Growing Pains

The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging misconduct based on a criminal conviction In or around October or November 2015, David Heyn, Jr. ("Heyn") owned property located at 13212 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, Chikaming Township, Berrien County, Michigan ("Sawyer... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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Over The Line

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed a second degree murder conviction for prosecutorial misconduct in cross-examination of the defendant and closing argument. A primer in improper cross As a general matter, trial attorneys are allowed to pursue vigorous cross-examination. However,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Legal Profession Prof

In 19 months of chasing the sunrise, today's was the #1 best.

I gave you some unretouched photos earlier today — here — but let me give you a few more. These are modestly tweaked in Apple's Photos — basically just moving the "Light" slider a bit to the left. The lake has been melting and cracking up, and wind/waves are driving shards of ice to pile up on the shore. This is 7:02, the earliest shot, which makes me wish I'd gotten out 10 minutes earlier.   What a broiler! This was the scene at 7:04, with the shoreline ice looking cobalt blue.  7:05, fram...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

The Most Cursed Zoom Courtroom In America — See Also

Never A Dull Moment: This judge keeps going viral. This is the second Zoom story about this courtroom this month! Nothing Even Matters: If your C.V. is impressive enough, they'll forgive any amount of "racial slurs in the classroom." Wait, You Can Make Statues That Aren't About The Civil War?: Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets a monument. Downfall: Capitol rioter with Hitler fixation really wants judge to let him go.
Tags: Law, America, Hitler, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, See Also

Priti Patel spoke to Met chief before Sarah Everard vigil broken up

Home secretary says vigil was ‘hijacked’ by protesters and undermining police would fail victimsPriti Patel has told the Commons she had had “extensive discussions” with the head of the Metropolitan police before officers broke up a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard at the weekend, saying that people should be allowed to lay flowers.But, in her first criticism of the gathering, the home secretary claimed the vigil had been “hijacked” by protesters and said undermining faith in the police would ul...
Tags: Politics, London, Crime, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, Metropolitan Police, Patel, Priti Patel, Sarah Everard

Business Development In Unprecedented Times: Trends And Tips [Sponsored]

A year into the pandemic, trends in legal marketing have become clear. Is your law firm keeping up?
Tags: Law, Cle, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Deborah Farone, Practising Law Institute (PLI, Unprecedented, PLI Custom Unprecedented

More Fallout From The Racial Scandal At Georgetown Law

Another professor out at the law school.
Tags: Law, Racism, Law Schools, Georgetown, Georgetown University Law Center, William Treanor, David Batson, Sandra Sellers

"Since the end of World War II, 27 of the 38 Congresses have featured a change in the party composition of the Senate during a session."

"The probability that such a shift may occur during this particular Congress may well be even higher than that. At the moment, no fewer than six Democratic senators over the age of 70 represent states where a Republican governor would be free to replace them with a Republican, should a vacancy occur. Five other Democratic senators represent states for which a vacancy would go unfilled for months, until a special election to fill the seat was held — which would hand the G.O.P. control of the Sen...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Democrats, Wisconsin, Republican, Stephen Breyer, Ann Althouse, Paul Campos, Biden's Congress, Biden and the judiciary

Pandemic forcing girls in south-east Asia and Pacific out of school and into marriage – study

Female children are seen as an economic burden, and tough times are setting back progress by a generation, gender equality charity saysThousands of adolescent girls across south-east Asia and the Pacific are being forced to leave school and get married instead as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a charity has warned, saying “a generation of girls could be lost”.A new report by Plan International Australia highlighted the importance of secondary education for girls, and detailed the increase...
Tags: Asia, Education, Australia, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Pacific, Child marriage, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus

Toddler Tantrums No Match For Mom On Mission To Make Partner During Pandemic

She says her colleagues were kind and supportive -- and no one seemed to mind when her toddler was laughing in the background.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Partner Issues, COVID-19

Here's a NYT column headline I took the wrong way: "Democrats Repent for Bill Clinton."

