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I talk about the Supreme Court and legal realism...

...at Brain in a Vat, where I also learned a bit about South African constitutional law. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Brian Leiter


Violating a Leash Law: These Are Your Rights if the Dog Owner’s Negligence Results in a Bite

There are probably few things that paint a picture of innocence better than being the victim of a dog bite. Unfortunately, at least from a legal perspective, a dog bite is not a simple matter. Instead, there are a number of complicated issues at work that must be determined. As much as people love their […] The post Violating a Leash Law: These Are Your Rights if the Dog Owner’s Negligence Results in a Bite appeared first on Not So Average Mama.
Tags: Deals, Law, Pets, Did You Know


At the Sunlight Café...

  ... you can shine all night.  (Photo of me, by Meade.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Meade, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade, hairstyles. off-blog Althouse


Elliot Page: star of X-Men and Juno announces he is transgender

Actor takes aim at transphobic politicians and ‘those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility’, saying they ‘have blood on [their] hands’Elliot Page, who rose to fame as the lead in teen pregnancy comedy Juno as Ellen Page, has announced he is transgender.“Hi friends,” he wrote on a variety of social media platforms, “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.” Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Transgender, Culture, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Ellen Page, Juno, Elliot, Elliot Page


Biglaw Bonuses With Stipulations — See Also

Weil Gotshal And Paul Hastings Hand Out Bonuses: But not everyone is pleased with how they handled it. Who Knew Lawyers Would Need Baby Gates? 2020 is just full of surprises.  Layoffs Coming? Dentons' redundancy efforts. Got A Cute Holiday Card? Send it to us. I Know Law School Was A While Ago: But I don't remember hearsay being this difficult.
Tags: Law, Weil Gotshal, Paul Hastings, See Also


House Judiciary subcommittee to hold oversight hearing on federal Bureau of Prisons

As detailed at this link, the US House of Representative's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (of the Committee on the Judiciary) has scheduled for the morning of December 2, 2020 on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service." The witness list, available at this link, shows Directors of the Bureau of Prisons and of the United States Marshals Service, as the only witnesses.  I believe the hearing can be watched started at 9am on Dec 2 at this l...
Tags: Law, US, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U S Marshals Service, House Judiciary Subcommittee, United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, RDAP, Homeland Security of the Committee, Michael Carvajal, Federal Prison Industries FPI


The Most Selective Biglaw Firm Of Them All

There's a new firm at the top of the list.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day


Sixth Circuit panel rules "courts have full discretion" to determine extraordinary and compelling reasons for 3582(c)(1)(A) motions

I only today saw a big notable Sixth Circuit ruling from a few weeks ago discussing the reach and application of the compassionate release provisions amended by the federal FIRST STEP Act.  As regular readers know, in lots of (pre-COVID) prior posts, I made much of the provision of the FIRST STEP Act allowing federal courts to directly reduce sentences under the (so-called compassionate release) statutory provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) without awaiting a motion by the Bureau of Prisons....
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, Congress, US, United States, Jones, Second Circuit, Brooker, Douglas A Berman, Sentencing Commission, New District Court, Bureau of Prisons The SIxth Circuit, Zullo Brooker, Sixth Circuit in Jones


Justice Department investigating an alleged 'secret lobbying scheme' to obtain a presidential pardon

an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington in March 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Court documents released Tuesday show the Department of Justice is investigating an alleged plot to bribe President Donald Trump for a presidential pardon. As first reported by CNN, the documents do not state who is alleged to have taken part in any such effort and a "related bribery conspiracy scheme." According to federal investigators, the plot involved an offer of "a substantial polit...
Tags: Politics, Law, Washington, White House, Trends, Cnn, Bribery, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Justice Department, US Department of Justice, Howell, US District Court for the District of Columbia, Breaking, Presidential Pardons


Argument analysis: Justices send mixed messages on corporate liability for allegedly aiding child slavery abroad

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday in a pair of cases, Nestlé USA v. Doe I and Cargill, Inc. v. Doe I, that ask whether a lawsuit against American corporations under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreigners to bring lawsuits in U.S. courts for serious violations of international law, can continue. The plaintiffs in the case are six former child slaves in Ivory Coast, who contend that the defendants, both U.S. food giants, facilitated human-rights abuses on the cocoa plantati...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cargill, Lithuania, DOE, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, The Supreme Court, Roberts, Neal Katyal, Howe


Case preview: Justices will hear argument on whether unanimous jury ruling applies retroactively

In April, the Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that the Sixth Amendment establishes a right to a unanimous jury that applies in both federal and state courts. On Wednesday in Edwards v. Vannoy, the justices will hear argument on whether inmates whose convictions became final before that decision can now take advantage of it. Although only two states, Louisiana and Oregon, have allowed non-unanimous jury verdicts in recent years, those states say that a ruling for the inmates could “seri...
Tags: England, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, Court, Ireland, Louisiana, Illinois, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Puerto Rico, The Supreme Court, Edwards, Gideon, Howe, Baton Rouge


Beneficiary Of Hedge Fund Bribes Not Interested In His Former Colleagues’ Hospitality

Ex-jail guard union boss doesn’t want to go to jail, actually.
Tags: Law, Finance


The EU’s Highest Court Declares CBD Is Not A Narcotic Drug 

This CJEU landmark ruling is significant because it is binding on all EU member states.
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Eu, Nathalie Bougenies, Cannabidiol (CBD


How Will You Be Spending Your Biglaw Bonus This Giving Tuesday?

