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On the Visual Thesaurus: Prohibition's linguistic hangover

October 2019 marks the centenary of the Volstead Act, the federal legislation that led to the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution—and to the misguided 13-year social experiment known as Prohibition. From January 1, 1920, until Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration in March 1933, the manufacture, sale, and importation of “intoxicating liquors” were officially outlawed. As everyone knows, all of those activities flourished illicitly. And so did new vocabulary items. I’m ...
Tags: Law, History, Linguistics, Slang, Lingo, Nancy Friedman, Visual Thesaurus, Wine & Spirits


The state of 'progressive prosecutors' in Texas

The article in The Atlantic titled "Texas prosecutor fights for reform" has a certain "Man Bites Dog" quality, which I suppose makes local news from Texas interesting enough for East and West coast media and muckety mucks to take notice. Not that John Creuzot's work in Dallas doesn't deserve attention. In Grits' view, he is the most confident, competent, and sure-footed of Texas' new crop of Democratic DAs. But at this point, the term "progressive district attorney" requires so many caveats tha...
Tags: Law, Harris County, Dallas County, Bexar County, Travis County, Gritsforbreakfast, Nueces County, District Attorneys, Electoral Politics


Sex Talk With Client Isn't Sex (But It Is Still Unethical)

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals imposed a longer suspension than that proposed by its hearing panel subcommittee Upon careful review of the record submitted, the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, and the relevant law, this Court disagrees with... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


WIRTW #574 (the “hero” edition)

What's a hero? I'm not sure how to define one, but I certainly know one when I see one. And earlier this week, I got to see one. Dr. Harrison Schmitt is one of only 12 men to have walked on the moon. He was an astronaut on Apollo 17, the last NASA mission to land on the moon. He was also a United States Senator, chair of the NASA Advisory Council, and professor of engineering physics. And, at least according to his remarks, he still actively works with NASA. He also has a very well developed ...
Tags: Law, Jon Hyman


DNA mixture software widely used in Texas disallowed by MI federal judge

For some time, Grits has been skeptical whether DNA-mixture software would hold up to "Daubert" scrutiny if judges were to directly evaluate it. In 2015, this blog reluctantly broke the story in Texas about errors and uncertainties regarding how to evaluate DNA mixture evidence. (They were being openly discussed by the Forensic Science Commission and the Court of Criminal Appeals' Criminal Justice Integrity Unit when I worked for the Innocence Project of Texas, but reporters weren't covering the...
Tags: Law, Gritsforbreakfast


The first frost.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Ice


Breaking: ABA Journal Names New Publisher/Editor

The ABA Journal has a new publisher and editor-in-chief, according to sources familiar with the hiring. He is John O’Brien, a journalist who has held a number of reporting and editing roles in the Chicago area. As I reported here in September, the magazine’s former editor and publisher, Molly McDonough, resigned after three years in that role and 18 years as a member of the editorial staff. Her decision to leave came after several years of ABA-imposed budget cuts at the magazine and ahead of th...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Bob Ambrogi


LSC’s $4.2M in Technology Grants Illustrate How Tech is Driving Access to Justice

For all the talk about using technology to enhance access to justice, it puts things in perspective to see tangible examples. One of the best sources of such examples is the annual set of Technology Initiative Grants awarded by the Legal Services Corporation. Established in 2000, the TIG program distributes grants annual to LSC-funded legal aid organizations around the country. The grants are made to fund technology projects that provide greater access to legal assistance and information for low...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Bob Ambrogi


Prez Trump kicks off series of speeches on criminal justice reform by touting FIRST STEP Act

As noted in this prior post, Prez Donald Trump and all the leading Democratic Prez candidates are on the docket at 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum taking place in South Carolina.  Pres Trump gave his speech today, and this AP article provides the highlights under the headline "President Trump takes victory lap on criminal justice reform."  Here are excerpts: When President Donald Trump talks about how his policies are helping African Americans, he almost always mentions a new law th...
Tags: Law, Douglas A. Berman


Good Night, And Good Luck — See Also

ANOTHER BAR EXAM: Another screw-up. REPLY-ALL: With a hint of prejudice. PRODUCT SHOW: Or love letter? WE GOT THE JOKES: Your meme roundup is here. THE SHADE IS REAL: Especially if you read this as a giant Jones Day subtweet.
Tags: Law, See Also


Hang 10 Or Die Trying: The Importance Of Proper Goal Setting And The Lesson Of ‘Point Break’

You’ll wipe out hard if you eat it before the 50-Year-Storm.
Tags: Law, Litigators, Point Break, Matthew W. Schmidt


Desperate For Liberal Support, Democratic Nominee Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Money Men At Anthony Scaramucci’s Restaurant

Yeah, we don't understand what the hell she's doing either.
Tags: Law, Finance


This Law School May Be Gone, But Its Legacy Lives On

An interesting footnote in legal education history.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Trivia Question of the Day


Overtime Pay Violations

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Georgia Hello again. On today's payroll we discovered that two employees were improperly paid for their overtime (paid based on the 80 hour pay period and not the 40 hour work week). I asked one of them to go back and pull pay stubs from several months ago that should also have had overtime pay on it, and it wasn't there. I believe this to be a willful violation. Am I allowed to report this to the DOL or do they have to do it them...
Tags: Law, Employment and Labor