I thought finally — probably because of the desire to oust Andrew Cuomo — there is a demand that Democrats denounce Bill Clinton for his mistreatment of women in the workplace.But no. (by Charles Blow) isn't about that at all. It's not even mentioned. Blow's focus is on "Black and brown Americans and the poor":Two major pieces of Clinton-signed legislation stand out: The crime bill of 1994 and the welfare reform bill of 1996. I view the crime bill as disastrous. It flooded the streets with pol...
Tags: Crime, Law, Poverty, Bill Clinton, Welfare, Andrew Cuomo, Clinton, Charles Blow, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Racial Politics

Cap on Trident nuclear warhead stockpile to rise by more than 40%

Exclusive: Boris Johnson announcement on Tuesday will end 30 years of gradual disarmament Britain is lifting the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads it can stockpile by more than 40%, Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday, ending 30 years of gradual disarmament since the collapse of the Soviet Union.The increased limit, from 180 to 260 warheads, is contained in a leaked copy of the integrated review of defence and foreign policy, seen by the Guardian. It paves the way for a controvers...
Tags: Politics, Russia, UK News, Britain, Military, Defence policy, Nuclear Weapons, Boris Johnson, Trident, China Continue

Brigadier Furdoon “Duck” Mehta: Obituary

Brigadier Furdoon “Duck” Mehta, the Royal Indian Artillery officer who survived a bullet passing through his cap and later became military attache in Washington, has passed away on his 101st birthday on March3. Cut to March 1944: flying a single-seater Auster over the Bm1nese jungle while direct­ing artillery fire, Captain “Duck” Mehta always had to dodge the flak and the bullets. Having taken off before dawn one morning to locate Japanese gm1 positions in the Shan Hills, and seeing nothing, he ...
Tags: UK, England, London, Wales, Washington, Life, India, Britain, Military, Pakistan, British Army, The Times, Army, Burma, Cornwall, Raf

"At the very end of a Grammys ceremony that did its best to pretend like the Recording Academy has always supported and centered Black artists, women and especially Black women..."

"... Billie Eilish was put in an impossible position... Awarded record of the year for 'Everything I Wanted'... Eilish could only gush over Megan Thee Stallion. 'This is really embarrassing for me,' Eilish, a white teenager who — like many in her generation and beyond — worships Black culture, said. 'You are a queen, I want to cry thinking about how much I love you.' She went on. It was uncomfortably reminiscent of Adele praising Beyoncé when '25' beat 'Lemonade' for album of the year in 2017......
Tags: Beyonce, Law, Awards, Adele, Grammys, Ringo Starr, Black, Megan, Recording Academy, Billie Eilish, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Eilish

Law School Invites Professor Who Uses Racial Slurs To Encourage ‘Dialogue,’ Then Shuts Off Comments

Is it possible that law schools aren't serious when they talk about promoting discussion?
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Writing Supreme Court thrillers

This week, Amy Howe chats with a high-octane group of fiction writers who have all dabbled in Supreme Court suspense storytelling. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Tenth Justice. Anthony Franze is a member of Arnold & Porter’s appellate... The post Writing Supreme Court thrillers appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, New York Times, Amy Howe, Arnold Porter, Brad Meltzer, Anthony Franze, SCOTUStalk, Writing Supreme Court

Oh Great, Alan Dershowitz Has Advice For Andrew Cuomo

Of course he defends the man accused of sexual harassment.
Tags: Law, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Law Schools, Harvard Law School, Alan Dershowitz, The Jabot

HSBC Encouraging Those I-Bankers Who Can To Leave And The Rest To Just Slack Off

Luckily, under its current plan, there will be no need for another awkward conversation on the matter next year.
Tags: Law, Finance, Hsbc

"14 Steps Biden’s DOJ Can Take Now to Reform America’s Criminal Legal System"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new commentary at The Appeal authored by Rachel Barkow and Mark Osler. I highly recommend the full piece, and here are parts of the preamble and the listed "14 steps": As the Biden Administration takes shape and the nation recovers from four years of Donald Trump, there may be a temptation to return to “normal.”  That could be especially true at the Department of Justice, where so many longstanding norms — independence from politics, high ethi...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Obama Administration, America, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, Trump, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Sentencing Commission, Rachel Barkow, Trump Administration

Tech is revolutionizing the old-school legal industry. Here are the startups to watch, and how they plan to tackle growth.

Samantha Lee/Business Insider The legal industry is seeking to digitize to boost efficiency and meet client demand. Insider is tracking the latest innovations across the legal industry. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated virtually every industry's path to digitize, and the notoriously old-school world of law is no exception.Legal firms are demanding more innovation in a bid to improve efficiency and as clients seek lower cos...
Tags: Google, Law, US, Trends, Andreessen, Netflix, Silicon Valley, General Atlantic, Wolters Kluwer, Bessemer Venture Partners, Docusign, Bessemer, Reveal, Dla Piper, Baker McKenzie, Mintz

"President Biden will hold his first formal news conference before April Fools’ Day, the White House says."

