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Afternoon Briefs: 3 online law schools get state accreditation; cop immobilization maneuver can be fatal

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3 fully online law schools get California accreditation

On Friday, California accreditation was given to three online law schools—the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the Northwestern California University School of Law and the St. Francis Law School. Two other online schools, the California School of Law and the California Desert Trial Academy, are in the process of completing applications for state accreditation, and several schools with state accreditation have added flex programs that can be completed online, the State Bar of California told the ABA Journal in an email. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, ABA-accredited law schools have been allowed to have all classes online. Traditionally, they can only offer up to one-third of the credits online, although schools can seek variances for more. (State Bar of California email to the ABA Journal)

Police driving maneuver to end chases can be fatal

A police maneuver to stop fleeing vehicles can have deadly consequences. An officer using the precision immobilization technique, known as PIT, uses a cruiser to push the pursued vehicle sideways and send it into a spin. Since 2016, at least 30 people have died when the maneuver was used. (The Washington Post)

Legal aid lawyers ready to help as eviction protection ends

Legal aid lawyers are preparing to represent renters as a federal moratorium on evictions is ending. The law, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, paused evictions for renters who participate in federal housing assistance programs or live in a property with a federally backed mortgage. The four-month period and the required 30-day notice ended Monday. (The New York Times)

Kellyanne Conway and lawyer husband retreat from opposing roles

A conservative lawyer who publicly opposes the reelection of President Donald Trump has retreated from public life, along with his wife, counselor and adviser Kellyanne Conway. The lawyer, George T. Conway III, tweeted Aug. 23 that he is taking a “Twitter hiatus” and withdrawing from the Lincoln Project, which opposes Trump. Kellyanne Conway announced the same day that she is leaving the White House at the end of the month. In a statement, Kellyanne Conway said she and her husband were making the decision because they thought it was best for their children as they attend school remotely. “For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama,” she said. (The Washington Post, Slate)

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