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The Emerging Interactionist Paradigm and the Ideals of Democracy and Rule of Law

van der Burg, Wibren, The Emerging Interactionist Paradigm and the Ideals of Democracy and Rule of Law (April 4, 2015). Erasmus Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Socio-Legal Studies No. 15-01. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2589808 “In this chapter, I present the theory of interactive legislation in the context of a broader interactionist paradigm.Continue Reading

Federal Justice Statistics, 2011–12

“Describes the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Tables and text describe arrests andContinue Reading

Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order

CRS – Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, Kathleen Ann Ruane, Legislative Attorney. April 6, 2015. “In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that will impose rules governing the management of Internet traffic as it passes over broadband Internet access services (BIAS), whether thoseContinue Reading

Boing Boing’s Doctorow leads campaign to ban digital locks on ebooks, music

James Bridle – UK Guardian: “In my last column I wrote about Tesco’s graceful exit from the ebook business, offloading its customers – and their precious libraries – to Kobo. While applauding the commitment to preserving customers’ purchases, it remains a shame that this sort of transfer is even necessary. Storing books – or anythingContinue Reading

Massive AT&T Consumer Privacy Violation Results in $25 Million FCC Penalty

EPIC – “The Federal Communications Commission has settled an enforcement action against AT&T for the company’s massive consumer privacy violations. According to the Commission, employees at AT&T call centers around the world accessed the “CPNI” (call record information) of nearly 280,000 U.S. customers without their permission. Then AT&T distributed that information to traffickers of stolenContinue Reading

Excess bound volumes of NLRB Decisions and Orders will be available to the public

A bit late, but: “Since the enactment of the National Labor Relations Act, the Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board have been published in bound volumes.  The Agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC will be moving to a smaller location this summer. Following this move, the Agency will retain only a limited numberContinue Reading

Report – Analyzing the Response to the Marathon Bombings two Years Later

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnev set off two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions resulted in three fatalities and over 250 injured. Three days later, the FBI identified the Tsarnevs as suspects and released their photos to the press. When the brothers were confronted by theContinue Reading

The European Union: a guide to terminology, procedures and sources

“The European Union: a guide to terminology, procedures and sources – House of Commons Background Paper – Commons Library Standard Note Published 21 January 2014 | Standard notes SN03689 Amended 08 December 2014 Authors: Emma Clark, Vaughne Miller. This Note aims to clarify some of the terminology used to describe the institutions, laws and procedures of the EuropeanContinue Reading

Difference Blindness vs. Bias Awareness: Why Law Firms with the Best of Intentions Have Failed to Create Diverse Partnerships

Pearce, Russell G. and Wald, Eli and Ballakrishnen, Swethaa, Difference Blindness vs. Bias Awareness: Why Law Firms with the Best of Intentions Have Failed to Create Diverse Partnerships (April 7, 2015). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 83, No. 2407, 2015; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-08; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2591478.Continue Reading

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Insurance Information Institute – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program – Renewed and Restructured – April 2015. “Since its initial enactment in 2002 the terrorism risk insurance program has been revised and extended three times. The most recent extension—the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA)—ensures its continuation until December 31, 2020. On January 8,Continue Reading

Legislating for Drones: A Guide and Model Ordinances

McNeal, Gregory S. and Rule, Troy A., Legislating for Drones: A Guide and Model Ordinances (April 2, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2589975 “Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, present enormous benefits for local government officials, but they are also creating new conflicts with existing land uses. The growing popularity of drones necessitatesContinue Reading

Leaked portion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – loss of user rights?

EFF – Maira Sutton: “A newly leaked chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement from Wikileaks has confirmed some of our worst fears about the agreement. The latest provisions would enable multinational corporations to undermine public interest rules through an international tribunal process called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Under this process, foreign companies can challengeContinue Reading