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Coronavirus Update 2-15-2021: CDC updates quarantine guidelines for vaccinated individuals

Must individuals who are fully vaccinated (i.e., have received both vaccine doses) against COVID-19 quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus? According to guidance recently updated by the CDC, the answer is no (assuming certain criteria are met). Here's what the CDC says: Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:Are f...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Jon Hyman, Hakan Nural


$34 million in gifts to Georgetown Law...

...including $24 million to endow 20 new professorships. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter


At the Monday Night Cafe...

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


"The parents of adventurous young meritocrats paid $5,490 (plus airfare) for two weeks studying 'Public Health and Development in the Andes.'"

"On that trip, the reporter, Donald G. McNeil Jr., got into a series of heated arguments with students, none of them Black, on the charged question of race. Their complaints would ultimately end his career as a high-profile public health reporter for The Times, and again put The Times at the center of the national argument over journalism and racism and labor.... The student at the center of this story is Sophie Shepherd, who isn’t among the teenagers who have spoken anonymously to other news or...
Tags: Law, America, New York Times, The Times, Nyt, Ivy League, Ben Smith, Times, Smith, Machu Picchu, Shepherd, Andes, Lee Fang, FANG, Sophie Shepherd, Andover


British soldiers sacked for being gay can get their medals back

Campaigners say veterans should also get compensation for injustice they suffered and pensions restored Thousands of British military personnel who were dismissed because they were homosexual will be able to have their service medals restored if they had been taken away when they were kicked out of the armed forces.Gay rights campaigners welcomed the move as the “first step on a journey” but said that issues such as enduring criminal records, lost pension rights and still blemished service recor...
Tags: UK News, Military, LGBT rights, British Army, Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence Continue


Glenn Greenwald was just reading on smart-liberal media Twitter that wokeness is just a request for niceness.

He doesn't link to that wokeness = niceness stuff, so I can't comment on the accuracy of that characterization, but this other thing — this diagram for parents of schoolkids — is really horrific:I was just reading on smart-liberal media Twitter earlier today that "wokeness" signifies nothing more than asking people to please just be nice and considerate. Who could possibly be opposed to that? https://t.co/eDSj2ZRMqn— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 15, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (A...
Tags: Law, Glenn Greenwald, Nice, White Supremacy, Race And Education, Ann Althouse


"Biden and the Fed Leave 1970s Inflation Fears Behind/Administration and Fed officials argue that workers not getting enough stimulus help is a larger concern than potential spikes in consumer prices."

Excerpt:  No one better embodies the sudden break from decades of worry over inflation — in Washington and elite circles of economics — than Janet L. Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair and current Treasury secretary....   “I have spent many years studying inflation and worrying about inflation,” Ms. Yellen told CNN earlier this month. “But we face a huge economic challenge here and tremendous suffering in the country. We have got to address that. That’s the biggest risk.”  [Federal Reserv...
Tags: Law, Washington, Economics, Cnn, Treasury, Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, Biden, Yellen, Fed, Powell, Ann Althouse, Janet L Yellen, Jerome H -RSB- Powell


Trends That May Define Your In-House Career

Your in-house career may have taken a hit or an unexpected turn during the pandemic, but there are reasons to look ahead and keep up on trends that may impact your personal and career trajectories. In-house counsel job openings are surging, as companies are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel at the same time as they grapple with new and unique issues, a changing political environment and the possibility of significant  to regulatory and tax regimes. A significant increase in GC and C...
Tags: Law, Careers, CLO, Career Tips for Lawyers, House Career


Buying up Overlapping Patents — and Double Patenting

by Dennis crouch Sandoz Inc. v. Immunex Corp. & Amgen (Supreme Court 2021) This new petition asks the Supreme Court to chime-in on the judicially created doctrine of obviousness-type double-patenting. The basic rule is that it is improper for a patent owner to extend the term of a first patent by simply obtaining a second patent that is an obvious extension.  You might ask – why do we need a separate double patenting doctrine here?  Doesn’t Section 103 obviousness do the trick already? Evergreen...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Patent, James, Miller, Dennis, Campbell, Roche, PTO, Mann, Hayden, McCreary, Federal Circuit, Sandoz, Sandoz Inc, Federal Circuit Court


2021 Construction Related Bills to Keep an Eye On [UPDATED]

Each year here at Musings, I try and highlight some key construction industry-related bills that are winding their way through the Virginia General Assembly.  This year is no different, though this year does not have the action level that prior years have had. Without further ado, here are those that I spotted and which I will be “Tracking” as they move through the sausage-making process: HB2288– Virginia Public Procurement Act; construction contracts; requirement to submit list of subcontract...
Tags: Law, Senate, Virginia, House, Bill, Virginia General Assembly, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Construction Mediator, Legislative Changes, Construction Arbitrator, Construction Statutes, HB2288