Will you be purchasing lavish luxuries or doing something far more noble?
Tags: Money, Law, Charity, Bonuses, Donations, Biglaw, Charitable Donations, Public Interest, Associate Bonus Watch, Associate Bonus Watch 2020, Biglaw Bonus Charity Challenge




Legal Innovators, ALSP that Promotes Diversity, Enters Deal with Global Engineering Firm Bechtel

Legal Innovators, a Washington, D.C., alternative legal services provider that aims to promote diversity and inclusion among junior legal hires, has entered a deal with the global engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel to place recently graduated lawyers in its legal department. As I wrote last year when Legal Innovators launched, the company seeks to upend how new lawyers are recruited, hired, priced and trained, and in so doing, help enhance diversity and inclusion in...
Tags: Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Parker, Georgetown, Bechtel, Howard George Washington, Legal Innovators, Global Engineering Firm Bechtel, Michael Bailey Bechtel, Bryan Parker Bailey, Bryan Parker Legal Innovators


Argument analysis: Justices seem wary of breadth of federal computer fraud statute

Monday’s argument in Van Buren v. United States was the first sustained attention the Supreme Court has offered to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal statute that imposes civil and criminal liability for unauthorized access of computers. The government in recent years has applied the statute ever more broadly, finally producing a confrontation in which the Supreme Court has an opportunity to address it. The CFAA is vague in important ways, but it generally criminalizes obtaining access ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Fbi, United States, Sonia Sotomayor, Fisher, Van Buren, Alito, Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh, CFAA, Feigin


"The male is barricaded inside and not answering the door. Everyone else is outside the house. They are trying to get him to open up."

Said the dispatcher quoted in "Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was 'barricaded' in a shed when blaze broke out, as colleagues suspect his addiction to burning candles, Grey Goose vodka, and nitrous oxide whippets triggered the explosion that led to his death" (Daily Mail).  Recently... nitrous oxide had become his drug of choice, taking it in the form of 'whippets' straight from the cartridge of a whipped cream dispenser. 'He would take dozens of them a day,' the colleague said. 'He lived a crazy, eccen...
Tags: Death, Law, Drugs, Fire, Drinking, Zappos, Tony, Tony Hsieh, Grey Goose, Ann Althouse


Trump Lawyers Botch Hearsay Rule… AGAIN!

Rather than filing an appeal, perhaps this should have been a teachable moment.
Tags: Law, Government, Hearsay, Evidence, Donald Trump, Trump, Election Law


"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election" — said Attorney General William Barr.

 Speaking to AP News.  The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election: Problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost. But they’ve also requested federal probes into the claims.... Barr didn’t name [Sidney] Powell specifically but said: “There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were progra...
Tags: Voting, Law, Dhs, Doj, Trump, Barr, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, William Barr, Sidney -RSB- Powell


Rift on the Supreme Court Bench? Cont’d (Fraser and G)

In my November 3rd Slaw post on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Fraser, I considered the division on the Court relating to the interpretation of section 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The majority decision, written by Abella J., emphasized a broad interpretation, stressing the significance of adverse effects discrimination and the goal of substantive equality. In their dissent, Brown and Rowe JJ. applied a narrower interpretation, as did Côté J. in her separate d...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Court of appeal, Parliament, Ontario, Manitoba, Brown, RCMP, Christopher, Supreme Court of Canada, Cote, Fraser, Ontario Court of Appeal, Rowe, Karakatsanis


Legal Billing Rates Trends & Analysis 2016-2020 [Sponsored]

New research uncovering the variations in hourly billing rates by practice area and sector.
Tags: Law, Billable Hours, Sponsored Content, Reorg, Law Firm Billing, Legal Billing Rates Trends amp


Above The Law’s 12th Annual Holiday Card Contest

We look forward to your submissions. Thank you, and happy holidays!
Tags: Law, Christmas, Hanukkah, Contests, Biglaw, Holiday Cards, Small Law Firms, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Holidays and Seasons, Holiday Card Contest


UK likely to be first western country to license a Covid vaccine

Regulator expected to authorise Pfizer/BioNTech jab for emergency use within daysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain is expected to become the first western country to authorise a coronavirus vaccine, raising the prospect of immunisations beginning weeks ahead of the rest of Europe.The UK medicines regulator is set to license the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use within days, and possibly as soon as Wednesday. Britain has ordered 40m doses, of which 10m ar...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Elliot Page: star of Juno and X-Men announces he is transgender

Actor takes aim at transphobic politicians and ‘those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility’, saying they ‘have blood on [their] hands’Elliot Page, who rose to fame as the lead in teen pregnancy comedy Juno as Ellen Page, has announced he is transgender.“Hi friends,” he wrote on a variety of social media platforms, “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.” Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Transgender, Culture, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Ellen Page, Juno, Elliot, Elliot Page


Fijian British army veterans lose court battle to remain in UK

Judge tells eight who served in Iraq and Afghanistan that courts not concerned with misadministrationEight Fijian-born soldiers who served with the British army in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed in a legal effort to overturn what they say were bureaucratic errors that have left them living illegally in the country they once served.The group were refused leave for a judicial review of their cases by Mr Justice Garnham, who concluded the veterans had made their claim too late and that the courts...
Tags: UK, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan, Military, Asia Pacific, British Army, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Mr Justice Garnham


Fijian British army veterans lose high court battle to remain in UK

Judge dismisses eight men’s claim that they were unfairly made illegal immigrants in country they servedEight Fijian-born soldiers who served with the British army in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed in a legal effort to overturn what they say were bureaucratic errors that have left them living illegally in the country they once served.The group were refused leave for a judicial review of their cases by Mr Justice Garnham, who concluded the veterans had made their claim too late and that the cou...
Tags: UK, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan, Military, British Army, Fiji, Mr Justice Garnham


Top 25 Am Law Firm Hands Out Up To Six-Figure Bonuses For Associates — But People Are Still Mad

It's a happy day for *some* associates at this firm.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Paul Hastings, Associate Bonus Watch 2020



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