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May 23, 12:58 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Scentsational Technologies LLC v. PepsiCo, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019)

By Joshua Rich -- Parties often push experts to testify outside their area of expertise and leave it up to the expert to push back when uncomfortable. If the expert fails to do so, a party's aggressiveness may come back to haunt it before the Court. That is why the Scentsational case, although no...




May 23, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Fitzpatrick on courtrooms and geography in Punjab




May 22, 04:37 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   New Judge Violates Well-Established Rules

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended a judge for five days for misconduct in two criminal matters. We agree with the Judicial Conduct Panel that a suspension, rather than a reprimand, is in order. The misconduct in this case is...




May 22, 04:30 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Faith in Filters and the Fate of Safe Harbors




May 22, 04:05 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Introducing ‘New Controversies in Intermediary Liability Law’ -- an Essay Collection




May 22, 03:46 PM   /   Ratio Juris   /   Psychoanalysis & Women (i)




May 22, 03:46 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Allium Café...

... you can go all in.




May 22, 03:20 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Busman's Holiday Leads To Cruel Twist Of Fate

A disbarment order and opinion from the Maryland Court of Appeals A law license authorizes an attorney to invoke the coercive powers of a court in furtherance of the interests of the attorney’s client with consequences that can be devastating,...




May 22, 02:30 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Stockmeyer on Trailblazing Women Chief Justices @WMUcooleylaw




May 22, 02:20 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   LaVigne and Miles on Brendan Dassey, Language Impairments, and Judicial Ignorance @WisconsinLaw




May 22, 02:07 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Call For Papers, 4IR: Philosophical, Ethical, Legal Dimensions, September 3-5, 2019




May 22, 12:37 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Emma, a healthy Shih Tzu mix, was euthanized recently because her owner left explicit instructions in her will..."

"The fur baby was to be put down — and laid to rest with her. 'Heartbroken' shelter volunteers at Chesterfield County Animal Services — where Emma had a two-week reprieve from death — said she was a well-bred, pampered and much-loved pup. They appealed to the executor of the dead woman’s estate, ...




May 22, 12:30 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Farahat, "The Foundation of Norms of Islamic Jurisprudence and Theology"




May 22, 12:00 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Google Docs And Legal Malpractice

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated a judgment of dismissal of a legal malpractice claim In the summer of 2008, after the plaintiff and Michelle Barnes decided to marry, they "collaboratively" drafted a "Google [d]oc" to "identify [their] premarital assets...




May 22, 11:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The traveling, the air conditioning is so weird. You become like a lizard."

From Howard Stern's big book of interviews , a little insight into the travails of travel: Howard: Then when this song becomes a hit, they send you out on tour, and that’s where you freak. You hated it. Sia: Well, there were parts that I loved. Howard: What’s the worst part of it? Is it just bein...




May 22, 09:58 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Indefinite Suspension For Fraud Conviction

From Dan Trevas at the web page of te Ohio Supreme Court A Tampa, Florida, attorney licensed to practice in Ohio was indefinitely suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court today based on a federal felony conviction that stemmed from health...




May 22, 09:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   Oak Park and River Forest High School will spend $53,794 to redo its yearbook because 18 students made the "OK" hand sign.

Newsweek reports. “I want to be clear that we are not making any presumptions about students’ intent in using the gesture,” [Superintendent Joylynn] Pruitt-Adams wrote. “Regardless of intent, however, there is a real and negative impact. Many students, not only our students of color, experience t...




May 22, 09:22 AM   /   Althouse   /   "McDonald's has made the decision to stop selling milkshakes when there's a Brexit rally nearby... Burger King U.K. came under fire after tweeting, 'Dear people of Scotland. We're selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun.'"

From "Throwing milkshakes as a political statement makes a splash in Britain" (CBS News). Is the entire cup thrown at the person or just the contents? I'm not sure, but this "milkshaking" seems to be the same activity as pie-throwing (where, usually, it's shaving cream in a pie tin, smashed into ...




