Regardless of arguments about causation, ocean levels plainly are rising.  A recent article at Pricenomics provides some great data and charts about the cities most at risk. The article is detailed and should be read in its entirety, but here’s a teaser:

“We decided to analyze data from Priceonomics customer Gavop, an insurance data and research company, how many people in America live near the sea to see where devastation from rising sea levels will be the greatest. We started with the United States Census data on coastal tracts of land, and calculated which of these zones were most populated in areas likely to be vulnerable to rising sea levels. We also looked at how much homes cost in these zones and how much home insurance premiums cost.

The state with the most people living in coastal zones susceptible to rising sea levels is Florida, where almost 1.8 million people live near the water. The US cities most at risk to global flooding are New York, Seattle and San Francisco, the nerve centers of the financial and technology industries.

However, the two areas with the most expensive properties that are at risk to rising sea levels are both in Connecticut: Riverside and Darien are both high risk zones where the median home costs almost $2 million. Lastly, though homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, comparable home owners insurance is much more expensive closer to the sea, especially in Texas.”

For those interested in blockchain and CLE, an excellent, on demand program from The Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law.


“The Center for Law, Science & Innovation recently hosted a Blockchain Speaker Series that brought together CEOs, legislators, and legal professionals to discuss present and future legal challenges and regulation related to blockchain technology.

The series is now available as On Demand CLE. The 4-hour course features the following engaging topics and expert speakers:

  • Caroline Lynch (Copper Hill Strategies)
  • Mark Goldstein (International Research Center)
  • Jay Carpenter (Desert Blockchain)
  • Congressman David Schweikert (Congressional Blockchain Caucus)
  • State Rep. Jeff Weninger (Sponsor of Arizona’s Smart Contracts Law)
  • Chief Counsel Paul Watkins (Arizona Attorney General’s Office)
  • Mac McGary (President – Sweetbridge Alliance)
  • Ryan Taylor (CEO – Dash)
  • Mike Boyd (CEO – RealBlock)
  • Scott Henderson (Founder – NewLAWu.s.)
  • Bryce Suzuki (Managing Partner – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner)
  • Joshua Boehm (Associate – Perkins Coie)

Enroll for the Blockchain and the Law Course:

A recent article provides a disturbing history as to the misuse of science in politics, by the Nazis, as to the disease we now tend to call autism spectrum disorder.  The open access article is dated May 8, 2018, from Nature, one of the world’s best journals of peer-reviewed science. It is: Baron-Cohen S. The truth about Hans Asperger’s Nazi collusion. Nature. 2018  May;557(7705):305-306. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05112-1. PubMed PMID: 29740126.



Truly amazing to read and consider the facts set out in the following article from the March 2, 2018 edition of the Chicago Daily law Bulletin. In view of the newsworthy contents, I’ve pasted the article in full because you have to read it to believe it.

“Parents owe $970K to daughter in civil rights suit

By Jordyn Reiland 
Law Bulletin staff writer

A downstate federal jury has awarded nearly $1 million to a Lawrenceville woman who claimed her mother and stepfather conspired with local law enforcement to take away her child.

Plaintiff Jade Green filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Illinois in July 2016 against her mother, Angela Howser, stepfather, Jack Howser, Lawrence County Sheriff Russell Adams and then-Lawrence County State’s Attorney Christopher M. Quick.

Adams and Quick settled with Green for $75,000 prior to trial, according to Green’s attorney H. Kent Heller of Heller, Holmes & Associates in Mattoon.

In August 2014, Green lived with her daughter and husband in a home owned by her mother and stepfather. When Green told her parents they planned to move out of the home, they tried to get custody of Green’s daughter, Heller said.

He said Green’s parents threatened to publish inappropriate pictures of their daughter in The Disclosure, a Calhoun-based newspaper they own.

They filed several orders of protection against Green that wouldn’t let her see with her daughter and pursued criminal charges against her in Richland, Lawrence and Saline Counties.

The lawsuit alleged Quick and Adams conspired with the Howsers and, on Nov. 5, 2014, Adams allegedly told his deputies to arrest Green at 2 a.m. on theft charges.

Heller said that at the time of the arrest Quick ordered his department to place Green’s daughter in the custody of the Howsers.

At the trial in East St. Louis, Heller argued his client was denied her right to due process when her child was taken away from her and placed in the custody of her parents without her consent.

