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Special Convocation on the Future of Licensing

The Law Society of Ontario is holding a Special Convocation tomorrow to determine what the future of licensing will be in Ontario. The articling crisis, which can find its roots in trends over a decade ago, lead to the creation of the Law Practice Program (LPP) in 2013. Of the 4 models contemplated by the Professional Development & Competence Committee, only two are being contemplated tomorrow: (a) Current Model with Enhancements (Option 2): The two current transitional training pathways of arti...
Tags: Law, Canada, NCA, Committee, Ppd, Education & Training, Ontario, GPA, LSO, National Committee on Accreditation NCA, Racialized Licensees Working Group, LPP, Professional Development Competence Committee


LEO Killed In Thousand Oaks Shooting Died Due To Fire From Another LEO

NBC News: A sheriff’s sergeant who died during a firefight during the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, last month was killed by friendly fire, officials said. Sgt. Ron Helus was hit five times by gunman Ian David Long at the bar but was ultimately killed by a sixth shot from a California Highway Patrol officer’s AR-style rifle, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a press conference Friday. “This news is extremely difficult for all of us to process and und...
Tags: California, Police, Military, California Highway Patrol, Ventura County, Ayub, Warren Stanley, Helus, Ian David Long, Ventura County Sheriff, Sgt Ron Helus, Bill Ayub


John Kasich Versus The Fifth Amendment

Views from Ohio: “If I have a gun and I shoot somebody, I should have to describe why I did that,” Kasich said in an interview. He also expressed frustration that Ohio’s GOP-controlled Legislature would not pass a “red flag” law to allow relatives or police to ask a court to remove temporarily any guns from a person they fear might be a threat to themselves or others. “There’s no ‘red flag’ law,” Kasich said. “I pleaded with them to put the ‘red flag’ law in there. They didn’t do it.” Let me s...
Tags: Military, Gop, Gun Control, Ohio, John Kasich, Legislature, Kasich, John Lasich


Service Providers: Is It Possible Stop Receiving Mail That You Find Offensive

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Maryland This is not about junk mail. I get junk mail everyday like everyone else and I'm glad to throw it in the garbage. My complaint is about a specific mail piece which does not arrive in a plain inconspicuous package. Of course, I contacted the offending company and they agreed to stop the mailing. But the mailings continued this time addressed to Current Resident. So I need to know the proper course of action to stop this, if t...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Consumer Law


$33 million gift to U of Michigan Law School

The Michigan press release here. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Michigan, Brian Leiter, Michigan Law School


Medical Malpractice: Can You Sue Over a Cardiac Arrest During Surgery

My question involves malpractice in the state of: MI Last week during my 2 level cervical fusion surgery I flatlined. I have a very clean health history - no BP or cholesterol problems, no heart problems and no previous surgeries, none, ever (56 yr old male). I was told in post-op by the surgeon that my heart stopped and they "thumped" me a few times and it restarted. He gave me no info on how long it was stopped or any other info at all. I was kept overnight on the heart floor for observation ...
Tags: Law, Malpractice Law, SCA, Hemostasis, Clousure, Dermabond


Medical Malpractice: Sudden Cardiac Arrest -Asystole, During Cervical Fusion.i Lived

My question involves malpractice in the state of: MI Last week during my 2 level cervical fusion surgery I flatlined. I have a very clean health history - no BP or cholesterol problems, no heart problems and no previous surgeries, none, ever (56 yr old male). I was told in post-op by the surgeon that my heart stopped and they "thumped" me a few times and it restarted. He gave me no info on how long it was stopped or any other info at all. I was kept overnight on the heart floor for observation ...
Tags: Law, Malpractice Law, SCA, Hemostasis, Clousure, Dermabond


Non Sequiturs: 12.09.18

* A fantasy from the fevered imagination of Lawprofblawg: playing the role of the Grinch who stole meetings. [Lawprofblawg] * Joel Cohen wonders: should jurors be instructed about the possible inaccuracy of descriptions of forensic evidence in "cop show" television programs? [Law and Crime] * David Oscar Markus isn't afraid to take on tough cases -- like defending embattled Secretary Alex Acosta in the court of public opinion. [Miami Herald via SDFLA Blog] * Former federal defender Stephen Co...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, Television, Supreme Court, Shopping, Law, Scotus, White House, Alabama, Death Penalty, Courts, Capital punishment, Grinch, Donald Trump, New York Daily News, Trump


Out on Lake Mendota today: trumpeter swans.

