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Sanctions Proposed In Collective Action Settlement

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends disbarment of one attorney and a nine-month suspension with automatic reinstatement of another Disciplinary Counsel charged John F. Kennedy and Kathleen A. Dolan with two counts based on misconduct arising out... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, John F Kennedy, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Kathleen A Dolan


Why counting presidential votes is not for federal district courts

For the past several months, Election Law at Ohio State and SCOTUSblog have teamed up to track significant election-related lawsuits with the potential to reach the Supreme Court and affect the presidential election. Now, two weeks after Election Day, litigation over the outcome of the election is rapidly diminishing, but it hasn’t yet completely disappeared. Still scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17, is a hearing in the Trump campaign’s federal-court lawsuit seeking to delay certification of the pop...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Snowden, Kentucky, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, Warren, Luther, Johnson, Illinois, Donald Trump


Private Plans for Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave

The timing for employers (which is basically any private business) to register with the state for the new Paid Family Medical Leave program couldn’t be worse or better, depending on your perspective.  It started November 1, 2020 and continues to run. In just six weeks, employers will be required to start withholding .5% of a covered employee’s wages and then make contributions to the state in the form of those collections. But there’s an exemption that employers need to start considering: A priv...
Tags: Voting, Law, Massachusetts, Paid, Connecticut, Contributions, Exemption, Deductions, Paid Leave, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Paid Family Medical Leave, Featured Content, Paid FMLA and FMLA, Pfmla, Pfmli


New York synagogues ask justices to lift attendance limits

Four days after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn asked the justices to block enforcement of a New York executive order restricting attendance at houses of worship, two Orthodox Jewish synagogues came to the Supreme Court to make a similar request. Arguing that their neighborhoods and religious institutions had been “targeted,” the challengers – which also included two rabbis and an Orthodox Jewish organization – told the justices that the “guilt-by-religious-association restrictions” impos...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Brooklyn, Nevada, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Howe, Alito, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Samuel Alito, Roman Catholic Diocese, Michael Park


It’s All Over But The Crying — See Also

Cry Me A River: Trump lawyer is very sad that Biglaw attorneys are mad at her. Don't You (Forget About Me): Law school professor wasn't fired but really wants everyone to think he has been. My Mistake (Was To Love You): Trump loved his Acting DHS chiefs. That didn't work out for him. All Star: College athletes getting the shaft from latest Name/Image/Likeness proposal.
Tags: Law, Trump, Don, See Also


"Pretzel in pocket."

A very short podcast for reasons explained in the first minute. Topics: "Pretzels, height, crabs, white-presenting voters, roll-off voters, Wikipedia, Billie Eilish, George Harrison, David Bowie, Chrissie Hynde, Emanuel Macron." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Ann Althouse


Justice Sotomayor dissents at length from SCOTUS refusal to reinstate order for Texas prison to implement COVID protections

As reported in this SCOTUSblog post, the "Supreme Court on Monday afternoon rejected a request from two inmates at high risk for complications from COVID-19 to reinstate an order by a federal district court that would require Texas prison officials to take basic safety precautions to combat the virus."  Justice Sotomayor issued a lengthy dissent from the ruling, which was joined by Justice Kagan, and here are parts from the start and end of this 11-page opinion: I write again about the Wallace ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Valentine, District Court, Fifth Circuit, COLLIER, Sotomayor, Kagan, Richard King, Douglas A Berman, Laddy Valentine, Wallace Pack Unit Pack Unit


New York synagogues ask justices to lift attendance limits (updated)

Four days after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn asked the justices to block enforcement of a New York executive order restricting attendance at houses of worship, two Orthodox Jewish synagogues came to the Supreme Court to make a similar request. Arguing that their neighborhoods and religious institutions had been “targeted,” the challengers – which also included two rabbis and an Orthodox Jewish organization – told the justices that the “guilt-by-religious-association restrictions” impos...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Brooklyn, Nevada, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Howe, Alito, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Samuel Alito, Roman Catholic Diocese, Michael Park


"Presidential Pardons and the Problem of Impunity"

The title of this post is the title of this quite timely article authored by Frank Bowman III now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: This Article considers the reach of the President’s pardon power and its potential employment as one means of creating legal impunity for a President and his personal and political associates.  It addresses, in particular, the possibility that a President might issue self-interested pardons to himself, family members, or political or business associates.  T...
Tags: Law, Congress, Douglas A Berman, Frank Bowman III


At the Evening Café...

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


Court denies plea from Texas inmates to restore coronavirus safety measures pending appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday afternoon rejected a request from two inmates at high risk for complications from COVID-19 to reinstate an order by a federal district court that would require Texas prison officials to take basic safety precautions to combat the virus. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from that ruling, penning an 11-page opinion – joined by Justice Elena Kagan – in which she worried that Monday’s order “will lead to further, needless suffering” at a prison where 20 inmates have alre...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Ellison, King, Valentine, Sonia Sotomayor, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Keith Ellison, 5th Circuit, Richard King, Wallace Pack Unit


Reminder — SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell are hiring

SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell, P.C. are seeking to hire a full-time employee to serve as firm manager for Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and deputy manager of SCOTUSblog. The position is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and requires occasional in-person work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Administrative work for the firm [60%]: Managing finances, including payables, receivables, invoicing, and budgets; Keeping orga...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, U S Supreme Court, Russell, Tom Goldstein, Goldstein Russell, Bethesda Maryland, Goldstein, Goldstein Russell P C, Harvard Supreme Court Clinic Executive


The Most Important Work Perk Of Them All

Women value this even more than men, according to the data.
Tags: Money, Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day, Work Perks


