Highlighting DEPC call for proposals for new Marijuana Research Grants Program

I have highlighted in this prior post at my other blog the new research grant program from the Ohio State Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC).  DEPC's goal is to fund certain types of new work specifically in the marijuana research/policy space.  Here is the basic overview of the call for proposals: The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) invites researchers from universities and independent research centers in the United States to submit proposals for funded research focused on imp...
Tags: Law, United States, Douglas A Berman, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center DEPC, Marijuana Research Grants Program, Ohio State Drug Enforcement

State Paid Leave – The Time to Register, and Act, is Now

Short post today: If you haven’t paid attention yet to the new state Paid Leave law, you’re out of time. Here are three things to do right now: Register with the State Authority here. This is essential; all employers need to do this (presumably by January 1 for reasons I’ll explain next.) Figure out if you’re going to use the state Paid Leave plan or a private plan. Contact your payroll provider and, effective January 1, 2021, start withholding 1/2 of 1 percent of each employee paycheck for emp...
Tags: Law, Paid, Leave, Payroll, Registration, Contributions, FMLA, Paid Leave, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Ctfmla, Withholding, Register, Paid Fmla, Featured Content, Paid FMLA and FMLA

Noticing the many regular forgotten folk so far left behind in Prez Trump's clemency capers

This new New York Times piece, headlined "Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency," provides a useful reminder of who is largely being forgotten amidst Prez Trump's clemency largesse.  Here are excerpts: A vast majority of the people to whom he granted pardons or commutations had either a personal or political connection to the White House, and it appears that only seven were recommended by the government’s pardon attorney, according to a Harvard University professor wh...
Tags: Law, White House, Barack Obama, Harvard University, New York Times, Trump, Holly Harris, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Beth Curtis, Justice Action Network, Outside Trump, Ferrell D Scott, John R Knock, Mr Knock

Court names new reporter of decisions

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that Rebecca Anne Womeldorf has been named the new reporter of decisions. She succeeds Christine Luchok Fallon, who retired in September. Womeldorf will begin her new job on Jan. 13, 2021. The reporter of decisions plays an important behind-the-scenes role in the Supreme Court’s release of opinions. She prepares a summary, known as a syllabus, of each opinion; she also edits the opinions and oversees the process of publishing them in the United States Report...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Howe, Anthony Kennedy, Everything Else, Lewis Powell, Womeldorf, Administrative Office of the U S Courts, Christine Luchok Fallon, Rebecca Anne Womeldorf

Sunrise with snow.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Snow, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

5 big predictions for 2021

The "Fauci effect" has helped produce a record number of medical school applications. We'll soon no longer be able to avoid the reality of climate change, prompting more decisive action. Work from home trends are likely to continue and, in many cases, become permanent. That was either the longest or shortest year in history. Most people are happy to say goodbye to 2020, but what does 2021 hold in store? Given how woefully inaccurate we were rolling into 2020, let's not be too sure of ourselves...
Tags: Facebook, Brown University, Future, US, America, Remote Work, Economics, Society, Joe Biden, Italy, Innovation, Vaccines, Smith, Predictions, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Derek

Looking Better: Jobs in New York, Kansas City, and Singapore [Sponsored]

Kinney Recruiting is a market leader in helping attorneys with relocation job searches, whether to the opposite coast, the other side of the world, or your hometown. Learn more.
Tags: Asia, New York, Law, Singapore, Kansas City, Associate, Sponsored Content, Kinney Recruiting, Asia Chronicles, New York Kansas City

Entertaining Ourselves In The Days After Trump

We now have three more weeks of excitement: Who else will Trump pardon? 
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Trump, Mark Herrmann

NHS hospitals facing ‘unprecedented’ levels of coronavirus cases

Senior health official issues warning as UK records 41,385 more infections – highest daily figure yetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHospitals are facing “unprecedented” levels of coronavirus cases, a senior health official has warned, as the UK reported its highest figure yet for new Covid-19 infections recorded in a single day.There were 41,385 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the UK on Monday, the first time in the pandemic that the daily figure has p...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Doctors, Simon Stevens, Vaccines and immunisation, Public Health England PHE, Coronavirus, Yvonne Doyle

Ghislaine Maxwell Denied Bail Again

Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers tried hard to have her released on bail this month. The Government fought them tooth and nail. Guess who won? The Government. The full order is not yet released because the parties have to go through it and redact it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Ghislaine Maxwell

"Successfully making art requires accepting yourself, in Mr. Koons’s philosophy, so that you can pursue your interests without shame."

