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On Class C arrests and a "duty to intervene," James White on "colonizing" Austin PD, and Anthony Graves on how bad prison foods ruins prisoners' health: Part One of Special Podcast on #TexasGeorgeFloydAct

The Reasonably Suspicious podcast is back after a largely health-driven hiatus. Mandy and I are diving back in with Part One of a special, two-part episode on the Texas George Floyd Act, HB 88 by state Rep. Senfronia Thompson. The episode features new, original music created for radio ads and online promotion of the George Floyd Act, as well as interviews with Rep. Thompson, Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Chair James White, and exoneree Anthony Graves, who came on to talk to us ab...
Tags: Texas, Law, Walmart, Austin, Greg Abbott, Legislature, Plano, Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, Mandy, James White, Dillon, Austin Police Department, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Keller Texas


Those refused entry to the US under Trump's Muslim ban policy can get a new decision, State Department says

People protest the Muslim travel ban outside the Supreme Court on June 26, 2018. Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty People denied entry under Trump's travel ban could reapply, the State Department said on Monday. Those who were denied on or after January 20, 2020, would not need to resubmit their applications. Those who were denied before January 20, 2020, would have to submit new applications. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A majority of those denied entry i...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, US, Trends, Muslim, Venezuela, Tanzania, State Department, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Muslim Ban, Department, Travel Ban


Space Tourism and Industry to Get to Colonization Critical Mass

Could space tourism enable lunar and orbital colonization to reach critical mass? I view colonization critical mass to be over 300k people. Around 1745, the American colonies passed a population of 1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Space, Science, Technology, Future, World, Military, Tourism, Moon, Innovation, Population, Mars, Colonization


Another new faculty-edited journal: American Journal of Law & Equality

Here. The editors are all Harvard Law professors: Randall Kennedy, Martha Minow, Cass Sunstein. They have not yet announced an editorial board. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter, American Journal of Law amp, Randall Kennedy Martha Minow Cass Sunstein


At the Ice Melt Café...

 ... it looks cold, but it's warm! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Ice, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


From Pink Slips To Greenbacks: The Biglaw 2020 Story — See Also

This Is Going To Hurt You Way More Than It Hurts Me: Biglaw firms made cuts in 2020 complaining of an uncertain business climate. They mostly came out stronger for it. The Best In The Game: The world law school ranking is out and the top law school isn't even the top ranked school in its own country. Or might we be seeing a shakeup in the national rankings coming too? But Seriously, How Was The Food?: An attorney in India provided us with the most amazing 3 seconds of pure panic caught on vide...
Tags: Law, India, Republican Party, Donald Trump, See Also


The Biglaw Firm With The Most Women Partners

This Biglaw firm does a great job of promoting women to the partnership.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day


These Biglaw Firms Benefitted From Their COVID Layoffs

They cut employees last year and emerged stronger than ever.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Hogan Lovells, Biglaw, Reed Smith, Akerman, Dickinson Wright, Davis Wright Tremaine, Saul Ewing, Procopio, McDermott Will & Emery, Unprecedented


Lawyer Fails To Turn Off Camera, Starts Shoveling Down Lunch On Call With Top Government Official

Well... at least he found the mute button.
Tags: Technology, Law, India, Zoom


Curious spitting over COVID prison data as Sixth Circuit panel ultimately affirms rejection of compasionate release motion

I sometimes feel social media tends to encourage some folks (myself included) to pick relatively silly fights over relatively silly matters.  That tendency seems to have bled over to a Sixth Circuit panel: today it released an opinion on a compassionate release appeal with two judges picking a relatively silly fight over relatively serious matter. Specifically, in US v. Mathews, No. 20-1635 (6th Cir. Mar. 8, 2021) (available here), the panel unanimously concluded that the district jusge did not ...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, US, United States, Marshall Project, Moore, Mathews, Douglas A Berman, Readler, COVID


Bar Examiners Willing To Bankrupt Applicants Before They’ll Admit These Policies Make No Sense

28 days for 2 hours seems like a wild trade-off.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Bar Exam, MPRE


