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LawNext Episode 36: Atrium Cofounder Augie Rakow on the Alternative Firm’s Successes and Challenges

Silicon Valley-backed Atrium is a different kind of law firm — a dual entity that is part law practice and part legal technology company. The goal is to provide corporate clients with a more efficient and transparent alternative to traditional large firms, with Atrium’s lawyers focusing exclusively on practicing law, while a second entity, Atrium LTS, handles all operations for the firm, even including marketing, and develops and operates software to streamline the firm’s workflows. Atrium wa...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Justin Kan, Bay Area, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe, Kan, Atrium, UC Hastings College, Sand Hill, Orrick, Bob Ambrogi, Harvard Divinity School


LawNext Episode 36: Atrium Cofounder Augie Rakow on the Alternative Firm’s Successes and Challenges

Silicon Valley-backed Atrium is a different kind of law firm — a dual entity that is part law practice and part legal technology company. The goal is to provide corporate clients with a more efficient and transparent alternative to traditional large firms, with Atrium’s lawyers focusing exclusively on practicing law, while a second entity, Atrium LTS, handles all operations for the firm, even including marketing, and develops and operates software to streamline the firm’s workflows. Atrium wa...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Justin Kan, Bay Area, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe, Kan, Atrium, UC Hastings College, Sand Hill, Orrick, Harvard Divinity School, Rakow


Relist Watch: The Muller Report

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. I normally try to have Relist Watch written up by Wednesday after the court issues its order list. Here it is late Thursday and I’m just getting it out. It’s not just that I’m lazy, though I am. It’s that I’ve been mulling over the five new relists, and what I think their prospects are for Supreme Court review. In fact, I’ve been mulling these cases so deeply that you could call today’s installment the “Muller Report.” I like the ring of it. I’ve also spent ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Oregon, San Francisco, Indiana, Dhs, United States, Nielsen, Illinois, Smith, Naacp, Ada


The Perfect Podcast for Mueller-Report Release Day: ‘Talking Feds’

With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out. Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe. Host Harry Litman The show is hosted by Harry Litman, a former ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Justice Department, Northern District of California, Mueller, Bob Ambrogi, Litman, Melinda Haag, Candace Kelly, Constantine Cannon, Robert S Mueller III, Harry Litman, Martha Boersch


The Perfect Podcast for Mueller-Report Release Day: ‘Talking Feds’

With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out. Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe. Host Harry Litman The show is hosted by Harry Litman, a former ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Justice Department, Northern District of California, Mueller, Litman, Melinda Haag, Candace Kelly, Constantine Cannon, Robert S Mueller III, Harry Litman, Martha Boersch, Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit


"Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding."

Said Rachel Moon, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics's Task Force on SIDS. Quoted in "Parents dread life ‘without a Rock n Play’: Fisher-Price recall triggers shock and frustration."Last week’s recall of nearly 5 million Rock 'n Plays hit close to home for sleep-deprived parents who have turned to the Fisher-Price product for a moment of reprieve -- or a night’s sleep -- since it was introduced a decade ago. The cloth-covered cradle, which vibrates, plays music and positions the baby ...
Tags: Death, Texas, Sleep, Law, Babies, Wikipedia, San Francisco, Frank Zappa, Ringo, Bart, Dana Scully, Kurt Vonnegut, Owens, Clark, Lisa, Jimmy Buffett


The Smart Gun Doesn’t Exist For The Smartest Reasons

That’s not actually the title of the idiotic Bloomberg article.  It’s titled The Smart Gun Doesn’t Exist for the Dumbest Reasons. Smith & Wesson still feels the wound it suffered two decades ago when it decided to invent smart guns. The idea was to invest heavily in the development of personalized weapons that could be fired only by a single person: the gun’s owner. This was considered a nearly science-fictional proposition in the late 1990s, years before the world was filled with smartphones a...
Tags: Google, America, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Military, Ford, Gm, Peter Thiel, Gun Control, Silicon Valley, Smart Guns, Bloomberg LP, NRC, Bay Area, Smith Wesson


"Kim Kardashian has revealed she plans on taking the bar exam in 2022."

