The Geek in Review Ep. 101 – How Mid-Level Associates Can Thrive at Law Firms – with Jennifer Bluestein

We conclude our discussion with Jennifer Bluestein, author of the book Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates, and talk about how associates mature into their roles as lawyers with law firms. As these second to sixth-year associates begin to take on more substantial legal roles, as well as leadership, mentorship, and allyship among their fellow lawyers, the stress of the job can become overwhelming. Bluestein talks through a number of examples of how mid-level associates can h...
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Another Reminder that Contracts are Powerful in Virginia

Regular readers of this construction law blog are likely tired of my refrain that the contract is king here in Virginia.  With few exceptions, some of which have been passed in the last few years, the contract can and does essentially set the “law” for the transaction.  A recent opinion from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals confirms this principle. In , the Court looked at the question as to whether parties can contractually limit the statute of limitations in which a plaintiff or arbitration...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Virginia, Construction, Statute Of Limitations, Contracts, Don, EEOC, Lancaster, Richmond VA, ADR, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Construction Arbitration, Bracey

H.B. 352 finally fixes Ohio’s broken employment discrimination statute for employers

For lack of more artful description, Ohio's employment discrimination law was a mess. It exposed employers to claims for up to six years (the longest such statute of limitations in the country), contained no less than three different ways for employees to file age discrimination claims (each with different remedies and filing deadlines), rendered managers and supervisors personally liable for discrimination, and omitted any filing prerequisites with the state civil rights agency. The start of 20...
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Friday Jobs Roundup

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Current postings on Slaw Jobs: Legislative Affairs Specialist (Full-time) | Remote/within commuting distance to Victoria, BC (Ecojustice) Research Resources and I...
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Thursday round-up

The court is expected to release one or more opinions in argued cases on Thursday morning. For a list of all argued cases for the current term, click here. Here’s a round-up of Supreme Court-related news and commentary from around the web: The Supreme Court After Trump (Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times) This Dog Won’t Hunt: Texas’s Wrong-headed Argument against Clergy for the Condemned (Eric Rassbach & Chris Pagliarella, National Review) Abortion drug ruling highlights Trump’s wins on the...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Trump, Round-up, Ian Millhiser, Josh Gerstein, Joan Biskupic, Amy Coney Barrett

'Kill him with his own gun': DC police officer recounts being attacked by pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol

Flowers are placed on a fence, a week after a pro-Trump mob broke into and took over the Capitol, in memory of slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on January 14, 2021, in Washington, DC. - The center of Washington was on lockdown Thursday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were being mobilized due to security concerns ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Michael Fanone, a police officer in Washington, DC, said he ...
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Argument analysis: Justices doubt FTC’s authority to compel monetary relief

If you’re arguing on behalf of a federal regulatory agency’s authority to protect consumers from businesses and Justice Stephen Breyer sets his face against you, then chances are your day is not going well. But that is what happened Wednesday morning when Joel Marcus appeared on behalf of the FTC in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission. Joel Marcus argues for the FTC (Art Lien) The case involves Section 13 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which allows the FTC to seek an “in...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Justice Department, Executive Branch, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Marcus, Amg, Alito, Fitzgerald, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan

Friday round-up

The justices will meet privately on Friday morning to consider whether to grant cert petitions on issues that include abortion, capital punishment and the degree of power that state legislatures have to manage presidential elections. For a run-down of the many important cases that were relisted after last Friday’s conference (and thus are getting a closer look from the justices), see John Elwood’s latest Relist Watch column. For a full list of all the petitions we’re watching, click here. Here...
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In the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Why Do We Regulate Lawyers?

