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On December 15, 2022, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., along with Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-Pa., introduced the Right to Build Families Act of 2022. The bill, if enacted, would prohibit state and local governments from imposing limitations to access to assisted reproductive technology, as well as all medically necessary care surrounding such technology.
Access To Assisted Reproductive Technology Is Currently Vulnerable
If the bill were to pass, it would be reason to celebrate for parents-to-be in the United States … and around the world. Partly, that’s because assisted reproductive technology is about to become an even bigger issue when it comes to family formation. Recent scientific data shows a precipitous drop in men’s sperm count across the world. I know there are a lot of alarming things in the world, and my brain can barely take one more alarming thing; but here it is.
The deadline is fast approaching for legal tech startups to apply for a spot in the 2023 Startup Alley competition at ABA TECHSHOW.
Now in its seventh year, Startup Alley has helped catapult the success of a long list of legal technology startups and has become the signature opening-night event of TECHSHOW, which will be in Chicago March 1-4, 2023.
Out of all the entries received, 15 startups will be selected to participate in a live pitch competition that will be the opening event of TECHSHOW. In addition, the 15 finalists will be highlighted as exhibitors in a special Startup Alley section of the conference exhibit hall.
But you cannot be selected if you do not apply. The deadline for applications to be received is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.
To apply, you must complete this application form.
Many more details are available in
The holiday season is by now completely upon us as everyone is preparing to attend celebrations and winding down their operations before the new year. For some lawyers, the holidays can be a busy time, as many law firms try to get invoices paid before the end of the year and finish other tasks that might need to be completed in 2022. In addition, associates who need to bill a certain number of hours in a calendar year may also be busy fulfilling expectations firms may have of them. However, attorneys should not feel obligated to complete tasks around the holidays if they can avoid it, and lawyers should not feel guilty if they take at least some time off next week to relax and recharge before the new year.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons not to feel guilty about taking
Wells Fargo is not done paying through the nose for being Wells Fargo. This is obvious to everyone. As long as it continues to exist, it will continue to do things wrong, get caught and get sued/fined for it, because that’s just how things work, Sherrod Brown’s threats notwithstanding.
Surely, though, after the six years that Wells Fargo has had, it has already cut the largest check for those things? I mean, it’s paid out like $7 billion or something. Surely, that $3 billion deal with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission for its O.G. scandal—the fake accounts one—must remain the record-holder. To which Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra replies, “I guess you haven’t met me.”
Wells Fargo & Co. reached a $3.7 billion settlement with federal regulators, including a record $1.7 billion fine, to cover allegations that for years it mistreated millions of customers,