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From Stricken T o Disbarred

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who accepted a fee while unlicensed leading to a felony conviction Janzen's license to practice law had been stricken from the membership rolls since September 20, 2004. Almost eight years later, she... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Janzen, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Canadian Association of University Teachers passes motion of censure of University of Toronto...

...for permitting outside political interference in the appointments process at the Law School. CAUT censure means all faculty are discouraged from attending conferences at Toronto,... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Toronto, University of Toronto, Brian Leiter, Canadian Association of University Teachers


At the False Indigo Café...

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


"Because he thinks the computer can lend 'half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness,' he writes his first drafts longhand on yellow legal pads..."

"... the act of typing it into the computer essentially becomes a first edit. He says he is 'very particular' about his pens, always using black Uni-ball Vision Elite rollerball pens with a micro-point, and adds that he tends to do his best writing between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.: 'I find that the world narrows, and that is good for my imagination. It’s almost as if there is a darkness all around and there’s a metaphorical beam of light down on the desk, onto the page.'" From "Obama, the Best-Selli...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Amazon Associates, Ann Althouse, Obama rhetoric, Light And Shade, Obama's book, Obamapen


"I think the riskiest kind of novel is the one that tries to rescue us from mundane existence—by taking a closer look at mundane existence."

"If the tone falls flat, than the action is simply a series of discrete encounters, recreated on the page. In the best of these novels—from the work of Haruki Murakami to Albert Camus—the writer finds a tiny gap between the simple nature of things, and how they appear to us." From "In Praise of Sayaka Murata/John Freeman on a Young Japanese Writer We Should All Be Reading."  That review — in Literary Hub — was written 3 years ago, when the current Murata book was "Convenience Store Woman," wh...
Tags: Writing, Law, Haruki Murakami, Albert Camus, Sayaka Murata, Murata, Ann Althouse, Sayaka Murata John Freeman, Factory Anyone


SCOTUS spotlight: Beth Brinkmann on cracking the glass ceiling

Beth Brinkmann, the co-chair of the appellate and Supreme Court litigation group at Covington & Burling, has argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court and is one of the most experienced advocates practicing today. In the latest episode in our “SCOTUS spotlight” series on oral advocacy, SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe sits down with Brinkmann to talk about what it takes to develop that level of expertise. Brinkmann recounts her first oral argument before the court while working in the solicitor general’s...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Amy Howe, Covington Burling, Harry Blackmun, Brinkmann, Beth Brinkmann, SCOTUStalk


Justices won’t stop Pennsylvania from certifying election for Biden

The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block the state from certifying the results of the Nov. 3 election for President-elect Joe Biden. With less than eight hours remaining before the “safe harbor” deadline for states to finalize the post-election certification of their votes in the Electoral College, the court issued a one-sentence order denying the plea to intervene from Rep. Mike Kelly and other allies of President Donald Trump. There were no reco...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Biden, Donald Trump, Kelly, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Howe, Mike Kelly, Alito, Samuel Alito, Electoral College, Election litigation


Economic cost of Covid crisis prompts call for one-off UK wealth tax

Tax experts and economists outline ‘fairest, most efficient’ way to repair public finances and quickly raise £260bnThe government has been urged to launch a one-off wealth tax on millionaire households to raise up to £260bn in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the crisis damages Britain’s public finances and exacerbates inequality.The Wealth Tax Commission – a group of leading tax experts and economists brought together by the London School of Economics and Warwick University to examine t...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Budget Deficit, Britain, Economic policy, Income Inequality, Economic recovery, Mansion Tax, Inequality, Economic growth (GDP


Is Alabama Senator Doug Jones now the front-runner to be Joe Biden's pick for Attorney General?

