How social learning made us hugely successful as a species

What distinguishes humans is social learning — and teaching. Crucial to learning and teaching is the value of free expression. And we need political leaders who support environments of social peace and cooperation. Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by now at amazone --> List Price: $30.00 New From: $14.00 in Stock Used From: $12.19 in Stock ...
Tags: Teaching, Evolution, Society, Relationships, Politics, Nicholas christakis, Learning

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the constitutionality of invalidating a student-aid program because it affords students the choice of attending religious schools, whether the Fourth Amendment requires a caseworker who suspects abuse to obtain a warrant to strip-search a child, and the compatibility of the “physical realm” test with the Patent Act and Supreme Court precedent. The petitions of the week are: I. B. v. Woodard...
Tags: Cases in the Pipeline

One Year In

Lessons learned after writing a column about career services at ATL for a year.
Tags: Law Schools, Career Services, Law Students, Nicholas Alexiou

Academic highlight: Levitt on the collateral consequences of Department of Commerce v. New York

On its face, Department of Commerce v. New York asks whether the government may add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census. But as Professor Justin Levitt explains in a forthcoming essay, if the government wins, the citizenship data could influence the allocation of representation in the state legislatures, raising a whole new set of constitutional questions left unresolved by the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Evenwel v. Abbott. In 2018, the government announced that...
Tags: Academic Round-up, Featured

Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts

Oyez has posted the aligned audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: Iancu v. Brunetti Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Newton North Carolina Department of Revenue v. The Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust United States v. Davis McDonough v. Smith   The post Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog. ...
Tags: Merits Cases

"Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint..."

"...against her headmaster.... Nusrat, who was 19, was from Feni, a small town 100 miles (160km) south of Dhaka. She was studying at a madrassa, or Islamic school. On 27 March, she said the headmaster called her into his office and repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate manner. Before things could go any further she ran out...  At the local police station she gave a statement. She should have been provided with a safe environment to recall her traumatic experiences. Instead she was filmed by...
Tags: Bangladesh, Murder, Sexual Harassment

Thanks for the Super Lawyers Nod for 2019!

It is with humility and a sense of accomplishment that I announce that I have been selected for the third straight year to the Virginia Super Lawyers in the Construction Litigation category for 2019.  Add this to my recent election to the Virginia Legal Elite in Construction and I’ve had a pretty good year.  As always, I am thrilled to be included on these peer elected lists. So without further ado, thank you to my peers and those on the panel at Virginia Super Lawyers for the great honor. I fee...
Tags: Announcements, Business of Construction, Construction, Marketing, Virginia Construction Attorney, Virginia Super Lawyers

Work Comp Laws

My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: Quote: Quoting Rob17 My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: fl i am currently having issues where i dont believe im getting the proper treament for my injuries, what should i do
Tags: Worker's Compensation


I keep hearing that word...I hear: Ask not whether there was — technically, legalistically — a crime. Ask whether it feels like Nixon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Language, Trump is like Nixon

The Fault Is In D.C. 's Flawed Default Rules

I may be in error (an increasing possibility on all levels) but I believe that the 254-page Ad Hoc Hearing Committee Report filed today in the District of Columbia is the longest in history. The evidentiary hearing of this case... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof

Morning Docket: 04.19.19

* Harvey Weinstein will face sex trafficking charges. [Law360] * "LSU Creates Model for Colleges Embroiled in Varsity Blues Scandal." Yeah, um, no offense but LSU didn't have to anything to worry about. [Corporate Counsel] * MoFo's horribly ill-advised sanctions motion meets the swift demise it deserved. [The Recorder] * Meanwhile, the Jones Day attorney named in its gender bias case has left. [American Lawyer] * Sears is suing Eddie Lampert and Steve Mnuchin for destroying the company. [CNB...
Tags: Morning Docket, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Eddie Lampert, Harvey Weinstein, Immigration, Jones Day, MoFo, Steve Mnuchin, Varsity Blues

Happy Passover and Open Thread

Passover begins tonight at sundown. Tomorrow is 4/20. Cochella is streaming live on You Tube this weekend. Sunday is Easter. Monday night, La Reina del Sur 2 returns on Telemundo, with English subtitles and the terrific Kate del Castillo back... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Fences and Walls: Does Gps Trump Old Stone Markers

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Arkansas I am 65 and since I was a small child, my Father has walked the boundaries of our prosperity with me every once in a while. He passed away 10 years ago. The West corners of our 80 acres were marked with stone markers that predate either of us and our western fence runs between these two markers and also predated us. The property is the E/2 SE/4 of 18-12-30. Over the years I have seen many surveys done for other property where the...
Tags: Real Estate Ownership and Title

Lateral Link Presents The Rainmaker Series [Sponsored]

Learn how you can use your client development skills to turn yourself into a rainmaker at your firm.
Tags: Biglaw, Sponsored Content, Lateral Link, Mainspring Legal, Webinars


