No Stone Left Unturned

The Utah Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney The saga of the discipline of Brian W. Steffensen has continued for nearly a decade, now coming before this court for the third time. Though the matter has revealed numerous legal complexities... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Utah Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Brian W Steffensen

Computer Glitch

The Minnesota Supreme Court has revoked the conditional readmission of an attorney who was suspended for a minimum of 30 days and conditionally readmitted subject to a requirement that he take and pass the MPRE. The attorney did not demonstrate... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Minnesota Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Justices are “in the process” of getting COVID vaccines; some have received both doses

Some Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and the court says plans are in place for all nine justices to become fully vaccinated. Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the court, declined to say how many justices (or which ones) have not yet received both doses. She confirmed, however, that Roberts is among a group of “some” justices who have been given both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which requires two shots adm...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Senate, Joe Biden, Cnn, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Capitol, Roberts, Barrett

Rudy Giuliani Reminds Mob That Winter Is Coming — See Also

So Maybe Borat Was Just Rudy Offering Sexposition: Rudy Giuliani blames "Game of Thrones" for inciting a riot. Now You Don't See It...: Now You Still Don't: Acting U.S. Attorney finds zero evidence of election fraud, just like the guy he replaced. Oh Right, Lawyers Are Still Getting Bonuses: MoFo announces. Back To Work: When are you going back to the office?
Tags: Law, Rudy Giuliani, Don, See Also

The Country’s Long Tradition Of Impeachment

Though Donald Trump is the only one impeached twice...
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Trivia Question of the Day, Impeachment

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk all night, but don't talk about the re-impeachment here. Go one post down for that. Keep Trump out of this one. This is a Trump-free safe space. Let's talk about safe spaces and other concepts that recently were big but have disappeared. A difficult topic, because who can remember what is forgotten. What's the most important thing you forgot recently? What's your favorite time of day? What songs can you think of that depict romantic love as a very casual, easy-going activit...
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Boom! You Can’t Patent an Escrow Method

Boom! Payments, Inc. v. Stripe, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021) I used to play golf fairly regularly and got into the habit of announcing “BOOM!” on every drive.  It didn’t help my game.  BOOM!’s great name here also didn’t save its patent from dancing the Alice Two Step. (Note: I was 15 years old at the time–on my high-school freshman team getting free-rounds for the season).  This case is another affirmance of a dismissal for lack of patent eligibility. Under Alice/Mayo, the Supreme Court’s patent eligi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Patent, Alice, Fed, PTO, Federal Circuit, Alice Mayo, Bogaard, Boom Payments Inc, Stripe Inc Fed

The Legal Flaws Of The Sperm Kings

Here are the top three legal problems with these sorts of arrangements.
Tags: Law, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART

Bank PACs To Think About Financing Efforts To Shred Constitution For A Little While

And private equity firms have even bigger concerns.
Tags: Law, Finance

Law School N-Word Controversy Is More Complicated Than It Appears At First Glance

This is unlike other stories about law school professors using the n-word.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Jason Kilborn, Final exams, N-word, UCI Law, John Marshall Law School (Chicago, First Glance

Some Lawyers Can Work On Their ‘Bedside Manner’

Lawyers often need to interact with clients in a personable and empathetic way during a representation.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman, Attorney-Client Relationship

Do We Need to Regulate Public Squares Owned by Big Tech Companies?

The ability of Big Tech companies to shut out one of the world’s loudest men, Donald Trump, is astonishing. The events of last week, including the mob storming the U.S. Capitol building, forces us to ask how should we regulate Big Tech? In the Harvard Business Review “How to Hold Social Media Accountable for Undermining Democracy”, Yael Eisenstat points out that simply silencing Donald Trump is not enough. The response “fails to address how millions of Americans have been drawn into conspiracy t...
Tags: Law, Hate Speech, CHP, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Harvard Business Review, U S Capitol, Justice Issues, Big Tech, Yael Eisenstat, Eisenstat, City of Hamilton, Regulating Big Tech, silencing Donald trump