"In an interview with Vogue magazine, the reality star, 38, said she was inspired to pursue law after working to grant Alice Marie Johnson clemency last year. Kim began a four year long apprenticeship at a San Francisco law firm last summer in order to prepare for the exam, and now studies 18 hours a week with two practicing attorneys. Though Kim did not attend college or law school, she is able to pursue her dream through an alternative path. 'Reading the law' allows people to take the bar by...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, San Francisco, Daily Mail, Vogue, Kim, Lawyers, Law School, Ann Althouse, Alice Marie Johnson


Renter Not Refunding Payment Made W/Venmo

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: San Francisco, California I am moving to San Francisco, and I thought found a perfect for place for rent. I video chatted with renter that is looking for roommate. I currently do not live in San Francisco, and I live in another state. The price was not stated in the ad, and I agree to pay $950 for 3/10/2019 to 4/10/2019. Until this day I still not live at the place, and I live in another state. I contacted the individual recently, they...
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Landlord-Tenant Law, San Francisco California


LawNext Episode 32: Kimball Parker, Head of Wilson Sonsini’s New Tech Subsidiary SixFifty

In February, Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini announced the launch of SixFifty, a software subsidiary that will develop automated tools designed to make legal processes more efficient and affordable for individuals, small businesses and emerging companies. Named president of SixFifty was Kimball Dean Parker, the lawyer who helped develop the innovative LawX design lab at BYU Law School. On this episode of LawNext, I visit Parker in SixFifty’s Lehi, Utah, office, where we discuss Wilson ...
Tags: Utah, Law, California, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Parker, Bob Ambrogi, Lehi Utah, Wilson Sonsini, University of Chicago Law School, BYU Law School, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Sullivan, Parsons Behle Latimer, LawNext, Parsons Behle Lab, Kimball Dean Parker


12 Finalists Named for Global Legal Hackathon; Will Compete May 4 in NYC

Twelve teams from global locations ranging from Australia to China, from Bucharest to Brazil, and from India to San Francisco, have been named as finalists in the second annual Global Legal Hackathon. The teams have been invited to compete in the hackathon’s final found May 4 in New York City. The first round took place over the weekend of Feb. 22-24, when over 6,000 individuals formed hundreds of teams in 46 host cities spread across 24 countries. They worked through the weekend to develop inno...
Tags: Hong Kong, Law, Australia, China, India, New York City, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Brazil, Bucharest, Romania Bucharest, Germany Berlin, Bob Ambrogi, india Delhi, USA San Francisco, Integra Ledger


Rounding up some commentary on Gov Newsom's formal halting of executions in California

Given that there were no executions in California during the second term of Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger or during the two terms of Gov Jerry Brown, I was not expecting to see California's execution chamber suddenly getting a lot of use once Gavin Newsom took over.  But, as reported here, just two months into office, Gov Newsom formalize matters by ordering an "executive moratorium ... in the forms of a reprieve for all people sentenced to death in California."  Here is a smattering of commentary a...
Tags: Law, California, US, America, San Francisco, Atlantic, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Douglas A Berman, Mercury News Newsom, San Diego Union Tribune How Newsom, Forum Gov Newsom


Agustin Huneeus Jr. — charged in the college admissions scandal — "has been a popular big money-political donor to California’s Congressional Democrats from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Napa Valley."

The California Globe reports:In 2016, his family hosted a Democratic mega-donor lunch and wine pairing at their Quintessa Winery for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, with Google’s executive chairman Schmidt as the luncheon speaker.... Huneeus has made seven contributions to House Speaker Nancy Pelois (D-San Francisco), totaling $18,300, and $10,000 to Pelosi’s political action committee, PAC to the Future....Agustin also made:six contributions to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-San Francisco), totaling $21,600.six lar...
Tags: Google, Law, California, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, House, PAC, Ethnicity, Nancy Pelosi, Globe, Campaign Finance, San Francisco Bay Area, Democratic, Democratic Party, Napa Valley


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


Legal Tool Among Winners Of Knight Foundation ‘AI and the News’ Challenge

The Knight Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting excellence in journalism, today announced the seven winners of an open challenge to use artificial intelligence to empower journalism and reimagine news, and among them is a legal technology company. Legal Robot, a San Francisco company whose product uses machine learning to analyze contracts, won for its proposal to develop a tool that will apply machine learning to quickly extract structured data from government contracts. This engine...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, United States, Knight Foundation, Knight, Bob Ambrogi, Legal Robot


