Solving the Issue of Access to Justice by Redefining “Access to Justice”

“Justice is open to all; like the Ritz Hotel.” In the article “Clients Need Legal Services But Not Necessarily Lawyers“, Mark Cohen writes about the issue of access to justice. He points out that improving access to justice does not always mean improving access to lawyers. He refers to new products that provide legal services. These products include a chatbot that helps fight parking tickets, LegalZoom, Hello Divorce, and alternative legal service providers (like in house departments) that are n...
Tags: Justice, Law, Mark Cohen, Cohen, Rebecca Sandefur, Justice Issues, Ritz Hotel, Access to justice, Sandefur, Redefining Access To Justice

Michael Cohen Disbarred

An order entered today by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department Respondent Michael D. Cohen was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the Second Judicial Department on June 24,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: New York, Law, Michael Cohen, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, Michael D Cohen, Second Judicial Department

"Failure should not be an option: Grading the parole systems of all 50 states"

The title of this post is the title of this new report from the Prison Policy Initiative.  Here is how this report gets started: From arrest to sentencing, the process of sending someone to prison in America is full of rules and standards meant to guarantee fairness and predictability.  An incredible amount of attention is given to the process, and rightly so.  But in sharp contrast, the processes for releasing people from prison are relatively ignored by the public and by the law.  State parol...
Tags: Law, America, Douglas A Berman

Public Records: NJ: Town Denied My Request for Body Worn Camera Audio and Video

Good evening, Not long ago my ex interfered with child custody. My ex withheld our child for close to 30 consecutive days. During that time, I went to the local police station in the town where my ex lives and asked the police to standby while I went to my ex’s home and attempted to regain custody of the child during my custodial time. I showed the police officer the court order stating I have sole legal custody and primary physical custody. The officer and I left the station and drove to my...
Tags: Law, Government Agencies, OPRA, Records Custodian, NJ Government Records council, NJ OPRA

At the Tuesday Night Café...

... you can talk about anything you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

Judge Gives Green Light To Trump’s Ban On Bump Stocks

Reuters: A federal judge gave the Trump administration the go-ahead on Monday to ban “bump stocks” – rapid-fire gun attachments used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – in a defeat for firearms rights advocates. “None of the plaintiffs’ challenges merit preliminary injunctive relief,” Washington-based District Judge Dabney Friedrich wrote in a 64-page ruling. [ … ] Friedrich found courts have regularly recognized the ATF’s authority to “interpret and apply the statutes that i...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Military, Gun Control, Las Vegas, Trump, Reuters, Nra, ATF, Friedrich, Glenn Reynolds, David Codrea, Dabney Friedrich, Bump Stocks, Bump Stock Ban

Rohingya crisis: UN investigates its 'dysfunctional' conduct in Myanmar

Exclusive: Inquiry follows claims it ignored warning signs before alleged Rohingya genocideThe UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority.UN sources have confirmed to the Guardian that the initially hesitant UN secretary general, António Guterres, decided to proceed with the investigation after a “build-up in pressure” within the organ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, World news, South and Central Asia, United Nations, Un, Myanmar, Rohingya, Antonio Guterres

How Does It Feel To Be On The Other Side Of The Muzzle, Cop?

Tales from Minnesota: MOORHEAD, Minn. — Before 31-year-old Melody Gray was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 25, to serve 19 years in prison, the Minnesota state patrolman she attempted to shoot on Interstate 94 just east of Moorhead shared how that moment nearly a year ago changed his life. “Without hesitation, Melody Gray tried to take everything away from me,” Mark Peterson said in a statement about the March 5, 2018, check of a stranded vehicle that quickly turned aggressive. “I do not think Melody ...
Tags: Minnesota, Police, Military, Gray, Mark Peterson, Peterson, Minnesota State Patrol, Moorhead, Clay County, Moorhead Minn, Melody Gray, Pamela Foss, Tammy Merkins