May 22, 07:42 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Reinstatement Granted

The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated a suspended attorney. The record In May 2001, petitioner was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (“DWI”), speeding, and improper lane usage. Ultimately, the DWI charge was dismissed, and petitioner pleaded guilty to...




May 22, 07:34 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Alcohol And Disability

An attorney who admitted appearing for a trial while intoxicated was suspended based on disability by the Law Society of Ontario Tribunal Hearing Division The Lawyer was called to the bar in 1987. He practised construction law as an associate...




May 22, 07:30 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Judge Mehta's Subpoena Ruling is a Tour de Force: SCOTUS Can Undo It Only Through Partisan Hackery




May 22, 06:44 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Attorney Charged With Unreasonable, Unnecessary Duplicative Fees

The Illinois Administrator has charged an attorney with charging unnecessary and unreasonable fees and dishonesty in an estate matter. The clients In 2015, Dee ("D.J.) and Jane ("Jane") Newby were a married couple who had three adult children: Elizabeth ("Liz"),...




May 22, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Nuvo Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) Designated Activity Co. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019)

By Kevin E. Noonan -- There are provisions and interpretations of U.S. patent law that can be in tension depending on the circumstances under which they are argued, whether before an Examiner or during litigation. One of these is the dichotomy between arguing that the prior art would provide insu...




May 22, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   MacMillan and Smith, eds., "Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights"




May 21, 07:09 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Visual Images and Popular Culture in Legal Education: A New Issue of the JLE @TheAALS




May 21, 05:29 PM   /   Althouse   /   Raccoons of Instagram.

View this post on Instagram @sonnysundancer wall in Cozumel, Mexico




May 21, 04:50 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   In Memoriam: Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte (1933-2019)

A longtime member of the Florida State University faculty, he served as Dean of the College of Law in the 1980s and then as President...




May 21, 03:07 PM   /   Feminist Law Professors   /   New Bibliographic Resource on Gender and the Law in Japan

I’ve posted two two working papers up on the Social Science Research Network.  The first, developed with one of my students, Kallista Hiraoka, aims to present a comprehensive bibliography of English language scholarship on the subject.  The bibliography contains approximately 140 … Co...




May 21, 02:45 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Perlin on Bob Dylan, War, and International Affairs @NYLawSchool




May 21, 02:42 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Adeyemi on Modern Trends in Legal Thoughts: A Jurisprudential Outline




May 21, 02:14 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Dudziak on Hitler's American Model and Transnational Legal History @marydudziak




May 21, 01:03 PM   /   Althouse   /   Now, go take a walk.

Or hang out here and talk about whatever.




May 21, 12:39 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Call For Papers, Political Theology Theology Network Conference, NYC, October 17-19, 2019




May 21, 12:27 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Eugene Garver on Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2018)




May 21, 12:26 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Matrix In The District Of Columbia: Passing The Laff(ey) Test

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded a fee award to prevailing plaintiff's counsel in a disability rights class action For decades, courts in this circuit have relied on some version of...




May 21, 12:19 PM   /   Feminist Law Professors   /   Call for Proposals for the Third Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum

Building on the success of the Inaugural Equality Law Scholars’ Forum held at UC Berkeley Law in 2017 and at UC Davis Law in 2018, and in the spirit of academic engagement and mentoring in the area of Equality Law, … Continue reading →




May 21, 12:00 PM   /   Althouse   /   When did everyone decide that the photo angle for a selfie was from the perspective of someone looking down on me?

Look, it's Joe Biden, doing what I think was once a silly, vain thing for young women to do: I know people look saggy and grumpy looking down into their phones. I was just commenting on that here , where a NYT photographer had captured people at a Biden event looking "dull and inert" in part beca...




May 21, 11:36 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Trump Is Part of A Scary Global Trend, But He Is Still a Bad Joke




May 21, 11:26 AM   /   Althouse   /   Nobody you need to convince is going to click on stuff like this anymore.

That's purely for the delectation of the already committed.