A 60-day suspension from the Kentucky Supreme Court Hubbard represented clients in a grandparents’ visitation case in McCracken Family Court. Attorney Alisha Bobo acted as opposing counsel in the case. The visitation case became contentious and Bobo sought to disqualify... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof

Ownership Rights: Alley. Encroaching

If I'm driving through the Alley to access a property, am I encroaching the Alley ? :confused: So far this is the only code I can find in regards to the Alleys Sec. 96-18. - Alley encroachment prohibited. Owners of real property adjacent to or abutting City alleys are prohibited from encroaching, blocking or obstructing any City alley. Sec. 96-19. - Prohibited acts. The growth of any trees, bushes, or other foliage or vegetation into any alley and the placement of any structure, fence, veh...
Tags: Personal Property

UnitedLex Luthor

Meet the alternative legal service provider bent on taking over the world.
Tags: Biglaw, Alternative Legal Services Providers, James Goodnow, UnitedLex

Vic Mignogna Suing Voice Actors & Funimation for $1 Million

Western anime voice actor Vic Mignogna’s lawsuit is finally starting to come to fruition, as it has been revealed that the abused actor is suing Funimation and two other voice actors for defaming his character, asking for $1 million in damages. Vic Mignogna, famous for being the English-language voice actor for Dragon Ball‘s Broly and […]
Tags: Anime, Feminism, Funimation, Law, Money, Seiyuu, USA

Thoughtful look into prison abolitionism (and prison history) in theory and practice

The New York Times magazine has this week's must read under the headline "Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind."  The piece is a profile of a noted prison abolitionist along with a broader discussion of prison history and prison abolitionism.  I heartily recommend the terrific lengthy piece in full, and here is an extended excerpt: Prison abolition, as a movement, sounds provocative and absolute, but what it is as a practice requires subtler understanding.  For Gilmor...
Tags: Douglas A. Berman

Housework could keep brain young, research suggests

Even light exertions can slow down ageing of the brain, activity-tracker data indicatesEven light activity such as household chores might help to keep the brain young, researchers say, adding to a growing body of evidence that, when it comes to exercise, every little bit helps.The findings mirror upcoming guidance from the UK chief medical officers, and existing US guidelines, which say light activity or very short bouts of exercise are beneficial to health – even if it is just a minute or two a...
Tags: Science, Mental health, Health, Society, World news, Dementia, Ageing

Custody and Visitation Issues: Emergency Jurisdiction and Custody

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: CA My question involves an interstate issue. 9 months ago I left NY and moved to CA due to domestic violence. Here I have a 3 year restraining order and sole custody of my children due to CA taking emergency jurisdiction due to the restraining order. The order covers myself and my children. I found out today that my husband is trying to serve me papers but he does not know my new address. I don't know if it's for divorce or custody bu...
Tags: Child Custody, Support and Visitation

Federal Taxes: W2 Employee Job Related Travel Expenses - Disallowance in Schedule a

Hi: 1) W2 employees of a specific subclass (Armed Forces reservists, qualified performing artists, and fee-basis state or local government officials) can deduct job related travel expenses away from "home". 2) W2 employees outside of the subclass stated in clause 1 above CANNOT take the same deduction. 3) Is the subclass creation in clause 1 consistent to the Federal Equal Protection provision ? Has anyone started a discussion along this thread ? Both are W2 employees, assuming arguendo both ...
Tags: Tax Law

Tony Blair: migrants should be forced to integrate more to combat far right

Former PM claims that ‘failure’ of multiculturalism has led to rise in bigotryMigrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of “far-right bigotry”, Tony Blair has warned.The former prime minister said that successive governments had “failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration”, while the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a “refusal to integrate”. Continue reading...
Tags: Tony Blair, Migration, Society, UK news

Post-Mortem Drama Continues For Farrah Fawcett Portraits Painted By Andy Warhol

Sometimes money can be divided more easily than a painting.
Tags: Small Law Firms, Cori A. Robinson, Farrah Fawcett, Trusts and Estates

Getting Fired: Severance Agreement and General Release

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Washington I recently got let go from a job of 11 years. It was done over the phone and the reason given was due to business levels being slow that required restructuring in the company. They said I’d have a severance offer sent to my personal email. What they sent is actually a Severance agreement and General release. Basically says if I don’t talk negatively about the company or take any legal action against them I will get ...
Tags: Employment and Labor

Guilty And Disbarred

The Arizona Presiding Disciplinary Judge accepted a consent to disbarment. KRUN 9 reported in January 2019 A Tempe attorney accused of shooting and wounding his girlfriend's former boyfriend in 2013 has changed his plea to guilty in the case. Maricopa... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof

Friday Roundup: Experiential Learning, Legal Outcomes, Legal Ethics, and More

A roundup of the week’s news from the worlds of legal technology and innovation: Albany Law program will prepare students for high-tech careers. Three upstate New York educational institutions — Albany Law School, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and the Research Foundation for SUNY — said this week they are partnering to provide a unique, experiential learning program that will both prepare students for high-tech careers and promote the development of marketable technologies in the region. Next fall...
Tags: Uncategorized, Bob Ambrogi

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