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If you’re not tracking news of Robot Lawyers then you’re not keeping up with the legal research profession.

No, not a “robotic” lawyer, but the Artificial Intelligence (AI) kind. See lots of robot, and AI related, lawyer news at LawSites and 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.

These developments are neither good nor bad. It’s a process and you have time to think, explore, experiment, and eventually panic, as humans always do. (Look at Wall Street traders. They panic sooner and more than almost anybody, although, admittedly, many of them are ruled by robots and robotic mentors.)

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So, a one-time 52 to 48 percent [Brexit, Wikipedia article] popular vote is a solid basis for making massive economic, political, and social changes to the governance of the Not So United Kingdom and the larger European Union of 28 (at the moment) member states. Huh? Ain’t Democracy grand?!

Even tennis, baseball, soccer and basketball teams get to play more than one game to determine who wins.

We have much to learn from what happens next (and after that, and after that, …) and there will be an awful lot of discussion, hand-wringing, foreboding, fear, panic, etc. (Just like the lead up to our November 2016 elections!)

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Just Google these words: brexit not legally binding

The voting takes place on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

See also “Neil Walker: The Brexit Vote: The Wrong Question for Britain and Europe, linked to from the UK Current Awareness Blog.

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Visit the Attorney General’s Public Records Law Reform Task Force for meeting Agendas, Minutes, and related documents:

On October 23, 2015, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the formation of the Attorney General’s Public Records Law Reform Task Force, a group designed to review and recommend improvements to Oregon’s public records laws….” [Link to Task Force website.]

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We have been informed that that the 1995 and 1997 ORS are appearing online at the Oregon Legislature’s website. Our partners in this have been Legislative Counsel, so please thank them for this effort.

In time, pre-1953 Oregon laws, codes, and statutes and 1953 to the present ORS will appear online. (Although not yet UELMA-compliant. Only a few states are managing that miracle.)

Previous blog posts on our superseded ORS digitization project can be found with these tags, among others:

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Our Kids Home Alone blog posts* still generate lots of questions and comments. Here is more terrifying food for thought for those of you who think twice about leaving kids home alone. Longform linked to this story on May 31, 2016:

“A Trial By Fire,” by Carol Mersch, at The Big Roundtable, May 2016

In eight minutes, Miashah Moses took out the trash and a blaze consumed the apartment….” [Link to Longform and the full article.]

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Is the water in your home, at work, in your town’s public buildings, and in your schools safe to drink? Assume nothing, but don’t panic either (yet):

You can link to this “Ripple Effect” article from (the excellent and addictive) Longform, or directly from the June 2016 issue of Wired:

“Ripple Effect: To obsessed water engineer Marc Edwards, the lead crisis in Flint is just the beginning of an epidemic, by Ben Paynter,” Wired dot com, June 2016.

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This won’t be the first time anyone has contemplated fleeing rather than fighting, nor will it be the last, but it’s your choice. Viva la Canada:

Maple Match: “Maple Match makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency.”

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The Oregonian / OregonLive published these two articles:

“Oregon Innocence Project misses mark in notorious murder (OPINION),” by John Foote, March 29, 2016, Clackamas County District Attorney. (Internet Archive copy.)

“Why Oregon Innocence Project has raised questions about notorious murder case (OPINION),” by Steve Wax, April 5, 2016, Legal Director of Oregon Innocence Project, a program of Oregon Justice Resource Center. (Internet Archive copy.)

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The Prime Minister of Iceland is most likely only the first “casualty” in the Panama Papers whistleblowing (or leak) and investigative reporting saga.

Read The Guardian article: “Why the Panama Papers should be a US election issue,” by Trevor Timm, 4/5/16.

Tracking “Panama-Gate“: Whether it’s Ponzi, Watergate, S&L Crisis, Iran-Contra, Madoff, the Big Short (see whole Michael Lewis oeuvre), and other 1% scandals too numerous to mention (including our recent Bank of Oswegao scandal), we now have The Panama Papers, brought to us this time by Mossack Fonseca, one of the thousands of law firms and companies that provide similar services.