May 21, 09:42 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Great Harm, Light Sanction

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals accepted a proposed short suspension and probation of an attorney for misconduct in his representation of a criminal client. His inaction led to wrongful incarceration On January 16, 2014, [the client] Mr. White...




May 21, 09:37 AM   /   Althouse   /   "When I do my Twitter now, I’m always super happy, fake-friendly, nice. Initially, I didn’t know what it was for..."

"... so I just called everyone a whore, and then I got two defamation suits that cost me, like, $780,000," said Courtney Love (to Howard Stern, quoted in his big book of interviews ). ADDED: "When I do my Twitter now"... there's that geriatric possessive again — my Twitter. (She's 54.)




May 21, 09:32 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   New Stories about the Warren Court




May 21, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Jaffe on Jonathan Jasper Wright and Reconstruction in South Carolina




May 21, 09:03 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   North Carolina: Trial Court Can Impose Disability Suspension

The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the inherent authority of a trial court to impose a disability suspension. The attorney had two matters scheduled in the same courthouse. One involved responding to a summary judgment motion; the other was...




May 21, 08:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "'I Don’t Want an Exciting President'/Joe Biden makes his supporters feel safe, but nominating him is risky."

A NYT op-ed by Michelle Goldberg , which you probably feel you don't need to read because the headline says it all. In fact, I haven't read it, because that's how I feel. But I'm blogging it because the photographs at the link — by Damon Winter — are so eloquent and hilarious (or terrifying,...




May 21, 08:39 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I’ve noticed that the relationship jokes you made earlier in your career were a little nastier and less playful than the ones you make now. Why do you think that is?"

The NYT asked Wanda Sykes, who answered: It just speaks to being in a bad relationship with my husband. I was being honest. I wanted to get away. Like: “God, there’s his stupid face, and he’s chewing. Ugh, does he have to breathe? Make him stop breathing.” Now I’m in a great relationship, and I’m...




May 21, 08:30 AM   /   Althouse   /   "This could be the start of what’s known in Econ as a 'natural experiment.' Follow these students & compare their life choices [with] their peers over the next 10-15 years."

T weeted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , after a billionaire,  Robert F. Smith, announced he would pay off the student loans of graduating senior at Morehouse College. (Am I the only one whose first thoughts were about the parents of students who'd sacrificed to pay the expenses of...




May 21, 08:13 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Food is always political... With socialism back in the national discourse, what could be a better use of collective resources than collaborating on a meal?"

"But that, like socialism itself, is an impure ideal, as it’s impossible to get through a shared supper without someone (or everyone) feeling like an autocrat: There is the bully who orders for the entire table, the allergy sufferer who regrets forcing her sensitivities upon friends, the hungry p...




May 21, 08:05 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   A Nest Of Unauthorized Practice

A consent two-year suspension has been imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for unauthorized practice. The attorney had been placed on disability inactive status in 2003. "At some point " he became employed by a law firm as "Litigation Manager."...




May 21, 06:30 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Informant Ran Off With The Cash

Kathleen Maloney previews a bar discipline matter set for argument today before the Ohio Supreme Court. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Matthew J. King, Case no. 2018-1762 Cuyahoga County In June 2016, Cleveland attorney Matthew J. King was convicted of...




May 21, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Fradera on citizens and subjects in four empires




May 21, 12:15 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Hyper Search LLC v. Facebook Inc. (D. Del. 2018)

By Michael Borella -- In October 2017, Hyper Search brought a patent infringement action against Facebook in the District of Delaware, asserting U.S. Patent Nos. 6,085,219, 6,271,840, and 6,792,412. Facebook sought to dismiss the complaint under Rule 12(b)(6), alleging that all asserted claims we...




May 20, 09:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Blue Reader Café...

... you can write about what you like.




May 20, 07:57 PM   /   Feminist Law Professors   /   Guide to Submitting to Specialty Law Reviews and Journals in Gender, Women & Sexuality

I’ve prepared a guide to submitting to 29 specialty law reviews and law journals classified by the W&L Law Journal Rankings under the subject  “Gender, Women and Sexuality,” as well as  5 additional journals with the word “gender” in the … Continu...