Boeing’s ‘Wingman’ drone buddies up with pilot-flown jets

It’s already tomorrow in Australia, seemingly in more ways than one. It’s the 27th already, yes, but they’re also working in putting together AI-flown companion jets for their fighters. Why didn’t we think of that? It’s a Boeing Australia joint, but maybe they’ll contract out to the U.S. facilities and we can snake one off the line. I know a guy. The aircraft, currently in development but scheduled for first flight in 2020, is meant to be a loyal wingman to pilots flying military missions — as y...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Military, United States, Drones, Uavs, Robotics, Boeing, Boeing International, Boeing Australia, Boeing Airpower Teaming System, Marc Allen, Australian National Airshow

Man’s Sexist ‘How to Be a Beautiful Woman’ List Backfires Spectacularly

It is SO satisfying to watch this blow up in his face...
Tags: Funny, Life, Relationships, Society, Bizarre, Gallery, Social Issues, Fails

Compensation and Overtime: Required Mandatory Overtime

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: KANSAS I was just curious if an employer (in this case a federal government agency within the Department of Justice) can mandatory an employee to stay for an overtime shift. The scenario is this: said employee works a 2:15-10:15pm shift. The employee finishes that shift and prior to walking out the door, the supervisor contacts the employee and states they are mandating them to work an overtime shift (non emergency) from 12:00am m...
Tags: Law, Walmart, Kansas, Department Of Justice, Employment and Labor

Nearly half of all children with cancer go undiagnosed and untreated

Many cases in Asia and Africa are being missed and leading to children ‘dying at home’Almost half of children with cancer are going undiagnosed and untreated, according to a new global study.The research suggests that the situation depends on location: while only 3% of childhood cancer cases in western Europe and north America are thought to have been missed in 2015, the proportion rose to an estimated 49% in south Asia and 57% in western Africa. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Asia, Europe, Science, Children, Cancer, Africa, America, Society, World news, Medical Research, Cancer Research

Get Ready For The Coming Biglaw Layoffs — See Also

10,000 Laid Off Lawyers: A look at what the future may hold. A Look Behind The Above The Law Curtain: How a dick joke gets made. $140,000 Clerkship Bonuses! Will this become the new normal? All Hail The Queen Of Shade: Just another thing RBG is good at.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, See Also

Speeding Tickets: Request for Advice: Contesting a 22350 for Going 47 in a 35 (Trial by Written Decl.)

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: CALIFORNIA Hello experts, I received a 22350 (Unsafe Speed) ticket last night in a city within Los Angeles County and I am planning to contest this and plead not guilty through a trial by written declaration. I will not be getting a lawyer (a friend suggested I use TicketClinic but I don't want to pay them $200 if I can help it.) Could you please have a look at my incident overview, my evidence so far, and my plan for contesting via a tria...
Tags: Law, California, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Los Angeles County, Central Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Huntington Drive, Huntington Drive Road

Metrics? What Metrics? KPIs That Legal Ops Professionals Need To Track (Part I)

In two parts, this week and next, we’ll explore what it means to define and measure legal project success.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Legal Operations, Mike Quartararo

More Than A Formality

A father and son are the subject of a complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator. The facts are littered with a number of sudden deaths In 2015, Respondent William agreed to represent Stephen Nocek ("Stephen") in certain legal matters. Stephen... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, William, Illinois, Stephen, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Stephen Nocek Stephen

Bill aims to close 'dead suspect loophole' to TX Public Information Act

For 25 years in Texas, from 1971 to 1996, police files on closed criminal cases were open records, whether or not anyone was ultimately convicted. But in 1996, the Texas Supreme Court eviscerated what was then the Texas Open Records Act when it came to law enforcement records, ruling in a case styled Holmes v. Morales that police case files are closed unless they resulted in a conviction or deferred adjudication. Then, the following year, the Legislature codified the restrictive court ruling rat...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Bill, Holmes, Legislature, Morales, House State Affairs Committee, Texas Supreme Court, Joe Moody, Gritsforbreakfast, Ciaramella, At Reason, Texas Public Information Act Local media

