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No Client, No Jurisdiction: The Docket Of The Bay

A lawyer for the Department of Defense had no private right to compel public hearings in the proceedings involving Ibrahim al Qosi In this case, a defense attorney named Philip Sundel (with no client) petitioned a court (with no jurisdiction)... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Current Affairs, Legal Profession Prof


At the Thursday Night Cafe...

... you can talk about whatever you want.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Wireless brain-to-brain communication steps closer to human trials

Brain-to-machine interfaces have existed for years, but wireless and non-invasive interfaces aren't yet precise enough to be useful in real-world applications.In experiments on insects, a team at Rice University has successfully used light and magnetic fields to both read and write brain activity.The team hopes to use the technology to restore vision to the blind, while DARPA hopes to use brain-machine interfaces on the battlefield. Imagine wearing a helmet that enables you to communicate with...
Tags: Technology, Brain, Medical Research, Military, Innovation, Darpa, Moana, Robinson, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Darpa, Rice University, Jacob Robinson, university s Office of Public Affairs What, Al Emondi


Partner’s Wild Email Says More About Him Than The Associates He’s Angry With — See Also

Partner Sets Out To 'Embarrass' Attorneys: Clowns himself. Wait, Why Won't They Rent To Lawyers? Makes you wonder. Early Law School Ranking Deets: The more you know. In-Person Bar Exam? What are they thinking? No Summer Program This Year: A Biglaw firm's response to COVID.
Tags: Law, See Also


In-Person Office Diehards Eschew Virtual Work, Pandemic Be Damned

Some lawyers refuse to make any changes to how to how they work because of COVID-19.
Tags: Technology, Law, Trivia Question of the Day, COVID-19, Unprecedented, Person Office Diehards Eschew Virtual Work


Can A Chinese Celebrity Really Just Abandon Her Surrogate-Born Babies?

And Zheng Shuang is not the first celebrity -- or intended parent -- to be in this situation either.
Tags: Law, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART, Zheng Shuang


The ABA Addresses How To Deal With Negative Online Criticism In An Unsurprising And Probably Unfair Way

The committee’s 'best practices' recommendations are seldom likely to get the results the attorney wants.
Tags: Technology, Law, Aba, Small Law Firms, American Bar Association / ABA, Steven Chung


Are Patents Free for the Taking; or Does the Law Require Just Compensation?

by Dennis Crouch Christy, Inc. v. US (Supreme Court 2021) This is a super interesting patent-as-property case. In 2018, Christy filed a class-action lawsuit asserting that the cancellation of its patent via Inter Partes Review was taking subject to the due process requirements of the Constitution as well as the Fifth Amendment requirement of “Just Compensation.” … nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. Christy also argued that the payment of USPTO maintena...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Uspto, Patent, US supreme court, Fed, Peter, Wright, Christy, Inter Partes Review, Federal Circuit, Celgene Corp, IPR, Court of Federal Claims, Mossinghoff


"Telling Didion that 'having a pretty place to work is important to a man,' Nancy Reagan fills an apothecary jar with hard candies for his desk..."

"... carpets the floors of the State Capitol 'in a pleasing shade of green,' Didion writes. (What green carpet, Didion’s deadpan delivery invites us to ask, has ever been 'pleasing'?) Didion’s understated tone registers the nuances obscured by the quotidian: the stiff neutrality between mother and son ('The Skipper’s arrival is, I have been told, the pivotal point of Nancy Reagan’s day'), Nancy’s preference for little choreographies... As [Didion] puts it in her 1976 essay 'Why I Write': 'I writ...
Tags: Books, Writing, Law, Reagan, Joan Didion, Nancy, State Capitol, Nancy Reagan, Durga, Didion, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, Greenness


"A lack of distancing irony is, generally, an element of cringe, whether it’s imagining Trump nailed to a cross or picturing Michelle Obama as a Jedi master."