Hunter was likely killed by a deer he shot

In Yelville, Arkansas, a 66-year-old experienced hunter died after he was gored by a buck he shot. From CNN: When his nephew found him, the hunter was alert and talking, and was even able to call his wife. But he stopped breathing by the time paramedics could get him to the hospital, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. Officials are not certain that the antler wounds are the official cause of his death, the commission said in a statement. He may have died from other medical issues su...
Tags: Post, News, Guns, Animals, Hunting, Deer, Hunters, Hunter, Bucks, Fish Commission, Yelville Arkansas, Joe Dale Purdom


Why Lawyers Need To Have Business Plans, No Matter What [Sponsored]

Start early: A persuasive business plan can make or break your next career move.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Sponsored Content, Lateral Moves, Lateral Link, Abby Gordon


Skynet, But For Welfare: Automating Social Services Is Killing People

The Terminators come for the poor first.
Tags: Technology, Law


AILA President And Sidley Austin Partner Marketa Lindt On Nonprofits, Chicago, And Immigration (And Hamilton!)

Diversity and inclusion is a critical value and goal, both within the legal profession and within the immigration bar.
Tags: Law, Immigration, Biglaw, Hamilton, Aila, Renwei Chung, Diversity and Inclusion, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA, Marketa Lindt


Trafficked Vietnamese and the lure of UK nail bars and cannabis farms

Anti-slavery groups have been warning for years of rise in young Vietnamese being smuggled into UKWhat might make a young Vietnamese woman leave her home and family to make a dangerous trip across the world in search of a new life in the UK? Most likely, trafficking experts say, it was the promise of work in one of Britain’s proliferating high street nail bars.Reports that a young Vietnamese woman was one of the 39 people who died this week in a refrigerated trailer have not been confirmed by po...
Tags: UK, Drugs, Society, UK News, Cannabis, Britain, Asia Pacific, Slavery, Human Trafficking, Vietnam, Nail Art


LSC’s $4.2M in Technology Grants Illustrate How Tech is Driving Access to Justice

For all the talk about using technology to enhance access to justice, it puts things in perspective to see tangible examples. One of the best sources of such examples is the annual set of Technology Initiative Grants awarded by the Legal Services Corporation. Established in 2000, the TIG program distributes grants annual to LSC-funded legal aid organizations around the country. The grants are made to fund technology projects that provide greater access to legal assistance and information for low...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized


U.S. To Press China Espionage Cases Regardless Of Trade Talks: DOJ

'We didn’t bring one of these cases because of what’s going on on the trade front,' assistant attorney general John Demers said, 'and we’re not going to drop them even if we reach an agreement.'
Tags: Law, Doj, Military / Military Law, John Demers, U S To Press China Espionage


Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic Casts ‘The Society’s’ Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley

Australian actress Olivia DeJonge will star as Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic for Warner Bros. Austin Butler is set to play the king of rock and roll and Tom Hanks will portray his manager, Col. Tom Parker. The movie hits theatres on Oct. 1, 2021. “Olivia is capable of manifesting the […]
Tags: News, Society, Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Baz Luhrmann, Priscilla Presley, Olivia DeJonge, DeJonge, Col Tom Parker, Warner Bros Austin Butler


Law Jobs In A Post-Clio World

On Nov. 15 in NYC, Law Jobs for Humans will attempt to capture the zeitgeist of a rapidly changing legal professional landscape.
Tags: Law, Evolve the Law


"But I guess being on an island with minimal food resources might cause someone... to get excited by a blue-hued adult beverage called the 'Shark Bowl' that features a floating gummy fish."

"... Or cause [someone else] to declare that Applebee’s is her favorite 'sit-down restaurant.' I mean, come on. Shrimp ‘n’ Parmesan Sirloin? Yuck. Spinach and artichoke dip with chips? No thanks. Chef Bulgarelli’s Stuffed Rigatoni and Tomato Meat Sauce? Not exactly the right food for a tropical paradise. I don’t know how host Jeff Probst managed to even spit out the words 'loaded, sizzling fajitas, smothered with hot queso' with a straight face. Oh, and don’t forget the blue-ribbon brownie, what...
Tags: Law, Restaurants, Blogging, Logic, Survivor, Hitler, Trump, Applebee, Jeff Probst, Ann Althouse, Laslo Spatula, Racial Politics, Trump rhetoric, Susan Wloszczyna, Trump and immigration, Bulgarelli


The Surprising Lesson About American History Hidden in Emily Post’s Classic Etiquette

'Etiquette,' published during the roaring 1920s, spoke to both the old money and the new
Tags: News, Opinion, Uncategorized, Society, Emily Post


Biglaw Partner’s Reply-All Snafu Reveals Insensitive Comments

It's a crappy thing to say, especially from a partner.
Tags: Law, Diversity, Biglaw, Pepper Hamilton, David Stratton, The Jabot, Mansfield Rule


Why we should allow assisted dying in UK | Letter

It is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical, says Sara StarkeyI am so sad, but so pleased for Marieke (Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort ends her life in Belgium, theguardian.com, 23 October). She lived in a civilised country that allowed her wish. The pain has stopped.On 28 April 2017 my husband Andrew died at Dignitas. On 17 November 2017 my close friend Annie died at Dignitas. It is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is completely logical. The...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, Society, World news, Belgium, Annie, Assisted dying, Andrew, Dignitas, Marieke Vervoort, Disability and sport, Sara StarkeyI, Marieke Paralympic



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