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"Madison’s school superintendent broke down in tears today (03-20-19) addressing Madison Downtown Rotary."

Writes David Blaska (who is running for a seat on the school board).God knows, Jennifer Cheatham has walked through the valley of disruption. Three of the last six monthly school board meetings have broken down in chaos — the school board and its administrators driven from the meeting auditorium by raucous social justice warriors wielding the race card. Again this Monday (03-18-19), school district leadership retreated behind closed doors. Main topic on the agenda (irony alert): the overly legal...
Tags: Law, California, Chicago, Harvard, East Bay, Madison, Jen, Cheatham, Wisconsin State Journal, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, Long Beach Unified School District, Jennifer Cheatham, Rotary Blaska, Jen Cheatham


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. Exciting times on the relist front! After a couple of light weeks, we had a flurry of action Monday. From last installment’s two new relists, the Supreme Court called for the views of the solicitor general in one case involving what accommodations employers must make for their employees’ religious exercise. The court denied cert in the other case, which involved claims of racial bias in jury deliberations, prompting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to issue an opinio...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Alabama, Nike, Indiana, Dhs, Chicago, United States, Social Security, Michael Jordan, Kansas, Jordan, Louisiana, Nielsen


Split Seventh Circuit panel tangles with Second Amendment's second-class status and felon exclusion from right to bear arms

As noted in this post from last year, Justice Thomas has lamented in a cert denial that the Second Amendment has become "constitutional orphan" seemingly relegated in some settings to second-class status.  I have long thought this second-class status is demonstrated by the willingness of lower courts to uphold lifetime, blanket prohibitions on persons with certain criminal histories from being about to possess a gun.  The Seventh Circuit had another ruling in this arena last week in Kanter v. Ba...
Tags: Law, Chicago, United States, Wisconsin, Thomas, McDonald, Heller, Kanter, Seventh Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Amy Coney Barrett, Rickey I Kanter, Split Seventh Circuit


Splint Seventh Circuit panel tangles with Second Amendment's second-class status and felon exclusion from right to bear arms

As noted in this post from last year, Justice Thomas has lamented in a cert denial that the Second Amendment has become "constitutional orphan" seemingly relegated in some settings to second-class status.  I have long thought this second-class status is demonstrated by the willingness of lower courts to uphold lifetime, blanket prohibitions on persons with certain criminal histories from being about to possess a gun.  The Seventh Circuit had another ruling in this arena last week in Kanter v. Ba...
Tags: Law, Chicago, United States, Wisconsin, Thomas, McDonald, Heller, Kanter, Seventh Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Amy Coney Barrett, Splint Seventh Circuit, Rickey I Kanter


More Kardashian Drama: A Legal Fight Over Ownership of the Kimoji Emoji Set–Liebensohn v. Kardashian (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Gabriella Ziccarelli [Eric’s introductory note: I have made a personal life choice to ignore the entire Kardashian enterprise and their constant and often faux drama (except that I have occasionally mocked the Kardashians in my law school exams). I’ve decided that life is short and I should invest my limited energy and attention only into people who truly deserve such a precious resource, and none of the Kardashians, or anyone in their orbit, come close to clearing this stand...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Law, Marketing, Copyright, Chicago, Kardashians, Jonathan Cheban, Kardashian, Kim, Oklahoma, Martin Singer, Trademark, Emojis, Unicode, Kim Kardashian West


WIRTW #546 (the “Arrivederci” edition)

Today is good bye … but only for two weeks. My kids' school gives them that much time off for Spring Break each year. So we are headed to Italy. Rome and Florence to be precise. I'll be back on April 1 (no foolin') with some thoughts about what I learned on my Spring Break. In the meantime, if you have any last minute tips on what to do, see, or eat in either of these cities, drop a note in the comments below. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Two-Percent, Schmoopercent — via Kate Bi...
Tags: Spotify, Texas, Law, Congress, Chicago, Ada, Florence, Harvard Business Review, Joe, Citrix, Jonathan, EEOC, NLRA, Eric Meyer, FLSA, Jon Hyman


Law Jobs For Humans: Now, With More Humans!

