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The Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a finding by the state Ethics Commission against a judicial candidate for allegedly omitting a "paid for by" reference in a campaign print advertisement The relevant facts are not disputed. During Weaver’s campaign for Circuit... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Weaver, Arkansas Supreme Court, Ethics Commission, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts


Arrests for minor offenses continued at Texas traffic stops in 2020: New #SandraBland Act data still shaky on racial breakouts, but shows scope of arrests, police use of force at Texas traffic stops

Texas' 2020 racial profiling data from millions of Texas traffic stops was finalized this week at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. This was the first year racial breakouts were included in new data collected under Rep. Garnet Coleman's 2017 Sandra Bland Act. I'd posted preliminary data on Twitter before reporting was complete, but now we have the full dataset for 2020.* What does this tell us about Texas law enforcement's work in the field?It is starting to tell us quite a lot about what...
Tags: Texas, Law, Houston, San Antonio, Harris County, Texas Legislature, Cleveland Police Department, Gritsforbreakfast, Garnet Coleman, Austin PD, Houston PD, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement This, Wharton Co


Law Blog Gets Philly Lawyer to the Place That Dreams Are Made Of

Blogging is a life changing event for those who take the initiative to share what they are learning in their careers and offer their accompanying insight along the way. Lawyer, accountant, developer, support professional, salesperson or whomever. It doesn’t matter. This morning I saw an announcement from Bloomberg that Tax Attorney, Kelly Erb is joining the Bloomberg Industry Group to lead their Tax News Team’s contributed content efforts. Kelly is your typical young lawyer with a yo...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Philly, Kelly, Bloomberg Industry Group, Kelly Erb, Tax News Team, Taxgirl


At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about anything you want.  The photos were taken today at 6:25, 6:40, and 6:42. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Our dear Zeus is 98.

 Happy Birthday!I wrote "our," but he's not our dog. We just borrow him a lot of times. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Dogs, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade


A Pennsylvania man said he would find a local Democratic Party office and 'shoot it up' for Donald Trump, and then he did, authorities say.

Trump supporter, John Hess of Centralia, Washington holds a "stop-the-steal" sign as members of the Washington National Guard, State Police and a fence surround the state Capitol in Olympia, Washington on January 17, 2021. JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images Anthony Nero of Worcerster Township, Pennsylvania, is charged with cyberstalking and making threats online. A Trump supporter, Nero promised he would find a Democratic Party office and "shoot it up." He's accused of firing three shots a...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Politics, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Afp, Philadelphia Inquirer, Democratic Party


"The Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Some Valedictory Reflections Twenty Years After Apprendi"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper authored by Frank O. Bowman III now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: In this contribution to the North Carolina Law Review's symposium on the twentieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Apprendi v. New Jersey, I offer a valedictory reflection on my own intellectual journey with sentencing reform and in particular with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The account begins with my first encounters with the Guideli...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, New Jersey, Douglas A Berman, Apprendi, North Carolina Law Review, Frank O Bowman III


Ken Paxton Seems To Have Forgotten He’s Facing Felony Charges — See Also

Legal Twitter Beef! Texas Attorney General gets pwned. Don't Shame Biglaw Associates Who Get Vaccinated: Also, not every preexisting condition is visible, so don't be a jerk. Capitol Insurrectionist Throws A Tantrum: In court, so that's a thing. Benchslapped!: This judge really doesn't like when you don't read the local rule (especially when he's the one who taught you civil procedure).
Tags: Law, Don, Ken Paxton, See Also




New Sentencing Project fact sheet provides updated data on private prison populations in US

The Sentencing Project has this new fact sheet titled simply "Private Prisons in the United States."  The document has lots of data and helpful graphics in a short space, and here is how it gets started: Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 115,954 people in 2019, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population.  Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 33% compared to an overall rise in the prison population of 3%. However, the priv...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Law, Montana, US, Georgia, Indiana, United States, Tennessee, Arizona, Bureau of Justice Statistics BJS, Douglas A Berman


