Courtroom Encounter Draws Sanction

A consent 179 day suspension has been imposed by consent by a tri-county hearing panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, with credit for time served on a interim suspension. The sanction was a result of a misdemeanor conviction. The... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Michigan, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

More Than Banter

The Minnesota Supreme Court has imposed an indefinite suspension of an attorney for at least two years The petition alleged that Kennedy violated Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 8.1(a), 8.4(a), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), and 8.4(g), by bartering with his client for sexual... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Kennedy, Minnesota Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Minn R Prof Conduct

Imagining a "George Floyd Act" for Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has already suggested he'd be open to signing a "George Floyd Act" next legislative session, and legislative offices have begun jockeying over who should carry such a bill and what should be in it. As a thought experiment, let's explore possible policy proposals such George-Floyd legislation might embrace. The Texas legislative session won't begin until January, so there's plenty of time to add to and refine this list. (As always, gentle readers, please suggest any omis...
Tags: Texas, Law, Aclu, Rick Perry, Houston, Greg Abbott, Legislature, Coleman, Harris County, West Texas, Texas Legislature, Sheriffs, Texas DPS, Gritsforbreakfast, Goines, Senfronia Thompson

At the Pre-Dawn Café...

... you can write about whatever you want.The photo was taken at 5:10 this morning, the 8th of the 10 days when the sun rises at 5:17, the earliest sunrise time of the year.And please remember to use the Althouse Portal when you need to do some Amazon shopping. I really appreciate your support for this blog. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Assessing The State Of And Options For Your Business During COVID-19 Fallout

by Joseph Pack, Esq., founder of Pack Law Unprecedented times. Unchartered territory. There’s no crystal ball. So much uncertainty. A new normal. The calm before the storm. While these phrases are ingrained in the current-day vernacular of America hit hard by COVID-19, basic tenets of commercial law are still very much in place. Business owners and creditors should be proactive and arm themselves for the economic threats that are to come. Information regarding changes in the law are overwhelmin...
Tags: Startups, Florida, New York, Law, America, Miami, Business Law, Legal Advice, Business Advice, Professionalisms, COVID, Joseph Pack, Joseph Pack Esq

Troubling Legacies — See Also

Brand Awareness: While Aunt Jemima (and now Uncle Ben's) rebrand, some of the Biglaw elite carry around outdated segregationist brands of their own. Wait, Wait, Hear Me Out: Justice Department tries to turn prior restraint into a contractual dispute. Client DIY: As clients learn efficiency, attorneys may lose revenue. Epic (Pass)Fail: The temporary suspension of letter grading -- well, technically P and F are letters but you know what I mean -- won't last past this semester.
Tags: Law, Justice Department, Ben, See Also

"Unlike many artists who reacted to the pandemic with a kind of dutiful tenderness—'Let me help with my song!'—Dylan has decided not to offer comfort, nor to hint at some vague solidarity."

"Lyrically, he’s either cracking weird jokes ('I’ll take the "Scarface" Pacino and the "Godfather" Brando / Mix ’em up in a tank and get a robot commando') or operating in a cold, disdainful, it-ain’t-me-babe mode.... Dylan is a voracious student of United States history—he can, and often does, itemize the various atrocities that have been committed in service to country—and 'Rough and Rowdy Ways' could be understood as a glib summation of America’s outlaw origins, and of the confused, dangerous...
Tags: Law, America, United States, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Indiana Jones, Dylan, Pacino, Jimmy Reed, Ann Althouse, Amanda Petrusich, George Floyd

"With the slogan 'Silence is Violence' being used at the law school, there will be enormous pressure for student groups to go along. Not to do so would be deemed an act of 'violence.'"

Writes Professor William Jacobson about an effort by some students at Cornell Law School to get student groups to sign a letter that seems — I don't have access to the letter — to be accusing Jacobson of racism and urging students to boycott his classes.This is an attempt not just to scare students away from my course, but to scare students away from speaking their minds, and to create a faculty and student purity test.I have received numerous emails from students telling me I have a lot of “qui...
Tags: Law, Free Speech, Law School, Cornell, Jacobson, Cornell Law School, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, William A. Jacobson, Intellectual Diversity, William Jacobson

Solicitor General Noel Francisco announces departure from DOJ

After just under three years (and three Supreme Court terms) on the job, Noel Francisco announced today that he would step down as the solicitor general of the United States, effective July 3, 2020. In a to President Donald Trump, Francisco wrote that he planned “to return to the private sector and spend more time with” his family. In a statement, Attorney General William Barr described Francisco as a “principled and persuasive advocate” who “has represented the United States superbly before t...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Lgbt, Cnn, United States, Muslim, Department Of Justice, Francisco, Doj, Trump, Howe, Barr, Janus, Steve Vladeck, What's Happening Now

The Day My Dad Saved Me

With the two-year anniversary of his passing approaching and Father's Day almost upon us, I reflect on the day my dad saved my life.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Brian Cuban, Health / Wellness

A Tale Of Two Wives

The Slayer Rule is a common law doctrine wherein one who murders another cannot inherit under the decedent’s estate, whether it be through the laws of intestacy or the law of wills and trusts.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Cori A. Robinson

Data on Medicaid Recipients Before COVID-19 Gives Snapshot of Potential Problems [Sponsored]

How might pre-COVID-19 data on Medicaid recipients predict increased problems?
Tags: Law, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

Are The New Canadian Surrogacy Rules Good Or Bad, Eh?