"Sometimes the cringe is so earnest and so personal — as when one Twitter user declared that, in her fantasies, 'Pete & Chasten will have Kamala & Dougie over for weekly potlucks that Michele O. will crash with a bottle of wine & gossip' — that the offending individual literally deletes her entire account. Either way, the earnest invocation of an idealized politician being either a stacked savior or a wine-sipping bestie makes a mockery of the idea that politicians are nothing more than fellow c...
Tags: Law, Michelle Obama, Avengers, Irony, Kamala Harris, Trump, Embarrassment, Ann Althouse, Trump and pop culture, Pete Chasten, Kamala Dougie, Michele O, Sonny Bunch WaPo Yes


Biglaw Firm Skipping Their 2021 Summer Associate Program In Response To COVID-19

First Biglaw firm to forego this year's summer program.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Saul Ewing, Summer Associates, Canceled Summer programs, COVID-19, Unprecedented


Landlord Refuses To Rent To Lawyers, Which Doesn’t Sound Shady At All

There are so many legitimate reasons to keep lawyers out!
Tags: Law, Property, Biglaw, Small Law Firms, Law Students, Landlord/Tenant


"You know what, I was a big Trump supporter, I was really pulling for Donald Trump, but he lost fair and square."

Said... Mitt Romney.  Quoted in, "Mitt Romney to Republicans: Stop perpetuating ‘big lie’ that Biden stole election from Trump" (Deseret News). “You have many of the Trump supporters in elected office, senators, congresspeople, governors, continuing to say the same thing, that the election was stolen,” Romney said. But, he said, what they should tell people is that the Trump campaign “had a chance to take their message to the courts, the courts laughed them out of court. I’ve seen no evidence ...
Tags: Voting, Law, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Biden, Evidence, Donald Trump, Trump, Romney, Ann Althouse, Supreme Court Courts, the Trump resistance, Trump Deseret News


With Biden In White House, GOP Discovers That Executive Orders Are Bad Actually

If it weren't for bad faith, they'd have no faith at all.
Tags: Law, Government, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Constitutional Law, Executive Orders


New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay: Is Global FRAND Litigation Spinning Out of Control?

New PatentlyO Patent Law Journal article by Thomas F. Cotter, Taft Stettinius & Hollister Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Innovators Network Foundation Intellectual Property Fellow.  Professor Cotter is also the author of the Comparative Patent Remedies blog.  Abstract:  It has often been observed that, while patent rights are territorial in scope, commerce is global and, increasingly, interconnected.  Indeed, with the advent of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), tec...
Tags: Google, Law, Dc, Patent, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Donald, Thomas, PAUL, Mayo, Duffy, Cotter, Ninth Circuit, Patent Office, Federal Circuit, ARIAD


Findings From The 13th Annual Law Department Operations Survey

This year’s survey from the Blickstein Group offers the first real data on the pandemic’s effects on law department operations. Join an expert panel at 1 p.m. on Feb 11th for insights on the report.
Tags: Technology, Law, Webinars, In-House Counsel, Legal Operations, Blickstein Group


Inquest finds mother took overdose after removal of benefits

Coronor says Philippa Day’s experiences with DWP were ‘predominant factor’ in her decisionA severely mentally ill young mother died from a deliberate overdose after the removal of her disability benefits left her destitute, trapped in a months-long state of high anxiety and haunted by suicidal thoughts, an inquest has concluded.The coroner, Gordon Clow, said Philippa Day’s long struggle with the benefits system had been a “stressor” in her decision to take the overdose in August 2019. She was fo...
Tags: Society, UK News, Mental Health, Dwp, Philippa Day, Gordon Clow


Roadmap Stories: Real People, Real Community

We sat down with attorney Nick Pleasants of Pleasants Law to discuss his experience in our Lawyerist Lab Community. Lawyerist: Can you give a brief description of your firm, its size, practice area, location, and a little bit of how you started it? Nick: Sure. So, I have my own law firm in Bellevue, Washington. I’m the only […] The post Roadmap Stories: Real People, Real Community appeared first on Lawyerist.
Tags: Law, Blog, Bellevue Washington, Real People Real Community, Nick Pleasants, Pleasants Law


YouTube demonetizes Rudy Giuliani

YouTube kicked Rudy Guiliani out of its partner program for at least 30 days, reports MSNBC. Trump's personal lawyer will no longer get paid by the company to post conspiracy theories and beg there. On Monday, Giuliani was sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of election equipment that is the target of many conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and his allies. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Youtube, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Rudy Guiliani, MSNBC Trump, Dominion Voting Systems


Biden says: "The fact is systemic racism touches every facet of American life, and everyone — no matter your race or ethnicity — benefits when we build a more equitable America."

