Lost in the Noise

There was recent discussion on Twitter and LinkedIn as to the ideal length of a law blog post. Lost in all of the noise was what is real law blogging for business development. A conversation. Listen first to what the people you want to engage/meet are saying/writing and what is being said/written about them. Then blog about what they are saying/writing or what is being said/written about them. They’ll engage you in return. You may find the people and organizations you’ll want to eng...
Tags: Law, Blogging

"Jussie Smollett has officially been named a suspect in the criminal investigation into his attack, Chicago police have announced."

"He is suspected of filing a false police report, which carries a felony charge.... According to the Chicago PD, detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County grand jury, which could lead to Smollett’s indictment. Two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning in the attack..... The brothers reportedly said all three men 'rehearsed' the attack days prior to it happening.... CBS reported that Smollett allegedly plotted the attack ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Chicago, Fox, Cbs, New York Magazine, Ola, Jussie Smollett, Cook County, Smollett, Ann Althouse, Abel Osundairo

For ALT, Its Second Conference Was A Reckoning

In 2017, a group of longtime and prominent members of the International Legal Technology Association, unhappy with the association’s direction, broke off and formed an alternative, the Association of Legal Technologists. At the time, nQueue CEO Rick Hellers, who spearheaded the split, wrote on LinkedIn that he and others were concerned about ILTA’s overall direction and the “widening gap between the organization’s core values and the actions of its leadership.” In February 2018, ALT held its fir...
Tags: New York, Law, Time, Uncategorized, Alt, Ibm, Aba, PacerPro, Rush, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Foster, Scottsdale Ariz, Flournoy, Baker McKenzie, Bob Ambrogi

Modification of Custody: Father Losing Child Twice

My question involves a child visitation modification from the State of: New York My ex has lost our 10 year old son twice now on two separate occasions. My son is not one to drift off. First he was told to use the restroom alone in a crowded area, he came back out and he couldn't find his dad or his gf and kids. Apparently, they moved tables or my son got confused because it was a large crowded area. Second he was at a ski resort and he went down a hill that he thought his dad told him to go ...
Tags: New York, Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation

At the Frisky Wild Café...

... you can do your own interpretation. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse

SCOTUSblog is hiring

The blog and  Goldstein & Russell, P.C. , are looking for someone to serve as both the firm manager for Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and the deputy manager of SCOTUSblog. The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Administrative work for the firm and in particular for Tom Goldstein, the firm’s managing partner; Scheduling travel, which may entail making frequent last-minute changes and arrangements, sometimes during off hours; Assisting with case coverage; C...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, U S Supreme Court, Tom Goldstein, Goldstein Russell, Bethesda Maryland, Everything Else, Goldstein Russell P C

I’m Chilled — See Also

AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF THE SNOW: It's because of this MAGA teen lawsuit. 2,000 PORN CASES IS PROBABLY TOO MANY: You'll go blind, don't ya know, and miss a deadline. FIRMS ARE NOT POSTING PICTURES OF THEIR PARTNERS: It helps when your goal is to hide your lack of diversity. PROTECT DEMOCRACY HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO: A podcast about how democracy is failing, both here and around the world. FROM BIGLAW TO CHILDREN'S BOOKS: With a cameo from Kathryn's adorable niece.
Tags: Law, Kathryn, See Also

"Evaluating the Impacts of Eliminating Prosecutorial Requests for Cash Bail"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new research from Aurelie Ouss and Megan Stevenson now available via SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Recent criminal justice reform efforts have focused on electing progressive prosecutors to implement change, such as the reduction of cash bail as a requirement for pretrial release.  However, critics worry that removing cash bail will decrease accountability and increase failure-to-appear in court. We test this by looking at the effects of the No...
Tags: Law, Philadelphia, Douglas A Berman, Larry Krasner, Megan Stevenson, Aurelie Ouss

The Law School That’s Slashed Tuition Over 90 Percent

Law school suddenly seems very affordable.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Trivia Question of the Day

