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Public domain advocate gets appellate win in bid to publish copyrighted standards referenced in laws

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-19 14:47

A federal appeals court on Tuesday told a federal judge to reconsider whether the fair use doctrine allows a nonprofit to post technical standards created…

Categories: General Law

New Signs Highlight Reference Resources

Law Library - Thu, 2018-07-19 14:36


New signs are up in the Reference Area to highlight a few of the most frequently used print resources and to help patrons find good places to start researching. Each sign features a few tips on the content of the resource and an image that users can scan with their smartphones, linking to a short video with additional information about the resource.




Categories: General Law

Woman surprised to learn payment contract she signed for dog was for its rental

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-19 12:10

New York could become the third state to ban animal rentals after the state attorney general filed a fraud suit against a chain called The…

Categories: General Law

Cuomo administration offers state attorney general a criminal referral in Trump Foundation probe

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-19 09:45
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's adminstration is willing to provide a referral to the state attorney general to pursue criminal charges against the Donald J.…
Categories: General Law

Judge is ‘almost haunted’ by Greenberg Traurig fee request, says it’s not ‘mere Monopoly money’

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-19 08:05

A judge in Manhattan has rejected a $464,000 fee request by Greenberg Traurig in an opinion that faulted the law firm for “gold plated lawyering”…

Categories: General Law

Ann Hopkins, plaintiff in landmark gender stereotyping case, dies at 74

ABA Journal - Wed, 2018-07-18 15:55

A woman who took her gender stereotyping case to the U.S. Supreme Court after twice being denied a partnership at Price Waterhouse has died at…

Categories: General Law

It's Been Twelve Years

Credit Slips - Wed, 2018-07-18 11:50

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the Credit Slips launch date. I always like to mark the date because it is hard to believe that it has been that long. When we started, Barack Obama was a senator, and Elizabeth Warren was blogging (for us and others). The solar system had nine planets. Worldcom was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and we were trying to parse the meaning of the not-always-clear bankruptcy amendments in 2005. OK, we are still trying to do the latter.

Happy birthday to us. Thanks for reading.

And, yes, that is a picture of Zachary Taylor.

Categories: Bankruptcy

Trial on fetal burial law begins with judge’s defense of his motives

ABA Journal - Tue, 2018-07-17 14:20
A trial on the constitutionality of a Texas fetal remains burial law began Monday with a federal judge proclaiming that he has “no predisposition” in…
Categories: General Law

MGM Resorts uses an obscure law to sue Las Vegas mass shooting victims

ABA Journal - Tue, 2018-07-17 13:59

Using an obscure law, MGM Resorts International has filed federal suits against victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

In U.S. District Courts…

Categories: General Law

Generation Z Coming to Your University and Workplaces

Law Library - Tue, 2018-07-17 13:33

Several years back we had a blog about this generation that was set to start entering law school in about 2015 (then called Net Gen—more popularly Generation Z (Gen Z) now but also iGeneration, iGen and Post-Millennials).  Now in 2018, this generation is entering law schools and workplaces in greater numbers.  Demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years.  Most of Generation Z have used the Internet since a young age, and they are generally comfortable with technology and with interacting on social media.

According to a recent Forbes article, there are 8 ways Gen Z are different from Millennials:

  1. Gen Z is motivated by security
  2. Gen Z may be more competitive compared to Millennials
  3. Gen Z wants independence
  4. Gen Z will multitask more than Millennials
  5. Gen Z is entrepreneurial
  6. Gen Z wants to communicate face to face
  7. Gen Z are true digital natives
  8. Gen Z wants to be catered to

While generational characteristics are not specific to all individuals they can be helpful in understanding differences between older generations and students.  Here are additional articles that may help in understanding our newest generation of law students:

  • Mary Ann Becker, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 9 (2015).
  • Denise Hawkins, Here Comes Generation Z. What Makes Them Tick? NEA Today (July 13, 2015) http://neatoday.org/2015/07/13/here-comes-generation-z-what-makes-them-tick/
  • Eugene Scott, The State of America, According to Generation Z, The Washington Post (January 11, 2018).
  • Corey Seemiller & Meghan Grace, Generation Z: Educating and Engaging the Next Generation of Students, 22 (3) About Campus, 21-26, (Jul/Aug2017).
  • Celeste Roseberry-McKibben, Generation Z Rising, 22(12) ASHA Leader 36-38 (Dec. 2017).

