Australasian Lawyer: Legal Metrics Portal propels in-house legal teams’ use of data and analytics

Australasian Lawyer: Legal Metrics Portal propels in-house legal teams’ use of data and analytics. “Key features include a library covering topics such as how to build and improve a legal metrics program, a detailed catalogue of more than 500 legal metrics organized in categories of legal operations and practice areas, and a self-guided wizard that provides metrics recommendations based on what users seek to achieve.” Access is free.

It’s Complicated: Facebook’s Liability for Users’ Posts (University of Minnesota Law School)

University of Minnesota Law School: It’s Complicated: Facebook’s Liability for Users’ Posts. “Facebook lets users describe their relationship status as ‘it’s complicated,’ but it also enables them to commit fraud, harassment, intellectual property infringement, and invasion of privacy, or to spread all kinds of disinformation, defamation, and intimate images. When is Facebook (or any other platform) legally responsible for users’ bad behavior? When should they be?”

Engadget: US Justice Department says Google misuses attorney-client privilege to hide documents

Engadget: US Justice Department says Google misuses attorney-client privilege to hide documents. “The US Department of Justice has accused Google of training its employees on how to shield business communications from discovery in cases of legal disputes “by using false requests for legal advice.” As Axios reports, the DOJ has told the judge overseeing its antitrust case against the tech giant that Google instructs employees to add in-house lawyers to written communication, apply attorney-client privilege labels to them and make a request for legal advice even when it’s not needed.”

Reuters: State lawyers arguing against Biden vaccine mandates test positive for COVID-19

Reuters: State lawyers arguing against Biden vaccine mandates test positive for COVID-19. “Two officials presenting arguments on Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to block vaccine mandates ordered by President Joe Biden’s administration have tested positive for COVID-19 and will make their cases remotely, their offices said. Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers and Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill will argue against the vaccination and testing requirements by phone, according to their offices.”

Real Lawyers Have Blogs: Record of Legal Blogs Represents a National Archive of Our Law

Real Lawyers Have Blogs: Record of Legal Blogs Represents a National Archive of Our Law. “We’ve been stewing over an archive of legal blogs at LexBlog for a long time. Goes back to the early days of LexMonitor and to the current LexBlog.com site. Ratcheting things up, LexBlog is now backing the Open Legal Blog Archive, a database of all credible blog posts, worldwide, that will be both open and syndicated to various portals, worldwide. Legal information – and the law maintained in an open fashion for our society.”

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer gives frank reply to Justice Barrett; new site has law school scholarship information (ABA Journal)

ABA Journal: Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer gives frank reply to Justice Barrett; new site has law school scholarship information. “A database of law school scholarships, with search filters for things like award amounts, essay requirements and locations, was announced today by AccessLex, a nonprofit that focuses on increasing access to legal education. The Law School Scholarship Databank lists almost 800 offerings, according to its website.”

Pro Bono in a Pandemic: The Emergence of a Virtual Community (JD Supra)

JD Supra: Pro Bono in a Pandemic: The Emergence of a Virtual Community. “Finding ways to continue pro bono participation in a virtual environment has given legal advocates opportunities to be creative and even cast their nets a little further when it comes to seeking attorney participation. Now, with various virtual pro bono platforms at an attorney’s disposal, there are three key opportunities we can take advantage of in order to provide the most effective assistance in the virtual world of pro bono service: (1) participate in virtual legal clinics, (2) attend virtual trainings, and (3) conduct virtual training for lawyers within your practice area, so they too can assist on pro bono matters.”

Fortune: As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges

Fortune: As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges. “A long running battle over copyright has flared up again, and Lila Bailey is at the center of it. A personable 43-year-old with degrees in philosophy and law, Bailey is the chief lawyer for the Internet Archive, a non-profit facing a major lawsuit from big publishers over how it lends out e-books.”

Engadget: Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers

Engadget: Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers. “Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password since April, exposing ‘thousands’ of calls between inmates and their attorneys. Anyone could read call logs and transcripts.”

Reuters: Meet the lawyers behind the upcoming U.S./Google antitrust showdown

Reuters: Meet the lawyers behind the upcoming U.S./Google antitrust showdown. “The U.S. antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google will spotlight two lawyers better known for behind-the-scenes counseling: Justice Department attorney Ryan Shores, who is putting together the case, and Google executive Kent Walker, who is calling the shots on the search engine company’s defense.”

New York Times: As Evictions Loom, Lawyers Are Gearing Up to Help

New York Times: As Evictions Loom, Lawyers Are Gearing Up to Help. “For tenants, especially those with limited means, having a lawyer can be the difference between being evicted or being able to stay on in a rented home. Yet legal representation for tenants is relatively rare in housing courts. Surveys from several big cities over the years have shown that in housing court, landlords are represented by lawyers at least 80 percent time, while tenants tend to have lawyers in fewer than 10 percent of cases.”

NBC News: Florida lawyers offering free living wills to teachers returning to school during the pandemic

NBC News: Florida lawyers offering free living wills to teachers returning to school during the pandemic. “Since advertising the free living wills, a document that provides legal instructions for a person’s choice of medical care should they be unable to communicate them directly to a doctor themselves, [Charles Gallagher] has received inquiries from some 600 teachers and others school employees.”

ABA Journal: Prosecutor in critical condition with COVID-19 had filed an OSHA complaint

ABA Journal: Prosecutor in critical condition with COVID-19 had filed an OSHA complaint. “A hospitalized prosecutor in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told colleagues he filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19. Assistant Allegheny County District Attorney Russ Broman, 65, was in critical condition, according to initial reports by CBS Pittsburgh, WXPI and TribLive.”

‘I Don’t Blame You, Man’: South Florida Lawyer Turns Heads by Wearing Full Hazmat Suit to Federal Court (Law .com)

Law .com: ‘I Don’t Blame You, Man’: South Florida Lawyer Turns Heads by Wearing Full Hazmat Suit to Federal Court. “When Miami criminal defense attorney Samuel J. Rabin Jr. got out of his car and began walking down the street in a full hazmat suit, gloves, respirator mask and face shield, two police officers pulled up, rolled down their car window and said, ‘Is there something we should be worrying about?’ ‘I’ve got to go to court,’ Rabin told them.”