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We must not squander the future of legal services
Lawyer launches café that employs individuals with disabilities
ABA groups are working to promote and increase medical-legal partnerships
Meet the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award honorees

The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession presents the annual awards to lawyers who excel professionally; personify excellence at the national, state or local level; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the law.

The status of the First Step Act one year later

U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have assured advocates that additional reforms are on the way, but they have held off to first focus on oversight of FSA implementation.

ABA Notices
Asylum-seekers have a right to federal court review of expedited removal orders, ABA amicus brief says
The ABA filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of a Sri Lankan who faced political persecution and is challenging a policy that says asylum-seekers are not entitled to federal court review of expedited removal orders.
May federal judges be members of the ABA or the Federalist Society? Draft ethics opinion says yes and no
A draft ethics opinion advises that federal judges should not be members of the conservative Federalist Society and the liberal American Constitution Society because the affiliation raises questions about their impartiality.
Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’

LaToya Bell, an assistant public defender in Houston County in Georgia, a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, handles as many as 200 to 250 cases at any time involving misdemeanors and traffic offenses in state court. She has earned her own reputation for being hopeful for her clients—hopeful not only that justice is served, but that she can in some way improve their lives.

Justices should consider when wrongfully convicted can seek damages, ABA says
The ABA is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that “presents one of the increasing number of instances in which a prosecutor’s office has conditioned the release of an unlawfully convicted defendant on his agreement to a new plea—rather than vacating the prior conviction before bringing any new charges.”
California may offer more opportunities for JDs taught entirely online

If people are open to attending a non-ABA-accredited law school, they may soon have a lot more online choices in California—thanks to a recent rule change by the State Bar of California allowing state-accredited law schools to teach JD programs entirely over the internet.

Under teach-out plan, Thomas Jefferson law school has ABA accreditation for 3 more years
A teach-out plan for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, allowing limited accreditation until the end of the spring 2023 term, has been approved by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein threatened with jail for courtroom phone use; Supreme Court closes for weather

Judge threatens to jail Harvey Weinstein after he uses cellphone in court

On Tuesday, a Manhattan judge threatened to jail former film producer Harvey Weinstein for using his cellphone in…

Over 200 federal lawmakers urge SCOTUS to reconsider Roe; DOJ takes narrower stance
More than 200 members of Congress filed an amicus brief Thursday that encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider and possibly overrule Roe v. Wade when it decides a case on a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.
Make 2020 the year of civility

As we begin the year with a presidential impeachment and will end the year with an election that is likely to be as divisive and contentious, we must each strive to set an example of civility both in our practices and as citizen-lawyers.

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