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What Canadian Heritage Officials Didn’t Tell Minister Mélanie Joly About Copyright

8 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Michael Geist

Last week, Canadian Heritage posted the Ministerial briefing book that officials used to bring new minister Mélanie Joly up-to-speed on the issues in her portfolio. The proactive release is a great step toward further transparency. While...Show More Summary

5 Tips If You Get Stuck At The Airport

24 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The holiday season is upon us, and travel is a nightmare.

UK ISP Boss Highlights Technical Stupidity Of The Snooper's Charter Proposal

32 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There's just something absolutely nutty when politicians with no technical knowledge whatsoever try to make technology policy, and it often crosses over into out-and-out slapstick when that technology policy involves surveillance. It's...Show More Summary

Boutique Firm Becomes First to Pass Legal Tech Assessment

Sure, attorneys aren't the biggest early adopters of new technology. You won't find many esquires who are well-versed in artificial intelligence or nano-architecture, for example. But it turns out that we're also terrible at technology basics. The Legal Tech Assessment, a program developed to test attorneys' skill at simple office......

So You Failed the Bar Exam. Now What?

It happens. Despite years of hard work and dedication, every year thousands of attorneys fail to pass the bar exam. This year was particularly bad, with some of the lowest pass rates ever in many states. So, don't worry, if you failed, you're not alone -- and you can......

You Can Sue Air Polluters Under State Common Law, 6th Says

The Clean Air Act might be massive, complex, and unwieldy, but it doesn't "occupy the field" of air pollution control, the Sixth Circuit reminded us in two decisions released earlier this month. As such, the Clean Air Act does not preempt state common law claims against polluters who are......

In-House, Don't Over-Lawyer Everything and Listen

Seasoned fashion general counsel Donna Edbril says that "[a] lot of people come with different preconceived notions about lawyers -- and many of those notions aren't positive." ForeFront magazine got a hold of Edbril and asked her to share her thoughts on what tips would be useful for lawyers thinking......

FRCP Rule 15(a) is Not 'Chronological,' 9th Cir. Says. Go Crazy!

In a decision that has all the glossy fun of civil procedure nit-pitpicking, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Sergio Casillas Ramirez properly and timely filed a second amended complaint under FRCP Rule 15(a) and that the lower court ran afoul of Erie. Let this be......

Supreme Court OKs Longer Arguments in High-Stakes Union Case

Reflecting the high stakes in an upcoming union case, the Supreme Court on Monday accepted a request from government lawyers to expand arguments on whether public employees can be required to contribute funds to a public-sector unio...

White House Fence-Jumper Faces Criminal Charge

A Stamford, Conn., college student who jumped over the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day was due to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

How To Improve Law Firm Life (Or Make It Less Soul-Sucking)

56 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

We can continue to foster toxic work environments where suffering is the norm, or we can imagine a better, more inclusive, mission-driven law firm, where lawyers actually want to work.

Shockingly, Court Rejects ‘Motorcycle Boner’ Appeal

Courts won't let you blame your 30-hour boner on your motorcycle.

L.A. Politician Proposes Bold Plan To Wreck Homes, Destroy Lives And Abuse License Plate Reader Technology

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Nick Selby says an LA councilwoman has just proposed "the worst use of license plate data in history." He's not lying. Automatic license plate readers gather tons of plate/location data, which can then be used for law enforcement purposes (when not being sold to, or by, private entities to insurance companies, repossession firms, etc.). Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Cyber Monday Deals

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

What better way to procrastinate doing work on a Monday than by shopping for some deals. We're hopping on that bandwagon this year with 25% off all of the eLearning deals (except the Pay What You Want ones) in our Deals Store. Just use the code CYBERMONDAY25 when you check out today only. Show More Summary

Criminally Yours: The Mentally Ill And The Police

Instead of just pushing the mentally ill into corners and hoping to never see them again, Mayor Bill de Blasio's tackling the issue head on.

Roberta Kaplan on Marriage Equality, Justice Kennedy and High Court Line-Standers

Paul Weiss partner Roberta Kaplan made her high court debut when she argued against the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. Kaplan spoke with National Law Journal reporter Zoe Tillman about her new book about the case.       

Caption Contest Winner: A Sad Biglaw Bro In A Sad Biglaw World

You'd think that a Biglaw bro could afford to enjoy a higher-quality beverage.

German Museum Sues Wikimedia Foundation Over Photos Of Public Domain Works Of Art

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The mission of museums and art galleries is generally to spread knowledge and appreciation of beautiful and interesting objects. So it's rather sad when they start taking legal action against others that want to help them by disseminating images of public domain works of art to a wider audience. Show More Summary

China NNN Agreements: Litigation Fear Is Your Weapon

A well-crafted, China-focused NNN Agreement will almost always allow you to generate sufficient fear of litigation to greatly reduce the likelihood of your ever having to go to court.

Amicus: Color Blind Constitution

Listen to Episode 31 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. Show More Summary

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