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How parents can protect their young athletes from the Larry Nassars of the world,” by Julie DiCaro January 22.

Horrifying excerpt:

“... Nassar, who rose to prominence while working with USA Gymnastics, began abusing Stephens when she was 6 years old. She reported the abuse when she was 12, only to find that her parents didn’t believe her.[Link to full Washington Post article.]

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The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) Portland, Oregon, is expanding its legal team and has openings for a senior attorney, two (2) direct services staff attorneys, a technical assistance and training staff attorney, a temporary contract attorney, a legal assistant, and an administrative assistant:

Contact:

VRLC Oregon Office:

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Teach civics, evidence, or whatever rocks your boat, to students at:

PUGS (Portland Underground Graduate School: “dedicated to Lifelong Learning for Thinkers, Dreamers and Doers in Portland”)

Do you like to teach intellectually curious people?

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Lawyer technology competency matters for so many reasons. Knowing how to maintain the privacy and the security of your personal information and legal documents are not the only skills your lawyer needs to have. Keeping up with legal education requirements and the law itself requires technological competency. Managing a financially healthy legal practice requires technological competency. Thorough legal research requires technological competency.

Does your state lawyer licensing agency require technology competence? Here’s one list of state bar associations that do:

Another State Adopts Duty of Technology Competence, Bringing Total to 28,” by Robert Ambrogi (LawSites).

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Another fab find by the excellent folks at AALL’s KnowItAALL service (you can subscribe to it, free):

Article: “DNA from an escaped slave who ended up in Iceland ID’d in his descendants: The genetic jigsaw puzzle of an ex-slave in Iceland,” by Cathleen O’Grady, Ars Technica, 1/16/2018.

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John Waters and law librarians? This should be one for the books – and the pods, tubes, eeks, etc.

[FYI: AALL is the American Association of Law Libraries]

I’ve heard Mr. Waters speak from multiple platforms (he’s totally delightful) but never on library, legal, or access to justice topics, although he has had more than his fair share of censorship litigation experiences, so he likely has talked in the past about those. The Keynote speech should itself become a great topic for discussion at the usually, um, memorable Fastcase party.

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The 12/29/17 episode of On the Media was magnificent. It’s almost always a fabulous radio program / podcast, but they outdid themselves with this year-end episode titled: The Feelings Show. You will listen, brighten, roll your eyes, breathe, laugh, wonder, frown, groan, and then head off for that proverbial beer. (It’s a meme, apparently, that beer with friends thing, or maybe a trope? Who knows? I’m not complaining; it’s also a kind of hyyge.)

So, tune in, not out, and be prepared to want to play the episode again, and even again. It’s that good – and good for you. From Rebecca Solnit, to the worst meditator ever (but the nicest and funniest), to one of our two beloved Radio Lab hosts, Jad Abumrad – and our equally beloved On the Media hosts. [Link to The Feelings Show episode.]  Groovy, man.