Stoolie Shares Slump

Dave Portnoy is not a financial adviser, but he is immune to reality.
Tags: Law, Finance, Dave Portnoy


One Year Of Challenges And Changes For The Legal Industry

While the pandemic has impacted all of us as individuals, it has also impacted the industry in which we work.
Tags: Technology, Law, Robert Ambrogi, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Unprecedented


Biglaw Firm’s Co-Managing Partner Wants To See More Women Leading Firms

#ChooseToChallenge Biglaw to give more women positions of power this International Women’s Day.
Tags: Law, Women's Issues, International Women's Day, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Katya Jestin


In Rebuke Of One Medical’s Alleged Vaccine Antics, CA Counties Sever Relationship

Several California counties and Washington state dropped One Medical as a partner in distributing vaccines after reports that it let people who weren’t eligible for the vaccine jump the line. A House panel is also launching an investigation into the company’s practices.
Tags: Law, California, Washington, House, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket


Catching Up on the Parler v. AWS Dispute

I blogged Parler’s unsuccessful request to get injunctive relief preventing AWS’s termination of Parler as a customer. Since then, Parler dismissed the federal court lawsuit, filed a state court lawsuit, AWS removed the second lawsuit to federal court, and the parties are now fighting over the proper forum. Specifically, Parler filed a motion to remand the lawsuit to state court or to dismiss in favor of allowing Parler to re-file in state court. I thought it would be useful to unpack the lates...
Tags: Law, Washington, Aws, Rothstein, Licensing/Contracts, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Amazon Web Services Inc, Parler, Amazon Host, Parler LLC, Western District of Washington Robart J, SEA Complaint Notice of Removal Motion


LawNext: Mayer Brown’s New Global Chief Innovation Officer Amol Bargaje

You’ve just been named global chief innovation officer for one of the world’s largest law firms. Where and how do you start? That is one of the questions we put to Amol Bargaje, whom Mayer Brown named to that position on Feb. 9, 2021. Coming into this newly created role, Bargaje has plenty of experience on which to draw. He has been at Mayer Brown since 2018 as global director of IT Practice and Client Solutions, and was formerly chief innovation officer at Sullivan & Cromwell and chief infor...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Sullivan Cromwell, Mayer Brown, Bob Ambrogi, LawNext, Client Solutions, Amol Bargaje, Bargaje, Jenner Block Bargaje


Justices to take up “favorable termination” rule

The Supreme Court on Monday added one new case to its argument calendar for the fall, taking up the case of a Brooklyn man who is seeking to sue New York Police Department officers for malicious prosecution after he was jailed for two days on... The post Justices to take up “favorable termination” rule appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Brooklyn, New York Police Department, Cases in the Pipeline


Social Media Ownership Disputes Part II: Bridal Wear Company Takes Back Control of Instagram Account from Ex-Employee

This is Part II of a review of recent social media ownership disputes. In Part I, I looked at how the Satanic Temple of Washington could not use the CFAA or ACPA to get its Facebook accounts back. Part II involves a bridal wear business’ (JLM Couture) successful reclaim of its Instagram and other social media accounts. In this case, a New York federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the defendant, Hayley Paige Gutman, prohibiting her from interfering with plaintiff’s use of the a...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Instagram, Law, Washington, Court, Social Media, Trademark, Cornell, Eagle, Ftc, Morgan, Eric, Sims, Hayley, Paige


Unposted In-House Job Opportunities – How To Find Them

Unposted in-house job opportunities exist, and an in-house counsel job searcher should make a point of keeping these in mind when trying to land an in-house counsel job. Job boards can be a great tool to find jobs that are already public, but these jobs often attract huge amounts of attention quickly. Adding unposted job opportunities to your search list will expand your pool and often unearth unique and unexpected opportunities at companies and organizations that may not even be on your radar. ...
Tags: Law, Careers, Career Tips for Lawyers, Ivan Shovkoplias


