New top Harris Co executive a justice reformer, junk science writ a legislative unicorn, 'life and death in the carceral state,' and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends which merit readers' attention during the calm before the election-day storm on Tuesday: New Harris County Judge campaigned on aggressive justice reform Harris County's new 27-year old County Judge, Lina Hidalgo, campaigned on a platform of vigorous criminal-justice reform. She spent time at Harvard researching "the effects of incarceration on children," according to her campaign website, which promised that, upon election, she would emphasize "the importance of stro...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, US, Austin, Harvard, Ny, South Carolina, Bernard Kerik, US supreme court, Clinton, Paxton, Moore, Ken Paxton, John Steinbeck, Harris County

Custody and Visitation Issues: My Ex Spouse Lawyer Talking to My Lawyer. This is Good Practice

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Court was this week and my ex wife lawyer shared information with my lawyer to “get to an agreement”. My lawyer mentioned the divorced is a fraud and her lawyer agreed since we didnt divorce in the USA and he said “I will do the divorce here”. This is bad ethic for me. Although we are fighting I don’t see her lawyer is genuine. Can you guys agree with me for once?
Tags: Usa, Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation

Sold Car/Vehicle Registration

I sold my car without title only handwritten bill of sale 30 days ago because I couldn't find the title. I never could get buyer to go with me to transfer the title. During this time I have spoke with him a couple of times about either going with me to transfer the title or letting me buying the car back he agreed to letting me buy it back but now I can't get him to come and get the money and give me bill of sale back. I have since found the title. Just talked to him again and he still keep putt...
Tags: Law, Insurance Law

At Least You’re Not This Guy — See Also

BIGLAW PARTNER SUSPENDED FOR WATCHING PORN AT WORK: I'm probably at the point where I would rather walk in on my colleagues watching literal porn than watching a presidential press conference. CRAVATH ANNOUNCES ALL-WOMEN CLASS OF PARTNERS: This story is the right chaser for that first one. RELEASING JUVENILE DEFENDANTS TO OWN THE LIBS: Texas judge who lost re-election is salty. DID THEY VET MATT WHITAKER AT ALL? Here's scandal Whitaker is involved in that was totally publicly available before...
Tags: Texas, Law, US, Trump, Whitaker, Cravath, Matt Whitaker, See Also

How do legal tech products come about?

Yesterday, our tech and products team greenlighted our going to market with a new product for the syndication of legal blog posts from the LexBlog news and commentary platform. If this were a story from a business school textbook or a large company, I might share how we studied the market, looked at production costs, analyzed pricing and surveyed potential customers. But I don’t believe that takes place in small entrepreneurial companies. I know it doesn’t take place at LexBlog. This product...
Tags: Law, Seattle, Lexblog

Exhibit explores vastly different views on war memorials this Veterans Day

A display case with items related to World War II are just part of the exhibit, Remembering War in Southern California, done by Chapman UniversityÕs MA Program in War and Society Studies, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The exhibit is on display at Chapman University’s Argyros Forum. It shows a history of American wars through monuments in Southern California, artifacts and photographs. It is on display to the public through January. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) Cam...
Tags: South Korea, News, West Point, California, Iraq, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Society, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, New Jersey, Winston Churchill, Army, Marine Corps

Diversity And Small Firms [Sponsored]

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Tags: Law, Thomson Reuters, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms

When The Student Becomes The Teacher: Going From Managee To Manager

This is a real skill that needs to be developed on the job, and all midlevel associates will learn how to do it eventually.
Tags: Law, Advice, Litigators, Brian Grossman, Midlevel Associates

Latest Round of LSC TIG Grants Show How Tech Can Help Expand Access to Justice

If you want to know how technology can be used to increase access to justice, you need look no farther than the Legal Services Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grants program. Since 2000, when Congress first appropriated special funds for the TIG program, it has been the most significant and consistent source of funds aimed at innovation in the delivery of legal assistance to low-income individuals, having put more than $60 million into more than 700 technology projects. Recently, the LSC ann...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Florida, Microsoft, Law, Congress, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Siri, Wyoming, Maine, Hawaii

From The Career Files: Moving Beyond Belief, Setting Down The Bricks

Carrying a lot of beliefs is like carrying a load of bricks in a sack over your shoulder. The more beliefs you set down, the lighter you feel.
Tags: Law, Lawyers, Career Center, Career Files

Getting Paid In 2019: What Lawyers Need To Know [Sponsored]

Widespread adoption of online payments for legal services is no longer a question of if, but when.
Tags: Law, Sponsored Content, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, LawPay

How Could Religious Liberty Be a Human Right?

