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August 3, 01:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Tilley and friends on global medical cultures & law




August 2, 11:58 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Broad Files Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 1 in CRISPR Interference

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On May 28th, Junior Party the Broad Institute, Harvard University, and MIT (collectively, "Broad") filed its Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 1 in CRISPR Interference No. 106,126 (where ToolGen is the Senior Party). While this Motion shares many similarities to a similar m...




August 2, 08:12 PM   /   Althouse   /   Spring Green landscapes.

(Spring Green is the name of a place in Wisconsin.)




August 2, 03:43 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   On the Legality of Mandatory Vaccinations Rules for Highly Communicable Diseases

I presume it’s a no-brainer in most states that if a private employer wants to require that employees be vaccinated or wear masks on the jobs then the employer can do this unless the employee has a legitimate medical reason … Continue reading → The post On the Legality of Mandat...




August 2, 01:15 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Pawn Star

A guilty plea to federal conspiracy to transport goods in interstate commerce charges has led to an interim suspension by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. The Virginian-Pilot reported on the charges A Chesapeake attorney faces federal charges he used...




August 2, 01:06 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Kathy Griffin has revealed she attempted suicide last year as she was struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, and also announced that she has stage one lung cancer..."

"... despite never smoking cigarettes, and will have to have part of her left lung removed. Griffin, who was placed in psychiatric hold after her suicide attempt, says she developed her addiction to cope with the backlash she endured after posing with a bloody effigy of then-President Donald Trum...




August 2, 12:47 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Hubbard, who made history as the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, was eliminated after failing to record a single lift in three attempts in Monday’s over-87-kilogram super-heavyweights."

The NY Post reports. Yesterday's post about Hubbard included this passage from a NYT article: "I don’t know if there is a good solution where everybody is happy," said Janae Marie Kroc, a world champion bodybuilder who stopped competing after she transitioned because she did not want to invite cr...




August 2, 12:38 PM   /   Althouse   /   "In the opening months of the pandemic, the lab leak hypothesis was actively discredited by the media and scientific establishment, with anyone associated with it smeared as 'racist.'"

"The question we have to ask now is how, and why, did this happen? To a great extent, I believe the answer lies with the world’s most powerful news outlet, the New York Times. At the start of the pandemic, the Times set the news and policy agenda on the lab leak hypothesis, discrediting it and an...




August 2, 12:09 PM   /   Althouse   /   "In 1983, a literary historian named Paul Fussell wrote a book called Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. Most of the book is a caustic and extravagantly snobby tour..."

"... through the class markers prevalent at the time. After ridiculing every other class, Fussell describes what he called 'X people.' These were people just like Fussell: highly educated, curious, ironic, wittily countercultural. X people tend to underdress for social occasions, Fussell wrote. T...




August 2, 12:05 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Shugerman on Marbury and Presidential Removal




August 2, 11:50 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Katz on Women's Legal Right to Hold Public Office




August 2, 11:20 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Fruit baskets that have survived intact from the fourth century BC are being studied by archaeologists who unearthed them from a sunken city off the coast of Egypt."

"The wicker containers were found filled with grapeseeds and doum nuts, the fruit of an African palm tree sacred to ancient Egyptians, in the submerged ruins of Thonis-Heracleion.They had remained untouched since the city disappeared beneath the waves in the second century BC, when it was struck ...




August 2, 10:52 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Divorce Misconduct Draws Agreed Suspension

A Michigan Tri-County Hearing Panel has ordered a 180 day suspension for an attorney's misconduct in his own divorce Based on the parties’ stipulation that contains respondent’s admissions and no contest plea, the panel found that respondent committed professional misconduct...




August 2, 10:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The moment I got my first vaccine shot, I started thinking of the coronavirus the way I think of scurvy—something from a long-ago time that can no longer hurt me, something that mainly pirates get."

"'Yes,' the papers would say. 'But what if there’s a powerful surge this summer? This Christmas? A year from now? What if our next pandemic is worse than this one? What if it kills all the fish and cattle and poultry and affects our skin’s reaction to sunlight? What if it forces everyone to live ...




