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Monday, May 9, 2022 - 09:03

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

"Bye Bye Bye!" (*NSync)

Congratulations students! Finals are over and done with. Time for some summer fun!

If you need reference or circulation help, please reach out to one of your amazing law librarians. Remember, your law library is open all summer for y’all. Feel free to come in, study, relax, beat the heat, or whatever all you cool Law Buffs do in the summer.

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!

Excerpt: "It turns out that leaks at the Court—those involving high-profile decisions especially, including advance sheets leaked in an income tax case and advance word of the outcome in an important railroad case—may have accelerated the shift from compliments to criticism. Nearly everyone in the United States cared about those decisions, much like today, when a single Supreme Court opinion can instantly change the law of the entire country. And so, at those times in particular, the Court became like a sieve, facilitated, the justices would complain, by journalists eager for a scoop."

“Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, lifted samples of a Texas pastor's recorded sermon to include in the song "Come to Life" on his 2021 album "Donda," according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas federal court.”

"A Texas bankruptcy judge put on the front burner Friday motions to dismiss conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Chapter 11 effort to channel to a court-supervised trust damage claims against him and his media empire, raised by survivors of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre."

“State appellate court holds that a six-word email, accompanied by counsel's signature block, was sufficient to bind client to an unfavorable settlement agreement.”

Introduction: "A batch of 36 Mexican letters recently acquired by the Library not only offers a vivid description of the last months of the Second French Intervention in Mexico, including the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo) in 1862, but also the complex alliances of global powers jousting for influence in the Americas against the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War. The letters, obtained from a rare books dealer, offer a reminder that Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican independence, as is often assumed in the U.S., but rather an unexpected victory over French invaders that also helped sound a death knell for the Confederates in the Civil War."

Monday, May 2, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

"No generalization is wholly true--not even this one" (Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.).

What’s that in the distance? Can you hear it? Summer break is calling… Can you see it? Graduation is on the horizon... But, right now, y’all have bigger fish to fry. Good luck during finals!

If you need reference or circulation help, need to locate those old exams, exam prep books, and more, please reach out to one of your amazing law librarians. Also, feel free to come in to the law library. We have study space and (sometimes) free candy.

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!

“In a recently issued taxpayer-favorable opinion, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the court of appeals’ decision holding that the state’s performance-based sourcing statute for service receipts essentially looks to customer location. The Court, relying on the statute’s plain language, then affirmed the taxpayer’s methodology, which sourced its receipts to the location where the taxpayer’s performance...”

“The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation initially focused a fellowship on Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September 2017 to help with community rebuilding and disaster relief. But as the post-hurricane situation stabilized in Puerto Rico, the foundation has broadened fellows' work to also include areas such as access to justice and the environment.”

“Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys need to work collaboratively when reviewing wrongful convictions claims, according to a report with new national guidelines for post-conviction reviews released by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.”

“Clarifies guidance on “in-person” business outreach by others on your behalf”

“It may be time for a new financial strategy—one that lets you enjoy the lifestyle you crave more affordably.”

“No matter what type of law you practice, there are always stressors and pressure points that only get bigger as the stakes get higher. With that in mind, we asked attorneys, wellness experts and other legal industry professionals for tips on how lawyers can take care of themselves and not get overwhelmed.”

“Three companies affiliated with conspiracy promoter Alex Jones are defending the legitimacy of their Texas Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, saying they are commercial small businesses that play a "critical role" in his overall enterprise.”

Introduction: “Last year, in the continuing federal court litigation between now-shuttered legal research startup ROSS Intelligence and long-established legal research giant Thomson Reuters, ROSS upped the ante when it filed a counterclaim asserting that TR is violating federal antitrust law by maintaining monopolistic and anticompetitive control over the legal research market. Today, in a partial win for ROSS, the judge presiding over the case issued a memorandum opinion denying TR’s motion to dismiss a key aspect of that antitrust claim—that TR violated Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act by unlawfully tying its search tool to its public law database in order to maintain its dominance in the overall market for legal search platforms.”