Join us in Chicago us on April 24, 2019!
Tags: Law, Chicago, Evolve the Law


TTAB Denies Trademark Registration for #MagicNumber108 Tagmark–In re DePorter (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Alexandra Jane Roberts After 1908, beleaguered Chicago Cubs fans waited 108 long years for their team to win the world series again. And Grant DePorter, whose application to register #MagicNumber108 as a trademark for shirts was at issue in a recent TTAB decision, is one of the most hardcore Cubs fans of all. DePorter is the President and Managing Partner of a group that owns seven restaurants, including a Chicago steakhouse named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer Har...
Tags: Usa, Law, San Francisco, Chicago, Uspto, Trademark, Hall of Fame, Chicago Cubs, Tbt, Trump, Board, Cubs, Gillard, Deporter, Bartman, Harry Caray


HealthJoy raises $12.5M Series B to help employees make the most of their healthcare benefits

Healthcare in the United States is so complicated that even employees with good benefits might have a hard time navigating their options. HealthJoy wants to help with a health benefits platform that uses AI to answer questions. The Chicago-based startup announced today that it has raised $12.5 million in Series B funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, with participation from Epic Ventures and returning investors Chicago Ventures, Sidekick Ventures and its co-founders. This brings HealthJoy’s t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Insurance, Tech, Benefits, Chicago, United States, Healthcare, Holland, Rakuten, Health Benefits, Epic Ventures, AVG Technologies, U S Venture Partners, Jonathan Root


The Future of Legal Journalism is Here

The future of legal journalism is here and that future has arrived in the form of LexBlog.com, according to Bob Ambrogi, its Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, addressing a standing room only audience of about hundred and fifty in Chicago last Thursday evening. Speaking at the Chicago Legal Innovation and Tech meetup at Skadden, Ambrogi’s passion and vision were keenly on display. If there were any doubters of his message, Ambrogi pushed them over the top with his down to earth conviction in wh...
Tags: Publishing, Law, Washington Post, Chicago, New York Times, Wisconsin, Lexblog, LexisNexis, Bernstein, Watergate, Supra, Woodward, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi, Ed Walters, Chicago Legal Innovation


Episode 30: Chicago-Kent’s Debbie Ginsberg on the Value of Women in Legal Tech

On the 30th episode of The Geek In Review, we talk with Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian at the Chicago-Kent Law Library. Debbie was recently quoted in law.com’s “Where Are All the Women in Legal Tech?” So we cut right to the chase and ask that question to Debbie. She says that there are lots of women in legal tech, but that those putting on tech conferences need to take more action toward actively recruiting women for speaker and presenter opportunities. One profession where w...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Women In Tech, Jason, Conferences, Ginsberg, Greg, Debbie, Cho, Debbie She, American Association of Law Libraries, Law Librarians, Marlene, Obama Presidential Library, Zena Applebaum


For My ATL Column This Week: A Review of ABA TECHSHOW

I spent most of last week in Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW. After 33 years, this conference — among the leading legal technology and practice management conferences in the country — remains relevant and essential. For my column this week at Above the Law, I offer my TECHSHOW post-mortem: After 33 Years, The ABA TECHSHOW Remains Relevant And Essential. [Author: Bob Ambrogi]
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Aba, Bob Ambrogi


Harassment need not be "hellish" to be actionable

Gates v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago (7th Cir. 2/20/19) asks a question that we see time and again in harassment cases—how bad does does the conduct have to be to support a harassment claim. The answer is bad enough, but not so bad so as to be classified as "hellish." Gates is a racial harassment case. The plaintiff worked as an engineer at a Chicago school. He alleged that his supervisor, Rafael Rivera, committed three distinct acts of harassment over the nine-month period spanni...
Tags: Law, Chicago, Gates, Board of Education, Rivera, Wen, Cir, 7th Circuit, Rafael Rivera, Jon Hyman


Smokeball Goes Hollywood with Clever New Advertising Campaign

And the Oscar for best performance in a legal technology commercial goes to … Calista Flockhart. Famous for her starring role as a lawyer in the legal comedy-drama TV series Ally McBeal, Flockhart has a new law-related role — as the comedic celebrity spokesperson for the legal practice management software company Smokeball. In the tongue-in-cheek video being released today and shown this week at ABA TECHSHOW, Flockhart pokes fun at actor endorsements by starring as an uncooperative celebrity...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, United States, Calista Flockhart, Oxley, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Josh Taylor, Smokeball, Jane Oxley, Flockhart, Smokeball Goes Hollywood, Clever New Advertising Campaign, McBeal Flockhart