Argument analysis: Meandering argument suggests justices likely to narrow bankrupts’ power to rescind licenses in bankruptcy

The second and last argument of the week came in the Supreme Court’s most important bankruptcy case of the year, Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The case presents a problem that has confused lower courts for more than 30 years: What happens when a debtor exercises its statutory right to reject a contract in bankruptcy? It is plain from the language of the statute that the debtor’s rejection should be treated as a “breach” of the contract, and that the counterparty can sue the b...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan, 7th Circuit, Samuel Alito, Sunbeam, 4th Circuit

Argument preview: Justices to hear oral argument on additional time for sex offenders who violate terms of supervised release

In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act “to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children.” One part of the act provides that if a defendant who is required to register as a sex offender commits certain crimes carrying a prison term longer than one year, his supervised release will be revoked, and he must return to prison for at least five years – and possibly for the rest of his life. Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, Merits Cases, Haymond, Andre Haymond

Trump Mocks Federalism, Steps Up Retaliation Against California

I just need everybody to remember what Trump is doing to California when a Democratic President comes for Texas.
Tags: Law, California, Government, Environment, Donald Trump, Trump

This is so bad I probably shouldn't give it any attention, but it was published in Out.

"Trump’s Plan to Decriminalize Homosexuality Is an Old Racist Tactic." That's by Mathew Rodriguez, and all I can think is that he went to college. The Trump administration is set to launch a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of nations where anti-gay laws are still on the books, NBC News reported Monday. While on its surface, the move looks like an atypically benevolent decision by the Trump administration, the details of the campaign belie a different story. Rather than a...
Tags: Law, India, Nbc News, Homosexuality, Trump, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Spivak, Mathew Rodriguez, Gayatri Spivak, Grennell

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Back To Work And Better Than Ever

RBG wrote the opinion in a civil asset forfeiture case.
Tags: Law, Courts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Quote Of The Day, Civil Asset Forfeiture, RBG

What I Did For Judge

The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has concluded that a criminal conviction resulted in automatic disbarment In this case, the respondent admitted that she produced false evidence during the course of an investigation by an FBI... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Fbi, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Turmoil at Lubbock ME, Texas' failing state jails, implications of youth-prison riot for raise-the-age bill, and other stories

Here are a few browser-clearing odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Lubbock ME's office a Grade A clusterf#@k The interim medical examiner at the Lubbock medical examiner's office has alleged that the previous ME, Dr. Sridhar Natarajan, was frequently drunk at work, used county facilities for his private practice, and, most seriously, took bribes to change the results of autopsies. But the main source for the allegations came out and vehemently disputed his account. In the meantim...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Gainesville, Houston Chronicle, Lubbock, Texas Tribune, Avila, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Dallas News, Austin PD, Rigoberto Avila, Keri Blakinger, Lubbock ME Texas

"... interpretation! — a frisky wild animal..."

Some of you are reading Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" along with me. In the "Bonfire" project, here on the blog, I select a few consecutive sentences as I go along and offer them up for discussion. Please concentrate on the text. It's fine to bring in the context of the book, but give a spoiler alert if you're going beyond the chapter under discussion.So let me give you this, from Kindle Location 1624:Do you tell the police that Mrs. Arthur Ruskin of Fifth Avenue and Mr. Sherman McCoy of...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Manhattan, Fifth Avenue, Bronx, Sherman, Maria, Judy, McCoy, Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Park Avenue, Vanities, Sherman McCoy, Ann Althouse, the Bonfire project

A Perfectly Imperfect Marriage: Blockchain And Open Source

The blockchain industry has not been very attentive to the selection of licenses used for their projects. It's time for that to change.
Tags: Technology, Law, Blockchain, Mark Radcliffe, Olga V. Mack, Open Source Software (OSS

IRA - First Time Required Minimum Distribution at Age 70.5

Hello! I will turn 70 1/2 before June 30th this year and am required to make my first minimum distribution from my IRA. I see where I can defer this distribution the FIRST year to April 1,2020. My question is: May I take a partial RMD for 2019 and the rest of 2019's RMD in 2020 along with the RMD for 2020? I know that would have to be reported as income in 2020. Thanks.
Tags: Law, Ira, Tax Law