 

Monday, April 25, 2022 - 09:20

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

"I am putting old heads on your young shoulders... all my pupils are the crème de la crème" (Muriel Spark). 

Can you feel it? Finals are so close… Remember we Law Librarians are here for you. We especially got you if you need reference or circulation help, need to locate those old exams, exam prep books, and more. Also, come int. We have study space and (sometimes) free candy.

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! 

“It was a mere week ago when it was noted that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed, but not yet appointed. A few days later, Ed Whelan (not a fan of KBJ) noticed on the Federal Judicial Center webpage that Judge Jackson was now listed as Justice Jackson, stating that she received her commission on...”

“This article examines the federal rules against unruly passenger behavior in the aircraft cabin and aspects of the unique enforcement environment.”

“AJEI provided a sophisticated panel of judicial officers to give insight on How Judges Read in the E-Filing Era. Each judge or justice offered their own perspective ...” 

“Websites run by incendiary conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filed for Chapter 11 protection in Texas, listing the families of children and educators slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre who won a series of defamation cases against him as his only creditors.”

“A recent study from the University of Oxford, "Goodbye Tracking? Impact of iOS App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Labels" (link to arXiv preprint article) found that Apple's implementation of App Tracking Transparency (ATT) "made tracking more difficult by preventing the collection of the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), which can be used for cross-app user tracking." The study looked at 1,759 iOS apps before and after the ATT implementation last year. However, the study also shows that app makers continue to collect tracking data by baking it into apps in ways that still allow tracking of user behavior across apps and websites. The authors also critique the failed regulation of European privacy laws, such as the GDPR, when private companies such as Apple have been more effective in privacy regulation.”

Excerpt: “For something to be legal is actually a very difficult thing and - to assess. And it's difficult between jurisdictions. And so one of the problems with what Musk is describing is in the United States, for instance, to allow all legal speech technically allowed under the First Amendment onto the platform, you would have to allow all spam to stay up on the platform. You would have to allow all pornography to stay up on the platform, all forms of hate speech. That's all First Amendment-protected speech. And so, all of that would stay up, at least within the U.S. It could make the platform functionally unusable.”

“Uber can't halt a multimillion-dollar payment to the American Arbitration Association, a New York appellate panel has held, affirming a state judge's denial of preliminary injunctive relief because the company had ‘failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits for any of its claims.’”

“On April 12, 2022, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office released “Pre-Rulemaking Considerations for the Colorado Privacy Act,” which provides a series of topics and questions for which the office seeks informal public feedback.1 Here is what you need to know: The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is currently seeking informal input to guide its future rulemaking efforts. While, at...”

“On March 31, a New York federal court dismissed a proposed securities class-action lawsuit filed against Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. The lawsuit, one of a host of similar actions brought against cryptocurrency exchanges in 2020, was filed by token buyers who purchased cryptocurrency on Binance’s platform. The plaintiffs asserted that Binance had violated...”

“Are you passionate about sustainability and want to play a role in preserving the environment? You can follow this passion as an attorney in the Environmental Law Field.

This Earth Day, learn about the career opportunities and different career paths from practitioners in the field.”

 

Monday, April 18, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long” (Constantine Cavafy).

How is the exam prep going? Remember we, your friendly neighborhood Law Librarians, are here for you. We especially got you if you need reference or circulation help, need to locate those old exams, exam prep books, and more.

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!

“Graciously end your representation of a client — and avoid misunderstandings later — with a well-crafted letter” 

“This bill does not seek to regulate NDAs, only pre-dispute arbitration agreements and waivers of joint proceedings.”

“Whether you are meeting your client in person or virtually, the skills required to establish a professional working relationship with your client remain essentially ...”

“A Texas federal jury on Monday awarded $1.78 million to a Cambodian woman who accused a couple of illegally bringing her to the U.S., then forcing her to work at their donut shop and in their home for around $2 a day.”

