Congratulations, dear reader! If you’re reading this, it means that Friday has come, the end of the work week is nigh, and we have another batch of our top blog posts from this week. Some of the posts are newsworthy, like Heather Morse’s recap of the LMA 2018 keynote speech, or Bob Ambrogi’s breaking news that LexBlog has officially opened their doors to all bloggers. Other posts cover major trends in the legal industry, including Dale Butler’s exploration of whether a robot could be considered negligent in a court of law; Angelica Cesario’s breakdown of special immigrant juvenile status; and Lisa Adams and Derek Constantine’s much-welcome explanation of blockchain, and how it will effect us. Have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll see you again next week!

Can A Robot Be Negligent? – By Dale Butler: I have been fascinated by robots ever since hearing “danger Will Robinson” over and over on Lost in Space.  What kid hasn’t at some point wished for a robot like Rosie on the Jetsons who would clean your room for you and produce food on demand? View Full Post

 Employers Can’t Use Salary History To Defend Pay Gap – By Staci Ketay Rotman and Lindsey Marcus: On Monday, April 9, 2018, the day before Equal Pay Day, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that employers cannot use an employee’s past salary to justify paying women less than men under the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA).  The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Rizo v. View Full Post

What is blockchain and how will it affect me? – By Lisa Adams and Derek Constantine: The term “blockchain” is everywhere, and it is likely that you will interact with blockchain technology every day in the years to come. Blockchain technology recently came to the public’s attention thanks to rising prices in cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin.  However, it continues to expand into almost anywhere information is stored, like primary votinghealthcare, and real estateView Full Post

YouTube Shooting Raises Questions on Firearms in the Workplace – By Chris Gantt-Sorenson: Following the April 3, 2018 YouTube workplace violence tragedy, many news sources reported that there were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, the most recent workplace homicide statistic from the Bureau of Labor Statistic. The Bureau of Labor report, found here, noted this was “an increase of 83 cases from 2015” and that the “2016 total was the highest [number of workplace homicides] since 2010.” The report also revealed that 409 (82 percent) were homicides to men and 91 (18 percent) were homicides to women.” Further, “homicides represented 24 percent of fatal occupational injuries to women in 2016 compared with 9 percent of fatal occupational injuries to men.” Gun-related tragedies are foremost on our minds due to the number of mass shooting tragedies occurring in our schools, at music events, in certain areas of the country, as well as other gun-related deaths…. View Full Post

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Simple Breakdown – By Angelica Cesario: It’s almost impossible to go a full day without seeing an article about immigration. In recent days, most of the headlines have been focused on the status of DACA. There’s another important immigration topic that is lesser known, however: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. View Full Post

Equal Pay Day 2018: Introducing Seyfarth’s Trends and Developments in Pay Equity Litigation Report – By Seyfarth Shaw LLP: Today, April 10th, is Equal Pay Day. At Seyfarth Shaw, we are commemorating Equal Pay Day with the release of two publications (click through below). The Trends and Developments in Pay Equity Litigation Report This publication provides a brief overview of recent trends and developments in pay equity litigation and analyzes significant decisions and filings that have had an impact on those issues. View Full Post

#LMA18 – Come on, let’s get happy – By Heather Morse: Kicking off #LMA with Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D., The Science of Happiness. I know you won’t believe this, but I was skeptical walking into the program, but open-minded. Adored Catherine’s presentation (she has my sense of sarcastic humor) … you can find a version of it hereView Full Post

Major Rollbacks of USFWS Regulations on the Way – By Angela Levin, Andrea Wortzel and Rich Pepper: On April 2, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) submitted three proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), which is charged with reviewing every final and proposed federal agency rule before its publication in the Federal Register. View Full Post

LexBlog Opens Its News Network to All Legal Bloggers – By Robert Ambrogi: As I recently announced here, in January I joined LexBlog as its publisher and editor-in-chief. Later today, I am heading to New Orleans for the annual meeting of the Legal Marketing Association, where we will be making an announcement that I am excited about — and that you get to read here first. View Full Post

Links between animal cruelty and violent acts against people – By Nancy E. Halpern, D.V.M.: In the wake of mass shootings, legislators across the country have been introducing bills to address the tragic and needless loss of life-some good, others not so much. In New Jersey, a set of sister bills (S2239 and A3693) have been introduced that would prohibit possession of a firearm by any person convicted of “any crime or offense constituting animal cruelty enumerated under chapter 22 of Title 4 of the Revised Statutes [the Statute].” While there are certainly some offenders that should be considered dangerous felons, proposed amendments like these that impact all found liable under the Statute sweep too broadly. View Full Post