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Group slams NCBE for 'scattershot' approach to offering NextGen bar exam information

A statement from the Association of Academic Support Educators slammed the National Conference of Bar Examiners, saying its “scattershot approach to communicating essential information leaves law school academic support faculty without the clear, consistent and reliable guidance necessary to prepare graduates for the new bar exam” that 20 jurisdictions have committed to adopting.



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Need help? Alternative legal services providers are an option

As artificial intelligence continues to dominate the legal field, many law firms are finding relief through alternative legal services providers.



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SCOTUS upended gun laws nationwide; mass confusion has followed

On both sides of the gun-control debate, people say this term’s Rahimi ruling will do little to ease the confusion and disruption unleashed by the high court’s 2022 historical mandate in Bruen.



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Targeting white-collar crime, DOJ seeks more whistleblowers

Under a Biden administration program the Justice Department plans to unveil within weeks, authorities will offer whistleblowers who provide tips that lead to successful prosecutions a percentage of the resulting penalties and fees—an amount that could total millions of dollars.



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Democratic lawmakers seek criminal investigation of Justice Thomas

Two Democratic U.S. senators have announced that they are seeking a criminal investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over gifts of travel, a loan for a recreational vehicle and other benefits he received from wealthy benefactors.



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GOP jump-starts 2024 election challenges

The Republican National Committee has expanded legal challenges to voting and election procedures in key swing states since March, when presumptive nominee Donald Trump installed new party leaders with a mandate to pursue his unsubstantiated claims of widespread cheating.



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After Chevron: 8 policies that could be vulnerable to new legal challenges

Regulations that touch nearly every facet of American life could face new challenges after the Supreme Court’s move to overturn Chevron deference last week. Just days later, litigants around the country are already taking aim at some rules with new motions and filings.



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US marshal shoots teen near Justice Sotomayor's home after carjacking attempt

A deputy U.S. Marshal on a Supreme Court protective detail shot and wounded a Washington, D.C., teenager who tried to carjack him Friday near the home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor



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Sept. 11 defense lawyer, winner of ABA Journal's 2024 Ross Writing Contest, recognizes humanity of reviled clients

Updated: A former public defender who represents a detainee at Guantanamo Bay is the winner of the 2024 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction.



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Justice Amy Coney Barrett is charting her own path on the bench

The dissent was biting, accusing the Supreme Court’s conservative majority of “feeble” and “cherry-picked” arguments that inaccurately downplayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s role in protecting air quality. Of course, all three liberal justices signed on. But the writer was a conservative nominated by President Donald Trump: Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who charted a distinctive path during her breakout fourth term on the high court.



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Writing novels helps this employment lawyer avoid burnout

Brooke Tabshouri was a few years into her legal career when she experienced what she describes as “bad burnout.” She learned through therapy and mindfulness classes that she needed to do something creative when she wasn’t being a lawyer or caring for her two children.



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Conservative group sues Northwestern University law school for alleged hiring discrimination against white men

Spurred on by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2023 ban of race considerations in college admissions, a conservative group filed a lawsuit against the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law on July 2, charging that it discriminates against white men in hiring faculty and in choosing articles for its law review.



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Supreme Court's Trump immunity ruling poses risk for democracy, scholars say

In its immunity decision Monday, the Supreme Court emphasized the long-cherished ideal that no one in America is above the law, not even the president. The court’s dissenters and a chorus of critics said the majority had undercut that notion, elevating the president to a king who can easily avoid prosecution.



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Moons, Fire and Pigs: Emojis can be confusing in court

Sometimes an eggplant is just an eggplant, but in the emoji world, it’s usually not. But is sending someone an eggplant emoji or a winky face proof of sexual harassment? When does a gun emoji mean someone is threatening another person with death? Does a thumbs-up emoji mean acceptance of a contract? These are all questions presented in courtrooms across the country and the world.



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Why parents are being punished for the crimes of their children

Parental responsibility is being put to the test. The big question now remains: Where is the line, and how much parental nudging is too little?



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Giuliani disbarred in N.Y. over false statements about 2020 election

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and personal attorney to Donald Trump, was disbarred Tuesday in New York over his false statements about the 2020 election.



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10th Circuit lifts ban on Biden's student loan repayment plan

President Biden can move forward with implementing a key part of his new student loan repayment plan after a federal appeals court lifted a temporary ban on that aspect of the program.



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Trump's NY hush-money sentencing postponed due to immunity ruling

Donald Trump’s sentencing in his New York hush money case on Tuesday was pushed back to September, as his lawyers seek to persuade the trial judge that his conviction should be tossed out after a Supreme Court ruling that presidents have immunity for official acts.



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Asylum-seekers in Chicago receive pro bono legal aid from ABA staff

Lawyers from across Chicago have staffed legal clinics to help migrants fill out paperwork that potentially can transform their lives, and ABA attorneys are pitching in to help.



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Top elected justices are twice as likely to affirm death penalty in election years, 3-state study finds

Politics is apparently affecting the fate of people caught up in the criminal justice system, according to a study by the Death Penalty Information Center.



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States can't regulate social media platforms to achieve 'speech nirvana,' Supreme Court says

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday favored the First Amendment rights of social media companies to moderate content in a decision that sent two cases back to lower courts for more analysis.



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Supreme Court issues 'staggering' ruling on deadline to challenge agency actions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a statute-of-limitations ruling that that allows plaintiffs injured by agency actions to set the deadline clock ticking at the time that they suffer injuries.



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Former presidents have 'absolute immunity' for official acts, says SCOTUS in 6-3 decison

Former presidents are immune from prosecution for official actions taken while in the White House, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, but do not have immunity for unofficial acts. The 6-3 ruling along ideological lines likely means that Donald Trump’s federal trial could proceed in D.C., but only after additional delay.



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How to create a legal tech budget

As the legal landscape becomes more technological, law firms are struggling to devise a potentially robust legal tech budget. But this cost-value equation is a complicated one. Worried about having enough funds to devote to legal tech? It’s time to set a budget.



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