-hand wearies from one-handed clapping.

Hushpuppies 5stack.jpgAccording to the Bar’s promotional flyer, attendees take part in a day-long “training session” in full business professional dress. They view pre-recorded video lectures and create a 10-minute video presentation for analytical discussion. On completion, they’re required to chair or take part in a SBA CLE program within 12 months of graduation.

On second thought, skip the falafel and pass me a hushpuppy! In truth, I never acquired a taste for either although I have friends who’ll drive miles for a good falafel sandwich. Don’t know about the hushpuppy. As for me — hand me a gyro.

But enough about food, frivolity and the foolhardy. So just before the Arizona Bar makes it more difficult for third-party providers to market and sell CLE, here’s more FREE CLE.

PLEASE NOTE: The in-person Phoenix, AZ CLE program worth “up to 7.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 Ethics and 1.5 Domestic Violence Plus BONUS .5 credit during lunch hour” is not technically FREE — but requires a $65 payment for materials, lunch, snacks and refreshments. All the same, quite the deal!

The usual disclaimers about content quality, jurisdictional acceptability and continued availability apply.

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LexisNexis® presents a Complimentary CLE-eligible* Webinar: Finding Shelter After the Storm: Survival Following Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Fires

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
2:00 – 3:35pm ET (11am PT)
95 minutes
1.5 CLE Credits

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Is Your Legal Hold Process “Reasonable” Under the Updated FRCP?

Presented by Exterro as part of its E-Discovery Masters Series

Webcast: October 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific)
Space is limited. Register Now!
CLE-Accredited Webcast but separate registration is required on www.nacle.com/exterro to receive CLE credit.

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Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals

American Bar Association

Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00pm-1:30pm CST

1.50 General CLE Credit Hours, FREE

http://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=135023765

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How the Separation of Powers Informs the Executive Duty to Defend the Law  

Case Western University Law School

OCT 2, 2014
4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

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Volunteer Atty & Child Advocacy seminar

Defenders of Children and Arizona Summit Law School

LIVE IN-PERSON CLE PROGRAM

‘KEEPING IT REAL’ Educational Seminar
Seating is Limited.
RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

AZ SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL
1 N.Central Ave. (at Washington)
PHOENIX, AZ 85004

$65 Early Bird received during September ensures the full day’s amenities, materials and lunch.

Educational credits available for lawyers and mental health providers with an interest in Family and Juvenile Court.

REGISTER AT:
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9tab5l6c4f4fe81&oseq=&c=&ch=
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Photo Credits: Falafel, at Wikimedia Commons by Jerem at fr.wikipedia under the GNU Free Documentation License; Hushpuppies 5 stack, Uploaded by CrazyLegsKC, Wikimedia Commons under Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

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woman face 5A quick post on Continuing Legal Education (CLE). In the past, I’ve posted about CLEonline.com, which when you’re in a hurry; up against a deadline; and can’t find Free CLE — then almost free CLE is the next best thing. Better yet, in MCLE states such as Texas, California, Colorado and others, lawyers get full participatory CLE credits not merely self-study credit for CLEonline.com seminars.

For those that don’t always pay attention, this is an important distinction. Many jurisdictions like Arizona’s will restrict the number of self-study hours their lawyers can log toward the mandatory annual requirement. In Arizona, the limit is 5 hours of self-study out of the mandatory 15 hour requirement.

Now, I’m not a paid shill for this company or any other for that matter. And I know there are other cost-effective CLE providers out there, e.g., the low-cost bundles from outfits like, Attorney Credits. But when I’m not getting my CLE gratis, I admit to having paid for courses through CLEonline.com. But only when a particular program drew my interest and of course, when the price was right.

A few days ago, for example, I took advantage of their current Last Chance’ (50% Off) promotion and benefited from a terrific program for the non-immigration lawyer, “Immigration Basics: The Crazy World of Foreign Nationals in (and Wanting to Come to) the United States.” The 1.5 hour course was enthusiastically, wittily and informatively taught by a young immigration attorney out of Houston, TX, Anuj A. Shah. My total cost was $19.

FREE CLE.

But no post on Free CLE would be complete without providing lawyers 11 days before the fiscal year CLE deadline with at least one more FREE CLE option. This one comes courtesy of MCLE Online – Fidelity National Title.