May 20, 05:56 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   In Memoriam: John Copeland Nagle (1960-2019)

A leading environmental law scholar, Professor Nagle taught at the University of Notre Dame for the last twenty years. The ND memorial notice is here.




May 20, 01:56 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Without License

A practice pointer/reminder for Prof/Judge Mike Oths' class at Concordia Law: The Idaho Supreme Court entered an order suspending Rexburg attorney Troy E. Rasmussen for one ( 1) year, with six ( 6) months withheld, and a one year probation...




May 20, 12:07 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Last year 2.3 million tourists visited Iceland, compared with just 600,000 eight years ago. The 20% annual uptick in visitors..."

"... has been out of proportion with infrastructure that is needed to protect Iceland's volcanic landscape, where soil forms slowly and erodes quickly. Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson said it is 'a bit too simplistic to blame the entire situation on Justin Bieber' but urged famou...




May 20, 12:04 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Sherwin and Celermaier's Introduction to A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age @RKSherwin




May 20, 11:24 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Law and Humanities Roundtable 2019 To Be Held June 29 at the University of Warwick @ThomGiddens @routledgebooks




May 20, 10:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Look, I love being on 'American Idol,' but of course, some would say in the past, 'American Idol' — you know, it’s been a bit of a karaoke show."

"Not anymore. When people like you come on, you bring original music. You bring artistry, and you make the stakes even higher," said Katy Perry to Alejandro Aranda on last night's "American Idol" finale, quoted in "The ‘American Idol’ finale ended in an upset. Katy Perry may have accidentally hin...




May 20, 10:27 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The ‘American Taliban’ will be free after 17 years. Is the U.S. ready to welcome him back?"

The headline at WaPo.  My answer to that question: It's enough to accept that he served the prison term that he was given and accept that he now has a right to be free and do what he can to restart his life. To "welcome" him is to be glad to see him again. Let him prove himself. Don't put ob...




May 20, 10:19 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Gaius and Jane Bolin




May 20, 10:11 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   No Territorial Criminal Jurisdiction In New Jersey For Drug-Induced New York Death

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that defendants cannot be convicted for a death in New York In a criminal prosecution, the State must have territorial jurisdiction to enforce its laws against a defendant. Defendant Shameik Byrd sold heroin...




May 20, 09:46 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   "No Bad Habits"

The Georgia Supreme Court accepted the resignation of a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of the state who was convicted of a felony offense. Resignation is "tantamount to disbarment." His conviction was covered by Southeast Georgia Today...




May 20, 08:52 AM   /   Althouse   /   I can see people are unhappy with the ending of "The Game of Thrones."

But I can't understand why. It's too complicated. I just want to know why people are dissatisfied. After all these years of feeling vaguely prodded into experiencing the satisfaction of watching this purportedly great TV show, now, I find that I am spared a dissatisfaction. Generally, I believe I...




May 20, 08:37 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   John Bolton Wants a War With Iran. Trump Doesn't. So Why Did Trump Hire Bolton?




May 20, 08:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Please be sure that you are treated fairly."

Starting Monday, our great Farmers can begin doing business again with Mexico and Canada. They have both taken the tariff penalties off of your great agricultural product. Please be sure that you are treated fairly. Any complaints should immediately go to @SecretarySonny Perdue! — Donald J. Trump...




May 20, 08:16 AM   /   Althouse   /   I thought great idea then realized that the way they'd do it wrong would be worse than continuing not to do it.

In our education system, we need to include lessons, like those concerning physical hygiene, that focus on mental and emotional hygiene, that teach how to develop a healthy mind. This is the core of what I call secular ethics. — Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) May 20, 2019 Or do you think they alre...




May 20, 08:14 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Three law professors elected to American Philosophical Society

They are: S. James Anaya (Colorado), Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard), and Patricia Williams (Columbia currnetly, but moving to Northeastern).




