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  • - Huffington Post The Los Angeles school district on Friday removed a lawyer who successfully defended it in a sexual abuse lawsuit in which he told jurors that a 14-year-old girl who had sex with a male teacher shared responsibility despite her age.

    The trial victory spared the cash-strapped district a potentially pricey verdict, but news of the trial strategy and remarks by attorney W. Keith Wyatt that it was a more dangerous decision to cross the street than to have sex with a teacher drew criticism. (11/19/14)
  • - SCOTUSblog From Yale to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to legal academe; the value and relation of teaching in class and arguing in court; and a focus on employment law cases. (11/19/14)
  • - SCOTUSblog The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins on the occasion of the publication of American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court (University of Pennsylvania Press), by University of Baltimore law professor Garrett Epps, who is also the Supreme Court correspondent for The Atlantic Online. (11/12/14)
  • - The Washington Post In the former category, SCOTUSBlog is hosting a mini-symposium on the case, my own contribution to which is here. (Regular VC readers will recognize many of the arguments.) Other contributors, thus far, include Nicholas Bagley and Abbe Gluck, two of the more thoughtful folks on other side of this case. More will follow. (11/10/14)
  • - The New York Times LinkedIn is the industry leader in helping people make work connections. Log on, and this professional-networking site displays a sampling of “people you may know” — often including colleagues at a user’s own workplace — with whom to start hobnobbing. (11/9/14)
  • - Politico Voters in Washington state backed universal background checks on firearms purchases, a solid win for gun control advocates like former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates.
  • - The Seattle Times The school shooting in Marysville and its aftermath offer a stark look into how distressed teens use social media to share problems they might previously have discussed with a school counselor. Increasingly, Facebook, Tumblr and similar websites are trying to meet young people where they live. (11/1/14)
  • - TIME While some dislike the seasonal shifts of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for the minor inconvenience to their sleep cycles and busy schedules, there’s a more serious side to the scheme: the loss of an hour of afternoon sunlight when it ends—as it does this weekend—may increase the likelihood of traffic accidents. (10/31/14)
  • - C-SPAN From the Cato Institute's October 30th Halbig/King Conference (10/30/14)
  • - The Stranger The Well-Funded Political Action Committee Succeeds in Local Judicial Elections Because It Cares More About Them Than You Do (10/29/14)
  • - International Business Times The Seattle Times is furious with the FBI after it emerged that the bureau impersonated Times journalists to install spyware on a 15-year-old bomb threat suspect. The disclosure is the latest example of a law enforcement agency masquerading itself online to dupe people into providing information. (10/28/14)
  • - Slate In the early days of dot-com, the law found the Internet unsettling. That a buyer in one location could access the website of a seller in any other forced courts to revisit basic questions of jurisdiction and federalism. The potential to share and edit software and other digital objects introduced novel questions of ownership and control. In the mid-’90s, a movement arose among legal academics to address these and similar challenges. The central tensions of “cyberlaw” flow from the characteristics that distinguish the Internet from prior or constituent technology such as computers or phones. (10/27/14)
  • - KUOW Last week a superior court judge ruled that a so-called “view-killing” cabin in the Methow Valley must go. UW Law Professor Robert Anderson says this is an unusual case for property law in Washington state and it affects all of us. (10/21/14)
  • - In the past year, there has been a growing focus on the high incident of rape and sexual assault on U.S. campuses. In response to this, several parents with kids in college have developed an “affirmative consent” app known as Good2Go. This first-of-its-kind sexual consent app is designed to help students and young adults navigate the world of sexual relations and to teach them more than “no means no” This new app requires users to seek affirmative consent from their partners. In other words, that only a positive “yes means yes.” (10/21/14)
  • - Science As robots take on societal roles that were once the province of humans, they are creating new legal dilemmas. (10/20/14)
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