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25,000 borrowers in limbo as Trump administration puts a freeze on student loan-relief claims
The Trump administration has paused processing claims to help borrowers who say they’ve been duped by their schools...To be one of the thousands of borrowers waiting in limbo for a determination of their claim is “terrible,” said Toby Merrill
, the director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, which represents former for-profit college students who’ve been harmed by their schools.
Lawyer-Bots Are Shaking Up Jobs
Meticulous research, deep study of case law, and intricate argument-building—lawyers have used similar methods to ply their trade for hundreds of years. But they’d better watch out, because artificial intelligence is moving in on the field...Adam Ziegler
, the managing director of the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, wants to remove this barrier to entry. He has helped lead the CaseLaw Access Project, an effort to digitize the entire historical record of U.S. court opinions and make that data available for legal algorithms to read and train on. “I think there will be a lot more experimentation and the progress will accelerate,” Ziegler says about the impact of this project. “It’s really hard to build a smart interface if you can’t get to the basic data.”
This Won’t Be the Last We’ve Heard of Roy Moore
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. Roy Moore won’t sit in the U.S. Senate -- or be expelled from it. I would like nothing more than to write his political eulogy. But I can’t -- not yet. The truth is, it’s too soon to count Moore out of Alabama politics. This is the same man who was twice removed from the chief justiceship of the state for defying the authority of the federal courts. He came back strong both times.
Artificially intelligent robots could soon gain consciousness and rebel against humans to ‘ELIMINATE us’, scientist warns
Forget about today's modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time...'Machines have long served as instruments of war, but historically humans have directed how they are used,' said Bonnie Docherty
, senior arms division researcher at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. 'Now there is a real threat that humans would relinquish their control and delegate life-and-death decisions to machines.'
The simple way we might turn food waste into green energy
Americans waste a lot of food — about 133 billion pounds a year, or roughly one-third of all the food produced in the U.S. In addition to wasting money and squandering a precious resource, all that waste creates an enormous environmental problem. Food waste often winds up in landfills, where it rots and releases large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming...Emily Broad Leib
, director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said the plan has promise. “In particular, one of the challenges with anaerobic digestion has been that many AD facilities are unwilling or unable to process food scraps at this time,” Leib told MACH in an email. “If this process is tailored specifically to utilize food scraps… that could help to increase capacity to process food scraps and really fill that gap, especially if it is cost-effective.”
Expert Urges Contingency Fee Cap In NFL Concussion Deal
A court-appointed expert brought in to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees payouts in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement recommended Monday that the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the settlement should cap contingency fees for individual attorneys at 15 percent and scrap another request to set aside 5 percent of settlement awards to compensate future work in administering the settlement. Harvard Law School professor William B. Rubenstein
submitted his final report to the the court, arguing that the “recommendations strike a proper balance between fairly compensating the lawyers for the services that they have provided — or will provide — while ensuring that the absent class members do not pay fees that are, in total, unreasonable.”
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Beneath the illusion of a temporary occupation lies apartheid
An op-ed by S.J.D. candidate Fady Khoury
. The so-called temporary nature of Israel’s control over the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has for too long served as a justification for not extending them full political and civil rights. The Oslo peace process entailed a Palestinian acceptance of “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security,” while in return Israel only recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization as “the representative of the Palestinian people.” Israel has never recognized Palestine or the Palestinians’ right to an independent state in the occupied territories. To this day, Israel has never formally recognized the Palestinian people’s right to independence in any internationally binding document.