Round Up: Document Assembly Software, Legal Tech Adoption, and Cybersecurity

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles published from February: Automating your firm’s documents is a snap with document assembly software - ABA Journal Has The Legal Profession Reached A Tech Adoption Tipping Point? - Above the Law New Remote Working Guidance And Cybersecurity...
Tags: Law, Cloud Computing, Ethics, Web/Tech, Aba, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack

The Police Chief's Duffel Bag

An attorney's federal conviction has resulted in automatic disbarment by the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department. We conclude that the respondent’s conviction of the federal crime of tampering with a witness, victim, or informant in violation... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

$100,000 Fee Not Excessive For Defense Of Imagined Crime

A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court imposed a public reprimand for an attorney's fee-sharing and failure to have a writing setting forth the rate and basis of a fee. The court affirmed the Board of Bar Overseers's rejection... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Board of Bar Overseers

Julie Felix: the brilliant Black ballerina who was forced to leave Britain

She was told there was no room for a ‘brown swan’ in the London Festival Ballet, so she went to the US. There she found enormous success, dancing for everyone from Michael Jackson to PrinceThe turning point in Julie Felix’s career came in 1975. A student at Rambert ballet school in London, she was selected to dance in Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Sleeping Beauty with the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet). Nureyev was the god of British ballet – and he lived up to his rep...
Tags: London, Race, US, Society, World news, Dance, Culture, Britain, Stage, Ballet, Michael Jackson, Rudolf Nureyev, FELIX, Nureyev, Rambert, Julie Felix

Andrew Cuomo: Sorry but He Will Not Resign

Andrew Cuomo today said he's sorry he made anyone feel uncomfortable but he won't resign. Good for him. He should not resign. This piling on of accusations from years past with automatic acceptance of the accusers' allegations is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Andrew Cuomo

House cancels Thursday session over possible Capitol plot

By Richard Cowan | ReutersWASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives canceled its planned Thursday session after the Capitol Police warned on Wednesday of a possible plot by a militia group to breach the building, an threat that echoed the deadly Jan. 6 attack.The House had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill on Thursday. But a House Democratic aide said that the police warning, based on intelligence that "an identified militia group" could present a security threat, co...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Military, House, Courts, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Capitol Police

At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can write about anything you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Phil Falcone’s Plan To Revolutionize Long-Term Care Insurance Went About As Well As His Plan To Revolutionize The Wireless Industry

Which is to say, it has ended in litigation and a fire sale.
Tags: Law, Finance, Phil Falcone

Presents!!! — See Also

We Have Some Lovely Gifts: Davis Polk is giving associates some nice items and experiences as an extra, non-cash bonus. Some people might rather have the cash, but there's a nice wellness angle here. Associates are just going to dump the cash into paying off their debt which feels entirely soul-crushing. By forcing them to take a vacation or splurge at Nordstrom, they actually get to recharge their batteries and feel like they got something. The Deep End Of The Jury Pool: Lawyers assume that th...
Tags: Amazon, Nordstrom, Law, Ropes Gray, Davis Polk, Parler, See Also

"Neanderthal" Thinking in Texas

It is beyond head-scratching that Texas announced the end of a mask mandate yesterday and lifted coronavirus restrictions statewide. America (and even Texas) are not at a safe place. Yes, the numbers are decreasing, but that could change in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Texas, Law, America

Quantifying The Legal Industry’s Response To The Killing Of George Floyd

Harnessing the power of the legal industry to do good.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day, The Jabot, George Floyd

Covid deaths high in countries with more overweight people, says report

Governments urged to prioritise obese people for vaccinations over greater risk of death from coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCountries with high levels of overweight people, such as the UK and the US, have the highest death rates from Covid-19, a landmark report reveals, prompting calls for governments to urgently tackle obesity, as well as prioritising overweight people for vaccinations.About 2.2 million of the 2.5 million deaths from Covid were in countr...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Obesity, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, UK US, Coronavirus, COVID, World Obesity Federation Countries

Capitol Threat for Thursday: House Cancels Sessions

Due to the threat of a new assault at the Capitol for tommorrow, the House of Representatives has canceled its planned sessions. Leaving nothing to chance, House leaders on Wednesday abruptly moved a vote on policing legislation from Thursday to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, House, House Of Representatives, Capitol

Biden Compromises on Stimulus Checks

If you were counting on a $1,400. stimulus check, you might be disappointed. If you are single and made more than $80,000 or filed jointly and earned more than $160,000 you will get zilch, according to a compromise Joe Biden agreed to today. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden

Sperm Count Is Plummeting, Will Sperm-Related Legal Work Skyrocket?

As legislators take the threat to our global sperm supply seriously, expect to see increased regulations on the use of certain chemicals.
Tags: Law, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART

US Sentencing Commission issues big new report on "Federal Armed Career Criminals: Prevalence, Patterns, and Pathways"

The US Sentencing Commission has just released this big report providing "information on offenders sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, including an overview of the Act and its implementation in the federal sentencing guidelines. The report also presents data on offender and offense characteristics, criminal histories, and recidivism of armed career criminals."  Here are the "Key Findings" appearing in the first part of the report: Key Findings • Armed career criminals consistently ...
Tags: Law, ACCA, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Criminal History Categories, Federal Armed Career Criminals

Parler Drops Nutbag Federal Suit Against Amazon, Files BATSH*T Complaint In State Court

Never get high on your own supply. Or your client's.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Law, Government, Parler

