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Coronavirus Update 8-13-2020: The 7th nominee for the “worst employer of 2020” is … the no-mask mandator

Meet Billy Woods, the sheriff of Marion County, Florida. He loves youth ranches and senior services, and hates face masks.Earlier this week, Sheriff Woods prohibited his approximately 900 employees from wearing masks or facial coverings while on duty. The Ocala StarBanner quotes the email he sent to his employees, "[W]hen you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn." (His directive also includes anyone entering any of his buildings.) In the meanti...
Tags: Florida, Law, Cdc, Woods, Marion County, OCALA, Billy Woods, Jon Hyman, Marion County Florida, COVID


With honor ceremony, 7 Marines and a sailor who died in ocean training exercise are flown to Dover Air Force Base

The flag-draped caskets of seven Marines and a sailor who died when their seafaring vehicle sank off San Clemente Island headed to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, Aug. 12. In a final “honorable carry,” each casket was moved by a Marine or Navy pallbearer from a hearse to the awaiting plane during a private gathering at Marine Corps Air Station Mirimar. The vehicles arrived at the flight line one by one. Once all the caskets were aboard the C-17, a Navy chaplain aboard the plane said a final p...
Tags: Facebook, News, Navy, Sport, Soccer, Military, Stockton, Portland, Marines, Dover, Delaware, Gofundme, Usmc, Miramar, Riverside, Corona


Silence and Other Weapons of the Weathered Lawyer

Experience has taught me silence and like weapons can be effective. Here were five lessons for me, and perhaps for you. As plaintiff counsel I met a potential new client, a woman who was catastrophically injured. Liability was a slam-dunk, damages were huge, and I was sure to improve my standard of living a thousand-fold when I was done with her file. An hour into the meeting she was hanging on to my every word. All that was left was to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. As I reached into my bag se...
Tags: Law, Practice Of Law


Petitions of the week: Title VII for the military, Medicaid work requirements and more

This week we highlight cert petitions pending before the Supreme Court that ask the court to assess, among other things, whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects uniformed servicemembers and whether Medicaid coverage for certain beneficiaries can be tied to work or other requirements. In Jackson v. Braithwaite, a Black man who served in the Marines sued under Title VII, claiming that he was denied promotions and training opportunities because of his race. The U.S. Court of Appe...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Arkansas, Jackson, Medicaid, Puerto Rico, Lange, Gresham, Department of Health and Human Services, Braithwaite, Cases in the Pipeline, Azar, Puerto Rico Oversight Management, Vazquez Garced, In Jackson


Find Homeowners Insurance That Won't Discriminate Against Your Dog

When you own property, homeowners insurance is an unavoidable expense. And unfortunately for canine lovers, owning a dog—especially certain breeds—may increase the cost. Here’s why: dog-related injuries cost homeowners insurers $797 million in 2019, and dog bite claims are increasing, according to the Insurance…Read more...
Tags: Finance, Insurance, Lifehacks, Home Ownership


Austin cuts police budget, makes Internal Affairs and 911 independent, launches re-imagining

Honestly, Grits never thought this day would come. The City of Austin just approved a budget cutting more than $20 million from police, shifting functions totaling ~$80 million (including Internal Affairs, the 911 call center, and the forensics lab) out of the department, and committed to "re-imagining" how they spend another $50 million. (See this reporter's Twitter thread for details.) The council declined to cut another ~$20 million advocates had identified for immediate reductions. As...
Tags: Law, Austin, City Council, Seattle, Apd, EMS, San Antonio, Internal Affairs, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, City of Austin, Chas Moore, Brian Manley, Jimmy Flannigan, Austin Justice Coalition, George Floyd


Court denies Republicans’ request to reinstate witness requirement for Rhode Island absentee ballots

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to intervene in a dispute over absentee ballots for the upcoming elections in Rhode Island. The justices rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans to freeze a lower-court order that approved an agreement between state election officials and civic groups to waive a requirement that absentee ballots be signed in the presence of either two witnesses or a notary. In a one-page order, the justices took the relatively unu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Alabama, Gop, Republican National Committee, Rhode Island, Rnc, State, Ohio State University, The Supreme Court, Howe, Purcell, League of Women Voters, Edward Foley


