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The continued rise of non-JD enrollment in law schools

Usefully documented here. The explanation for the rise is simple: non-JD students (e.g., LLM students, but also, as in the case of Arizona, undergraduates taking... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Arizona, Brian Leiter


New Jersey Magazine Ban

Via WiscoDave, this unfortunate view: A new magazine capacity restriction goes into effect today in New Jersey. The internet is on fire with cries of people, including many gun owners not in New Jersey, criticizing the law as unjust, unconstitutional, meaningless, unfair and worse. What is missing is much real practical advice for New Jersey Gun Owners. What should they do now? What should they do with magazines that have a capacity of over 10 rounds? Unfortunately, while the law may eventually ...
Tags: Guns, New York City, Military, New Jersey, Gun Control, Rob, Breitbart News, Bernard Kerik, Firearms, Bergen County, David Codrea, Ammunition, AR-15s, Kerik, High Capacity Magazines, New Jersey Gun Owners


Proposed Rifle Ban In Pittsburgh

Trib: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by Gov. Tom Wolf, members of City Council and state Democratic lawmakers Friday in proposing legislation that would ban semiautomatic rifles and certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits. Citing the 11 people killed in the Oct. 27 mass shooting at Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life synagogue, Peduto said the ban is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of Pittsburgh residents. He vowed to build a coalition among municipalities an...
Tags: Supreme Court, America, Military, Gun Control, City Council, Pittsburgh, Democratic, Scalia, Tom Wolf, Peduto, Bill Peduto, Squirrel Hill


Blood In The Water

And everywhere else. Amei Francesco-Folsom arrived home on a Thursday afternoon to find blood all over the streets in her Palm Springs neighborhood. Her husband, Greg, informed her the blood was from neighborhood ducks and she subsequently called her town’s maintenance department to have it cleaned. However, she soon discovered it wasn’t there by accident. The Lakewood residential community is removing ducks — violently. In late November, men dressed in dark blue, carrying guns and orange bucket...
Tags: Animals, Military, South America, Palm Springs, Greg, Lakewood, Amei Francesco Folsom, Francesco Folsom


Criminals Don’t Obey The Law

That sounds like a tautology, yes? “From a licensed firearms dealer” is the crux. Anyone who believes a determined individual can’t obtain a firearm from other sources needs to explain recent headlines from Baltimore or Chicago. The inescapable truth is anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian. There are plenty of other ways to mass kill. g What are they going to do, certify folks buying fertilizer at Lowe’s or Home Despot?  Um … wait, I’d better not give them ...
Tags: Chicago, Military, Gun Control, Baltimore, Lowe


Episcopal Church Takes A Stand On Gun Manufacturers

It just isn’t the right one. Shareholder advocacy is nothing new for the Episcopal Church. With an investment portfolio worth about $400 million, the church has long used some of those investments to influence companies based on Christian principles and General Convention resolutions that set church policies and priorities. What’s new is one of the investment tactics the church plans to implement in the new year to address gun violence. General Convention passed a resolution in July that calls o...
Tags: Congress, Religion, Military, Gun Control, Jesus, Christ, Smith Wesson, Springfield, Episcopal Church, Fisher, Executive Council, Western Massachusetts, Douglas Fisher, Parkland Florida, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Episcopal Church With


Our lock-and-leave culture: the rise of self-storage and clinging to stuff we hardly use

Moving, downsizing, long-term renovations, deceased estates and divorce are all factors in the relentlessly increasing demand for off-site storageAbout once every six weeks I go to my least happy place. It’s a massive warehouse in the industrial back blocks of Port Kembla, near Wollongong in New South Wales, housing a storage facility called Super Easy Storage. Because it is a no-frills operation, it does not offer 24-hour access like the more upmarket companies do, so I have to call ahead to sa...
Tags: UK, Australia, Life and style, Society, Australia news, New South Wales, Homes, Port Kembla, Marie Antoinette, Wollongong


