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Higher education roundup

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Colleagues demand Oregon law prof resign over Hallowe’en costume [Paul Caron/TaxProf; Eugene Volokh (“We have reached a bad and dangerous place in American life, and in American university life in particular.”)] Title IX and expression:...Show More Summary

D.C. Police Versus Veteran With PTSD

Eugene Volokh: Veteran suffering from PTSD calls suicide hotline, admits to gun ownership, but repeatedly explains he doesn’t have a weapon at the ready. His interlocutor calls D.C. police anyway, who send in SWAT. He surrenders. Police search his home, see nothing concerning in plain view. Hours later, they re-enter, rip the place apart — […]

GOOD ADVICE FROM EUGENE VOLOKH: Good lawyers don’t deplore their judges and jurors — advice to …

GOOD ADVICE FROM EUGENE VOLOKH: Good lawyers don’t deplore their judges and jurors — advice to the young and politically minded. My advice: Stop deploring. Hillary Clinton’s condemnation of half of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” was a famous wrong move on her part (as Romney’s 47 percent comment had been a wrong […]

RIP Don Kates, Second Amendment Pioneer

Don B. Kates, a pioneer in the revival of the Second Amendment, has died at 75. Eugene Volokh writes in the Washington Post that  Don wrote “Handgun Prohibition and the Original Meaning of the Second Amendment,” 82 Mich. L. Rev. 204Show More Summary

Volokh:Oregon Law Profs' Attempt To End Colleague's Career Over Halloween Blackface Costume Marks 'Dangerous Place In American University Life'

The Washington Post (Volokh Conspiracy): Oregon Law Professors Call for Colleague to Resign for ‘Black Man in a White Coat’ Halloween Costume, by Eugene Volokh (UCLA): Paul Caron (Tax Prof Blog) has the story; see also here. My view: There’s nothing inherently racist about using dress or makeup to pretend...

October 26 roundup

Fuller investigation of that “reputation management” ruse of filing dummy court cases with the aim of getting critical web posts taken down [Eugene Volokh and Paul Alan Levy, Levy first and second followups, earlier here and here] “When...Show More Summary

Free speech roundup

Guidelines urge UK prosecutors to charge those who “egg on others” to violate social media speech laws [The Register] Mississippi county’s ban on clown costumes probably violates the First Amendment [Eugene Volokh] Propositions placed before voters in Washington, Oregon, Missouri, South Dakota would require nonprofits to disclose donors. Show More Summary

Real Online Reviews, Real Lawsuits, Fake Defendants?

Are businesses (or their reputation management companies) suing fake defendants in order to get rid of negative online reviews? That's the argument made by Eugene Volokh and Public Citizen's Paul Alan Levy recently in the Volokh Conspiracy. The duo looked at 25 court cases that followed a suspiciously similar......

EUGENE VOLOKH: The ‘freedom of the press’ doesn’t give the media any special privileges — b…

EUGENE VOLOKH: The ‘freedom of the press’ doesn’t give the media any special privileges — but it’s also not a redundancy.

More Details Uncovered On Bogus Defamation Lawsuits Being Used To Delist Negative Reviews

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Paul Alan Levy has gone digging and possibly found one of the entities tied to the bogus defamation suits being used to delist negative reviews. Working with Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy (where this article is cross-posted),...Show More Summary

EUGENE VOLOKH WRITES ABOUT our amicus brief in Teixeira v. County of Alameda, the Second Amendment g…

EUGENE VOLOKH WRITES ABOUT our amicus brief in Teixeira v. County of Alameda, the Second Amendment gun-store zoning case.

FREE SPEECH? THAT’S SO 20TH CENTURY: Congress to allow special restrictions on speech ‘inappropr…

FREE SPEECH? THAT’S SO 20TH CENTURY: Congress to allow special restrictions on speech ‘inappropriate with respect to race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or other intrinsic characteristic’? Eugene Volokh comments: “That, I think, is a very bad idea, and indeed an unconstitutional idea. Should Congress be free to set up one set of contract law rules for […]

September 7 roundup

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Bad Texas law requiring breweries to give away territorial rights for free violates state constitution, judge says [Eric Boehm] California’s identity theft statute bans so many more things than just identity theft [Eugene Volokh] Cato...Show More Summary

“My inference is that the ABA wants to … limit lawyers’ expression of viewpoints that it disapproves of.”

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Eugene Volokh on troubling implications for speech of the American Bar Association’s new adoption of rules declaring it a professional responsibility violation for lawyers to express bias in various ways, including in the course of “law-related social activities.” More: ABA Journal, Ron Rotunda/WSJ, Stephen Bainbridge. Show More Summary

The ABA sets forth a de facto speech code for lawyers

(Paul Mirengoff) The American Bar Association has long been a leftist outfit. So it’s not surprising to see its leftism manifested in a new provision in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct — rules that, as Eugene Volokh says, have been adopted by many states as binding on lawyers practicing there. Show More Summary

Investigating the Meaning of the Gadsden Flag

A government agency’s report from a couple of months ago is just now being spread around the web, thanks to law professor Eugene Volokh’s column about it in the Washington Post. The Volokh article is headlined “Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on...Show More Summary

Gadsden flag kerfuffle

The other day, Eugene Volokh wrote in the pages of the Washington Post about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation into a complaint that a black Federal worker filed about a cap that a colleague wore to his federal job which had the Gadsden flag displayed on it. The complainant charges that he’s offended by […]

EUGENE VOLOKH: DePaul’s Double Thug Problem. “The first problem: DePaul seems to think that speake…

EUGENE VOLOKH: DePaul’s Double Thug Problem. “The first problem: DePaul seems to think that speakers and audiences on its campus are in peril from thugs. The second, and more serious, problem: DePaul is responding by giving in to the (presumed) thugs.

Federal EEOC: Wearing Don't Tread on Me Symbol Could be Punishable As a Racial Harassmen

My friends, you have nothing to fear from a Hillary presidency. Eugene Volokh makes this point clear: this is not a case about what dress codes employers may force upon their workers; they have broad discretion in this area. This...

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