The University of Washington School of Law will no longer participate in the U.S. News & World Report rankings process, the dean of the school said in an online announcement. UW, the highest-ranking law school in the Pacific Northwest and No. 49 overall, joins four Ivy League schools, four University of California law schools and several other big names in legal education in their decision to no longer participate in the annual list. Tamara Lawson, dean and professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
"I suppose all of this can be summarized as whether we want to live in a world in which police can kill people remotely with robots," UC Davis law professor Joh told the Times. "I'm not sure we do." Yeah, that "feels so deeply dehumanizing and militaristic," University of Washington robotics and law expert Ryan Calo told NPR.
Eric Eberhard, professor and associate director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington Law School, says, “At bottom, (the legal challenge to ICWA) is an attack on the act, but also an attack on the status of tribes as sovereigns within the federal system which was recognized by the colonists and has been recognized in the United States since independence.”
The state Supreme Court has issued a stay on a Douglas County judge's ruling that the recently passed 7% tax on capital gains tax is unconstitutional. According to the stay, the state may proceed to collect the tax. If the high court decides later the tax is unconstitutional, the state would have to give back the money. Scott Schumacher, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
While much of the world wonders if the worst of Covid has run its course why nearly four years on is the country where the Coronavirus originated still under lock and key? Rare scenes of protest out of China, like in its most populous metropolis Shanghai spread during a weekend, where citizens clamored for an end to draconian confinements.
Ryan Calo is a law and information science professor at the University of Washington and also studies robotics. He says he's long been concerned about the increasing militarization of police forces, but that police units across the country might be attracted to utilizing robots because "it permits officers to incapacitate a dangerous individual without putting themselves in harm's way."
“I think Indian law is unique in the sense that you have to understand the historical basis of the law,” Eberhard said. “Indian law is living and it is connected to the history of Native people in the United States.”
A new lawsuit threatens to upend a landmark revenue-sharing pact that’s guided the distribution of more than $2 billion in natural resources among Alaska’s Native corporations. The litigation stems from a 1982 deal that outlined how 12 regional Native corporations should share income from exploiting resources like forests, but not what should happen with money earned by preserving them. Jeff Feldman, professor of law at the UW, is referenced.
Xuan-Thao Nguyen, the director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington’s law school, told Recode that part of the solution should include considering regulations that would require crypto losses and gains to be reported at their fair value, as well as protections for crypto custodial accounts similar to those that come with stock accounts operated by brokerage firms.
The cases are part of a new front in antitrust disputes because of the use of an algorithm, said University of Washington law professor Douglas Ross, who specializes in antitrust law. “There’s nothing new or different about saying a group of people got together to raise prices … The way in which they allegedly have agreed to raise prices is interesting,” Ross said. “That helps set this case apart.”
The exhibit, titled “Incarcerated Bodies, Free Minds,” and curated by UW law students Jason Spencer, Julia Davis, and Zachary Finn, includes 15 thought-provoking pieces by Johnnie Wiggins, Gilberto Rivera and Mark Loughney, all of whom were, or currently are, incarcerated.
“Intervening simply means that a tribe has the ability to come in and make recommendations regarding a child,” said Stacey Lara, an assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington School of Law.
“This adds another layer of complexity to those already complex jurisdictional questions and prosecutions, and really has the potential to further disconnect the exercise of criminal justice from the people in the community and the government in the community that is closest to the effects of those criminal actions,” says Monte Mills, the Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and director of the University of Washington School of Law’s Native American Law Center.
Steve Calandrillo, a UW law professor, supports permanent daylight time for this very reason, writing in UW Magazine that “the evening rush hour is twice as fatal as the morning’s,” with more people on the road, more alcohol in drivers’ bloodstreams, people hurrying to get home and even more children engaging in outdoor, unsupervised play.
"Ninety-nine percent of your population is awake and moving around and about at that time of the day, and they can use the sun to help them," said University of Washington law professor Steve Calandrillo. "Commerce and most economic and business interests do favor the uniform, permanent Daylight Saving Time because they realize that more people are awake and want to go out and top and recreate and engage in activities in the early evening. That’s when we live our lives."
Proponents of DST argue that the benefits outweigh the potential downsides. Steve Calandrillo, professor of law at the University of Washington, argued back in 2020 that year-round Daylight Saving Time would make the evening commute safer, reduce crime, help to save energy, and improve quality of sleep.
Steve Calandrillo, the UW law professor, cited a range of studies to argue permanent daylight saving time would save lives by reducing car accidents and decreasing crime, while boosting economic activity and saving energy.
“It’s up to the [retailers] to decide how they want to behave in an effort to get their merger through,” Ross said. “And if they do something which in retrospect might be considered to be foolish, that’s their business. The state doesn’t have the right to stop them from doing something foolish.”
University of Washington law professor Steve Calandrillo says the benefits of permanent Daylight Saving Time (or Daylight Savings Time as some people refer to it) include decreased crime rates, increased retail sales, energy savings, and fewer traffic fatalities.
While the concerns are real, the recourse is unclear. Even if AI-generated images have a widespread impact — such as by changing business models — it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re violating artists’ copyrights, according to Zahr Said, a law professor at the University of Washington. And it would be prohibitive to license every single image in a dataset before using it, she said.