Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/29

Time to catch up on some of last week’s legal news and items of interest:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/22

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Another edition of Detours and Frolics, in which hopefully at least one of these items is fascinating to you:

  • Scotland voted on its independence from the UK. 55%-45% is close enough that you wonder what happens next (The Guardian)
  • Update: atheist airman who was denied reenlistment for refusing to say “so help me God” may re-enlist after Air Force policy change (Al Jazeera)
  • Let this be a warning to you: take brief formatting guidelines seriously, do not end up like BP (NPR)
  • Would you like to see the first Super Bowl? Hopefully not, because a fan recording is the only known copy left and it doesn’t look like it will be generally available any time soon (Above the Law)
  • A collection of approved and rejected vanity plates from Florida. Warning: crude, childish humor ahead (Legal Juice)
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/15

The world of law is rich with stories that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grave to utterly frivolous. Catch up on some of them from the last week:

  • The Supreme Court will discuss its next steps on gay marriage when it convenes on Sept. 29 (SCOTUSblog)
  • An atheist airman was denied reenlistment in the US Air Force for refusing to say “so help me God” (WSJ Law Blog)
  • Oscar Pistorious was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp (The Guardian)
  • The NFL has hired an independent investigator to explore how the league so abysmally handled Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (MSNBC)
  • A Wyoming legislative panel is looking into using firing squads to execute death row inmates when prisons can’t get the drugs they need for the job (WSJ Law Blog)
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/8

Another week, another round up of legal news and items of interest:

  • The DC Circuit will rehear en banc the case on the legality of health insurance subsidies  (SCOTUSblog)
  • A federal judge determined that BP was 67% responsible for Deepwater Horizon, may be fined up to $18 billion. I don’t care who you are, that’s gotta hurt (NYT)
  • In civil rights violation, a teenager in South Carolina was not allowed to wear the makeup that he usually does in his driver’s license photo because the DMV clerk determined he wouldn’t look “like a boy should” (CNN)
  • The EU’s highest court defined parody in a case involving an offensive calendar (WSJ Law Blog)
  • I’d think this goes without saying, but wear socks to court, especially if you’re an attorney. Though if oblivious lawyers are going to get us more captions like In re Proper Courtroom Attire, maybe they’re not so bad (Lowering the Bar)
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/2

Prime yourself for a short week by catching up with recent legal news and items of interest:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/25

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Catch up on last week’s happenings in the legal world:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/18 (Welcome Back Edition)

And now we return to the grind. Catch up on recent legal news and items of interest, get back into the swing of things:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/28

As we continue to while away the summer, let us reflect on current goings on  in the legal world:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/21

After a little summer break, catch up on some recent legal news and items of interest:

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Summer Access to Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg

If you’re a current student and need access to the major research services this summer, here’s a breakdown of how you can use them:

  • Westlaw Next – You may extend your access through the summer by following the procedure here. If you do not complete that procedure your access to Westlaw will automatically be reduced to just two hours per month for the rest of the summer. As you’ll see, you may only use Westlaw through the summer for certain purposes, including law journal work and certain non-profit jobs.
  • Lexis Advance – As long as you’ve already registered for Lexis Advance, you may continue to log in and use it for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer. The same goes for Lexis Nexis.
  • Bloomberg Law – You may continue to access Bloomberg Law throughout the summer for any purpose, including work.

If you have any questions on this matter, please contact pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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