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These law firms were named as top family- and female-friendly workplaces by Yale Law Women
Yale Law Women’s latest report on top law firms for gender and family friendliness is taking a new approach, with more categories and more opportunities to acknowledge law firms.
Washington bar’s board mishandled employee’s sexual harassment complaint, report finds

The Washington State Bar Association’s board of governors created a hostile work environment for staff by mishandling an employee’s sexual harassment allegations lodged against a board member, according to an outside investigator’s scathing report that recently became public.

Why states are on the fence about a patient’s right to die

About 21% of Americans now live in a state that allows medical aid in dying. Although these states allow medical aid in dying, the state laws have specific restrictions about when and how a patient can take the prescription. Advocates are pushing to ease criteria, so that more patients have access and more providers can offer support.

SCOTUS blocks release of Mueller grand jury materials to House committee
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the House Judiciary Committee from seeing grand jury materials referenced in the report by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims bias claims against Jones Day; was Roe plaintiff paid to switch sides?

Judge winnows claims in sex bias suit against Jones Day

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss has tossed some claims and allowed others in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by former…

Law grad, age 19, could become youngest lawyer in modern Alabama history
Seth Harding is working as a law clerk at the Beasley Allen Law Firm in its Montgomery, Alabama, office and studying for the state bar.
Privacy and accuracy concerns about remote temperature screening raised by ACLU
Devices designed to measure a person’s temperature from afar have been touted as a way to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the claims may be unrealistic, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Why this lawyer increased his fees during the COVID-19 pandemic

As 2020 began, lawyer Robert Theofanis was hitting his stride and thought it was time to increase his fees. He decided to hold off on increasing fees until after he updated his website with new marketing content. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Meet 9 American women shortlisted for the Supreme Court before Sandra Day O’Connor
As early as the 1930s, presidents were considering putting the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, who were these other candidates on the short list, and why did it take until 1981 for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice?
Silver Gavel Awards honor works on jailing pregnant women, judicial indiscretion
The six recipients of this year’s Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts shine a light into little explored corners of the legal system, from the obscure laws that criminalize pregnant women to the harmful role judges played during the opioid epidemic.
‘I forgot’ isn’t acceptable excuse for missing oral arguments, 2nd Circuit tells lawyer
A New York lawyer who failed to show up for oral arguments will have to pay his opponent’s attorney fees for the time that he wasted at the courthouse.
Missouri execution is first since coronavirus pandemic declared; ABA had urged delay

A Missouri inmate who was executed Tuesday evening had continued to maintain his innocence up until his final breaths. Walter Barton, 64, was executed by lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay application.

Afternoon Briefs: Oregon top court keeps stay-at-home orders intact; Michigan plans modified bar exam

Oregon top court halts lifting of stay-at-home orders

The Oregon Supreme Court stayed a judge’s injunction Monday evening granted to 10 churches challenging the state’s ban on religious services. The…

Contract lawyer described as ‘superb advocate’ is suspended for overbilling state public defender
An Iowa lawyer described as a “superb advocate” has been suspended for overbilling the state public defender for her legal services and car mileage.
Firm will focus on high-end IP and commercial litigation after departures cut revenue
Irell & Manella is changing focus after a string of departures cut gross revenue by 39% over a five-year period.

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