Dismissals With Prejudice

by Dennis Crouch This is a non-precedential pro-se case and so a bit quirky, but its support of dismissing a case for improper venue with prejudice  is likely to be cited as an example in other cases.  Nazir & Iftikhar Khan v. Hemosphere Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020) In their lawsuit, Khans (both MDs) sued Hemosphere as well as 300+ hospitals and individual physicians for infringing their U.S. Patent No. 8,747,344 (AV shunt). The case did not get far.  The district court dismissed the case – with preju...
Tags: Law, Williams, Illinois, Patent, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, Nazir Iftikhar Khan, Hemosphere Inc Fed, Hemosphere, Cir 2013 Khan, Hemosphere Inc


Thursday round-up

Briefly: At CBS News, Melissa Quinn reports that progressive organizations — mimicking a strategy used by conservatives in recent years – are invoking the Supreme Court as an issue to drive voter turnout. The progressive groups, Quinn writes, have “succeeded in convincing establishment Democrats that the Supreme Court could be critical in motivating voters, made evident by its inclusion in the party’s platform this year.” In the second essay in a series at Just Security on the court’s 2019-20 t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Cbs News, Joe Biden, Quinn, Trump, Round-up, National Review, HARRIS, Sen Kamala Harris, Andy Wright, Melissa Quinn, Mazars, Mario Loyola


Pulling the light switch.

On Lake Mendota at 6:03 this morning. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Video, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


The Geek in Review Ep. 82 – Law Firm Culture and Marketing, and How to Market Law Firm Culture – Barbara Malin and Jennifer Johnson

How successful have firms been in handling the stress of adjusting to the needs of the market, knowing how to present that message to clients, and understanding how a sustained firm culture plays a critical role in their ability to cope? Barbara Malin, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Jackson Walker, LLP, and Jennifer Johnson, CEO of Calibrate Legal discuss the critical role marketing, business development, and firm culture play in times of crisis. Our guests tackle some very ...
Tags: Podcast, UK, England, Justice, Law, Wales, Uncategorized, US, Culture, Deloitte, Law Firms, Aba, Legal Marketing, Michael, Pillsbury, Greg


At the Sunrise Café...

... you can write about anything you want — until the break of day. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Friday round-up

Briefly: In its latest coronavirus-related order, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Rhode Island to move forward with easing a state requirement for voters to sign absentee ballots in the presence of witnesses or a notary. The court rejected an emergency request from national and state Republicans to reinstate the requirement. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch indicated that they would have granted the request. Amy Howe has a full analysis of the case (in a story that ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, Arkansas, New York Times, Nevada, Rhode Island, Round-up, John Roberts, Howe, Linda Greenhouse, Russo, Amy Howe, June Medical Services, Dan Berman, Brett Kavanaugh


Thursday Thinkpiece: Seeking the Court’s Advice–The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form. Seeking the Court’s Advice: The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power Author: Kate Puddister ISBN: 9780774861113 Publisher: UBC Press Page Count: 290 Publication Date: November 15, 2019 Regular Price: ...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Australia, Washington, France, Germany, Alabama, High Court, Canada, South Dakota, United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand, Parliament


"'Con Air' Is Spreading COVID-19 All Over the US Prison System"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new article from VICE News and The Marshall Project. Here is an excerpt: The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for moving people into, out of, and among far-flung federal prisons, handling most long-distance transfers and newly sentenced prisoners. It doesn’t put people in quarantine or give them virus tests before transporting them around the country.  As a result, federal prisoners in Marshals custody are being shipped around the U.S. by ...
Tags: Law, California, US, Alabama, America, Louisiana, Justice Department, Puerto Rico, Marshall Project, San Quentin State Prison, Pollock, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Florida Bureau of Prisons, Colorado Illinois Texas Oklahoma Pennsylvania, Anthony Koeppel


Short Suspension Proposed For Practice While Suspended For CLE Non-Compliance

An attorney who practiced as an assistant states attorney while suspended administratively for non-compliance with continuing education requirements should be suspended for 30 days, according to a recommendation of the Illinois Review Board As of April 19, Respondent still had... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Illinois Review Board, CLE Non Compliance


Cyntoia Brown and the legacy of racism for children in the legal system

In 2004, 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown shot and killed a man who paid her for sex – a position she was forced into by an older man who took advantage of her. Brown never denied shooting the man (in fact, she was the one who called the police the next day), but she claimed it was an act of self-defense because she believed the man was grabbing a gun to shoot her. Brown was charged and convicted of aggravated robbery and first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2017 her case gained nati...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, Racism, United States, Tennessee, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Child Psychology, Brown, Psychology & Neuroscience, Legal Cases, PixabayThe, Cyntoia Brown, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Fifaliana