Video'd by me from the beach on Picnic Point. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Video, Law, Birds, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


State Not County has Authority to Regulate Solar Farms

At a time when solar panels are de riguere a recent decision by a Maryland appellate court limiting the authority of local governments to regulate the location and specifics of construction of a solar farm has broad implications far beyond this case. Perennial Solar, LLC filed an application for a zoning special exception and variance to construct a solar panel farm in Washington County, Maryland. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals granted the relief requested. The Board of County Com...
Tags: Energy, Maryland, Law, Senate, Bill, General Assembly, Solar Panel, PSC, Washington County, Circuit Court, Stuart Kaplow, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, Board of Zoning Appeals, Solar Farm, Board of County Commissioners


Ep. 20 – Ryan McClead, CEO of Sente Advisors – Legal Innovation is not a One-Stop Shop

On this episode of The Geek in Review, we talk with CEO and Principle of Sente Advisors, Ryan McClead. Ryan is also a frequent contributor to 3 Geeks. His new venture into consulting and solution building is unique, in that his team builds across multiple platforms to find creative solutions for the problems we all face in the legal industry. Just as in life, very few solutions to our problems are found in one place. Ryan discusses what Greg refers to as Legal Jazz Innovation – the combining of ...
Tags: Google, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Innovation, Legal Technology, Thomson Reuters, Greg, Ryan, Jazzfest, Grady, American Association of Law Libraries AALL, Marlene, AALL, Ryan McClead, Toby Brown


It was 50 years ago today: "The Mother of All Demos."

"'The Mother of All Demos' is a name retroactively applied to a landmark computer demonstration, given at the Association for Computing Machinery / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ACM/IEEE)—Computer Society's Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, which was presented by Douglas Engelbart on December 9, 1968," says Wikipedia.The live demonstration featured the introduction of a complete computer hardware and software system called the oN-Line System or, more commonly,...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Wikipedia, San Francisco, History, Computers, Xerox, Ann Althouse, Apple Macintosh, Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Fall Joint Computer Conference


Asylum seekers must be allowed to work | Letter

Banning asylum seekers from working doesn’t make economic sense, says Catherine West MPBanning asylum seekers from working is not only a great social injustice, it’s economically illiterate. An asylum seeker receives £5.39 a day to live on – an allowance that needs to cover clothing, transport, food, personal hygiene and often the cost of their asylum application.Last month’s Equality and Human Rights Commission report revealed the shocking reality asylum seekers are being forced to choose betwe...
Tags: Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Poverty, Equality And Human Rights Commission, Catherine West




New York: maybe gun insurance is okay after all

As our friend R.J. Lehmann observed the other day: “New York now wants to require people to hold a kind of insurance that it sanctioned the NRA and an insurance broker earlier this year for selling at all.” I explain in my new Cato post. Tags: guns, insurance, New York, WO writings
Tags: New York, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Insurance, Nra, WO writings, R J Lehmann


This week at the court

The Supreme Court will release orders from the December 7 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions at 10 a.m. The justices will meet next for their January 4 conference. The calendar for the January sitting, which will begin on January 7, is available on the Supreme Court’s website. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, This Week at the Court


Snoop Dogg has some advice for Kevin Hart.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Dec 7, 2018 at 7:14am PST Addressing the ousting of Kevin Hart as Oscars host (because of some bad homophobic jokes years ago), Snoop Dogg says, "That ain't our kind of shit, no way. Oscars??! Yeah, right. Come do the BET Awards. Or Soul Train. They don't care. You're a comedian. Cracking jokes. Really? Y'all want me to host it now? Nah. I don't think so. I got ...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Homosexuality, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Kyler Murray, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture


Another Gambling Case Over Online Virtual Coins Proceeds–Wilson v. Playtika

I blogged about Big Fish, who had a trip to the Ninth Circuit and was denied a bid to arbitrate claims against it based on its waiver of the right to arbitrate. As a follow up, I also blogged about the Huuuge case, where the same judge denied a bid to arbitrate claims against a gaming company on the basis of lack of affirmative assent to the terms. Today’s case involves gambling claims against Playtika, an Israeli company with services that look similar to Huuuge. It’s in front of the same judg...
Tags: Law, California, Washington, Israel, E-commerce, Wilson, Mason, Ninth Circuit, McLeod, Licensing/Contracts, Kater, Playtika, Create Binding Terms of Service, Huuuge, Washington Gambling Commission


If you want to talk about Mueller and Trump...

... please feel free to use the comments here to link to things and discuss them.I feel myself to be in a state of resistance. The headlines seem constructed to create anxiety and anger, and I decline to be sucked in. I'm tired of the dribblings from the investigation. Let Mueller come out with a complete report. Lay out all the evidence, and let Trump and his people provide their context and argument, and I will pay attention again. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Mueller, Ann Althouse, I'm skeptical, Trump troubles


"The 'yellow vest' protests have been 'a catastrophe' for the French economy, the finance minister says...."

"About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, with more than 1,700 people arrested. Several tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, are closed this weekend... 'There was much more damage yesterday than a week ago' because Saturday's protests were more dispersed, deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told local radio.... There are concerns that the protests could lead to a drop in tourism. Paris was visited by a record number of tourists in 2017 - more than 40 million.....
Tags: Travel, Protest, Law, France, Bbc, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Ann Althouse, Emmanuel Gregoire


"Here’s a thought experiment: where do you end? Not your body, but you, the nebulous identity you think of as your 'self.'"

