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It’s not new news that most U.S.-born American citizens who’ve been through and even graduated from our educational institutions could not pass the Naturalization Test with anything close to barely-passing scores on the first try – so is this story any surprise?

Teaching Students That Judge Judy Is Not a Supreme Court Justice, by Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, Nov. 9, 2016

We all aim to do a better job learning about our country’s and the world’s history and laws and maybe also support, volunteer for, or participate in Oregon’s Classroom Law Project and others like it around the country. Maybe the next generations will do better – at least we can hope they will try.

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Still wondering about the jury verdict in the Bundy et al Malheur Militia case? This Oregonian article explains a lot. (You’ll  need to do some more homework to explain it all – or most of it, including, among other things, learning about sentencing guidelines and the (former) Oregon U.S. Attorney decision to appeal an Oregon federal district court judge’s sentencing decision.)

Never underestimate, or second guess, a jury until you stand in their shoes – or sit in their chairs:

“Who was John Killman? A tip and detective work unmask mystery man at Oregon refuge,” by Maxine Bernstein, [print] Oregonian, Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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“Universal Health Care Advocate T.R. Reid on Health Care around the World and in Oregon,” at KBOO (also recorded).

‘…. Reid’s work on the book “The Healing of America” was the basis for a popular PBS film “Sick Around the World,” followed by “US Health Care: the Good News.”

Reid chairs the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care that is planning an initiative to achieve universal coverage for all residents. He has challenged Oregon to a contest in which whoever is first in achieving universal care will benefit the other….‘ [KBOO link to today’s (10/21/16 interview with T.R. Reid and link to source broadcast.]

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PUGS (Portland Underground Graduate School) offers this November 2016 class – and many others:

Criminal Law: How to Think Like a Lawyer:

LEARN THE BASICS OF CRIMINAL LAW IN THIS 4-WEEK MINI-LAW SCHOOL COURSE. YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO BRIEF A CASE, EXPERIENCE THE FAMOUS “SOCRATIC METHOD” & GET AN UNDERSTANDING HOW THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM REALLY WORKS.

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“FREELANCERS REJOICE: A HISTORIC NYC LAW HELPS FREELANCERS DEMAND PAYMENT,” by Victoria Law, Bitch Media, October 28, 2016:

Excerpt:

On Thursday, October 27, freelancers throughout New York City had cause to celebrate. By a unanimous vote, all 51 members of the New York City Council passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. It’s the nation’s first legislation protecting freelancers from non-payment….

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The October print 2016 Consumer Reports article (online is dated 9/20/16) cites to Ten Minute Mail and 65 other ways to protect your online privacy:

“66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now,” by Consumer Reports, September 20, 2016

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Maybe we need a political party named “Better Candidates.” Most of us would vote for “Better Candidates” in our local elections, too. Sigh. In the meantime, these popped up during my morning tour of our interweb estate:

Nicholas Kristof in the NYT: If Hillary Clinton Groped Men

Katha Pollitt in The Nation: On November 8, Pussy Grabs Back

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This time it’s a county law librarian, Jennifer Dalglish, Director of the Clackamas County Law Library.

The President’s Public Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the bench and bar by individuals who are not members of the Oregon State Bar. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Dalglish.” (Oregon State Bar Annual Awards, December 8, 2016. I saved today’s view of this site at the Internet Archive.)

Previous Oregon public law librarian honoree: Cathryn Bowie, Oregon State Law Librarian.

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If nothing else, lawyers and judges care about what words mean:

SPORTS: What Exactly Is ‘Locker-Room Talk’? Let an Expert Explain,” by Bill Pennington, Oct.10, 2016, New York Times:

“….Having just left the locker room after his team’s victory over the Broncos in Denver on Sunday night, Tamme wrote: “I showered after our game but I feel like I need another one after watching the debate.” [Link to NYT article.]

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