We continue our Friday round-up of what is newest, best and brightest at FindLaw.com. Below, you will find this week’s offerings from various areas of FindLaw’s unique content, including: core legal content, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what’s new:
- Schools Can Punish Students for Off-Campus Speech: FindLaw’s Decided looks at online free speech after the 2nd Circuit ruled that a Connecticut school was within its rights to bar a student from running for senior class secretary after it came to their attention that she had called school staff a vulgar word.
- NFL Lockout Lifted by Judge Susan Nelson, NFL Expected to Appeal: FindLaw’s
Tarnished Twenty spotlights the NFL lockout. Judge Susan Nelson granted the request of the players for an injunction that forces NFL teams to open for business and continue football operations. Nelson’s ruling gives the players an early victory in their battle with team owners over a new collective bargaining agreement.
- Do DUI Apps Help Drunk Drivers Avoid Checkpoints?:
Though it advertises itself as a means to avoid speeding tickets, PhantomAlert is one of a few smart phone apps that alerts subscribers to the exact locations of DUI checkpoints. FindLaw’s Blotter looks at how despite senatorial pressure, Apple and Google refused to remove the apps from their online stores.
- Obama Releases Birth Certificate: What’s the Law?: FindLaw’s Law & Daily Life breaks down the history of the law that requires that all U.S. presidents be “naturally born citizens.” If you’re wondering why it even matters whether he was born in the U.S. or abroad given that his mother was a U.S. citizen, it has to do with one little constitutional clause and a whole lot of common law interpretation.
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- Could IBM’s Watson Make Experts Obsolete?: When IBM’s Watson beat two human challengers to win the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, a collective “Wow!” was heard at just how far artificial intelligence has developed. Watson barely had a chance to savor its victory before speculators of all sorts began to ask, “What will it do next?” Members of the legal profession were no exception. FindLaw for Legal Professionals considers whether Watson could be used for everything from legal research to e-discovery.
— Compiled by Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Portal Team