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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


Racial Stereotypes as an Aggravating Factor

On Feb. 25, 2021, I provided the keynote speech at Bora Laskin School of Law for Black History Month. I noted that Black History could not be just reduced to slavery, but at the same time the legacy and trauma of that history has significant impacts on our society and justice system today. The Ontario Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal of Justice Nakatsuru’s decision in R. v. Morris, which explored the social circumstances of Black Canadians and its impact on the justice system. Justice Na...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Toronto, Canada, Court of appeal, Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr, Black, Ontario, Morris, Kelly, Supreme Court of Canada, Lambert, Armstrong, Danvers, Ontario Court of Appeal


Monday March 1: US v. Arthrex — Was the PTAB Unconstitutionally Appointed

by Dennis Crouch United States v. Arthrex, Inc. (Supreme Court 2021) Whether, for purposes of the Appointments Clause, U.S. Const. Art. II, § 2, Cl. 2, administrative patent judges of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are principal officers who must be appointed by the President with the Senate’s advice and consent, or “inferior Officers” whose appointment Congress has permissibly vested in a department head. Whether, if administrative patent judges are principal officers, the court of appea...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Congress, Senate, US, United States, Commerce, Uspto, Patent, Carr, APA, Stewart, SSA, Bennett, Perry


SEC to Update Required Climate Related Disclosures

On February 24, acting chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Allison Herren Lee, offered insight into the future direction of mandatory climate change disclosures and new ESG regulation, when she directed the Division of Corporation Finance to enhance its focus on climate related disclosure in public company filings. The Commission provided guidance in 2010 to public companies regarding then existing disclosure requirements as they apply to climate change matters. For more than a ...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Harvard, Commission, SEC, Biden, ESG, Trump, Federal, Lee, U S Senate, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Stuart Kaplow, Gary Gensler, John Coates, Kaplow


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Bella Pinera: Toyota Motor North America Continues To Lead in R&D Patents Among Automakers (Source: Dallas Inovates) Kirsten Errick: Slack Sued for Infringement of Instant Messaging Related Patents (Source: Law Street Media) Sam Potter: First Bitcoin ETF in North America is Launching in Canada Today (Source: Financial Post) Kirsten Errick: Apple Sued for Infringement of Biometric Technology Patents via Face ID Feature (Source: Law Street Media) Source: U...
Tags: Law, Humira, Canada, North America, Patent, Toyota Motor North America, Financial Post, Audrey Millemann, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Sam Potter, Kirsten Errick, Bella Pinera, Dallas Inovates Kirsten Errick, Infringement of Biometric Technology Patents, JD Supra Sara Yasar


People smugglers could get life sentences under new rules, says Home Office

Priti Patel understood to be concerned that some offenders are only being given three-year termsPeople smugglers could be handed life sentences under plans to ramp up penalties in an effort to stop migrants crossing the Channel.At present, the maximum sentence for people smuggling is 14 years in prison. The Times reported that Priti Patel wants to lengthen jail terms because of her concerns that the average sentence received is three years. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Refugees, Times, Priti Patel


"Prisons are getting Whiter. That’s one way mass incarceration might end."

The title of this post is the headline of this provocative Washington Post commentary authored by Keith Humphreys and Ekow N. Yankah. Here are excerpts: Research shows that many White Americans see incarceration as a “Black problem,” and the more they see it that way, the less willing they are to do anything about it.  Biden and others might surmount this resistance, however, by highlighting a surprising trend: White Americans have been filling jails and prisons at increasing rates in the 21st ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, America, Biden, White, Black, Robb Willer, Willer, Douglas A Berman, Keith Humphreys, Jonathan Metzl, Ekow N Yankah Here, Rachel Wetts


At the Sunday Night Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you like... including Trump's CPAC speech, which I'll probably write about in the morning. It's my quiet time now. Probably. So: Good evening.The speech hasn't started yet... late for some reason... but you can watch live here.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Trump, CPAC, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Making the case to expand Prez Trump's executive order on overcriminalization

I noted in this post last month that, on January 18, 2021, Prez Trump issued an "Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform."  This EO was intended to protect Americans from facing unwarranted criminal punishment for unintentional violations of regulations, and this new Law.com commentary authored by Mark Holden and Norman Reimer make the case for expanding its ambit. The piece is headlined "Don't Reverse Trump's Order on Regulatory Overcriminaliza...
Tags: Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Mark Holden, Don, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Norman Reimer, Reverse Trump


Pfizer vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, says study

Healthcare workers with obesity found to produce only about half the antibodies healthy people do Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, data suggests. Italian researchers have discovered that healthcare workers with obesity produced only about half the amount of antibodies in response to a second dose of the jab compared with healthy people. Although it is too soon to know what this means for the effi...
Tags: Health, Europe, Obesity, Society, World news, Italy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Shamima Begum court decision brings shame on UK | Letters

Readers respond to the supreme court decision that Begum will not have her citizenship restoredEvery day it seems the Guardian serves up another reason for being ashamed to be British. On Friday, it was the case of Shamima Begum (Shamima Begum loses fight to restore UK citizenship after supreme court ruling, 26 February). It makes it particularly difficult that I’m tutoring someone who is hoping to take an A-level in British politics. All the books list human rights and explain how carefully pro...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Media, Law, Islamic State, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, UK criminal justice, UK supreme court, Human Rights Act, Chagos Islands, Shamima Begum, Priti Patel, Begum, Jeremy CushingExeter


"The second refrigerator can be a homey holdover or the latest model. And, for many, it can be aspirational. It may fulfill a yen for storage space."