Donald Trump Better Look Out For Cyrus Vance

The Manhattan DA is reportedly coming after the soon-to-be-former president.
Tags: Law, Manhattan, Courts, Donald Trump, Cyrus Vance, Quote Of The Day, JUAN WILLIAMS


Biden warns 'more people may die' unless Trump starts cooperating

President-elect warns ‘we are going into a very dark winter’ as president tries to take credit for Moderna’s Covid vaccineUS politics – live updatesDonald Trump and Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting reactions on Monday to news of a coronavirus vaccine that proved nearly 95% effective in trials. Related: Obama scolds 'petulant' Trump but reveals conservative sympathies Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Obama, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Moderna, US elections 2020, Coronavirus


Even Bill Barr’s Justice Dept. Can’t Deny The Obvious Where Jeffrey Epstein Is Concerned

The A.G.’s old colleague Alex Acosta definitely could have done a better job with the whole thing.
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Jeffrey Epstein, Alex Acosta, Bill Barr


FY-21 Navy Enlistment Bonus NOV Update

Effective, November 1, 2020, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been continued, adjusted, or eliminated by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command: The only material change from the previous message, released in September 2020, is to the Enlistment Bonus for Source Ratings (EBSR). EBSR now includes a couple of additional eligible programs, Advanced Electronics Computer […]
Tags: Military, Navy Recruiting, Rating-School, Enlistment Bonus, Commander Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Enlistment Bonus NOV Update, Advanced Electronics Computer


A midday café...

... an open thread. The photo has a jittery effect, but that was there in real life. It's not out of focus. It was 6:53 a.m. — and that happened to be exactly the official sunrise time today. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Awwww Hell Yeah It’s On

Can Gary Gensler and Preet Bharara run the SEC together?
Tags: Law, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Preet Bharara, Gary Gensler


Hoping Garden State can germinate a bounty of new criminal justice data

This new Law360 article, headlined "NJ Criminal Justice Data Law Could Spur Reforms Elsewhere," reports on a great new data development in the great state of New Jersey.  Here are excerpts from the piece: A new law pulling back the curtain on New Jersey's criminal justice system by requiring its attorney general to compile and analyze a wide range of information could serve as a model for the rest of the nation and fuel future reform efforts in the Garden State, experts say. The measure, which ...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Garrett, Garden State, Rabinowitz, Phil Murphy, Douglas A Berman, R Street Institute, Measures for Justice, Brandon Garrett, Jesse Kelley, Gurbir S Grewal, Hoping Garden State, New Jersey Here, Mikaela Rabinowitz, United States Duke University


Trump to order troop reductions in Afghanistan, Iraq

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Associated Press The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday. The order would stop short of outgoing President Donald Trump’s goal to have all troops withdrawn by the end of the year, which had faced opposition from military and diplomatic advisers. The Pentagon also expects to cut the number of troops in Iraq to 2,500, a reduction of more than 500. The decisions come as...
Tags: Politics, News, Islamic State, Iraq, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Soccer, Military, Gop, Taliban, Middle East, Pentagon, Biden, Al Qaida


Game On: Enter Now To Win A Spot In ABA TECHSHOW’s 2021 Startup Alley

Today officially kicks off the call for entries for Startup Alley, in which 15 startups will be selected to participate in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW.
Tags: Technology, Law, Startup Alley, Robert Ambrogi, ABA Techshow


Trump Official Who Won’t Admit Biden Won Looking For A New Job For 2021

Emily Murphy brushing up her LinkedIn profile.
Tags: Law, Government, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Emily Murphy


"A major influence on Jimmy Wales’s conception of [Wikipedia] was an essay by Friedrich Hayek called 'The Use of Knowledge in Society'..."

"... published in 1945, and Hayek is virtually the father of postwar neoliberalism.... Hayek’s argument about knowledge is... markets are self-optimizing mechanisms.... This theory of knowledge is not unrelated to the wisdom-of-crowds scenario in which a group of people are guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar. The greater the number of guesses, the closer the mean of all guesses will come to the true number of jelly beans. A crucial part of crowdsourcing knowledge is not to exclude any g...
Tags: Law, Wales, Wikipedia, Economics, Editing, Jeopardy, Jimmy Wales, Hayek, Friedrich Hayek, Ann Althouse, Louis Menand, Wikipedia Jeopardy, Louis Menard


"For some reason, animals keep evolving into things that look like crabs, independently, over and over again."

"What is it about the crab's form that makes it so evolutionarily successful that non-crabs are apparently jealous of it?" (Metafilter). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Evolution, Arthropods, Ann Althouse


Preparing For 2021 Legal Real Estate Trends [Sponsored]

Please join us on November 18th to gain perspectives on how COVID-19 is impacting the legal real estate market and how to prepare for a future of uncertainty for your business.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Webinars, Axiom, Sponsored Content


Moderna vaccine's effectiveness bodes well for Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

Phase 3 success rate of 95% for US firm’s treatment is promising for UK vaccine trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising for the Covid jab being developed by Oxford University, after Moderna became the second company to reveal impressive results from its vaccine trials.Interim results from phase 3 clinical trials of the Covid vaccine from US company Moderna has revealed it to be almost 95% effective at preventing the disease. The news followed an announce...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus


Moderna vaccine trial's results bode well for Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

Phase 3 efficacy rate of nearly 95% for US firm’s treatment is promising for UK vaccine trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising for the Covid jab being developed by Oxford University, after Moderna became the second company to reveal impressive results from its vaccine trials.Interim results from phase 3 clinical trials of the Covid vaccine from US company Moderna has revealed it to be have almost 95% efficacy at preventing the disease. The news followed...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus



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