August 2, 10:20 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   New Jersey Today: Reading License Plates And Recreational Marijuana Use In Custody Matters

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided two criminal cases in a single opinion, both dealing with potential criminal exposure for a partially-covered license plate. From the court's headnote if even a part of a single registration letter or number on...




August 2, 08:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Someone had a dirty sense of humor at AP."

A reader named Jake emails, linking to "It’s in and it’s big: Senate unveils $1T infrastructure bill."




August 2, 08:29 AM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Bringing Data to Firm Successions

It was perhaps inevitable that the popular success of the HBO series, Succession, might, in turn, help stimulate scholarly attention to related associated questions. As it relates to critical questions germane to "family firms'" stock and accounting performances, the general...




August 2, 08:10 AM   /   Althouse   /   Let's not twist again, like we did last Summer Games.

From "Simone Biles to compete in balance beam final, USA Gymnastics says" (The Guardian):  Biles said that while previous mental blocks have primarily affected her on vault and floor routines, this time it was affecting her on all events and particularly on her twisting skills.On the balance...




August 2, 07:56 AM   /   Althouse   /   3 views of the August 2d sunrise — 5:59, 6:02, 6:03.




August 2, 06:21 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I’m not someone who gets hired to play in a lot of cinema, but by being able to do a superhero movie, I can make a movie about something I really care about."

"I have a vision for the whole totality of 'Aquaman.' There are environmental issues that I get to put into it. So while you’re going, 'Oh yeah, it’s just this popcorn movie,' I’m like, 'Well, I get to open people’s eyes to things that are important to me.'" Said Jason Momoa, quoted in "Jason Mom...




August 2, 05:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Obama defies CDC guidance by inviting 500 people to his celebrity-studded 60th birthday party at his $12m mansion on Martha's Vineyard/Pearl Jam will perform and guests including Steven Spielberg will be served by 200 staff."

The Daily Mail reports.   1. You can't "defy" "guidance." Guidance is guidance. You can follow it or make your own choice. 2. Thanks, Obama, for showing us how to handle guidance and to make our own choice. 3. And good for you for having so many wonderful friends. You are sublimely lovable, ...




August 2, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Katz on Women's Legal Right to Hold Public office




August 1, 05:21 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Oh Deer

Deer get COVID — and in Michigan at least, lots of deer have been exposed to COVID. Does this mean deer are the new bats? Is this a reservoir of illness that can be transmitted to humans? Another incubator for … Continue reading → The post Oh Deer appeared first on Discourse.net .




August 1, 12:50 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise at 5:51 and 6:08.




August 1, 12:09 PM   /   Althouse   /   "This son of a bitch is sitting up there acting like, 'Well, I don't know if it was before. I don't know if it was after. Oh, lordy, Jesus, I don't remember. I got to look at my notes.' You know, bitch, what time you called the president, and you know wha

Said Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele addressing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, quoted in "Former RNC chairman to Jim Jordan on Jan. 6: 'You know, b****, what time you called the president'" (Washington Examiner).  Steele wasn't speaking to Jordan's face, just doing a perf...




August 1, 11:51 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Now it's the first of the month and rent — and back rent — is suddenly due for millions of Americans who have been shielded from eviction during the pandemic."

"Millions of households could face eviction over the next month — when lawmakers on are on their annual August recess — and some have predicted a full-blown eviction crisis, just as a surge in Covid cases from the highly contagious Delta variant may be prompting renewed calls for people to stay h...




August 1, 10:44 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I am more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven. I’m not, I didn’t do anything wrong."

Said Rudy Giuliani, quoted in "Rudy Giuliani Says He’s ‘More Than Willing To Go To Jail’ But Did Nothing Wrong in Amazing Interview with NBC New York" by Caleb Howe at Mediaite.  Giuliani's interviewer, NBC's Melissa Russo, follows up, asking, "Why are you willing to go to jail if you feel t...