Legal Tool Among Winners Of Knight Foundation ‘AI and the News’ Challenge

The Knight Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting excellence in journalism, today announced the seven winners of an open challenge to use artificial intelligence to empower journalism and reimagine news, and among them is a legal technology company. Legal Robot, a San Francisco company whose product uses machine learning to analyze contracts, won for its proposal to develop a tool that will apply machine learning to quickly extract structured data from government contracts. This engine...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, United States, Knight Foundation, Knight, Legal Robot


Western State College of Law maintains classes while area Argosy University and Art Institute campuses have closed

Western State College of Law students in Irvine were told by a March 7 email from their dean that the campus “will be able to hold classes at least through March 22.” Since January, third-year students at Western State College of Law in Irvine haven’t known from one week to the next if final exams will take place as scheduled or if they actually will graduate in May, said Sydney McGregor, 32, who hopes to sit for the state bar exam in July. A man enters Western State College of Law at Argosy...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Education, Law, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, New York Times, San Diego, Community, Local News, Orange County, Art Institute


Repair and Maintenance: Property Owner/Management No Notice to Enter Property

I'm a tenant in San Diego, California and my rental unit is an older, stand alone raised foundation apartment. My questions are: 1. I am in a 1 year lease, if I choose to give 30 days notice, will I be able to break the lease and get my deposit and not be charged additional months rent? 2. Are there any actions I can take to get the owner to provide proper 24-hour notice? The privacy situation: The owner listed the property for sale in Feb 2019 and did not notify the residents. I suspected...
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Landlord-Tenant Law, San Diego California


"Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might."

The 3 steps (from a NYT health column) are:• Increased physical activity• Blood pressure management for people with hypertension, particularly in midlife;• And cognitive training.That last recommendation [according to Dr. Kristine Yaffe, a neuropsychiatrist and epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, is] "really the concept of being mentally active... Find something you enjoy where you’re learning something new, challenging and stimulating your brain."It's boring as health...
Tags: Health, Audiobooks, Law, Aging, San Francisco, Blogging, University Of California, Ann Althouse, Kristine Yaffe


I Make $140K, Have Great Benefits — But Have No Idea What My Passion Is

In our series My 6-Figure Paycheck , women making more than $100,000 open up about how they got there and what exactly they do. We take a closer look at what it feels like to be a woman making six figures — when only 5% of American women make that much, according to the U.S. Census — w ith the hope it will give women insight into how to better navigate their own career and salary trajectories.Today, we chat with a chief of staff in Washington, D.C. Previously, we spoke to a lifecycle marketing ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Law, Washington, San Francisco, San Francisco CA, U S Census


SCOTUS, ruling 5-3, clarifies execution competency standards and remands in Madison v. Alabama

The Supreme Court this morning handed down an opinion in Madison v. Alabama, 17-7505 (S. Ct. Feb. 27, 2019) (available here), a case concerning the distinctive Eighth Amendment jurisprudence addressing whether a defendant is competent to be executed.  The ruling in the case is 5-3, as Justice Kavanaugh had not yet joined the Court at the time the case was argued.  Justice Kagan delivered the opinion of the Court, which was joined by the Chief Justice as well as Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Soto...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Alabama, San Francisco, Madison, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan, Sheehan, Osborn, Visa Inc, Kavanaugh, Petitioner, Gorsuch


Monday Night Open Thread

San Francisco erases 8,000 marijuana convictions, dating to 1975. Also, San Francisco loses a crusader for justice -- Public Defender Jeff Adachi has died. This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Jeff Adachi


San Francisco housing stalled over “potentially historic laundromat”

A 75-unit housing development in San Francisco’s Mission District, a block from a BART station, is running into delay over what is termed a “potentially historic laundromat.” It’s a total mystery why housing is so expensive in the city by the Bay, with the average one-bedroom apartment said to rent for $3,258. [Adam Brinklow, Curbed via Derek Thompson] Tags: land use and zoning, San Francisco
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Derek Thompson, Land Use And Zoning, Bay, Bart, Adam Brinklow


"Let's be real. The current project, as planned, would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency."