“This new practice note discusses the legal frameworks used to protect historic and cultural resources of importance to Indian tribes. If you are an attorney involved in agency proceedings where historic, cultural, or environmental resources could be impacted, familiarity with these laws is essential.”

“With the Senate recently passing the Sunshine Protection Act, which proposes year-round daylight savings time, we thought it would be a great time to dive into the complex and often confusing history of humankind’s desire to preserve daylight.” 

Excerpt: “Find case law from the United Kingdom on vLex! VLex has hundreds of thousands of British cases, including select hard-to-locate judgments…This database is updated daily and contains both reported and unreported decisions. Coverage begins in 1163, but the scope varies depending on the reporter. Search titles such as English Reports, Times Law Reports, Aspinall's Maritime Law Cases, CCH British Tax Cases, Immigration Appeal Reports and more.”

Excerpt: “Even before the pandemic and Great Resignation, employee well-being was a top-ranked trend for importance and that continues today. Simultaneously, a more alarming trend continues to rise as more employees report workplace burnout. Companies must understand this phenomenon, evaluate their risks, and be intentional about lowering and controlling them to protect their people and businesses.”

Introduction: “The breakneck tech evolution can be formidable, even for attorneys who might want to dip their toes into virtual waters. But despite its risks and drawbacks, law firms just can’t seem to get enough of the metaverse. Richard Grungo, the co-founder of New Jersey-based Grungo Colarulo, spent the last few months fielding questions from curious attorneys about how he opened his personal injury practice in Decentraland. Galvanized by the inquiries, Grungo launched a “legal district” in the metaverse called LawCity.com earlier this week, hoping to lease out two five-story towers on short-term leases for firms wanting to “explore” professional services in the metaverse. So far, three small law firm tenants have signed leases.”

“Remember how tough your first years as a lawyer were? Now imagine starting during the pandemic.”

 

 

 

Monday, April 11, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“It usually takes a hundred years to make a law; and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it.” (Henry Ward Beecher).

Hello, hello! Hope exam prep is going well. Remember to reach out to your friendly neighborhood law librarian. We’re here if you need reference or circulation help. Also, we know where the old exams, exam prep books, and more are located.

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!

Introduction: “The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 on Thursday to confirm U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jackson will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court and the only justice with experience as a public defender. Jackson will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, for whom she once worked for as a law clerk.”

“On March 9, 2022, President Biden signed an executive order (‘the Order’) requiring federal agencies to submit reports on how cryptocurrencies relate to various issues, including money laundering, investor protection, international cooperation, central bank digital currencies (‘CBDC’), and systemic risk. Here, we offer some perspective and suggestions on those issues. First, consider money laundering. Typically,...”

“A graphic designer whose clients include Target and Microsoft has lodged a trademark infringement suit against Nike in Texas federal court, contending that the athletic giant stole his campaign concept for the most recent March Madness basketball tournament.”

“Anticipating prosecution, nonprofit Upsolve states intent to violate New York’s UPL rules and claims First Amendment protection”

Excerpt: “In the United States, there are four major credit card networks that operate worldwide: Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover. While Visa and Mastercard partner with banks to issue cards, American Express and Discover issue their own cards in addition to processing transactions. Given their central role in the global financial system, the four American credit card companies face litigation, from antitrust to patent to consumer credit-related cases. Because AmEx and Discover also issue cards, rather than partner with banks, they see even more courtroom challenges.”

Excerpt: “We talk all the time at Book Riot about the things you can literally check out from your library. But what about the things you can check out at your library (or more, on your library’s website and at that of countless others across the world)? I don’t mean events like story times and author talks. I’m thinking more about the special pieces of the place or region where the library is, or a person or group of people whose story needs to be told….What wonders can you discover through the archives that have been preserved and offered free to view by anyone in the world, from public libraries, university libraries, and state and national libraries all over?”

