Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2020-21

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2021 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter

Alternative Facts

A deferred discipline agreement that provides for a judicial commissioner to resign by February 14 has been approved by the Tennessee Board on Judicial Conduct. The agreement recites an incident took took place in a sheriff's office after the commissioner... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts, Tennessee Board on Judicial Conduct

Algorithmic Driven Publishing May Not Be Enough for Legal Blog Aggregation and Curation

Hearing what Apple CEO, Tim Cook had to say in a recent speech in Brussels marking International Data Privacy Day has me rethinking the delivery of journalism via algorithms – particularly legal journalism, which is primarily blogging today. “Too many are still asking the question, ‘How much can we get away with?’ When they need to be asking, ‘What are the consequences?’ What are the consequences of prioritizing conspiracy theories and violent incitement simply because of the high rates ...
Tags: Apple, Law, Uncategorized, Tim Cook, Brussels, Apple News, Facebook Twitter

At the Sunrise Café...

... finally, at good sunrise! Talk about anything you like in the comments. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

New claims of migrant abuse as Ice defies Biden to continue deportations

Ice condemned as ‘rogue agency’ after rights groups allege torture by agents and man deported to Haiti who had never been thereUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has been denounced as a “rogue agency” after new allegations of assaults on asylum seekers emerged, and deportations of African and Caribbean migrants continued in defiance of the Biden administration’s orders.Joe Biden unveiled his immigration agenda on Tuesday, and his homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was confi...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Senate, Africa, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cameroon, US immigration, Biden, Haiti, Caribbean, Alejandro Mayorkas, Customs Enforcement ICE, Biden White House, Biden Administration

Court Hearings Are Not An Opportunity For Sexy Time — See Also

Oh! The Foibles Of That Zoom Life! Yup, caught on camera and all that. Ginni Thomas Apologizes To The Wrong People: Not, like people actually injured in the insurrection or anything like that, of course not. What Is It About The Legal Profession And Stealth Layoffs? The parallels between 2009 and 2020. Do People Get That COVID Is Worse Now? Apparently not. Facebook Post Lands Lawyer In Hot Water: This seems... ill-advised.
Tags: Law, Facebook Post, Ginni Thomas, See Also

Are You Smarter Than A Trump Lawyer?

Typos are a recurring theme for Trump's lawyers.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Trump, Trivia Question of the Day, Typos

Evolving Attitudes

We will see whether the alleged interest in post-COVID 19 patent monetization by large patent owners results in more attempts at patent enforcement by companies fitting that profile.
Tags: Law, Patents, Intellectual Property, Gaston Kroub, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The Federal Travel Requirements: Musing About Constitutional Questions

The forthcoming travel requirements issued by Transport Canada have raised some ire in certain quarters, primarily among those who desire to travel for vacations or to spend time at winter homes during the pandemic and now must face an increased cost. The travel requirements do not prohibit international travel; rather, they make it difficult and come with additional cost. What are the constitutional implications of these regulations? The federal government announced on January 29, 2021 that wit...
Tags: Florida, Law, Mexico, US, Eu, European Union, Canada, United States, South America, Caribbean, Citizens, CTV, Vancouver International Airport, Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, Substantive Law

Ted Cruz, Chip Roy Use ‘Tactics Of Abusers’

She also calls for the resignations of Josh Hawley and Mo Brooks.
Tags: Law, Government, Ted Cruz, Coups, Mo Brooks, Josh Hawley, Chip Roy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz Chip Roy Use

How to Ensure the Federal Government Doesn't Try to Muzzle Science Again

The climate denier is out of the White House, and the scientific community is beginning to take stock of—and clean up—the mess left behind. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Law, White House, Environment, Articles, Union of Concerned Scientists, Donald Trump, Natural Environment, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Denial, Rulemaking, Presidency Of Donald Trump, Technology_internet, Entertainment_culture, Business_finance

It’s Time For Sidney Powell To Start Worrying About Her Law License

The Kraken's legal credentials need to be released.
Tags: Law, Government, Legal Ethics, Quote Of The Day, Kraken, Sidney Powell, Election Law, Disbarment

Tuesday Night TV and Open Thread

I've been meaning to write about Discovery+ which launched its streaming app in January. If you are an HGTV fan, it's got everything you want --almost. And for $5 more a month, it's commericial free. My favorite show is House Hunters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Hgtv

Biglaw Associate Layoffs In 2020 Were ‘Reminiscent Of 2009 And The Great Recession’

Gee, we could've told you that. Thanks a lot, stealth layoffs.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Biglaw, Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor, Stealth Layoffs, COVID-19

TermScout Launches with Customer-Favorability Ratings on 150 Top Software Vendors’ Contracts

TermScout is a unique legal technology startup devoted to reviewing, rating and comparing the software contracts of leading business-to-business companies so that software buyers can better and more easily understand what they are being asked to sign. Today it marked its official launch with the release of the first major set of its customer-favorability ratings, evaluating the contracts of 150 top SaaS companies, including well-known brands such as Salesforce, AWS, Google, Microsoft and Solarwi...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Google Microsoft, Hanson, Denver Colo, LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator, Boulder Colo It, TermScout, Otto Hanson, World Commerce Contracting

TrustLayer raises $6M seed to become the ‘Carta for insurance’

TrustLayer , which provides insurance brokers with risk management services via a SaaS platform, has raised $6.6 million in a seed round. Abstract Ventures led the financing, which also included participation from Propel Venture Partners, NFP Ventures, BoxGroup and Precursor Ventures. Interestingly, the startup also got some industry validation in the way of investors. Twenty of the top 100 insurance agencies in the U.S. (as well as some of their C-suite execs) put money in the round. Those ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Insurance, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Mort, Carta, Propel Venture Partners, Precursor Ventures, Insurance Fraud, Fohr, Abstract Ventures, Holmes Murphy

I hope we open up Pandora's Box!

