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    Conferences / Symposia, Technology

    Legal Technology And Innovation: Ediscovery, Machine Learning, And Transactional Practice, Oh My!

    When it comes to legal technology, there’s a whole lot of innovation going on.

    / Jan 29, 2016 at 6:34 PM
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    Technology

    Biometric Bras And One-Eyed Robots – What the Future Holds for Us

    According to technology columnist Jeff Bennion, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016.

    17 Comments / / Jan 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.27.15

    * The Cincinnati Bengals reached a $255K settlement with their cheerleaders in a wage-and-hour suit. Each Ben-Gal stands to receive at least $2,500. Hmm, maybe they needed better lawyers who could BE AGGRESSIVE! B-E AGGRESSIVE! B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E! [CBS News]

    * Biglaw leaders think that first-year associates are likely to be replaced by robots within 10 years. Some even think that second- and third-year associates could be replaced by artificial intelligence. Damn, no wonder NY to $190 is still a pipedream. [Ars Technica via Am Law Daily]

    * “What you’re asking them to do is do work for you.” Despite the fact that the cellphone was seized in an investigation, this federal magistrate judge says that he isn’t quite sure if he has the legal authority to compel Apple to access data on a locked iPhone. [Reuters]

    * Justice waits for no one, except this defendant who allegedly murdered her 19-month-old daughter in 2010. After her trial was rescheduled for the 18th time, a judge finally decided he’d had enough: “Anything following this will be a trial or dismissal.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’re trying to get into to law school, there’s no need to wait for your fall semester grades before you send off your applications. A pulse and the ability to sign federal loan documents are all that you’ll need. [Law School Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    60 Comments / / Oct 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.15.15

    * From attorney to bag designer: the career of Annette Ferber. [Corp! Magazine]

    * Twitter goes head-to-head with Gawker Media over the copyright of GIFs. [io9]

    * Concerns about the judicial temperament of Judge Barry Williams, who is presiding over the Freddie Gray case. [Katz Justice]

    * All is not lost if you drop out of law school. [Law and More]

    * Why do attorneys struggle with customer reviews? [Technology & Marketing Law Blog]

    * Judge cleared of wrongdoing for posting about a case in front of her on Facebook. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * All the legal considerations before you host your “Love and Sex with Robots” conference in Malaysia. [Slate]

    17 Comments / / Oct 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Robot Lawyer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.10.15

    * Hot on the heels of the news that the majority of students enrolled in California’s “failure factories” unaccredited law schools drop out before graduation, legislators are pushing for the state bar to do something about it before even more prospective students are conned. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Robots will be coming for your jobs more quickly now thanks to the largest law firm in the world. Dentons invested an untold sum in Ross, an app that will inevitably replace first-year lawyers by utilizing super computer Watson’s artificial intelligence to perform legal research. [Globe and Mail]

    * Slowly but surely, the legal industry is making a comeback in terms of headcount. Sure, the entire profession is only employing 3,500 more people now than it was at this time last year (sorry about that, law school grads), but it’s still an improvement. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because it doesn’t look like the Securities and Exchange Commission has been doing anything doesn’t mean that lawyers at the agency have been twiddling their thumbs. They’ve got some major things in the works, they swear. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “I wonder how it feels to save the life of a mass murderer? Good job.” In a shocking verdict, convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison. All it took was one holdout juror to take the death penalty off the table. [Reuters]

    13 Comments / / Aug 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we’re off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago.

    * After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out whom to charge in this violation of Asimov’s First Law. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky thinks Ted Cruz is right about the Supreme Court. [The New Republic]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, Bloomberg chats with Margaret H. Marshall, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who wrote the opinion making that state the first to legalize same-sex marriage. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * California February bar exam results. A couple of schools got a 100 percent passage rate. Stanford was not one of them. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Love wins. The Chamber of Commerce wins more. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A not-entirely-partisan argument that Justice Scalia should retire. He may be slipping into William O. Douglas circa 1975 territory. [Dorf on Law]

    * Did you know that David Lat was supposed to play Quentin Tarantino’s role in Pulp Fiction? I didn’t either until I saw this video (at 0:48). [ClickHole]

    47 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM
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    Conferences / Symposia, Technology

    alt.legal: Stanford’s FutureLaw 2015 – Literally With Robots (And RoboCops)

    Technological change is coming to the legal profession, and those that embrace it (and understand it) will prosper.

