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5 Arkansas justices file petition in their own court seeking to toss ethics charges against them

Five Arkansas Supreme Court justices are trying to block the state’s judicial discipline agency from sanctioning them over their quick decision to remove a judge from capital cases after he…

Conservative group suspends clerkship boot camp after questions about secrecy and loyalty pledges
Some law grads lucky enough to snag a federal clerkship were told they could get special training at a new boot camp run by the conservative Heritage Foundation, but they had to agree to a few conditions.
Former Foley & Lardner partner is suspended for falsifying documents

A former partner at Foley & Lardner has been suspended for two years for misleading the IRS with falsified documents.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended former trusts and estates partner…

Yale Law clinic helps writers group file First Amendment suit against Trump

A group of writers and media professionals called PEN America has filed a lawsuit stating that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment by threatening and directing retaliation against…

GOP senator questions 4th Circuit nominee’s experience in hearing held during Senate recess

Only a few members of the Senate Judiciary Committee attended the confirmation hearing for a 36-year-old federal appeals court nominee on Wednesday after Democrats boycotted the session.

One of the…

As some employers offer ‘pawternity leave,’ Susman Godfrey joins the pack

Susman Godfrey sees no reason to keep its lawyers on a short leash.

The law firm offers unlimited paid parental leave and unlimited vacation to associates. And the vacation…

Does a diverse bench really matter?
It has been said that justice is blind, and for the legal profession, that is the hope and the ideal that we believe in. Unfortunately, in reality “justice” has many factors that influence outcomes, and the lack of diversity on the bench can lead to unjust results.
ABA ethics opinion offers guidance on data breaches
Lawyers have to safeguard client data and notify clients of a data breach, and the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a formal opinion that reaffirms that duty.
Who is your legal icon?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ascended to pop culture prominence, as shown on the October cover of the ABA Journal. Ginsburg’s trailblazing career has drawn a wide range of admirers beyond those who hope for her Supreme Court intercession.

DNA from stamp is used to indict John Doe suspect for threatening judge

Prosecutors in Wisconsin have filed a felony charge against the DNA profile of an unidentified man believed to have sent a threatening letter to a judge.

The DNA was obtained…

Lawyers on opposite sides of #MeToo litigation face off in suit over crowdsourced accusation list
Two lawyers who have represented opposite sides in sexual misconduct lawsuits are facing each other in a new lawsuit related to the #MeToo movement, stemming from a crowdsourced list of men accused of sexual misconduct.
Trump says he will name former Kirkland partner as next White House counsel
Updated: President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will name commercial litigator Pat Cipollone as his next White House counsel when Don McGahn leaves the job.
DeVos’ attempt to curtail debt forgiveness to defrauded students meets judicial roadblocks

In rulings by two federal judges this week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encountered some roadblocks in her efforts to roll back relief for some defrauded student borrowers who seek…

Chief justice addresses ‘contentious events,’ says Supreme Court serves one nation, not one party
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. didn’t refer to Justice Brett Kavanaugh by name when he told an audience in Minneapolis on Tuesday that he wanted to address "contentious events in Washington in recent weeks." But Roberts did paraphrase Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal op-ed when he emphasized that the court differs from the political branches of government.
Could 80 percent of cases be resolved through online dispute resolution? (podcast)
Perhaps in five to seven years, as Colin Rule sees it, half of U.S. citizens who file court cases will have access to online dispute resolution software walking them step by step through their matters, resolving up to 80 percent of cases.

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