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New on LLRX – Can You Do That? Filing Amicus Curiae Briefs in Other Countries

Via LLRXCan You Do That? Filing Amicus Curiae Briefs in Other Countries – Law Librarian Lora Johns shares her response to “I would like to see an amicus brief filed by Alliance Defending Freedom in Slovakia.” For all of us who did not consider that Americans might want to—or even could—file friend-of-the-court briefs in other countries’ courts, this excellent guide is for you.

After 2016 Election Campus Hate Crimes Seemed to Jump. Here’s What the Data Tell Us.

Chronicle of Higher Education: “…Hate crimes were up in 2016 – The Education Department data consist of disclosures made under the Clery Act, the federal law that requires colleges to report crimes committed on their campuses. In 2016, the department found, colleges and universities reported a total of 1,250 hate crimes, defined as offenses motivated… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement

EFF: “Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided… Continue Reading

Federal grand jury indictment – 13 Russian nationals, 3 Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws

DOJ News Release: “The Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia today returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel’s Office. The indictment charges thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies for committing federal crimes while seeking to interfere in the United States political system, including the 2016 Presidential… Continue Reading

Guidance and the Congressional Review Act

The Regulatory Review, David Zaring: “Congress’s use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse a panoply of Obama Administration rules has been the most important way it has pursued deregulation in the first year of the Trump Administration. But the effort to keep using it to deregulate—which is ongoing—would really take the statute beyond… Continue Reading

FDPL – 2016 End of Term Presidential Web Archive Now Available

“Between fall 2016 and spring 2017, End of Term (EOT) Web Archive partners conducted outreach and archiving efforts to preserve and document the U.S. Government web presence at the end of the Obama Presidential term. Due to an increased public interest in preserving U.S. Government web content and press regarding the project, the EOT Nomination… Continue Reading

CRS – D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB

D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB – Part I. Todd Garvey, Legislative Attorney; Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. February 12, 2018. “The entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a potentially important decision on January 31, upholding the structural design of the Consumer Financial… Continue Reading

Book captures papers by 30+ legal marketing experts

Via Ron Freidmann: “Stephen McGarry of AILFN publishes an updated book with chapters by 30+ legal market thought leaders covering many timely topics.” Ron’s KM chapter is here. Continue Reading

EFF Report on Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology

“Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today. Face recognition is rapidly creeping into modern life,… Continue Reading

4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

Scientific American – Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that. “The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns. Scientific American spoke with Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research… Continue Reading

At least 100 White House officials served with ‘interim’ security clearances until November

CNN: “Nearly a year into President Donald Trump’s administration, senior-level staffers — including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter — remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a US government official. Having interim clearance can hamper a staffer’s ability to… Continue Reading

GPO Issues Digital Release of Federal Register for the 1960s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1960-1969. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1960 to the present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project is digitizing a total of… Continue Reading