Smokeball Goes Hollywood with Clever New Advertising Campaign

And the Oscar for best performance in a legal technology commercial goes to … Calista Flockhart. Famous for her starring role as a lawyer in the legal comedy-drama TV series Ally McBeal, Flockhart has a new law-related role — as the comedic celebrity spokesperson for the legal practice management software company Smokeball. In the tongue-in-cheek video being released today and shown this week at ABA TECHSHOW, Flockhart pokes fun at actor endorsements by starring as an uncooperative celebrity...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, United States, Calista Flockhart, Oxley, ABA Techshow, Josh Taylor, Smokeball, Jane Oxley, Flockhart, Smokeball Goes Hollywood, Clever New Advertising Campaign, McBeal Flockhart, ABA TECHSHOW Flockhart


At TECHSHOW, Orion Is Releasing Major Enhancements To Its Financial and Practice Management Software

At ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago this week, Orion Law Management Systems is officially launching the latest version of its Orion financial and practice management software, a ground-up rebuild that retains much of the product’s look and feel but that introduces hundreds of new features and improvements to both the Orion desktop and iOrion mobile platforms. The Atlanta, Ga., company says its Orion 5 is a significant leap forward for its technology, including major enhancements for prebilling, conflict ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Orion, Techshow, Legaltech New York, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Orion Law Management Systems, Atlanta Ga company, Reserved Words Enforcement Users


At TECHSHOW, Orion Is Releasing Major Enhancements To Its Financial and Practice Management Software

At ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago this week, Orion Law Management Systems is officially launching the latest version of its Orion financial and practice management software, a ground-up rebuild that retains much of the product’s look and feel but that introduces hundreds of new features and improvements to both the Orion desktop and iOrion mobile platforms. The Atlanta, Ga., company says its Orion 5 is a significant leap forward for its technology, including major enhancements for prebilling, conflict ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Orion, Techshow, Legaltech New York, ABA Techshow, Orion Law Management Systems, Atlanta Ga company, Reserved Words Enforcement Users


Parking Tickets: Can I Fight This Parking Ticket in Chicago

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Chicago, Illinois I recently got a parking ticket and wish to contest it. There was no "No Parking" sign anywhere near where I was parked; in fact, there's a stump where a sign used to be. I believe this ticket is unfair and would like to fight it. However, I do not own the vehicle that was cited (I borrowed it from my girlfriend). When I went online to request a contest, it required that you declare that you're the registered owner of ...
Tags: Law, Chicago, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Chicago Illinois


"Jussie Smollett has officially been named a suspect in the criminal investigation into his attack, Chicago police have announced."

"He is suspected of filing a false police report, which carries a felony charge.... According to the Chicago PD, detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County grand jury, which could lead to Smollett’s indictment. Two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning in the attack..... The brothers reportedly said all three men 'rehearsed' the attack days prior to it happening.... CBS reported that Smollett allegedly plotted the attack ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Chicago, Fox, Cbs, New York Magazine, Ola, Jussie Smollett, Cook County, Smollett, Ann Althouse, Abel Osundairo


Smollett Indicted in Illinois

Jussie Smollett has been charged in Chicago with a felony for allegedly falsely reporting a hate crime. From the article, it appears the prosecutors called brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo as witnesses before the grand jury this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Chicago, Illinois, Jussie Smollett, Smollett Indicted, Abimbola Osundairo


Supreme Court rules unanimously in Timbs that Excessive Fines Clause of Eighth Amendment applies to the states (and says little else)

The Supreme Court this morning made quick work of the contention by the state of Indiana in Timbs v. Indiana, No. 17-1091 (S. Ct. Feb 20, 2019) (available here), that it is not bound by the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment.  In a short unanimous ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg explains why "the historical and logical case for concluding that the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Excessive Fines Clause is overwhelming."  Here is a key passage from the start of he Timbs opini...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Chicago, United States, Thomas, McDonald, Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, Douglas A Berman, Timbs, Tyson Timbs Land Rover SUV Timbs


"I doubted Jussie Smollett. It breaks my heart that I might be right."

Writes Nana Efua Mumford, "the executive assistant to The [Washington] Post’s editorial board."I can't understand why anyone would want to admit that they're happier to know that a racist, homophobic violent attack took place than that one person told a big lie.I wanted to believe Smollett. I really did. I know that there is a deep, dark racist history in Chicago and, if proved true, this would be just one more point on the list. I wanted to believe him with every fiber of my being, most of all ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Chicago, Lying, Trump, Jussie Smollett, Nuh, Mumford, Smollett, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Nana Efua Mumford


Docu Beware: The Perils Of Vacation

The Illinois Administrator has charged an attorney with dishonest billing to clients for unperformed work Between April 2017 and September 2017, Respondent worked at the Carden & Sax law firm ("firm") in Chicago as a salaried associate attorney. During her... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Chicago, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Carden Sax


Law Jobs For Humans . . . But For Which Humans?