Introduction: “By now, all of us in law school are familiar with using WestlawLexis, and Bloomberg to find case law, statutes, and secondary sources. But all of the Big Three can do so much more to help you at your internships, externships, and clerkships. The databases have compiled practical information on the substance and procedures of practices in various specific areas of law, from civil litigation to commercial transactions.”

Introduction: “Despite much trumpeting by law firms, the pandemic has not brought about necessary cultural change in the profession—beyond allowing some staff to work from home—meaning lawyers and their firms need to fundamentally reset their values. In 2019, in our Obelisk Support report, Back to the future: Reshaping Law Firm Culture, we called for 'fundamental action' to future-proof the shape and operation of law firms. Since then, the world has undergone a major shift, with change being forced on law firms by the Covid pandemic. Many law firms will claim that great strides have been made since then. I beg to differ.”

“Be sure you’re in a position to deal with the disaster yourself and to advise your clients on how to deal with it.”

“COVID-19 has created a need for unambiguous language in agreements for concerts and other events.”

Monday, April 4, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“These are my principles If you don’t like them I have others.” (Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx). Ah, it’s been wonderful seeing y’all! How’s the exam prep going? We’re here if you need reference or circulation help. Remember to reach out to your friendly neighborhood law librarian. Afterall, we know where the old exams, exam prep books, and more are located.

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! 

Excerpt: “Beloved professor and director of the William A. Wise Law Library, Susan Nevelow Mart will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Since she joined the Colorado Law faculty in July of 2011, Professor Mart has been a source of great wisdom and collegiality in the community. She has written and presented nationally and locally on the effects of algorithms on legal research, legal information policy, national security and libraries, access to information, computer information retrieval systems, and legal research pedagogy.”

“U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ruled that a jury trial will take place this December to determine whether Swedish telecom company Ericsson is fairly licensing standard-essential 5G technology to Apple Inc. and scuttled the iPhone maker's bid to push that issue to a more complex jury trial over the patents next year.”

“The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled the state's Department of Revenue can be considered a ‘victim’ for restitution purposes and remanded a case involving unpaid marijuana excise taxes back to the trial court for further proceedings.” 

“An increase in homelessness has meant an increase in lawsuits over the issue, but two different sets of cases are seeking two very different and often opposing solutions, with cities caught in the middle.” 

Introduction: “You’re about done with your brief, but still have one more thing to do: your Table of Authorities. Don’t worry if you haven’t started this yet. It’s a good idea to do this at the end. Creating your Table gives you one more chance to check your citations and your work. And, if you do this too early and then make major changes to your document, you can cause errors in your Table Coding.”

“Anticipating prosecution, nonprofit Upsolve states intent to violate New York’s UPL rules and claims First Amendment protection”

Introduction: “One of the fundamental difficulties in doing policy advocacy, including, and perhaps especially tech policy advocacy, is that we are not only speaking of technology, which can often seem inscrutable and scary to non-experts, but law, which itself is an intricate and often opaque system. This complicated nature of our legal system can present challenges, because policy involves an application of law to technology, and we can’t apply it well when we don’t understand how the law works. (It’s also hard to do well when we don’t understand how the technology works, either, but this post is about the law part so we’ll leave the issues with understanding technology aside for now.)” 

“It can be daunting to raise disagreements, but it is better than the alternative outcomes.”

“Following these suggestions may impress your supervising associates by highlighting your attention to detail and your dedication.”

 

 

Friday, April 1, 2022 - 00:00
You Say Goodbye, We Say Hello
 
Our beloved Library Director, Susan Nevelow Mart, has announced that she will retire at the end of this school year after 11 years of service here at the Wise Law Library. She has had a long and noteworthy career as a lawyer, scholar, and director of the Wise Law Library. Among her many accomplishments is her published work on the effects of algorithms on legal research. We will miss her  fierce advocacy of legal research instruction in law schools, her fashion-forward sense of style and, not least of all, her famous wine gatherings. 
 