As a result of this instance, Heller said his client had to pay significant attorney fees while she worked to get her daughter back.

The defense argued at trial that Green consented to her daughter being placed with the Howsers, Heller said.

Jurors awarded the $970,000 verdict on Feb. 22 after a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Williams of the Southern District of Illinois.

The verdict comprised $250,000 in pain and suffering; $100,000 for loss of companionship; $120,000 for attorney fees and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Heller said his client was pleased with the result and looks forward to returning to her life.

“I think like everybody they are just glad to get through this chapter and get on with other matters,” he said.

Jack and Angela Howser were represented by Morgan Scroggins of Scroggins Law Office Ltd. in Granite City. He could not be reached for comment.

The case in the Southern District of Illinois is Jade Green v. Chris Quick, et al., No. 16 C 863.”

Errors in manufacturing and science sometimes draw lots of lawsuits and negative attention. But great successes also exist, and sometimes are taken for granted. The latter point is highlighted by a recent synopsis of how determined engineers (Don Bateman and friends) and Sundstrand/Honeywell created a system that stopped airplanes from flying into mountains, among other problems. The story is told in an August 10, 2016 article in Bloomberg by Alan Levin.

ALS, a vicious disease, has hit hard the McConnell family from west suburban Chicago. But they hit back with intelligence and guts aimed at bringing in more money for ALS research. Five years ago, Doug McConnell swam the English Channell, supported by the familial team,  as a fundraiser and personal challenge. Karma appeared and on the day Doug reached land in France, a major new paper on ALS was published in Nature, with the work undertaken at a lab at Northwestern supported by Doug and his family.

Today, Doug is back in the water for another long swim, this time trying to become only the 39th person to ever cross between two Hawaiian islands about 27 miles apart. Go team go. You can watch and/or donate at A Long Swim on Facebook.

This headline made my morning:  “Posner Calls Bluebook ‘Rubbish’ In Legal Profession Critique”  It’s from a LAW360 story online here.   The story covers other more important topics too, but for those of us who suffered through Bluebook rules before word processing, the headline story is a joy to read!

“By Dani Meyer

Law360, New York (March 29, 2016, 6:34 PM ET) — All copies of the Bluebook should be burned, Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner recommended in a recent article critiquing the legal system, calling it “560 pages of rubbish” and a “terrible time waster” since readers only pay attention to whether they can find the cited material and not to the format of citations.

Judge Posner pointed out in his article titled “What is Obviously Wrong With the Federal Judiciary, Yet Eminently Curable,” first published March 14 in the Winter 2016 edition of law journal The Green Bag, that Wikipedia contains a summary of his criticisms of the citation style guide called the Bluebook — but no defenses.

“That however is typical of legal academia. The academy rarely bothers to defend any of its antiquated and pointless practices, numerous as they are; and the cone of silence embraces the judges and the practicing lawyers as well,” Judge Posner said. “Critics of established practices typically are ignored.”

Judge Posner acknowledged in the article, the first of a two-part series, that he is known as a maverick, gadfly and faultfinder, but he said the reputation isn’t “entirely undeserved,” especially as he focuses in this article on aspects of the judicial system that are both unsound and easily corrigible without federal legislation or radical changes.

“That is not to say that anything I criticize will be changed, however convincing my critique. For law is wedded to the past as no other profession is,” Judges Posner observed. “You don’t hear doctors bragging about thirteenth-century medicine, but you hear lawyers bragging about the thirteenth-century Magna Carta (without even understanding it … ).”

The judge took aim at the Bluebook as part of a critique of appeals to the court of appeals, pointing out that cutting “for the foregoing reasons” from the end of an opinion won’t leave readers wondering if the reasons for an opinion are being concealed, or if there were no reasons, or if the reasons will be revealed at a future point in time.

Meanwhile, using the phrase “after careful consideration” implies judges are usually careless but gave the case careful consideration this time, Judge Posner said.

Beyond the “redundancy,” “superfluous flourishes” and general lack of eloquence in judicial opinions, Judge Posner also blasted the “stodginess and stuffiness of the American legal culture,” accusing judges of “forever looking backwards.”

“The problem is that the past does not contain usable solutions to contemporary problems. The eighteenth-century United States, the nineteenth century United States, and much of the twentieth-century United States might as well be foreign countries so far as providing guidance to solving today’s legal problems is concerned,” Judge Posner said.”