Good Luck Getting the Government Data You Need
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has begun denying FOIA requests under the logic that if they provide the data to a defendant, the defendant can then defend themselves, and that is, apparently, bad.
The Government Probably Should Not Have Warrantless Access to Your Browser History
The Intelligence Authorization Act currently making its way through Congress contains a provision that would allow federal law enforcement warrantless access to some browser history. Here's why that is an awful idea.
Briefs: Posner Gets Mad at Legal Jargon, BigLaw Rates Hit $2,000/Hour, Etc.
Judge Posner is at it again, mad as heck at fellow judges for using terms like "abuse of discretion."
Briefs: Non-Lawyer Ownership of Firms, Social Media Discovery Is a Mess, Etc.
Eyewitness Testimony, Statement Tampering, and False Memories We’ve all seen the studies about how eyewitness testimony is often ridiculously unreliable, but new research shows that your own memories can be manipulated by other people, even after you’ve reduced those memories to writing. This is currently a hot topic in the UK, where a very recently published […]
Briefs: ROSS Lands Its First Client, Yet Another Jobs Report, Etc.
You Might Need to Start Authenticating Social Media Screenshots A few weeks ago, a Louisiana appellate court issued a decision barring Facebook screenshots for lack of authentication. In a criminal case, the prosecutor sought to introduce Facebook posts of the defendant holding a revolver and making threats. The district court let the evidence in, but […]
Briefs: Google Wants to Fix Your Eyes, Being a Nice Boss Is Overrated, Etc.
Up Next for Google: Fixing Your Eyesight In news that will either thrill you or make you squirm with discomfort, Google has announced that it has patented a device to correct your vision. The catch? It involves injecting that device directly into your eyeball. The device, Forbes reports, is designed to help the focusing of […]
California’s Chief Ethics Prosecutor Resigns Amid Ongoing Drama
As previously discussed here on Lawyerist, the State Bar of California’s head prosecutor of lawyers, Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, has been surrounded by drama for much of her five years at the helm of the bar’s disciplinary arm. This week she shocked the bar by resigning her position. Kim’s resignation comes just a few months after […]
Briefs: BarBri Faces ADA Lawsuit, Say Goodbye to Thomas, Etc.
Lawsuit: BarBri Isn’t ADA-Compliant BarBri’s online bar prep is a great idea in that you no longer have to slog to some semi-disused auditorium all summer and sit in the dark, mole-like, for four weeks. Instead, you can sit in the relative comfort of your own home and be terrified that you do not know […]
Briefs: Bill Your Clients for Interns, 25% of Texas Grads Don’t Have Law Jobs, Etc.
Another iPhone Privacy Case Solved Without Apple’s Help First, we had the big San Bernardino iPhone case end with a whimper rather than a privacy-destroying bang thanks to the FBI figuring out how to break into the thing without Apple’s help. After that, though, the FBI demanded Apple help it in a New York drug case, but […]
Briefs: Uninstall QuickTime ASAP, Apple Trolls the DOJ, Etc.
Get Rid of QuickTime Now if You Are a Windows User You probably have not even been paying attention as to whether you still have QuickTime on your Windows machine, because Apple hasn’t issued a major Windows QuickTime release since 2005, which is one million years ago in internet time. In January, Apple stopped supporting QuickTime […]
Briefs: Cornell’s Tech LLM, Everyone Thinks Law Is Bad At Diversity, Etc.
Another Order To Unlock Another Apple Phone Just when you thought the dust had settled from the San Bernardino Apple case, thanks to the feds figuring out a way to unlock the phone without Apple’s help, here comes another case where a judge has ordered Apple assist law enforcement in unlocking an iPhone. Unsealed Friday at […]
Briefs: Evaluating Legal Tech, Posner Would Burn The Bluebook, Etc.
How To Evaluate Legal Technology: A Handy Checklist We have written here about how law technology often focuses on the wrong problems. How do you make sure that the latest piece of tech that you are utterly enamored with is actually working for you, rather than being a shiny new toy? Over at Slaw, a Canadian […]
The Secret Style Guide the Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Read
You can't get any higher than supreme. So when the public gets a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, it's a big deal.
Briefs: Casemaker Will Fight Fastcase, Employees Will Sell Your Passwords, and Chatbots Will Become Racist, Etc.
Casemaker Is Going to Fight the Fastcase Lawsuit After All A couple months ago, Casemaker declared that they were the sole publisher of Georgia laws, which is…not how the law works, as statutory codes cannot be copyrighted. Fastcase promptly sued. Although Casemaker initially (and wisely) said they would not fight the lawsuit, they have since […]
Luring Law Students With Phony Employment Statistics Is (Somehow) Not Fraud
In 2011, Anna Alaburda alleged that the Thomas Jefferson School of Law fraudulently reported its post-graduate employment statistics in an effort to lure prospective students who didn’t know any better. She learned that her school (along with other law schools) tried to fool prospective students by including low paying non-legal positions including retail, food service, […]