Registration is required to access “hour long modules . . . broken up into four 15 minutes sections and certificates can be printed upon completing each hour.” The site goes on to mention “topics such as: Surveying, Title Examination, Bankruptcy and many more. Best of all, these courses are offered free of charge to any attorney that is interested.”

Once you’re registered and accessed their desktop feature, Fidelity National Title’s site also provides access to free ARDC Seminars.

As always, all my usual CLE disclaimers apply about continued availability, content quality and acceptability by your jurisdiction.

 

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academic,dunce caps,dunces,hats,stoolsI’d meant to post about Arizona escaping the list of this year’s “Top 10 Dumbest States in America,” especially since my former home state of Nevada is an ignominious recidivist on the list.

 1) West Virginia

 2) Arkansas

 3) Mississippi

 4) Kentucky

5) Louisiana

6) Nevada

7) Alabama

8) Indiana

9) Oklahoma

10) Tennessee

And while I don’t put much stock in the ranking methodology, all the same I’m flummoxed at how Arizona dropped out. Just three years ago, Arizona sat at the pole position of America’s “Dumbest States.”

File:A-voluptuary.jpgThen again, dumb state or not some of you will think me cerebrally well-placed to live here since I was out golfing this past Saturday and Sunday when it was 100-plus outside. For some of you, this qualifies as dumb if not insane. And no matter those were days 7 and 8 on our consecutive day hit parade of triple-digit temperatures here with no relief in sight.

But this is par for June. Usually the hottest month in Satan’s nether region, it’s also just the start of our summertime ‘comfort zone’ in Arizona. You either go out into the inferno or you stay home, sort your sock drawer, and gaze at your navel.

And while I’m still planning on giving the local state bar another well-earned $3 hair cut, that post can keep. Instead, for all my friendly procrastinators waiting once again with under three weeks to spare before their annual June 30th fiscal year CLE deadline, here again is my now traditional fiscal year FREE CLE public service.

With the usual disclaimers about content quality, continued availability and jurisdictional credit-worthiness, find the following FREE CLE:

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 ASU LAW CLE – PAY WHAT YOU WANT CLE

On demand Pay What You Want CLE | ASU Law Continuing Legal Education

http://cle.asucollegeoflaw.com/voters-choice-cle-survey/#sthash.hrGrQ6KL.dpbs

I have little doubt the Continuing Legal Education Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is hoping very few, if anyone, takes them up on the “$0″ option, which is part of their current offer of CLE based on a “pay what you want option.” You choose from their list of OnDemand recorded seminars and register for the program. You then “enter the amount you would like to pay. The amount you pay is unlimited and you can enter as little as $0. Once registered, you’ll receive the video access information and can follow the instructions to receive interactive CLE credit!”

Of course, these are the same folks who lawyer-glut and back-breaking student school debts or not — have nonetheless shamelessly decided to move into a $120 million law school Taj Mahal in downtown Phoenix. According to the Arizona Republic, “in documents being presented to regents, ASU said the goal is to increase law-school enrollment and degrees by 50 percent.

Meantime, the straight-faced ASU law school dean says of the Pay What You Want CLE: “Of course, we hope that most will still contribute something for the CLE credits they will earn. All proceeds will go to scholarships that will help us recruit high quality students, attract students that might otherwise not be able to afford law school, and have our new graduates enter the workforce with less debt burden.” 

Of course, we hope that most will still contribute something for the CLE credits they will earn.  All proceeds will go to scholarships that will help us recruit high quality students, attract students that might otherwise not be able to afford law school, and have our new graduates enter the workforce with less debt burden.” – See more at: http://cle.asucollegeoflaw.com/ondemand-pay-what-you-want-cle/#sthash.HZdrdunJ.dpuf

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ROCKET MATTER

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/Golf_ball_5.jpg/320px-Golf_ball_5.jpgA couple of Saturdays ago, we were paired up on the golf course with a happy wise-cracking guy who turned out to be a presiding judge in another jurisdiction. I won’t mention where he was from but let’s just say, he was one happy hombre hitting white dimpled balls in the sunshine while his cold snap compadres back home were freezing theirs.