"For others, its contents may function as edible insurance policies during lean years. And there are countless other reasons for a second fridge: frequent entertaining; storing kimchi or other specialties that take time to age; a tendency toward hoarding; or simply the cost of getting rid of a refrigerator.... The Vincents have passed on their love of multiple refrigerators to their daughter, Robyn Penniegraft, 46, who lives next door. Between the two households, they have five refrigerators for...
Tags: Food, Law, Noah, Dante, Midwest, Ann Althouse, Robyn Penniegraft, Penniegraft


Remote Workers May Be Good for the Workplace, but Create Massive Headaches Too

With many workplaces now going on a year with remote workers, issues that were thought to be temporary blips are turning into major headaches. Suppose your office in Stamford, Connecticut is closed and employee are allowed to work remotely. What happens to those New York residents who are now working from home 24/7? What about those employees who are working in states other than those where the employer normally has an office? We can’t begin to address all of the subjects, but the Connecticut le...
Tags: New York, Law, Remote Work, Tax, Unemployment, Income Tax, House, Connecticut, Employer, Convenience, General Assembly, Employee, Stamford Connecticut, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour


"I imagine it will not be what we call a low energy speech."

Said Don Jr. — about the speech Trump will give at CPAC today — quoted in "Trump to speak at CPAC in first major address since leaving office, as GOP searches for path forward/Trump highly popular at annual conservative gathering" (Fox News). The Trump speech is scheduled for 3:40 pm today (Eastern Time). Will you watch? Have you been starving for input from Trump or have you enjoyed the break? If the latter, how do you feel about the return of Trump? I'll do a survey: How are you feeling abou...
Tags: Law, Gop, Trump, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Trump the ex-President, Said Don Jr


How sci-fi helps humanity avoid species-level mistakes

Robots (from the Czech word for laborer) began appearing in science fiction in the early 1900s as metaphors for real world ideas and issues surrounding class struggles, labor, and intelligence. Author Ken MacLeod says that the idea that robots would one day rebel was baked into the narrative from the start. As technologies have advanced, so too have our fears."Science fiction can help us to look at the social consequences, to understand the technologies that are beginning to change our lives," s...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Technology, Movies, Film, Future, Society, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Morality, Humanity, Asimov, MacLeod, Ken MacLeod


Liverpool Labour councillors fail to abolish role of city mayor

Motion to revert to leader and cabinet model followed scrapping of all-female mayoral shortlistLabour councillors in Liverpool have failed in an attempt to abolish the city mayoral role in protest against a decision by the party to scrap its all-female mayoral shortlist and bar three senior local politicians from standing.The move means the party must scrabble around to find a plausible candidate for May’s elections, following the arrest of the incumbent, Joe Anderson. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Liverpool, Local Government, Mayoral elections, Local Politics, Joe Anderson, City Mayors, Liverpool Labour


Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. ADMINISTRATIF (DROIT): Dans le contexte actuel de la pandémie de la COVID-19, les demanderesses échouent à obtenir que le gouvernement soit tenu d’offrir des services éducatifs à distance à tous ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Elle, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Enfin, Elles, Karounis


"I dare you to name something more archetypally boomer than these two cherished idols—the Boss and the Chief—dubbing themselves rebellious in a Spotify-exclusive podcast..."

"... sponsored by Comcast and Dollar Shave Club. ('How do I handle grooming below the belt?' the ad spot asks; mercifully, neither host is made to read it.)... As a cultural figure, the Boss sits in a cross-racial sweet spot, as an anointed idol for the coded white working class who pairs his aging denim with bright-blue politics. He is also comfortable playing the good white liberal without self-punishing overtures. His home town of Freehold, New Jersey, was 'your typical small, provincial, red...
Tags: Podcasts, Law, Obama, Comcast, Shaving, Baby Boomers, Springsteen, Freehold New Jersey, Bradley Whitford, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Lauren Michele Jackson, Lull America


Security consultant hired by Foreign Office linked to string of hacking complaints

Lawyers for Stuart Page say no findings of hacking or misuse of private information made against him A British private investigator and security consultant whose company has just completed a four-year contract to protect the UK’s embassy in Tel Aviv is linked to a string of telecommunications hacking complaints dating back more than 20 years, according to high court judgments.A court judgment that touches on the career history of Stuart Page – the 69-year-old founder of the private security and...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Tel Aviv, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Espionage, Foreign, Foreign Office, Page Group, Commonwealth and Development Office, Stuart Page


The worst bathing suit, the hungry dog, interesting/uninteresting sounds, pandemic doodles.

