On police oversight and union obstructionism: Why Houston and SA oversight systems are terrible and remembering that time the police unions sent Nelson Wolff a dead rat

Two items related to police oversight merit Grits readers' attention:First, the Kinder Institute at Rice University analyzed police oversight systems in Texas in a new report. The ones in Houston and San Antonio stood out as being especially worthless. San Antonio's review board reports to the police chief; Houston's reports to the mayor. Neither are achieving their missions and provide little if any added value when it comes to holding police accountable or promoting policy changes to reduce po...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Phoenix, Rice University, Kalamazoo, Bexar County, Sculley, Gritsforbreakfast, SA Express News, Sheryl Sculley, Nelson Wolff

Overbroad Assignment Agreement: Invalid under California Law

Whitewater West Indus. v. Richard Alleshouse and Yong Yeh (Fed. Cir. 2020) This is an important case invalidating provisions of an employment agreement based upon California Law. Alleshouse left his former employer Wave Loch (predecessor to Whitewater) and started working on inventions for his new venture the very next day. Within two months he (along with his partner Yeh) had filed a set of provisional patent applications at issue in this case.  Whitewater then sued, arguing that the employmen...
Tags: Law, California, Patent, Stokes, Yeh, Whitewater, Federal Circuit, Employee, Guth, Leland Stanford Junior University, Roche Molecular Systems Inc, Whitewater West Indus, Richard Alleshouse, Yong Yeh Fed, Law Alleshouse, Wave Loch

Struck Off In New Zealand: Disbarred In Oregon

It is unusual to see a reciprocal discipline matter predicated on a sanction imposed by a non-U.S. jurisdiction. The Oregon Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who was sanctioned by the High Court of New Zealand Wellington Registry (High Court).... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Oregon, New Zealand, Oregon Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

TIME Names Two Legaltech Startups As Among The 100 Best Inventions Of 2020

TIME has named two legal technology startups as among the 100 Best Inventions of 2020: the bankruptcy startup Upsolve and the consumer arbitration platform FairShake. Regarding Upsolve, the publication cited its free nonprofit tool for helping people avoid the high cost of personal bankruptcy. “Upsolve’s software fixes that, helping users complete the complex legal paperwork so that they can file for bankruptcy without hiring a lawyer,” TIME said. It said that since Upsolve launched in 2018, it ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, America, Upsolve, Rohan Pavuluri, FairShake TIME

At the Moonlight Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Moon, Ann Althouse

The Legaltech Week Journalists’ Roundtable Returns Tomorrow

The Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns tomorrow, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly discussion of the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Stephen Embry, publ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Nicole Black, Zach Warren, Caroline Hill, Legaltech Week, ABA Journal Joe Patrice, Legaltech Week Journalists, Victoria Hudgins, ABA Journal Molly McDonough, Legaltech News Victor Li, Legaltech News Hope, MyCase Stephen Embry

The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data

Vice has a long article about how the US military buys commercial location data worldwide. The U.S. military is buying the granular movement data of people around the world, harvested from innocuous-seeming apps, Motherboard has learned. The most popular app among a group Motherboard analyzed connected to this sort of data sale is a Muslim prayer and Quran app that has more than 98 million downloads worldwide. Others include a Muslim dating app, a popular Craigslist app, an app for following sto...
Tags: Uncategorized, US, Law Enforcement, Military, Gps, Data Collection, Bruce Schneier, USSOCOM, US Military Buys Commercial Location Data

Max and Keira's Law: Mum's 'one comfort' after son's organ donation

Lisa Cruise says saving lives with her son's liver and kidneys was the right thing to do when he died.
Tags: UK, News, Law, Max, Keira, Lisa Cruise

"Gazing at intransigence."

  It's a podcast.  Topics: "Still counting the votes, Democratic Party in-fighting, NYC school shutdown, Matt Yglesias doesn’t quite tell his story, gambling on whether Melania wants a divorce." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Democratic Party, Matt Yglesias, Melania, Ann Althouse, NYC School

Bill Barr And The Cavalcade Of Awful — See Also

This Is Not Okay: And the only reason it isn't a bigger story is because [gestures wildly to the state of the world]. Speaking Of Awful: Trump administration is still making waves in immigration. Get Used To Working From Home: What to wear while you're doing it. The Best Legally Themed Halloween Costume: A palate cleanser, if you will.
Tags: Law, Trump, Bill Barr, See Also

Thanks So Very Much To All Our Advertisers

It's a pleasure doing business with you.
Tags: Law, Advertising, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad, Thanks to Advertisers

Embrace The Holiday Phone Call, Redux

This year more than any other, nothing will resonate more than a call.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms

Pandemic Insurance Backstop Draws Republican Opposition

A proposal to provide a federal backstop for pandemic insurance ran into stiff opposition from some House Republicans during a hearing on Thursday. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., authored the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, which would provide up to $750 billion in federal backing to allow insurers to issue policies that would cover losses from COVID […]
Tags: News, Insurance, House, Carolyn Maloney, Coronavirus

