“Utah, in this case, is part of a trend across the country of judges trying to address concerns that video is missing,” said Mary Fan, a law professor at the University of Washington who has written a book on police cameras.
In den USA zeichnet sich ein Paradigmenwechsel ab. Die geplante Kartellrechtsreform könnte die Tech-Konzerne zu Fall bringen. (The United States is about to face a paradigm shift. Planned proposals for an overhaul of existing antitrust laws could see Big Tech stumbling.)
“Startups have a seemingly intractable problem: a lack of diversity. Despite research showing that diverse founding teams have a higher rate of return than white founding teams, one characteristic of startups remains relatively unchanged: the dearth of BIPOC and women founders, investors, board members, and counsel in the venture capital ecosystem,” writes Jennifer Fan, UW assistant professor of law.
“We are now called to answer similar opportunities to help — for humanitarian reasons and in service to our own country — as refugees continue their arrival from Afghanistan, again at the bitter conclusion of war,” writes the Everett Herald Editorial Board. John Haley, affiliate professor of law at the UW, is featured.
In assessing whether an employee’s words should result in discipline, the government has to weigh how much consequence the speech has for the work the employee or employer does, Spitzer said. The consequences in Kuper’s case would have been greater had he been a superintendent or a nurse, or posted the comments from the school district’s Facebook account. “But I will say that this particular CFO has probably reduced his effectiveness and value to the district by using pretty bad judgment,” said Spitzer.
It is hard to believe that China isn’t trying to pressure Ottawa over Ms. Meng’scase, said Dongsheng Zang, a professor at the University of Washington School ofLaw. Even so, Prof. Zang said he was shocked that after more than two years,Beijing continues to believe that such tactics are an effective way to help theHuawei executive.
The Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and two advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit over the November ballot initiative known as “Compassion Seattle,” which would require the city to quickly build 2,000 shelter units and then potentially give the next mayor grounds to ramp up camp removals to keep parks and sidewalks clear. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
A top Federal Trade Commission official dismissed Facebook’s justification for cutting off researchers’ access to data as “inaccurate.” Facebook said it disabled the accounts of researchers at the New York University Ad Observatory to comply with an agreement with the FTC. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted. [This is part of "The Technology 202" update]
For years, immigrant rights advocates have been saying that ICE deliberately retaliates against activists. It's a charge ICE consistently denies. But advocates say there's a growing body of evidence that can't be ignored — and they're urging the Biden administration to do something about it. A report by the UW School of Law Immigration Clinic is referenced.
Fan said the answer to this issue is not something for an expert to decide; it's something for communities to decide. What the public wants will look different across the county and should be democratically decided.
A rapidly growing number of U.S. states, including Colorado, California and New York, have turned to ID.me, which uses facial recognition software, in hopes of cutting down on a surge of fraudulent claims for state and federal benefits that cropped up during the pandemic alongside a tidal wave of authentic unemployment claims. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
A Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Robert Anderson, professor emeritus of law at the UW and the longtime director of the University of Washington’s Native American Law Center, as the top lawyer at the Interior Department, advancing President Joe Biden’s nomination to a final vote of the full Senate.
The project offers clients access to a list of COVID-19 resources, a series of trainings on negotiation and one-on-one pro bono legal consultations. Demand for the offerings has been high, says Jennifer Fan, a UW law professor who is co-leading the project.
Amid all the voting changes in state laws, giving more power to partisan officials to overturn an election is at the top of the list of concerns. Lisa Manheim, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission — not the Department of Justice — is expected to lead the investigation into Amazon’s proposed $8.5 billion purchase of MGM Studios, according to a source familiar with the situation. Jeff Feldman, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
More false information is being shared on social media about the push to get everyone vaccinated against COVID-19. The bogus posts claim it’s against the law for anyone to ask about your vaccination status. Patricia Kuszler, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
Days after the failure in Congress of a federal anti-counterfeiting measure that would have required online retail platforms like Amazon to conduct more stringent due diligence on their vendors, Amazon filed 13 lawsuits against alleged counterfeiters doing business on its site. Zahr Said, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Amazon devices such as Ring cameras and Echo speakers will automatically opt in to Amazon Sidewalk starting Tuesday, raising concerns from some privacy experts and politicians. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tried to downplay his December decision to sign on to a legal brief in support of the Texas lawsuit that sought to get the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Lisa Manheim, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Response times by Seattle police spiked amid the pandemic and the summer’s demonstrations for racial justice, reaching a 41-minute monthly average for all calls and an 11-minute monthly average for the highest-priority calls in June. That was four minutes longer than the department’s seven-minute goal for such calls. Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Growth presents other challenges in the startup world. Jennifer Fan, professor at the University of Washington School of Law and the director of the school’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, said companies need strong guidance during late-stage growth.
“As private companies stay private longer, in a way their outsized growth is really having an impact. You have to think about other issues related to your employees and other stakeholders,” Fan said. “It just becomes more complicated the more people you have in the mix.”
An NBC News analysis of college vaccination rules across the U.S. found that requirements for students have proven to be just as complicated as the frenetic fall 2020 semester, if not more so. Patricia Kuszler, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Law, Science and Global Health, is quoted.
Recall elections have been around in Washington since the early 1900s, devised as a way to hold politicians accountable and put more power in the hands of the people. But in recent years, it’s become more of a political cudgel used by an increasingly divided populous. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Although there's been graphic video of police encounters, not all video makes it into a courtroom. The legal standards regarding rules of evidence about a video's credibility and authenticity are high. Even so, University of Washington Law School Professor Mary Fan, who studies how audio-visual technology is reshaping policing, says there's been a dramatic turn in how much video is used in court cases.