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Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2020-21

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2021 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter


"And yesterday, he had the gall to suggest that American doctors, people who are putting their lives on the line, on the front lines to save other lives..."

"... along with nurses and so many others, he suggested falsely that they’re inflating the number of COVID deaths to make more money. What in the hell is wrong with this man? Excuse my language, but think about it. It’s perverted. He may believe it because he doesn’t do anything other than for money." Said Joe Biden, at his rally in Flint, Michigan yesterday. Transcript. What exactly was Trump's claim and is there any basis for it? Here's FactCheck.org (with a long quote from Trump): The ...
Tags: Law, Cdc, United States, Medicare, Trump, Flint Michigan, World Health Organization WHO, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, Bob Anderson, National Center for Health Statistics, CMS Medicare, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Said Joe Biden, Biden rhetoric, Coronavirus


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Pierre Jérôme: SpineGuard Strengthens Its Intellectual Property With a New Patent Granted in China (Source: Business Wire) Patrick M. Graham: Nextleaf Solutions Wins 50th Patent as it Expands into Adult-Use Cannabis Market and Garners More Bulk-Sales Deals (Source: Proactive) Malcolm Owen: PTAB Reviewing Seven Networks’ Patents Ahead of Apple Infringement Trial (Source: Apple Insider) Rebecca Klar: TikTok Sues Rival App Triller in Countersuit Over Patent Inf...
Tags: Law, Patent, People 's Republic of China, SSRN, Tomás Gómez Arostegui, Sean Bottomley, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Malcolm Owen, Pierre Jérôme, Patrick M Graham, Nextleaf Solutions Wins 50th Patent, Rebecca Klar, App Triller, Eric Sagonowsky, Kirstin Errick


At the Sunday Night Cafe...

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


Need for Privacy Reform in Ontario

With so much closed, and so little social interaction during the pandemic, there’s not many options for Canadians, as we head into the winter. It’s inevitable that many will find themselves in malls. A recent revelation that a Canadian real estate company secretly embedded cameras in 12 different malls has some concerned about the lack of meaningful consent. Cameras themselves are pretty benign, for security purposes alone. What made it worse was that images were used with facial recognition tec...
Tags: Law, California, Eu, Bill, Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, Substantive Law: Legislation, Government of Ontario


"Life Without Parole Sentencing in North Carolina"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper authored by Brandon Garrett, Travis Seale-Carlisle, Karima Modjadidi and Kristen Renberg now available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract: What explains the puzzle of life without parole (LWOP) sentencing in the United States?  In the past two decades, LWOP sentences have reached record highs, with over 50,000 prisoners serving LWOP.  Yet during this same period, homicide rates have steadily declined.  The U.S. Supreme Court has limited...
Tags: Law, United States, North Carolina, U S Supreme Court, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, Kristen Renberg


To Make Dishwashers Great Again?

Last Friday the U.S. Department of Energy issued a final rule effective November 30, 2020, that will once again permit American households to purchase dishwashers that actually clean dishes, as they had done for most of the machine’s 130 year history. The October 30 final rule does not force anyone to change their currently installed dishwasher. And new machines will not be available for this year’s Thanksgiving meal, as future rulemaking is contemplated and manufacturers must produce the new cl...
Tags: Law, Congress, Environmental, Dishwasher, Epa, Department Of Energy, Federal, Department, U S Department of Energy, Edison, Stuart Kaplow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, GE Appliance


"Only in it for the money."

  It's a podcast. You can subscribe at all the usual podcast places, including iTunes (by clicking here). Topics in this episode: "Costumes of mundaneness, the Biden bus incident, taking off the mask, why the polls might be more wrong in 2020 than in 2016, weaponizing movie stars, censoring harmful speech, is Trump doing everything for the money?" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse


If he doesn't win, it won't be because he didn't try hard enough.

