Law Society and Legal Hackers Scotland to host access to justice ‘hackathon’

The Law Society of Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland are inviting groups to gather round their laptop computers for the Law Society s first ever access to justice ‘hackathon’.

The 48 hour occasion, which runs over the weekend of 17-19 June, is a pop-up innovation laboratory for attorneys, designers, technologists and others to team up and design sustainable and scalable options that minimize pushing access to justice concerns.


Stuart Naismith, convener of the Law Society of Scotland Access to Justice Committee, stated:

We’re pleased at the enthusiastic reaction we have had so far to the hackathon. Like lots of civil services, the justice system has actually seen substantial financial restriction recently. With cuts to legal help, court closures and a range of other aspects, access to justice is ending up being tougher for individuals throughout Scotland, especially in rural areas.

“We believe that there is great potential in using innovation to assist resolve this and present brand-new digital products which would enhance access to justice for individuals across the country.

Arlene McDaid, Founder of Legal Hackers Scotland said: The hackathon supplies a special chance for legal representatives to collaborate with a diverse group of individuals and crowd source ingenious options to pressing access to justice problems. To take part all you require is enthusiasm, ideas and an open mind!

26s9Participants are welcomed to design a product to address challenges around access to justice in areas consisting of: Legal details for youth’s – develop brand-new methods for young people to access legal details relevant to them. Legal processes utilizing technology to help individuals browse legal processes and documents, such as small claims actions. David Flint, Senior Partner and Head of IPTC Group at MacRoberts, stated:

We’re thrilled to be associated with this job. It’s a fantastic chance for the legal occupation to work with IT specialists in producing new apps and other online options which will assist deliver legal recommendations and services, especially for groups that can be harder to reach. Feel free to visit

Groups will pitch their projects to a specialist evaluating panel on Sunday 19 June. The winners will get 2,000 and there are runners up prizes of 1,000 and tickets for HackTrain 3.0.

New Law Takes Objective at Retirement Cost savings; is the Levee Breaking?

On July 1, 2016, as the brand-new began, so did hundreds of new Maryland laws more than 205 of them according to The Baltimore Sun. Streaming in this sea of brand-new legislation is a law that targets the nearly one million Maryland resident workers who were previously without access to an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.

The objective of the brand-new law, The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust, is basic: to enhance the retirement cost savings of Maryland workers by encouraging their companies to establish automated retirement savings arrangements, or to use the new Maryland state-run IRA program. This legislation follows a string of state laws all created to increase retirement savings of employees in small businesses.

The very first state to pass such legislation was Illinois, when it enacted the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program in 2015. The roll-out of that plan is continuous as it does not end up being efficient up until 2017. Maryland’s law is very important because it demonstrates a trend at the state and federal government levels to improve retirement savings by automating and mandating retirement savings.



The new Maryland law is different in numerous methods. It developed the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Board to manage the program. Employees currently covered by an ERISA or other federal retirement cost savings strategy at their work environment will not be qualified.

While Maryland’s law does follow in the steps of the Illinois law, and to some degree the federally sponsored myRA program, it likewise diverges at certain indicate lure employers to participate.

According to Peter Gulia, Esq., a lawyer who encourages retirement plan fiduciaries, the biggest difference is that the brand-new Maryland law uses a carrot instead of a stick.

Maryland waives an annual company report filing charge of $300 for a company entity that complies with the brand-new legislation. The brand-new law actually gives businesses in Maryland a reward to comply with the new law, as it will probably save the company money.

26s8The baby boomers do not have enough money saved for retirement, Social Security’s future is dirty and will not look the same in 20 years, and many companies are not providing standard retirement pensions any longer. Each state run IRA program triggering automatic enrollment sneaks further and further to a system of mandated retirement savings through state or federal IRAs. In some methods we currently have this with Social Security, however with so lots of Americans economically unprepared for retirement, there is swelling momentum for the facility of obligatory retirement savings programs or, at a minimum, automated registration programs.

