Reasonably Suspicious podcast back from hiatus: Austin police chief under fire, COVID in TX prisons and jails, Harris DA calls to overturn shady drug convictions, and other stories

After a three-month hiatus while your correspondent underwent throat-cancer treatment, here's the May 2020 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast, co-hosted as always by me and Mandy Marzullo. Grits must admit, until I was editing all this together, I hadn't realized how much the radiation treatment had affected my vocal chords: I sound like a different person, decidedly heading in the raspy, Tom-Waits-ish direction. (Really that's wishful thinking; my singing voice is completel...
Tags: Google, Texas, Law, Austin, Tom Waits, HARRIS, Bryan, TX, Mandy, Texas AG, Gritsforbreakfast, Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition, Rosa Jimenez, Mandy Marzullo Grits

Twitter adds a subtle correction to a Trump tweet.

There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020 Discussed at Fox News:Within minutes, Trump accused Twitter of "interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election ... based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon ...
Tags: Twitter, Voting, Law, California, Fox News, Warnings, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Amazon Washington Post, Fake News CNN

At the Allium Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. It's allium season, so remember to use the Althouse Portal when you are shopping at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Church challenges COVID-19 stay-at-home order

A southern California church has asked the Supreme Court to block the enforcement of stay-at-home orders issued by California and San Diego County, arguing that the orders are unconstitutional because they discriminate against places of worship. In its 33-page filing, which was submitted to the Supreme Court over the weekend but wasn’t docketed until today, the South Bay United Pentecostal Church acknowledges that the “COVID-19 pandemic is a national tragedy” but argues that it “would be equally...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Breaking News, Donald Trump, San Diego County, Gavin Newsom, U S Department of Justice, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Newsom, Emergency appeals and applications, South Bay United Pentecostal Church

Church challenges COVID-19 stay-at-home order (Updated)

Update: Justice Elena Kagan has called for a response in the case; it is due on Thursday, May 28, by 8 p.m. On Wednesday, two Chicago-area churches asked the justices to allow them to hold services on Pentecost as well. The Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries, which are both Romanian-American Christian churches, argue that the stay-at-home orders and reopening plan for Illinois violate the Constitution by imposing a 10-person limit on worship services that does not appl...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Chicago, Illinois, Donald Trump, San Diego County, Gavin Newsom, U S Department of Justice, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Pentecost, Newsom

Barrier Broken In Associate Billing Rate — See Also

At Least 3 Biglaw Firms: Are charging over $1,000 for an hour of an associate's time. New Biglaw Diversity Scorecard: Check it out. Speaking Of Diversity: Oldest law school appoints first black dean. The First Virtual Bar Exam Summit: Sign up now. The Latest In Legal Tech News: What you have to know.
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The Constitutionality of Interprovincial Boundary Closures (Part II)

INTRODUCTION In my post last week, I blogged the background to an analysis of constitutional challenges to interprovincial border closures. I briefly referred to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Comeau, which considered the constitutionality of barriers to interprovincial trade represented by section 134 of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act limitations on the amount of liquor and beer that someone could bring into New Brunswick from another province. I also set out some of the border...
Tags: Law, Court, US, First Nations, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Bill, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Columbia, Rand, Nb, Saskatchewan

"Sheltering in place forces roommates together and raises the stakes on everyday squabbles... You’re only as safe as your least-careful roommate."

