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Live at 6 ET Today: The Last ‘This Week in Law’

After 448 episodes, Denise Howell is calling it a wrap on her vide0 and audio podcast This Week in Law, which she currently cohosts with Stefan Szpajda, an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle. I’ll be the guest as they broadcast the show live today at 6 p.m. Eastern time. (To watch, go to the show website at 6 and click Live at the top of the page.) You’ll also be able to watch or listen to the recording afterwards. Notes and links on the topics we will be discussing on the show can be fou...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Seattle, Dorsey Whitney, Bob Ambrogi, Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda


Live at 6 ET Today: The Last ‘This Week in Law’

After 448 episodes, Denise Howell is calling it a wrap on her vide0 and audio podcast This Week in Law, which she currently cohosts with Stefan Szpajda, an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle. I’ll be the guest as they broadcast the show live today at 6 p.m. Eastern time. (To watch, go to the show website at 6 and click Live at the top of the page.) You’ll also be able to watch or listen to the recording afterwards. Notes and links on the topics we will be discussing on the show can be fou...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Seattle, Dorsey Whitney, Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda


Most popular Overlawyered posts of 2018

The dozen most popular Overlawyered posts of 2018, in ascending order: #12: “Challenge to Seattle law banning choice of tenants” #11: “‘Illinois 13-year-old charged with eavesdropping felony for recording meeting with principal’” #10: “California judge: Prop 65 requires warnings on coffee” #9: “Union group: Amazon should be prosecuted for threatening to pull jobs over per-worker tax” #8: “‘They like a Quarter Pounder without cheese. So they’re suing McDonald’s for $5 million’” #7: “‘I forced a ...
Tags: Amazon, Law, California, Uncategorized, Yale, Seattle, Illinois, Best Of, WSJ, Trump, McDonald


LexBlog Christmas Presents?

I asked each of my teammates what they wanted for Christmas. Across the board they wanted to brag. To brag about they and their team members did and built in 2018. And what better way to spread their word on what they bragged about to me, in their own words, than on my blog.  Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy New Year.  Publishing One of the publishing goals this year was to launch the first phase of a global news and commentary website built on content drawn from legal ...
Tags: Law, Seattle, Lexblog, Chris, Design Team, Scott, Portland Maine, Food Safety News, WordCamp, Marketing Team, Product Team, Scott Fennell, Holyoke Building, Melissa Caroline Jaime, WordCamp Maine, The Marketing Team


Quitting Facebook because of the Facebook Friends you chose makes no sense

Announcing that you’ve quit Facebook is almost like a badge of honor for folks these days. Many try to recruit others to follow them. I get people leaving Facebook out of “philosophical” concerns, though I think they’ll miss out on a lot by doing so. I don’t understand people quitting Facebook because they found their Facebook News Feed so awful. Afterall, your News Feed is created by your Facebook friends and your engagement with those friends. You choose your friends on Facebook, you s...
Tags: Facebook, Law, US, New York Times, Tehran, Seattle, Wall Street Journal, Robert Scoble, Facebook News Feed, York Times, Facebook Friends, Scoble, Larry Port, Facebook Again, Ronald Langeveld, Wall Street JournalAssociated Press


ALM attempting to stop small UK conference from using the phrases “legal tech” and “legaltech”

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot when your legal publishing company is already struggling in the eyes of a lot of folks. ALM is attempting to stop a couple young legal tech entrepreneurs, one a lawyer and one a technologist, in Sheffield, England from using the term or phrase “LegalTech” in the title of their small legal tech conference, LegalTech Conference North, which was held for the first time last month.  As reported by Dan Bindman of Legal Futures, conference coordinators,...
Tags: Publishing, UK, Technology, London, Law, US, Sheffield, Seattle, Northern England, Alm, Companies House, Harding, Pennington, Northern UK, Dan Bindman, Bindman


Sleeping in Seattle

For teens, starting school later brings multiple benefits. Nick Carne reports.
Tags: Society, Seattle, Nick Carne


Most U.S. police departments report sharp fall in applicants

Cops see themselves as a thin blue line, but the job is is turning into a scarlet letter. Nationwide, interest in becoming a police officer is down significantly. In Nashville, job applications dropped from 4,700 in 2010 to 1,900 last year. In Seattle, applications have declined by nearly 50 percent in a department where the starting salary is $79,000. ... Videos of police misconduct and fatal shootings have damaged the perception of American police officers but not irrevocably, said Antoinette...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Archer, Nashville, Seattle, Policing, Order, Antoinette Archer


