The notion that the arts make our culture "richer" is commonplace in our vernacular, but an undeniable trend has emerged giving an entirely new meaning to the phrase: across the board, the country’s nonprofit arts and culture industry has grown by twenty-four percent over the past five years, generating over $166 billion in economic activity a year. Art can be big business, and not just in cosmopolitan meccas like New York and Los Angeles. Across the United States, small and midsized cities are harnessing their creative energy to jumpstart their local economies, often with striking results. Cities that have taken heed of this trend have been rewarded in multiple ways—from the rehabilitation and development of uninhabitable areas of the city to the welcoming of tourists, businesses, and well-heeled residents to those very areas. One seminal example is New York’s Soho and Tribecca neighborhoods, which now exceed the famed Upper East Side and Central … [Read more...] about Extreme Makeover: Arts Edition Paducah, Kentucky
Some members of the legislative committee considering the bill were also unaware of the control the State may exercise over gaming. There has been concern that permitting casino gaming in Tennessee would have the same effect as authorizing the lottery did. Of course, once the lottery was authorized within the state, lottery ticket purchases were permitted ubiquitously. … [Read more...] about Have the Odds of Casino Gaming in Tennessee Just Been Raised?
What may be considered excessive and illegal spending can differ on a number of points, which the ABA is trying to resolve in its judicial code rewrite. Factors to be considered include contributions by some supporters that are considerably larger than others; law firm support that accounts for all of a candidate’s contributions; the source of the contribution, such as a prominent constituent; and the timing of the support in relation to the election. Still, the mere receipt of support in itself won’t demand disqualification. … [Read more...] about Show Me the Money: States, ABA Try to Figure Out When Campaign Cash Leads to a Judge’s Recusal
“Elvis was fascinating,” said Russell Fowler, the associate director of LAET. “He was not liitigious, never sued anybody. He’d fire someone and then give them $50,000 to be nice. But when he died, litigation sprang from everywhere.” … [Read more...] about Free CLE Course on Elvis Presley Law Is ‘Bait and Switch’ to Get Lawyers to Listen to Pro Bono Pitch
VR and Immersive Experiences The adoption of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) may be hindered by the currently clunky and non-seamless hardware, according to panelists who were also optimistic that enterprise and individual consumers would soon embrace VR/AR technologies, pointing to Apple’s recent initiatives to implement an AR API for mobile devices within the coming years. Participants also noted that the use cases for VR/AR are currently expanding, with business-to-business uses becoming more commonplace in the medical industry with telehealth, and in the travel industry among others. Even documentary and activist filmmakers have been increasingly adopting VR tech in raising awareness of humanitarian needs after the 2015 Nepal earthquake and in cases of wrongfully convicted persons. … [Read more...] about A Top-5 Panel Round-up of the Mobile World Congress Americas