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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

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

Justia Portal by the Numbers: Resources for Aspiring Lawyers (And Practicing Lawyers Too!)

Via LLRX – Justia Portal by the Numbers: Resources for Aspiring Lawyers (And Practicing Lawyers Too!) – Justia’s mission is to make the law and legal resources free for all. In keeping with this mission, the Justia Portal offers free access to statutes from all 50 states, cases from federal courts and the highest state… Continue Reading

Mapped: What post-Roe America could look like

Axios – “If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the average American could have to travel around 125 miles to reach the nearest abortion provider, compared to the current average of 25 miles, according to the Myers Abortion Facility database. State of play: 12 states will immediately restrict abortion if Roe disappears, and others… Continue Reading

The Future of Digital Spaces and Their Role in Democracy

Pew Report – “Many experts say public online spaces will significantly improve by 2035 if reformers, big technology firms, governments and activists tackle the problems created by misinformation, disinformation and toxic discourse. Others expect continuing troubles as digital tools and forums are used to exploit people’s frailties, stoke their rage and drive them apart.. Those… Continue Reading

TRAC Releases New Asylum Data Tools, Adds Data on Gender, Language, and Age

“The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released two brand new interactive asylum data tools that allow users to view detailed data on asylum applications and the asylum backlog in Immigration Court. TRAC also added detailed information on gender, language, and age—valuable information that is of considerable public interest—to its new and existing… Continue Reading

What to Know About the Challenge to Roe v. Wade

KFF: “Abortion at SCOTUS: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health – “Abortion is among the most contentious issues in the country today. On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear the first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was seated and cemented a solid 6-3 conservative majority on the bench. The case under consideration, Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer of… Continue Reading

U.S. reaches tentative settlement in excessive PACER fees lawsuit

Reuters: “The U.S. government has agreed in principle to resolve a class action lawsuit brought by a group of nonprofits alleging the federal judiciary overcharged the public for access to court documents through its PACER system. The tentative settlement was disclosed in a status report filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, more… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Statistics

“Each year, the Harvard Law Review publishes a series of tables summarizing numerical trends from the Court’s most recent Term. We also translate our Supreme Court Statistics into interactive visualizations, which can be found below. These visualizations are sourced from The Statistics included in our print issues. The content is also available here on our… Continue Reading

The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants

Lessig, Lawrence, The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants (September 10, 2021). Social Media and Democracy (Lee Bollinger & Geoffrey Stone, eds., Oxford 2022), Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3922565 “As the semantic capability of computer systems increases, the law should resolve clearly whether the First Amendment… Continue Reading