He was also a much better duffer than me which, of course is no big deal since I set the bar pretty low on the golf course. But I especially liked his bracing candor and absence of pomposity particularly when referring to his day job. His ‘hail fellow well met’ attitude was refreshing. Ah, but then again, we were basking on a sunny Arizona golf course. Who knows what he’s like back home? But at least he wasn’t like Judge Spaulding Smails!

Nonetheless giving him the benefit of the doubt, mid-round I commended the long-time jurist for having successfully inoculated himself from black robe disease — and for not asking me to kiss his ring. Hearing my good-natured razzing, he laughed and smote his Pro-V-1 down the middle of the fairway.

And with that I segue to less berobbed congeniality in the following updates:

From the slapping the spanker file.

Remember Texas Judge William Adams who lost it in more ways than one? For those who forgot, he was the jurist suspended for a year after his daughter, Hillary, posted an embarrassing angry belt-whipping video online. Judge Adams was the belter and Hillary was the beltee. Well, add one more loss for the now ex-jurist. Following enough mea culpas, Judge Adams had been reinstated by the Texas Supremes in November 2012. But thing was, that video followed him around like the proverbial tin can tied to a cat’s tail. So thanks to getting caught beating his daughter on the video, he lost re-election last month. Chalk one up for prudent voters slapping down an ill-advised reelection bid. And give credit to much-maligned judicial elections, which now and then do somehow manage to impose some semblance of accountability courtesy of the voters.
Meanwhile back in Texas, remember Judge William Adams who lost it in more ways than one? For those who forgot, he was the jurist suspended for a year after his daughter, Hillary, posted a video online of the belt-whipping he administered. Well, add one more loss for the ex-jurist. The judge who was reinstated by the Texas Supremes in November 2012 after he was caught beating his daughter on video lost re-election in March. Chalk one up for voters slapping down an ill-advised reelection bid. And chalk up one for much-maligned judicial election voter accountability.
body parts,Buddhism,feet,footprints,religion,religious symbols,toes,visitations

From the foot massages no more file.

Sadly at only age 56, former Clark County, Nevada District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson passed away March 1, 2014. She’ll be remembered for a lot of things, including the stuff that led to the imposition of judicial discipline. In particular, I’ll recall her former bailiff Johnnie Jordan’s affidavit where he said the judge had ordered him “to massage her feet, neck and shoulders, or some combination of those body parts.”  Also see “Foot massages no more. Nevada Supreme Court reaffirms district court judge’s permanent removal.”

From the shame in his game file.

photoAnd finally it turns out there was more than a little shame in the game of Wayne County, Michigan Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree Jr.

At least more than enough to convince the Michigan Supreme Court to hand down an order dated March 26, 2014 to remove from the bench the self-professed “No shame in my game” judge with a hankering for old-school R & B; inappropriate liaisons in chambers; and bare-chested texts.

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From the more FREE CLE file.

With the usual disclaimers about content, continued availability and jurisdictional approval find the following:

Practising Law Institute

9:00 AM -12:30 PM (Pacific)

How to Find and Handle Your First Pro Bono Case 2014

Free  
Register Now

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National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Studio71 Webcasts - NITA – National Institute for Trial Advocacy

http://www.nita.org/index.php?option=com_dtregister&view=event&layout=list&controller=event&task=category&list1=9&tab=webcasts

Miscellaneous Topics – Free & Online

For example,

  • Effective Handling & Use of Exhibits at Trial: How to Look Cool & Be Persuasive Using Stuff at Trial

May 20, 2014

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CRITELLILAW

http://www.critellilaw.com/

CritelliLaw Mediation WorkShop Webinar

Apr 17, 2014 to Apr 18, 2014

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CDT

Register Now at:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/194303361

CritelliLaw Litigation WorkShop Webinar

Noon  May 6,7, and 8th 2014.   3 Hrs FREE CLE

Register Now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/110472208

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LexisNexis

LexisNexis® presents a Complimentary CLE-Accredited* Webinar: Cutting Through the Noise: Practical Guidance on Administering Obamacare & Other Health Plans

Length: 95 Minutes

Date: 04/22/2014

Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)

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US Legal Journal

http://www.uslegaljournal.com/?page_id=87

FREE MCLE COURSE | US Legal Journal

Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Social Media for California Attorneys

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