A growing number of scholars think “religious liberty” is a bad idea.   The unfairness objection is that singling out religion for special protection is unjust to comparable nonreligious conceptions of the good.   The distraction objection asserts that religious liberty is a misleading lens: oppression sometimes occurs along religious lines, but the underlying conflicts often are not really about religious difference.   Both objections are sound, but under certain conditions religious libe...
Tags: Law, Branding, Andrew Koppelman, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Gita Stopler

Empirical SCOTUS: Breadcrumbs in a new term

On November 6, the Supreme Court released its first signed majority opinion of the term, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is Ginsburg’s third consecutive term as author of the court’s first signed majority opinion. In a concise unanimous decision (8-0 because Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not participate), the court in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido held that coverage under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects government employees in organizations of all sizes. With t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, 9th Circuit, Ginsburg, William Rehnquist, U S Court of Appeals, Alvarez, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh, Sandra Day O'Connor

Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts

Oyez has posted the aligned audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: Sturgeon v. Frost Virginia Uranium Inc. v. Warren Bucklew v. Precythe BNSF Railway Company v. Loos Republic of Sudan v. Harrison Culbertson v. Berryhill   The post Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Sturgeon, Oyez, Merits Cases, Berryhill, Frost Virginia Uranium Inc, Warren Bucklew, Precythe BNSF Railway Company, Loos Republic of Sudan, Harrison Culbertson

Texas Judge Loses Election, Decides To ‘Wholesale’ Release Defendants

This is an interesting take on the sore loser trope.
Tags: Texas, Law, Courts, State Court Judges, Glenn Devlin

Association of Legal Technologists Sets Date for 2019 ‘ctrl ALT del’ Conference

One conference I regretted missing last year was ctrl ALT del, the inaugural conference of the Association of Legal Technologists. Judging by what I read about it both during the conference and afterwards, those who were there considered it a success — not an easy feat for a first-time conference. Now, ALT has announced the dates and agenda for its 2019 conference. It will be held Feb. 9-12 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The agenda includes programs covering four blocks of t...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Scottsdale Ariz, Bob Ambrogi, Scottsdale Plaza Resort, ILTA, Association of Legal Technologists

How Law Students Can Stop Screwing Up Their Alumni Networking Emails

How can you ask a complete stranger for a job . . . without asking for a job? It's pretty simple.
Tags: Networking, Law, Advice, Law Schools, Career Services, Law Students, Nicholas Alexiou, Networking Emails

The U.N. Should Sanction The USA For Trump’s New Asylum Rule

Trump's new asylum rule violates U.S. and international law.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, International Law, Trump, Immigration Law, U N Should Sanction The USA For Trump

Revisiting World Patent Marketing: The Multimillion-Dollar Scam Matt Whitaker Was Neck Deep In

Whitaker's role in enabling the plot should be disqualifying from serving as Acting Dog Catcher let alone Acting Attorney General.
Tags: Technology, Law, Patents, Legal Ethics, Whitaker, Matt Whitaker, World Patent Marketing

Infringing?: Offers (made in the US) to Sell (abroad)

by Dennis Crouch Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc., (TAOS) v. Renesas Electronics America, Inc., fka Intersil Corporation (Supreme Court 2018) This case focuses on TAOS’ patented photodiode array ambient light sensor that is now widely used in smartphones to adjust display brightness.  U.S. Patent No. 6,596,981.  Following failed merger negotiations with TAOS, Intersil developed a competing product and Apple signed-on as a client. However, a jury found Intersil liable for patent inf...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, California, US, United States, Scandinavia, Patent, Fed, Ion Geophysical Corp, Transocean, Federal Circuit, Taos, Intersil, Dennis Crouch, WesternGeco LLC

At the Fall Snow Café...

... have your midday conversation. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Snow, Ann Althouse, Fall Snow Café

Trump orders limits on asylum for migrants at U.S.-Mexico border

The proclamation will bar migrants who cross the border illegally from making asylum claims.In the past, anyone who crossed the border—legally or illegally—was able to apply for asylum in the U.S.The new measures will almost surely be challenged in court. None President Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation Friday that will deny asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a move intended to funnel incoming migrants to legal ports of entry. "I just signed the proclam...
Tags: Politics, Law, Mexico, Immigration, Policy, Paris, Mexico City, Innovation, United Nations, Associated Press, The New York Times, Usa Today, Donald Trump, UNHCR, Queretaro, Trump

If Texas Is The New Bellwether For The Nation, Millennial And Minority Attorneys Have Plenty Of Reason To Remain Optimistic

Even after some emotional losses nationwide, the blue wave’s crest was able to topple the wall of incessant gerrymandering.
Tags: Politics, Texas, Law, Government, Diversity, Gerrymandering, Renwei Chung, Beto O'Rourke, Colin Allred

Looming violence in Yemen as UN peace talks pushed back

Chances of famine exacerbated by escalating fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalitionPeace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city.Fighting in Houthi rebel-controlled Hodeidah has flared in the past week as militias loyal to the Yemeni government attempt to break t...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Hodeidah, Jamal Khashoggi

Biglaw Partner Suspended For Watching Porn At Work

Each and every part of this story is disgusting.
Tags: Law, Pornography, Hogan Lovells, Biglaw, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Partner Issues, Irwin Mitchell

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