A little bit more info on our Law Jobs for Humans Event, coming up in Chicago on April 24.
Tags: Law, Chicago, Evolve the Law


"While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax."

Say the Chicago police, quoted in WaPo.Chicago police have said they’re investigating the alleged assault against ["Empire" actor Jussie] Smollett, who is black and openly gay, as a possible hate crime. Smollett told police he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 by two people who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance, which he believes to be bleach, on him. According to Smollett, at least one assailant told him “this is MAGA country” du...
Tags: Crime, Law, Abc, Police, Chicago, Trump, Chicago Police, Jussie Smollett, Robin Roberts, CPD, Smollett, Ann Althouse, Maga, Tonja Renée Stidhum, WaPo Chicago, Jussie -RSB- Smollett


Illinois prosecutors appealing 81-month sentence given to former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke for murder of Laquan McDonald

In the federal system, sentencing appeals brought by prosecutors are relatively rare but not always exceptional.  My sense is that prosecutorial appeals of sentences are even rarer in most state systems, and a state sentencing appeal brought this week by Illinois prosecutors comes in a case that is exceptional for all sort of reasons.  This extended Chicago Tribune article, headlined "Attorney general, special prosecutor challenge Jason Van Dyke’s sentence in petition to state Supreme Court," pr...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Chicago, Illinois, Lyon, Laquan Mcdonald, Chicago Tribune, McDonald, Vincent Gaughan, Raoul, Chicago Police Department, Jason Van Dyke, Kane County, Van Dyke, Gaughan, Douglas A Berman


AALL’s Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative

[Ed. Note: We’ve talked a lot recently about innovation, design thinking, creativity, and curiosity. If you are wondering where you can go to do some hands-on learning, then the American Association of Law Libraries’ Innovation Bootcamp might be for you. I asked Celeste Smith from AALL to write up a description of the bootcamp so that I could share it here. – GL] Creative problem solving is everybody’s business. New ways to address problems, create value,  and meet the demands of a changing inf...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Creativity, Innovation, Design Thinking, American Association of Law Libraries, AALL, Celeste Smith, Justice Tech


Another review of the bad mess surrounding the "good time" fix in the FIRST STEP Act

I have done a few prior FIRST STEP Act implementation posts here and here focused on the problems with immediate application of its "good time" fix.  This recent Mother Jones article, fully headlined "Trump’s One Real Bipartisan Win Is Already Turning Into a Mess: Confusion and division over a provision in the First Step Act has left thousands of well-behaved inmates in limbo," effectively explains the issue and reports on the latest state of affairs. Here are excerpts:   The law stipulates tha...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, US, Chicago, Iowa, Capitol Hill, Doj, Hakeem Jeffries, Justice Department, Trump, HARRIS, Coleman, Mother Jones, Grassley, Duluth Minnesota


Lead Paint: The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Originally posted 2012-03-30 09:00:55. For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, we welcome Joshua Glazov for the first time.  Josh has been a construction lawyer since 1995. He practices at Much Shelist in Chicago and focuses on negotiating and preparing design and construction contracts for owners, contractors, and lenders, as well as preparing for, and confronting, construction related insolvency when a project participant goes bankrupt or a lender goes into FDIC receivership....
Tags: Law, Chicago, Guest Post, Epa, Lawyer, Environmental Protection Agency, Renovation, Josh, Mark, FDIC, Richmond VA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Guest Post Friday, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Lead paint


"The more you learn about Kamala Harris, the more formidable she appears."

David Brooks is in love again.*She is an amazing amalgam of different elements...As opposed to amalgams of the same element. Why mess up your alliteration with a redundancy? And why not an amazing amalgam of elegant elements? Keep the alliteration at least.... highly educated elite meritocrat, Oakland street fighter, crusading, rough-elbow prosecutor, canny machine pol and telegenic rhetorical brawler. She is also probably the toughest and most hard-nosed progressive on the scene right now....Sh...
Tags: David Brooks, Law, Obama, California, Barack Obama, Chicago, George Bush, Kenya, Lawyers, Oakland, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Prose, Trump, Democratic, Brown



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