"President Donald Trump is spending one of the last days before Election Day engaged in a five-rally blowout across several key states where he is either trailing Joe Biden or running narrowly ahead. After visiting Michigan, Trump will travel to Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida for events there later Sunday. Meanwhile, Biden is holding a pair of events in Philadelphia" (NBC News).  So Biden is traveling about 30 miles from home to give 2 events, while Trump is traveling something like...
Tags: Florida, Law, Joe Biden, Philadelphia, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Michigan Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Iowa North Carolina Georgia


"Since the beginning, Greenwald had been separated from The Intercept’s U.S.-based newsroom, having lived in Brazil for over a decade."

"As a result, most of the staff had little to no interaction with him, according to Intercept staffers who spoke with Intelligencer. Even as The Intercept built itself into a full-fledged news organization — complete with robust editing like the kind Greenwald balked at — the co-founder remained apart, writing and publishing his columns with little to no editorial oversight. 'He could have chosen to be a part of the mix, part of the conversation, the daily, weekly conversation about what we shou...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Journalism, Editing, Glenn Greenwald, Brazil, Biden, Free Speech, Trump, Ryan Grim, Greenwald, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture, Roger Hodge


Dispatch 35: Landed in Washington, DC

Yesterday flew from Washington State, across America, landed at Dulles. My friend Erik Peterson picked me up at the airport. COL (ret.) USMC, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. We headed straight downtown to "the hot zone". There is a big homeless camp as we entered downtown -- reminiscent of Portland and other parts in Oregon and Washington State. Down by the White House area nothing much going on other than many windows boarded. BLM graffiti everywhere. We walked into the new "Black...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Oregon, White House, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Military, Washington Dc, Portland, Benjamin Franklin, Washington State, BLM, Michael, Trump, Usmc


This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release orders from the October 30 conference at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club and Salinas v. U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Jones v. Mississippi and Borden v. United States. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. On Friday, the justices will hold their November 6 conferenc...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, United States, Philadelphia, Salinas, Sierra Club, Jones, Wildlife Service, Borden, This Week at the Court, U S Railroad Retirement Board, Fulton v City


Growing numbers of 'newly hungry' forced to use UK food banks

Exclusive: charities report influx of middle-income families during Covid pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFood aid charities have identified the emergence of the UK’s “newly hungry” – a growing cohort of people previously in good jobs and enjoying comfortable incomes who have been forced to use food banks and claim welfare benefits for the first time during the pandemic.The Feeding Britain network said its members were providing food support to a new influx of...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Social exclusion, Food Banks, Welfare, Coronavirus


Writing Assignment

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has filed a complaint that came to their attention from newspaper reports. The attorney defended a client charged with felonious assault and domestic violence and had filed a notice of intent to raise self defense... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


"This newspaper has not supported a Republican for president since 1972. But we believe Mr. Trump, for all his faults, is the better choice this year."

Say the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette... that's Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state that will probably determine the outcome.  We too prefer the first-class temperament and demeanor of a Winston Churchill, a Dwight Eisenhower, a Franklin Roosevelt, a Ronald Reagan, or a Barack Obama (whom this newspaper enthusiastically supported in 2008 and 2012)...  [H]e recognized [Middle America's] pain. No one ever asked the American people, or the people in “flyover,” country, if ...
Tags: Law, California, China, America, Barack Obama, Pennsylvania, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Biden, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Trump, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower


"At the center of much of this creative coordination is Wisconsin’s Ben Wikler, chair of the state party Democrats, who was focused on comedy two decades ago, writing for the Onion and working for Al Franken..."

"... on his books and radio show, before rising in the political world. Now, his state party is the leading beneficiary of these fundraisers, raising more than $7 million since August, part of the $58.7 million it’s reportedly brought in over the past two years. David Mandel, former 'Veep' showrunner and 'Seinfeld' writer, says of the virtual format: 'I give credit to Ben Wikler for really weaponizing it.' Americans don’t particularly want to be politically lectured to by Hollywood, Mandel says....
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, Wisconsin, Seinfeld, Campaign Finance, Al Franken, WaPo, Ben Wikler, Ann Althouse, David Mandel, Merging Politics And Showbiz, Hollywood Mandel


The evidence is clear: if countries act together, they can suppress Covid | Prof Devi Sridhar