This Biglaw Partner May Soon Become The First Ever ‘Second Gentleman’

He could make history alongside his wife.
Tags: Law, Government, Biglaw, Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff


Newsweek Says Kamala Harris Essay Not ‘Racist Birtherism’ (Psst, It’s Totally Racist Birtherism)

This time it's not WHERE she was born but HOW she was born. Totally different!
Tags: Law, Government, Racism, Constitutional Law, Kamala Harris, Newsweek, Josh Hammer


"After 59 years of friendship, laughter, tears, jail cells and lost brain bells [sic], we have handed over our lovely lead singer Wayne Fontana to the big band in rock and roll heaven."

Wrote Peter Noone ("Herman"), quoted in "Wayne Fontana, British singer who topped US charts with Game of Love, dies aged 74" (The Guardian). Born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in the Levenshulme area of Manchester, Fontana took his stage name from the Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana. Backed by his band, the Mindbenders, he released his debut single in 1963 and further singles grew ever more successful: Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um reached No 5 in the UK in 1964, with The Game of Love reaching No 2 the followin...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Law, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Fire, Elvis Presley, Driving, Wine, Gore, Slang, 1960s, Sam Cooke, Phil Collins


Morning Docket: 08.14.20

* A lawsuit challenging New York’s quarantine has been dismissed partly because an Arizona woman did not suffer harm by not being able to help a New York friend move. The judge obviously doesn’t know how fun assembling Ikea furniture can be… [New York Daily News] * Georgia’s governor has withdrawn a lawsuit challenging a […]
Tags: New York, Law, Atlanta, Georgia, Arizona, Ikea, Ohio, Andrew Cuomo, New York Daily News, Governor Cuomo, Texas Supreme Court, Morning Docket, Carole Baskin, Tiger King


Latest Trump Judicial Nominee Clerked LAST YEAR

They're just trolling the country at this point.
Tags: Law, Courts, Donald Trump, Federalist Society, Judicial Nominations, Kathryn Mizelle, Latest Trump Judicial Nominee


Bar Discipline In Canon Times

In the course of some research I encountered a truly fascinating bar discipline decision from the United States District Court for Maryland in 1934. The accused attorney was a Communist who had represented a defendant charged with murder of a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Maryland, Law, United States District Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Canon Times


AALS jobs bulletin is out

I count 32 AALS-member schools that are advertising, in several cases for multiple positions (roughly half the number last year, if my memory is correct).... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter, AALS


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris deploy the Charlottesville hoax to stir up racial pain and anger.

Here's the "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Speech Transcript August 12: First Campaign Event as Running Mates." I watched a small part of it because the TV was on in the room I happened to be in. I myself never turn on the TV news. In fact, I often get up and leave the room when it's on. I keep my distance from the virulent news and stick to reading on line (with small doses of video occasionally). In the bit of Joe Biden's speech that I saw, I found him hard to listen to. I wondered how anyone who...
Tags: Law, Germany, America, Joe Biden, Hitler, Biden, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Kamala Harris, Joe, Trump, Democratic Party, United States of America, HARRIS, Kamala, America America


From Law School To Paralegal

Why 'going backward' allowed me to move forward.
Tags: Law, Paralegals, Military / Military Law, MothersEsquire, Heather DePremio


NCBE President Gives Trainwreck Of An Interview

The plan for the October bar exam is... no plan at all.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Bar Exam, NCBE, Judith Gundersen


Republican Georgia legislator looking to use fiscal argument to bolster death penalty abolition

In this post around the start of the pandemic, I wondered aloud "Might COVID-19 ultimately bring an end to the death penalty in the United States?".  One point I made in that post was that, amidst economic difficulties, the death penalty might seem an even more problematic use of limited government time and resources.  As I put it in that post: "I think there will be very strong arguments that this punishment is a kind of 'legal luxury' that we really cannot and ought not invest resources in whi...
Tags: Law, Georgia, United States, House Of Representatives, Ohio, Gwinnett County, Lincoln County, Georgia GOP, Snellville, Harrell, House Ways and Means Committee, Georgia Republican, Douglas A Berman, Brett Harrell, Wyoming Hannah Cox



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