Legislation & Lobbying

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ABA weighs in on California Supreme Court case affecting state’s new bail reform law
Updated: The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Tuesday asking the California Supreme Court to affirm a decision critical of that state's bail schedule.
Democratic lawmakers have standing to pursue emoluments suit, judge rules

More than 200 members of Congress have standing to pursue their lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because his business interests profit from foreign governments.

California asserts global power in defiance of Trump administration policies
Gov. Jerry Brown’s defiant posture underscores how U.S. states and municipalities are increasingly venturing into the realm of international affairs as they mobilize against Trump administration policies in areas such as the environment, immigration and human rights.
Proposed legislation would eliminate PACER fees
A new bill before the U.S House of Representatives would prohibit the federal courts from charging for public documents. The Electronic Court Records Reform Act would require that documents downloaded from the PACER database be free. Currently, the repository for federal court documents charges up to 10 cents a page.
The fix is in: How right-to-repair laws can improve tech and the environment

As companies look to confound consumers’ ability to fix their electronics, they are creating an expensive, wasteful and unnecessary hardship on consumers’ pocketbooks and the environment.

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.”

The House…

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.
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.
Philippa Ryan: Developing trust through blockchain
Philippa Ryan thinks a lot about trust. A barrister in Australia, she lectures on the subject, and her PhD thesis focused on the breach of trust and the liability of third parties. So when Ryan heard about trustless relationships enabled by blockchain technology, her interest was piqued.
Bill proposes greater accountability for New York prosecutors who break the law
In 2013, ProPublica published a series of reports finding that New York prosecutors are almost never punished for misconduct that can land innocent people in prison or let the guilty go free.

That could change in the coming days.

ABA House urges Congress to protect transgender service members in the military
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday voted for a resolution in support of transgender service members in the military, calling on the federal government "to recognize that service by persons who otherwise meet the standards for accession or retention, as applicable, in the United States Armed Forces should not be restricted, and transgender persons should not be discriminated against, based on gender identity."
Mueller reportedly refers investigation of former Skadden partner, 2 others to US attorney
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly referred an investigation of two lobbyists and a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
ABA opposes proposal to ban abortion counseling and referrals at clinics that receive federal funds

The ABA is opposing a proposed rule that would generally ban family planning clinics that receive federal funds from providing abortion counseling and referrals.

The ABA submitted its comments in…

Split over hair: Proponents of deregulation seek to untangle laws on hair braiding

Carefully layering one tiny strand of hair over another, Tameka Stigers has spent years honing her talent for African-inspired, natural hair braiding.

The style she currently specializes in, delicate little…

Impeachment articles against Rosenstein tabled 1 day after being filed
Updated: Eleven House Republicans filed articles of impeachment on Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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