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5 Takeaways From Inside the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

The New York Times – A Times investigation [read free] reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the Supreme Court abolished the constitutional right to abortion. “By the time the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a draft of the ruling had been leaked to the press and the outcome was anticipated. The story… Continue Reading

The Judiciary Has Policed Itself for Decades. It Doesn’t Work.

ProPublica: “For decades, judges have relied on a select group to make sure the judiciary adheres to the highest ethical standards: themselves. The Judicial Conference, a secretive, century-old council of federal judges led by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, oversees the ethics and financial disclosures for more than 1,700 federal judges, including the… Continue Reading

Judges Given the OK to Use ChatGPT in Legal Rulings

Gizmodo: “Robots may help determine your legal fate if you end up in a British court. The UK Judicial Office issued guidance Tuesday permitting judges to use ChatGPT and other AI tools to write legal rulings and perform several other tasks. “The use of Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) throughout society continues to increase, and so does… Continue Reading

Google’s Antitrust Loss to Epic Could Preview Its Legal Fate in 2024

The New York Times: “Google’s loss was swift after a monthlong antitrust trial in a San Francisco federal court. A little more than three hours after a jury had begun deliberating on Monday, they returned with their verdict. There were 11 antitrust claims that Epic Games, the maker of the hit videogame Fortnite, had brought… Continue Reading

Care Post-Roe: Documenting cases of poor-quality care since the Dobbs decision

New Data Show Nearly One in Five US Abortion Patients Are Traveling Out of State for Care – December 2023 update – The Guttmacher Institute has released new data from the Monthly Abortion Provision Study, which tracks monthly estimates of procedural and medication abortions provided in the formal US health care system. In addition to… Continue Reading

We Should Get Paid for Our Online Data

TIME: “Since January 2023, the United States Department of Justice along with the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia, have been in court pursuing a civil antitrust suit against Google. And on Sept. 26, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general filed a… Continue Reading

The World’s Feminists Need to Show Up for Israeli Victims

Slate – Solidarity for victims of sexual assault should trump other politics. “Of all of the horrors coming out of the Israel-Hamas conflict, among the most horrible are the barbaric murders, rapes, sexual assaults, and kidnappings of women and young girls in Israel during the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. And yet, deepening this distressing… Continue Reading

The Right to (Human) Counsel: Real Responsibility for Artificial Intelligence

Swisher, Keith, The Right to (Human) Counsel: Real Responsibility for Artificial Intelligence (February 11, 2023). 74 S.C. L. Rev. 823 (2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4583580 “The bench and bar have created and enforced a comprehensive system of ethical rules and regulation. In many respects, it is a unique and laudable system for regulating and guiding… Continue Reading

US 5th Circuit Court seeks regulation on lawyers’ AI use in legal filings

Coin Telegraph: “The suggested regulation would apply to attorneys and litigants without legal representation appearing before the court, obliging them to confirm that filings produced with the help of AI were assessed for precision. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering a proposal that would mandate lawyers to confirm whether they utilized artificial… Continue Reading