This is my first legal ethics column for Slaw. I am delighted and honoured to be taking the place of my former colleague, mentor, and all-around legal ethics and regulation rock star, Malcolm Mercer, who recently assumed the role of Chair of Ontario’s Law Society Tribunal. In the coming months and beyond, I look forward to using this space to consider rules of professional conduct and discipline; governance issues in lawyer regulation; legal education and training; and the future of legal servic...
Tags: Law, Society, Alberta, Legal Ethics, Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Law Society, Malcolm, Gillian Hadfield, Alice Woolley, Malcolm Mercer, Lisa Trabucco, Ontario The Society, Michael J Trebilcock, Professional Organization Committee Ministry

Petitions of the week: Three Second Amendment petitions and a Wiretap Act claim against Facebook

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Facebook plug-ins violate the Wiretap Act and whether the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms outside the home or after a conviction for a nonviolent offense. Passed in 1968, the Wiretap Act makes it unlawful for someone to “intentionally intercept[] … any wire, oral, or electronic communication,” unless that person “is a party to the communication.” Facebook ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Pennsylvania, United States, Davis, District Of Columbia, General Assembly, Wilson, U S Customs, Border Protection, 9th Circuit, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Gonzalez

Everlaw’s New ‘Storybuilder’ Bridges the Gap from Discovery to Trial Prep, with Collaborative Creation of Chronologies

The e-discovery and litigation technology company Everlaw has introduced a new standalone toolkit, Storybuilder, that bridges the gap from finding relevant documents in discovery to collaboratively creating a narrative around those documents, as well as around depositions and other evidence, in preparation for depositions or trial. Available at no cost, Storybuilder is a tool that allows legal teams to organize key documents and case information into cohesive timelines, collaboratively craft nar...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Everlaw, AJ Shankar Founder, Storybuilder, AJ Shankar Everlaw, Storybuilder Everlaw

Court allows execution of Corey Johnson to proceed after COVID-19 diagnosis

The justices on Thursday night denied two last-minute appeals by Corey Johnson, who sought to postpone his execution so that he could recover from COVID-19, which he contracted in prison after spending most of his life on death row. Johnson also argued that he was ineligible for the death penalty on the basis of intellectual disability and that he should have been allowed to seek a sentencing reduction under a 2018 prison-reform law. In rejecting his appeals, the court cleared the final obstacle...
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Live blog of opinions (completed)

We live blogged on Thursday, Jan. 14, as the court released its opinion in Chicago v. Fulton. For answers to common questions regarding opinion announcements, read our FAQs. Our live blog is sponsored by Casetext: making litigation more efficient with A.I. and machine learning technology. The post Live blog of opinions (completed) appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Law, Chicago, Live, Casetext, Fulton

Federal Circuit Continues to Remain Silent about its R.36 Opinions

Waterblasting, LLC v. Iancu (Fed. Cir. 2021) A few years ago, I wrote an article arguing that 35 U.S.C. § 144 requires the Federal Circuit to issue an opinion when it decides cases on appeal from the USPTO. The … Federal Circuit shall review the decision from which an appeal is taken on the record before the Patent and Trademark Office. Upon its determination the court shall issue to the Director its mandate and opinion , which shall be entered of record in the Patent and Trademark Office and ...
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The 2nd nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2021” is … the stillbirthing leave spurner

When I close out this contest at the end of each year I ask myself, "Jon, will you be able to find sufficiently awful nominees for the next year?" Each year answers this question with a resounding yes. 2021 is no exception.I bring you the District of Columbia Public Schools, which denied maternity leave to a teacher after she suffered the tragedy of delivering a stillborn baby.  I'm finding it hard to find words to describe my rage over this cold and callous mistreatment, so I'll instead tur...
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Is the impeachment funny?

Karl Marx wrote that history repeats itself, "the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."  Is the second impeachment funny?  My son John has a Facebook post reacting to the impeachment with jokes: The most impeached president in American history! I wonder if Trump is tired of all this winning…  Half of all impeachments of an American president have been of Trump!... We’re going to have impeachment, like you wouldn’t believe. A lot of people are saying he’s the best president ever a...
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How To Compete In A Crowded Market

Competition needn’t be a concern for a smaller shop because there’s always a way to thread the needle.
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Maryland (Not) My Maryland

The New Jersey Supreme Court imposed a three-month suspension of an attorney in an original discipline case brought for misconduct in Maryland. As described by the Disciplinary Review Board, the attorney took and passed the Maryland Bar but was never... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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Former State Senator Sanctioned

A one-year and until further order suspension has been ordered by the New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department With respect to the facts underlying respondent’s conviction, from January 2015 through December 2016, respondent served as a New... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney, rejecting mitigation claims without supporting evidence The parties agree that, over a period of approximately five years, Eric F. Kayira repeatedly failed to notify clients he had received funds belonging to them,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Missouri Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Eric F Kayira

Feds complete yet another late-night execution of convicted killer of seven from Virginia

As reported in this CNN piece, headlined "Federal government executes Corey Johnson following prolonged legal fight," the latest federal execution followed, yet again, what has become the standard litigation script with the Supreme Court ultimately rejecting all final arguments for a delay.  Here are some of the details:  Corey Johnson was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. ET on Thursday. Johnson was s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Johnson, Biden, US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Terre Haute Indiana, Federal Correctional Complex, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Dustin Higgs

"QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start."

