Roundup: Texas police-reform news, bail update, jury trials during COVID, and other stories

Lets' clear a few browser tabs with a roundup of recent items that may have escaped Texans' attention while our Attorney General was in Washington D.C. inciting mayhem.Dallas bail lawsuit to move forward. Bail litigation in Dallas can move forward to trial after a 5th Circuit decision, but the array of potential remedies has been narrowed. See Dallas News coverage. More on this soon. In related news, Tarrant County announced they'd begin using a new risk-assessment instrument when setting bail. ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Law, Colorado, Washington, New York Times, Dallas, Houston, Roma, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tarrant County, TX, Texas Tribune, 5th Circuit, McManus

Dickerson Fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School

Applications are open. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Dickerson, Brian Leiter, University of Chicago Law School

Attack on Congress is an Attack on the Rule of Law

In my last semester in law school, we had a program where you could serve a legal fellow in a Congressional office instead of taking classes.  I was all too happy to work a 40 hour week (instead of 12 hours of classes) and get picked for a legal fellowship in the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman – my home state senator. To this day, it remains one of the greatest privileges of my life. With my yellow badge at that time, before 9/11, I had some freedom to naviage the complex.  I could walk the ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Paul Simon, Attack, United States, Treason, Rudy Giuliani, Rule Of Law, Trump, Bill Bradley, Capitol, Congressional, U S Chamber of Commerce, Dwight D Eisenhower, Laws and Regulations

Calls for mass duck cull in France as bird flu hits foie gras industry

Highly pathogenic H5N8 virus was first detected in a bird in a pet shop on the Mediterranean island of Corsica French producers of foie gras have called for a mass preventive cull of ducks to try to halt the spread of a severe strain of bird flu that is ripping through poultry farms in the south-west of the country.The highly pathogenic H5N8 virus was first detected in a bird in a pet shop on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in November before spreading to duck farms on the mainland in Decemb...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Society, World news, Corsica, Bird Flu, Mediterranean

Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists The year 2020 is finally over, so clearly, everything is going to be smooth sailing from here on out. With a whole new year, we have a whole new set of relists. There are two new ones. The first, which seems like a likely grant, is United States v. Vaello-Madero, 20-303. In 1972, Congress created the Supplemental Security Income program, administered by the Social Security Administration, which provides monthly cash payments to aged, blind, and disabled indiv...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, District Of Columbia, Social Security Administration, Puerto Rico, Ssi, Trump, Scott, Chipotle Mexican Grill, U S Court of Appeals, Northern Mariana Islands, Birt, 3rd Circuit

So. You Survived Your First Coup. — See Also

Remember That Call Donald Trump Had Trying To Bully Georgia Election Officials That Kicked Off Our Week Of Attempted Coups? Turns out a second Biglaw partner was on the call. We're looking at you, Fox Rothschild. One Of Yesterday's Insurrectionists Is A Lawyer: And he used to have a job. Not anymore. Viral Hero Of D.C. Is From Biglaw: Some good news from the attempted coup, and the definitive answer on how you should bill yesterday. Biglaw Firm Wants The 25th Amendment Enacted: You and me bot...
Tags: Law, White House, Georgia, Donald Trump, Fox Rothschild, See Also

Gearing up for Prez Trump's coming final round of clemency grants

Prez Trump's ignominious behavior raises uncertainty as to whether he will serve out the last two weeks of his term.  But we can all be certain that Prez Trump is planning to issue more clemency grants before he loses the power to do so.  As everyone surely recalls, just before Christmas, Prez Trump granted clemency to all sorts of friends and family and politically-charged defendants (basics here and here).  And recent press reports detail other grants that could be forthcoming.  First, this ne...
Tags: Law, White House, Bloomberg, New York Times, Fox News, Lil Wayne, Biden, Donald Trump, Baltimore Ravens, Trump, Kodak Black, Westchester County, New York Trump, Jeanine Pirro, Lamar Jackson, Pirro

What is the purpose of universities?

In a lecture at UCCS, NYU professor Jonathan Haidt considers the 'telos' or purpose of universities: To discover truth.Universities that prioritize the emotional comfort of students over the pursuit of truth fail to deliver on that purpose, at a great societal cost.To make that point, Haidt quotes CNN contributor Van Jones: "I don't want you to be safe ideologically. I don't want you to be safe emotionally. I want you to be strong—that's different." Imagine someone had a knife and told you, "Th...
Tags: Education, Youth, Society, Cnn, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Aristotle, Van Jones, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Jonathan Haidt, Haidt, Michael Oakeshott, New York University Stern School of Business, UCCS NYU

The Seuss Is Loose!