CRTC Jurisdiction Over Broadcast Content

The Toronto municipal election earlier this year has attracted nation-wide scrutiny given the changes to council size and invocation of s. 33 in Bill 31. In an election already marred by confusion and uncertainty, there has also been some controversy around the candidates involved. One mayoral candidate, Faith Goldy, who has received a disproportionate amount of attention online, is described by The Globe as “a troubling extremist” and “manipulative monomaniac.” She is generally assumed to refle...
Tags: Law, Toronto, Canada, Parliament, Globe, Bell, Ontario, Cavanaugh, Weber, Conway, Superior Court, Supreme Court of Canada, Goldy, Canadian Radio, Telecommunications Commission, Sharpe


Making the case against amendments to the FIRST STEP Act proposed by Senators Cotton and Kennedy ... UPDATED with a response on 12/17

In this post a few days ago, I provided details and links concerning three amendments that Senator Tom Cotton and Senator John Kennedy will seek to have made to the FIRST STEP Act this coming week.  Unsurprisingly, advocates of significant sentencing reform are not fans of the Senators' proposed changes.  The Brennan Center, for example, has this release explaining that it "strongly rejects attempts by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) to add a series of 'poison pill' amendments...
Tags: Law, Senate, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Kennedy, Tom Cotton, John Kennedy, Government Accountability Office, Brennan Center, Sens Tom Cotton R Ark, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, Sen Cotton, Prez Trump, John Kennedy R La, Independent Review Committee


At the Chaos Café...

... work your charms.(And remember the Althouse Portal to Amazon. If you want to buy what I just bought, buy "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York" by Roz Chast.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, New York, Law, South Park, Roz Chast, Ann Althouse, Going Into Town


"Princess Margaret finally dropped [Peter] Sellers after... Sellers had already married and divorced a third wife, Miranda Quarry, and had become too volatile..."

"... to remain an acceptable royal escort; in the middle of a row with Quarry over the correct way to pass the port, he had let off steam by releasing all her pet birds from their cages and hitting them around the room with a tennis racquet."From "Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret" by Craig Brown. I'm enjoying this book but it's disturbing my comfortable appreciation of Peter Sellers. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Birds, Animal Cruelty, Peter, Craig Brown, Margaret, Peter Sellers, Ann Althouse, Princess margaret


Making the case against amendments to the FIRST STEP Act proposed by Senators Cotton and Kennedy

In this post a few days ago, I provided details and links concerning three amendments that Senator Tom Cotton and Senator John Kennedy will seek to have made to the FIRST STEP Act this coming week.  Unsurprisingly, advocates of significant sentencing reform are not fans of the Senators' proposed changes.  The Brennan Center, for example, has this release explaining that it "strongly rejects attempts by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) to add a series of 'poison pill' amendments...
Tags: Law, Senate, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Kennedy, Tom Cotton, John Kennedy, Government Accountability Office, Brennan Center, Sens Tom Cotton R Ark, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, Sen Cotton, Prez Trump, John Kennedy R La, Independent Review Committee


Non Sequiturs: 12.16.18

* In case you missed it (the news broke on Friday night), Judge Reed O’Connor (N.D. Tex.) held that the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare is unconstitutional, in the wake of last year's tax reform that reduced the ACA's "shared responsibility payment" for lacking health-care coverage to zero. [MedCity News] * Josh Blackman agrees with Judge O'Connor the constitutionality of the individual mandate, but disagreed with his severability analysis. [Reason / Volokh Conspiracy] * Meanwhile, fellow Vo...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Obamacare, Football, Sports, NFL, Affordable Care Act, Al Sharpton, Oakland, Personal Injury, Thomas, James Quinn, Josh Blackman, Roberts, Adam Feldman


McKinsey responds to New York Times hit piece (Michael Simkovic)

The consulting firm McKinsey is a leading employer of graduates of elite law schools, business schools, medical schools, and other professional programs. The New York... [Author: Michael Simkovic]
Tags: New York, Law, New York Times, Mckinsey, Michael Simkovic