August 1, 10:21 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In the week since Lil Nas X released the provocative, pointedly homoerotic 'Industry Baby' music video and North Carolina rapper DaBaby regaled a Miami Rolling Loud audience with a vile quip about gay sex..."

"... and AIDS between songs, conversations about homosexuality and homophobia in hip-hop that have been percolating all year have come to a head..... It’s been illuminating watching masks come off and hearing what people think these two stories say about the state of hip-hop.... The message in th...




August 1, 08:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Athletes, advocates for women’s sports and fair-sport campaigners have questioned whether Hubbard, who competed in men’s competitions before quitting the sport more than a decade ago, has an unfair advantage...."

"It complicates matters that the rules of the sport allow teams in the Olympics to have only one entrant per weight class. Tracey Lambrechs, a lifter from New Zealand who competed in the same weight class as Hubbard, said that the sport’s national governing body gave her an ultimatum several year...




July 31, 09:13 PM   /   Althouse   /   This morning's sunrise, at around 6 a.m.




July 31, 09:01 PM   /   Althouse   /   Socially distanced theater.

  Video by Meade. That's me at 0:16. The play was "Rough Crossing" by Tom Stoppard. An excellent performance. And I didn't go home with a sunburn.  We traipsed through the prairie on our way out: 




July 31, 05:41 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Call For Abstracts: Better Call Saul and Philosophy: I Think, Therefore I Scam




July 31, 04:25 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Thank you, Tom Johnson!




July 31, 02:51 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Do academic norms and politics mix? The case of Richard W. Painter (UPDATED AGAIN, 7/30)

Prior to last week, I'd never had (to my recollection) any interaction with Professor Richard Painter of the University of Minnesota, a moderately well-known expert...




July 31, 01:15 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The White House is frustrated with what it views as alarmist, and in some instances flat-out misleading, news coverage about the Delta variant...."

"In some instances, poorly framed headlines and cable news chyrons wrongly suggested that vaccinated Americans are just as likely to spread the disease as unvaccinated Americans. But that isn't quite the case. Vaccinated Americans still have a far lower chance of becoming infected with the corona...




July 31, 12:43 PM   /   Althouse   /   #WokeOlympics: "Why do we allow the people who just want to bitch to always win?"

How bad does this atmosphere we're living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world? #WokeOlympics pic.twitter.com/P9rJNs6nrs — Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 31, 2021 After the excellent line ...




July 31, 10:17 AM   /   Althouse   /   Comparing what happened to Simone Biles to a golfer getting the "yips."

I'm seeing this comparison all over the place, but I'll just quote this, which came in the email after one of the several posts I'd written about Biles.  A reader named Leland wrote:  Hi Althouse— great golfers often get the yips, the inability to execute the movements necessary to stri...




July 31, 09:36 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Living with a virus — rather than defeating it — is not emotionally satisfying. It does not, in our minds, remove the threat."

"But the truth is: humans have no choice but to live with viruses. We always have. I’ve lived with a potentially fatal one buried in my bone marrow for almost 30 years. I still test HIV-positive. Almost certainly, I will die HIV-positive. But I will not die of HIV. And that’s ok. As long as I can...




July 31, 09:24 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Leibovitz... is worshipful. Riesman is relentlessly debunking, if not desecrating. Leibovitz credits [Stan] Lee with reawakening 'America’s moral imagination.'"

"Riesman hammers on the notion of Lee as a credit thief. Published as part of Yale’s Jewish Lives series, Leibovitz’s book presents Lee as the contemporary equivalent of Harold Bloom’s J: Spider-Man is 'a direct descendant' of Cain, Mr. Fantastic is 'a nuclear age Hasid,' Iron Man embodies 'a ste...




July 31, 08:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "People sometimes send us pieces that were deliberately made to be bad, and you can usually see right through that. It's fake bad art, and it shows."

