Saturday, July 15, 2023

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This blog is on summer hiatus until Labor Day, thanks for reading the blog & see you back soon.

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Ryznar: "Robot Romance"

Margaret Ryznar recently posted to SSRN her article Robot Romance, forthcoming in the Cambridge Handbook on Law, Policy, and Regulations for Human-Robot Interaction.  Here is the abstact:

Romance between a human and robot will pose many questions for the laws that apply to human-robot interaction and, in particular, family law. Such questions include whether humans and robots can marry and what a subsequent divorce might look like. This chapter considers these issues, organized to track the seasons of romantic relationships, such as cohabitation, engagement, and marriage. Given that marriage is no longer devoid of the possibility of divorce, this chapter also considers issues of property division, alimony, child custody, and child support when a marriage between a human and robot dissolves. Even for skeptics of such a future, given rapid advances in robotics, the applicability of family law to relationships between a human and robot is nonetheless an increasingly relevant thought experiment and intersects with other emerging areas of law, technology, and robotics.

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LSU Seeks Family Law Professor

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center seeks to hire multiple faculty for tenure-track or tenured positions. The Law Center has needs in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to the following areas: administrative law, legal writing, artificial intelligence and cyber security, business law including contracts as well as upper-level business electives, environmental law, constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, evidence, family law, legislation, professional responsibility, and food and agriculture. Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, some practice experience, superior academic credentials and legal scholarship, as well as a commitment to outstanding teaching.

The Law Center embraces Louisiana’s bijural legal system and endeavors to train lawyers ready to practice anywhere in the world. Our faculty have the opportunity to teach internationally including in our summer program in Lyon, France.  LSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified persons in employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran’s status. LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity/equal access employer. LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. 

All applicants must apply through Workday.

Questions may be directed to Missy Lonegrass, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, [email protected].

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Birth Control

From CNN:

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the birth control pill Opill to be available over-the-counter — the first nonprescription birth control pill in the United States.

“Today’s approval marks the first time a nonprescription daily oral contraceptive will be an available option for millions of people in the United States,” Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. “When used as directed, daily oral contraception is safe and is expected to be more effective than currently available nonprescription contraceptive methods in preventing unintended pregnancy.”

Opill is a “mini-pill” that uses only the hormone progestin.

Its manufacturer, Perrigo, called the FDA action a “milestone” and a “giant leap for women’s empowerment ” in a statement.

“Today’s approval is a groundbreaking expansion for women’s health in the U.S., and a significant milestone towards addressing a key unmet need for contraceptive access,” said Frederique Welgryn, Perrigo global vice president for women’s health.

Opill is expected to be available over-the-counter in stores in early 2024.

Read more here.


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Wash U Seeking Family Law Professor


August 17, 2023

Washington University School of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral candidates for tenure-track and tenured positions, to begin in the fall of 2024. We are searching for entry level, tenure-track faculty, particularly in private law, as well as tenure-track or lateral appointments in family law, health law, intellectual property and/or technology and the law, and empirical legal analysis.

Candidates must have at a minimum a JD or, in certain cases, the equivalent in a related field. Entry level candidates should have strong scholarly potential and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Lateral candidates should have demonstrated scholarly excellence and evidence of teaching success. Strong candidates will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which students can learn and thrive. Duties for all faculty will include engaging in research and producing scholarship, teaching assigned courses, advising students, and participating in law school and university governance and service. The committee will be reviewing entry-level applications submitted through the AALS Faculty Appointments Register, but we also invite submissions outside of the FAR process.

Candidates who are not applying through the FAR process may submit applications directly to Professor Adrienne Davis, Chair of the Appointments Committee, Washington University School of Law, by emailing them to [email protected] (please use only that e-mail address rather than emailing the chair or committee members materials directly). Although there is no deadline, lateral candidates and entry-level candidates not participating in the FAR process will have the best chance of full consideration if they are received as early as possible in September. Application materials should include a cover letter, a resume that includes at least three references, and a job-talk paper if available.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University's policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Our Chancellor's statement on diversity can be found here.

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Marriage Hesitation in China

From CNN:

A series of high-profile domestic violence cases in China, including a killing carried out in broad daylight that was captured on video and circulated widely on social media, has sparked outrage – and reignited a debate among young people about the pitfalls of marriage.

The killing in the eastern province of Shandong came to widespread public attention Monday after footage filmed by a witness was posted online.

In the video, a man is seen repeatedly driving a car over a woman – later identified by police as his wife. On multiple occasions the man exits his car to check whether the woman is still alive, before continuing the attack.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Record Number of 40 Year Old's Unmarried

From CNN:

If you’ve made it to your 40th birthday without tying the knot, you’re not alone, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.

