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Bipartisan Vote Defeats Anti-Transgender Legislation in Virginia

Yesterday in Virginia, the House General Laws committee voted against advancing HB 781, a bill that would prevent transgender people from using facilities consistent with their gender identity in public schools and government-owned facilities. Show More Summary

University of Tennessee hit with lawsuit over athletes’ alleged sexual assaults

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Six women have filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Tennessee, alleging that the school violated Title IX and other laws because of its “deliberate indifference” toward sexual assaults committed by student-athletes, most of them football players. Show More Summary

Seventh Circuit Knocks Out Claims Against Generic Manufacturer on Preemption Grounds

It is not often that we get the opportunity to discuss an opinion from a panel of judges including two former professors from our law school. Diane Wood is the Chief Judge of the 7 th Circuit and taught us Civil Procedure at the University of Chicago Law School a long time ago. Show More Summary

Simkovic:BLS Projected Lawyer Job Openings Underpredict Actual Law Grad Jobs

Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall), Law School Bloggers' Latest Unscientific Fad: BLS Job Openings Projections: The latest unscientific fad among law school watchers is comparing job openings projections for lawyers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with the number of students expected to graduate from law school. Frank McIntyre and I...

Non-J.D. Program Enrollment Is Way up in Law Schools

According to Prof. Derek Muller of Pepperdine University's School of Law, 10 percent of law school enrollment is in one of the variety of non-J.D. programs. For non-lawyer types, this means that 1 in 10 students in law school have no intent to eventually become a lawyer. There has been......

Georgia Judge Rejects Challenge to School Choice

Great news from the Peach State, where a superior court judge dismissed a constitutional challenge to Georgia’s scholarship tax credit (STC) law. The Institute for Justice intervened to defend the law on behalf of five tax-credit scholarship...Show More Summary

The Internet of Things, Cryptography, and Surveillance

by Angela Guess Mark Anderson reports in IEEE Spectrum, “In the rock-paper-scissors game of technology, the Internet of Things beats cryptography. This is the conclusion of a new Harvard Law School report focusing on the FBI’s claims that increasing levels of cryptography in consumer devices means that law enforcement loses. Show More Summary

Another Entry In The Annals Of Dumb Gun Laws

The Des Moines Register: Apparently, some members of the Iowa Legislature have far too much time on their hands. Despite all of the pressing issues facing lawmakers, including school funding and water quality, some of them are pursuing legislation that would make it legal for Iowans to carry loaded firearms while driving or riding on […]

Will more states ban nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccination?

For more than 30 years, Mississippi and West Virginia were the only states in the country that disallowed nonmedical exemptions to mandatory school vaccination laws for religious or philosophical reasons, until they were joined by California last year. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 02.08.16

Remember Kent and Jill Easter, the married lawyers who planted bags of weed and pills in the car of Kelli Peters, a PTA volunteer at their son's school? Kent's law license was suspended, Jill was disbarred, they're now divorced, and to top it all off, a jury recently awarded Peters $5.7M in her case against them. Show More Summary

Wisconsin Law Review Debate:Does Experiential Learning Improve J.D. Employment Outcomes?

Jason W. Yackee (Associate Professor of Law, Wisconsin), Does Experiential Learning Improve JD Employment Outcomes?, 2015 Wis. L. Rev. 601 (blogged here): [T]here is no statistical relationship between law school opportunities for skills training and JD employment outcomes. In contrast, employment outcomes do seem to be strongly related to law...

Michigan Republicans push bill attacking teachers after Detroit schools protests

A judge wouldn't block Detroit teachers from protesting horrible conditions in the city’s schools by calling out sick, so Michigan Republican lawmakers are planning to go after the teachers with a new law. The legislation, sponsoredShow More Summary

Hurt:Could The GRE Replace The LSAT?

Following up on last Saturday's post, Is Wake Forest Law School's Offer To Pay Students To Take The GRE A U.S. News Rankings Ploy?: Christine Hurt (BYU), Could the GRE Compete with the LSAT? Or Replace the LSAT?: I haven't talked to anyone at WF about this, but my intuition...

A LOT OF LAW SCHOOL DEANS WOULD HATE THIS, BECAUSE THEY NEED THE WARM BODIES: Is It Time TO Set An …

A LOT OF LAW SCHOOL DEANS WOULD HATE THIS, BECAUSE THEY NEED THE WARM BODIES: Is It Time TO Set An LSAT Minimum For Law School Admission? On the other hand, below a certain LSAT score, the likelihood of passing the bar declines precipitously. At the very least, students should be told this.

“Judge puts Michigan ‘gag order’ election law on hold”

Detroit Free Press: A federal judge agreed to put at least a temporary halt to an election law bill passed in December that would restrict how local and school officials communicate with their residents about ballot proposals and millage issues. … Continue reading ?

Breaking Down Beliefs of Racial Hierarchy

Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Movement led to a series of laws banning public discrimination. African Americans were no longer barred from certain restaurants, some schools were integrated and fair housing laws created more living options. Show More Summary

Law Schools With Highest Percentage Of Graduates Who Do Not Use Their J.D. Degrees

Nick Selbe (SmartClass), Law Schools Whose Grads Don't Use Their Degrees: Plenty of recent law school grads are learning an unwelcome truth — finding a job that puts their degrees to use is easier said than done. In August 2015, the New York Times reported that just 60 percent of...

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

ABA Journal, Can Once-Obscure 'Borrower Defense' Help Law Grads Erase Student Debt? Above the Law, Law School Cancels Barrister’s Ball Because Of Donald Trump Above the Law, Law Schools Are Not Exposing Students To Real World Business Development Above the Law, Respected Legal Recruiter Suggests Law Grads Find ‘Sugar Daddies’...

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