American Bar Association amends conduct rules to address harassment and discrimination

The American Bar Association has amended its model rules of conduct to authoritatively prohibit harassing and discriminatory conduct.

At the conclusion of its Annual General Meeting today, the American Bar Association passed a resolution to amend its model rules of conduct for lawyers to address issues of harassment and discrimination.

In its final resolution approved by the House of Delegates, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct are amended to make it unprofessional conduct for a lawyer to “engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.”

Previously, the prohibition against harassment and discrimination was a comment to the general misconduct rule, but was not considered an authoritative part of the rule itself, according to the American Bar Association’s press release.

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Coffee and walnut battenberg

I baked a coffee and walnut battenberg cake.

This is a cake that I have been trying to make for a very long time. Friends of mine at Northwestern will know how I have attempted to make this cake several times over the last year.

It turned out to be quite difficult.

The marzipan was impossible to flatten, since I didn’t have a rolling pin.

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Elizabeth Warren on Think Tanks

The New York Times published this video clip where Senator Elizabeth Warren explains how some think tanks are engaging in “thinly disguised lobbying” in the United States Senate.

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1.5 million machines later…

The BBC Micro sold 1.5 million units through the 1980s, and Steve Furber talks about its design.

I love Computerphile’s videos, because they’re such an amazing glimpse into the rich history of computer science that I study today.

For me, this acknowledgement of history is so important, because computers haven’t been around for that long of a time, and the research gone into the field of computer science is still so young.

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Bilingualism is awesome.

An article in the Observer, the sister Sunday publication of the Guardian, presents some arguments on why bilinguals are better than monolinguals.

This is just a long article with plenty of reasons telling me why I’m amazing because I speak multiple languages.

I like this.

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally break off into loud guffaws.

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A Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden

A couple of friends and I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden today as part of a trip organized by the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives at Northwestern University.

It was an incredibly beautiful experience, and I took so many photos that my iPhone’s storage neared full.

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Bill Maher: New Rule – The American Embargo

Bill Maher makes such excellent points in this piece that I feel I must share it.

Why is the United States settling for slowly and gradually improving its existing political and social systems piecemeal instead of gutting it and getting a new one, like it does with consumer goods?

Why can’t we have a new healthcare system, or a new electoral system, or a new voting system that’s as simple and easy as downloading from the App Store?

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