Watchdog: Most PTAB Judges Fear Independence Threatened by Political Appointees |

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office showed an overwhelming majority of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges feel their independence is being threatened by political appointees. The report comes after calls from congress to review the administrative court’s transparency in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. … Read more

“Liar Rep.-Elect George Santos Admits Fabricating Key Details of His Bio”

The New York Post (Victor Nava & Carl Campanile) reports: “My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said Monday. Santos confessed he had “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, chalking that fib up to a “poor choice of words.” The 34-year-old now claims instead that a company called Link Bridge, where he … Read more

Federal Judge Rejects Constitutionality Claim Over Colorado Law Protecting LGBTQIA+ Minors From ‘Conversion Therapy’ |

A federal judge in Colorado disagreed with a therapist’s argument that the state’s Minor Therapy Conversion Law, enacted in 2019, unlawfully abridges what she can say to her minor clients who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming. Under the law in question, mental health professionals are prohibited from conducting “conversion therapy.” According to the order, … Read more

New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Rules and Regulations: The Series

Way back in Spring of 2021, we ran a series on the New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which legalized adult-use cannabis in New York and established the framework for adult-use cannabis licensing. That series of posts covered everything from the available license types to the MRTA’s real estate requirements. In keeping with our … Read more

Illinois Appellate Court Overturns a Stop-Posting-About-Plaintiff Order

From Thursday’s Appellate Court of Illinois decision in Pokorny v. DeBolt, written by Justice Joseph Birkett and joined by Justices Susan Hutchinson and Donald Hudson: A plenary order of protection barring respondent from disseminating on social media any information identifying petitioner in any way, was improper. The petitioner failed to meet her burden to show … Read more

Hamline Student Newspaper (the Oracle) Removed Published Defense of Lecturer Who Showed Painting of Muhammad

One of the twists in the Hamline blasphemy firing story is that the Hamline Oracle—the student newspaper—published and then removed a defense of a lecturer who showed the painting of Muhammad. The essay defending the lecturer was written by Prof. Mark Berkson, who is the chair of the Hamline Department of Religion, so one would … Read more

How do you build trust with incarcerated clients? Exonerated jailhouse lawyer has ideas

Home Daily News How do you build trust with incarcerated… Asked and Answered How do you build trust with incarcerated clients? Exonerated jailhouse lawyer has ideas By Stephanie Francis Ward December 26, 2022, 10:00 am CST Image from Shutterstock. Attorneys often expect incarcerated clients to lie and vice versa, says Derrick Hamilton, who served more … Read more

Oregon Cannabis: State of the State

Welcome to the seventh annual “State of the State” post on Oregon cannabis. For the first year since program launch, regulated cannabis sales fell in the state. We also saw significant legislative and regulatory changes, further contraction of the hemp industry and a myriad of interesting odds and ends. Overall, it has been a rocky … Read more

Hamline University Lecturer “Is Fired Over a Medieval Painting of the Prophet Muhammad”

The painting that appears to be at the center of the controversy (from Rashid al-Din Ṭabib, Jami’ al-Tawarikh, in the University of Edinburgh Library)   Michigan art history Prof. Christiane Gruber reported on this four days ago in New Lines Magazine; as readers of the blog might gather, I think that Hamline’s behavior, as she … Read more