More on UIC John Marshall Law School and the case of Professor Kilborn

Law professor Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern) offers a critical (and fair) assessment of the case we noted last week. [Author: Brian Leiter]
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At the End of an Era Cafe...

 ... you can talk until the new era dawns. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Director Andrei Iancu has stepped-down as PTO Director

As expected and is usual, Andrei Iancu has stepped-down from his post as Undersecretary of Commerce and USPTO Director a few hours before the conclusion of Donald Trump’s four years as president. Iancu will be remembered as being professional and engaged with the IP community throughout his three-year leadership. Every day Iancu spoke about the storied history of our patent system and its future potential. Iancu has been seen as more “pro-patentee” than his predecessor Michelle Lee, especially i...
Tags: Law, Senate, Berlin, America, Commerce, Uspto, Donald Trump, Patent, PTO, Michelle Lee, Iancu, Patent Trial Appeal Board, Hirshfeld, Andrei Iancu, Laura Peter, PTAB Iancu

Van Morrison to start legal action over Northern Ireland Covid ban on live music

Music legend stirs further pandemic controversy, challenging Northern Ireland government’s recent ‘blanket ban on live music’ in courtVan Morrison will challenge the Northern Irish government in court over its “blanket ban” on live music in licensed venues arising from coronavirus restrictions, his lawyer said on Tuesday.Solicitor Joe Rice said the Northern Irish singer-songwriter, who has released several protest songs against Covid-19 rules in recent months, will ask the high court in Belfast ...
Tags: Music, Law, UK News, Culture, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Morrison, Van Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID, Joe Rice

Prez Trump grants 73 pardons and 70 commutations in final hours in office

As detailed in this official statement, Prez Trump has "granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals."  The list of recipients strikes me as notably diverse, with some well-known names sure to cause controversy (e.g., Steve Bannon) as well as plenty of lesser-known individuals.  Here are just a few on the names on the list catching my eye upon first review:  John Knock – President Trump commuted the sentence of John Knock.  This commutation is sup...
Tags: New York, Law, United States, Detroit, Clinton, Trump, Carter, Chris Young, Kwame Kilpatrick, Edwin Meese, Jay Sekulow, Michigan House of Representatives, Alan Dershowitz, Pelletier, Douglas A Berman, Seth Waxman

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Law: Part 2

In my last Slaw post (January 12, 2021), the first of two parts, I discussed the characteristics necessary for law to be accepted and effective. Here I consider some of the laws — the legislation, the regulations, orders and, although not law, intended to have a similar impact, advice or recommendations — that have been imposed during the pandemic. I’m focusing on Ontario, although I refer to developments elsewhere. Even so, my discussion is not meant to be exhaustive, but to illustrate laws ena...
Tags: Justice, Law, Australia, Washington Post, Court, Toronto, Walmart, Taiwan, Canada, Atlantic, New Brunswick, United States, New Zealand, World Health Organization, Montreal, Kent

Argument analysis: Justices sympathetic to FCC in media ownership dispute

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday morning in a dispute arising from the Federal Communications Commission’s attempts to deregulate local media ownership. After nearly an hour and a half of debate, the justices seemed inclined to uphold the FCC’s efforts – even if not on the ground that big broadcasters would prefer. FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project and National Association of Broadcasters v. Prometheus Radio Project, which the court consolidated for oral argument, center on the FCC...
Tags: Featured, Fcc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Federal Communications Commission, Sonia Sotomayor, Stewart, John Roberts, Roberts, Walker, Howe, Deutsch, Barrett, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor

Election Lawsuits Just Won’t End — See Also

Another Silly Election Lawsuit: But not an election fraud lawsuit, which as you may guess, is a distinction without difference. Bar Exam Is Getting Worse: I didn't even think that was possible. Getting Excited For Inauguration Day: It'll be historic! When Bill Barr Thinks Your Legal Theory Is Bullshit: It should be a warning sign. New Program To Help Increase The Number Of Black Lawyers: Targeted plan to make a difference.
Tags: Law, Bill Barr, See Also, Number Of Black Lawyers

