Grand jury: Sexual-abuse complaints about Pa. priests quashed for decades | Neb. uses fentanyl in its first execution by lethal injection | 11-year-old girl hacks posted Fla. election vote tally at DEFCON
August 15, 2018
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Grand jury: Sexual-abuse complaints about Pa. priests quashed for decades
A Pennsylvania grand jury report says complaints that more than 1,000 children were molested by about 300 Roman Catholic priests have been concealed by senior church officials, with some allegations dating back to the 1940s. Some clergy members named in the report argue that they have been wrongfully accused and that their constitutional rights, therefore, are in jeopardy, and the state Supreme Court is reviewing those claims.
The Associated Press (8/15) 
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Neb. uses fentanyl in its first execution by lethal injection
Nebraska conducted its first execution by lethal injection on Tuesday, when it put Carey Dean Moore to death for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979. The execution, the state's first in 21 years, was also the first in the US to use fentanyl.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (8/15) 
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    11-year-old girl hacks posted Fla. election vote tally at DEFCON
    An 11-year-old girl took just 10 minutes to successfully hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state's website and change the results of the 2016 presidential vote at this year's DEFCON hacker conference. The secretary of state said changing the website does not represent switching actual votes, but experts say the hack reveals security flaws in the system.
    BuzzFeed News (8/11) 
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    Questions arise when "common sense" meets AI in law
    The growing use of artificial intelligence for legal matters creates questions about the role of human reasoning in enforcing laws, Kalev Leetaru writes. Leetaru examines situations in which humans have made "common sense" decisions to overcome rigid laws and notes that doing so can invite bias.
    Forbes (8/13) 
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    Business Practices and Professional Development
    Commentary: Openness about impostor syndrome moderates its effects
    The feelings of incompetence known as impostor syndrome have roots in a lack of confidence, writes Neha Sampat of GenLead. Discussing this sense of self-doubt with others can lessen its stressful effects, Sampat writes.
    Attorney at Work (8/15) 
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    Commentary: GC are uniquely positioned to guide digital readiness
    General counsel can help their businesses be more effective and manage risk better if they take a leadership role in digital integration, writes Abbott Martin of Gartner. Digital preparedness "requires cross-functional coordination of business processes, carefully defined legal engagements, and building a rapid response capability," Martin writes.
    Corporate Counsel online (8/14) 
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    Laws, Cases and Regulations
    Judge rules against N.H. law on absentee-ballot signatures
    US District Judge Landya McCafferty barred New Hampshire's law allowing the rejection of absentee voters' ballots when signatures fail to match those on other voting-related paperwork. The state cited two instances of absentee-related voter fraud in its case, but McCafferty said an estimated 740 voters were disenfranchised in the past three general elections because of such signature-related issues.
    New Hampshire Public Radio (8/14) 
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    Appeals panel: Former ICE attorney can face lawsuit over forged document
    A federal appeals panel, overturning a lower court judge's decision, found that former US Immigration and Customs Enforcement assistant chief counsel Jonathan Love can be sued over a document forged in an attempt to get a Mexican man deported. Love, who will relinquish his law license for a minimum of 10 years as part of a plea deal, called his actions "stupid and unnecessary."
    The Associated Press (8/14) 
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    D.C. Bar News
    Member Spotlight: Employment law attorney Deborah Kelly
    Member Spotlight: Employment law attorney Deborah Kelly
    Kelly (courtesy of Kelly)
    Deborah Kelly, a partner in the employment and labor practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, took a more circuitous path to her chosen field of law, making calculated and purposeful decisions along the way. "I had to pick a subject matter expertise where my heart and my head were in the same place," Kelly says. Her experiences have ranged from working in the restaurant industry to becoming a middle school and college teacher, and even competing on "Jeopardy!" Today, Kelly combines her employment law practice with her passion for teaching.
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    Aug. 23 Lunch and Learn -- Impostor Syndrome: "Know It, Name It, Tame It"
    Aug. 23 Lunch and Learn -- Impostor Syndrome: "Know It, Name It, Tame It"
    You are a high achiever and everyone seems to know it, except you. Do ever feel like you are faking your way through accomplishments, or feel like you don't deserve them? Do you believe your success is due to luck, timing or connections? Do you find yourself terrified of making mistakes no matter how far into your career you are? If so, come learn about "impostor syndrome" -- the belief of not being good enough that is common among high achievers -- explore its impact on your career, and walk away from this class with tips and strategies to embrace a different mindset.
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