Said California Gov. Gavin Newsom, quoted in the Sacramento Bee.[He's] abandoning a $77 billion plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco and will focus instead on completing a 119-mile (190-kilometer) segment in the state's agricultural heartland. Voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 calling for the linking of Northern and Southern California, a rail project initially estimated to cost $33 billion and be completed in 2020. Subsequent estimates more than doub...
Tags: Law, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Wisconsin, Central Valley, Railroads, Gavin Newsom, Sacramento Bee, Northern and Southern California, Newsom, Ann Althouse


Testing Our Assumption: Challenging Fossil Fuel Companies Helps Solve Climate Change

A growing number of communities, and lawyers, around the world are focusing their attention on global fossil fuel companies, arguing that they are legally liable for their products’ contribution to climate change and at least partially responsible for resulting climate-related costs. Other legal investigations and cases emphasize that the companies misled the public and their shareholders about the global risks of fossil fuel use, and that these actions have slowed progress on climate policies a...
Tags: Law, Germany, San Francisco, ExxonMobil, Canada, Philippines, Commission, Royal Dutch Shell, ALEC, Victoria, Map, Whistler, Oakland, Shell, Chevron, Rhode Island


San Francisco law requiring warnings in sugary-drink ads struck down

“A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance.” The ruling, by a unanimous 11-member en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit, found that thelaw violates First Amendment rights of commercial speech. [ ; American Beverage Association v. City and County of San Francisco] Tags: advertising, First Amendment, Ninth Circuit, obes...
Tags: Law, Obesity, Uncategorized, Advertising, San Francisco, City, First Amendment, Soft drinks, Ninth Circuit, American Beverage Association


OT2018 #17: “The Most Distinguished Recording Location”

Dan Epps and Leah Litman were in San Francisco this past weekend for a great symposium sponsored by the Hastings Law Journal called “The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy—Four Decades of Influence.” While he was in the City by the Bay, Epps managed to record a fun conversation with Judge Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Professors Rory Little and Zach Price of UC-Hastings College of the Law. They offer their takes on Kennedy’s legacy, talk through ...
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Kennedy, Anthony M Kennedy, Leah Litman, Dan Epps, Marsha Berzon, U S Court of the Appeals, First Mondays, Hastings Law Journal, Bay Epps


"The Crack Emcee, once San Francisco's blackest man, with an original collection of (actual) 'Rock' songs - exclusively about females..."

"... and all recorded throughout the San Francisco Bay Area over a 20-year period, as he served time with SF's The Beatnigs (Alternative Tentacles) Consolidated (Nettwerk) Broun Fellinis (Moonshine) and Little White Radio (Crack House). Shouts out to Detonator Kemrexx, Toph One, Chris Cotton, Nosia, Ann Althouse, Daren and Doug, for the undying inspiration. All songs written and produced by The Crack Emcee, except 'She’s A Woman' by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. 'Britney Houston' was compiled ...
Tags: Law, John Lennon, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, Doug, Shelia, Ann Althouse, Crack Emcee, Little White Radio Crack House, Chris Cotton Nosia Ann Althouse Daren, Paul McCartney Britney Houston, Britney Houston Bay Area Black Rock


"The familiar public narratives about black women don’t fit Kamala Harris. She’s not a jezebel, a mammy or an Omarosa."

"She’s also the first viable woman running for president who has had an entire adult dating life. Elizabeth Warren got married (the first time) at 19, Michele Bachmann at 22, Carly Fiorina 23, Hillary 28 and even 2020 candidate Kristen Gillibrand got married at 35. Harris, who married her husband at the age of 49 was living her best life into her 30s and 40s. So yes, we were bound to hear about Willie Brown and yes, at some point, it will come out that she dated talk show host Montel Williams to...
Tags: Law, California, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Johnson, Hillary, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Quincy Jones, Omarosa, Cardi B, Michele Bachmann, HARRIS, Deepak Chopra, Montel Williams, Jason Johnson


MSM's ham-handed protectiveness toward Kamala Harris: "The unique harm we cause when we dissect a powerful woman’s love life."

Oh, it's just exquisite, the harm we inflict on the delicate female candidate! It's unique! It hurts their tender feelings, so shush now, and allow this fine woman to become President, where we can continue to feel responsible for protecting her.Yeah, that makes sense. Sorry. I want a President who will protect us. So your protectiveness toward Kamala Harris completely backfires.I'm reading Monica Hesse in WaPo. The quote in the post title is the headline for her column. She's fielding the news ...
Tags: Law, Putin, San Francisco, United States, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Kamala Harris, Don, Brown, HARRIS, WaPo, MSM, Hesse, Monica Hesse, Ann Althouse



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