May 20, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Motor Carrier Regulation and the Law, 1920-1955




May 20, 12:09 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Finnavations LLC v. Payoneer, Inc. (D. Del. 2019)

Court Grants Exceptional Case/Attorney Fees When Software Patent Has Invalid Claims under § 101 By Joseph Herndon -- In the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, motions for an exceptional case and attorneys' fees were granted on the basis that the patent owner brought suit with a sof...




May 19, 11:30 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

May 21, 2019 - "Protecting Your Canna-IP: What You Should Know, Now" (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP) - 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT) May 21, 2019 - "Structuring Patent Licensing Agreements: Avoiding Litigation, Allocating Risk and Maximizing Patent Value" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm ...




May 19, 09:59 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Dark Day Café...

... you can talk about whatever you like.




May 19, 09:52 PM   /   Althouse   /   "It is a horrible thing to feel unwanted—invisible, inadequate, ineligible for the things that any person might hope for."

"It is also entirely possible to process a difficult social position with generosity and grace... These days, in this country, sex has become a hyper-efficient and deregulated marketplace, and, like any hyper-efficient and deregulated marketplace, it often makes people feel very bad. Our newest s...




May 19, 08:21 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   PEN America Extends Deadline To Apply For Writing for Justice Fellowships To June 3, 2019 @PENamerican




May 19, 04:40 PM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Roe, Judicial Review, and the Myth of Abortion as a Constitutional Outlier




May 19, 01:40 PM   /   Althouse   /   "There is one form of power that has fascinated me ever since I was a girl, even though it has been widely colonized by men: the power of storytelling."

"Telling stories really is a kind of power, and not an insignificant one. Stories give shape to experience, sometimes by accommodating traditional literary forms, sometimes by turning them upside down, sometimes by reorganizing them. Stories draw readers into their web, and engage them by putting...




May 19, 12:04 PM   /   Althouse   /   One of my current subjects on the blog has been — have you noticed? — hateability... but how should I spell it?

I've been writing "hateable." This morning I quoted an earlier post of mine: "Speaking of trying too hard, maybe female politicians try too hard to expunge or hide any hateability..." Someone in the comments questioned my spelling of the word, and I said: I considered the spelling of the word — l...




May 19, 11:10 AM   /   Althouse   /   High-quality trash talk from Schwarzenegger: "I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat."

Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat. — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019 And...




May 19, 10:53 AM   /   Ratio Juris   /   political and cultural symptoms of a pathological moral psychology among the powers-that-be




May 19, 09:52 AM   /   Althouse   /   "James Charles Posted A 41-Minute Video Of Screenshots And Receipts. We Broke It Down For You."

I actually watched that entire 41-minute video (and had a long conversation about it), so I'm really glad Buzzfeed broke it down for you , because I wanted to blog about it, but I didn't want to do the work of explaining it. This is a continuation of the complicated matter I blogged about 2 days ...




May 19, 09:42 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Gaspare J. Saladino, Remembered




May 19, 08:58 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Docket Clerk's Relationship Not Imputed To Judge

The South Carolina Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct opines A municipal court judge’s docket clerk is in a relationship with a law enforcement officer for the same municipality. The docket clerk is responsible for scheduling cases and documenting...




May 19, 07:58 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Trump is a lightning rod, and has been for some time. It is fashionable and easy to hate his work. In certain quarters, it seems to be required..."

"His badness is a foregone conclusion, but so was that of George W. Bush a decade or two ago, when many people saw his work as lightweight, and Reagan was also viewed with disdain.... The hate is more vehement these days because there is so much hate all around us, so many problems to assign blam...




May 19, 04:27 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Liverpool, near Albert Dock

I’ve been rooting through my archives, reprocessing some files, and this one comes from a decade ago.




May 18, 10:53 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   IPO Webinar on PTAB Discretion

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "PTAB Discretion: Exploring the New Metes and Boundaries" on May 23, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET). Orion Armon of Cooley LLP, Kirby Lee of Ecolab, and Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller of the U.S. Patent...




