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24 Holiday Steals That Gift Like Luxe Home Goods

The major seasonal sales may have come to a close, but our holiday bargain hunt isn't over yet — especially where gifting's concerned. Instead of paying full price on last-minute present purchases, we're going to save some extra cash by shopping the best slashed-price finds. And here's your Paperless Post to join us.Ahead we're outlining our hit-list of 20 buys from across the web that shop like a stylish steal and gift like a luxe home good. Whether you're shopping for a coworker, in-law, S.O....
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, California, Georgia, Society, Pakistan, Brazil, Lulu, Anthropologie, Fitz, Zwilling, MoMA Store, Hokusai, Kanagawa, Henckels


Spets-12 Non-NFA Shotgun

With a stabilizing brace.  I confess I had no idea.
Tags: Guns, Military, Firearms


Federal Law Enforcement Purchases Of Firearms, Ammunition And Tactical Equipment

GAO: The 20 federal law enforcement agencies in GAO’s review reported spending at least $38.8 million on firearms, $325.9 million on ammunition, and $1.14 billion on tactical equipment—at least $1.5 billion in total—from fiscal years 2010 through 2017, based on data agencies provided to GAO. And Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution comes to mind.
Tags: America, Military, GAO


At the Thursday Night Café...

... on the lucky 13th night of December, let's talk about stuff. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Government returns to Supreme Court on military transgender ban

Last month the Trump administration asked the justices to allow it to bypass the courts of appeals and immediately take up three cases (here, here and here) challenging the government’s ban on service in the military by most transgender individuals. Today the administration was back at the Supreme Court, giving the government a back-up option: If the justices don’t want to bypass the courts of appeals, they should at least allow the government to enforce the ban while the appeals play out. The a...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Francisco, Trump, John Roberts, Howe, Elena Kagan, What's Happening Now, Noel Francisco, James Mattis


£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

Officials ‘did not understand project’s complexity’ before signing outsourcing dealThe British army authorised a £495m contract with the outsourcing giant Capita to bring in new recruits without understanding the complexity of the project, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has concluded.The National Audit Office found that the decade-long contract, signed in 2012, had been beset with problems, resulting in shortfalls in the number of serving soldiers for the past five years. The army cur...
Tags: Business, UK News, Capita, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, National Audit Office, Whitehall


Something To Read While Above The Law Parties — See Also

Tonight's Our Holiday Party: Will you be there? Biglaw Rankings: Who's tops in client service? Yup, The Federal Government Wants Lawyers To Work For Free: No, this is not new. Rules Are There Are No Rules: A look at the latest in rulemaking from NALP. Trouble With Scare Quotes: Paul Weiss and their "diversity" issue.
Tags: Law, Paul Weiss, NALP, See Also


Tax deadline for exonerees, Blakinger on 'Fresh Air,' judge rubber stamps flawed blood-spatter forensics, and other stories

Lots going on this week, even if your correspondent hasn't had much blogging time. Here's a quick roundup of items presently filling up Grits' browser tabs: Texas Exonerees: Tax deadline looming Any Texas exonerees receiving compensation from the state: You have until December 17 to file to have your state compensation declared tax exempt. Act now! This time next week it will be too late! Journalistic scoop scored inmates dentures, national press for reporter Congrats to Keri Blakinger! Terry Gr...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Aclu, Npr, Alcala, Bryan, TX, Walker, Keri, Court of Criminal Appeals, Joe Bryan, Department of Criminal Justice, Shaver, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


Maria Butina Plea Reminds Us How Easy It Is To Turn Thirsty Men

The scheme to turn the NRA into a Russian front involved some basic ass men.
Tags: Law, Government, Nra, Russia Probe, Maria Butina


Teladoc Sued By Shareholders After Report Alleges Misconduct By Top Executive

He allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate and engaged with the employee in insider trading.
Tags: Law, Health Care / Medicine


As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean For Customers?

TR presented details on why it is making these reductions in staff and offices and what they mean for the company and its customers.
Tags: Technology, Law, Thomson Reuters


Navy SRB Guidance as of December 2018

Released December 13, 2018 via NAVADMIN 302/18, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. The Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus is calculated by multiplying your basic pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to 6 […]
Tags: Navy, Military, SRB, Navy SRB, Navy SRB Guidance, NAVADMIN


Why women make businesses more profitable

While the workplace is slowly diversifying, some industries have been slow to change.A growing body of research is uncovering that workplaces with greater diversity actual perform better. One of the clearest examples of this effect is in venture capitalism, where nearly all venture capitalists are white, male, Harvard graduates.When VC firms hire more women, their effectiveness and profitability explodes. None One of the big questions that any society needs to answer is how open and diverse they...
Tags: Work, Gender, Women, Society, Harvard, Sociology, Innovation, Gender Equality, Women In Business, Forbes, Harvard Business School, Paul Gompers, Gompers, Silpa Kovvali, Kovvali


How Does Your Law Firm’s NPS Stack Up? [Sponsored]

It’s important to see how your firm is serving clients, but it’s also important to see how you compare to the legal industry as a whole.
Tags: Law, Clio, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms


Empirical SCOTUS: The heightened importance of the Federal Circuit

This term, the Supreme Court will hear argument in its 100th case decided below by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court’s recent grant of Kisor v. Wilkie also marks the fourth case granted from the Federal Circuit this term. This is by no means a small fraction of the Supreme Court’s total caseload. In terms of federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Court has only granted more cases this term from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 11th Circuits....
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Newman, U S Postal Service, Pauline Newman, U S Court of Appeals, Stephen Breyer, Mayer, Clarence Thomas, Alan Lourie, Federal Circuit, David Souter, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc


