American Bar Association

Want a summary of newsworthy federal appellate decisions? ABA project offers email alerts


The ABA is offering summaries of noteworthy filings and decisions in the federal appeals courts in a project that relies on help from law professors and teams of law students.

The ABA’s Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements is sponsoring the project, according to a press release. The students and professors monitor the circuits, write the summaries and post them online.

Visitors to the Media Alerts website can find opinion summaries by clicking on a circuit. Click on the link for the New York City-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for example, and learn about the opinion reinstating a lawsuit accusing billionaire Steven Cohen of hiding assets in a divorce. Or click on a link for the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for information on a decision finding that inmates have a right under federal law to grow short beards for religious reasons.

The project also offers email alerts when new opinion summaries are posted. Subscribers can choose to receive alerts for all or certain circuits. The project began in 2009 with a pilot program covering three federal circuits.

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