Ninth Circuit rescues copyright claim brought by Dr. Seuss estate over out-of-this-world infringement.
Tags: Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Ninth Circuit, Seuss, Dr. Seuss, Scott Alan Burroughs

Longtime Competitors Fastcase And Casemaker Merge, Reshaping The Legal Research Landscape

The merger creates a single company under the Fastcase brand that has an estimated subscriber base of more than three quarters of all lawyers in the United States.
Tags: Technology, Law

We’re Back! Join Us Friday For Our Legal Tech Journalists’ Roundtable

It’s been a quiet few weeks since our last Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable — not! Fact is, we’re just a few days into the year, and already there is plenty of legal tech news for us to discuss. Join us tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. E.T., as we convene for a live video discussion of the week’s top stories. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a po...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Nicole Black, Zach Warren, Caroline Hill, ABA Journal Joe Patrice, Victoria Hudgins, ABA Journal Molly McDonough, Legaltech News Victor Li, Legaltech News Hope, MyCase Stephen Embry

Puzzle Over How To Refresh The Old And Dull

The question of how we can reinvent and refresh standard legal services is a puzzle – and it’s a project for 2021.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms

Lawyer-Moms Who Think Their Life Is Too Messy For Mindfulness Should Read This

Let go of those Google images of what mindfulness allegedly looks like.
Tags: Google, Law, Health and Wellness, Health / Wellness, MothersEsquire, Claire E. Parsons

Merrick Garland Is Here To Save The Rule Of Law In America

He'll bring integrity back to the role of attorney general.
Tags: Law, Government, America, Department Of Justice, Quote Of The Day, Merrick Garland

Nice Litigators Finish First

Litigators can benefit from a civil and courteous attitude toward adversaries and other with whom they interact.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Litigation, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman

White House Counsel’s Legal Advice: Stay Away From Trump!

That's the stellar legal advice a T-14 law degree gets ya!
Tags: Law, Government, White House, Coups, Treason, Donald Trump, Pardons, Biglaw, Trump, Kirkland & Ellis, Pat Cipollone

"Even if you believe — as David Bernstein states above — that the election didn’t turn on fraud, you should be concerned that so many people do."

"It’s important... that elections not only be free of fraud, but trusted by the vast majority, even among those who lose. We don’t have that, and the huge number of stories about potential election fraud that were running in mainstream media right up until election day indicates that if Trump had been declared the winner, Democrats would be running around screaming fraud. We need a system that is obviously trustworthy enough that the vast majority of people will trust it, and we certainly don’t ...
Tags: Voting, Law, David Bernstein, Trump, Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, Electoral College, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump 2020, the Trump resistance, David Bernstein From Bernstein

"Cotton appeared to be referring to Hawley, his potential rival for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, whose campaign sent out a fundraising email Wednesday..."

"... promoting his plan to object to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. The email was sent shortly before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, bringing a temporary halt to the counting of the Electoral College vote and leaving offices and hallways in the Capitol ransacked."  The Hill says, commenting on this tweet from Tom Cotton (which says "while," not "shortly before"): Some senators, for political gain, misled supporters about their ability to challenge the election results--some even s...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Trump, Capitol, Hill, Tom Cotton, Electoral College, U S Capitol, Hawley, Ann Althouse, Josh Hawley, 2024 Campaign, the Trump resistance

At the Rime and Hoar Café...

... you can talk all afternoon... preferably about things that are not raised in this morning's posts. Please challenge yourselves to discuss anything other than Trump, the last election, and yesterday's events in the Capitol. There are 7 posts this morning on those topics, so scroll down if you want to talk about that.It's a new year. What have you been up to? Have you embarked on a wholesome sunrise run routine or anything like that? Are you decluttering and "death cleaning"? Have you read ...
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Snow, Trump, Ann Althouse, Hoar Café

Time is of the Essence, Even When the Contract Doesn’t Say So

Welcome to 2021!  As often happens here at Construction Law Musings, the year starts with a few posts on notable construction law cases that dropped in the past year or so.  Not only does this review hopefully help you keep up, but helps me keep up with the latest developments (one of the reasons why I keep blogging). The first of these cases is out of the Western District of Virginia federal court. In this case, Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. (“Wagman”) and the Virginia Department of  Transportatio...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Court, Contracts, VDOT, Richmond VA, Virginia Department of Transportation, APCO, Wagman, Supreme Court of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, Construction Law, Construction Mediation, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Construction Contract