A look at 2021 US Census Bureau data found a quarter of 40-year-olds in the United States had never been married, the research center announced Wednesday.

The findings were a “significant increase” from the 20% of unmarried 40-year-olds in 2010, according to the study.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Hidden Divorce Costs

From Kiplinger:

Divorce is not only emotionally challenging, but also financially draining. It is often a time of emotional upheaval, resulting in stress and anxiety about the future. Financial costs can add to the overall stress of the situation. While you may expect that two households will cost more to maintain than one, there are less well-known related costs as well. You can make more informed decisions and prepare for the financial impact of divorce by understanding these hidden costs.

This article will explore three specific areas where hidden costs of divorce can surface: health insurance, retirement accounts and real estate. Each aspect plays a significant role in a couple's financial stability, and the division of assets can lead to unforeseen expenses and complications. By being aware of these potential pitfalls, individuals can better prepare themselves for the financial consequences of divorce. In addition, knowledge about these hidden costs allows people to navigate the complex divorce process confidently and better understand how to protect their financial future.

Read more here.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

AI Storytime

From Insider:

AI teddy bears that read bedtime stories to your children and teach them values could become a norm by 2028, according to a major toymaker. 

Allan Wong, CEO of VTech Holdings — which makes toys and electronic learning aids for kids — told the Financial Times that the technology powering ChatGPT could be incorporated into toys by 2028, especially as the cost of AI will fall. 

Wong pointed out that smart toys including teddy bears could use "AI to generate stories customized for the kid rather than reading from a book," because they will have access to personal information about the child. 

"You can incorporate not only the kid's name but the kid's daily activities. [It] knows you go to which school . . . who your friends are. It can actually be telling a story and talking almost like a good friend," he said.

Read more here.

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Sunday, July 9, 2023

Be Bored

From the New York Times:

I am hardly alone in feeling like it is my parental duty to stuff their days full of activities and learning opportunities. A study cited in a 2018 New York Times article that lamented the relentlessness of modern parenting found that regardless of education, income or race, parents believed children who are bored should be enrolled in extracurricular activities. As Erin Westgate, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida, explained it to me, there is a kind of cultural stigma attached to boredom, particularly in the United States.

Only boring people get bored, the saying goes.

But the reality is that boredom is “normal, natural and healthy,” said Dr. Westgate, whose research focuses on what boredom is, why people experience it and what happens when they do. Though she cautioned that there has been little empirical research exploring boredom in kids, Dr. Westgate believes that in moderate doses, boredom can offer a valuable learning opportunity, spurring creativity and problem solving and motivating children to seek out activities that feel meaningful to them.

“Guarding kids from ever feeling bored is misguided in the same way that guarding kids from ever feeling sad, or ever feeling frustrated, or ever feeling angry is misguided,” she said.

Here’s what you and your children can learn from feelings of boredom.

Read more here.

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

DeSantis Signs Bill Ending Permanent Alimony

From CBS News:

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a measure that will overhaul the state's alimony laws, after three vetoes of similar bills and a decade of emotional clashes over the issue.

The measure (SB 1416) includes doing away with what is known as permanent alimony. DeSantis' approval came a year after he nixed a similar bill that sought to eliminate permanent alimony and set up a formula for alimony amounts based on the length of marriage.

The approval drew an outcry from members of the "First Wives Advocacy Group," a coalition of mostly older women who receive permanent alimony and who assert that their lives will be upended without the payments.

"On behalf of the thousands of women who our group represents, we are very disappointed in the governor's decision to sign the alimony-reform bill. We believe by signing it, he has put older women in a situation which will cause financial devastation. The so-called party of 'family values' has just contributed to erosion of the institution of marriage in Florida," Jan Killilea, a 63-year-old Boca Raton woman who founded the group a decade ago, told The News Service of Florida in a text message Friday.

Read more here.

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Kids Receiving Less Help from Federal Program

From NPR:

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic drop in the number of poor and disabled children getting help from the federal government. A safety net program called Supplemental Security Income provides money and often health insurance to about a million of these kids. Studies show it lifts many of them out of poverty. But experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of the country's most vulnerable children are missing out on this help. As Gabrielle Emanuel of member station WBUR reports, the stakes are high.

Read more here.

