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Higher Law: Cannabis Insurance Myths | Pot & Politicians: New Report | In the Weeds & More

Law.com Newswire - Thu, 2018-09-20 16:00
This week, we look at myths about cannabis insurance. Plus, a marijuana industry group says legalization is a winning political issue. So why are so few politicians championing the cause? Scroll down to see who got the work. Thanks for reading Higher Law.
Categories: General Law

New Shearman & Sterling Initiative Banks on Clients' Fintech Needs

Law.com Newswire - Thu, 2018-09-20 15:57
The Wall Street firm's FinTech Foundry program is aimed not just at banks and startups, but also other companies that see applications for technologies like blockchain.
Categories: General Law

Free Online Research Tools: Congressional Research Service Reports

Law Library - Thu, 2018-09-20 14:40

 The Library of Congress announced on September 17, 2018 that a new website is now live, making reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) available to the public. The CRS is Congress’ nonpartisan “think tank” that conducts research and publishes reports for Congressional committees and Members of Congress. The experts and researchers at CRS provide analysis of an extensive range of topics. The thorough and nonpartisan nature of CRS reports makes them a valuable source on important and current topics for anybody, including legal researchers. CRS reports can be useful for legislative history research because they provide unbiased background information from a legislative perspective on issues before Congress.

Despite the fact that CRS reports are taxpayer funded, these reports were only made available to legislators. Some reports eventually made their way out to the public, if a congressional staffer chose to share. Recently, efforts had been made to make more reports widely available to the public with websites such as EveryCRSreport.com working to collect and share over 14,500 CRS reports. The new website from the Library of Congress serves as an official source of CRS reports, with over 600 of the active reports available at launch and more being added over time. Users may enter keywords to search the database or browse the index by clicking the search button without entering terms.

For more on legislative history or additional law and policy sources, check out our Legislative History Research Guide and Free Online Legal Research Guide.

Categories: General Law

Law Profs Say the Stupidest Things: A Guide to Recent Controversies

Law.com Newswire - Thu, 2018-09-20 14:27
Some academic types just can't avoid controversy, whether through a misguided Halloween costume, racially charged language in the classroom, or a pattern of throwing bombs that shake up students and fellow faculty members.
Categories: General Law

Fall Visitors with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

Gender & Sexuality - Thu, 2018-09-20 14:21

Cross-posted to the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law Medium Page

This Fall, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law is pleased to host Joseph Fischel and Emily Stolzenberg as Visiting Faculty in Residence at Columbia Law School. Professors Fischel and Stolzenberg will be participating in Center programming, and working on their own independent research while in Residence with the Center.  Both are joining the Center as part of Columbia University’s Visiting Scholars Program. Professor Fischel is on-site with us in Jerome Greene Hall, in Office 627; Professor Stolzenberg will be working off-site, primarily.

Bios for both of our Scholars follow below, along with links to their CVs:

Joseph Fischel
Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Fischel is a theorist of social and sexual justice. His research on the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality is informed by normative political theory, queer studies, and critical race and feminist legal theory. His first two books interrogate consent as the magnetizing, dominant metric of modern sex law and late modern sexual ethics. Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) argues that the sociolegal figures of the recidivistic sex offender, the innocent child and the heroic homosexual invest consent with its normative power while obfuscating more pervasive but less perceptible forms of sexual injury and gendered violence. Fischel’s second book, Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice (University of California Press, 2019) explores cases of atypical and non-normative sex in order to scaffold a sexual ethics less beholden to consent for what we think of as the “ordinary” couple form. His current research project, Against Nature: A Solicitation to Sodomitical Justice (forthcoming in the Sexuality Series of Temple University Press) examines the life and afterlife of sodomy law in New Orleans and beyond to reconsider the centrality of sex—in contradisctinction to race, gender or sexuality—for liberal and neoliberal governance.

Emily Stolzenberg
Curriculum Vitae

Emily Stolzenberg returns as a Visiting Scholar to Columbia Law School, where she was previously an Associate in Law and Lecturer in Law. Her research seeks to reconcile individual autonomy with family obligation and currently focuses on how to fairly and efficiently define financial obligations for a diverse array of families. Stolzenberg’s recent article, “The New Family Freedom,” published in the Boston College Law Review, analyzed how an emergent, libertarian vision of autonomy as property rights delegitimizes attempts to impose financial obligations in nonmarital and post-divorce families. Her current project, “Properties of Intimacy,” argues that family law is even more protective of title-holders’ ability to exclude others than are property law and theory and that a different approach to intimates’ property disputes could yield fairer distributions upon family dis­solution.

Stolzenberg graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, having earned a master’s in political theory from the University of Oxford in 2009. After law school, she worked with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program and Elder Law Initiative in Charlottesville, VA. From 2013-2014, Stolzenberg served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She then practiced family law at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC. Stolzenberg is a member of the New York and Washington, DC, bars.

