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"Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quiñones, who grew up dancing in a bleak public housing project in Chicago and went on to become a pioneer of street dance in the 1980s..."

"... and one of its first celebrities after appearing in the hit movie 'Breakin’,' died on Dec. 29 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 65.... He shimmied in the video for Chaka Khan’s 'I Feel for You,' and he was the choreographer and lead dancer of Madonna’s 'Who’s That Girl?' world tour in 1987. He also choreographed (and appeared in) the video for Lionel Richie’s 'All Night Long' and advised Michael Jackson on the video for 'Bad.' Us Weekly called him the 'Bob Fosse of the Streets.' 'Shabba-Do...
Tags: Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dancing, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Bob Fosse, Ann Althouse, Breakin, Shabba Doo, Adolfo Shabba Doo Quiñones


Live blog of opinions (completed)

We live blogged on Thursday, Jan. 14, as the court released its opinion in Chicago v. Fulton. For answers to common questions regarding opinion announcements, read our FAQs. Our live blog is sponsored by Casetext: making litigation more efficient with A.I. and machine learning technology. The post Live blog of opinions (completed) appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Law, Chicago, Live, Casetext, Fulton


The Geek in Review Ep. 101 – How Mid-Level Associates Can Thrive at Law Firms – with Jennifer Bluestein

We conclude our discussion with Jennifer Bluestein, author of the book Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates, and talk about how associates mature into their roles as lawyers with law firms. As these second to sixth-year associates begin to take on more substantial legal roles, as well as leadership, mentorship, and allyship among their fellow lawyers, the stress of the job can become overwhelming. Bluestein talks through a number of examples of how mid-level associates can h...
Tags: Amazon, Podcast, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Training, Chicago, Chad, Professional Development, Malcolm Gladwell, Law Firms, Woodstock, Daniel, Jen, Greg, Associates


How Section 230 might not help Amazon in the Parler lawsuit

Parler sued Amazon [PDF of complaint] yesterday alleging three things: antitrust violations, breach of contract and tortious interference. Each of these claims relates to Amazon’s decision to kick Parler off of AWS servers. To use Section 230’s language, Amazon took action to “restrict access to or availability of material.” That language comes from Section 230(c)(2), which reads more fully as: No provider . . . of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of . . . any acti...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Chicago, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Ninth Circuit, Said, CFAA, Evan Brown, Section 230, Parler, Malwarebytes Inc, Computer Crime, Enigma Software Group USA LLC


The social determinants of health, explained

Social determinants of health, such as income and access to healthy food, affect well-being long before people may enter medical facilities. They're one reason neighborhoods in the same city can maintain life expectancy gaps larger than a decade. With growing awareness of how societal ills determine health, medical professionals and their partners are devising more holistic approaches to health. New York City is a vibrant, vivacious city. No one knows this better than the people who live on...
Tags: Health, Government, New York City, Society, Poverty, Policy, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States, Innovation, Manhattan, Health Care, OECD, Upper East Side, Inequality, Central Park


I’m not in Kansas anymore … or ever (an unemployment fraud story)

What's wrong with this photo? I've never lived in Kansas.I've never worked in Kansas.I've never even been to Kansas.I never filed a claim for unemployment benefits with the State of Kansas. 1+2+3+4=unemployment fraud.  I've been the victim of identity theft and attempted unemployment fraud. And I'm not alone. According to USA Today, fraudsters have stolen at least $36 billion from state unemployment systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. How? USA Today spoke to Mayowa, an engineering...
Tags: Law, Nigeria, Chicago, Kansas, Usa Today, Illinois, Federal Trade Commission, Kansas Department of Labor, Jon Hyman, State of Kansas, Mayowa, Kelly Maculan


Remembering those the Legal Tech Community Lost in 2020

One year ago today, at 11:27 p.m. Eastern time, I received a text from my long-time friend Kevin O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of LexBlog. It said simply, “Jill just passed surrounded by family holding onto her.” Jill was Kevin’s wife of 39 years, mother of their five children, a caring nurse for four decades, and, to my memory, a friend in her own right who always greeted me with a welcoming warmth and a broad smile that seemed to stretch beyond the limits of her face. She was also, as Kevin him...
Tags: Chuck, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Chicago, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Manhattan, Ohio, American Bar Association, Aba, Harley Davidson, Steve, Gayle, Cincinnati, Rose


"Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s new merchandise site signals ‘new era’ of criminal defense."

