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Afternoon Briefs: Barrett’s net worth, Trump’s quick decision revealed; Satanic Temple sues

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Trump offered SCOTUS nomination to Barrett the same day he met with her

President Donald Trump offered the U.S. Supreme Court nomination to Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 21, the same day that he met with her about the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18. The revelation was part of her Senate questionnaire. The document also revealed that Barrett’s net worth is about $2.6 million. (The Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, the Senate questionnaire)

Satanic Temple sues over rejected billboards

The Satanic Temple has sued a billboard company that refused to run its designs promoting a “religious abortion ritual” that “confirms the right of bodily autonomy.” The temple maintains that those who perform the ritual are exempted from complying with abortion restrictions, such as mandatory waiting periods and compulsory counseling. The suit alleges religious discrimination and breach of contract. (Satanic Temple press release, the Associated Press)

Man gets one-year jail sentence for throwing large parties

A Maryland man was sentenced Friday to a year in jail for hosting two parties at his Hughesville home that violated the state ban on large gatherings. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was sentenced after he was convicted on two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order. (The New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Charles County state’s attorney press release)

Penn Law receives $50M gift for public interest lawyering

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School has received a $50 million gift to support tuition and programming for students working toward a goal of public service. The gift, from the Robert and Jane Toll Foundation, is the largest amount ever to be devoted entirely to the training and support of public interest lawyers, according to the school. It is also among the 10 largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school. (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School press release, the Legal Intelligencer)

Leadership positions announced for fellows of American Bar Foundation

Eileen A. Kato, a retired judge from the King County District Court in Washington, was recently named as chair of the fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Cynthia E. Nance, a professor and former dean at the University of Arkansas School of Law, will be chair-elect. Fellows are recommended by peers and elected by the American Bar Foundation’s board, according to a news release. Darrell G. Mottley, an attorney at Banner Witcoff, is the ABF fellows’ secretary; and Ellen M. Jakovic, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, is its immediate-past chair. (American Bar Foundation press release)

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