InfoTrack Acquires Lawgical, Parent to Process-Serving Sites and Legal Talk Network Podcast Collection

The Australia-based legal technology company InfoTrack, which also operates in the United States, has acquired Lawgical, the parent company of several legal industry brands, including the Legal Talk Network, which produces some 30 law-related podcasts, ServeNow, which says it is the nation’s largest independent network of process service professionals, and ServeManager, a technology platform for process servers to manage service of process. Lawgical, founded in 2003, will continue to operate ind...
Tags: Law, Australia, California, Uncategorized, Beck, United States, Denver, Australia New Zealand, UCC, Lawgical, Smokeball, LawToolBox, Infotrack, Adam Camras, Matt Duncan, CAMRAS

"On the surface, it’s a little weird that digital culture in 2021 would become suddenly obsessed with 200-year-old folk songs about men on whaling boats."

They sound like prehistoric oddities, which is part of the appeal. Simplistic in structure, they are deliberately repetitive and full of ideas and references that feel very, very far from life right now. Aside from the word Wellerman, they’re full of harpoons and pierheads and the specifics of butchering whales; the most recognizable lyrics are lines about 'rounding the Cape' and the love of bonny brown-haired lasses. Sea shanties are also resiliently uncool. They’re songs about whaling and stro...
Tags: Music, Law, Viral Video, Ships, New England, Cape, Ann Althouse, Tiktok, Wellerman

Turns Out There’s No Voter Fraud In Georgia After All. Surprise!

Trump's handpicked US Attorney confirms there's "no there, there."
Tags: Law, Government, US, Georgia, Donald Trump, Trump, Election Law, Bobby Christine, Byung Pak

Blockbuster Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists How does the Supreme Court possibly top the excitement of last Friday’s fourteen new grants — including grants in a few important First Amendment cases? With 10 new relists, including some cases that could be blockbusters if the court decides to take them. Perhaps the most blockbustery of them all is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 19-1392, a case that was originally on track for the court’s Sept. 29 conference, but which has been repeatedly del...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, California, Barack Obama, Pennsylvania, United States, Boston Marathon, Catholic, Johnson

Sobriety At 60

I'm now 60 years old. Where the hell did all the years go? There was a time when getting here was in serious doubt.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Brian Cuban, Health / Wellness

"Given the smaller number of seditious members in the Senate, McConnell’s task is far easier: Conduct a quick Senate trial; convict Trump and..."

"... ban him from future office; expel Cruz and Hawley; and then vote to censure others who tried to deny voters the president and vice president they chose. McConnell should do these things not because it is the only moral, decent course, but because he is smarter than McCarthy and knows that to do any less would starve his members of financial support and set them up for losses from pro-democracy primary challengers or Democrats. And we know one thing: McConnell is not dumb."  From "Impeachm...
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, House, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Mccarthy, Cruz, Trump, Mike Pence, McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Rubin, Hawley, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse

A Tech Pro’s Guide To Surviving The Remote Firm [Sponsored]

How to respond to your next 'speedtest' email — and much more — in our Feb. 10th webinar with Pingman Tools.
Tags: Technology, Law, Webinars, Sponsored Content, Pingman Tools

Blue morning.

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

Look at the top 2 best-selling books at Amazon.

List here. Orwell's "Animal Farm" ranks high too — at #18. Isn't it amazing that "1984" seems so continually relevant? I clicked into my Kindle, and it was the book that was already open. I'd been doing a search on a word — "fight" — after it came up in the context of re-impeaching Trump:I note that the Trump quote [the Democrats included in the Article of Impeachment] did not make my list "The 7 most violence-inciting statements in Donald Trump's speech to the crowd on January 6th"! I thought...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Law, Language, Donald Trump, Orwell, Trump, Ann Althouse, Andy Ngô