Women in UK armed forces face 'hostile environment' if they report bullying

Army veteran Diane Allen tells MPs that women are coerced to withdraw harassment complaintsWomen who serve in the armed forces find that they face “a hostile environment” when they are victims of bullying or harassment and try to complain, according to candid testimony given to a parliamentary committee on Thursday.Diane Allen, who served for 30 years in the British army, told MPs that women were often pressed to withdraw their complaints, reflecting what she said were “mixed messages” from the ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Military, British Army, Army, Diane Allen


Firing Employee Who Refuses Order To Notarize False Affidavit May Create Wrongful Discharge Claim

I’ve talked previously about how there are two sets of laws in Connecticut regarding claims arising from termination. There is the law arising from statutes – like the one I discussed this week– and then there is the common law that recognizes a “wrongful discharge”. “Wrongful Discharge” claims were recognized by our state Supreme Court decades ago. Those are claims that arise when the dismissal would violate an “important public policy” that relates to an explicit statutory or constitutional pr...
Tags: Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Connecticut, Illegal, Group, Termination, Firing, Litigation, Goff, Appellate Court, TJC, Public Policy, ACT, Notary


Justices dubious about imposing issue exhaustion on Social Security claimants by judicial order rather than administrative regulation

Thursday’s argument in Carr v. Saul follows on the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, which held that the process for appointing administrative law judges for the SEC violated the Constitution’s appointments clause. All agree that the decision in Lucia... The post Justices dubious about imposing issue exhaustion on Social Security claimants by judicial order rather than administrative regulation appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Social Security, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Carr, Lucia, Saul, Merits Cases


In-House Counsel: Tell Us About Your Outside Law Firms

Please take this very brief survey for our forth annual list of the best firms.
Tags: Law, Surveys, Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Outside Counsel


Surrender To The System To Save Your Sanity

When you give yourself over to a system, you also free yourself from the mental energy that comes with making decisions.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms


Next Up At The Non-Event: Getting Your Docs In A Row 

What the data reveals about ATL readers’ document management concerns. 
Tags: Technology, Law, Document Management, ATL Non-Event, Non-Event Featured


Teen-Spirited Driving Increases During the Pandemic [Updated]

Teen drivers aged 16-19 and their passengers accounted for speeding-related fatalities in greater proportions than any other age group, said the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in analyzing data over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019. During that time, 4,930 teen drivers and their passengers died in 43 percent of speeding-related crashes, versus 30 […] The post Teen-Spirited Driving Increases During the Pandemic [Updated] appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Insurance, Autos, Traffic Accidents, Governors Highway Safety Association, News Blog, Governors Highway Safety Association GHSA, Teen Drivers, Accident Prevention, Slow Drive, Drivers Ediucation, Teens Speeding


Teen-Spirited Driving Increases During the Pandemic

Teen drivers aged 16-19 and their passengers accounted for speeding-related fatalities in greater proportions than any other age group, said the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in analyzing data over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019. During that time, 4,930 teen drivers and their passengers died in 43 percent of speeding-related crashes, versus 30 […] The post Teen-Spirited Driving Increases During the Pandemic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Insurance, Autos, Traffic Accidents, Governors Highway Safety Association, News Blog, Governors Highway Safety Association GHSA, Teen Drivers, Accident Prevention, Slow Drive, Drivers Ediucation, Teens Speeding


Federal Circuit on TM Licensing: We’re going to Enforce the Terms

Authentic Apparel v. US (Fed. Cir. 2021) Authentic makes branded apparel, and had a non-exclusive license from the US Army to make Army branded items. (Signed back in Aug 2010).  One line of clothing was going to feature The Rock (Duane Johnson) with Army-Style clothing. (Seriously though, tie those shoes). The license included a requirement that any sale/distribution must first receive the Army’s “advance written approval” subject to the Army’s “sole and absolute discretion.” The Army refused ...
Tags: Law, Army, US Army, Patent, Cfc, US Fed, Federal Circuit, Duane Johnson, Court of Federal Claims CFC, Federal Circuit on TM Licensing, Authentic Apparel


Law School Competition Is So Stiff This Year That Normal T14 Applicants Might Get Pushed Out Of The Game

