Editor’s Note

Maybe it was inevitable for an idea born at an iconic Hollywood restaurant (well, the Musso and Frank bar), but this website is headed for a reboot. We’ve been more or less silent here during the pandemic and now it just seems easier to resume our labor of love as we labor less at staying alive. Some readers have contacted us about the headline grabbing personal life of Sara Corcoran, our longtime publisher. While we appreciate the interest, we have nothing to add about that, at least not at this time.

Affordable Housing Getting Crunched

What we do hope to add is a unique voice to the nation’s hotly debated civil justice conversations. Our role is to curate coverage from the civil justice community and amplify that coverage, by posting here and sometimes across our informal networks. Sometimes we add our own reporting and commentary. Granted, from affordable housing to immigration to our old buddy tort lawsuits, the landscape seems fairly bleak — it seems that civil justice is certainly still being rationed, even if there are some bright spots here and there.

Sara Corcoran gets us started once again with this report, first posted at CityWatchLA on 4/28/22:
Affordable Housing Getting Crunched.

Photo Credit: CityWatch LA, as originally published on 4/28/22 in the report by Sara Corcoran: Affordable Housing Getting Crunched.

‘Breaking Barriers Guided By Passion’: An Interview with Ashley King

(Editor’s Note: Just in time for summer travel, NCM Publisher Sara Corcoran found some time to spend with an aviation icon who can really, really improve your flying experience.)
By Sara Corcoran, Courts Monitor Publisher

As she surveys the sea of planes at Montgomery County’s Fixed Base Operator, Ashley King knows she is a lucky woman:

“I’ve always found such beauty in private aircraft, physics of flight, and the opportunity to take customers to new heights.”

Her passion in aviation drove Ashley to create ADAX Aviation—an aviation company that specializes in aircraft sales, acquisitions, and aviation consulting in the private aircraft marketplace, uniting sellers and buyers of premium aircraft in the Washington, DC area. 

For Ashley, it is a passion long nurtured in her:

“I come from a family of generations of working women, and while I have affinity and respect for the many professionals in aviation, my mother-in-law first comes to mind. She started her career and spent several decades as a Captain on the 737 and the A320.”

Ashley put her passion to work after recognizing the opportunity for growth in the industry, and developed a strategic business plan for the ADAX endeavor.

“We know the customers, we know the aircraft, and can assist in the financing or leasing the aircraft.  We expect our industry to experience double digit growth as the pandemic dissipates, and are well positioned in the market to take advantage it.”

Along with expertise in the nuts & bolts of aircraft manufacturing, incomparable customer service is also obligatory for ADAX:

“Our customers are as flight obsessed as we are, and expect great service that comes with the territory. The company offers a unique ‘White Glove Service’, which, unlike other brokerage agencies, dispatches an employee to visit the customer’s aircraft (typically their hanger or local FBO) with a plan in toe designed to meet individual needs, goals, and requirements.  We aren’t just in the aviation business. We are in the people business, too. ADAX aims to exceed the expectations of every client that comes through our gateway.”

As the month of women’s history just reminded us, we pause to remember the many women who have made contributions to the art of flight, starting with Amelia Earhart; and those since; and who continue to do so.  

“While I think that it’s great to designate a month to celebrate the achievements of women, they should be celebrated every day, as women make history every day.” 

As a mother of two, Ashley is but one of millions of women who juggle careers and raise a family:

“It is important to me to show my children the value of hard work and how to maintain the tricky work/life balance and how to break barriers guided by passion.” 

She has backed up her beliefs with action and ADAX is a supporting member of Aviator Mentor, a woman-owned small business that provides mentorship for aspiring pilots. 

With the costs of obtaining a pilot’s license averaging $84,000 a year, Ashley knows that this cost keeps many students from realizing their potential:

“We sponsor scholarship programs in the greater Washington, DC area, provide free flights for those in need of medical care, aid kids in getting SIM time, and provide supplemental assistance in ground school.”

When it comes to employment in the ranks, Ashley is committed to empowering women in her own workforce: “I am pleased to announce that Morgan Moses Allen joined ADAX as Head of Customer Relations. We are honored to have her as part of our Senior Management Team. With decades of experience in Marketing in the Defense Industry, Miss Moses Allen is a master of her craft. She honed her skills with decades of experience in the defense contracting industry, and can often be found jetting off to exotic destinations in a King Air, or an A380, or spending time in the tower at Udvar Hazy.”

One thing is abundantly clear: The pioneering women of ADAX are taking the aviation business to new heights, one aircraft at a time.

You can learn more about ADAX AVIATION.

Clearview AI Inc. facing litigation for violating data privacy laws

Photo Credit: Fractal Pictures/Shutterstock.com as covered in a report by Law.com.

Clearview AI Inc., which uses facial recognition to provide photographic information, is facing litigation in Illinois and New York for violating data privacy laws.

According to Law.com, “Clearview AI Inc., which uses facial recognition to provide photographic information, primarily to law enforcement, lawyers have filed 11 class actions and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and the ACLU, represented by Jay Edelson of Edelson PC, have also filed lawsuits… The lawsuits allege that Clearview AI scrapes internet sites for publicly available images without the knowledge or consent of the individuals in the photographs and, at times, in violation of the rules of some social media sites, then sells access to the information to not just law enforcement but to retailers.”

The article indicates that Clearview AI has stated that it will argue a First Amendment defense because the photos are publicly available.

Law.com does a great job of outlining the issues around this case, and it is a good primer as we will likely continue to see an increasing number of cases around facial recognition technology.

California Civil Courts Backlogged

Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Los Angeles. Photo credit: www.lacourt.org

Civil courts in California were already backlogged before they basically shuttered in March. Now with COVID-19, Los Angeles County is not considering civil trials until at least January 2021 and Orange County’s civil trials are on hold through at least November. So, while we don’t know exactly when the courts will open again for trials, one lawyer has ideas about how to jumpstart the court system when it does open: consider less jurors for each trial.

Rob Shwarts, of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, argues in a recent article in The Recorder, “We need to get over the idea that there must be 12 jurors in the box to conduct a state court civil trial. This number is not legally required, and while COVID-19 persists, it is simply not a practical or feasible count for the jury.”
For those who have suggested using video conferencing technology, such as Zoom, to jumpstart the process, Shwarts thinks it’s “impractical.”

“Indeed, there is no way to know what screen a juror is looking at so long as the video function of his or her computer is on, raising the specter of juror doing research in real time,” notes Shwarts. “In another twist, Alameda County Judge Brad Seligman had to address a motion for mistrial, because, while the attorneys were in a private Zoom room with the court, the plaintiff started a conversation with several jurors about the seemingly harmless topic of Zoom backgrounds. We all surely agree that litigants are not only entitled to an impartial jury, but to a jury paying attention to their case’s evidence and to the court’s admonitions.”