2021 Construction Related Bills to Keep an Eye On

Each year here at Musings, I try and highlight some key construction industry-related bills that are winding their way through the Virginia General Assembly.  This year is no different, though this year does not have the action level that prior years have had. Without further ado, here are those that I spotted and which I will be “Tracking” as they move through the sausage-making process: HB2288– Virginia Public Procurement Act; construction contracts; requirement to submit list of subcontract...
Tags: Law, Senate, Virginia, House, Bill, Virginia General Assembly, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Construction Mediator, Legislative Changes, Construction Arbitrator, Construction Statutes, HB2288, House Civil Courts subcommittee


Blackburn mayor steps down after Covid breach fine

Iftakhar Hussain apologises after being caught at house where police were called to reports of a weddingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe mayor of Blackburn has stepped down and offered his “deepest apologies” after being fined £200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions.Iftakhar Hussain was caught by police on Saturday at a house in Blackburn after a member of the public called to report a wedding on Saturday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Local Government, Blackburn, Coronavirus, Iftakhar Hussain


New Covid variant with potentially worrying mutations found in UK

Researchers say 32 cases of B1525 in Britain, with other cases in countries including Denmark, US and Australia Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnother coronavirus variant with a potentially worrying set of mutations has been detected in the UK and should be targeted in surge testing, experts have said.The variant, known as B1525, is the subject of a report by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, who say it has been detected through genome sequencing in 10 coun...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Nigeria, US, Society, UK News, Britain, Denmark, University of Edinburgh, Coronavirus, Denmark US


32 cases of latest Covid variant of concern found in UK

B1525 has been detected in 10 countries including Denmark, US and Australia Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnother coronavirus variant of concern has been detected in the UK and should be targeted in surge testing, experts have said.The variant, known as B1525, is the subject of a report by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, who say it has been detected through genome sequencing in 10 countries including Denmark, the US and Australia, with 32 cases found in ...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Nigeria, US, Society, UK News, Denmark, University of Edinburgh, Coronavirus, Denmark US


"Just Let People Have Cellphones in Prison"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new Slate commentary authored by Hannah Riley.  I recommend the full piece, and here is how it starts: In 2017, a man named Willie Nash was booked into a Mississippi county jail on a misdemeanor charge.  For reasons that aren’t clear, his cellphone wasn’t confiscated as the law dictated.  When he asked a jailer for a charger, the phone — which he had been using to text his wife — was seized.  Nash was then sentenced to 12 years for possessing ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, New York Times, South Carolina, Nash, Mississippi Supreme Court, Douglas A Berman, Vera Institute, Hannah Riley, Willie Nash, James D Maxwell II


Announcing the 15 Winners of the 2021 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition

The results are in. Readers have been voting to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021, which will be held virtually March 8-12, 2021. These 15 will face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW, with the conference’s attendees voting to pick the top winner. The first-place winner gets a package of marketing and advertising prizes. In November, we issued a call fo...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Bill, Aba, Startup Alley, Turbotax, Aloe, Della, Avvoka, ClauseBase ClauseBase, Syntheia Syntheia, Della Simple, Motionize Motionize, Avvoka Avvoka


Any guesses for when we might again have a fully functioning US Sentencing Commission?

It has been far too long since the US Sentencing Commission has been fully functional, and this post is my indirect way of saying that I hope getting the USSC back in action with a full slate of Commissioners is a top priority for the Biden Administration.  But, given that we still do not yet have a new confirmed Attorney General nearly a month into the new administration, and especially with other business (and other judicial openings) sure to be a higher priority, I am wondering if it may stil...
Tags: Law, Senate, Commission, Biden, USSC, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, US Sentencing Commission, Prez Trump, Prez Donald Trump, Biden Sanders Unity Task Force, Prez Biden, Senate Long


"Today's temperature is forecast to be WARMER than yesterday."

But right now... And I need to get to an appointment soon! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse, Coldness


"She said, I don't introspect hardly ever, hardly at all — meaning she spends almost no time looking inward."