Law: Segura fills big hole for Phillies as M's bet on Crawford

Philadelphia addressed a huge need at short with Jean Segura, while Seattle is giving J.P. Crawford a chance to meet his considerable potential.
Tags: Law, Philadelphia, Baseball, Seattle, Segura, Phillies, Crawford, Jean Segura, J P Crawford


We ban cannabis but let people eat as much meat as they want. That makes no sense | Sonia Sodha

If our goal is to limit social harm, we should reassess what we allow and what we rationFor any tourist visiting Seattle, there’s the standard bucket list: ride the monorail, ascend the Space Needle, pay a visit to the world’s largest building, and, if you’re not squeamish about tax avoidance, check out the first-ever Starbucks and the Amazon Spheres.But, as I discovered on a recent visit, there’s a new attraction in town: the cannabis shops peppered through its downtown since Washington state l...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Drugs, Washington, Environment, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Cannabis, Canada, Drugs trade, Starbucks, Seattle, Sonia Sodha


"Nearly half [of Americans] say they sometimes or always feel alone or 'left out.' Thirteen percent of Americans say that zero people know them well."

Writes Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Instituted in "How Loneliness Is Tearing America Apart/When people have a hole in their life, they often fill it with angry politics" (NYT)(citing a "large-scale survey from the health-care provider Cigna). Much of this op-ed column is drawn from the book "Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal" by Senator Ben Sasse.A précis of Mr. Sasse’s recommendations to America... might be this: Go where you get that hometown-gym-on-a...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Relationships, America, Cigna, Nyt, Nebraska, Seattle, Solitude, Brooks, Arthur C Brooks, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, Sasse, Fremont Nebraska, American Enterprise Instituted


Are Amazon and Lyft Making Online Reviews Too Important?

I’m really not sure what I think about this, so I’d love to discuss with you on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter or wherever… As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving Week in the United States, which means millions of people will spend billions of dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and will temporarily say things like “doorbusters” without a trace of embarrassment. As is the national custom, for almost every conceivable product there are approximately 1,417 competing brands and variations, making t...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Law, Whole Foods, Alabama, Seo, Star, United States, Tripadvisor, Seattle, OFT, Facebook Twitter, Apple Microsoft, BazaarVoice, Hick


How do legal tech products come about?

Yesterday, our tech and products team greenlighted our going to market with a new product for the syndication of legal blog posts from the LexBlog news and commentary platform. If this were a story from a business school textbook or a large company, I might share how we studied the market, looked at production costs, analyzed pricing and surveyed potential customers. But I don’t believe that takes place in small entrepreneurial companies. I know it doesn’t take place at LexBlog. This product...
Tags: Law, Seattle, Lexblog


Speeding Tickets: Defending Against a Speeding Ticket Based on Clerical Errors

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington My son went to see the Dave Matthews concert at The Gorge last Labor Day weekend. Going home towards Seattle on the I-90, he was stopped and given the citation. We live in Seattle, but my son started working in the Bay Area right after graduating from college a couple of years ago. He goes home to Seattle often. The court date is 11/19/2018. I am enclosing the redacted discovery papers. These were sent via email from the prosecu...
Tags: Law, Washington, Seattle, Bay Area, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Dave Matthews, State Patrol Academy


Speeding Tickets: Speeding - Washington, Lower Kittitas District Court, Ellensburg - Discovery Enclosed

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington My son went to see the Dave Matthews concert at The Gorge last Labor Day weekend. Going home towards Seattle on the I-90, he was stopped and given the citation. We live in Seattle, but my son started working in the Bay Area right after graduating from college a couple of years ago. He goes home to Seattle often. The court date is 11/19/2018. I am enclosing the redacted discovery papers. These were sent via email from the prosecu...
Tags: Law, Washington, Seattle, Bay Area, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Dave Matthews, State Patrol Academy


A Former Remington Executive Takes On A Challenge: Building A Smart Gun That Can’t Be Hacked

Forbes: For a while this summer, Ginger Chandler ignored the emails from LodeStar. As an executive who had formerly worked on product development for Smith & Wesson and Remington, she was an obvious candidate to help the startup develop a better smart gun. But she knew the history of smart gun efforts in the United States. In short, they’d failed. Smart guns are a kind of graveyard of heroes who have been torn apart on the rocky shoals of American gun politics. Chandler had been laid off from R...
Tags: Texas, Obama Administration, Washington, America, Harvard, Military, United States, New Jersey, Gun Control, Smart Guns, UC Davis, Seattle, Nra, Smith Wesson, Brady, National Shooting Sports Foundation