"'Everything about your past is perfect,' he says. 'Everything up to this moment about you is spectacular.' ... I found myself mindlessly nodding along, as he compares an ashtray that he remembers loving as a child, with a reclining woman holding her legs aloft, to Michelangelo’s 'Pietà.' 'How can that be any less than this masterpiece by Michelangelo?' he says. 'It’s equal.'... He asks himself, 'What have I been pulled to? What have the interests been lately?' He believes this will work for you...
Tags: Art, Education, Writing, Law, Jeff Koons, David Sedaris, Koons, Michelangelo, Ann Althouse, Bobbie Brown, David Mamet Both Davids

Video Game Cyberpunk 2077’s Launch Bust Leads To Investor Litigation

It could be a complicated case for the plaintiff.
Tags: Technology, Law, Darren Heitner, Cyberpunk 2077

"Oakland’s Ceramic Bust Of Breonna Taylor Smashed In Brazen Act Of Vandalism."

CBS Local reports.Who would do such a thing? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Oakland, CBS Local, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art

Hard Cares

What do you care about? Go ahead and rattle off your initial list – the people you know, doing a good job at work, making a positive difference in the world, etc. Then dig deeper. What are your high-risk cares? What do you care about internally but never share because you might be judged for it? What are your unusual cares? Once you go beyond the the easy-breezy cares, what are the harder cares that require more investment or risk? Here are some of mine: I care about the long-t...
Tags: Relationships, Lifestyle, Careers, Values, Society, Steve, Abundance, Creating Reality

If you've been having trouble with the "Dr. Jill" nomenclature, just see it as a stage name... a sobriquet... a nom de guerre...

This is a solution I'd been thinking about ever since the controversy broke a couple weeks ago (or whenever that was), but I felt pushed over the edge to blog about it when I was driving in my car, listening to the "Bridge" channel on the satellite radio, and this came on:   Dr. Hook. That's a stage name.  The "Hook" name was inspired by Sawyer's eyepatch and a reference to Captain Hook of the Peter Pan fairy tale, although, humorously, Captain Hook was neither a doctor nor wore an eyepat...
Tags: Music, Law, Minneapolis, Oregon, Prince, Names, Sawyer, Jill, Jill Biden, Fink, Ray Sawyer, Ann Althouse, Fink Fink, John Dr Dre, Operating Room Nice

I feel lured into talking about Hilaria Baldwin, but what do I want to say? What did I say about Rachel Dolezal... and is this the same... or worse... or better?

I thought I could get away with dropping this one seemingly juicy sentence from The Washington Examiner.... But while, say, the New York Times decided that Hilaria's cosplaying as a Latina stereotype was off-limits — even as they wrote growing profiles of her as well, including uncritically her "slight Spanish accent" — the paper of record has celebrated children having their college admissions revoked for a video of them singing the N-word along to a song when they were 15 as a "reckoning."  I...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Friends, Boston, Spain, Rap, New York Times, Times, Alec Baldwin, Ross, Rachel Dolezal, Accents, Blackface, Groves, Washington Examiner

Insurer's In-House Counsel's Involvement in Coverage Decision Opens Door to Discovery

    The Mississippi Supreme Court held that the insurer must produce written communications from and make available for deposition the in-house counsel who orchestrated the denial of coverage.  Travelers Pro. Cas. Co. of Am. v. 100 Renaissance, LLC , 2020 Miss. LEXIS 409 (Miss. Oct. 29, 2020).      An unidentified driver struck a flagpole owned by the insured Renaissance, causing $2,134 in damages. Renaissance filed a claim with Travelers for uninsured-motorist coverage. The Travelers' claims ha...
Tags: Insurance, Renaissance, Automobile, Travelers, Duncan, HARRIS, Mississippi Supreme Court, Tred Eyerly, Bad Faith, Travelers Pro Cas Co of Am, Charlene Duncan, Jim Harris Renaissance, Harris Travelers

My Most-Read Posts of 2020

In a year dominated and defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is surprising that most of my top-read stories this year had nothing to do with the pandemic. Instead, they were about ransomware attacks, regulatory reform, industry news, and new legal research tools. Every year since 2010, I have compiled a year-end list of my most-popular posts. The results have always been interesting. Three years ago, by a wide margin, my top-viewed post was about the debut of the LegalBoard, a keyboard designed ...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Arizona, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Westlaw, ROSS Intelligence, Alma Asay, Mohamed Hassan, Westlaw Westlaw, Epiq Global, Epiq Global Down As Company, All New Premium Legal Research Service, Historic Vote Utah Supreme Court

Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Bill, House to Vote on $2k payments

It's time for Congress to "Give Us Something to Believe In". $600.00 is not enough. $2,000.00 will help so many people. Now that Trump signed the COVID-Relief bill, the House will vote on whether to give each of us $2,000.00 instead of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Trump, Trump Signs COVID, Relief Bill House

The Joys Of Unreal Estate

In 2020, I have acquired a different virtual room for every mood, outfit, and occasion.
Tags: Technology, Law, Olga V. Mack, COVID-19, Joys Of Unreal Estate