While we have to say goodbye to her, we are in the midst of a job search for a new Faculty Services and Associate Director. That candidate pool is already underway after Jane Thompson retired in January.
 
We are also looking forward to saying hello to another pair of Librarians in the Public Services department. Just this past week, we posted two open positions for a Student Services and Outreach Librarian and a Law Library Fellow. For more information on those positions, please reach out to Jill Sturgeon and Aamir Abdullah, respectively. 
 
In addition, last month we said "Hello" to our newly named Resource Access Discovery (RAD) team, formerly known as the Technical Services (TS) department. The new name is in line with current library trends, and is long overdue when you consider that they've always been RAD.
 
Stay tuned for more updates and happenings at the Wise Law Library!
Sunday, March 27, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.” (R.D. Laing). Welcome back! We’ve missed you. And, we hope y’all had a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break. Remember, if you need reference or circulation help, reach out to your friendly neighborhood law librarian.

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!

Abstract: “This paper concerns the business of law, a subject ignored by legal academia and sugarcoated by the organized bar. If law professors express little or no interest in this subject, their students most certainly do. Indeed, I have found that students are desperately hungry for information on the day-to-day realities of working in a law firm. Students are especially keen to learn about possible paths for career advancement within firms, across them, or across the organizations served by the firms.”

Excerpt: “As we move toward the confirmation hearings of Ketanji Brown Jackson and debate the place of the judiciary in American life, it helps to examine three persistent myths about the Supreme Court: that the number of justices is set by the Constitution; that the Constitution grants the Supreme Court the right of judicial review; and that justices once confirmed often veer from the political views of those who nominated them.”

Introduction: “You’re at work when you suddenly feel a deep sense of dread. Heart pounding, hands trembling, lightheaded, and drenched in sweat, you can’t breathe. You think you’re having a heart attack and feel like you’re about to die. You’re about to call for an ambulance when the symptoms start to fade. You just had a panic attack.”

“On March 9, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (the EO) directing various agencies and departments of the federal government to coordinate and report on digital assets in furtherance of six overarching policy priorities... Please see full Publication below for more information.”

“Advice on your school debt as clock potentially restarts on May 1 for repayment — and tools to plan ahead and manage the burden”

“Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser recently announced that three Colorado-chartered credit unions had entered into Assurances of Discontinuance (AODs) with the Colorado Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) to resolve the issues between the Administrator and credit unions concerning whether the credit unions had failed to make refunds of unearned fees for Guaranteed...”

“The Dallas Mavericks condemned as "utterly fictitious" former longtime general manager Donn Nelson's wrongful termination lawsuit claiming he was fired for reporting team owner Mark Cuban's chief of staff for harassment, saying it was part of a scheme to extort $100 million from the NBA team.”

“Nineteen states and the federal government have still not decriminalized simple possession of marijuana, and the legacy policies continue to have ramifications for millions of Americans, according to a new report released Tuesday by legalization advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project.”

“Four BigLaw heavyweights and a veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice with more than four decades of experience will be arguing a case on Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court that asks the justices to clarify the scope of a foreign discovery statute.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Wednesday during oral arguments with how to address concerns that expanding the scope of a foreign discovery statute would overburden federal courts and slow the pace of arbitration, although it did not appear to be completely against the idea.”

Monday, March 21, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’… I only said, ‘I want to be let alone.’ There is all the difference.” (Greta Garbo). It’s Spring Break! Even though you may not be here, we are here. Remember, if you need reference or circulation help, reach out to your friendly neighborhood law librarian.

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!

"’I spent nearly 10 years at a world-class international law firm that had disproportionately more men than women at the partnership level,’ says attorney Megan Elizabeth Gray. ‘And while the number of women who entered the firm was the same as men, the number of women who left was greater.’"

Introduction: Listening to music is a great way to relax from law school and to promote well-being in general. Some people swear by music to help them study as well. Here are a couple suggestions for playlists with law students and lawyers in mind.”

