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Hey all you cool Law Buffs and law calves,

Below are 10 articles that came out last week that we hope you find interesting. All articles were pulled from the ABA Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, or the vLex Newsletter. Enjoy!

  1. What’s your sign?: Salt Lake County breaks down vaccine data by zodiac sign
    • Excerpt: “The COVID-19 vaccine is backed by science and is in no way influenced by horoscopes,” the Salt Lake County Health Department notes. “But come on Scorpios!”
  2. What is the starting pay for public defenders? Low salaries discourage applicants
  3. Do worker COVID-19 vaccine mandates have to offer religious exemptions? Courts differ; Breyer declines to act
  4. FTC to Hold Virtual Open Meeting on October 21, 2021, on Findings From Agency’s 6(b) Orders to ISPs
    • Excerpt: “The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina M. Khan, announced that the FTC will hold a virtual open meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 1pm ET to present some findings from evidence gathered pursuant to the 2019 6(b) orders issued to six Internet Service Providers and three of their advertising affiliates regarding the parties’ privacy practices.”
  5. The Hidden Ways the Ultrarich Pass Wealth to Their Heirs Tax-Free
    • Excerpt: “The foundation of [Nike founder Phil Knight’s] strategy is the grantor-retained annuity trust, or GRAT. His first step was to set up nine GRATs, which successfully transferred Nike shares now worth $6.1 billion to heirs tax-free from 2009 to 2016. Two other GRATs that show up in public filings received about $970 million of unspecified assets from Knight. The filings don’t disclose the ultimate beneficiaries, but Lord says that, based on how family wealth transfers usually work, they might include the family of Knight’s late son, Matthew, who died in 2004.”
  6. Jurisdictions are switching back to in-person bar exam starting in February
    • Introduction: “The February 2022 bar exam for California will be administered in person, the California Supreme Court announced in a Wednesday order. Various jurisdictions have made similar announcements, including New York, Illinois, and Texas. The news follows a June announcement from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, stating that unless there are public health restrictions, its February 2022 bar exam materials would only be available for paper-based in-person testing.”
  7. Dear My 1L Self- You Are in the Right Place
    • Excerpt: “I want to offer you a couple of words of encouragement and reassurance as you begin your law school career. Law school is a challenge, yes, and attending the part-time evening program at Georgia State Law while working full time is a truly unique challenge. The program is a marathon that runs for four to five years, depending on whether you take your summers off. Pace yourself and do not count the hours until nearing the end (particularly after that second calendar year). Take comfort in the following [...].”
  8. SEC Releases Much Anticipated GameStop Report, but Stops Short of Policy Changes
    • Introduction: “The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its much-anticipated report on the GameStop frenzy, “the most famous meme stock, which raised questions about market structure and investor protections at the beginning of the year.”
  9. Internet Archive Releases Refcat, the IA Scholar Index of over 1.3 Billion Scholarly Citations
    • Introduction“As part of our ongoing efforts to archive and provide perpetual access to at-risk, open-access scholarship, we have released Refcat (“reference” + “catalog”), the citation index culled from the catalog that underpins our IA Scholar service for discovering the scholarly literature and research outputs within Internet Archive. This first release of the Refcat dataset contains over 1.3 billion citations extracted from over 60 million metadata records and over 120 million scholarly artifacts (articles, books, datasets, proceedings, code, etc) that IA Scholar has archived through web harvesting, digitization, integrations with other open knowledge services, and through partnerships and joint initiatives.”
  10. What's wrong with legal writing?
    • Excerpt: “Students’ final course grades are determined by final examination performance, graded anonymously. They have three or four hours to answer a multiquestion essay exam, blocking any opportunity for creative “deep dives” into the facts. This testing format denies opportunities for the persuasive legal storytelling that is the lifeblood of lawyers’ litigation practice. In practice, the law is often straightforward and unchanging (nonnegotiable)—which is particularly true in trial-level litigation practice. But the outcome depends upon legal storytelling, factual investigation, and the marshaling of evidence into transformative narratives shaped to fit verdict categories and legal rules framing jurors’ judgments.”