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Federal judge must reevaluate high school’s ban on T-shirts with gun images, 7th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has ruled that a judge applied the wrong legal standard when he tossed a student’s challenge to his high school’s ban on T-shirts with gun images.



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Part of lawsuit alleging gender discrimination at University of Texas at Austin gets past summary judgment

A federal judge recently ruled that an Equal Pay Act claim filed against the University of Texas at Austin by a female law professor is allowed to go forward.



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Lawyer reprimanded after he used profanities while declaring himself best advocate in courtroom

Updated: A Virginia lawyer has been publicly reprimanded after allegedly using profanities in an email to a probation officer who miscalculated sentencing guidelines for one of his clients.



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Woman who jumped into canal to save dog can't sue under rescue doctrine, top state court rules

A woman who suffered neurological and cognitive injuries after jumping into a canal to save a dog can’t recover damages from its owners under the rescue doctrine, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision.



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Happy the elephant isn’t a person entitled to freedom from detention, top state court rules

New York’s top court ruled 5-2 Tuesday that an elephant named Happy at the Bronx Zoo in New York City can’t be freed from detention through a writ of habeas corpus.



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SCOTUS rules for US citizen who says return of her child to Italy poses grave risk of harm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that U.S. courts can refuse to return children to their home countries in situations posing a grave risk of harm without considering all measures that could reduce the risk.



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Charter school dress code requiring skirts for girls violates equal protection clause, 4th Circuit rules

An en banc federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a public charter school in North Carolina violated the equal protection clause when it required girls to wear skirts.



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Texas federal judge proclaims that he doesn't read 5th Circuit opinions before second reversal

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has reversed a federal judge’s refusal to suppress gun evidence a second time after he declared that he doesn’t read 5th Circuit opinions and stuck to his initial decision.



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Uniting for Ukraine draws criticism and praise from resettlement groups

Although some resettlement groups have welcomed President Joe Biden’s streamlined humanitarian parole program for Ukrainians fleeing the war, the initiative also has sparked frustration and claims that other at-risk people are not being offered the same protections.



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Judge's error of law is 'mistake' under rule allowing reopened judgments, Supreme Court rules

A judge’s error of law is a “mistake” within the meaning of the federal rule that allows judgments to be reopened, subject to a one-year statute of limitations, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.



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Sotomayor argues Texas court defied SCOTUS ruling in ineffective counsel case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of a death row inmate who successfully argued two years ago that he received ineffective assistance of counsel.



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Supreme Court rules against immigrants seeking bond hearings and injunctive relief

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against immigrants seeking bond hearings and injunctive relief through class actions. Both decision were based on statutory text.



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In what may be a first, study publishes empirical data about Black law students’ race and ethnicity

People with two U.S. born, non-Hispanic Black parents comprise 11.71% of the general population, but only 6.34% of law students, according to a law review article recently published in the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.



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Rudy Giuliani faces ethics charges in DC over failed election arguments

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, is facing ethics charges in Washington, D.C., as a result of his unsuccessful arguments in a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate as many as 1.5 million votes in Pennsylvania.



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Lawyer population is up 6.6% in 10 years; percentage of Black lawyers remains the same, new ABA survey says

The total number of active lawyers in the United States has increased 6.6% since 2012, according to the 2022 National Lawyer Population Survey released by the ABA on Friday.



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GEICO can’t relitigate $5.2M award for car-sex STD after refusing to defend car owner, appeals court rules

GEICO had no right to relitigate a $5.2 million arbitration award to a woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease in a car insured by the company, a Missouri appeals court has ruled.



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Private companies in Oregon jails must follow state anti-bias law, top state court rules

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that private contractors providing services in the state’s prisons are subject to the state law barring discrimination against those with disabilities.



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LawPay’s parent company acquires practice management software platform MyCase

Professional services payments company AffiniPay announced Thursday that it had acquired MyCase, a legal practice management software company.



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Supreme Court protects Border Patrol agents from constitutional claims; dissent hits 'drive-by' immunity

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against the owner of the “aptly named” Smuggler’s Inn in his quest to sue a Border Patrol agent for allegedly roughing him up and then retaliating against him for reporting the incident.



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Former Georgetown Law scholar who tweeted about 'lesser Black woman' announces new job

A legal scholar who was set to lead the Georgetown University Law Center’s Georgetown Center for the Constitution announced Tuesday that he’s joining the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.



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Law dean known for encouraging creative thinking around diversity in legal ed dies at conference

Browne C. Lewis, the dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, was found dead in her hotel room Thursday while in Colorado attending the Law School Admission Council’s annual conference.



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After repeat failures to meet bar pass standard, ABA gives Cooley Law School extension

Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School continues to not meet the 75% bar passage rate required under Standard 316, and the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently gave the school an extension to come into compliance.



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Kagan joins majority as Supreme Court allows state to recoup Medicaid costs from injury settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state’s Medicaid program can seek reimbursement from lawsuit settlement payments allocated for the future care of accident victims.



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New research examines attorneys' sense of work value and health

Lawyers who perceive that they are most valued for their financial performance and productivity could be more likely to increase drug and alcohol use than those who feel valued for their professionalism and skills, according to a study released Friday.



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