I've selected 4 things for you from TikTok. If you like all 4, you must be like me: @hopeliveslife #ItWasntMe #DoritosFlatLife ♬ original sound - Hope M. @regular.man I think Smudge is hungry #fyp #dog #dogtoks #pomeranian ♬ Up - Cardi B @anominalia ♬ original sound - Anominalia @mrdoodleofficial Lockdown doodles #doodling #art #mural ♬ original sound - Mr Doodle [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Fashion, Law, Dogs, Drawing, Speaking, Ann Althouse


Guilt and fury: how Covid brought mothers to breaking point

The pandemic exposed gender inequality, shattering the fragile jigsaw of support that allowed women with children to work. Radical action is necessary to prevent women’s rights backsliding a generation“It is so hard, I cannot describe it.”“I burned out, completely.” Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Women, Life and style, Society, Feminism, Parents and parenting, Home Schooling, Inequality, Equal Pay, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus, COVID


"An Oklahoma man who was released early from prison broke into a woman’s home this month, cut out her heart, cooked it and tried to feed it to his relatives..."

"... and then killed two of them, the authorities said this week. The man, Lawrence Paul Anderson, who has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killings, had been sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017 for a probation violation in a drug case, but public records show that he was granted clemency last year by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board as part of a mass commutation program." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Murder, Law, Cannibalism, Oklahoma, Ann Althouse, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, Lawrence Paul Anderson


Second world war bomb detonation damages buildings in Exeter

Device thought to be Hermann bomb used by Nazis was found on building site near Exeter UniversityStructural damage has been caused to a number of properties in Exeter following the detonation of a second world war bomb, police have said.The device, believed to be a 1,000kg Hermann bomb used by the Nazis, was discovered on a building site on private land to the west of the University of Exeter campus on Friday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Nazis, UK News, Military, Second world war, Devon, Exeter, University of Exeter, Hermann


More than 50,000 people call for inquiry into use of Queen's consent

Tens of thousands sign petition to investigate mechanism that allows Queen to vet draft laws More than 50,000 people have called for a parliamentary investigation into an “unfathomable” mechanism that allows the Queen to vet draft laws before they are approved by the UK’s elected representatives.They have signed a petition supporting an urgent investigation by a House of Commons committee as they are concerned that the “royal family has a worrying and undemocratic ability to influence the govern...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, UK News, Monarchy, Prince Charles, The Queen, House of Commons committee


"The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported."

Said Governor Andrew Cuomo, quoted in (NYT). [Charlotte] Bennett said she had disclosed the interaction with Mr. Cuomo to his chief of staff, Jill DesRosiers, less than a week later and was transferred to another job, as a health policy adviser, with an office on the opposite side of the Capitol, soon after that. Ms. Bennett said she had also given a lengthy statement to a special counsel to the governor, Judith Mogul, toward the end of June. Ms. Bennett said she ultimately decided not to insi...
Tags: Law, The Times, Nyt, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Cuomo, Charlotte, Capitol, Bennett, Boylan, Ann Althouse, Judith Mogul, Jill DesRosiers, Ms Bennett, Cuomo Ms Bennett


Britain must reset its compass, from housing to wages, says archbishop of York

Stephen Cottrell says the nation has learned to live with wrongs when it should be trying to change themBritain needs to reset its compass in a political climate in which “we’ve learned to accommodate things that we know are wrong”, the archbishop of York has said.Stephen Cottrell, who was enthroned in October, told the Observer: “Our compass has slipped; we’ve allowed ourselves to believe that things can’t change, that this is just the way the world is. Politics has, I think, shrunk. There’s a ...
Tags: Housing, Religion, Society, UK News, Poverty, Homelessness, Britain, Social exclusion, Christianity, Anglicanism, York, Stephen Cottrell


The tourists who flock to Dubai seem happy to overlook a few missing princesses | Catherine Bennett

Human rights abuses cut little ice with holidaymakers who rush to the beachHow many abducted and imprisoned princesses would it take for British tourists to turn their backs on Dubai? Three? Four? Ten? Because two “disappeared” princesses doesn’t look like being enough, even now that a secretly filmed account by one of them, saying she had been captured, assaulted, drugged and repatriated, has appeared on the BBC – corroborating the fact-finding of a UK judge, published a year ago.Sir Andrew M...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Bbc, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Catherine Bennett, Commonwealth Office, Latifa, Andrew McFarlane, Shamsa


Insurance and Wills for Canadian Expats

When I talked to several non-resident tax and investment specialists during my Covid quarantine-induced expat research frenzy, the topic that kept coming up as “the most common mistake amongst expats” was insurance. As the least sexy topic in a field of study not known for being particularly sexy, insurance has long been the forgotten dance…
Tags: Children, Marketing, Insurance, Estate Planning, General Finance, Canadian Expats



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