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A Thankful Strain

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labor when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.” ? Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace Today isn'tShow More Summary

Bill Gates Evidently Gets Open Access And Open Data: So What About Open Source?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

One of most important ways of helping to promote open access is for major research organizations to make it a condition of their funding. Two of the pioneers in this respect were the Wellcome Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which made open access a requirement in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Show More Summary

NAGPRA, counting by tribe, and the grave of Jim Thorpe

Bad enough for Congress to meddle in adoptions in hopes of helping out Indian tribes. But…burials? My new guest column at Jurist examines the first-of-its-kind lawsuit by which some descendants of Native American sports great Jim Thorpe are trying to use the law to require the borough of Jim Thorpe, Pa. Show More Summary

Ferguson grand jury aftermath

Why none of the major methods for addressing claims of police excessive force — grand juries/prosecution, internal investigations, civil suits, personnel disciplinary procedures, civilian review boards, federal oversight — work veryShow More Summary

DC Comics Going After A Spanish Soccer Club With A Bat In Its Logo For Some Reason

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When it comes to being IP bullies, DC Comics has built quite the reputation for itself. From its taking on the gravestone of a victim of child abuse in the name of protectionism to taking on BBQ joints because of a logo that includes a bat. Show More Summary

USPTO Backlog

The backlog of pending cases generally has two major inputs: (1) how many applications are filed and (2) how fast the USPTO is at examining those applications.  The USPTO is operating faster than ever, but we also have more applications than ever.  I expect that the figures here will drop dramatically in FY2016.

DailyDirt: Just Because You're Paranoid, Doesn't Mean They're Not Watching You...

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Folks everywhere are understandably increasingly concerned about their privacy and who has access to their communications and online data (and metadata). Fortunately, there may be some technological solutions to help encrypt, or just make it a bit harder for "them" to spy on, your messages and private info. Show More Summary

Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence (WARNING: NON-COMEDIC POST)

Not that the outcome isn't a real hoot, but this is really just to provide a couple of links for those who are interested. First, this New York Times page has all the grand jury evidence in one place, including...          Related Stories...Show More Summary

GCHQ/NSA Data-Grabbing Malware Disguised Itself As Microsoft Drivers, Was Served Via Fake LinkedIn Pages

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some nasty malware with a decade of history behind it has been uncovered and it has the fingerprints of two governments all over it. Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. Show More Summary

Stupid Patent of the Month: Who Wants to Buy Teamwork From Penn State?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Ever wanted to own the latest in “teamwork” technology? Well, you’re in luck. On December 8, Penn State is holding a large patent auction, and one of the items is U.S. Patent 8,442,839. This patent purports to describe an improved collaborative...Show More Summary

Associate Bonus Watch: 3 More Firms Match Simpson

Which Biglaw firms have joined Simpson Thacher in handing out hefty bonus bucks this time?

After the Doldrums, a Boost of Confidence Among Law Firm Leaders

Major law firms are feeling more bullish about the legal industry after years of post-recession doldrums.

The Part-Time Economy

There is an interesting article at CNN Money which discusses a disturbing but important employment trend in this country. The piece looks at the movement towards employing part-time workers rather than using full-time employees. The article notes the specific disadvantages...

Non-Sequiturs: 11.25.14

Grand juries rarely let someone go without an indictment unless it's a cop. Apparently pigs do not make for ham sandwiches. Instead of wishing for another rubber stamp indictment, this may be a good time to demand that everyone benefit from such skeptical grand juries. Show More Summary

The $160K BigLaw BigLie?

Is there something fishy about the reported salaries of first-year associates in Biglaw?

Ford: How Do We Define Stuff Like "Discrimination"?

Richard Ford (Stanford) has just posted on SSRN his article (forthcoming Stanford L. Rev. 2014) Bias in the Air: Rethinking Employment Discrimination Law. Here's the abstract: Employment discrimination jurisprudence assumes that key concepts such as “discrimination,” “intent,” “causation,” and the...

Prosecutor Lays The Blame For The Ferguson Debacle At The Feet Of 'Social Media'

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When prosecutor Robert McCulloch began his announcement of the grand jury's decision in Officer Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed Ferguson resident, he expressed his displeasure with a very familiar scapegoat: On August 9th Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Show More Summary

Morgan Lewis Completes Its Conquest Of Bingham McCutchen

How many Bingham people, both lawyers and staff, are joining Morgan Lewis?

Becky Halstead – A Quintessential Leader

Becky Halstead, the first woman in West Point history to graduate and achieve a promotion to general officer and the first woman in United States history to serve as a commanding general in combat, thoroughly impressed the audience at...Show More Summary

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