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Daily Archives: July 12, 2018

CRS – President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Initial Observations

CRS Legal Sidebar – President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Initial Observations, Andrew Nolan, Section Research Manager. July 10, 2018.

“On July 9, 2019, President Trump announced the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) to fill the impending vacancy on the Supreme Court caused by Justice Kennedy’s scheduled
retirement on July 31, 2018. As noted in this earlier Sidebar, Justice Kennedy’s retirement is likely to have significant implications for the Court, Congress, and the nation as a whole. Justice Kennedy, as the Roberts Court’s median vote, was often at the epicenter of legal debates on the High Court, casting decisive votes on issues ranging from the powers of the federal government visà-vis the states, to separation-of-powers disputes, to key civil liberties issues. A critical question now before the Senate as it considers providing its advice and consent to the President’s nomination to the High Court is how Judge Kavanaugh may view the many legal issues in which Justice Kennedy’s vote was often determinative. This Sidebar provides some initial observations on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, noting his background and some initial clues as to how the nominee may impact the future of the Court…”

Survey – Law Librarians Focusing More on Competitive Intelligence

Law.com: The focus is shifting toward more business intelligence research for partners and away from client-facing work, the survey results indicated. “This year’s survey results show that for firm librarians the focus is switching from practice of law research to business development research—sometimes referred to as competitive intelligence. Specifically, 75 percent of respondents expect to… Continue Reading

Trump’s Corrupt Use of the Pardon Power

Greenberg, Mark and Litman, Harry, Trump’s Corrupt Use of the Pardon Power (June 25, 2018). LAWFARE (JUNE 19, 2018); UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3202408 “In no aspect of his presidency has Trump acted more immorally and done more damage to the rule of law and constitutional… Continue Reading

Move Over Westlaw – Meet the Next-Generation Westlaw Edge, With Advanced AI and Analytics

LawSites – Robert Ambrogi on July 12, 2012 – “It was eight years ago that Thomson Reuters unveiled WestlawNext to great fanfare, eventually phasing out classic Westlaw entirely. A lot has changed in those eight years, both in the legal market and in legal technology. Today, Thomson Reuters is officially announcing its next-generation legal research… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About California’s New Data Privacy Law

Harvard Business Review: “Late last month, California passed a sweeping consumer privacy law that might force significant changes on companies that deal in personal data — and especially those operating in the digital space. The law’s passage comes on the heels of a few days of intense negotiation among privacy advocates, technology startups, network providers, Silicon… Continue Reading

Getting a password manager is the most important way to improve your online security

Washington Post – “…After testing password managers that work across browsers and devices, I recommend one called Dashlane. It’s the one simple enough that you’re likely to stick with it, though its features are neck and neck with rivals 1Password and LastPass, which are also fine choices. Dashlane, used by 10 million people, is free… Continue Reading

NARA’s Information Security Oversight Office 2017 Report to the President

“This report, mandated by Executive Order 13526, covers implementation by Government agencies’ of the security classification program and the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program. The report calls for fuller implementation of the CUI program, and provides recommendations to aid in modernizing the security classification system, which has an estimated annual cost to Government of over $18.39 billion. It calls for… Continue Reading

Pew – Audio and Podcasting Fact Sheet

Fact sheet was compiled by Research Associate Elisa Shearer: “The audio news sector in the United States is split by modes of delivery: traditional terrestrial (AM/FM) radio and digital formats such as online radio and podcasting. While terrestrial radio reaches almost the entire U.S. population and remains steady in its revenue, online radio and podcasting… Continue Reading

Coalition Calls for Urgent Investigation of Destruction of Records on Family Separation Crisis

“Open the Government, together with a coalition of organizations committed to government accountability, civil liberties, human rights, and civil rights, is calling on Congress to immediately investigate the administration’s records management practices relating to the “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family reunification efforts. This policy has caused a major humanitarian crisis, and the administration has… Continue Reading

How Kavanaugh compares to other SCOTUS nominations close to elections

Axios: “How Kavanaugh compares to other SCOTUS nominations close to elections. President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy comes just 120 days before the 2018 midterm election. The big picture: There have been five other cases since 1950 when seats have opened within 150 days of a midterm… Continue Reading