I'm reading "Lindsey Graham Warns Democrats Against Calling Witnesses In Trump Impeachment Trial/'You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness,' cautioned the Trump ally, who claimed a lengthy trial of the former president would be 'bad for the country'" (HuffPo).  “If you open up that can of worms (by calling witnesses), we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people actually pre-planned these attacks and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol,” the South Caro...
Tags: Law, Washington, Fbi, Pandora, Graham, Evidence, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Capitol Graham, the Trump resistance

"Local Spending on Jails Tops $25 Billion in Latest Nationwide Data"

The title of this post is the title of this new report from the Pew Charitable Trust folks.  Here are excerpts from the report's overview: Historically, the roughly 3,000 local jails operating in the United States have received less public and policymaker attention than prisons.  But now, the COVID-19 pandemic has put jails — secure correctional facilities, generally operated by county or municipal governments, where people are detained before trial or confined post-conviction for periods usual...
Tags: Law, United States, Pew Charitable Trust, Douglas A Berman, COVID

MetroMile says a website bug let a hacker obtain driver’s license numbers

Car insurance startup MetroMile said it has fixed a security flaw on its website that allowed a hacker to obtain driver’s license numbers. The San Francisco-based insurance startup disclosed the security breach in its latest 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. MetroMile said a bug in the quote form and application process on the company’s website allowed the hacker to “obtain personal information of certain individuals, including individuals’ driver’s license numbers.” I...
Tags: Security, MetroMile, Uber, Articles, San Francisco, Insurance, Tech, Law Enforcement, Automotive, Security Breaches, Computing, Driver, Executive, Data Security, Startup Company, Computer Security

Am I supposed to pay attention to Marjorie Taylor Greene?

I've been averting my eyes from this because it feels bogus to me. But what do I know? What I've absorbed — somehow! — without looking is that MTG is a Republican who got elected to Congress and it seems she believes some really stupid things. What are you going to do about that? My conventional response is: Her district voted her in, so that's that until the next election. Fretting about what to do about her seems like a big distraction. I'm not entering that rathole.But feel free to tell me wh...
Tags: Law, Congress, Ann Althouse, Marjorie Taylor Greene

Sequencing-by-synthesis: Illumina defeats Columbia’s patents

Columbia University v. Illumina, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021) (nonprecedential opinion) In this IPR decision, the PTAB cancelled claims from five patents owned by Columbia — finding them obvious. US Patent Nos. 9,718,852 (clm 1); 9,719,139 (clm 1); 9,708,358 (clm 1); 9,725,480 (clm 1); and 9,868,985 (clms 1-2).   The patents are all related to methods of sequencing DNA using “sequencing-by-synthesis.”  Illumina believes that it owns the process. Columbia felt otherwise and sued Illumina for patent infr...
Tags: Law, US, Columbia University, Patent, Columbia, Illumina, Board, Federal Circuit, IPR, PTAB, Illumina Inc Fed, Mouttet Fed

Coronavirus Update 2-2-2021: As new COVID-19 variants doubling down on transmissibility, OSHA doubles down on prevenative measures

"Wear a mask and stay 6 feel apart." It might sound like Groundhog Day to keep repeating this mantra. It's also the most basic and most important steps we can take to remain safe, healthy, and COVID-free. Last week OSHA published new guidance for employers about mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. While I recommend you read it, understand it, and adopt its teachings in your workplace as best practices to keep your employees safe and healthy, I want to draw your ...
Tags: Law, Cdc, OSHA, Jon Hyman, COVID

Not huge, but is it time to amend Section 145 ...

Not huge, but is it time to amend Section 145 to allow patent applicants to file their civil action in any venue that houses one of the National or Regional Patent Offices? (E.D.Va.; N.D.Cal.; N.D.Tex.; E.D.Mich.; D.Col.). Here is the current law: 35 U.S. Code § 145 – Civil action to obtain patent An applicant dissatisfied with the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board … may, unless appeal has been taken to the … Federal Circuit, have remedy by civil action against the Director in the U...
Tags: Law, Patent, United States District Court, Federal Circuit, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

High Noon

The Ohio Supreme Court has given an attorney until Thursday noon to respond to a petition for interim suspension. The Portsmouth Daily Times reported on the criminal charges New documents filed in the case of Michael Mearan allege the former... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Ohio Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Michael Mearan, Portsmouth Daily Times

Deep in the Weeds: Sandra-Bland data provides first-ever detail on scope of arrests, searches at Texas traffic stops

For reasons Grits fails to understand, neither reporters, academics, nor independent researchers have mined Texas' extensive "racial profiling" dataset extensively, though it's one of the most robust quantitative treasure troves of data on police-traffic stops of which I'm aware, anywhere. To a large extent, new data reported after 2017's Sandra Bland Act (we were given data collection in lieu of a policy ban on Class C arrests) gave us a big-picture overview of what goes on at Texas traffic sto...
Tags: Texas, Law, Sandra Bland, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement About

Wintry mix at the Supreme Court

Robert Barnes, the 15-year veteran Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, joins Amy Howe to take stock of the court’s term so far and look at what’s ahead. The two recap the January argument session — including Justice Elena Kagan’s now-famous Taylor Swift reference... The post Wintry mix at the Supreme Court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Taylor Swift, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Robert Barnes, Elena Kagan, Amy Howe, SCOTUStalk

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