As England prepares to lock down again, it should look to the example set by east Asian and African nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust 10 days after calling a national lockdown “the height of absurdity”, the prime minister announced on Saturday evening a four-week national lockdown in England starting on Thursday 5 November and lasting until 2 December. In a reminder of March, people are being asked to “stay at home” unless for essential purposes, and to avoi...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, England, Society, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Economic recovery, Health policy, Devi Sridhar, Coronavirus, COVID, Imperial REACT


What can we learn about 2020 from the Black Death? Dorsey Armstrong has all the answers

The US professor became an unlikely TV star this year, with a series about the plague. She explains what the 1348 pandemic can tell us today about conspiracy theories, recklessness, deurbanisation and social unrestA pandemic rages across the globe, leaving a trail of death, confusion and economic ruin, and changing everything. This is a new disease, about which little is understood. People and communities don’t know what to do, and they react in different ways – sensibly, understandably, honoura...
Tags: Health, Television, US, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Flu pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID, Dorsey Armstrong


Weekend reading for a bit of reform light amidst darker times

Turning the clocks back an hour makes November darker times, and watching the news these days is not often a source of light. But, even with so much election uncertainty, I am feeling reasonably certain that there will be continued momentum for at least some forms on criminal justice reform in the weeks and months ahead. These recent commentaries and stories contribute to my cautious optimism: From Gabriel J. Chin and David Schlussel, "Federal Certificate Offers New Hope for Americans in ‘Intern...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Arthur Rizer, Gabriel J Chin, David Schlussel, Holly Harris America, NPR Jason Flom


But if you go wearing pictures of Chairman Mao.... you are going to make it with Portland people anyhow.

 Look at the skirt! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Portland, Mao, Ann Althouse


Is he taking off the mask or putting it on? That's not like asking whether a glass is half full or half empty. Do you see why?

That's a sidebar teaser that gets you to this column by the WaPo editorial board — "What America would be like under a President Biden." The text isn't particularly interesting. We're told Biden will impose environmentalist regulations, defend Obamacare, protect "dreamers," accomplish a "project of racial healing," and rejoin the "good guys" in foreign affairs.  I just want to talk about the mask. Is he taking it off, so that it symbolizes an eagerness to get us back to normal life, or is h...
Tags: Law, Masks, America, Optimism, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Analogies, 2020 Campaign, Coronavirus


Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. RESPONSABILITÉ : Le juge de première instance ne s’est pas mépris sur les éléments constitutifs de la faute lorsqu’il a conclu que, en vendant dans ses magasins au Canada des produits pour lesque...
Tags: Law, Canada, Appel, Fournier, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd, Simms Sigal Co Ltd, Canada Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd, Juges François Pelletier Suzanne Gagné, Lucie Fournier, Rock Republic Enterprises Inc


Nate Silver says "Trump Can Still Win, But The Polls Would Have To Be Off By Way More Than In 2016," but there's good reason to believe the polls are more off.

Before I tell you what I think is the good reason, let's see what Nate Silver came up with: Biden is unambiguously ahead in the polls. The Normal-Polling-Error Zone is a place we talked about in 2016, when we told you that Trump was only a normal-sized polling error away from beating Hillary Clinton.... The Zone of Plausibility...is where we are this year. I think of the Zone of Plausibility as extending out to reflect an error of up to two standard deviations — so, it’s a race where the favori...
Tags: Law, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Polling, Trump, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trumpsters, Coronavirus, The Zone of Plausibility


"The New York Post articles based on the contents of the mysterious hard drive delivered by Mr. Giuliani failed to drive a broader narrative about Mr. Biden in the way that WikiLeaks did with the Clinton materials."

The NYT covers the Hunter-Biden-laptop story in "Their First Try Backfired, but Giuliani and Allies Keep Aiming at Biden The former New York mayor’s dirt-digging effort on Hunter Biden in 2019 ended with President Trump’s impeachment. Now he is back with new associates. So far it is not going exactly as planned." Written by Kenneth P. Vogel, Jim Rutenberg and Maggie Haberman.  While highlighting questions about the business activities of Hunter Biden and the former vice president’s brother James...
Tags: New York Post, New York, Law, Joe Biden, Nyt, Wikileaks, Biden, Giuliani, Clinton, Trump, Maggie Haberman, Ann Althouse, Hunter Biden, James Biden, Bobulinski, Kenneth P Vogel Jim Rutenberg


"Where is the liberal corporate media’s concern about that real violence? Additionally, none of what your question implies is accurate. It is more fake news and propaganda."

