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Daily Archives: October 5, 2020

Everything you should and shouldn’t do to stay healthy on a plane

Washington Post: “After the historic drop in air travel this spring, Americans are steadily flying again — some with mixed reviews. After flying for work a few times and once to see family in California, Kyle Potter, editor of the Thrifty Traveler, says he’s not eager to get back on a plane anytime soon. With every airline carrying out coronavirus precautions differently, “you just don’t know what you’re going to find,” Potter says. Potter’s main takeaway from his recent flying experience has been for travelers to do their homework ahead of a flight, checking to see what rules an airline has in place for blocking middle seats and mask enforcement. Additionally, Potter says that “people should listen to public health experts.” Before booking your flight, know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still says travel increases your chance of getting and spreading covid-19, and that nearly 11,000 people have been exposed to the coronavirus on flights. But according to an October 1 article in JAMA, “the risk of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during air travel is lower than from an office building, classroom, supermarket, or commuter train.”…

America Is Having a Moral Convulsion

The Atlantic, David Brooks via MSN: “…The events of 2020—the coronavirus pandemic; the killing of George Floyd; militias, social-media mobs, and urban unrest—were like hurricanes that hit in the middle of that earthquake. They did not cause the moral convulsion, but they accelerated every trend. They flooded the ravines that had opened up in American… Continue Reading

A Short & Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research

Long, Ann Walsh, A Short & Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research (Table of Contents and Chapter 6 on The Ethics of Online Legal Research) (August 11, 2020). A Short and Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research (West Academic 2020) ISBN: 9781640207486, Available at SSRN: – “Legal research and writing are the skills every practicing… Continue Reading

Structuring Techlaw

Crootof, Rebecca and Ard, BJ, Structuring Techlaw (July 30, 2020 – Published September 14, 2020). Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or – “Technological breakthroughs challenge core legal assumptions and generate regulatory debates. Practitioners and scholars usually tackle these questions by examining the impacts of a particular technology within… Continue Reading

10% of World’s People May Have Been Infected With Virus

AP – “The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday the agency’s “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus — more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases — and warned of a difficult period ahead. Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking to a… Continue Reading

How Attorneys Can Benefit from the Use of Public Records

Law Technology Today – “Public records are the backbone of many court cases regarding property, contracts, probate, and torts. Attorneys with savvy assistants can prevail in a variety of cases if they do their homework using public records. And that research can do double duty, uncovering more potential clients with similar issues, expanding one’s client… Continue Reading

Legal Analytics

Alschner, Wolfgang, Legal Analytics (July 28, 2020). Forthcoming, AI and the Law in Canada, T. Scassa & F. Martin-Bariteau, eds. LexisNexis Canada, 2020, Available at SSRN: “Lawyers across the world are beginning to use statistics, machine learning and data science to review contracts, investigate case law or predict judicial outcomes. This ability to mine… Continue Reading

Being highly educated doesn’t mean you’re immune from falling for false information

BBC Future – Why smart people believe coronavirus myths – “..It is a sad truth that any health crisis will spawn its own pandemic of misinformation. In the 80s, 90s, and 2000s we saw the spread of dangerous lies about Aids – from the belief that the HIV virus was created by a government laboratory… Continue Reading

CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos

CRS via LC – CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos, Updated October 5, 2020. “New technologies, and those that represent an evolutionary improvement of an existing tool or process, that exhibit the potential to have large-scale effects on social and economic activity are often referred to as “disruptive” technologies. They can disrupt existing markets, practices,… Continue Reading

CDC Updated Guidance on COVID – can be spread by airborne transmission

“…COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after… Continue Reading