A Shocking Number Of Recent Grads Of This Top Law School Haven’t Started Their Careers Yet

Jobs aren't really the reason people go to this law school, I guess.
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Bar Examiners LITERALLY Doubling Down On Bad Ideas For February Bar Exam

Nothing has changed since October and yet examiners are hot to return to a much longer test.
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BlackBerry Friends Facebook

What we know right now is that both sides were able to get to a deal after years of litigation.
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Rudy Giuliani Has Some Thoughts On Whether Donald Trump Can Do A Self-Pardon Before Leaving Office

He's not a constitutional law scholar, but he has some thoughts.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Pardons, Rudy Giuliani, Quote Of The Day

Marijuana Goes Mainstream: Are You Ready To Advise Clients? [Sponsored]

Marijuana and hemp present compelling business opportunities for your clients. But navigating through the haze of regulations and business models can be confusing – and risky. The Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana, from PLI Press, advises attorneys interested in practicing in this area.
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Pli, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Marijuana Law, Practising Law Institute (PLI, PLI Custom Small Law, Business of Marijuana, PLI Press

"MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan argues that we should think of Trump’s followers as if they were al-Qaeda members, who move freely among us because they are white..."

".... The comparison fails even though the mob in the Capitol included at least a few honest-to-goodness, unambiguous terrorists, who came there with the express purpose of violently scaring the hell out of politicians in an effort to change policy...  I once thought resistance to the hysterical style was hopeless.... We overdose on serotonin, or some equally enchanting neurotransmitter, and experience an addict’s bliss at the hysterical scenes that pass before our eyes, whether they make us hap...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Atlantic, Terrorism, Al Qaeda, Biden, Msnbc, Boredom, Bin Laden, Trump, Capitol, Mehdi Hasan, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Analogies, Impeachment

"The State Department declared on Tuesday that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its wide-scale repression of Uighurs..."

"... and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, including in its use of internment camps and forced sterilization. The move is expected to be the Trump administration’s final action on China, made on its last full day, and is the culmination of a yearslong debate over how to punish what many consider Beijing’s worst human rights abuses in decades.... The determination of atrocities is a rare action on the part of the State Department, and could lead the Un...
Tags: Law, China, Beijing, United States, State Department, Xinjiang, Trump, Genocide, Ann Althouse, Joseph R Biden Jr, Trump and foreign policy

National Defense Authorization Act Has Intercontinental Ballistic Legal Missile Pointed Directly At Deutsche Bank

Comply with our subpoenas or, you know, just stop doing any business in the United States.
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PinHawk Legal and Professional Newsletters Acquired By Law Business Media

PinHawk LLC, the company that publishes an assortment of free and paid electronic newsletters for the legal and professional services markets, has been acquired by Law Business Media, publisher of Corporate Counsel Business Journal, In-House Ops and In-House Legal Tech. PinHawk’s daily topical newsletters aggregate stories from thousands of sources, with highlights and commentary added by editors who are well-known in their areas of focus. Among PinHawk’s titles are Law Technology Daily Digest, ...
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Trump has a +3 approval rating in the new Rasmussen poll.

 You can see all the latest polls here, at Real Clear Politics. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Polls, Trump, Rasmussen, Ann Althouse, President Trump

Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by courts

Family lawyers hope test appeals involving allegations of partner rape and coercive control will help update approach of family courtsA landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts in England and Wales.It concerns four conjoined appeals which feature allegations including marital or partner rape and coercive control, which emerged during private proceedings to address disputes centred on access to children....
Tags: England, Wales, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality

Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by UK courts

Family lawyers hope test appeals involving allegations of partner rape and coercive control will help update approach of family courtsA landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts.It concerns four conjoined appeals which feature allegations including marital or partner rape and coercive control, which emerged during private proceedings to address disputes centred on access to children. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality

"I don’t remember the last time I laughed at a Trump joke on any show, including my own. That’s not an indictment of my show or the host or the writers..."