Wage and hour roundup

Politicians interfere with a complex industry they don’t understand: when the $15 minimum wage came to New York car washes [Jim Epstein, Reason: article, 13:32 video] “D.C. Repeals a Minimum Wage Hike That Restaurant Workers Didn’t Want” [Eric Boehm, Reason] “Tipping lawsuit leads popular Salem restaurant to declare bankruptcy” [ ] Challenging a premise: “Why a federal minimum wage?” [Scott Sumner] “Pew Map Shows One Reason a National $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Work” [Joe Setyon, Reason] New evi...
Tags: New York, Law, NYC, Washington, Restaurants, Uncategorized, Minimum Wage, Canada, Ford, Salem, Venezuela, Seattle, Ontario, Wynne, NBER, Wage And Hour Suits


To London and beyond

A snappy 10 hour flight yesterday and I was back in Seattle from London where I attended the Legal Geek Law Tech Conference, met with law firms and introduced LexBlog to The Law Society. I said it last year, and this next year I’ll follow through on it — that being to get to London, regularly, to expand LexBlog’s international reach and influence. It’s important not only for LexBlog to expand markets globally, but for LexBlog to evangelize the cause of legal blogging, worldwide, for both the...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Law, Victoria, Seattle, Legal Marketing, Albert, Law Society, UK Spain Norway Switzerland Singapore


True Crime Author Corey Mitchell, 1967 - 2014, R.I.P.

True crime author Corey Mitchell,47, passed away suddenly in late October. News accounts say he died of a heart attack. Mitchell studied law but did not practice; instead, he wrote seven true crime books, and a few years ago he was the editor of a well regarded if short-lived and now sadly defunct online true crime collaborative. (Read my initial piece on In Cold Blog here).  Mitchell's titles are Evil Eyes, Pure Murder, Dead and Buried, Murdered Innocents, Strangler, and Savage Son, along with ...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Seattle, Detroit, Mitchell, Watts, Ted Bundy, Corey Mitchell, Laura James, The True Crime Genre, CLEWS, Savage Son, Eugene Watts Evil Eyes


links in the theme

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.--Emerson I once felt bad about the size of the pile of books on my nightstand, but now I am reconciled and take comfort in the fact that I will never run out of good true crime books to read and review. When I die, I'll have a half-dozen sitting there. In the good long meantime...at least I'll never have to resort to reading ...
Tags: Law, Italy, Seattle, Amanda Knox, Emerson, Simon Schuster, Laura James, Book News & Reviews, Harold Schechter, Diana Britt Franklin, Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun Multiple, Kembo, Candace Dempsey, Henry K Lee, San Francisco Chronicle Convicted


Ask the author: Our Constitution says we must take this risk

The following is a series of questions prompted by the publication of Justin Driver’s “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind” (Pantheon Books, 2018). As Driver observes, “cultural anxieties that pervade the larger society often flash where law and education converge.” And indeed, decisions arising from schools – in which the Supreme Court has both spurred and forestalled social changes – have involved free speech, due process, criminal ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Book Reviews, Pennsylvania, United States, Warren, Ferguson, North, Louisiana, Seattle, Redding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, DOE, Santa Fe


Speeding Tickets: Camera Speeding in Washington School Zone Two Blocks Away

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington I received an infraction notice for speeding in a school zone, through camera photo enforcement. This exact camera in question, however, has been the discussion of another thread here on ExpertLaw, as well as from local news coverage (first and second) and another forum discussion as problematic because the camera was placed outside of the 300 foot school zone. The school itself, Montlake Elementary, is over two blocks from t...
Tags: Law, Washington, Seattle, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Washington School Zone Two Blocks Away, Montlake Elementary


Clio Cloud Conference always better than the last

I came home from Clio’s annual Cloud Conference (Clio Con) in New Orleans on Saturday a little tired and a little hoarse. Little question that Clio Con is solidifying its place as one of the best, if not the best, legal conference. A big thanks to Jack Newton and the entire Clio team. 100 Clio team members traveled from Vancouver to work the conference so the commitment to over the top customer service was evident everywhere. Four big takeaways for me. One, the impact of Clio’s integration...
Tags: Law, San Diego, New Orleans, Vancouver, Seattle, Clio, Legal Marketing, Tali, Jack Newton, Riesman