I’m pretty far from okay

I’m not okay with what happened yesterday. I’m angry, I’m sad, and I’m scared for the future of our country and our democracy.  A seditious insurrection stormed the Capitol in an attempted coup designed the stop the peaceful transfer of power and overthrow our democracy. Nothing about this is acceptable. It’s abjectly deplorable and antithetical to everything for which our country stands. Nobody should be okay with what happened yesterday.If you don’t reject what happened without reservatio...
Tags: Law, Earth, Capitol, Wikimedia Commons, Jon Hyman, Andrew Van Huss

A Sweet Sounding Quartet

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals got the new year off to an excellent start by approving four (count em four) petitions for negotiated discipline. The most interesting of the quartet involves a cautionary tale of an associate attorney... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Sales Tax

A criminal conviction has led to a complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator Beginning in 2011 and continuing through at least May 2019, Respondent owned and operated at least five Jimmy John’s sandwich shops in the Tampa Bay area of... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Tampa Bay, Jimmy John, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

There Was ANOTHER Biglaw Firm Partner On The Donald Trump Call With Georgia Election Officials

Fox Rothschild partner was the elusive third of the 'attorneys that represent the president' on the transcript.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Donald Trump, Biglaw, Fox Rothschild, Cleta Mitchell, Alex B. Kaufman

Sixth Circuit panel reiterates "district courts have discretion to define 'extraordinary and compelling' on their own initiative" for 3582(c)(1)(A) motions

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss another recent notable Sixth Circuit ruling discussing the reach and application of the compassionate release provisions amended by the federal FIRST STEP Act.  A couple of months ago, as noted in this post, a Sixth Circuit's panel handed down US v. Jones, No. 20-3701 (6th Cir. Nov. 20, 2020) (available here), to become then only the second circuit to rule expressly that district courts now have broad discretion to determine what now qualifies as "extrao...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, US, United States, Jones, McCoy, Second Circuit, Gunn, Elias, Seventh Circuit, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, Brooker, Ruffin, Douglas A Berman, New District Court

"One administration official described Trump’s behavior Wednesday as that of 'a total monster,' while another said the situation was 'insane' and 'beyond the pale.'"

"Fearful that Trump could take actions resulting in further violence and death if he remains in office even for a few days, senior administration officials were discussing Wednesday night whether the Cabinet might invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to force him out, said a person involved in the conversations.... Aides mortified by their boss’s conduct said they were weighing whether to resign or to stay in office to help ensure the transition to the Biden administration.... Cons...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Biden, Cabinet, Trump, Capitol, Mark Meadows, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, the Trump resistance

Thursday round-up

Here’s a round-up of Supreme Court-related news and commentary from around the web: Trump Forecast The Capitol Attack In A Warning To The Supreme Court In December (Zoe Tillman, Buzzfeed News) Trump Suggests Supreme Court Is ‘Going Out Of Their Way To Hurt Us’ Amid Election Setbacks at D.C. Rally (Natalie Colarossi, Newsweek) Liberals to Breyer: Time to retire (Alex Thompson, Politico) After Georgia, the left sees the US Supreme Court in a new light (Steve Benen, MSNBC) Biden Taps Ex-Supreme Co...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Georgia, US supreme court, Round-up, Breyer, Steve Benen, Alex Thompson, Rally Natalie Colarossi Newsweek Liberals, MSNBC Biden Taps Ex Supreme Court Nominee Garland, Chris Strohm Jennifer Epstein Bloomberg

Legislative Changes that Impact Construction 2017

Originally posted 2017-05-09 10:56:18. Virginia General Assembly (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Well, the Virginia General Assembly has finished its yearly run through the legislative process and this year there are a few highlights for those of us in the construction industry.  It is always interesting to see what issues are the big ones that get a lot of attention.  This year the changes impacted public procurement, VOSH fines, and employment of unlicensed individuals on a job site.  These cha...
Tags: Law, Senate, Virginia, Construction, Bill, General Assembly, Virginia General Assembly, Richmond VA, AGC, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Virginia Construction Mediator, Virginia Construction Statutes, Wikipedia Well the Virginia General Assembly

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