"One friend of mine repeatedly scolded a roommate who refused to stop going to parties or to wash his hands, until the guy moved out in a huff. Another friend became ill with what seemed like covid-19 while subletting in Brooklyn; whenever she went into the common area to eat soup, her roommate would slam the bedroom door and send a nasty text. 'To be inside of all this, like we all are, with not only zero love around me but actual hate, as I’m sick, is a loneliness that is a new deep for me,' m...
Tags: New York, Safety, Law, Play, Brooklyn, Soup, Bushwick, Kenneth, Polyamory, Ann Althouse, Bernie -RSB- Sanders, Coronavirus, We need to make sure, Hacienda Villa

Grandchildren: A Grand Opportunity To Create A Legacy

A bequest to a grandchild under a last will is an affirmative statement as to the grandparent’s love and recognition.
Tags: Law, Grandparents, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Cori A. Robinson

Simon, Archie and the Innocence Project

Archie Williams served 37 years for a rape and stabbing he didn't commit. Thanks to the persistence and hard work of Innocence Project Litigation Director Vanessa Plotkin, the Louisiana Innocence Project, and Innocence Project co-founder... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Archie Williams, Simon Archie, Vanessa Plotkin, Louisiana Innocence Project and Innocence Project

Coronavirus Insurance Backstop Bill Introduced in Congress

A New York congresswoman introduced a bill Tuesday to provide a federal backstop for coronavirus insurance claims. Insurance is one of the key unresolved questions in Hollywood’s race to resume film and TV production. The insurance companies that typically underwrite cast insurance and other common policies have been unwilling to write new policies that would […]
Tags: New York, Hollywood, News, Congress, Insurance, Carolyn Maloney, Coronavirus Insurance Backstop Bill Introduced

2019 Wasn’t Such A Great Year For New York Biglaw Firms

Revenue was down at a number of notable Biglaw firms.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day

Comedian John Mulaney’s Mom Is A Professor At A T14 Law School

He even joined his mother’s Zoom lecture on the last day of class.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Quote Of The Day, John Mulaney, Northwestern University School of Law, Law Professors, Ellen Mulaney

On LawNext: A Coronavirus Success Story – How A State Bar and Two Legaltech Companies Partnered to Help the Unemployed Get Legal Help

On the latest episode of the LawNext podcast: A coronavirus success story – how a state bar, anticipating a tidal wave of unemployment claims, partnered with two legaltech companies to launch a pro bono portal in barely more than a week. On April 27, 2020, the New York State Bar Association launched a website devoted to helping those who need unemployment assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The site provides assistance with filing an unemployment claim and access to pro bono attorneys for t...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Andrew Cuomo, New York State Bar Association, LawNext, Paladin In, Henry M Hank Greenberg, Greenberg Traurig Jack Newton, Clio Kristen Sonday, Paladin Listen

Court rejects – at least for now – government’s request to block Ohio prisoner release plan

Today the Supreme Court denied a request by the federal government to put a temporary hold on an order by a federal court that could lead to the release or transfer of over 800 inmates from a federal prison where nine inmates have died from COVID-19. The inmates’ victory, however, appeared to be mostly procedural and likely fleeting: The court explained that the government had not asked them to block the district court’s most recent order, and it indicated that the government could return to the...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Howe, District Court, U S Court of Appeals, Elkton, Bureau of Prisons, Elkton Ohio, Noel Francisco, 6th Circuit, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas Samuel Alito, Emergency appeals and applications, COVID

Legal Operations: Impact Makes The Case For Investment

While it may be counterintuitive to start a law firm legal operations function, or add professionals to an existing legal operations department during a pandemic, the results just may be worth it.
Tags: Law, Legal Operations, Ken Crutchfield, Legal Ops Resource Center

Anger over Dominic Cummings' actions has 'encouraged lockdown rule-breaking'

Government scientific adviser warns rejection of guidance raises risk of virus resurgenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government has warned that public anger over the conduct of Dominic Cummings has encouraged some people to break lockdown rules, raising the risk of a resurgence in coronavirus infections. Related: Tory revolt grows as minister resigns over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus outbreak

ON THE LABOR FRONT—Recalling Employees to Work in the COVID-19 Era [Sponsored]

To reopen or not to reopen, that is the question.
Tags: Law, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

Weekly Legal Technology Roundup Focuses On Latest News

Honestly, why are law firms still falling for versions of the Nigerian Prince scam?
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How to question the re-opening plan in Madison, Wisconsin: argue that the risk "falls disproportionately on poor people and people of color."

