The Brief No. 39: Kim K—Legal Savant?

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May 15, 2019

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You’d have to live under a rock to not have heard that Kim Kardashian is currently studying for the California bar exam. As the internets quickly became experts on legal education and assessing who has what it takes to be a good lawyer (or specifically that Ms. Kardashian did not) we decided to apply Hire an Esquire’s proprietary method to predict how Kim Kardashian, Esq. would perform as a Civil Litigation Attorney. Want to see Kim Kardashian’s “fit score” and the related psychometric analysis? Check it out here.

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A Mile Higher: While the rest of the country works to establish cannabis legislation, Denver is waaay ahead becoming the first U.S. city to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’. A surprise late surge of advocacy brought the bill across the finish line; some sources even reported on the proposal’s defeat due to the early signs of rejection (note the URL versus the headline here). Psilocybin’s decriminalization has many now investigating its legitimate usefulness, especially for medical purposes. Proponents praise the drug for its beneficial effects in treating depression, anxiety, and even addiction to other substances.

Cancel Ride? Uber became the most recent, and  largest, ride-share service to be publicly traded with its Friday IPO. Despite initial optimistic estimates, recent tumultuous conditions have seen the company’s valuation fall over 25% to $90 billion. Uber boasts massive growth over the last decade, despite never making a profit, and new investors are hoping to reverse that trend, leveraging the company’s expansion to yield dividends. Some are fearing the worst for Uber’s stock performance based on fellow ride-share service Lyft’s dismal first two months and political tensions that could further stunt Uber’s stock value.

Fires, Smoke & Mirrors: Activity continues to swirl around Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion and obstruction on the part of President Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Over a year after his initial appearance before the Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed yet again to testify about his role in the campaign. Further up the chain of command, POTUS’ actions are raising concerns from those who claim that his recent string of lawsuits are not only clogging currently vital judicial processes, but are also setting a dangerous precedent when it comes to holding future leaders accountable. Additionally, Attorney General William Barr’s suspicious maneuvers call into question his true intentions, inciting many to insist that Barr is purposefully thwarting investigation progress.

Senseless Censors: In the wake of public outcry concerning violent content spread via Facebook, some legislators are proposing a wide-spread ban on “extreme online content.” While most people would likely prefer to avoid shocking images when scrolling through their social media feed, critics are concerned that algorithms developed to detect and remove such material will also systematically erase valuable evidence of terrorism and war crimes. In fact, utilizing social media to investigate such crimes has been effective enough to initiate a program at the University of California, Berkeley, that trains students to sift through content for evidence of human rights violations.

Still? Really? In troublingly common news, the United States has experienced three more shootings on college campuses in the last 2 weeks alone. While individuals directly involved with these tragedies understandably wish to remain separate from surrounding political discussion, this uniquely American trend continues to prompt discourse concerning gun control laws. Jockeying for favor leading up to 2020 presidential campaigns, some candidates are taking the opportunity to propose progressive legislation that will attempt to impede gun violence. Democratic contender Beto O’Rourke has adopted a plan for universal background checks, calling America’s gun problem “a human-caused problem with a human solution.” More radical still, fellow Democrat Cory Booker suggests enacting a requirement for all gun owners to obtain a license, stating, “If you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to own a gun.”

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In their latest podcast, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog sit down with Jim Hannigan, Director of Legal Project Management at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP to discuss the importance of setting standards in the legal industry. Listen closely for talk of the Wolters Kluwer ransomware and Kim Kardashian’s legal efforts.

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