Said Louise Sacco, the permanent acting interim director of the Museum of Bad Art, quoted in "Treasures from the Museum of Bad Art" (CBS). The article is from 2015. Some readers will know why I'm thinking about it today. Click through and scroll to see what sort of badness is museum-worthy. It mu...




July 30, 09:18 PM   /   Althouse   /   Primrose.




July 30, 04:22 PM   /   Althouse   /   A fresh keyboard.

How long do you put up with an old keyboard before you face reality and order a new one? I've seen keyboards fail before. It's always one key or 2 or 3 keys that get balky and then don't work at all. I once had a keyboard that failed beginning with the space bar. You face up to that really quickl...




July 30, 01:24 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   New York Courts and the Draft Riots of 1863




July 30, 01:24 PM   /   Althouse   /   5:51 a.m.




July 30, 01:15 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Biles need only watch the documentary The Last Dance, which features [Michael] Jordan alone in a mansion drinking enormous glasses of alcohol and hating everybody..."

"... to understand that there is a cost to valorizing competition to the exclusion of everything else. [Tiger] Woods’s career self-imploded in a way that seemed like a direct response to the punishing mentality required to dominate every tournament — which didn’t stop the emergence of the narrati...




July 30, 01:08 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Let’s tear this horrible glittering Schwarma down once and for all."

A comment on "The Vessel Has Closed Again After a Fourth Suicide" (NY Magazine).  You know The Vessel ? And you know the shawarma ....




July 30, 12:48 PM   /   Althouse   /   5:52 a.m.




July 30, 11:41 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Do academic norms and politics mix? The case of Richard W. Painter (UPDATED AGAIN, 7/30))

Prior to last week, I'd never had (to my recollection) any interaction with Professor Richard Painter of the University of Minnesota, a moderately well-known expert...




July 30, 11:12 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The sauba ants that could reduce the men’s clothes and rucksacks to threads in a single night. The ticks that attached like leeches..."

"... (another scourge) and the red hairy chiggers that consumed human tissue. The cyanide-squirting millipedes. The parasitic worms that caused blindness. The berne flies that drove their ovipositors through clothing and deposited larval eggs that hatched and burrowed under the skin. The almost i...




July 30, 08:54 AM   /   Althouse   /   Is this the most obscure Fellini movie?

Here's something I watched just because it was short — 43 minutes — and I was clicking idly about in my streaming service — Criterion — which said "Federico Fellini’s loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s 'Never Bet the Devil Your Head' stars Terence Stamp as an alcoholic actor who suffers f...




July 30, 08:25 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   New Facebook group for those interested in "Experimental Jurisprudence"

Here. (Thanks to Roseanna Sommers [Michigan] for calling this to my attention on Twitter.)




July 30, 08:14 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Richard Painter: "either dishonest or blinded by righteousness"

That was Penn lawprof Jonathan Klick's apt assessment (noted earlier this week) based on his own experience of having Painter "Twitter shit" on him and...




July 30, 08:07 AM   /   Althouse   /   "For months, the CDC has married a god-awful communications strategy with a determination to cater to the most irrational whims of the paranoid, triple-masking urban gentry..."

"... the whims of the archetypical Karen, in other words.... Overall, a majority of voters — 55 percent — agree that 'despite good intentions, shutting down businesses and locking down society did more harm than good.'... There is a great deal of pent-up frustration and resentment over the inconv...




July 30, 07:36 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In some ways, I believe that these tech giants are more powerful than government officials.... take Donald Trump versus Mark Zuckerberg. Trump could be dis-elected..."

"... he could be sued, he can be impeached. And none of the above is true for Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, etc, no free speech rights against them, no due process rights against them. And... we've seen more and more of a coalescence between particular political and government leaders, putting in...




July 29, 11:11 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Chemours Company FC, LLC v. Darkin Industries, Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2021)

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Federal Circuit, and the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals before it, generally reviewed decisions by the Patent and Trademark Office under the same standard applied to district court decisions, whether the factual basis for the decision was "clearly erroneous" (questi...