Iceland approves killing of more than 2,000 whales

Iceland has just approved the killing of 2,000 whales over the course of the next five years. The country’s government is allowing whaling companies to slaughter 217 minke and 209 fin whales per year until 2025, sparking outrage among environmental and conservation groups around the world. Officials in Iceland believe that killing these two groups of whales is sustainable and based on scientific studies. In fact, the minister of the fisheries department, Kristján Þór Júlíusson, says that minke ...
Tags: Design, Laws, News, Animals, Economy, Ocean, Tourism, Hunting, Whales, Iceland, North Atlantic, International Whaling Commission, Whale Hunting, Endangered Fin Whales, Endangered Whales, Marine Animals

Pssst: Don’t Read This

The secret to legal academia is that the game is rigged.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Law Professors, LawProfBlawg, Law Reviews, Legal Scholarship, Legal academia

Opinion analysis: Unanimous court rejects equitable tolling for interlocutory appeals of class-certification denials

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f) — allowing parties to seek permission for interlocutory review of decisions granting or denying class certification within 14 days of the decision — is a mandatory nonjurisdictional claim-processing rule, not subject to tolling or exception for reasons of equity or fairness, a unanimous Supreme Court held Tuesday in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert in a 12-page opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Troy Lambert filed a putative class action, alleging violatio...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, The Supreme Court, Lambert, U S Court of Appeals, Advisory Committee, Nutraceutical, Merits Cases, Advisory Committee Notes, Nutraceutical Corp, Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure, Sonia Sotomayor Troy Lambert

Florida Police Officer Argues ‘Stand Your Ground’ Justifies Killing Black Man

Oh, did I mention the officer shot the black man in the back?
Tags: Florida, Law, Cops, Police, Racism, Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground

List of thousands of criminal cops accidentally released under public records laws, now CA AG threatens 2 reporters with legal action for having a copy

“Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.” Just don't write about it, talk about it, or publish a news report about it. California keeps a secret list of cops who have been convicted of crimes, but doesn't want anyone to access it or know who the bad cops are. The California state Attorney General is warning reporters that it is illegal...
Tags: Post, Transparency, Crime, News, Justice, Law, California, Cops, Police, US news, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, East Bay, AG, Xavier Becerra, Picks

Is It Racist To Assume Bob Kraft’s Massage Parlor Was Obviously A Brothel?

Assuming Asian women working in the massage industry are prostitutes would be a racist assumption... but this may not have been.
Tags: Crime, Law, Prostitution, Football, Sports, Human Trafficking, Bob Kraft

Not Every Woman Who Served With the U.S. Military During World War I Got the Same Treatment. Here’s Why

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels decided to take advantage of a loophole in the Naval Act of 1916, which did not specify that only men could enlist
Tags: Gender, News, Navy, Uncategorized, Military, Josephus Daniels

FBI reports on encouraging crime data from the first half of 2018

This FBI press release, titled "Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018 Released; Report Shows Overall Crime Declined in First Half of Last Year," provides heartening news about recent crime trends.  Here are the basics from the release: Preliminary statistics show declines in both violent crime and property crime in the first half of 2018 when compared to statistics from the first half of the previous year, according to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, released t...
Tags: Law, Fbi, United States, Douglas A Berman, Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report

The Constitution Demands A Stronger Check On Government Raids Against Civilians

Despite decreasing crime across the country, the success of alternatives, and widespread criticism, the business of government raids is booming.
Tags: Law, Government, Raids, Constitutional Law, Tyler Broker

Speeding Tickets: Speeding Ticket in Pennsylvania, Accutrac

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Pennsylvania I got a ticket this morning where the cop said I was going 46 in a 25. This surprised me, because the road before a small straight part if windy and I stopped and went slow to look at the creek. After the bend, I can see maybe I was going 35, but not 46, especially when I was getting ready to make another turn. The cop used Accutrak. My issue is this. On the ticket, for miles timed, it says .027. Pennsylvania Code Law 3...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Don, Pennsylvania Accutrac

SXSW Startups: Sherpa

Sherpa founder Chris Kaye The Forrest Four-Cast: February 25, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in Artificial Intelligence, which pitches at 11 am Sunday, March 10, the London-based Sherpa is a personal insurance solution for the worl...
Tags: Startups, Europe, London, Entrepreneurship, Berlin, Startup, Insurance, Mit, Amsterdam, David Attenborough, Fintech, Brexit, Sxsw, Aristotle, Self-employed, Ernest Shackleton

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