The guidance document was generally positive to clarify certain matters, but it did not address a bigger issue.
Tags: Law, Canada, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART

What Can A 90-Year-Old Lynching Case Tell Us About The Cost Of Representation?

Advocacy as ‘emotional labor’ and how 'cause lawyering' can bridge the gap.
Tags: Podcasts, Law, Clarence Darrow, Small Law Firms, Mike Whelan, Featured Podcasts, Lawyer Forward, Lawyer Forward Podcast

Opinion analysis: Appalachian Trail no barrier for major gas pipeline

In one of the major environmental cases of the term, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this week that the U.S. Forest Service could permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross underneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. The ruling in the consolidated cases U.S. Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association and Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association lifts one major obstacle to the 600-mile pipeline, which could carry ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, West Virginia, Circuit, North Carolina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, East Coast, Forest Service, Duke Energy, Trail, National Park Service, Midwest, Thomas

When does a PTO Cancellation undermine a District Court Judgment of Infringement?

PhaZZer v. Taser (Supreme Court 2020)  [Petition for writ of certiorari] PhaZZer defaulted in the litigation and the district court awarded $7.8 million to Taser. On appeal, the Federal Circuit quickly issued a R.36 no-opinion affirmance in 2019.  Then, in February 2020 the USPTO finally cancelled the claims of the asserted patent (via reexamination). US7234262. Because of the bankruptcy stay, PhaZZer apparently had time to wait for the USPTO reexamination decision, although that case has no...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Taser, Patent, The Supreme Court, District Court, PTO, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Federal Circuit, Petitioner, Chrimar, PhaZZer, Taser Supreme Court

A decade ago, this scientist predicted 2020 would bring 'peak' chaos to the U.S.

Cliodynamics is a relatively new area of research that aims to take a scientific approach to studying history.In 2012, a scientist named Peter Turchin published a paper describing how political instability in the U.S. tends to repeat over short- and long-term cycles.Turchin suggests that political instability in the U.S. is driven by underlying factors like falling wages, wealth inequality, and intra-elite competition. If we don't understand the mistakes from our history, we may be doomed to re...
Tags: Russia, Time, Society, Innovation, Protests, Violence, Inequality, Trump, Peter Turchin, Journal of Peace Research, Turchin, Roman Empire Egypt China, Andrey Korotayev

The Law Schools Where The Most Graduates Got State Clerkships (2019)

These law schools may help you get local jobs that are in high demand.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Job Searches, Clerkships, State Clerkships

It’s Not A Prior Restraint, It’s A Contract Dispute WINK WINK

DOJ sues Bolton over tell-all book, cordially requests that he pulp it ... or else.
Tags: Books, Law, Government, Bolton, Donald Trump, Doj, Free Speech, First Amendment, John Bolton, Bradley Moss, Bill Barr

"Restorative Justice From Prosecutors' Perspective"

The title of this post is the title of this new article now available via SSRN and authored by Lara Bazelon and Bruce Green. Here is its abstract: Restorative justice processes have been promoted as an alternative to criminal adjudication for many years outside the United States and, in recent years, in the United States as well.  In the United States, restorative justice processes are used in some jurisdictions in cases involving juvenile offenders or low-level, nonviolent offenses by adults, ...
Tags: Law, United States, Douglas A Berman, SSRN, Lara Bazelon, Bruce Green Here

When ‘Shortlisted’ Means ‘Short-Circuited’

A number of very accomplished women were on the shortlist during various presidential administrations before Reagan.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Supreme Court Justices, Jill Switzer, Shortlisted

The Cutthroat Nature Of Law School Means Pass/Fail Grades Aren’t Likely To Last Past The Pandemic

COVID-19 isn't big enough to change law school grades permanently.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Kaplan Test Prep, Tammi Rice, COVID-19, Pass/Fail

A Pre-History of the Trust & Safety Professional Association (TSPA)

I am part of a team that announced today the launch of two organizations, the Trust & Safety Professional Association (TSPA) and the Trust & Safety Foundation Project (TSF). TSPA will support the global community of professionals who develop and enforce principles and policies that define acceptable behavior online. TSF will focus on improving society’s understanding of trust and safety through educational programs and multidisciplinary research. This post explains my perspectives on how we go...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Washington Dc, Mozilla, Clara, Erin, Gene, Mike Masnick, Santa Clara University, SCU, Eric Davis, Ann Wagner, Wilson Sonsini, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Internet History

Doll or Manikin

I love the elvish doll designed by Dr. Dudley Joy Morton uncovered by Prof. Burstein.  Morton was an orthopedic surgeon who was also an amateur “paleoanthropologist.”  He was apparently the first to suggest that Australopithecus was a hominid.  Morton published several books about feet, but only one related to gnomes & elves: The Grampas’ Toyshop (1922), a book of Christmas poetry. “After lights out on Christmas Eve, Grampa Stabler, an old elf, takes Ned and Sister to Toyland to meet Santa Claus...
Tags: Law, Santa Claus, Patent, Morton, Ned, Toyland, Australopithecus, Dudley Joy Morton, Burstein Morton, Grampa Stabler

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