Introduction: Are you creating a Google Doc and have a PDF that you want to include? While there isn’t a straightforward way to insert a PDF in Google Docs, we have a couple of workarounds you can try.”

“Pakistan has failed in its bid to keep on hold proceedings to enforce a $6 billion arbitral award issued to an Australian mining company while annulment proceedings are pending, after a D.C. federal judge expressed skepticism that the award would be overturned.”

“The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that abortion providers can't target state licensing boards in legal challenges against a new state law that restricts abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, effectively ending the providers' challenge of the new law's constitutionality.”

“A Texas man said Monday he'll plead guilty to one count of assaulting an officer during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a surprise outcome that allows him to avoid even more serious charges and which comes after prosecutors admitted they broke the law by losing track of him in the federal court system.”

"Husch Blackwell LLP has launched a legal practice group dedicated to helping clients navigate the emerging space of researching and developing medicines derived from federally controlled psychedelics."

"The International Court of Justice ordered Russia on Wednesday to halt its invasion of Ukraine amid allegations that the Kremlin's actions violate international law."

"A Texas-based attorney was sentenced to more than three years in prison this week for embezzling half a million dollars from the San Francisco-based startup that employed her."

Monday, March 14, 2022 - 00:00

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“You play to win the game” (Herman Edwards). We are one week from Spring Break! Let’s get it, let’s go. Just remember, if you need reference or circulation help, be sure to reach out to your friendly neighborhood law librarian. We’ll be here, with or without you.

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!

“According to a list published recently by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which audits federal agencies and programs, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is currently involved with more than 685 artificial intelligence (AI) projects. Some of these projects include major weapon systems such as the MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and the Joint Light Tactical...”

Introduction: “Via LLRX – Using News and Social Media for Finding Financial Assets—5 Top Tips—Private investigator Marcy Phelps searches social media and online news for clients on a daily basis and recommends specific sources as useful for asset investigations. Phelps notes that not everything will show up in public records, and news and social media research helps fill in the gaps.”

Introduction: “It’s no secret that history often overlooks the women who have shaped our present. But make no mistake, women were there—battering down the doors and fighting for change. As part of our effort to write a new history of women, Atlas Obscura went hunting through our own archives to bring you the stories of female activists whose names you should know, from 1910s Japan to 2011 on a lush hillside of Cherán, Mexico.”

Introduction: “Thrice has SAS Institute tried to persuade courts that World Programming Ltd. infringed copyright in its widely used statistical analysis program by emulating the SAS program’s functionality. WPL designed its directly competing program to emulate the SAS functionality so that people who wrote programs in the SAS Language for various statistical procedures would be able to execute those programs on WPL’s platform if they chose to switch from SAS’s software to WPL’s. SAS’s latest appeal of an unfavorable ruling is now pending before the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit (CAFC). After describing the three SAS v. WPL lawsuits, this column gives examples of emulation programs that have either not encountered or overcome copyright lawsuits. It then explains why there is reason to worry that SAS’s latest lawsuit might succeed.”

“Avoid disgruntled clients, their complaints and disciplinary actions with these defensive strategies”

Introduction: “As law firms and attorneys rely on artificial intelligence to analyze data, handle client queries and check and review documents and contracts, they have to educate themselves about the tech’s liability risks. That was a key takeaway from an ABA Techshow 2022 panel hosted Friday by technology lawyer and Fastcase executive Damien Riehl and co-presenter Darla W. Jackson, a librarian at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.”

“The retiring sponsor of a federal bipartisan bill to expand the cannabis industry's access to banking said Tuesday he was confident the long-delayed legislation could finally become law before his final term ends within the year.”

“Former Goldman Sachs partner and star witness Tim Leissner on Tuesday was pilloried in the trial of his former subordinate Roger Ng over $6.5 billion in corrupt bond offerings by Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, as the defense sought to use his many romantic entanglements to attack his credibility through questioning about how he impersonated his now ex-wife to deceive his current wife.”

 

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