“These are times in which a genius would wish to live..." - Abigail Adams

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues” (Abigail Adams).

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The following are 10 interesting articles from the previous week. These articles were pulled from either the: ABA Newsletter, AALL Newsletter, vLex Newsletter, Law360, Law Practice Magazine Newsletter, LexisNexis’ Practical Guidance Newsletter, Bloomberglaw Filings of Note and/or Frontiers Newsletter. Enjoy!

“A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday rejected an office building owner's attempt to undo an arbitration award of roughly $100,000 against it because the company had to largely present its case remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As Elon Musk threatens to terminate his deal to acquire Twitter because of bot accounts, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday launched his own investigation into whether the social media company has deceived Lone Star State consumers and businesses about fake accounts on the platform.”

“World Trade Organization leaders on Tuesday made a push for members to reach consensus on outstanding trade issues ahead of a ministerial summit slated to kick off next week.”

“States are being pressured both to fix the housing safety net for residential renters and to protect a landlord’s right to control property.”

Excerpt: “The legal world looks drastically different today than it did when I started out nearly two decades ago, but some parts of the summer associate experience will probably always remain the same. In that spirit, please allow me to offer some advice to all those future attorneys out there taking their first steps into the practice.”

Introduction: “Are you dissatisfied with law school class discussions about legal doctrine and policy goals? Are you not sure what practice area is a good fit for you? Are you tired of reading cases and doing legal research? Working during the summer gives law students a more comprehensive understanding of what lawyers do on a day-to-day basis, how open questions are dealt with, how a young lawyer supports a team and more. For students who are looking for practice-oriented classes or experiences in law school, doing the work is the best way to learn.”

Summary: “On May 31, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Clean Slate Act into law, making Colorado the seventh state to have one. “Clean slate” laws “create an automatic sealing process for old criminal records if a person remains crime-free for a set period of time,” Abby Diebold of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) told HR Dive in an email. Pennsylvania, Utah, Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware and Oklahoma have similar laws.”

Introduction: “In a first, Miami attorneys served a defendant with a temporary restraining order in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT, following the approval of the “service token” by a justice of the New York Supreme Court. The lawyers are Joe Dewey and Andrew Balthazor, attorneys in Holland & Knight’s asset recovery team. They said this new strategy in serving an anonymous defendant is an example of how innovation in the blockchain landscape could provide legitimacy and transparency to a market sector critics have called ungovernable.”