Great coverage of the success of "The Mother Teresa of Pot Prisoners"

In years past, I have tended to dislike the uptick in marijuana media coverage around 4/20 because a range of serious issues, and especially serious criminal justice issues, often seemed not to get the serious coverage that they deserved.  But with marijuana reform continuing to pick up momentum, I think the 4/20 media mania is getting a little better.  And I will always be grateful for whatever leads to media coverage of my favorite advocate of criminal justice reform in the marijuana space.  S...
Tags: Law, Craig, Trump, Mother Teresa, West Palm Beach, Curtis, Beth, CafePress, Miami New Times, Zanesville Ohio, Douglas A Berman, Beth Curtis, John Knock, Knock, Cesal, Craig -LSB- Cesal


Fifty-some years ago, as young boy in the 1960’s, I thought real change was taking place in our country. That the discrimination and hate versus black people was coming to an end with the protests across this country – protests taking place at or near the same time as protests against the Viet Nam war. Watching Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy getting killed in the fight for change – to bring an end to racism, I could not have imagined that in 2021 (akin to 1910 if I was looking back...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, America, Biden, Martin Luther King, Joe, Bobby Kennedy, George Floyd

A historian identifies the worst year in human history

Harvard professor Michael McCormick argues the worst year to be alive was 536 AD. The year was terrible due to cataclysmic eruptions that blocked out the sun and the spread of the plague.536 ushered in the coldest decade in thousands of years and started a century of economic devastation.The past year has been nothing but the worst in the lives of many people around the globe. A rampaging pandemic, dangerous political instability, weather catastrophes, and a profound change in lifestyle that mo...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Environment, Society, History, Harvard, Egypt, Harvard University, Middle East, Innovation, Archaeology, Iceland, Plague, Epidemiology, Roman, Orono

The Case Of The Disappearing (From The Firm’s Website) Biglaw Partner — See Also

Not A Good Look For A Partner: Must be why he's gone missing from the firm's website. Watch Out, Your Inferiority Complex Is Showing: Why is the judge even talking about this? Stupid Rules: Bar exam edition. More Biglaw Bonuses: At A&O and Reed Smith. No Bonuses At Husch Blackwell: Just stress balls.
Tags: Law, Husch Blackwell, See Also

Beyond Frames: 15 Ideas for Travel Photos

I take many photos when I travel (and often share them in my travel posts) and I’ve also started a small business where I sell my travel art prints. No doubt you’ve gathered favorite images from your travels over the years. There’s a lot you can do to relive your travel memories beyond displaying them on canvas or in frames. You can get really creative with your digital images. Print them in miniature for displays, in large scale as murals, or use them to create gifts or home decor. Fifteen idea...
Tags: Crafts, Society, Zazzle, Oahu, Joshua Tree, Yankee Candle, Traci, Design + Decorating Articles, Social Print Studio, Style Files, Parabo Press, Kauai Palm, Sage Succulents Square Set, California Palms, Artifact Uprising Social Print Studio, My Simpatico Life

Why is DOJ apparently keeping hidden a new memo expanding the criteria for home confinement?

The question in the title of this post is what I keep wondering as days pass since I saw this FAMM press release from last Friday and yet still fail to see any updated official information from the Department of Justice or the the Bureau of Prisons.  The FAMM press release, dated April 16, 2021, starts this way (my emphasis added): FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) releasing a memo expanding the criteria for home confinemen...
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Biden, Doj, Department of Justice DOJ, Bureau of Prisons, OLC, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring

Ex-Goldman Analyst (Allegedly) Made His Own Bonus

Unfortunately for Brian Maguire, it was also his last.
Tags: Law, Finance, ATL Finance, Brian Maguire, Finance Docket

Ex-Goldman Analyst Made His Own Bonus

Unfortunately for Brian Maguire, it was also his last.
Tags: Law, Finance, ATL Finance, Brian Maguire, Finance Docket

Patent Pedaling With Peloton: Part 1 — Downhill

The implication is that Peloton’s patent filings are accretive to building a perception that the company is innovative, irrespective of how flimsy a ground that perception truly rests on. 
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Peloton, Gaston Kroub, Coronavirus, COVID-19

3 Doc Management Hacks To Rev Up Your Practice

Save time and boost your bottom line with these Luddite-friendly tips from the Non-Event.
Tags: Technology, Law, Document Management, Legal Technology, ATL Non-Event, Non-Event, Non-Eventcast

Former Biglaw Poster Child Firm For Layoffs Changes Its Image During COVID Era

The coronavirus wasn't as catastrophic for the firm as the Great Recession.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Latham & Watkins

Defence minister Johnny Mercer dismissed from government

Junior minister had indicated he was preparing to quit over concerns about prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans Johnny Mercer has been abruptly dismissed as a junior defence minister after accusing Boris Johnson of breaching a commitment to implement a controversial pledge to prevent veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.The junior minister was preparing to quit on Wednesday but his resignation was accepted by the chief whip early on Tuesday evening, eager to put a s...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Conservative Leadership, Johnny Mercer