"Even if he held one today, it would be the latest any new commander in chief has faced a formal question-and-answer session with the press corps in a century.... For 20 years, presidential aides have been telling me that the news conference is high risk, low reward... [But] it’s something a president can do in service of transparency and accountability even though it may not be obviously good for his political fortunes.... Presidential news conferences are hardly the apex of White House coverag...
Tags: Law, White House, Beltway, Biden, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Will Biden, Biden And The Press

"It is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage, as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex."

Said the Vatican, quoted in "Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling them a 'sin'" (CNN).The statement says that gays and lesbians, as individuals, may receive a blessing if they live according to Church teaching. But blessing same-sex unions, the Vatican said, would send a sign that the Catholic Church approves and encourages "a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God."... The Vatican provided the assurance that "the...
Tags: Same-sex Marriage, Law, Sex, Cnn, Vatican, Catholic Church, Sin, The Pope, Ann Althouse

Got an NDA at your tech job? We want to hear from you.

iStock; Insider Nondisclosure agreements are the backbone of Silicon Valley's culture of secrecy. We're peeling back the curtain in a first-of-its-kind reporting project. Want to participate in our reporting process? Please consider sending us a copy of your NDA. Help us tell the definitive story of how money and power enforced silence across an entire industry. It's no secret that much of what goes on everyday in Silicon Valley is, well, secret. In an effort to pierce through...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Media, Law, Trends, Silicon Valley, NDA, Tech Insider, Sunshine Week, Matt Drange, BI Graphics, Nda Agreement, News Leaders Association

"What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don't agree?"

Said Sheryl Underwood, quoted in "'The Talk' goes on hiatus after Sharon Osbourne defends Piers Morgan/On Wednesday's episode of 'The Talk,' Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne got into a heated exchange" (NBC). I hope you have a sense of how convoluted that is. The accusation of racism against Piers Morgan is already flimsy, but Sharon Osbourne is getting intimidated for saying something supportive about her friend — as if the new rule is that you have to proactively denounce people, or you yo...
Tags: Nbc, Law, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Morgan, Meghan, Underwood, Markle, Sheryl Underwood, Osbourne, Sheryl, MEGHAN MARKLE, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Cancel Culture

Cancel adjacent, Part 2.

The previous post discusses the ordeal of Sharon Osbourne who found herself in the "cancel adjacent" position. I observed that the new rule seems to be "that you have to proactively denounce people, or you yourself will become the target," and I linked back to a March 11th post where I learned the term "cancel adjacent." Now, I want to show you "Georgetown law professor resigns for 'failing to correct' colleague on Zoom about 'Black' students comment" (Fox News). [Georgetown law professor David]...
Tags: Law, Fox News, Sharon Osbourne, Georgetown, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Lawprofs, Batson, Hassan Ahmad, Cancel Culture, David Batson, David -RSB- Batson, Fox News Silence

Is there a limiting principle in patent claims?

Patent Law Mathematicians: What assumptions would you need to make in order to be able to describe a mathematical limit of the number of embodiments encompassed by the following claim: A device comprising: Element "A" coupled to Element "B". — Dennis Crouch (@patentlyo) March 15, 2021
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LawNext: How 30-Year-Old Agiloft Is Making Waves In The Hot CLM Market

No sector of the legal technology market is hotter right now than contract lifecycle management. And while that sector is crowded with companies that are relative newcomers, one of the companies making the biggest waves is 30 years old. Over the past year, Agiloft, the no-code CLM company, raised $45 million in growth equity funding – its first outside funding ever – named a new CEO and management team, saw its sales increase 124%, and won several industry awards and recognitions, most recent...
Tags: Law, Thomson Reuters, Bob Ambrogi, Laughlin, Eric Laughlin, Business Intelligence Group, LawNext, Colin Earl, Agiloft, August Agiloft

US Sentencing Commission releases 2020 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics

This morning I receive an email from the US Sentencing Commission alerting me to the exciting news that "today the U.S. Sentencing Commission published its 2020 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics." Here are the highlights as described in the email: Agency Highlights The Annual Report presents an overview of the Commission's work in FY20—a year that brought unique challenges and opportunities for technological advancement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-...
Tags: Law, Congress, Immigration, Commission, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, US Sentencing Commission, Congress the Executive Branch, Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics Here

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