WaPo headline. From the article: Jeff Neslund, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney and a former prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said the website “is dangerous for prosecutors” attempting to secure a conviction in the pending trial, because it has the potential to taint a jury pool. “You’re going to have a lot of people who want to be on this jury to help this kid because they have an agenda, so prosecutors will have a tougher time to do their homework to flush those ...
Tags: Isis, Crime, Guns, Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Free Speech, Kenosha, Cook County, Kyle, WaPo, Pierce, Rittenhouse, Ann Althouse, John Pierce, Kyle Rittenhouse


Is it defamation to accuse someone of sending a bogus DMCA takedown notice?

Esports aren’t only about 21st century video games. Apparently there is a relatively robust community of Tecmo Bowl enthusiasts who – though the game is three decades old – gets together to compete in tournaments. A couple of members of that community got into it with one another online, and the spat spawned some fierce litigation. That scuffle raised the question of whether accusing someone of sending a bogus DMCA takedown notice is defamatory. The online scuffle Plaintiff was up...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Copyright, Chicago, Dmca, Esports, Defamation, Perjury, Hawkins, Tecmo, Evan Brown, Knobbe, Court of Appeals of Texas


2H 2020 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright)

* UMG Recordings v. RCN Telecom Services, LLC, 3:19-cv-17272-MAS-ZNQ (D.N.J. Aug. 31, 2020): Plaintiffs have made allegations sufficient to satisfy the knowledge requirement at the pleading stage. As to actual knowledge, Plaintiffs aver that the five million notices sent to RCN by Rightscorp that provided the IP address of the user, the date and time of the activity, and the name of the infringed upon content is sufficient to confer actual knowledge to RCN. Plaintiffs similarly argue that, at a ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, New York, Etsy, Law, Groupon, Court, Copyright, Chicago, United States, Dmca, District Of Columbia, Bain, Cmi, Mango, Kmt


"Across the United States, many areas with large populations of Latinos and residents of Asian descent, including ones with the highest numbers of immigrants, had... a surge in turnout and a shift to the right, often a sizable one."

"The pattern was evident in big cities like Chicago and New York, in California and Florida, and along the Texas border with Mexico, according to a New York Times analysis of voting in 28,000 precincts in more than 20 cities..... [T]he red shifts, along with a wave of blue shifts in Republican and white areas, have scrambled the conventional wisdom of American politics and could presage a new electoral calculus for the parties.... And over all, Mr. Trump, whose policies and remarks were widely e...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Voting, Law, California, Mexico, Immigration, Chicago, United States, New York Times, Ethnicity, Trump, Northwestern University, Center for American Progress, Ann Althouse


Morning Docket: 12.21.20

* A company that claims its app is "the world's first robot lawyer" is facing a class action. Wonder if the class representative is named John Connor... [Tech News World] * The top lawyer for the City of Chicago has resigned over a botched police raid. [Guardian] * A new lawsuit alleges that an inmate in a St. Louis County jail died of treatable leukemia despite asking his guards to see a doctor. [NBC News] * Rob Gronkowski and Floyd Mayweather are facing a class action for allegedly endor...
Tags: Law, California, Nbc News, Chicago, Rob Gronkowski, Fox News, Terminator, Floyd Mayweather, David Boies, City of Chicago, St. Louis County, John Connor, Morning Docket, Lawyerly Lairs


632 Flight Training with Jason Miller

Guest Jason Miller produces flight training videos, a critically acclaimed podcast (The Finer Points), and now the Ground School flight training app. In the news, legend Chuck Yeager dies at 97, flight training restrictions due to Covid-19 and airline plans to transport vaccines, insurance rates for pilots, Designated Pilot Examiners, and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered research aircraft. Guest Jason Miller Jason Miller is an award-winning CFI with more than 20 years of experience...
Tags: Insurance, Chicago, United States, Aviation, Michigan, Brussels, Pfizer, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, United, United Airlines, Mach, Fuel Cells, Yeager, CFI


632 Fight Training with Jason Miller

Guest Jason Miller produces flight training videos, a critically acclaimed podcast (The Finer Points), and now the Ground School flight training app. In the news, legend Chuck Yeager dies at 97, flight training restrictions due to Covid-19 and airline plans to transport vaccines, insurance rates for pilots, Designated Pilot Examiners, and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered research aircraft. Guest Jason Miller Jason Miller is an award-winning CFI with more than 20 years of experience...
Tags: Insurance, Chicago, United States, Aviation, Michigan, Brussels, Pfizer, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, United, United Airlines, Mach, Fuel Cells, Yeager, CFI


What’s In a Name? Be Mindful For Duplicates When Running Background Checks

Back in law school, I submitted a letter and resume for a summer internship at a Chicago lawfirm.  (We did this via letters back then. Ask your parents.) Imagine my surprise when a week or so later I received a letter offering me a position at the law firm. No long interview sessions. And, well, no interviews at all! But alas, I was quick to realize something was amiss. The letter was addressed to a Daniel  J. Schwartz and referenced Northwestern University; I was at Washington University in St...
Tags: Google, Law, Interview, Confusion, Chicago, Connecticut, St Louis, Burger King, Letter, Data Privacy, Hiring, Northwestern University, Schwartz, Daniel, Stamford, Hartford


"Not surprisingly, Warnock’s beliefs have already been widely mischaracterized in coverage of the Georgia Senate runoff. Conservative pundits claim..."