July 29, 04:20 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Knowles's "Making Minimum Wage"




July 29, 04:13 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Your daily tooth-brushing routine is a great opportunity to... try doing calf raises, squats or lunges... to meditate by focusing on the taste of the toothpaste and sound of the water."

Ludicrous advice in the NYT, in "Day 7: Brush Your Way to a New Habit."




July 29, 04:08 PM   /   Althouse   /   "In the first study, nursery school children watched an adult heaping verbal and physical abuse on an inflatable Bobo the clown doll..."

"... punching it in the nose, kicking it, hitting it on the head with a mallet and throwing it around the room. When the children were then given a chance to interact with a similar doll, they copied the adult’s abusive behavior and produced additional forms of abuse that they thought up on their...




July 29, 02:06 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Earned On Receipt

The Oregon Supreme Court sustained findings of a plethora of ethics rule violations and disbarred an attorney Respondent graduated from law school and became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2003. He worked for a small law firm...




July 29, 01:46 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Oh, you thought that too, didn't you? No? What an angel you are!"

I said, expressing skepticism about the story, reported in the NYT, about a grizzly bear in Alaska that "terrorized a man for days." Now, I'm seeing the Daily Mail report, "Alaska gold miner is accused of making up story about bear stalking him for four days" : Now, however, locals are questionin...




July 29, 01:17 PM   /   Althouse   /   Dialogue about rape in the 1972 Woody Allen comedy, "Play It Again, Sam."

As I mentioned yesterday , I rewatched this movie, which I'd absolutely loved when it came out. The script is by Woody Allen, who plays an extremely nervous and clumsy man whose wife has left him, and he's desperately looking for love with the help of his married friend, played by Diane Keaton. A...




July 29, 11:54 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   The ACD (Arthur Conan Doyle) Society Is In Session! @AcdSociety




July 29, 10:49 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Knowingly

The Utah Supreme Court sustained misconduct findings and a one-year suspension and rejected the contention that the conduct at issue was not "knowingly" committed In summary, Ms. Santana‟s own testimony indicates she was aware of the circumstances surrounding each instance...




July 29, 09:53 AM   /   Althouse   /   It's one of those rare mornings when — quite by chance — a theme appears on the blog.

I've written 2 posts: 1. "The strongest case for noncitizen voting today is representation: The more voters show up to the polls, the more accurately elections reflect peoples’ desires," and 2. "'People get very wrapped up in the idea of spontaneously desiring sex,' Dr. Nagoski said, but, especia...




July 29, 09:04 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The strongest case for noncitizen voting today is representation: The more voters show up to the polls, the more accurately elections reflect peoples’ desires."

From "There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote" by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian (NYT), who favors "lifting voting restrictions on legal residents who aren’t citizens — people with green cards, people here on work visas, and those who arrived in the country as children and are s...




July 29, 08:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   "'People get very wrapped up in the idea of spontaneously desiring sex,' Dr. Nagoski said, but, especially in women, it’s fairly rare."

"Based on a wide body of research on gender and sexual desire, Dr. Nagoski estimates that roughly 15 percent of women experience spontaneous desire , whereas most experience responsive desire — wanting sex when something erotic is happening. 'When we study people who have great sex over the long-...




July 28, 09:08 PM   /   Althouse   /   This morning at 6:10...

A little earlier, at 5:52...




July 28, 08:41 PM   /   Althouse   /   "While tornadoes garner a lot of attention because of their destructive ability, derechos can rival tornadoes in terms of destruction an impact."

"Derecho damage is typically 'in one direction along a relatively straight swath,' according to the National Weather Service." From "From Midwest prepares for intense severe storms, threat of derecho/A derecho moving through Iowa last year killed four people" (ABC News). The derecho has certainly...




July 28, 07:38 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Gag Order Violations Constitute Civil Contempt

The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a civil contempt for an attorney's out-of-court comments to media This appeal regards a civil contempt order. Appellant Joseph A. Hurley represents Clay Conaway, a former college athlete charged with raping six women. After the...




