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Riot fallout leads 1 law firm to dump Trump businesses, others to suspend PAC contributions
Law firms are responding to the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol with pledges to pause or review contributions by their political action committees and, in one case, a decision to dump Trump businesses as clients.
‘White Fright’ author discusses historical lynch mobs and the attack on the Capitol

Historian Jane Dailey discusses her new book, White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History, and what America’s history with lynch mobs can teach us about the attack on the Capitol.

Lawyers must use caution when responding to negative online reviews, new ethics opinion says
Lawyers are frequent targets of criticism and sometimes that criticism takes place in the form of negative reviews online. As such, lawyers must be careful not to violate the duty of confidentiality when responding to negative online reviews. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility advises that the best response is often no response at all.
ABA plea doesn’t stop the execution of the only woman on federal death row
Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was executed early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stand in the way.
Arizona will implement Thomson Reuters’ digital evidence platform statewide
Arizona’s court system will begin utilizing Thomson Reuters’ cloud-based court exhibit and evidence sharing platform to assist with the handling of digital evidence across the state, it was announced Wednesday.
Supreme Court reinstates requirement for women seeking abortion drug to get it in person
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Trump administration requirement that women seeking an abortion drug must pick it up in person at a hospital, clinic or medical office.
Law firms should not rush lateral hiring, due diligence expert says
With the shift to virtual recruitment amid the COVID-19 crisis, the speed at which law firms vet and hire lateral partners has increased, according to Michael Ellenhorn, the founder and CEO of Decipher. But Ellenhorn, whose company helps legal industry clients evaluate potential hires, says law firms would be wise not to quicken the hiring process too much.
Afternoon Briefs: 3 federal executions delayed; BigLaw partner resigns after sex harassment claim

Courts delay 3 federal executions scheduled for this week

Federal courts have delayed three federal executions scheduled for this week. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District…

Law firms may be at ‘tipping point’ for change because of COVID-19 pandemic, new report says
Law firms learned lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic that could translate to permanent changes in the way that they manage their operations, deliver legal services and treat their employees, according to a report released Tuesday.
Wife of Justice Thomas takes down Facebook page after promoting Trump’s Jan. 6 rally
The Facebook page for Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was taken down after she promoted President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally, which happened before his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
While many jurisdictions had few or no online bar exam testing violations, California had many

Following the administration of the first online remotely proctored bar exam in October, California appears to have sent out significantly more notices of potential testing violations than other large jurisdictions.

Pro-Trump lawyer is tossed from defamation case for ‘mendacity’ and ‘surprising incompetence’
A pro-Trump lawyer who was in the news recently for a typo has been tossed from a defamation case in Delaware.
Stanford law prof remembered as leading legal ethics scholar and advocate for access to justice
Deborah L. Rhode, a leading legal ethics scholar and strong advocate for enhanced access to justice, died last week.
Could the 14th Amendment be used to disqualify Trump from office?
Impeachment isn’t the only recourse of Congress against President Donald Trump for statements leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to constitutional scholars.
Afternoon Briefs: State bar considers ousting Giuliani; pelt-wearing protester is judge’s son

State bar will consider Giuliani ouster

The New York State Bar Association is considering whether to expel lawyer Rudy Giuliani from its voluntary membership rolls under a bylaw that…

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