Bar Examiners Need To Chill The Hell Out

Do rules exist to enable the exam, or does the exam exist to enable rules?
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Bar Exams

Biglaw Partner Disappears From Firm Website After Throwing Client Under A Bus

The firm is working to 'remedy the situation.'
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Legal Ethics, ADP, Littler Mendelson, Gavin Appleby

Defence minister Johnny Mercer resigns from government

Mercer’s decision is understood to relate to concerns about prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans Johnny Mercer has resigned as junior defence minister, frustrated that the government has failed to implement controversial pledges to prevent veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.After hours of speculation, Downing Street said Boris Johnson had “accepted the resignation” in a terse statement released after 7pm and thanked Mercer “for his service” as a minister since 20...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Conservative Leadership, Johnny Mercer, Mercer

David Einhorn Makes It Through Quarterly Letter About ‘Breaking Markets’ Without Mentioning SPACs

Maybe because the SPAC cops are the only regulators left on a beat.
Tags: Law, Finance, SPAC, David Einhorn, ATL Finance, Finance Docket

Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three homicide charges in killing of George Floyd, now on to sentencing phase with Blakely factors

The high-profile trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd resulted in a jury verdict this afternoon in a Minnesota court with guilt verdict on all three homicice charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. It is my understanding that, under Minnesota state sentencing guidelines, Chauvin would get a prison term of 12.5 years absent proof of aggrvating circumstances, so-called Blakely factors. I believe that the the prosecution was pre...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Evans, Jackson, State, Blakely, Douglas A Berman, Robina Institute, Chauvin, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin Convicted On All Counts

Justice for George Floyd! Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all three charges. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Possible link between J&J Covid vaccine and rare blood clots, EU regulator finds

Watchdog says benefits outweigh risks but that warning should be added to product informationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s medicines regulator has found a possible link between Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine and rare cases of unusual blood clotting disorders it said were “very similar” to those that had occurred with the AstraZeneca shot.The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday recommended a warning should be added to the vaccine’s product in...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, US, Eu, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, European Medicines Agency EMA, Coronavirus

Biglaw Firm Hands Out Stress Balls In Lieu Of Special Bonuses

Associates seem to have been made even more stressed by this gesture.
Tags: Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Husch Blackwell

Replacing “Illegal Alien” and “Assimilation” in USA

The Biden administration has made a key announcement on how Americans talk about immigration. The terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation” have been replaced by “undocumented noncitizen” and “integration”. The details of this shift in terminology has been sent to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As reported by NPR: “As an essential steward of a more secure and humane immigration system, ICE will set a tone and example for our country for yea...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Law, US, Canada, House, Npr, CBP, Customs, Biden, Manitoba, CBC News, Customs Enforcement ICE, Border Protection CBP, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Chris Hall

Justices mull textualism and Alaskan exceptionalism in classifying Alaska Native corporations

With over $500 million of COVID-19 relief funding at stake, the Supreme Court began its week by grappling with whether the CARES Act’s definition of “Indian tribe” — a definition included in over 150 other federal laws — encompasses Alaska Native corporations. During nearly two hours of oral argument in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the justices expressed doubts about the textual arguments advanced by both sides even as they seemed wary of the consequences of a ruli...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Alaska, Paul Clement, Yellen, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Treasury Department, Alito, Barrett, Sotomayor

Not depressed or flourishing? How languishing defines modern life

If the pandemic has left you devoid of promise, purpose and delight, sociologists have the perfect term to describe itName: Languishing.Age: At least as old as the chaise longue. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, Mental Health

In-House Q&A: Emily Menchaca Of Schwan’s Co.

The foods company's senior corporate attorney discusses the restaurant industry, remote work interruptions, and a few surprises about in-house life.
Tags: Law, Finance, House, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Legal Operations, ATL Finance, Finance Docket, Law Departments, In-House Q&A, Emily Menchaca Of Schwan

Harsh penal treatment of some Capitol rioters being criticized by notable progressive

Politico continues its terrific coverage of prosecution of the Capitol rioters with this lengthy new piece fully headlined "Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment; 'Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,' Sen. Elizabeth Warren said."  I am always pleased to see politicians who express concerns about the operation of our justice systems do so no matter who the defendants happen to be.  Here is how this story sta...
Tags: Law, Senate, Massachusetts, Warren, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Senate Judiciary Committee, Capitol, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Durbin, Dick Durbin, Douglas A Berman, D C Department of Corrections, Keena Blackmon Warren

From Lawyer To Entrepreneur: Tips For Making A Successful Transition Out Of Law

If you’re on the fence about leaving law and worrying about being considered a 'failure' for it, stop and turn that mindset around.
Tags: Law, Career Change, In-House Counsel, Career Alternatives, Career alternatives for attorneys, Wendi Weiner

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