July 28, 04:58 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Pros and Cons of Mandatory COVID Vaccination Rules

America’s Finest News Source investigates and offers this list: Pros Fake vaccination cards very lucrative business opportunity Good way to keep HR department busy for a few months Would saves millions of innocent profits Always fun to piss off Eric … Continue reading → The post...




July 28, 03:55 PM   /   Althouse   /   Rewatching 5 movies I saw in the theater when they first came out and I was in my early 20s.

I have what I called my "imaginary movie project, " but it's been stalled since 2019. It began in 2019. The idea was to see how I react to these things today and try to remember and relate it to how I felt at the time. I began with the year 1960, when I was 9, and I got up to 1968, with the last ...




July 28, 01:46 PM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Potential Research Projects

While The De-licensing of Occupations in the United States: A Shifting Trend?, by Robert Thornton (Lehigh—Business) et al., is a brief and purely descriptive paper, it identifies a timely topic and, in so doing, also identifies possible future empirical projects....




July 28, 01:02 PM   /   Althouse   /   "When the French government launched a smartphone app that gives 300 euros to every 18-year-old in the country for cultural purchases like books and music, or exhibition and performance tickets..."

"... most young people’s impulse wasn’t to buy Proust’s greatest works or to line up and see Molière. Instead, France’s teenagers flocked to manga.... As of this month, books represented over 75 percent of all purchases made through the app since it was introduced nationwide in May — and roughly ...




July 28, 12:26 PM   /   Althouse   /   "General Milley had no direct evidence of a coup plot. But in the days after Mr. Trump’s electoral defeat, as the president filled top military and intelligence posts..."

"... with people the general considered loyal mediocrities, General Milley got nervous. 'They may try,' but they would not succeed with any kind of plot, he told his aides, according to the book. 'You can’t do this without the military,' he went on. 'You can’t do this without the C.I.A. and the F...




July 28, 09:36 AM   /   Althouse   /   "There’s duck poop everywhere, and it’s murky. It’s a solid brown-green on a good day. It’s just gross … We were getting [bitten by] duck mites. Apparently they like to eat ducks’ poop. We were covered in bites... it built character. I’m funnier because o

Erica Sullivan, discussing training by swimming in Lake Mead when the swimming pools were closed for coronavirus — quoted in "Get to know silver medalist Erica Sullivan. Everyone else wants to" (WaPo). Before I ran into that quote, I was all set to make a post out of this other quote of hers...




July 28, 09:26 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In 1958, Michael Young, a British sociologist, introduced the word 'meritocracy,' warning that the widespread use of I.Q. tests as a sorting device would result in..."

".... a new and deeply resented kind of hereditary class system. But that’s not how people came to understand the term. To many, it denoted an almost sacred principle: that tickets to success, formerly handed out by inheritance or luck, were now given to the deserving... In the summer of 1948, He...




July 28, 08:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   Smiling at black people.

This is such powerful advice. ✊




July 28, 08:13 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Do academic norms and politics mix? The case of Richard W. Painter (UPDATED)

Prior to last week, I'd never had (to my recollection) any interaction with Professor Richard Painter of the University of Minnesota, a moderately well-known expert...




July 28, 08:13 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Just before the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, began to discuss wrestling with depression and suicidal thoughts."

"Since then, the N.B.A. players DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love and the figure skater Gracie Gold, among other athletes, have gone public to say they grapple with anxiety and depression. Though sports psychologists say a stigma persists about athletes and mental health, and Biles was surely disappoi...




July 28, 08:04 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   No Oral Argument Unless Disbarment At Issue

An attorney admitted in 1977 has been suspended for two years by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a matter that was initiated by a trust account overdraft. The court denied the attorney's request for oral argument Respondent’s request for oral...