May 18, 10:52 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Patent Licensing Agreements

Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "Structuring Patent Licensing Agreements: Avoiding Litigation, Allocating Risk and Maximizing Patent Value" on May 21, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). John M. Augustyn of Leydig Voit & Mayer and Peter J. Toren of Peter J. Toren Attorney at Law wi...




May 18, 10:21 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Saturday Night Cafe...

... keep up the conversation.




May 18, 07:08 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Relentless Bully

An unpublished opinion of the California State Bar Court Review Department This matter concerns Sanjay Bhardwaj’s egregious misconduct stemming from his divorce from Anupama Pathak (Pathak). With his conduct being described by a superior court judge as "absolutely outrageous," Bhardwaj...




May 18, 02:12 PM   /   Althouse   /   Did Elizabeth Warren suddenly transform the abortion debate?

I'm about to read Andrew Sullivan's new column,  "Elizabeth Warren Just Transformed the Abortion Debate." Warren, as you might have noticed, has come out in favor of what isn't a new idea but simply a seemingly newly urgent idea: protect the right to abortion with a federal statute . The ide...




May 18, 12:55 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I don’t even walk my dog without putting my lipstick on."

The geriatric possessive appears in "Vanity Is Not a Deadly Sin. It’s One of Life’s Last Vital Signs/For these senior citizens, keeping up appearances is simply part of good health" (NYT). The NYT is talking up older women who care about fashion and makeup and looking good, but the quoted woman h...




May 18, 12:23 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   ABA's legal education council adopts stricter bar passage standards for law schools

Details here, changes that could affect 10% of law schools that are presently accredited. What we are sure to see in response to this change...




May 18, 10:51 AM   /   Althouse   /   Harbinger of a 2020 Trump victory?

"Scott Morrison, Australia’s conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave — the 'quiet Australians,' he termed it — resembling the force that has upended politics in the United States, Britain and beyond. The win stunned Aus...




May 18, 09:30 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Everyone's too... everyone's too too too too..."

Said Bill Maher on his "Overtime" show, receiving a lightweight apology from Fran Lebowitz, who'd just said something on Maher's "Real Time" that the producers told her they were getting "blowback" about on Twitter: #FranLebowitz clarifies her Trump comments on #RTOvertime : pic.twitter.com/m0nFr...




May 18, 09:10 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In this sex-positive version of reality, we have been unleashed from the bonds of church and religion, and suffocating family expectation; we are free, and we’re enjoying being easy."

"And society’s greater liberalism is matched by better scientific understanding of sex and the body parts that we use for it....  Our sexual landscape may look like the promised land, but not everyone wants to travel there...." From "The truth about sex: we are not getting enough" (The Guard...




May 18, 08:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   This morning, I'm googling I hate that head exploding gesture because...

... I saw a TV commercial last night in which 2 characters did the gesture over and over and I realized that it has really gone too far and I really hate it. I wish I could find the commercial for you (maybe it's somewhere in the hours of Milwaukee-related sports events that I saw out of the corn...




May 18, 07:34 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Under current case law, he has no case. Under New York law, you better put your blinds down. He’s lucky he wasn’t standing there buck naked."

Said a lawyer quoted in "Alex Rodriguez may have a tough time pursuing legal action over viral toilet pic" (NY Post). The photograph — taken of the retired baseball star when he was sitting on the toilet (which the NYT Post calls "turd base") was taken from the window of a Park Avenue office buil...




May 18, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




May 17, 09:46 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Apple Blossom Café...

... you can talk all night.




May 17, 02:11 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A market where extremely rich people pay too much for mediocre art and shut out the not-quite-as rich may not be the biggest issue in a wildly polarized economy."

"But art is the record of culture we leave for future generations, and it too is being warped by our unequal economy," writes economist Allison Schrager in "Even the Rich Aren’t Rich Enough for Jeff Koons/As billionaires compete for art in an overheated market, the merely affluent are giving up" ...




  

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