Just the Facts: Americans with Disabilities Act | United States Courts

While overall civil rights cases have declined, cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have increased three-fold in recent years. Filings in three states – California, Florida, and New York – account for a significant number of the civil rights cases filed under the ADA.

Learn more about this in the new installment of Just the Facts.


What Your Email Address Says About Your Law Practice – Technologist

By George Khoury, Esq.


When you see another lawyer’s email address, do you judge them on it? If not, you might start after reading this.

Apparently, some lawyers believe that the @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, or @aol.com accounts should be kept personal, and that a lawyer’s email address should always be an @your-law-firm-name-here.com type address. However, this belief isn’t always correct, and could lead many lawyers down a primrose path of being hacked for using a garbage email client that lacks adequate security.

Fortunately, thanks to the modern times we live in, email addresses can be quickly and easily changed. Below you’ll find a few tips on whether you need to be shopping for a new email.


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Trump tosses hiring process for administrative law judges, gives agency chiefs selection power–ABA Journal



President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order eliminating the exam and competitive hiring process for administrative law judges.

The order gives agency chiefs the power to hire administrative law judges according to their own standards. The process will be similar to the way agencies hire executive branch attorneys, according to a press releasePoliticoGovExecNPRand the Washington Post have stories.

About 1,900 administrative law judges work for the federal government, and all but about 300 of them work for the Social Security Administration, according to the Post


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The Trump Administration Quietly Defunded Legal Services For Trafficking Victims–Huffington Post

Jenavieve Hatch


The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime sets federal funding aside to assist crime victims, including the victims of human trafficking. Up until this month, in addition to services like health care, education and employment, the funds also covered legal representation ― which human trafficking victims have used to get their criminal records expunged or dismissed. More than 90 percent of human trafficking victims are arrested for crimes like prostitution, truancy or drug possession when they are being trafficked.

But the most recent iteration of the Office for Victims of Crime’s budget, released on June 25, added new language:

“OVC funding may not be used for criminal defense services,” it reads. “Direct representation on vacatur or expungement matters through court filings or through other litigation services, is NOT an allowable cost under this cooperative agreement or with FY 2018 funds.”

Assistance in paying for legal aid is essential to victims’ recovery process, wrote more than 100 trafficking survivors in a letter to the OVC on Friday.


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Beyond Citation – Critical Thinking About Digital Research

Last featured in the 11-11-2016 Scout Report, Beyond Citation is a valuable resource for librarians, scholars, instructors, and students. By allowing visitors to quickly learn about popular datasets, Beyond Citation offers an important service for researchers in all academic disciplines.

Researchers, students, and instructors use academic databases to find scholarship on topics of interest. Yet, it is difficult to get information about how these databases work and what materials are included in – or left out of – them. In response to this challenge, a group of students in a digital praxis seminar at the City University of New York (CUNY) created Beyond Citation, a website dedicated to providing the public with information and analysis about major academic search engines. As of this writing, Beyond Citation features explorations of thirteen major databases, including Google Books, Project MUSE, HathiTrust Digital Library, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Each database record includes an overview outlining what the database contains, available reviews of each database, and information about access. In addition, readers will also find a useful conversations feature, which offers links to outside analysis and criticism about the selected database. Beyond Citation not only helps researchers critically evaluate databases but also teaches researchers how to use these databases most effectively.

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Lawsuit to claw back union dues filed after Janus decision–ABA Journal


Seven California teachers have filed a class action lawsuit to win back paid union fees in light of last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that nonconsenting public-sector employees cannot be compelled to pay union dues.

The Recorder reported Tuesday that attorney John Bursch of Bursch Law in Grand Rapids, Michigan has filed nearly two-dozen such cases throughout the country in light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME. “The lawsuit we filed is a refund of the fees that were illegally extracted,” Bursch told the Recorder. He also told the Recorder that some of his lawsuits predated the Janus decision.

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