From the Republican Party of Texas, a "Statement Regarding ‘Biden Bus’ Incident." Full text: Abby Livingston from The Texas Tribune reached out to the RPT today and asked a question about a Biden campaign bus in her attempt to portray conservatives as violent radicals, even though it is leftists from Antifa and BLM who have been assaulting, robbing, and looting fellow citizens and their property.   Below is Chairman Allen West’s response:  Three Trump supporters have been executed, one in P...
Tags: Texas, Crime, Law, Police, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Joe Biden, Austin, Gop, Portland, Driving, Biden, Donald Trump, BLM, Denver, San Antonio


A change in Brazil’s national populist government

As we approach 15 November, a national holiday marking the end of the Brazilian Empire and proclamation of the Brazilian Republic in 1889, and also a day of municipal elections, many Brazilians may be contemplating what has happened to their country and where it might be heading.In October 2018 a national populist candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, won the presidency by campaigning on the slogan “Brazil above everything, God above everyone.” Bolsonaro is populist in the sense described by the political ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Usa, Featured, Law, Congress, United States, Brazil, University Of Chicago, Geography, Latin America, Rio, Trump, Facebook Twitter, VSI, Very Short Introductions


"In Japan, the #地味ハロウィン (translation: #MundaneHalloween) tradition has people coming up with very clever costumes of all-too-familiar situations and people."

"Artist @TAGASAING translated some of this year's examples" (Twitter).  “person who refused a bag but their item ended up not fitting in their purse,” “a store mannequin children played with,” “PE teacher who usually wears jerseys wearing a suit in the graduation ceremony,” “an uncle’s facebook selfie,” “Person who is quietly despairing over the lack of seats with power outlets in a cafe they popped into,” “someone at the entrance of a thrift store, but you don’t know if they’re a customer or a ...
Tags: Halloween, Japan, Law, Normal, Ann Althouse


Sinéad Burke: ‘My goal was to change the entire fashion system’

Sinéad Burke is a little person in big demand for her campaigning work in fashion. The Irish disability advocate, teacher and author talks about visiting the White House, working with Meghan Markle and shaking up the industrySinéad Burke almost didn’t talk about fashion and disability at the behest of the Obamas in September 2016, having mistaken their invitation to the White House Design For All showcase for a phishing scam. A polite email nudging the then 26-year-old Irish teacher and disabili...
Tags: Books, Fashion, White House, Life and style, Society, Culture, Rsvp, Obamas, Burke, MEGHAN MARKLE, Sinéad Burke, Minnie Mélange, 3ft 5in


One post, 947 applicants: restaurant’s story reveals the depth of UK jobs crisis

Desperate candidates for a minimum wage role in Manchester face dwindling savings and choosing between paying for food or billsIt was a single job advert for a minimum wage role as a waiter in a Manchester restaurant.Buoyed by the “eat out to help out” scheme, Peru Perdu, a Peruvian themed eatery in the heart of the city was looking for someone to join its serving staff. Within four days, 320 people had applied. And by the time the ad was taken down, 947 people had submitted applications. Contin...
Tags: Business, UK, Money, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Unemployment, Television & radio, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Guardian Careers, North Of England, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus, Peru Perdu


Deaths in custody report 'kicked into long grass'

QC behind 2017 inquiry says government has failed to act on many of her key recommendationsThe author of a high-profile report into deaths in custody says she is disappointed its demands for reform of the police, justice system and health service appear to have been “kicked into the long grass”.Speaking three years after the launch of her , Dame Elish Angiolini QC said key recommendations had simply not been acted upon. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Police, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Deaths in custody, Dame Elish Angiolini QC



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