WaPo headline.  Subhed: "The online conspiracy theory, which depicts Trump as a messianic warrior battling ‘deep state’ Satanists, has helped fuel a real-world militant extremism that could haunt the Biden era." Oddly, that makes QAnon sound like the leader of the movement — QAnon, not Trump. But the impeachers portray Trump as leading an insurrection. Is Trump the evil mastermind, or more of a dupe, standing in the middle of things, thinking he's a fine leader and surprised by the violent t...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Washington, Biden, Conspiracies, Trump, Capitol, Sidney Powell, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Parler, Lin Wood, the Trump resistance

Rod Rosenstein Is Real Sorry About All Those Kids Separated From Their Parents. Oopsies!

He was just following ... well, you know.
Tags: Law, Government, Immigration, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein

The Next Social Media Frontier For Lawyers: Clubhouse

None of the new social media platforms have been particularly useful for lawyers -- until now that is.
Tags: Technology, Law, Social Media, Clubhouse, Niki Black

RPSC Vidhi Rachanakar Vacancy Recruitment 2021

Vidhi Rachanakar Vacancy Recruitment by RPSC 2021 Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) invites Online application in the prescribed format for the recruitment for the following Sarkari Naukri vacancy of  Vidhi Rachanakar (विधि रचनाकार) for Rajasthan Law and Legal Affairs Department of Rajasthan Government (Advt. No. 07/EP-I/2020-21). Rajasthan PSC recruitment examination requires hard work, dedication, and extensive study. The details of RPSC Vidhi Rachanakar Vacancy... Please Click on the...
Tags: Legal, Jobs, Law, Rajasthan, PSC, Manisha, RPSC, Rajasthan PSC, Legal Affairs Department, Rajasthan Public Service Commission RPSC, Vidhi Rachanakar Vacancy Recruitment

"Race and Ethnicity of Violent Crime Offenders and Arrestees, 2018"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new statistical brief from DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Here are portions of the first few paragraphs of the document: In 2018, based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, black people were overrepresented among persons arrested for nonfatal violent crimes (33%) and for serious nonfatal violent crimes (36%) relative to their representation in the U.S. population (13%).  White people were underrepresented.  White...
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Book Review: Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation–Lessons From Comparative Experience

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation: Lessons from Comparative Experience. By Elizabeth Jane Macpherson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. xi, 291 p. Includes bibliographic reference...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Australia, Book Reviews, Colombia, New Zealand, Cambridge, Amazon Rainforest, Un, Latin America, Australasia, MacPherson, Maori, Whanganui River, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Law Library Review

Biden shows no leadership... I mean... Biden tries to stay above the fray.

The NYT headline is "As Trump is impeached for a second time, Biden tries to stay above the fray."... President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has maintained a studied cool, staying largely removed from the proceedings... Mr. Biden’s focus on the governing challenge ahead... it also underscores the contrast between his cautious, centrist approach to politics and the anger of many Democratic officials and voters over Mr. Trump’s assaults on democratic norms.Actually, this little article is rather crit...
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"The ability of companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to control what people see online is so potent, it is the subject of antitrust hearings...."

"But the decision by Amazon to push Parler off its dominant cloud-computing service illustrates just how powerful its content-moderation capabilities are as well.... [T]he companies that provide the technical infrastructure that powers websites and services where people express opinions have vast power as well, though they rarely use it. They include little-known companies that register website domains for customers; so-called content delivery networks, which can boost the speed at which webpage...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cake, Same-sex Marriage, Law, Censorship, Antitrust, Free Speech, Amazon Web Services, Facebook Twitter, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Parler, Trump Without AWS Parler

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