This is the most competitive admissions cycle in nearly 20 years.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Quote Of The Day, LSAT, Law School Applications, T14 Law Schools


The Ethics Of Working From Outside Your State: PA Bars Adopt ABA Rule

Is it ethical for a lawyer who is licensed in one state to practice from a home office across the state line?
Tags: Law, Legal Ethics




German insurtech platform Hepster raises $10M Series A led by Element Ventures

Hepster, an insurtech platform from Germany, has raised $10 million in a Series A funding led by Element Ventures. Also participating was Seventure Partners, MBMV, and GPS Ventures, as well as previous investors. The funds will be used to broaden the Hepster insurance ecosystem and scale up its network, with an emphasis on automation. The German insurance market is famously slow at adopting new practices, and Hepster is part of a new wave of insurtech startups in the country taking advantage of ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Insurance, Tech, Munich, Player, Partner, Seventure Partners, e-Bike, Insurtech, Insurance Policies, Element Ventures, GPS Ventures, Hepster


"The doctors-facts-science mantras have become familiar over the past year. The experts tell us, expertly, what we need to know, and we do it."

"At least until all this science starts to fog up our mental windshields and we, the people, start to wear out. Our irritability mounts; our attention wanes; the guide-rope in our mouth starts to chafe. It is then that the bawdy obstreperousness and its odd twin, the glory hallelujah, of democracy come into view — a single unit; maddening, infuriating, nevertheless fused. And Greg Abbott or someone else steps up to lead the beast forward, by instinct if not by Hoyle... The love of democratic cit...
Tags: Music, Texas, Science, Law, Americas, America, Atlanta, Mlk, Npr, Republic, Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr, Greg Abbott, Johnny Cash, University of Texas, Barry Goldwater


"I went to England and in the course of us meeting the Beatles, I became friends with George. He was a very nice cat, very open..."

"... a very decent human being. Invited me over to his house for dinner, that kind of thing. Hung out with us. Later on, he tells me that he’s gone to India and met this teacher, this guru. George is smitten by him. I listened to what he was saying and I wanted to say to George, 'That’s great, but take it with a grain of salt,' because usually when somebody comes on that strong that they’ve got the answer, it’s bulls—. I wanted to say, 'Have some skepticism.' But I was too chicken to do it, beca...
Tags: England, Law, India, Religion, George Harrison, Blogging, George, Crosby, David Crosby, Dennis Miller, Lester Bangs, Ann Althouse, Herbert Muschamp, George He, George That, George So I


Coronavirus Update 3-4-2021: Please pay your employees for time off related to the Covid vaccine

Earlier this week, the House passed an extension of the FFCRA as part of its $1.9 trillion Covid stimulus bill. (I'll cover its details in a future post, but if you're curious now, head over to Jeff Nowak's FMLA Insights.) One of the new measures in this proposed extension is the inclusion of leave taken by an employee to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or recover from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to the vaccine. Bravo! But here's the thing. Until this passes and becomes la...
Tags: Law, House, Jeff Nowak, FMLA, Jon Hyman, Hakan Nural


"The Color of Collateral Damage: The Mutilating Impact of Collateral Consequences on the Black Community and the Myth of Informed Consent"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Trevor Shoels and recently made available on SSRN.  Here is its abstract: The rights of the convicted have long been constrained by the relentless imposition of collateral consequences of criminal convictions.  More specifically, collateral consequences of drug convictions have a disparate impact on the Black community due to over-policing of Black neighborhoods.  Consequently, Black people are over-prosecuted, leading to more co...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Kentucky, Jim Crow, Padilla, Douglas A Berman, Black Community, Trevor Shoels


If you hadn't eaten inside a restaurant for over a year and you finally decided to dare to do so, where would you go and what would you eat?

We went to Culver's and ate deep-fried walleye (and fried onion rings):  That was on our way home after hiking the Flintrock Trail in Blue Mound State Park. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Restaurants, Culver, Ann Althouse, Blue Mound State Park, Post-coronavirus Culture, Flintrock Trail



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