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DOJ review finds immigrant legal education program ineffective; provider calls study flawed
A Justice Department review of its own legal education program for immigrants has found that those in the program are remaining in detention for longer on average than non-participants, the Associated Press has reported. But a nonprofit that provides the education says the DOJ’s study has "insurmountable methodological flaws."
ABA releases new ethics guidance on dealing with disasters
Recent large-scale disasters like Hurricane Florence and wildfires on the West Coast have reinforced the need for the ABA to address the myriad rules that lawyers must consider under these challenging circumstances. ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 482, released on Wednesday by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, clarifies the variety of ethical obligations attorneys face when disaster strikes.
ABA releases new report on access to justice commissions in the US

Twenty-four years after the founding of the first access to justice commission, the American Bar Association has released a report analyzing the the structure, activity, staffing and funding in 40…

House committee advances sweeping judicial reform bills as ABA president urges caution

ABA President Bob Carlson is expressing concern about four federal court bills being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives that would “profoundly affect litigants who seek redress.”

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ABA president asks House committee to reauthorize Second Chance Act
A bill that funds anti-recidivism work has the support of the American Bar Association, writes ABA President Bob Carlson.
Immediate-past ABA President Bass will leave Greenberg Traurig to launch diversity institute
Immediate-past ABA President Hilarie Bass will leave her position as co-president of Greenberg Traurig at the end of the year to focus on a new institute she founded.
Cooley Law’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, campus approved by ABA’s Legal Ed section

Updated: Following months of litigation, the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has approved Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s…

Firms sign ABA pledge to tackle lawyer mental health and substance-use issues
Several large law firms have signed a seven-point pledge developed by an ABA working group to target substance-use disorders and mental-health issues among lawyers.
Military spouse denied waiver for bar admission gets another chance to make her case

The Georgia Supreme Court has vacated a decision that denied bar admission to a lawyer seeking to practice in the state under a waiver program for military spouses.

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ABA testifies on ‘well qualified’ rating: Kavanaugh has ‘an excellent reputation for integrity’
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh earned the highest rating of unanimously “well qualified,” members of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.
ABA president: Bar groups should help federal courts promote pro bono for domestic violence victims
Legislation that requires federal courts promote pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims was signed into law this week by President Donald Trump, Bloomberg Law Big Law Business reports.
Race and gender bias is rampant in law, says new report that also offers tools to fight it
A new report details the endemic bias women and minority lawyers continue to face compared to their white male counterparts, but it also offers some tools to disrupt the status quo.
ABA amicus brief urges Supreme Court to use stricter standard on copyright registration
The American Bar Association has filed an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should find copyrights are established at the earliest opportunity.
Florida Coastal still out of compliance with accreditation standards, ABA legal ed council says
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has affirmed its findings that Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with certain accreditation standards—increasing the likelihood that the matter will be settled in court.
Oregon lawyers sue over mandatory bar dues in wake of Supreme Court’s union dues decision

Diane Gruber and Mark Runnels argue in a suit filed last Wednesday in federal court that paying compulsory dues infringes on their First Amendment rights because it helps pay for political and ideological speech they disagree with.

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