That's a tweet. I think it's unlikely that Biden wrote this himself. Has he internalized critical race theory ideology? I wonder if he even read this, and, if he read it, if he understood it. If he understood it, did he understand what it says about his own ascendancy in American political life? I don't see how he could possibly believe what he's tweeting and not feel certain that his presidency is a consequence of systemic racism. He did choose Kamala Harris as his Vice President, so maybe ...
Tags: Law, White House, America, Biden, Kamala Harris, Ann Althouse, Critical Race Theory, Biden rhetoric


Coronavirus Update 1-27-2021: Tread carefully if offering employees financial incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine

To a nation waiting for action, let me be clearest on this point: Help is on the way.  Those were the words of President Biden in announcing the ordering of 200 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses, a hike in the distribution of doses to states, and a promise that there will be enough doses to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of summer. It's an ambitious plan, but it's what we need to end a pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 425,000 Americans and will c...
Tags: Law, Biden, Ada, Joe, EEOC, Fauci, Jon Hyman, Hakan Nural


Reviewing Prez Trump's clemency work from a number of perspectives

It is now a full week since former Prez Trump issued a large batch of clemencies in his final hours in office (basics here and here).  The final 140+ clemencies on the final day, and Trump's entire clemency efforts, are full of fascinating and frustrating stories with respect to individual cases and the entire body of clemency work.  Here is just a partial round-up of recent pieces assessing Trump's clemency record:  From the Business Insider, "Trump's pardons may be poorly worded enough to leav...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Medicare, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Justice Department, Trump, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Notably Trump, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Prez Biden, Center for Responsive Politics Trump, New York Times The Road


Does the PTO have Authority to Regulate Briefing before the Federal Circuit?

by Dennis Crouch Normally, a notice of appeal filed in federal appellate court does not include details on what particular issues are being appealed. That comes later in the appellant’s opening brief.   One exception is found in R. 44 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP).  R. 44 requires notice of any Constitutional Challenge of a Federal or State statute.  This must be provided “immediately upon the filing of the record or as soon as the question is raised in the court of appe...
Tags: Law, US, Uspto, Patent, Authority, PTO, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch


FOSTA Survives Constitutional Challenge–US v. Martono

This case involves the DOJ’s prosecution of CityXGuide.com, which allegedly tried to pick up the online commercial sex advertising business after Backpage’s shutdown. The DOJ’s initial press release and Techdirt’s coverage of it. A grand jury indicted the site’s principal, Martono, for “promotion and facilitation of prostitution and reckless disregard of sex trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2421A” and other non-FOSTA charges. Martono moved to dismiss on the basis that FOSTA is unconstitu...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Senate, Marketing, US, Salesforce, Doj, DOE, Kik, Thomas, Ferrer, JB, New House, Woodhull, Content Regulation


I'm 20 and stressing to the point of getting grey hair. It's too much | Jake Turner

When I hear my dad’s friends talk about their carefree youth, it’s too overwhelmingRead Jake’s last Dreams interrupted diary hereRead how the pandemic-fuelled recession will affect Australia’s young people hereName: Jake TurnerAge: 20My birthday came this month just as Covid round three hit in New South Wales. I was really hoping it wouldn’t happen, but everything happens for a reason. Instead of my plans to go camping with my family I had three dinners so I could see everyone (we are only allow...
Tags: Australia, Society, Australia news, Unemployment, New South Wales, Young People, Youth Unemployment, Jake, Jake Turner, Jake TurnerAge


Illinois Potpourri

The Illinois Supreme Court has acted in a number of bar discipline matters described in this Announcement by the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Highlights Ms. Calloway, who was licensed in 1994, was suspended for one year and until further... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Illinois Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Illinois Potpourri


Petitions Granted

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has granted reinstatement to suspended attorneys in two unrelated matters. One of the granted petitions involved an attorney who had made false statements Attorney Bant was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2013. Her license... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof


Please prove me wrong: Jose Garza wants to make Grits eat my words

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza is trying to change Grits' mind about "progressive prosecutors." He hasn't succeeded yet, but in the early days of his administration, he's giving it the ol' college try.In the last week, Garza announced indictments of two officers who'd allegedly engaged in excessive force but weren't punished by police management, and said a grand jury would soon consider charges in the deaths of the police officers who killed Mike Ramos and Javier Ambler. Then yester...
Tags: Texas, Law, Bilbo, Apd, Fox Mulder, Moore, Ken Paxton, Corpus Christi, Manley, Jimenez, Garza, Houston Dallas San Antonio, Travis County, Gritsforbreakfast, Mike Ramos, Brian Manley



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