Courtney Selby on Beer Law

It’s the episode of The Geek In Review that Greg has dreamed about. Beer law! Courtney Selby, Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library, and Professor of Law at Hoftra University Law School, walks us through the strange and interesting topic of beer laws. Selby has immersed herself in the topic for years, and has an upcoming publication with W.S. Hein on Brewery Law and a national survey of state laws on the topic. Not only does Courtney Selby explain some of the more...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Podcast, Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, America, Linkedin, Diversity, Beer, Atlantic, Legal Research, Anger, Selby, Greg, Cordell Parvin


Blockchain has come to U.S. Real Estate

Earlier this year a precedent setting property sale in Vermont was the first real estate transaction in the United States using blockchain, portending a new era in the sale of land and improvements. Blockchain technology is an industry disrupter on the cusp of improving transactions across all sectors and borders. It is suggested blockchain may do for the $217 trillion U.S. real estate market what the portable phone did for communication, .. and that may be an understatement. Blockchain will add...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Walmart, Ukraine, Palo Alto, United States, Arizona, Ohio, States, Bill, Vermont, Blockchain, Stuart Kaplow, Kiev Ukraine, Seville Spain


"There was a new society..."

View this post on Instagram Sorry this is so long. “Feel free” to ignore.A post shared by @ rozchast on Dec 14, 2018 at 1:49pm PST [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Roz Chast, Ann Althouse, Dreaming, Instagram Sorry


"SNL" uses the stalest Christmas sketch idea of all and — because it's anti-Trump — gets treated as brilliant.

I'm glancing at "SNL asks ‘What if Trump were never elected?’ in a star-studded ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ spoof" (WaPo).IN THE COMMENTS: Robert Cook said:I saw a portion of that. Really lazy, pandering, and childish. Do they really believe things were better under Obama, or would be better under H. Clinton, or that Trump is the cause of the world of shit in which we reside? Trump is possible only because the world is in shit shape, in great part because of the actions of our rulers (the plutocrats...
Tags: Law, Obama, Snl, Clinton, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Robert Cook, Trump and pop culture


I scrolled quickly through 5 of the Sunday morning talk shows.

For many years, I've DVR'd "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "State of the Union," "Fox News Sunday," and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," and I used to watch nearly all of all of them and carefully select things to blog. I'd jot down key words so I could find things in the transcript, and I'd talk about them at length here. In the Trump years, however, I've gotten to the point where I won't watch at all, and I will leave the room if someone else even starts to watch. But I did choose ...
Tags: Law, Obamacare, Cbs News, Amy Klobuchar, University Of Chicago, George Stephanopoulos, Sarah Palin, Democratic Party, Klobuchar, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard, Brennan, Barrasso, Margaret Brennan, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign


This week at the court

The Supreme Court is between sittings. The justices will meet next for their January 4 conference; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions likely relisted for this 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, John Elwood


Christmas lighting fight divides community

Do something nice for your neighbors this Christmas and refrain from taking them to court. An attorney who resides in Hayden, Idaho, has gotten into “a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood” over holiday displays at his house [Daniel Walters, Inlander] Tags: Christmas and other holidays, housing discrimination, Idaho, property law
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Idaho, Hayden Idaho, Property Law, Christmas and other holidays, Housing Discrimination, Daniel Walters Inlander


I don't think this is good news for Biden.

From "Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses" (DeMoines Register). The question was: "Do you think the right person to defeat Donald Trump will be more of a political newcomer, as he was, or more of a seasoned political hand?" It's so normal to say a "seasoned hand" would be better and to be wary of a "newcomer," but not even half of the respondents had the obvious reaction to the generic question. And imagine if the question had been written in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, BETO, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Biden Sanders


"In addition to being a re-gifter, the president is also reported to be a double-dipper, low talker, and master of his domain."