The Tyranny Of Fair Use: How A Once-Humble Copyright Doctrine Tormented A Generation Of Litigants

We have strayed far afield from the doctrine’s genesis.
Tags: Law, Copyright, Fair Use, Scott Alan Burroughs

Smollett Indicted in Illinois

Jussie Smollett has been charged in Chicago with a felony for allegedly falsely reporting a hate crime. From the article, it appears the prosecutors called brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo as witnesses before the grand jury this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Chicago, Illinois, Jussie Smollett, Smollett Indicted, Abimbola Osundairo

Opinion analysis: A win for one taxpayer, but not many more

West Virginia cannot impose its state income tax on federal retirement benefits paid to a retired U.S. marshal while exempting its own pension payments to former state law enforcement officers, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a 9-0 decision. That result is a resounding — if unsurprising — victory for the petitioner, retired U.S. marshal James Dawson, who sought a $4,285 state tax refund from West Virginia for tax years 2010 and 2011. It may matter much less for other former federal workers ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, West Virginia, Michigan, John Roberts, West Virginia Supreme Court, McCulloch, Dawson, James Dawson, Gorsuch, First the Supreme Court, Merits Cases, Frank Easterbrook, Neil Gorsuch

Are Embryos People? The Supreme Court May Decide.

Columnist Ellen Trachman's prediction is that this petition won’t be granted -- and that’s good for assisted reproductive technology.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Family law, Courts, I Want To Put A Baby In You, Ellen Trachman, Embryo Disputes

You’re Overpaying For Legal Research [Sponsored]

Three steps to stop getting gouged by legal research providers.
Tags: Law, Legal Research, Casetext, Sponsored Content

Where You’ll Find Me At ABA TECHSHOW (As Well As Beer and Food)

ABA TECHSHOW is just a week away. Here are some of the events I’ll be attending there: Wednesday, Feb. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Women of Legal Tech Summit, a symposium on closing the gender gap in legal tech, at Chicago-Kent College of Law. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: TECHSHOW kicks off with our third-annual startup pitch competition, hosted by me and generously sponsored by Clio. In the exhibit hall. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Getting Women A Seat At the Table, a networking event sponsored by Above the Law and Ev...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Columbus, Aba, Techshow, Lexblog, ABA Journal, Arbella, Bob Ambrogi, Ben Jackson, Legaltech, ABA Techshow, Chicago Kent College of Law, Skadden Arps, Chicago Kent

Where You’ll Find Me At ABA TECHSHOW (As Well As Beer and Food)

ABA TECHSHOW is just a week away. Here are some of the events I’ll be attending there: Wednesday, Feb. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Women of Legal Tech Summit, a symposium on closing the gender gap in legal tech, at Chicago-Kent College of Law. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: TECHSHOW kicks off with our third-annual startup pitch competition, hosted by me and generously sponsored by Clio. In the exhibit hall. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Getting Women A Seat At the Table, a networking event sponsored by Above the Law and Ev...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Columbus, Aba, Techshow, Lexblog, ABA Journal, Arbella, Ben Jackson, Legaltech, ABA Techshow, Chicago Kent College of Law, Skadden Arps, Chicago Kent, Kristen Sonday

Supreme Court rules against "excessive" police seizures and sales of property Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs' $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. Reading a summary of her opinion in the courtroom, Ginsburg noted that governments employ fines "out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence" because fines are a source of revenue. The 85-year-old justice missed arguments last month following lung cancer surgery, ...
Tags: Post, News, Supreme Court, Law, B-side, Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Philly, The Supreme Court, Ginsburg, Tyson Timbs of Marion Indiana Police

From Biglaw To Solo Practitioner To Author: Balancing A Fulfilling Legal Career With The Rest Of Your Life

A true story about being a lawyer and a children's book author.
Tags: Podcasts, Law, Biglaw, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, The Jabot, Jill Diamond

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