Archive for the ‘legal news’ Category

  • Hacking the Law

    Read about one lawyer’s path from government attorney to legal hacker in Innovate by Embracing Your Inner (and Outer) Hackers. This is one way to promote access to justice – ability to code is optional. Read more...
  • The Dangers of Innovation

    Read about the MIT students who were investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General for their student project. The university was unable to provide legal assistance to the students while they faced legal challenges for months. As a result, a new conference on the Freedom to Innovate will be held at MIT in October. Read more...
  • Law Day

    May 1 is Law Day. This year’s theme for law day is the Magna Carta. The “Great Charter” is 800 years old this year. As the American Bar Association says: “Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how […] Read more...
  • April is Poetry Month!

    Ven-Fuel was convicted of fraudulent acts, By the Trial Court’s finding of adequate facts. We think it likely that fraud took place, But Materiality was not shown in this case. So while the Government will no doubt be annoyed, We declare the conviction null and void. U.S. v. Ven-Fuel, Inc., 602 F.2d 747, 748 (C.A.Fla., […] Read more...
  • April is Poetry Month!

    We thought that we would never see A suit to compensate a tree. A suit whose claim in tort is prest Upon a mangled tree’s behest; A tree whose battered trunk was prest Against a Chevy’s crumpled crest; A tree that faces each new day With bark and limb in disarray; A tree that may […] Read more...
  • Justice Scalia Immortalized on Stage

    Justice Scalia is the subject of the new play “The Originalist.” “The play is set in the Supreme Court term that ended in June 2013 with a major victory for gay rights. In the play, Justice Scalia debates that case and others with a liberal law clerk, and their odd-couple relationship, with antagonism shading into […] Read more...
  • Methow Valley Cabin Fight Brings Property Rights Issues Into Focus

    Seattle architect Tom Kundig built a cabin on a ridge near Mazama, causing a groundswell of outrage among valley property owners. While other Methow Valley areas have the controversial “Ridge Buster” homes, Mazama prides itself on preserving and respecting the natural landscape. Residents have called the cabin “an extended third finger,” a “boil,” a “blight” […] Read more...
  • Justice Scalia Gets His Facts Wrong??

    In what Berkley law professor Daniel Farber termed a “cringeworthy mistake” Justice Scalia attributed the position of the trucking industry to the EPA is his dissent in the EPA v. EME Homer City Generation L.P. case. From the Volohk Conspiracy website: “Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan H. Adler notes the irony. “The worst […] Read more...
  • Families of Inmates Now Can Have Free Video Visits via the Public Law Library of King County

    From the King County Law Library’s Press Release: Inmates with family support during incarceration are less likely to reoffend, according to the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC). One of the family support programs offered through the DOC allows for video visits with inmates at most facilities, at a cost of $12.95 for a thirty-minute visit. […] Read more...
  • Do Comedians Have Legal Recourse for Joke Stealing?

    Apparently not.  Slate has an interesting discussion of the long history of joke stealing going back to the oldest known humor book, Philogelos from the 4th century. Two law professors even managed to get a scholarly piece out of the topic.  See Dotan Oliar and Christopher Spirgman, There’s No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of […] Read more...