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State laws provide for civil actions and other creative remedies for trafficking survivors

States are implementing or updating their own laws to better protect and support survivors. While criminal protections may permit survivors to seal, vacate or expunge records or provide them with immunity, civil remedies can help them restore lost income and pay off significant debts.

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.

Afternoon Briefs: Law firm agrees to solicitation settlement; judge is accused of funds theft

Law firm to pay nearly $1M to drivers it solicited from crash reports

Utah-based law firm Craig Swapp & Associates will pay nearly $1 million to thousands of Washington drivers…

Last 3 states to ratify Equal Rights Amendment sue to add it to Constitution
The last three states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment have sued the U.S. archivist in a bid to force the addition of the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.
Dershowitz: Quid pro quo to win election isn’t impeachable when politician thinks it’s in the public interest
President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued Wednesday that a president can’t be impeached for a quid pro quo that is intended to help him win an election when he thinks winning is in the public interest.
Afternoon Briefs: Political climate motivates would-be lawyers; Avenatti trial begins

Is the ‘Trump Bump’ still a thing?

Politics continue to play a role in law school applicants’ decision-making processes, according to recent surveys from Kaplan Test Prep, but less so…

See the video: Defendant shows his support for pot legalization in court, leading to new drug charge
A Tennessee defendant faces new charges after a courtroom appearance in which police said he pulled a joint out of his pocket and began smoking it.
DOJ environmental chief tells courts he inadvertently let his law license lapse
A top Department of Justice lawyer is notifying courts that he inadvertently let his Washington, D.C., law license lapse around Oct. 1, a mistake he didn’t discover and correct until Dec. 9.
7th Circuit is aghast at ‘obduracy’ of Board of Immigration Appeals, which refused to implement its decision
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago didn’t mince words in a Jan. 23 opinion chastising the Board of Immigration Appeals for defying its remand order and concluding the appeals court had ruled incorrectly in the case.
Afternoon Briefs: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sues over Hillary Clinton gripe; court order doesn’t stop deportation

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for ‘Russian asset’ comment about unnamed candidate

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate, has filed a defamation suit against Hillary Clinton…

9 major climate change cases that could shape the fight to save the planet

Climate change, which has surfaced as a major issue in the 2020 presidential election, is a growing practice area in environmental litigation. Everyone involved (even the U.S. government, which has…

What’s all this I hear about lawyer lawsuits? Trump lawyer Sekulow may have misheard ‘FOIA lawsuits’
An impeachment defense lawyer for President Donald Trump appeared incensed at the suggestion that Democrats didn't want to delay impeachment by pursuing “lawyer lawsuits” to obtain information.
Some lawyers worry about proposed DOE rule that would remove restrictions on religious institutions

President Donald Trump announced this month that his administration would make it easier for public school students and teachers to pray on campus and would remove federal funding restrictions for religious groups that provide social services.

Afternoon Briefs: Bill would allow law school to ax segregationist’s name; Cipollone said to be material witness

Florida legislation puts naming rights in universities’ hands

Thanks to pending legislation, Florida State University College of Law may soon rename B.K. Roberts Hall, which recognizes a former state supreme…

Trump lawyer Dershowitz acknowledges many disagree with his take on ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus and a member of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, acknowledges in a New York Times interview that most constitutional scholars disagree with his interpretation of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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