I'm reading "Madison City Council members, Dane County supervisors question county’s reopening plan" (Wisconsin State Journal)."Poor, uninsured, low-wage workers ... have no alternative but to go to risky jobs that make them vulnerable," they write. "Multiple studies have shown that the pandemic has been devastating economically, especially in black and brown communities where people may live with extended families and are more likely to be employed in public-facing occupations such as food serv...
Tags: Law, Labor, Madison, County Board, Dane County, Madison Wisconsin, Ann Althouse, Left-wing Ideology, Madison City Council, Coronavirus, Wisconsin State Journal Poor, Progressive Dane The City Council

Oldest Law School In America Appoints First Black Dean

Proponent of law school reform gets a chance at William & Mary Law School.
Tags: Law, America, Law Schools, William & Mary Law School, A. Benjamin Spencer

3 Questions For A Published Law Student Turned IP Practitioner (Part II)

Xavi Giroud continues to share how her undergraduate studies in engineering, coupled with exposure to certain aspects of patent practice, cemented her desire to practice IP law.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Gaston Kroub, Xaviere Giroud, Xavi Giroud

Sunrise, 5:28.

Actual sunrise time today was 5:24. Compare this sunrise picture to the very different one I put up earlier this morning, which was done at 5:46, after the sun went behind a cloud, which is generally the best place for it if you want a good photograph. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Noticing COVID impacts through drug supply chains and enforcement

I doubt there is a single area of life not impacted by the global pandemic, and thus these recent next stories about impacts on the drug trade and enforcement are not shocking though still interesting: From NPR, "Pandemic Disrupts Illegal Drug Trade, Upending Both Product And Profits" From Foreign Affairs, "The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld" From NBC News, "COVID-19 is costing drug cartels millions of dollars" The NPR story summarizes some of th...
Tags: Law, United Nations, Npr, Douglas A Berman, NBC News COVID

Odyssey Logistics v. Iancu: Two of the three bears in an APA challenge

By Jason Rantanen Odyssey Logistics and Technology Corporation v. Iancu (Fed. Cir. 2020) Download opinion Panel: Lourie, Reyna and Hughes (author) Some of my biggest head-scratchers when I studied administrative law in law school were the timing rules for bringing challenges under the Administrative Procedures Act.  It wasn’t because of a lack of comprehension, but instead due to the way these rules can block off judicial review of agency action.  Individually the timing rules make sense, but co...
Tags: Law, Odyssey, Patent, Hyatt, Fed, APA, Hughes, PTO, Eastern District of Virginia, Federal Circuit, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, PTAB, Jason Rantanen, Iancu, Lourie Reyna, Iancu Fed

The 2020 Biglaw Diversity Scorecard

There's been progress -- but not that much.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Law Firm Diversity, Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Scorecard

"[O]ne of the biggest obstacles to dining in a restaurant, renewing a doctor’s appointment or going back to the office is the prospect of having to use a public restroom..."

"... a tight, intimate and potentially germ-infested space.... Laura Maxwell is eager to find an entertainment option that would let her take her children, ages 11 and 13, out of the house safely. Maxwell, who lives in San Luis Obispo, would happily return to the Sunset Drive-In, but...  'Bathrooms are a problem,' she said. 'They’re huge contact places, and if you’re shedding the virus, it’ll be all over. Maybe they could just open up without bathrooms and people would know in advance and make t...
Tags: Law, Maxwell, Bathrooms, San Luis Obispo, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, MANCHESTER Maine, Laura Maxwell, Coronavirus, American Restroom Association, American Hiking Society

Biglaw Firms Are Charging How Much? For ASSOCIATES?

At least three Biglaw firms are charging $1,000+ for associates' time.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Skadden Arps, Kirkland & Ellis, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Associate Billing, Billable hour rates, Billing Rates

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