Opus 2 Names New CEO, As Founder Takes Strategy Role

Opus 2, the London-based collaboration platform for law firms, has a new CEO today, as founder and majority shareholder Graham Smith-Bernal becomes executive chairman focused on long-term strategy and culture, and board member Martin Coen takes over as chief executive. Coen has been an advisor to Opus 2 since joining its board in 2019. For more than a decade, he was CEO of the FinTech firm Dovetail, until its 2017 acquisition by Fiserv, where he remained as president of enterprise payment soluti...
Tags: London, Law, Uncategorized, Graham, Thomson Reuters, Martin, Fiserv, Coen, Opus, Graham Smith Bernal, Martin Coen, Smith Bernal

Details on Ohio's new ban of juve LWOP and the broader national landscape

As mentioned in this recent post, Ohio recently enacted a new law largely banning life without parole sentences for juveniles.  Daniel Nichanian has this new piece at The Appeal: Political Report about the law and the national develops in this space. I recommend the whole piece, and here are excerpts (with links and the graphic from the original): Ohio is expanding access to parole hearings for people who have been incarcerated ever since they were children.  It will no longer sentence minors t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, Senate, Virginia, Gop, Ohio, Burns, Mike DeWine, Douglas A Berman, Michael O'Malley, Daniel Nichanian, Kevin Werner, Brooke Burns, Ohio Justice Policy Center, Cuyahoga Cleveland

"This was not a protest, this was a well-organized insurrection against our country that was organized by Donald Trump."

Said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, Chair of the House Rules Committee, opening the debate this morning on the Article of Impeachment, quoted in "The House begins debating impeachment charge against Trump." (NYT). McGovern asserted that he looked into some people's eyes and "saw evil." I'm seeing the live vote embedded at the Times, and it is strictly along party lines... ... even though the text of the article says "Republicans were fracturing over the vote." And:Sena...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Putin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Evil, House, Mitch McConnell, Times, Evidence, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, McGovern, House Rules Committee, Jim McGovern

Hong Kong hires British QC to prosecute pro-democracy activists

UK politicians challenge David Perry’s decision to act against group accused of illegal assemblyA British barrister has agreed to act for the Hong Kong government next month in its efforts to convict Jimmy Lai and eight other pro-democracy activists accused of taking part in an illegal assembly in 2019.David Perry’s decision has been challenged by the chair of the foreign affairs select committee, Tom Tugendhat, and by the Labour peer Lord Adonis. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, European Union, World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Tom Tugendhat

Donald Trump Impeached for Second Time

Donald Trump has been impeached for the second time by the House of Representatives. The vote was 232 to 197. 10 Republicans voted with the unanimous Democrats. There will be a Senate trial after Joe Biden takes office. No timeline is set. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump

Conventionality is Irrelevant to Alice Step 1

by Dennis Crouch iLife Technologies, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021) (Non-Precedential Decision) The Trial: The jury sided with iLife–finding Nintendo liable for infringing iLife’s U.S. Patent No. 6,864,796 and awarding $10 million in damages. At trial, Nintendo had argued that the patent was invalid for lack of enablement and written description, but the jury denied those defenses. Nintendo also challenged the patent in an IPR, but the claims not proven invalid. Here, the c...
Tags: Law, Nintendo, Mario Kart, Patent, Federal Circuit, IPR, Dennis Crouch, Alice Mayo, Alice Step, iLife Technologies Inc, Nintendo of America Inc Fed, Michael Wilson Munck Wilson Mandala, Stephen Smith Cooley

Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes

Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century.The taoiseach, Micheál Martin, led government figures on Wednesday in accepting responsibility and expressing remorse for mother-and-baby homes that turned generation...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Children, Religion, Society, World news, Ireland, Social exclusion, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Child rights, Micheal Martin

UK coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 after 1,564 reported in one day

Experts condemn ‘phenomenal failure of policy and practice’ in handling of pandemicThe challenge of the UK’s epidemic of griefTributes to victims of the UK’s second waveMore than 100,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK since the disease first appeared in the country almost a year ago, in what public health experts have said is a sign of “phenomenal failure of policy and practice”.Government figures on Wednesday showed a record daily reported 1,564 new fatalities, bringing the total t...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Coronavirus

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