Categories: General Law

Federal judge temporarily halts deportations of reunified immigrant families

ABA Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 18:25

A federal judge in San Diego on Monday temporarily halted the deportation of reunified immigrant families.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw granted a motion for…

Categories: General Law

This Just In: The Principal’s Legal Handbook

Law Library - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:33

The Principal’s Legal Handbook, 6th edition published by Cleveland State University Partner Education Law Association is a substantial revision of the 5th edition and highlights the most impactful issues faced by school administrators while offering practical guidance.

This hefty book (at over 800 pages) is broken into 4 sections with an introduction.  The introduction does a good job of giving an overview of the legal system and how to use the handbook to increase legal literacy.  The sections are Students and the Law (discipline, freedom of expression; search and seizure; records; student promotion, retention, and graduation; child abuse; student sexual harassment; off-campus speech; truancy; and homeschooling), Special Education and the Law (federal disability law), Teachers and the Law (dismissal, certification, academic freedom and censorship, sexual harassment in the workplace, evaluations, student injury, documentation, and curriculum), and Schools and the Law (Every Student Succeeds Act, religion, copyright, charter schools, collective bargaining, school funding litigation, affirmative action, desegregation, and English Language Learners).

The Principal’s Legal Handbook can be found in our new arrivals section on the 1st floor of the library near the circulation desk.

Categories: General Law

ABA files amicus brief with Supreme Court seeking to preserve cy pres awards for legal aid groups

ABA Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 14:30

The American Bar Association on Monday filed an amicus brief that told the U.S. Supreme Court that class-action cy pres awards are often appropriate when…

Categories: General Law

BigLaw firm takes on porn infringement, says Prenda Law was a different, ‘malicious’ animal

ABA Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 12:03

Fox Rothschild has taken on copyright infringement suits, filing 870 such suits for porn studio Strike 3 Holdings in the first six months of this…

Categories: General Law

Lawyer is suspended after apparent sex act with client is caught on courthouse security camera

ABA Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 08:10

A lawyer from Zanesville, Ohio, has been suspended after a security camera live-streamed an apparent sexual interaction with a client to courthouse deputies.

Lawyer Brian…

Categories: General Law

Keeping up with the Appointments Clause: Puerto Rico bankruptcy update

Credit Slips - Fri, 2018-07-13 16:57

In January I wrote about Aurelius seeking a do-over. In a carefully reasoned thirty-five page decision, the district court has denied the do-over.  Put more legally, the court held that PROMESA's method of establishing the Puerto Rico Oversight Board did not run afoul of the Constitution's Appointments Clause. The Oversight Board is an instrumentality of Puerto Rico, concluded the court, not officers of the United States.

Categories: Bankruptcy

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in talcum powder case

ABA Journal - Fri, 2018-07-13 10:50

Jurors in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in damages on Thursday in a suit that claimed Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused 22 women…

Categories: General Law

Justice Department will appeal decision approving AT&T-Time Warner merger

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:06

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a notice indicating it will appeal a federal judge’s decision approving the merger of media giants AT&T and Time…

Categories: General Law

C|M|Law Now Offering Leadership Class for Law Students

Law Library - Thu, 2018-07-12 13:44

 C|M|Law Dean Lee Fisher is teaching a new class this fall. LAW768 7 Habits of Effective Lawyer Leaders will help students develop leadership skills essential for success in the legal field and beyond. According to the course description in the catalog, “topics will include characteristics and styles of leadership, strategic planning, managing growth and change, public speaking, motivating people and teams, decision making, conflict management, entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, ethical responsibilities, and collaboration.” Students will participate in discussion,  exercises, case studies, and group presentations, and enjoy guest lectures by successful leaders to learn the core competencies of effective leadership. The class is available for Upper Level Writing credit.

Enrollment for this 2 credit class is still available via CampusNet.

Categories: General Law

Iowa Supreme Court says alleged sex harassment by former county attorney didn’t merit ouster

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:10

An elected prosecutor in southeast Iowa says he will be back on the job after the state’s…

Categories: General Law