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New on LLRX – Will Lawyers Embrace Wearable Tech, And The Future?

Via - Will Lawyers Embrace Wearable Tech, And The Future? Nicole Black predicts that smartwatches will soon be very popular with lawyers as they offer an easy and unobtrusive way to filter only the most important information received on your smartphone. So if you’re expecting a priority email or phone call, you can program your phone toContinue Reading

EPIC (Finally) Obtains Memos on Warrantless Wiretapping Program

“More than eight years after filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the legal justification behind the “Warrantless Wiretapping” program of President Bush, EPIC has now obtained a mostly unredacted version of two key memos (OLC54)and (OLC85) by former Justice Department official Jack Goldsmith. EPIC requested these memos just four hours after the New York Times broke the story about theContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Online tools to streamline your email

Via - Online tools to streamline your email - Nicole Black talks about email add-ons to assist busy lawyers respond more effectively to a continuous avalanche of communications that require sorting, prioritizing, tagging and timely actions. She highlights several effective online tools designed to solve these problems by integrating with your Gmail account and other programs as well.

Regulating Law Enforcement’s Use of Drone: The Need for State Legislation

Smith, Michael L., Regulating Law Enforcement’s Use of Drone: The Need for State Legislation (September 5, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “The recent rise of domestic drone technology has prompted privacy advocates and members of the public to call for the regulation of the use of drones by law enforcement officers. Numerous states haveContinue Reading

Minority Staff Dissenting Views: IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups

“The Majority staff on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has issued the foregoing report titled IRS and TIGTA Management Failures Related to 501(c)(4) Applicants Engaged in Campaign Activity. The primary conclusion of the Majority staff report is that, contrary to common understanding and widespread reporting, the IRS actually exhibited no bias in its review ofContinue Reading

Subcommittee Releases Report and Dissenting Views on IRS Handling of 501(c)(4) Applications

“Today, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., released a 224-page Report [PDF] summarizing the Subcommittee’s bipartisan investigation into problems with how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has processed applications for tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. TheContinue Reading

‘Competitiveness’ Has Nothing to Do With It

Kleinbard, Edward D., ‘Competitiveness’ Has Nothing to Do With It (August 5, 2014). Tax Notes, Forthcoming; USC CLASS Research Papers Series No. CLASS 14-26; USC Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 14-34. Available for download at SSRN: “The recent wave of corporate tax inversions has triggered interest in what motivates these tax-driven transactions now. CorporateContinue Reading

Eight Traits of Great Trial Lawyers

Bennett, Mark W., Eight Traits of Great Trial Lawyers: A Federal Judge’s View on How to Shed the Moniker ‘I Am a Litigator’ (May 1, 2014). Review of Litigation, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: “A federal district court judge shares his 25 years of trial court expereince about the eightContinue Reading

As Growth Stalls, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Becomes More Settled

“The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S.—11.3 million in 2013—has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, according to new Pew Research Center estimates. The marked slowdown in new arrivals means that those who remain are more likely to be long-term residents, and to live with their U.S.-born children. InContinue Reading

Does Immigration Impact Economic Freedom?

Clark, Jeff R. and Lawson, Robert A. and Nowrasteh, Alex and Powell, Benjamin W. and Murphy, Ryan H, Does Immigration Impact Economic Freedom? (August 18, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “The economics literature generally finds a positive, but small, gain in income to native-born populations from immigrants and potentially large gains in world incomes.Continue Reading

Immigration Court Backlog Nears 400,000

“The number of cases awaiting resolution in the Immigration Courts had grown to 396,552 by the end of July 2014. This backlog increased by nearly 75,000 cases, or 22 percent, since the start of fiscal year 2013, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. TheContinue Reading

Bicyclist safety must be a priority – Report

Findings from a year of fatality tracking, May 2014. Every Bicyclist Counts – A memorial to the cyclists by the League of American Bicyclists. “From February 2011 to February 2013 we proactively gathered information for Every Bicyclist Counts from monitoring media and public outreach. We captured 628 fatalities overall and 552 in 2012 alone. In 2012, FARSContinue Reading