No, You Can’t Do That

Seriously, we told you people you can't do that.
Tags: Twitter, Crime, Law, Paul Davis, Thinking Like A Lawyer Podcast, Clare Locke, Featured Podcasts, Jason Ravnsborg

Birmingham residents ask: will it be open for business again

Lockdown has left a city centre that bet on retail deserted and unemployment is at nearly 8%Birmingham, with its proud manufacturing heritage, has been hit hard by the Covid jobs crisis and is in the unhappy position of being among one of the areas with the highest unemployment rates in the country at 7.8%.Five of the 10 constituencies with the highest level of unemployment in the country are in Britain’s second city, and average gross weekly pay currently sits at £548.60 – below the averages fo...
Tags: Business, Budget, Society, UK News, Britain, Unemployment, Uk Unemployment And Employment Statistics, Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain, Coronavirus

Human Rights: A New Role For The Intelligence Community

President Biden has appointed a new coordinator for democracy and human rights in the National Security Council. This firmly reestablishes the issue of human rights as a national security concern.
Tags: Law, National Security Council, Intelligence Community, Biden, Military / Military Law

Juries For Online Trials Are Younger And More Diverse

It makes you wonder if this should become a more permanent development.
Tags: Law, Courts, Juries

Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

Analysis: officials recognise there is a real risk of prosecution over the deadly 2014 conflictThe date of 13 June 2014 listed by the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, as the starting point for its investigation into potential war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians is a significant one.The day before, as that year’s World Cup opened, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell on the West Bank while hitchhiking in the occupied Pal...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Hamas, Icc, Fatou Bensouda

Israeli officials start to feel the impact of ICC investigation

While the probe and any trials that might follow could take years, hundreds are being warned not to travelThe date of 13 June 2014 listed by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as the starting point for its investigation into potential war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians is a significant one.The day before, as that year’s World Cup opened, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell on the West Bank while hitchhiking in the occ...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Hamas, Icc, Fatou Bensouda

Top Biglaw Firm Sets Its Sights On A September 2021 Office Reopening

Are you ready to return to work this fall?
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Ropes & Gray, COVID-19, COVID Law Firm Reopening Tracker, Law Firm Reopenings

The Alarming Privatization of Our Judicial System

Some law firms last year experienced record profits, despite the pandemic. Part of the growth in revenue was due to the increase in private arbitration. As courts struggled to adapt, more litigants turned to private solutions, like mediation and arbitration. In the article “As Trials Stalled, Shook Hardy Found Other Ways to Drive Revenue, Profits“, author Dylan Jackson explains that the law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon saw their profits increase by 3.2% last year. The firm’s gross revenue increased...
Tags: Law, Ontario, Richard Susskind, New Corporation, Justice Delayed Justice Denied, Practice Of Law, Noel Semple, Future of Law, Shook Hardy Bacon, Dylan Jackson, As Trials Stalled, Ontario tribunals, Tribunals Across

Now who's saying the Nazi imagery was unintentional?

I'm reading "CPAC’s ‘Nazi Rune’ Stage Designed By A Liberal Company Which Has Worked For Biden, MSNBC"(National Pulse): The company – Design Foundry – told Forward it “had no idea that the design resembled any symbol, nor was there any intention to create something that did.”... The statement comes days after mainstream media outlets and left-wing Twitter activists slammed the conference for intentionally designing a stage to depict a Nazi rune, as outlets ran stories like “Nod or blunder? No C...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Nazis, Logos, CPAC, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Liberal Company Which Has Worked For Biden MSNBC

Is it Hyperbole if it Accurately Describes an Absurd Reality

Wow, lots of new amicus in the patent eligibility case of American Axle v. Neapco, including a joint filing from Sen. Thom Tillis, Hon. Paul Michel, and Hon. David Kappos. The trio argue that the current state of patent eligibility doctrine is “an unintelligible hash” causing significant systemic problems. [Tillis Brief]  Kappos addition to the brief is symbolically important. His name is memorialized in Bilski v. Kappos, the case that seemingly re-started us down this pathway.  The brief offers...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Patent, Federal Circuit, American Axle, New York City Bar Association, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, the Court, Bilski, Kappos, Neapco, Peter S Menell, Ameranth Inc, Jeremy C Doerre, Sen Thom Tillis Hon Paul Michel

More on Duty to Defend a Subcontractor

Originally posted 2015-02-13 09:11:48. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) While we don’t often discuss insurance coverage issues here at Construction Law Musings, occasionally a case comes up that makes the grade for a post.  One such case was , where the question of an “occurrence” that warranted coverage and defense under an insurance policy was at issue.  That case discussed this key question in a residential construction context based upon poor workmanship. A recent case out of the Western Distr...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Virginia, Construction, Contracts, Don, Nautilus, Western District of Virginia, Construction Law, Business of Construction, General contractor, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Construction Law Musings, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Constructionlaw, Insurance policy

Musings On the LEED De-Certification Firestorm

Originally posted 2010-12-13 09:00:10. Much debate has occurred relating to the USGBC determination to use potential de-ceritification of buildings as an enforcement mechanism to assure energy reporting guidelines are met. As ENR reported last week, this new requirement has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth. My question is this: Why the fuss? When you get right down to it, LEED is just a private rating system originally designed to give a snapshot of “green”-ness of a building when bu...
Tags: Law, Contract, Green Building, Attorney, GBI, Matthew Devries, LEED, USGBC, Green Globes, Construction Law, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, ENR, Matt DeVries, Chris Cheatham, Mandatory Energy Benchmarking, LEED De Certification Firestorm

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