"... they inject politics into the pulpit. They appear to be completely unaware that the 'politics' of the Black church tradition are rooted in the words of Jesus, who called for every Christian to be a champion of the poor. Warnock’s preaching has also been branded as 'anti-American.' But he is following Jesus — and in the footsteps of the best-known articulator of the Black church tradition, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who believed poverty, racism and militarism were the triple evils that...
Tags: Law, Senate, America, Atlanta, Georgia, History, Chicago, Christianity, Mlk, Slavery, Jesus, King, Black, Rev Martin Luther King Jr, Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church


Morning Docket: 12.04.20

* A man in prison for tax fraud is accused of using a smartphone to continue committing more tax crimes. Hope he wasn't doing the guards' taxes like Andy Dufresne... [New York Times] * A Florida lawyer is in hot water for allegedly telling people to move to Georgia to vote in the upcoming runoff elections. [Fox News] * Sources say that President Trump has not ruled out firing Attorney General Barr before the end of his term. [NBC News] * A Maryland attorney has been charged for allegedly t...
Tags: Florida, Maryland, Law, Georgia, Chicago, New York Times, Fox News, Somalia, Trump, Crain, Seattle Times, Barr, U S News, Andy Dufresne, Morning Docket, Folgers


On the link between murder rates and violent crime trends: What happens when there isn't one?

Murder rates are up this year in Texas' big cities and across the country, but other (much more common) types of violent crime remain down. Grits has puzzled over this trend. We usually think of murders as a subset of violent crime - the outliers with worst-case outcomes. Criminologists frequently treat murders as a proxy for other violent crime that may be less well documented. (Rapes or robberies may go unreported, but it's harder to hide dead bodies.) This year, though, those traditional cor...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, Chicago, New York Times, Philadelphia, Houston, Ny Times, Gritsforbreakfast, Jeff Asher, Ben Horvitz, Houston Chronicle Homicide


Prosecutors who AG Bill Barr dispatched to investigate Trump's evidence-free claims of mass election fraud say they found no substantial irregularities

US Attorney General Bill Barr speaks during a press conference in Chicago on September 9, 2020. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Prosecutors assigned to investigate baseless allegations of irregularities in vote tallies told Attorney General William Barr that they found no "substantial irregularities," The Washington Post reported.  Barr sent a memo on Monday requesting prosecutors to investigate "substantial claims" of fraud.  Some in the Department of Justice have said the request was bas...
Tags: Post, Politics, Law, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Dhs, Fraud, Chicago, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, The Washington Post


The Geek in Review Ep. 93 – Stephen Embry – The Future of the Law Office Won’t Need Everyone to be in the Office

A couple of episodes ago, we had Richard Hsu discuss the need to eventually bring as many of our lawyers back to a physical office in order to have a successful working environment. Stephen Embry of   reached out to us after listening and wanted to argue that while he understood Richard’s argument that in order for there to be a level playing field for all lawyers in the firm, that there were actually ways to create a successful environment where lawyers could continue to wo...
Tags: Apple, Work From Home, Facebook, Europe, Podcast, Florida, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, California, Uncategorized, Beck, America, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlantic


Symposium: Coronavirus litigation lurks in the shadows

This article is part of a symposium on the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket.” Stephen Wermiel writes the “SCOTUS for law students” column for SCOTUSblog. He is a professor of practice at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and a seminar on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has been wrestling with a steady stream of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, all in the form of emergency applications decided without full briefing or oral argum...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Virginia, Chicago, Commerce, San Diego, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Nevada, Louisiana, Illinois, Orange County


Moral failings of leaders collapsed even the best societies, finds study

Researchers found a commonality between the collapse of ancient empires.Even the best-run nations fell apart because of leaders who undermined social contracts.The scientists found that societies that had good governments broke up even worse than those with dictators. As America chooses its next President, a new study says that even the most powerful and best-run empires have collapsed under leaders who broke social contracts.The anthropology study took a deep dive into 30 pre-modern societies ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Government, America, Society, History, Chicago, Innovation, Anthropology, MacArthur, Feinman, Purdue University, Blanton, Ancient World, Gary Feinman, Richard Blanton