My son John blogs his reaction to the Bloomberg News story "Donald Trump Jr. Says His Father Is a Regifter."(Links to all the relevant "Seinfeld" clips at the first link, which — helpfully — does not go to Facebook.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Facebook, Law, John, Seinfeld, Bloomberg News, Donald Trump Jr, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse


"all musicals sound like this to me."

all musicals sound like this to me pic.twitter.com/RnqhpiUxM3— Matt Buechele (@mattbooshell) December 14, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Music, Comedy, Law, Theater, Ann Althouse, Matt Buechele


No Appearance Of Impropriety

The Missouri Supreme Court held that a prosecutor's office screening procedure effectively prevented imputed disqualification when a defendant's appellate counsel moved to the office. Counsel moved for disqualification in a subsequent post-conviction action Application of the appearance of impropriety test... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Missouri Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof


Hyperbole Not Defamatory

The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department affirmed the dismissal of a defamation claim against a law firm Plaintiff alleges, inter alia, that he was defamed by defendants in interviews with journalists, an article, and press releases... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department


"In yet another unnecessary attack on the first lady, CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower, who purports to be an expert on the customs and norms of first ladies and yet has never met Melania Trump..."

"... wrote Thursday that Mrs. Trump 'proved that she doesn't understand what it means to be first lady.' This condescending opinion, apparently written in response to a single answer Mrs. Trump gave in a Fox News interview Wednesday, was published just hours after the first lady traveled to Children's National hospital in Washington to read a Christmas story, visit sick children and thank the hardworking hospital staff. CNN has a dedicated reporter who covers Mrs. Trump. But the media consistent...
Tags: Law, Washington, Cnn, Fox News, Trump, Melania Trump, Melania, Ann Althouse, Mrs Trump, Stephanie Grisham, Trump and the press, Children s National Hospital, Kate Anderson Brower


Iowa Supreme Court dodges due process challenges to use of risk-assessment tools at sentencing

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss a trio of rulings handed down late last week by the Iowa Supreme Court which all raised issues concerning the permissibility of courts using risk-assessment tools at sentencing. The rulings came in Iowa v. Gordon, Iowa v. Guise and Iowa v. Buesing, and in each instance the court decided that a constitutional challenges to the use of Iowa Risk Revised risk assessment tool (IRR) at sentencing was not properly raised and preserved at sentencing.  The Gordon...
Tags: Law, Iowa, State, Gordon, Iowa Supreme Court, Loomis, SMU, Appel, PSI, IRR, American Law Institute, Pew Center, Douglas A Berman, Gordon Iowa, Buesing, Malenchik


"This week, Anschutz and McKibbin murdered The Weekly Standard, the conservative opinion magazine that Anschutz owned."

"They didn’t merely close it because it was losing money. They seemed to have murdered it out of greed and vengeance," writes David Brooks in "Who Killed The Weekly Standard?/The bureaucratic mind has a temporary triumph" (NYT).John Podhoretz, one of the magazine’s founders, reports that they actively prevented potential buyers from coming in to take it over and keep it alive. They apparently wanted to hurt the employees and harvest the subscription list so they could make money off it. And Ansc...
Tags: David Brooks, Law, Christian, Trump, John Podhoretz, Brooks, Weekly Standard, Charles Krauthammer, McKibbin, Anschutz, Ann Althouse, Fred Barnes, Andrew Ferguson, Harvey Mansfield, what Trump did to the GOP, Weekly Standard the conservative opinion magazine


"Justice at any cost? The impact of cost–benefit salience on criminal punishment judgments"

The title of this post is the title of this interesting article recently published in the journal Behavioral Sciences & the Law and authored by Eyal Aharoni, Heather Kleider‐Offutt, Sarah Brosnan and Julia Watzek.  Here is its abstract, along with a couple of paragraph's from the paper's discussion section: This study investigated the effect of cost–benefit salience on simulated criminal punishment judgments.  In two vignette‐based survey experiments, we sought to identify how the salience of d...
Tags: Usa, Law, Bennett, Douglas A Berman, Eyal Aharoni Heather Kleider‐Offutt Sarah Brosnan, Julia Watzek, Wong Aharoni Aliev



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