ALM attempting to stop small UK conference from using the phrases “legal tech” and “legaltech”

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot when your legal publishing company is already struggling in the eyes of a lot of folks. ALM is attempting to stop a couple young legal tech entrepreneurs, one a lawyer and one a technologist, in Sheffield, England from using the term or phrase “LegalTech” in the title of their small legal tech conference, LegalTech Conference North, which was held for the first time last month.  As reported by Dan Bindman of Legal Futures, conference coordinators,...
Tags: Publishing, UK, Technology, London, Law, US, Sheffield, Seattle, Northern England, Alm, Companies House, Harding, Pennington, Northern UK, Dan Bindman, Bindman


Evisort’s New Document Analyzer Offers Out-of-the-Box AI to Mine All A Company’s Contracts

Evisort might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.  Born out of Harvard Law School, MIT and the Harvard Innovation Lab; funded by an investment firm backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and other Silicon Valley luminaries; recently profiled in a Columbia Business School case study on entrepreneurship; and its three founders named to Forbes 30 Under 30, it’s safe to say this is a company worth watching. Today, the company is introducing its flagship pr...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Silicon Valley, OCR, Forbes, Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Law School, Ting, Harvard Law, Bob Ambrogi, Columbia Business School, Village Global, Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg Jeff Bezos, Amity Ventures, Evisort


Has Your Firm Announced Bonuses? Because These $1M+ PPP Firms Haven’t

If this list fails to mark off someone who has already issued bonuses, please let us know.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Associate Compensation, Associate Bonus Watch 2018


Another Section 512(f) Case Fails–ISE v. Longarzo

This ruling doesn’t break a lot of new doctrinal ground. Another 512(f) case fails–nothing new. I’m blogging mostly for completeness and as a follow up to my May post remarking that a 512(f) case survived a motion to dismiss. At the time, I said, “If you’re a 512(f) enthusiast, you know better than to get too excited about this ruling. The math still strongly indicates ISE will lose on 512(f).” On summary judgment, the case reached its expected denouement. I previously summarized the case: the l...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Copyright, ISE, Publicity/Privacy Rights, Longarzo, Civillico, Gary Harmon, ISE Entertainment Corp




Traffic Lane Violations: Entering a Bike Lane More Than 200 Feet Before the Turn

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California I was cited for entering the bicycle lane approx 600 feet before turning. The citation notes my approx. speed of 10mph, affirming my due diligence of being safe. Posted speed limit 35 mph. The street is one lane each direction. I wanted to get by the stopped traffic to make my turn and did everything to ensure it would be safe. The bike lane is only separated from traffic by a white line with parked cars further to the right. ...
Tags: Law, California, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets


5 Lessons on What It Takes to Build a Successful Law Firm

One important lesson you have probably learned by now if you’ve been practicing law for any period of time is that knowing the law is very different from learning how to run a successful law firm. There are lessons that only experience can teach us; my experience of helping more than 18,000 attorneys learn how to build a lifestyle law firm — one that enables to do what you want, when you want — has revealed these 5 key lessons: Exceptional client service is a competitive advantage. Exceptional...
Tags: Law




US Sentencing Commission published proposed amendment, including a big change to determining a "crime of violence"

As reported in this press release, the "United States Sentencing Commission voted today to publish for comment proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, including a proposal concerning how sentencing courts determine if a prior conviction is a “crime of violence” under the guidelines."  Here is more: At a public meeting, Circuit Judge William H. Pryor Jr., the Acting Chair of the Commission remarked, “The ‘crime of violence’ definition continues to cause extensive litigation wit...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, United States, Commission, Circuit, Department Of Justice, U S Department of Justice, Danny, Koons, USSC, Pryor, The Commission, U S Parole Commission, Douglas A Berman, United States Sentencing Commission


"Powwow"?! Can you say that? Microaggression!

I'm trying to read this Washington Post article but I'm having a problem with the headline: "Fact-checking Trump’s rowdy powwow with Pelosi and Schumer." Did Trump speak with forked tongue? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Trump, Pelosi, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Microaggression, President Trump, Schumer Did Trump


Six former governors urge outgoing California Gov Jerry Brown to commute 740 death sentences

This new opinion piece in the New York Times is authored by six former governors and is headlined " Jerry Brown Has the Power to Save 740 Lives. He Should Use It."  Th2 headline is itself a bit factually misleading because none of the persons on California's death row seem at risk of being executed anytime soon.  There has not been a single execution in California in more than a dozen years, and the next Governor seems unlikely to be eager to start up the state's machinery of death anytime soon....
Tags: Maryland, Law, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States, New York Times, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, Jerry Brown, Illinois, Gavin Newsom, Martin O'malley, Brown, Jay Inslee


The Department Of Justice Is Looking For Unpaid Labor And Has Been For Some Time

Don't take the unpaid Special Assistant U.S. Attorney job, unless you are rich, of course.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Don, Sausa


Presumption of Paternity: Affidavit of Denial of Paternity

My question involves paternity law for the State of: New Jersey I submitted an Affidavit of Denial of Paternity to the NJ Divison of Child Protection & Permanency in March 2016 at their request. In their request letter, they stated I would be removed from all documents listing me as the suspected father. I just received a summons to appear for a paternity/child support hearing. The affidavit is attached to the summons packet. What was the purpose of the affidavit ?
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Paternity Law, NJ Divison