"She doesn't really think about herself, her thoughts, her feelings about the world almost ever.... Diane says insightful things. She's considerate-- always considerate.... How did she have that insight? She doesn't look inside.... 'Well, since you started asking me about this, I've been thinking about it.... So walking into the grocery store the other night, I was walking in, and I was just like, what would I be thinking about if I were introspecting right now? And I had no idea. I was like, w...
Tags: Psychology, Law, This American Life, Volvo, Lily, Diane, Ann Althouse


Morning Docket: 02.15.21

Ed. note : Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will not be publishing today. We will be back in full force tomorrow. * An impeachment lawyer for Donald Trump said he was "going to Disney World" following Trump's acquittal. Did he pour Gatorade on himself too? [Business Insider * The home of a lawyer representing Donald Trump at his impeachment trial was vandalized last week. [Forbes] * Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the New York Attorney General over employment practices at the comp...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Law, Connecticut, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Disney World, Morning Docket, New York Attorney General, Attorney General of Texas, Forbes -RSB- Amazon, Thinking Amazon


"Bipartisan Support Grows For 9/11-Style Commission To Probe Capitol Riot."

Headline at Forbes.Trial first, investigation afterwards. Kind of risky, isn't it? Just to assert that now what we need is an investigation is to make the fanfare of the last week seem, retrospectively, sketchy. We were urged to believe that we saw everything, and we know what we saw and what it all might. Are we just supposed to forget all that and imagine we're back at square one? How can this commission dare to find things that don't synch with the prosecution's case? Was Brian Sicknick beate...
Tags: Law, Gop, Commission, Graham, Louisiana, Abc News, George Stephanopoulos, Bill Cassidy, Forbes, Trump, Capitol, Chris Coons, Cassidy, Coons, Ann Althouse, Partisanship


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Family LLB 2. The Factum 3. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog 4. Legal Post Blog 5. Trauma & Lawyers’ Mental Health Family LLB Family Law Now | Ep. 39: Deadbeat Dad Jailed ...
Tags: Law, Qatar, Canada, Vancouver, International Energy Agency, Kitsilano, False Creek, Monday’s Mix, Squamish Nation, University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog, University of Alberta Faculty, Factum, Russell Alexander, Trauma Lawyers ' Mental Health Family LLB, Margie Primero Pimentel Brittany Whalen, Rick Peticca


Artificial Intelligence and Law Reform: Justice System

Artificial intelligence (AI) is sometimes thought of as a cure for the complexities of the world, but perhaps even more often as a threat to humans. Stephen Hawking said that “[w]hereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.” At a somewhat less general level, a good deal of concern has been expressed about the impact of artificial intelligence on the law, and notably on the criminal justice system. My own musin...
Tags: Law, US, Canada, Commission, Stephen Hawking, Volkswagen, University of Toronto, Legal Technology, Digital Rights, Citizen Lab, Law Commission of Ontario, Tim Knight, Cathy O'Neil, International Human Rights Program, Martin Kratz, Nye Thomas


If the French distrust vaccines, it's because they distrust their politicians | Laurent-Henri Vignaud

Although it’s easy to exaggerate the problem, the French appear to be among the most ‘vaccine hesitant’ in the worldIn the land of Louis Pasteur, pioneer of microbiology, the people are shunning vaccination. Or at least that is what polls over the past decade suggest, putting France among the countries most dubious about vaccination, alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan and Mongolia.France is far from being the only place affected by “vaccine hesitancy”, as the World Health Organization (WHO) des...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, World Health Organization WHO, Louis Pasteur, Coronavirus, Laurent Henri Vignaud, Bosnia Herzegovina Japan, Mongolia France


Georgia prosecutor calls Giuliani's election claims 'various overt acts for an illegal purpose' that could warrant a racketeering charge

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/John Minchillo Giuliani could face racketeering charges in Georgia for election lies, The New York Times reported.  A District Attorney opened a criminal complaint into Trump's attempts to overturn the election.  Racketeering is usually associated with mob activity but can be applied ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Philadelphia, Biden, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump


How a Spanish town pioneered dolls with Down's syndrome

The town of Onil has changed the lives of children everywhereThe first time Kelle Hampton glimpsed a doll with Down’s syndrome, anger boiled up inside her. Its exaggerated features bore little resemblance to the sweet facial characteristics that she loved about her daughter Nella, who was born with the genetic disorder.The experience set the US blogger and author firmly against such dolls. But to her surprise, years later she found herself smitten with another doll. This time it had been careful...
Tags: Health, Europe, Toys, Children, US, Spain, Life and style, Society, World news, Down's Syndrome, Kelle Hampton, Nella, Onil


Dolls and diversity: how toys pass on the power of being seen

Toy firms in a small town in Spain pioneered beautiful dolls with Down’s syndrome 13 years ago – and changed the lives of children everywhereThe first time Kelle Hampton glimpsed a doll with Down’s syndrome, anger boiled up inside her. Its exaggerated features bore little resemblance to the sweet facial characteristics that she loved about her daughter Nella, who was born with the genetic disorder.The experience set the US blogger and author firmly against such dolls. But to her surprise, years ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Toys, Children, US, Spain, Life and style, Society, World news, Down's Syndrome, Kelle Hampton, Nella



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