Moral failings of leaders collapsed even the best societies, study finds

Researchers found a commonality between the collapse of ancient empires.Even the best-run nations fell apart because of leaders who undermined social contracts.The scientists found that societies that had good governments broke up even worse than those with dictators. As America chooses its next President, a new study suggests that even the most powerful and best-run empires have collapsed under leaders who broke social contracts.The anthropology study took a deep dive into 30 pre-modern societ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Government, America, Society, History, Chicago, Innovation, Anthropology, MacArthur, Feinman, Purdue University, Blanton, Ancient World, Gary Feinman, Richard Blanton


"Mr. Baron Cohen... wrote his thesis on 'the Black-Jewish alliance' and identity politics in the Civil Rights movement. So he was primed to play the puckish Abbie Hoffman."

"'Essentially, he was trying to be a stand-up comedian,' Mr. Baron Cohen said of the man who co-founded the Yippies and preached flower power. 'He was very influenced by Lenny Bruce and he realized that if he could make people laugh, he could get them engaged in the cause.'... [Aaron] Sorkin, who wrote and directed the Chicago 7 film, said that the day Mr. Baron Cohen shot his scene on the witness stand reminded him of the day Jack Nicholson shot his courtroom scene in 'A Few Good Men,' noting, ...
Tags: Comedy, Jack Nicholson, Law, Chicago, Sacha Baron Cohen, Maureen Dowd, Lenny Bruce, Baron Cohen, Abbie Hoffman, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Aaron -RSB- Sorkin


Argument analysis: Bankruptcy metaphysics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard argument in City of Chicago v. Fulton via phone. The issue in this case is a narrow statutory question about how two sections of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code interact. With the argument tightly focused on the text of the statute, there were few fireworks to report. Craig Goldblatt argues remotely for Chicago (Art Lien) This case arises out of the city of Chicago’s practice of impounding cars for nonpayment of fines and fees owed to the city. To retrieve their ca...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Chicago, United States, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Fulton, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, 7th Circuit, Clarence Thomas


Symposium: A close look at Barrett’s rulings on qualified immunity

This article is part of a symposium on the jurisprudence of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Stephen Wermiel writes the “SCOTUS for law students” column for SCOTUSblog. He is a professor of practice at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and a seminar on the Supreme Court. Among the hot-button issues that Judge Amy Coney Barrett has encountered in her nearly three years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is the scope of qualifi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Navy, Indiana, Chicago, DOE, Thomas, Ford Fusion, Sonia Sotomayor, Benner, John Doe, Barrett, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Purdue


How do you identify an anonymous hacker?

An unknown person allegedly hacked plaintiff’s information systems and temporarily rendered plaintiff’s email system inoperable. Not knowing who to sue, plaintiff sued a number of “John Doe” defendants under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act. It was yet to identify the anonymous hacker. But that was as far as plaintiff could go without the court’s help. Since plaintiff did not know the real names of the defendants, it could not serve the complaint on the...
Tags: Law, Chicago, John Doe, Spaaace, Evan Brown


Symposium: Barrett’s record suggests willingness to uphold abortion restrictions

This article is the first entry in a symposium on the jurisprudence of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump pledged to appoint “pro-life” justices. As a result, he told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the Supreme Court would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing the right to obtain an abortion. At this ongoing week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy o...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Colorado, Planned Parenthood, Indiana, Chicago, Fox News, Catholic, Circuit, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Notre Dame, Sykes


Woman takes bar exam while in labor

If any union needs a tough adjudicator, someone who knows how to power through tumultuous situations, they might start with Brianna Hill, a law student at Loyola University in Chicago who took her bar exam while in labor. [ABC7 News] Hill started taking the bar exam remotely from her home, due to the Covid pandemic's in-person test-taking restrictions, when she went into labor. — Read the rest
Tags: News, Review, Law, Chicago, Hill, Loyola University, Lockdown, Brianna Hill


Tuesday round-up

Judge Amy Coney Barrett introduced herself to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday — but only after senators from both parties spent most of the day doing the talking. Republicans praised Barrett’s academic and judicial credentials, calling her a textualist and originalist who would neutrally apply the law if confirmed to the Supreme Court. Democrats painted a starkly different picture, predicting that Barrett would help strike down the Affordable Care Act and overturn landmark precedents on...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Senate, Chicago, United States, Briggs, Round-up, Don, Senate Judiciary Committee, HARRIS, Fulton, Barrett, Robin Givhan, Supreme Court Democrats, Evan Lee



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