"Does it end at the limits of your physical form? Or does it include your voice, which can now be heard as far as outer space; your personal and behavioral data, which is spread out across the impossibly broad plane known as digital space; and your active online personas, which probably encompass dozens of different social media networks, text message conversations, and email exchanges?"From "Where is the boundary between your phone and your mind?/As our online existences become less distinct fr...
Tags: Psychology, Law, The Web, Ann Althouse


The difference between reading a book and listening to an audiobook.

Analyzed by a psychology professor, Daniel T. Willingham (who wrote "The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads"), in the NYT:Although writing lacks symbols for prosody [the pitch, tempo and stress of spoken words], experienced readers infer it as they go.... But the inferences can go wrong, and hearing the audio version — and therefore the correct prosody — can aid comprehension....That assumes a good narrator. I listen to many audiobooks, and I've found mistakes...
Tags: Audiobooks, Law, Reading, Ann Althouse, Daniel T Willingham




New study highlights that "1 in 2 people in the United States has had an immediate family member incarcerated"

This recent USA Today piece, headlined "'This isn't just numbers – but lives': Half of Americans have family members who've been incarcerated," reports on a notable new report about the real scope of incarceration in the so-called land of the free. Here is how the press account gets started: One of Felicity Rose's first memories of her father is of the sheet of glass that separated them when she visited him in prison.  Growing up, she tried to hide his past, the prison sentences that kept him b...
Tags: Usa, Law, America, United States, Usa Today, Cornell University, Rose, Douglas A Berman


Uber forces its drivers to arbitrate, rather than sue, but Uber also won't arbitrate

Binding arbitration agreements were formalized in 1925, allowing two corporate entities of roughly equal size to resolve their disputes outside of a court, saving both parties a lot of money, but since then, the primary use of arbitration is to force employees, customers, patients and other comparatively weak parties to surrender their right to sue (or join class actions) as a condition of going to work, seeking care, or simply shopping. Instead, people who have been crammed into binding ar...
Tags: Uber, Post, Business, News, Law, Labor, California, Oakland, Gig Economy, Class Action, Edward Chen, Stephen Larson, Alison Frankel Reuters, Guillotine Watch, Binding Arbitration, Collective Action Problems


"When I try to connect with [my 15-year-old daughter], it backfires. A few months ago she cued up 'The Rain Song' by Led Zeppelin..."

"... one of my favorites when I was her age. I told her so, and she didn’t respond. I made the terrible mistake of attempting to play it for her on the acoustic guitar when we got home. She was learning to play the guitar herself, and I thought maybe she’d want to know the chords. She barely stayed for the glissando intro and then fled upstairs. As far as I can tell, she hasn’t listened to Led Zeppelin since. I know. I know. I remember how I treated my mother at that age... But now that I had my...
Tags: Law, Motherhood, Led Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Paulina, Ann Althouse, Helene Stapinski


You win the Heisman Trophy and...

I googled the name because I wanted to get a link to somewhere other than The Washington Post for Kyler Murray's decision to go into a baseball, not a football, career. And I thought he sounded like a really sweet guy:“This is crazy,” Murray said repeatedly during a brief and soft-spoken acceptance speech. He thanked teammates on either side of the ball for putting him in a position to win so many postseason honors. “You make me look so much better than I am,” he said....Murray called his father...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Football, Teenagers, Baseball, Murray, Riley, Sooners, Kyler Murray, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Lincoln Riley


Getting Fired: Fired Over False Sexual Harassment Accusations

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: colorado Hello, I am a truck driver. I drive form plant to plant and fill my truck up with rock sand dirt or gravel. I then go into the shed house, sign a ticket with my order on it and take the load back to my job. I went to work on a Friday. I went to the same plant 5 different times. The first two times there was a man I have seen every time I go to this plant. He poured my sand, I signed my ticket with him and went on my way....
Tags: Law, Employment and Labor


Fired Over False Sexual Harassment

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: colorado Hello, I am a truck driver. I drive form plant to plant and fill my truck up with rock sand dirt or gravel. I then go into the shed house, sign a ticket with my order on it and take the load back to my job. I went to work on a Friday. I went to the same plant 5 different times. The first two times there was a man I have seen every time I go to this plant. He poured my sand, I signed my ticket with him and went on my way....
Tags: Law, Employment and Labor


Rounding up negative reactions to William Barr's nomination to be next US Attorney General

Unsurprisingly given his prior record as Attorney General and various statements on reform efforts past and present, folks in the criminal justice and drug policy reform community are not too keen of Prez Trump's decision to nominate William Barr to be the next US Attorney General.  Here is an extended sampling of press releases and articles on this front: From ACLU, "No Relief: William Barr Is as Bad as Jeff Sessions — if Not Worse" From The Brennan Center, "William Barr Is Out of Step on Crim...
Tags: Law, US, Trump, George H W Bush, AG, Jeff Sessions, Barr, James Sensenbrenner, Janice Rogers Brown, Charles Grassley, AG Barr, DC Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Quartz Trump, William Barr



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