Several law profs land on watch list of academics who advance ‘leftist propaganda’–ABA Journal

Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet says he isn’t bothered by his inclusion on a conservative group’s new watch list of leftist professors.

“It’s not a big deal,” Tushnet tells the Harvard Crimson. “It comes with the territory.”

Tushnet is among nearly 200 professors on the “Professor Watchlist” created by the group Turning Point USA. The list aims to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The New York TimesNew York Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education have stories.

The watch list targets Tushnet for a May 2015 blog post saying conservatives lost the culture wars, and it’s time to take a hard line with the losers.

Critics told the Times that lists like the one created by Turning Point USA are intended to intimidate professors from speaking out.

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New Basic Income Project Set to Launch in January

Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining a lot of traction as of late with various industry expertsgovernment officials, and financial experts expressing the need to explore the possibilities of implementing a basic income program.

UBI is a lump sum of money given periodically to individuals unconditionally. There are no tests or work requirements that bar an individual from getting the money. In addition to this, the income that they will receive is a supplement to their total income which means that under this system, individuals have an option to work or not.

At the heart of the proposals for UBI is the prevention of poverty in certain countries which is why it is highly suited in regions like Africa where poverty is rampant.

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This pilot study is one of many that are being planned out around the world. Finland has already started to give out basic income to its residents with the same goal of reducing poverty. Ontario, Canada and Oakland, California are also starting to plan out their own programs.

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Raise the Rainbow Flag: Federal Court Rules that Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination | Joanna L. Grossman | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

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The tides turned with an EEOC ruling in 2015, in which the agency concluded that alleged discrimination against a gay man–because he was gay–constituted a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law banning employment discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics such as sex, race, ethnicity, and religion.  The EEOC sparked a second look at this question, decades after several courts had dismissively, and with little reasoning, concluded that the law’s prohibition of sex discrimination is not broad enough to encompass sexual orientation discrimination. The new case from a federal district court in Pennsylvania, EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Center, builds on a more recent trend, in which courts (and the EEOC) draw on more contemporary thinking about the nature of sexual orientation discrimination and its relationship to gender.

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Jones Day and ABA develop VetLex legal referral network to provide pro bono help to veterans–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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Jones Day is hosting programs at 18 of its offices on Friday to introduce lawyers and executives to a referral program being developed with the ABA that will link veterans to pro bono and low-cost lawyers.

The program, expected to launch in the spring, is called VetLex, report Bloomberg Big Law Business, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Daily Business Review (sub. req.). Working with the ABA, local bar associations and law schools, the firm hopes to recruit, train and certify lawyers to participate.

Legal advice offered through the network will extend beyond benefits disputes, according to a Jones Day press release. Help will be provided in areas such as landlord-tenant relations, family law, employment matters and business start-ups. The program will also link veterans to needed social services.

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In a world of change and transition: Which way forward? | Stephen P. Gallagher

Stephen P. Gallagher has a master of science degree in organizational development and is a lawyer transition coach at his consulting firm, LeadershipCoach.us. Previously, he was director of law office economics and management–one of the first bar association PMA positions–at the New York State Bar Association. He also maintains a Facebook page on the topic of lawyers in transition. Gallagher wishes to thank solo lawyer and friend Leonard E. Sienko Jr. for reading a draft of this article and sharing his own insights.

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Editor’s Note:  I was honored to be asked to read and comment on Steve Gallagher’s latest article on change and transition for lawyers as published in “ABA Bar Leader”.

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Steve Gallagher:

With so many long-time executive directors retiring, I thought this might be a good time to talk about life’s transitions–letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become.

The emotions involved in winding down one’s life work and transferring responsibilities to a new generation can be an intense mixture of pride, anxiety, and even loss. In my experience, people are increasingly embracing the idea of living longer, living better, and maintaining a balanced, vital lifestyle. People of all ages are seeking much greater meaning in everything we do.

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How AI Will Change the Practice of Law – Law Technology Today

Nikki Black is out on the bleeding edge of legal technology, thinking about Artificial Intelligence in the practice of law.  She notes several AI programs already in use in law offices.

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A lot has been written in recent months about “robot lawyers” and their potential to replace attorneys at all levels of the profession, decimating the demand for flesh and blood lawyers in the process. What’s the truth behind the hype? Will artificial intelligence (AI) have a profound affect on the legal industry and in what ways?

Certainly, all signs point to AI being the next big legal technology trend, but what remains to be seen is where automation and analytics software will have the most impact on the practice of law and how fast the rate of adoption will be. AI software will undoubtedly supplement some aspects of lawyering, but most likely it will do so by allowing machines to do much of the tedious drudgery so common in some aspects of the practice of law, allowing lawyers to focus on higher level analytical work.

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Fantasy sports websites reach $12M settlement with NY state | TheHill

Daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel are agreeing to pay $6 million each to settle allegations from New York’s attorney general over false advertising.

“Today’s settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday, announcing the settlement.

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