"... it’s just that I can’t find the humor in this anymore. I can write jokes and hope that someone else finds the humor, but none of it’s funny to me. And it was useless. It doesn’t hurt him, it doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t change anyone’s mind. But live audiences only responded to Trump jokes. We tried to do silly non-Trump jokes. We rehearsed in front of a live audience, but when we were done with the Trump jokes, the energy just died. It was just clear that, for whatever reason, other s...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Biden, New York Magazine, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump and pop culture, Era of That's Not Funny

Scottish parliament rejects Westminster's 'spy cops' bill

Holyrood move means covert police bill will not cover Scotland when it comes into lawThe Scottish parliament has rejected a controversial bill from Westminster that potentially allows undercover agents to commit crimes, after Labour MSPs again ignored Keir Starmer’s policies.Scottish Labour’s MSPs voted alongside the Scottish National party, Scottish Greens and the Lib Dems to refuse legislative consent by Holyrood for the so-called “spy cops” bill after a short debate on Tuesday afternoon. Cont...
Tags: Politics, Law, Scotland, Police, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish Labour, UK security and counter-terrorism, Scottish politics, MI5, Green Party, Westminster, Holyrood, Keir Starmer

Meghan's letter 'signalled end of our relationship', Thomas Markle tells court

Father of Duchess of Sussex’s statement says letter extracts in Mail showed ‘no concern’ for his healthA private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex to her father “actually signalled the end of our relationship, not a reconciliation”, Thomas Markle has told the high court as he accused his daughter of showing “no concern” for his health as she allegedly “shut [him] out”.The letter, extracts of which were published by the Mail on Sunday, is at the centre of the court case pitting Meghan again...
Tags: Privacy, Law, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers, Monarchy, Privacy & the media, Mail Online, Sussex, Meghan, Thomas Markle, The Duchess of Sussex

Intriguing (and significant?) executive order from Prez Trump on "Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform"

I just saw this new federal Executive Order which was issued yesterday, January 18, 2021, by Prez Trump titled "Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform."  Here are the main operational sections of the order: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to improve transparency with respect to the consequences of violating certain regulations and to protect Americans from facing ...
Tags: Law, United States, Department Of Justice, Federal Register, United States of America, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, United States Gypsum Co

A Short Summary of the CASE Act (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Tyler Ochoa [Eric’s intro: The following is an excerpt from Joyce, Ochoa and Carroll, Copyright Law (2021 Supplement). In a future post, Prof. Ochoa will do a deep dive on the CASE Act for the geeks.] [C] Small Claims Enforcement The cost of litigation in federal court is high:  Discovery and pre-trial preparation can easily cost upward of $10,000 per month.  Unless a plaintiff has registered its copyrights and is eligible to recovery attorneys’ fees, most attorneys are unwillin...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Copyright, Carroll, Board, Eric, District Court, Ochoa, Tyler Ochoa, Copyright Claims Board, Joyce Ochoa, District Court Within

I’m Adding Arbitration to my ADR Services

Readers of this construction law blog know that I am a huge fan of mediation to resolve construction disputes.  In that vein, I became a certified mediator and have provided mediation services for quite a while now.  I have also had mixed feelings about arbitration as a required means of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) because arbitration can become just as expensive and bulky as litigation if the parties are not careful with the drafting of their arbitration clauses.  However, arbitratio...
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Construction Related Legislative Changes Effective July 1, 2013

Originally posted 2013-07-01 09:00:22. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every year at this time, a new set of statutes comes into effect.  This year is no different.  If you are a fan (or at least follower) of the Virginia General Assembly and have an interest in construction, you have likely kept informed about some of the various statutory changes that will take place today (and probably a few that were attempted and killed). This year (and as summarized below), the Virginia legislators made cha...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Construction, Contracts, Richmond Virginia, Virginia General Assembly, Richmond VA, Construction Law, Mechanic's Liens, General contractor, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Mechanic's Lien, Construction Law Musings, Constructionlaw, Wikipedia Every

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