In this post a few week ago, I asked "Is Sally Yates on track to be the next US Attorney General?," and until tonight I was still thinking she was the front-runner for this key Cabinet position.  But this new AP piece, headlined "Biden's attorney general search is focused on Jones, Garland," suggests that confirmation concerns may be driving Prez-elect Biden in another direction.  Here are the details: Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland are emerging as the l...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Russia, US, Alabama, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Capitol Hill, Al Sharpton, Biden, Justice Department


Here’s A Tip — See Also

How To Tip: Let us know how your firm is handling staff tipping during the pandemic. Very Serious Lawsuits: Texas sues every swing state for... reasons. Bonus News: Debevoise lets the first-years in on it! The Doctor Is In: Jenna Ellis reportedly contracts the COVID. Remember...: To enter the annual holiday card contest.
Tags: Texas, Law, Debevoise, See Also, Jenna Ellis


The Legal Industry Added Jobs Last Month, But Don’t Get Too Excited About It

It's good news, but we haven't returned to normalcy.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day, COVID-19, Unprecedented


A Dozen Defrauded Online MBA Students Pay Temple’s Fine For Defrauding MBA Students

Betsy DeVos is going out like Betsy DeVos.
Tags: Law, Finance, Betsy DeVos


Innovation As Exploration: Guidelines To Navigate The Innovation Process

The need for innovation -- applying people, processes, and technology to do something better, faster, or more efficiently -- has never been more important.
Tags: Technology, Law, Innovation, Ken Crutchfield


Do Legal Research Platforms Include Today’s Secondary Law?

As LexBlog’s legal blog grows, I got to thinking if lawyers had access to today’s secondary law. They do not. Secondary law, as opposed to primary law of cases, codes/statutes and regulations, are sources that explain, criticize, discuss, or help locate primary law.  Examples of secondary law could include a law review or law journal.  Though not precedent, I routinely cited and read pieces from the American Law Review to a judge as a persuasive. It worked regularly, having the word ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Legal Research Platforms Include Today


Skillfully Negotiate Transactions To Grow Your Firm’s Business Pipeline [Sponsored]

Learn how to skillfully integrate data analytics into your day-to-day, ultimately increasing your negotiation, litigation, and business development prowess. Sign up andjoin us this Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Webinars, Sponsored Content, Gavelytics


Relist Watch Select

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists … barely Past predictions of explosive growth in the relist numbers are coming true as we have seven new relists this week. But because I’m stretched too thin to offer much in the way of description and analysis, it’s time once again for the affordable luxury of TM. This week’s new relists involve First Amendment limitations on President Donald Trump’s ability to block people on Twitter, the criminal conviction of former New York state assembly speaker Sheld...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Kansas, Donald Trump, Trump, Sheldon Silver, 9th Circuit, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Levinson, New York State Assembly, Chipotle Mexican Grill, U S Court of Appeals, Trump Twitter, Schwab


An annuity is an insurance product that can provide a secure income stream for the rest of your life

Annuities have long been a go-to for seniors seeking a steady return on a lump-sum investment, but they can benefit younger investors too. FG Trade/Getty Images An annuity is a contract with an insurance company. You invest a lump sum that is returned with interest in periodic payments. Fixed annuities make payments based on a set interest rate. Variable and indexed annuities pay fluctuating interest rates. While they offer guaranteed income and some tax advantages, annuities are illiqui...
Tags: Personal Finance, US, America, Trends, Insurance, Jane Austen, Annuity, Ira, Annuities, Irs, Freelance, Gallup, FDIC, Charles Schwab, Austen, Lincoln National


Cofounders Of Legal Tech Startup Make Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List for 2021

Two University of Chicago computer science graduates who launched a software company to help public defenders analyze crucial data ahead of trial have been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2021. The cofounders of JusticeText, CEO Devshi Mehrotra and CTO Leslie Jones-Dove, both 23, have been named to the list in the Social Impact category. Their software, designed to expedite pretrial preparation for public defenders, automatically generates transcriptions of audiovisual evidence such as ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Queens, University Of Chicago, Cto, Forbes, Devshi Mehrotra, Cofounders Of Legal Tech Startup Make Forbes, Leslie Jones Dove, Houston Cincinnati Washington D C, JusticeText


