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26027 ABA Journal States articles.

Nothing is off-limits for this California bar task force

The group, which laid the groundwork for what could become the largest modern reform to the state’s professional rules potentially set a road map for others around the country.

This Alaska lawyer blends life and law as a tribal court judge and an Orthodox Jew

How does a Jewish kid from Philly become a tribal court judge in Alaska? Just ask Judge David Avraham Voluck.

No Country for Rural Lawyers: Small-town attorneys still find it hard to thrive

Solving the rural attorney shortage won’t be easy, given that few law graduates appear willing to set up shop in rural America. The situation is only expected to worsen in the near future, given that many lawyers in less-populated counties are approaching retirement age and no younger attorneys have moved in to replace them.

In husband’s trial, judge allows evidence from slain wife’s Fitbit
A Connecticut judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can introduce evidence from a slain woman’s Fitbit that is inconsistent with her husband’s story about a masked intruder shooting her in the head.
Ex-lawyer charged with fraud after collecting money from inmate for fake bribe scheme
A former Wisconsin lawyer has been accused of securing $30,000 from an inmate’s parents based on false promises that much of the money would be used to bribe a federal prosecutor, federal judge and probation officer.
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.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge and civil rights lawyer dies at 93; lawyer reminds court of Super Bowl continuance promise

Nathaniel Jones, civil rights lawyer and appeals judge, dies at 93

Former civil rights lawyer and federal appeals judge Nathaniel Jones died Sunday at age 93. Jones was on the…

Lawyer who can’t find testators for over 500 wills can’t toss documents, ethics opinion says
A New York lawyer who possesses more than 500 wills, many of them obtained by acquiring others’ law practices, can’t dispose of the documents after a fruitless search for the testators—people who have made wills—according to an ethics opinion by the New York State Bar Association.
Lawyer accused of billing more than 24 hours per day is found in Nicaragua
Authorities have arrested a suspended Charleston, West Virginia, lawyer who went on the lam in 2016 after he was accused of billing the state for indigent defense work that he didn’t perform.
DC Bar considers relaxing its already-lenient rules to allow nonlawyer ownership of law firms
The District of Columbia Bar is considering changes to its ethics rules that could allow external ownership of law firms, as well as businesses in which lawyers and nonlawyers provide both legal and nonlegal services.
Judge calls ICE if he thinks defendants in his courtroom are in US illegally
A Cincinnati judge said he regularly calls U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when he suspects that defendants in his courtroom are in the country illegally.
Judge apologizes for ‘deplorable’ letters he wrote to college newspaper about gay people and AIDS
A municipal court judge in Maumee, Ohio, is apologizing for two anti-gay letters to the editor he wrote as a student at Ohio State University in the 1990s.
Afternoon Briefs: Teen blogger denied murder case evidence; Aerosmith drummer loses comeback case

Judge denies 16-year-old aspiring lawyer’s request for murder evidence

A 16-year-old aspiring lawyer and true crime blogger lost a bid Thursday to access evidence in the Texas murder case that…

Overturning 2016 precedent, Florida top court says jury unanimity not needed for death penalty
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 2016 decision and ruled that judges may impose the death penalty even when jurors do not unanimously recommend it.
Defendant challenges ‘classic dragnet search’ for Google cellphone data within robbery radius
A bank robbery defendant who was arrested based on Google location data is seeking to suppress the evidence under a challenge to the broad warrant that authorized the disclosure.

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