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How Courts Embraced Technology, Met the Pandemic Challenge, and Revolutionized Their Operations

Pew – “What the changes mean for the millions of people who interact with the civil legal system each year—and what remains to be done…To begin to assess whether, and to what extent, the rapid improvements in court technology undertaken in 2020 and 2021 made the civil legal system easier to navigate, The Pew Charitable Trusts examined pandemic-related emergency orders issued by the supreme courts of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The researchers supplemented that review with an analysis of court approaches to virtual hearings, e-filing, and digital notarization, with a focus on how these tools affected litigants in three of the most common types of civil cases: debt claims, evictions, and child support…”

SCOTUS Will Gaslight Us Until the End

Slate – “Oral arguments today made clear that this court will overturn Roe—and that they’ll insist on their own reasonableness the whole time…Perhaps it would be refreshing if the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court no longer felt the need to lie to us. The lying, after all, is becoming nearly untenable—especially for an institution… Continue Reading

Video calls can be a pain for hybrid offices. Tech companies say relief is coming.

Washington Post – “Zoom, Google, Microsoft and others say new features and tools will help improve the headaches of hybrid work meetings…As workers brace for a hybrid environment in the long run, makers of some of the most commonly used video conferencing tools are hoping their latest updates and those yet to come will address… Continue Reading

Report – Reckoning with the U.S Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste

National Academies: “The United States should create a national strategy by the end of 2022 to reduce its contribution to plastic waste in the ocean, including substantially reducing the amount of solid waste generated in the U.S., says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report also recommends the… Continue Reading

What Is You.com and How Is It Different to Other Search Engines?

MakeUseOf: “You.com is a search engine that puts its users first. Using a combination of search results, apps, and shortcuts, it presents information in rows that “form an interface of your digital life”. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time scouring the internet for content, You.com may be for you. You can use… Continue Reading

Considering the challenges that face shuttered newspapers with decades or even centuries of material to preserve

Tedium – Dead on Archival: “…Newspapers and print journalism in general have been dying a slow death for more than 20 years now. While causes and the current state of the industry are very much in debate, there is little argument that print journalism is currently in a dire state. The Hussman School of Journalism… Continue Reading

Missing Decisions and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Rantanen, Jason, Missing Decisions and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (September 20, 2021). University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Forthcoming, U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-46. “Merritt McAlister’s Missing Decisions is an important contribution to our understanding of civil procedure, judicial decision making, and the law itself. McAlister’s study… Continue Reading

Learn how to find abortion pills, how to use them safely, and help us make this information common knowledge.

Shout Your Abortion: “The Good News – Mifepristone and Misoprostol—aka abortion pills—are safe, effective, and widely available online for about $100. In fact, you can now order pills to have on hand before you’re even pregnant. Abortion-by-mail can significantly reduce the harm done by anti-choice legislation, but only if people know that this option exists. Please be… Continue Reading

A new ratings industry is emerging to help homebuyers assess climate risks

Via LLRX – A new ratings industry is emerging to help homebuyers assess climate risks – Matthew E. Kahn studies environmental economics, and in his recent book, “Adapting to Climate Change: Markets and the Management of an Uncertain Future”, he explores how the rise of Big Data will help people, firms and local governments make… Continue Reading

U.S. to extend transit mask mandate through mid-March

White House Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter: “Today, President Biden will announce new actions to combat COVID-19 as the United States heads into the winter months and with the emergence of a new variant, Omicron. The United States has come… Continue Reading