An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Staff members

My name is Dana Schwartz and I’m an entertainment author at the Observer, the paper owned by your publishing company. On July 2, as I’m sure you’re aware (and have actually most likely been wringing your hands about for the last 3 days), your father-in-law Donald Trump tweeted out an image of Hillary Clinton in front of drizzling money with a six-sided star declaring she’s the Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!.

I responded to the meme, calling out its outright anti-Semitic imagery because people can play ignorant, blame the corrupt liberal media for attempting to get Trump, however it takes just a fundamental understanding of world history or an understanding of how symbols work to see a wall of money, a Star of David, and the allegation of corruption and not see the subtext.

However deny or play dumb as you might, when I tweeted out my reaction, my worst worries were understood: his message, whether purposeful or unintended, was met joys by those to whom that star’s message was certainly clear. Mr. Trump’s tweet was viewed as a winking guarantee to this country’s worst and most hateful people.

Here is simply a small sample size of the reactions I got:

26s7A couple of hours later on, Trump deleted the original image and re-tweeted it out, this time with the star crudely covered by a circle (the suggestions of the star still noticeable), and a new hashtag: #AmericaFirst. Forgive me if I condescend in any method or discuss exactly what you currently know, however I m sure you’ve been busy recently so just a quick refresher: America First was a movement led primarily by White supremacist Charles Lindbergh promoting against American intervention during World War II. The Anti-Defamation League has actually previously asked that Trump avoid the slogan due to its overt anti-Semitic ramifications.


He and his project reject that the image which had actually been discovered, previous to Trump’s tweet, on a white supremacist internet forum has any Jewish implications at all. Rather of acknowledging the evident, he and his campaign utilized it as a chance to undermine the totally free media in the design of the most unsafe regimes in history, and mock those like me, who had actually been getting complete strangers on the Internet telling her to put her head in the oven for the past day and a half.

Here are a few of the excuses I’ve seen, both from Trump s camp and Trump supporters:

It’s readily available on Microsoft shapes. There are a lot of signs you can make on Microsoft Word, and often signs SYMBOLIZE concepts, principles, or groups. I feel ridiculous explaining this to you. This description is so inane that I feel so condescending refuting it to you, ostensibly my boss, that it feels insubordinate.

It’s a sheriff star. Because users on the white supremacist online forums where this image was discovered were no doubt indicating Hillary is in the pocket of the constables.


He didn’t make it; he’s too busy to take note of everything he tweets out. This is not an excuse for bigotry. Trump’s twitter account is seen by countless people, and he is responsible for the message he’s sending to his advocates. Trump is running for president. Making errors because he wasn’t focusing isn’t an excuse that certifies him for the highest office in the land in any method.

It was a mishap. Where is the apology?

These explanations are so facile, infantile in their outright neglect for context or logic that I can only imagine them being provided by somebody doing so while grinning and winking.

And after that there s the final explanation, the one most regularly pointed out by Trump s most reasonable advocates on the Internet:.

Trump has a Jewish son-in-law, and granddaughter: he can’t be anti-Semitic.

Mr. Kushner, I invite you to check out all those images in the slideshow above, the huge bulk sent in your father-in-law’s name. Now, this hate is directed to one of your employees, but the message uses similarly to your partner and child.

26s6Your father-in-law s repeated accidental winks to the white supremacist community is maybe a savvy political technique if the neo-Nazis are thought about a large voting bloc I admit, I sanctuary to done my research study on that front. Perhaps Donald Trump isn’t anti-Semitic. I understand numerous of his supporters are, and they believe for whatever reason that Trump is the prospect for them.

I can’t abide another protective blame-shift to the media or to politically correct culture gone amok. David Duke, outspoken and explicit white supremacist, anti-Semite, and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, saw the image your father-in-law tweeted out, and to him the message was quite clear to him. Those aren’t stereotyped sheriff hands in the corner.

The worst individuals in this nation saw your father-in-law s message and took it as they saw fit. And yet Donald Trump in his reaction chose not to condemn them, the anti-Semites who, by his argument were certainly misinterpreting the image, but the media.