July 28, 05:41 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Repubs retreat from antivaxerism

A funny thing happened in the culture wars the other day. After taking steadily more extreme anti-vaccination positions over many months, leading rightwing commentators and Republican politicanss suddenly jumped ship, announcing that everyone should be vaccinated as soon as possible. It would be ...




July 28, 05:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   5. Medieval law as rules




July 27, 11:54 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   PTAB Denies Two CVC Requests Regarding Motions

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Recently, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied two requests by Junior Party University of California/Berkeley, the University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier (hereinafter, "CVC") in Interference No. 106,115. In the first, CVC asked a conference call to discuss its ...




July 27, 09:54 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Muchlinski on property rights in Palestine




July 27, 07:20 PM   /   Althouse   /   Overcast sunrise, at 5:47.

  No sun to see, bu there was a little moon:




July 27, 04:26 PM   /   Dorf on Law   /   How Is It Possible That the Debt Ceiling Is a Thing Again?




July 27, 11:03 AM   /   Althouse   /   "While workers of all ages have become accustomed to dialing in and skipping the wearying commute, younger ones have grown especially attached to the new way of doing business."

"And in many cases, the decision to return pits older managers who view working in the office as the natural order of things against younger employees who’ve come to see operating remotely as completely normal in the 16 months since the pandemic hit. Some new hires have never gone into their empl...




July 27, 10:22 AM   /   Althouse   /   How many oceans are there — 1, 4, or 5?

Apparently, the worst answer is 4 .




July 27, 08:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue."

Official statement: "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions." Thinking of you, Simone! pic.twitter.com/QA1GYHwWTv — USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021 ADDED: I'm readi...




July 27, 12:04 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Sensormatic Electronics, LLC v. Wyze Labs, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021)

By Michael Borella -- Sensormatic asserted U.S. Patents 7,730,534, 7,936,370, 7,954,129, 8,208,019, and 8,610,772 against Wyze in the District of Delaware, alleging infringement. Wyze moved the District Court to dismiss under Rule 12(c), on the grounds that the claims are directed to ineligible s...




July 26, 02:53 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Gay Rights, Religion, and Giving Peace a Chance




July 26, 11:42 AM   /   Discourse.net   /   Dystopian Fiction in Everyday Life

The Tampa Bay Times has the scoop on a new surveillance plan in Pasco County, Florida.  The Sheriff’s Department there is targeting people for enhanced police scrutiny based on what it claims is an “unbiased, evidence-based risk assessment designed to … Continue reading → ...




July 26, 10:33 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Klass on Corbin




July 26, 08:38 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Fee Dispute May Proceed

A convicted defendant cannot pursue a malpractice claim against his post-conviction attorney so long as the underlying conviction remains in force and effect. Absent reversal, such claims are unripe, according to a decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court. However, the...




July 26, 07:00 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Partisan Politics, Legal Realism, and the Myth of the Unitary Executive




July 26, 01:11 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Is This the WTO Waiver End Game?

Pfizer and BioNTech Agree to Vaccine Technology Transfer with South Africa's Biovac Institute By Kevin E. Noonan -- As reported by Reuters* on Wednesday (see "South African firm to help make Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine"), Pfizer and BioNTech, manufacturers and developers of an mRNA-based vaccin...




July 26, 12:54 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

July 27-28, 2021 - Practitioners' Think Tank on ITC Litigation and Enforcement conference (American Conference Institute) July 28, 2021 - Trade Secrets: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure (Biotechnology Innovation Organization IP Counsels Committee) - 1:00 pm (EDT) July 28-29, 2021 -...




July 26, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Tushnet on Colley and Emerson




July 25, 08:04 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   "There Are Not Two Truths, But Only One"

The New Mexico Supreme Court has censured an attorney William Ferguson, an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer, purchased a Ferrari for his personal use that he registered to his company, Motiva Performance Engineering, LLC. In a suit for damages to the...




July 25, 05:39 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: Edward Weston tribute capsicum

Bought at the market in Pézenas, France. I could hardly not take a photo of it, could I?




  

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