Labor of Law: Glassdoor's Latest Anonymity Push | Hurricanes and the Law | Williams & Connolly Gets Plaintiffs Fees

Law.com Newswire - Thu, 2018-09-20 12:00
Glassdoor Inc.'s latest battleground to protect user anonymity is the Texas Supreme Court. Plus: there are a host of L&E issues associated with natural disasters. And scroll down for a rare Williams & Connolly plaintiffs petition for legal fees in an overtime suit. Thanks for reading Labor of Law.
Categories: General Law

Group in Harvard admissions case wants to show how school used to discriminate against Jews

ABA Journal - Thu, 2018-09-20 07:02
In a federal lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s admission policies toward Asian-Americans, plaintiffs are seeking to introduce evidence about how the Ivy League school discriminated against…
Categories: General Law

Inside Track: Right Click for Not Happy. Plus, Hacking in the Rain and In-House Movers

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 18:00
Welcome back. I’m Law.com reporter Dan Clark and this is the latest edition of your favorite newsletter Inside Track. This week, eyes have been…
Categories: General Law

California Judge Accused of Sexual Harassment, Improper Comments

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 15:45
A lawyer for Contra Costa Judge John Laettner says his client denies the charges, and that complaints stem from an ongoing dispute between the judge and the public defender's office over the use of cash bail.
Categories: General Law

What Pushes Undergrads to Law School? It Ain't the Money.

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 15:12
A new study commissioned by the Association of American Law Schools looks at the motivations of aspiring law students and how they approach their search for the right school.
Categories: General Law

Bloomberg Law Live and On Demand Webinars on Drafting Legal Documents

Law Library - Wed, 2018-09-19 13:02

Bloomberg Law’s free 30-minute live webinars help students gain practical transactional skills.
Most webinars start at 2 pm Eastern time.

  • Tuesday, September 25 – Practical Guidance
    You’re familiar with the contract, but are you familiar with the deal? Transactional Practical Guidance will walk you step by step through the most common types of transactional tasks.
  • Thursday, September 27 – Precedent Documents and Clauses
    What does a real contract actually look like? Find out by digging into Bloomberg Law’s Precedent Database, which contains over a million actual contracts and many millions of actual clauses.
  • Thursday, September 27 (3 pm ET) – What’s New
    Monthly updates highlighting enhancements and new content on Bloomberg Law.
  • Tuesday, October 2 – Company Profiles
    You know how to research the law, but do you know how to research the parties? Learn how to find out all about corporate clients – who runs the company; how much money they make, lose, and borrow; who owns them and what companies they own; and so much more.
  • Thursday, October 4 – Company Filings With EDGAR
    A deep dive into the best way to research public corporations. They’re the biggest plaintiffs and defendants, and they strike the biggest deals. Whether they’re your clients or your opponents, you need to know everything about them to win.

All webinars are recorded so you can watch at your convenience at a later time. Review the entire fall webinar schedule using your Bloomberg Law username and password.

Categories: General Law

Ousted Papa John CEO Heads to Court in Fight over Board Records

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 12:40
Attorneys in a multifaceted battle for control of Papa John's are set to square off in a Wilmington courtroom Thursday afternoon, as company founder and former CEO John Schnatter tries to maintain a books-and-records case seeking records related to his ouster from the pizza chain.
Categories: General Law

Critical Mass: Monsanto Wants to Weed Out Roundup Verdict

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 12:00
Plus: A look at the law firm accused of luring women into unnecessary surgery, and arbitration roadblocks in the Uber data breach.
Categories: General Law

What's Next: The EU's Showdown Between Copyright and Free Speech

Law.com Newswire - Wed, 2018-09-19 07:30
Also up: AGs crack down on big tech's clandestine approach to data collection, and cryptocurrencies' big week.
Categories: General Law

Skilled in the Art: Qualcomm says 'Nevermind' to Curiel

Law.com Newswire - Tue, 2018-09-18 21:06
Plus, ITC welcomes back Judge Thomas Pender, and Rimon lands an 8-member IP team.
Categories: General Law

Compliance Hot Spots: 10 Years After the Siemens FCPA Deal | Tesla's Woes Mount | All the New Moves, Who Got the Work & More

Law.com Newswire - Tue, 2018-09-18 21:00
Welcome back—lot to unpack this week. We've got some reflections on the blockbuster Siemens FCPA deal ten years later. Plus: Catch up on the new moves and appointments in Washington and elsewhere. And scroll down for the firms getting some recent SEC work. Thanks for reading Compliance Hot Spots.
Categories: General Law

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – New Seminars Just Added

Law Library - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:36

The Law Library has added four new Seminars to its Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Cost Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov & GPO.gov – Understand the importance of, and materials generated in, the federal legislative process. See how to find key materials in the freely-available Congress.gov and GPO.gov. [17:33 mins; 12.5 points]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws, foreign law), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview – Learn basic search features, and review content not available on Lexis Advance & Westlaw. [ 25:39 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, resources and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Other Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, are:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions. [29:59 mins; 25 points]
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, as well as learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

In these Law Library Legal Research Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, you will learn big box & pre-filtered searching, how to print/download/email search results, how to use citator services to update and expand your research, and the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements:

  • Westlaw Overview [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s [11;54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.


Categories: General Law

Will This Crypto Case Push Federal Regulators to Tackle More ICO Fraud?

Law.com Newswire - Tue, 2018-09-18 15:16
A U.S. district court of New York ruling allowing a jury to apply securities laws in an ICO fraud case may set the stage for regulators to heighten actions in the nascent marketplace.
Categories: General Law

African-American Law Prof Arrested During Traffic Stop Plans Civil Rights Suit

Law.com Newswire - Tue, 2018-09-18 14:14
Kevin Brown, a professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington, says he feels a responsibility to pursue accountability for police who abuse their power.
Categories: General Law

Ahead of the Curve: Election Law is Hot

Law.com Newswire - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:46
Plus, innovative ways law schools are spreading legal education and kudos to a student-run publication.
Categories: General Law