"Algorithmic Decision-Making When Humans Disagree About Ends"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper authored by Kiel Brennan-Marquez and Vincent Chiao available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract: Which interpretive tasks should be delegated to machines? This question has become a focal point of “tech governance” debates; one familiar answer is that machines are capable, in principle, of implementing tasks whose ends are uncontroversial, but machine delegation is inappropriate for tasks that elude human consensus.  After all, if even ...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Kiel Brennan Marquez, Vincent Chiao

2H 2020 Quick Links, Part 2 (Section 230)

* Griffin v. Google, 2020 WL 6781624 (S.D. Ga. Nov. 18, 2020). “Plaintiff only alleges these Defendants failed to screen to make sure their users were legal entities without providing any other basis for liability….Aside from some very limited exceptions, which are not applicable here, internet companies, including social media companies, are generally immune from suit for content posted on their platforms by third parties under the Communications Decency Act. 47 U.S.C. § 230; Almeida v. Amazon...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Congress, Court, Bird, Yelp, Griffin, Usc, Almeida, Barrett, Facebook Inc, LLC, Cross, Amazon com Inc, Yelp Inc

Monday round-up

Here’s a round-up of Supreme Court-related news and commentary from around the web: Amy Coney Barrett steers the Supreme Court to the right, but not toward President Trump (Richard Wolf, USA Today) A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown (Adam Liptak, The New York Times) Angry at the Failure of His Election Challenges, Trump Calls His Own SCOTUS Nominees Cowardly and Incompetent (Jacob Sullum, Reason) Should We Abolish Life Tenure for Supreme Court Justices? (Alan Ders...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Usa Today, Round-up, Adam Liptak, Jacob Sullum, Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Richard Wolf, New York Times Angry, Abolish Life Tenure for Supreme Court, Alan Dershowitz Arthur Hellman Pairagraph

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

The huge appropriations bill includes a few IP gems: [LINK] Appropriation: $3.6 billion to USPTO. All money must com from PTO fees. The Copyright Office is appropriated $93 million; ICE has $15 million for IP border enforcement; The Federal Circuit receives $33 million. (I believe this is in addition to the judicial salaries of $229k for 2020). Illicit digital transmission: Big new copyright protections against streamers with felony penalties. CASE Act of 2020: Small-claims copyright court....
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Ebay, Patent, Copyright Office, PTO, Federal Circuit

Lose weight, save money, cut out booze? I could do that! But give up smoking?

It took me five years just to admit that I wanted to quitFor a long time I kept all of them. And not just at New Years, either. Two stone? Lost. Savings target? Met. Dry January? Easy. I took a healthy packed lunch to work every day. I kept my trainers by the bed for 6am runs. I read War and Peace, then I read it again. In short, if I willed some lifestyle change, it happened – but isn’t that how it works for everyone?Apparently not. Spock-like, I noted how the other humans seemed to sack off th...
Tags: Smoking, Alcohol, Life and style, Society, Spock

Reviewing remarkable recent criminal justice reforms in the state of Michigan

Ohio and Michigan have a long-standing rivalry on a number of fronts, but highlights why I do not think any state could rival the state of up north with regard to its recent achievements in criminal justice reform.  This piece, headlined "Michigan lawmakers made big inroads on criminal justice reform, but advocates say there’s more to be done," merits a full read, and here is how it gets started: In a legislative session dominated by disagreements over how best to handle the COVID-19 pandemic...
Tags: Law, Senate, House, Ohio, Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court, Douglas A Berman, Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer, Lee Chatfield, Bridget Mary McCormack, Marihuana Registry Fund

With the new Covid variant everywhere, it's not enough to just wait for the vaccine | Stephen Reicher

New UK-wide restrictions are now essential. At Independent Sage, we’ve come up with a five-point emergency plan• Stephen Reicher is a member of Independent SageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new variants of Covid-19 have changed the nature of the pandemic. We are no longer facing the same situation as in March or even November. Our response must change accordingly.It is now clear that variant B117 of Covid-19 is already established in all parts of the UK. Being a...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Stephen Reicher

Morning Docket: 12.28.20

* The Girl Scouts recently sued the Boy Scouts over recruitment tactics. Maybe the winning side will give their lawyers merit badges... [Guardian] * The next Attorney General will be greeted with a large number of highly charged legal matters. [Wall Street Journal] * A new lawsuit alleges that two women were unlawfully denied entry to a Florida strip club because they were not accompanied by a man. [Orlando Sentinel] * Check out this article on why the booby traps in Home Alone are perfectl...
Tags: Florida, Law, Attorney General, Boy Scouts, Wall Street Journal, Home Alone, Strip Club, Cardi B, Orlando Sentinel, Girl Scouts, Morning Docket

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