Unposted Job Opportunities – How To Find Them

Unposted job opportunities exist, and an in-house counsel job searcher should make a point of keeping these in mind when trying to land an in-house counsel job. Job boards can be a great tool to find jobs that are already public, but these jobs often attract huge amounts of attention quickly. Adding unposted job opportunities to your search list will expand your pool and often unearth unique and unexpected opportunities at companies and organizations that may not even be on your radar. Another f...
Tags: Law, Careers, Career Tips for Lawyers, Ivan Shovkoplias


Coronavirus Update 3-8-2021: Local judge in hot water over “China Virus” comments

Rule number one of this blog has always been, "Don't criticize judges whom you might appear in front of." Rules, however, are made to be broken, and some issues are just too important to ignore. Judge John O’Donnell of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas is in hot water over comments he made in this month's edition of his county bar association's newsletter. In an article he wrote about managing his courtroom during the pandemic, he called COVID-19 the "China Virus" three separate times. ...
Tags: Law, China, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, Don, Donnell, O Donnell, Jon Hyman, John O'Donnell, Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Norman S Minor Bar Association, Lake County Bar Associate


Make Sure your Patent Application is “DIRECTED TO” a Specific Technological Solution

Enco Systems, Inc. v. DaVincia, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2021) [ENCO] Judge Stephen Limbaugh (E.D. Mo.) sided with the accused infringer DaVincia– holding that the claims of ENCO’s U.S. Patent No. 7,047,191 are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as directed to an abstract idea.  On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed. U.S. Patent No. 7,047,191 claims a method of providing captioning in an audio-visual signal using speech-to-text processing.  Claim 1 includes a number of limitations: Selecting the number ...
Tags: Apple, Law, Patent, Alice, Fed, DirecTV, Federal Circuit, Enco, PTAB, Hannun, Enco Systems Inc, DaVincia LLC Fed, Stephen Limbaugh, Tex LLC


"Expanding Voting Rights to All Citizens in the Era of Mass Incarceration"

The title of this post is the title of from The Sentencing Project, which gets started this way: In order to strengthen democracy and address significant racial disparities, states must pass reforms establishing universal voting for people impacted by the criminal legal system. 5.2 million people in the United States are currently denied access to the vote because of a felony conviction.  The number of people disenfranchised has grown, from 1.2 million in 1976, as a product of mass incarcerat...
Tags: Law, United States, Dc, Puerto Rico, Supreme Court of Canada, Maine Vermont, Douglas A Berman, Apartheid the Constitutional Court of South Africa


Stories highlight that the west is no longer so wild about the death penalty

These three newspaper pieces from three different western states strike a similar theme relating to the decline in political support for capital punishment: "California has undergone a sea change on the death penalty" from the Los Angeles Times "Poll: Nevadans divided over abolishing the death penalty, a shift from previous poll" from The Nevada Independent "Bill to repeal death penalty in Wyoming advanced by legislative committee" from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Notably, as well detailed by the ...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, US, Los Angeles, Wyoming, Arizona, Ohio, Death Penalty Information Center, Douglas A Berman, Nevada Independent Bill, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Notably, Indeed Missouri


Offensive Personality Charge Not Proven

The Indiana Supreme Court found that ethics charges were not proven The Charge: In its amended disciplinary complaint, the Commission alleged that Respondent violated Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 22 (Oath of Attorneys) by failing to abstain from offensive personality.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Commission, Indiana Supreme Court, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


California State Bar Court Recommends Reciprocal Sanction For Texas And DC Federal Court Orders

The California State Bar Court has recommended a six-month reciprocal suspension based upon sanctions imposed against an attorney by federal courts in Texas and the District of Columbia. The Texas sanction involved an agreed public reprimand by a district court... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Texas, Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, California State Bar Court, District of Columbia The Texas


The Best Law Schools In The World (2021)

Is your law school one of the best in the world? Find out here.
Tags: Law, Rankings, Law Schools, QS World Law School Rankings, Quacquarelli Symonds World Law School Rankings, World Law School Rankings


Prison No Reason For Martin Shkreli To Let His Anticompetitive Guard Down

If he’s got to do seven years for jacking up a drug’s price, he’s gonna make damned sure it stays jacked up.
Tags: Law, Finance, Martin Shkreli



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