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Friday, July 7, 2023

Dealing with Conflict

From Science Daily:

Conflict is unavoidable in all marriages. When it erupts in families with children, stressed or angry parents may take their pain out on the kids, projecting their anger or withdrawing emotionally or physically. In the worst cases, children's socioemotional development can suffer. But the way parents, especially fathers, deal with marital conflict can make a difference to kids, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Read more here.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Cahn on Marsh

From Naomi Cahn, writing for JOTWELL, discussing Kris Marsh, The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class (2023):

In 1997, New Line Cinema released the romantic drama Love Jones. The film was about two young professionals, their friends, and their lives in Chicago: Nia Long starred as Nina Mosley, a talented photographer, and Larenz Tate as Darius Lovehall, a newly-emerging poet. The writer/director (Theodore Witcher) wanted to “tell a love story . . . [t]here is a political agenda as well – to present young African American characters on screen that weren’t involved in some kind of social pathology.”

Sociologist Kris Marsh describes these characters as “young, educated Black professionals who have never been married, are child-free, and live alone or with unmarried non-romantic friends.” (P. 1.) The movie, Marsh observes, presented a “new face” for those who are Black and middle class (P. 7.), one that exists outside of the nuclear family paradigm. The movie title provides the demographic term for the group that Marsh studies in The Love Jones Cohort. They are Black, middle class, and SALA (single and living alone). While Marsh notes that “SALA” describes a type of household that is not limited to those in the middle class, and the Black middle class includes other family formations, the Love Jones Cohort brings the two concepts together. (P. 8.)

One challenge in situating this group is to define the characteristics of the Black middle class more broadly. In earlier research, Marsh had created a “Black Middle Class Index” that included education, income, home ownership, and occupation. (Pp. 9, 24-26, App. B.) In the book, Marsh explores the difficulty with defining the middle class, the complexities of using objective criteria, such as education, or subjective criteria, such as those associated with status, like church or social group membership. (Pp. 19-24.)

The Black Middle Class cohort, according to Marsh’s careful description, includes marital and nonmarital couples, as well as single people, and it grew from 6% of all Black households in 1980 to almost 14% in 2010. (P. 27.) Within that cohort, a declining percentage conform to the traditional nuclear family model of married parents with children. An increasing percentage – 13% in 2010 – belong to the Love Jones Cohort. (P. 10.)

Read more here.

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Inflation Continues

From CNBC:

Stubborn inflation has driven households near the breaking point, but the pain of high prices has not been shared equally.

By most measures, low-income households have been hardest hit, experts say. The lowest-paid workers spend more of their income on necessities such as food, rent and gas, categories that also experienced higher-than-average inflation spikes. 

“The bottom line is unexpected inflation has done real damage to the public, but some people face a higher cost,” said Laurence Kotlikoff, a professor of economics at Boston University.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Iowa Law Seeking Family Law Professor

The University of Iowa College of Law

Faculty Hiring Announcement


The University of Iowa College of Law anticipates hiring multiple entry-level or lateral faculty members, in a search that considers candidates specializing in a broad range of first-year and advanced subjects, including family law.

QUALIFICATIONS: Consistent with the mission and responsibilities of a top-tier public research university, we are interested in candidates who are (or have the potential to become) recognized scholars and teachers and who will participate actively in the intellectual life of the College of Law.  In addition, we desire candidates who would bring valuable depth or breadth to the College of Law’s curriculum and to our institutional scholarly profile. We also desire candidates with a demonstrated ability to maintain effective and respectful working relationships with the campus community to uphold a standard of cultural competency and respect for differences in identity and perspective.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates should apply either through the AALS Faculty Recruitment Services or by submitting a letter of interest, CV, a list of three references, and a law school transcript through Jobs@UIOWA, (refer to Requisition #74858).  When submitting their application materials, we invite candidates to draw attention to their strengths with respect to all the qualifications we are seeking.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

For questions, please contact Faculty Appointments Committee at: [email protected].

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IN Abortion Ban

From AP:

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s abortion ban doesn’t violate the state constitution, removing a major hurdle to enforcing the ban Republicans approved last summer ahead of a wave of restrictions by conservative states in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The court’s decision, which does not put the ban immediately into effect, invalidates a county judge’s ruling that the ban likely violated the state constitution’s privacy protections, which she said are stronger than those found in the U.S. Constitution. That judge’s order has allowed abortions to continue in Indiana since September, despite the ban.

Three of the court’s five justices agreed that while Indiana’s constitution provides some protection of abortion rights, the “General Assembly otherwise retains broad legislative discretion for determining whether and the extent to which to prohibit abortions.”

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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Monday, July 3, 2023

SCOTUS Decision

From New York Times:

The Supreme Court sided on Friday with a web designer in Colorado who said she had a First Amendment right to refuse to design wedding websites for same-sex couples despite a state law that forbids discrimination against gay people.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, writing for the majority in a 6-3 vote, said that the First Amendment protected the designer, Lorie Smith, from being compelled to express views she opposed.

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