Qualified Immunity Explained: 3 Legal Principles You Should Know [Sponsored]

Over the past several months, the Supreme Court has denied eight petitions of certiorari for qualified immunity cases, and there are no new qualified immunity cases scheduled for the 2020-2021 docket.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Lawline

Rudy Giuliani Gonna ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Trump Into A Second Term

We're running out of ways to say this is BATSHIT!
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Vinny, Election Law, Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani Gon

Trump loses yet another post-election lawsuit, Arizona judge tosses AZ GOP case against Maricopa county

Trump and his allies are now 1 to 30 in post-election litigation, as the losses and legal fees keep piling up. An Arizona court has just dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Republican Party that sought to expand the state's election audit. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, Republicans, Gop, Arizona, Republican, Election, Trump, Maricopa County, Arizona Republican Party, 2020 Election

Pandemic Party Pass

Rainbows do emerge from storms, and COVID-19 has given us a chance to be more thoughtful about our children's birthday parties.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Health / Wellness, MothersEsquire, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Eden Davis Stephens

Biglaw Partner To Serve As Chief Of Staff For First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Another attorney with Biglaw ties will join the Biden administration.
Tags: Law, Government, Biden, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Jill Biden, Biden Administration

Jay Clayton Doesn’t Want To Start Smacking Insider Skulls, So Don’t Make Him

He’s this close to not having to give a s**t about any of this any more, you guys. Come on.
Tags: Law, Finance, Jay Clayton

"How Governors Can Use Categorical Clemency as a Corrective Tool: Lessons from the States"

The title of this post is the title of this interesting new report from the Urban Institue.  Here is its executive summary: Governors in most states have executive clemency authority that allows them to change the terms of someone’s criminal justice system involvement, including by issuing pardons or by granting commutations to adjust the sentences of people in prison.  Though many clemency deliberations are independent case-by-case assessments, in some cases, governors can also extend clemency...
Tags: Law, States, Douglas A Berman, Urban Institue Here

Jones Day Bets On Donald Trump As Half-Baked Election Challenges Crumble

Could this be the beginning of a mass exodus?
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Bonuses, Biglaw, Jones Day, Thinking Like A Lawyer Podcast, Featured Podcasts

Driving Dystopias: GM Reportedly Rejoining the Insurance Racket With OnStar

General Motors is making moves to offer insurance plans under its data-focused OnStar connected services, which is convenient since the feature comes equipped on all new models the company sells inside North America. Participating customers will be required to allow the automaker to track their driving behavior in real-time. As a perk for handing over […] The post Driving Dystopias: GM Reportedly Rejoining the Insurance Racket With OnStar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Big Data, Insurance, General Motors, E-commerce, Gm, Autos, Mobility, North America, Onstar, News Blog, Big Tech, Right To Privacy, Driving Data, Driving Dystopia, Privcay

Surveys Say: COVID-19 Pushed Law Firms Further Into The Cloud

The results of the surveys were all the more interesting since both were conducted during the early months of the pandemic.
Tags: Technology, Law, Nicole Black, International Legal Technology Association (ILTA, Coronavirus, COVID-19

"This question is pathetic and exactly why people no longer trust the mainstream media. No legitimate journalist would ask this."

Said Melania Trump's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, who was asked to comment on speculation that Melania will divorce her husband, quoted in "Vegas may be betting on a post-presidential divorce, but Melania Trump seems all in for her husband" (WaPo). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Gambling, Journalism, Vegas, Melania Trump, Melania, Ann Althouse, Stephanie Grisham

Bill Barr Did WHAT? How Is This Not The Biggest Story In The Country Right Now?

Oh look, the DOJ dropped an investigation against his client as soon as he took over.
Tags: Crime, Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Doj, Caterpillar, Kirkland & Ellis, Rod Rosenstein, Bill Barr

13 Knitwear Sets That’ll Elevate Your WFH Wardrobe

Featuring cashmere joggers and wool biker shorts.
Tags: Fashion, Law

This indefensible military spending ignores the real threats to humanity | Letters

Readers on the government’s announcements of a £16.5bn surge in ‘defence spending’ and £12bn for a ‘green industrial revolution’Your editorial (The Guardian view on Johnson’s green jobs plan: the right way to start, 18 November) says much of the government’s headline-grabbing pledge of £12bn for its “green industrial revolution” is spending that has already been announced. This is typical of the Tory political chicanery that the country has become accustomed to since 2010.But it beggars belief t...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Green Economy, Austerity, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Poverty, Military, Defence policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus

Winning Deals, Cases, And Clients With Legal Data [Sponsored]

Join us on December 10th to skillfully integrate data analytics into your day-to-day, ultimately increasing your negotiation, litigation, and business development prowess.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Webinars, Sponsored Content, Gavelytics

ATL’s Legally Themed Halloween Costume Contest: The Finalists (2020)

Who will be the winner of our eleventh annual competition?
Tags: Law, Law Schools, ATL, Holidays and Seasons, Halloween Costume Contest

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