Uber’s Secret, Encrypted, Far-Reaching Investigation Into Opposing Counsel

Law, Legal Ethics, Technology

My Latest for Lawyerist:

Uber’s Secret, Encrypted, Far-Reaching Investigation Into Opposing Counsel

It’s a real-life take on the classic story of David and Goliath. Except, in this case, Goliath has ex-CIA personnel scrutinizing the reputation of both the plaintiff and his lawyer. Enjoy!

Can the Internet Help Bridge the Justice Gap?

Law, Technology

I had the pleasure of writing a piece about the Justice Index for Lawyerist.

Can the Internet Help Bridge the Justice Gap? 

The Justice Index is an amazing project of the National Center for Access to Justice at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law which chronicles the impact of emerging technologies and access to justice.

 

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Source: Justice Index, reprinted with permission of The National Center for Access to Justice.

Each state—plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico—received individual scores in those four areas and a composite score for all four combined. At the top of the list, representing the most access and availability: Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and Hawaii. At the bottom: Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Wyoming.

Read more on Lawyerist.

Bringing dark money out of the shadows

Campaign Finance, Technology

 

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Check out the full infographic at DarkMoney.org

At the Center for Responsive Politics, we officially launched our newly redesigned Dark Money section, tracking the activities of politically active nonprofits that don’t disclose their wealthy corporate and individual donors to the voters they seek to influence.

This is the first phase of our Knight News Challenge project, Inside the 990 Treasure Trove, aimed at providing the public, journalists and policymakers access to data on dark money groups and clear information about how these groups operate.

You can read more about the new features and infographics in my post, which  was cross-published on OpenSecrets and on the Knight Foundation’s blog.

What happens when you try to discover who’s behind dark money ads

Campaign Finance, Technology

Libby Watson’s new blog post for the Sunlight Foundation follows her account of attempting to discover who’s behind dark money ads as a part of a fascinating larger investigation into Protect America’s Consumers, and also includes a blurb about my own attempt to find more about ads being run by a super PAC on Fox Business Network during a GOP debate:

Verizon FiOS TV makes public inspection files available to be viewed through a limited number of retail stores. … The staff had apparently been briefed not to let me touch the computer so I had to tell the staff members what search terms to use. The clerk helping me was originally hesitant to even let me look at the computer but eventually broke when he realized how many hundreds of file names we would be looking through. The store clerk was patient and continued running searches based on terms I told him such as “Baby Got PAC” and other individuals with ties to the group for over an hour. We performed searches and manually scrolled through the political folders in every region, the entire visit was ultimately fruitless.”

Read more on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

Internet Tools for Researching Opposing Counsel, Judges, and Juries

Law, Legal Ethics, Technology

My recent article for Lawyerist:

Internet Tools for Researching Opposing Counsel, Judges, and Juries

This is the Second Part of a two-part series on Researching Judges, Juries, and Lawyers. Check out Part 1: The Dos and Don’ts of Researching Judges and Juries Online

The Dos and Don’ts of Researching Judges and Juries Online

Law, Legal Ethics, Technology

My recent article for Lawyerist:

The Dos and Don’ts of Researching Judges and Juries Online

This is the Second Part of a two-part series on Researching Judges, Juries, and Lawyers. Check out Part 2: Internet Tools for Researching Opposing Counsel, Judges, and Juries