Suspension and Revocation: DWLS 3rd Degree

My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Arizona I was recently pulled over for speeding in the state of Washington, my home since 2012. I was driving my girlfriend's car at the time. I rarely drive because I live in Seattle and don't really need a car. The officer was very pleasant and I readily confessed I knew why we were being pulled over. After running my Arizona DL, he came back and asked if I was aware that my license had been suspended since 2013. Needless to say, ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Arizona, Seattle, Driver's Licenses, Dept of Licensing, WA State DL


America's cities sue FCC for handing billions in municipal subsidy to wireless carriers

The FCC has ordered American cities to hand discounted access to public resources for 5G access, and to operate a bureaucracy that rubberstamps applications to use city resources without delay. The FCC prices this subsidy at $2 billion. In response, US cities and small towns have announced that they will jointly sue the FCC. The FCC order also forces cities and towns to act on carrier applications within 60 or 90 days, and it limits the kinds of aesthetic requirements cities and towns ca...
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Law, US, America, Seattle, 5g, Holmes, Ajit Pai, Late Stage Capitalism, Privatized Gains Socialized Losses, Durkan, Jon Brodkin Ars Technica


Kavanaugh-Blasey Ford Hearing: A Dramatic Lesson On Gender Roles

NEW YORK (AP) — He let his anger flare repeatedly, interrupted his questioners and cried several times during his opening statement. She strived to remain calm and polite, despite her nervousness, and mostly held back her tears. Throughout their riveting, nationally televised testimony on Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh served as Exhibits A and B for a tutorial on gender roles and stereotypes. Amid the deluge of reaction on social media, one prominent observation: Ford, as...
Tags: New York, News, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Society, Ap, Ford, University of Pennsylvania, Seattle, Chance, U S Supreme Court, Yale School of Management, University of Louisville, Cunningham, Kavanaugh, Sacks


"Safe Injection Sites and the Federal 'Crack House' Statute"

Alex Kreit, who I am lucky to have time to hang out with this semester as he serves as the first Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University's new Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, has this new paper now posted on SSRN that has the same title as the title of this post.  Here its abstract: Safe injection sites have become the next battlefield in the conflict between state and federal drug laws.  A safe injection site is a place where injection drug users can self-administer drugs in a cont...
Tags: Law, Canada, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Seattle, Csa, Ohio State University, Douglas A Berman, Rod Rosenstein, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Alex Kreit, New York Philadelphia San Francisco


LawNext Episode 11: Avvo Founder Mark Britton on Why He Started The Company, Why He Sold It, and Why He Left

Earlier this year, Mark Britton left Avvo, the often-controversial company he founded in 2006 and led as CEO, after selling it to web behemoth Internet Brands. Explaining his departure in a memo to his staff, he wrote, “It’s time for me to go.” In the latest episode of LawNext, Britton reflects on his 12 years at Avvo. In a face-to-face interview I conducted with him last week in his home base of Seattle, Britton recounts why he started the company, discusses why he sold it to Internet Brands...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Law, Seattle, Expedia, Avvo, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Britton, Bob Ambrogi, George Washington University Law School, Internet Brands, Mark Britton, LawNext, LawNext Britton, Seattle Britton


The latest argument for "overhauling the [DEA], or even getting rid of it entirely."

Leo Beletsky and Jeremiah Goulka has this new New York Times commentary under the headline "The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis: The Drug Enforcement Administration has proved itself incompetent for decades."  Here is how it starts and ends: Every day, nearly 200 people across the country die from drug overdoses.  Opioids have been the primary driver of this calamity: first as prescription painkillers, then heroin and, more recently, illicitly manufactured fentanyl.  The death toll ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Massachusetts, San Francisco, New York Times, Food And Drug Administration, DEA, Seattle, Rhode Island, Justice Department, Trump, Richard Nixon, Drug Enforcement Administration, Douglas A Berman, The Drug Enforcement Administration, Leo Beletsky


Drunk Boyfriend

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington My boyfriend (who was intoxicated) was on Grindr and began a conversation with another user. The user asked for his number which my boyfriend gave. A few hours later that user texts my boyfriend. My boyfriend asked the user for a pic. The user sent a nude pic and my boyfriend responded with a nude pic. It turns out the user was a minor. A few days later the dad, who is in South Carolina calls and leaves a voicemail on his phone s...
Tags: Law, Washington, Seattle, Grindr, South Carolina, Criminal Defense Lawyers



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