How The IP Dealmakers Are Dealing — 2020 (Part I)

While the pandemic has impacted all of us, IP Dealmakers provides strong evidence that IP activity is in no danger of slowing down.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Gaston Kroub, IP Dealmakers Forum, COVID-19


XIRA’s Free ‘GAVEL’ Aims to Disrupt the Subscription Model for Practice Management Software

Last month, I wrote here about XIRA, a new lawyer-matching website whose goal is not only to make it easier for clients to find lawyers, but also to make legal services more affordable by providing attorneys with free practice management software. Now XIRA is taking that free software a step further, with the launch of GAVEL, a free, cloud-based platform that provides an integrated set of software tools for managing a solo or small law practice. “We are breaking the paid subscription models, red...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Gavel, Xira, Reza Ghaffari, Ghaffari


Texas tries Hail Mary to block election outcome (updated)

In a last-ditch effort to forestall the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Texas sought on Tuesday to file a lawsuit directly in the Supreme Court, attempting to delay the Electoral College vote and prevent four states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – from casting their Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, who won the popular vote in each state. This highly unusual use of the court’s original jurisdiction — which is most often used to resolve interstate...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Republican Attorneys General Association, Dallas Morning News, Hail Mary, Carr, Kelly, U S Supreme Court, Paxton, Pennsylvania Supreme Court


‘Doctor’ Jenna Ellis About To Need Real Doctors As COVID Racks Trump’s Elite Strike Force

And she may have spread it to the White House? Shocker!
Tags: Law, Government, White House, Jenna Ellis, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Elite Strike Force


Expert panel reviewing conviction and sentence urges prison release in high-profile Minnesota homicide case

As reported in this new AP piece, headlined "Expert panel recommends releasing Myon Burrell from prison, more investigation," a notable expert panel that was convened to examine both the conviction and sentence in a high-profile Minnesota case released its report today. Here are the basics from the press report: A panel of national experts who reviewed Myon Burrell’s conviction for the fatal shooting of a child in Minneapolis recommended that he be released from a life prison term and that auth...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Ap, Amy Klobuchar, Associated Press, Ellison, Edwards, Stillwater, Freeman, Arrington, Klobuchar, Coon Rapids, Guerrero, Keith Ellison, Hennepin County


Gov DeWine essentially declares a de facto moratorium on executions in the state for 2021 and likely beyond

Ohio has long been an interesting death penalty state, in part because it has been among the most active capital punishment states not in the south as measured in terms of executions and death sentences.  It also has reflected the usual politics of death in recent times with 17 executions carried out from 2007 to 2010 under Ohio's last Democratic Governor (Ted Strickland), but only 15 executions from 2011 to 2020 under the Republican Governors of John Kasich and Mike DeWine.  And, according to t...
Tags: Law, Senate, Ap, Gop, House, Ohio, Associated Press, General Assembly, Cincinnati, John Kasich, Legislature, Mike DeWine, Ted Strickland, DeWine, New Ohio, Douglas A Berman


Benjamin Moore Lays Off Its Entire Legal Department

There's no way the company can paint over these separations.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Benjamin Moore, In-House Counsel


"John Lennon died at age 40, 40 years ago today. I did this blog post 12 years ago, linking to both of my parents' memories..."

"... of being in the same city where he died on December 8, 1980. Both of their posts mention that they named me John when I was born 99 days later. Now I'm almost 40 and I'm living on the Upper West Side, not far from where it happened on West 72nd Street. I've walked by there many times, always thinking about it, never quite believing it really happened here."  Writes my son John (on his blog). Here's his old post, written in 2008, which links to his father's post, written in 2005, and to my...
Tags: Murder, Law, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, John, Shame, Upper West Side, Elvis, Nyu, Dylan, Dakota, RLC, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, emotional Althouse



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