    1 Comment / / May 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM
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    Murder, Sports

    The Road From Play Action To Plagiarism Is… Murder!!!

    The level of butthurt from Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers is astounding.

    5 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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    Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.12.14

    * Human Rights Watch wants to “stop killer robots” from being used as cops. In case that was really weighing on your mind. [PC World]

    * A profile and Q&A with Twitter’s foremost jurist, Justice Don Willett of Texas. He indulges us with answers longer than 140 characters. [Coverage Opinions]

    * The Berkeley bird beheader gets four years probation and service to an animal shelter. And you just know some bird is going to try and start something with him on the first day. [Associated Press via San Diego Union-Times]

    * Instead of announcing a new dean, Louisville has given a three-year extension to its interim dean to keep holding the “interim” title. What’s going on? Could one of the commenters be right: that the school doesn’t want to take on a new salary because they expect the school to fold? [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The Drake Law service dog lawsuit is over. [Des Moines Register]

    * Today is the last day to enter the New York’s Funniest Professional Competition! [Manhattan Comedy School / Gotham Comedy Club]

    * Internet collegiality alert: Internet Tax Lawyers blog blatantly rips off another blogger. For shame. [Law and More]

    * Comparing the U.S. News peer ranking with which faculty’s academic writing really gets read. [Tax Prof Blog]

    7 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Mmm, conspiracy.

    Continuing Legal Education / CLE, D.C. Circuit, Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Religion, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.28.14

    * Beef: it’s what’s for dinner (at the D.C. Circuit). [How Appealing]

    * “The Likelihood A Robot Will Steal Your Job, In One Picture.” Good news for lawyers, not-so-good news for paralegals. [Kotaku]

    * An interesting perspective from Professor Faisal Kutty: “Why Gay Marriage May Not Be Contrary To Islam.” [Huffington Post]

    * And from Willkie partner Francis J. Menton: “Argentina Is Joined In The Supreme Court By The Coalition Of Weasels.” (I’m guessing Willkie doesn’t represent many foreign sovereigns in fights against their creditors; that seems to be Cleary Gottlieb’s niche.) [Manhattan Contrarian via Instapundit]

    * A CLE event that offers a lot of bang for the buck. [National Firearms Law Seminar]

    * If you’ll be in Philadelphia tomorrow night, watch a bunch of Penn Law students beat up some punks from Wharton — for a good cause! [Wharton vs. Law: Fight Night; promotional video after the jump]

    0 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM
  • robot RF

    Jury Duty, Quote of the Day, Technology

    Not Even Robots Want To Go To Jury Duty!

    Welcome to the future of jury duty, where even robots dread being called to serve!

    0 Comments / / Mar 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM
  • Manti Teo

    Animal Law, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.17.13

    * A Charleston School of Law student leader was arrested for stalking. I’m not sure how else Charleston Law students are supposed to get jobs. [Fitsnews]

    * I think this is a very poor reading of the history of the Second Amendment that is making the rounds. Sure, having weapons really helped slaveholders, but that’s not “the reason” the Second Amendment was ratified. The founders had better reasons… reasons that have nothing at all to do with the time we live in, but that’s a different story. [Truthout]

    * By the way, you saw that Obama nominated a black lawyer for something, right? Since the Republicans in Congress are so concerned about Obama’s record on diverse appointments, I’m sure Todd Jones will be confirmed super quickly. [Daily Beast]

    * Should pet owners be allowed to recover for “sentimental value”? A Texas case might answer that question. I’m looking forward to the companion case in Arkansas where pet owners try to recover from loss of consortium. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * I’d be shocked if this Manti Te’o thing doesn’t end up with somebody suing someone for something. [New York Daily News]

    * There’s going to be a law and robots conference at Stanford in April. Because we all know how much robots love law. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    6 Comments / / Jan 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM