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Legal community has a ‘special responsibility to fight injustice,’ ABA president says in final speech

“Let none of us say the job is too big or the problems of racism run too deep,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said in prerecorded remarks for the House of Delegates. “This is our torch to carry.”

Law schools should have flexibility in responding to ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ ABA House of Delegates says
Resolutions regarding distance-education programs, the adoption of emergency policies by law schools, teach-out plans and provisional program approval were approved this week by the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.
Afternoon Briefs: District attorney hints of broader Trump probe; ex-ABA president is new dean

DA may be investigating Trump for possible bank fraud

A legal filing suggests that President Donald Trump and his company could be under investigation for possible bank and insurance fraud.…

Lawsuit allowed against officer accused of holding woman down with his knees
A federal appeals court has allowed a lawsuit against a police officer accused of throwing a handcuffed woman facedown on the grass and crushing her back with his knees.
New Jersey federal judge: ‘Monster’ who killed my son had dossier on us; we need judicial privacy
Federal judges should not have to live in fear, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas of the District of New Jersey said in a video statement Monday.
ABA to consider recommending in-person bar exams be postponed during COVID-19 pandemic
A resolution urging state courts of last resort to cancel in-person bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop alternate plans to license candidates, will be considered by the ABA House of Delegates assembly.
Divided Supreme Court refuses to block border wall construction
In a 5-4 vote Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block President Donald Trump from spending military funds on the border wall as litigation continues.
ABA’s Practice Forward group will help lawyers navigate rapidly changing profession
Documentaries are shaping public opinion and influencing cases

“Legal documentaries reflect the best of what media can do,” says Dan Abrams, chief legal affairs anchor at ABC News. “They can expose injustices, highlight things that have been buried and force action from people in power.” On the flip side, Abrams cautions that some documentaries can blur the line between journalism and advocacy, giving them a veneer or presumption of legitimacy.

Activists are fighting new voter suppression tactics in court
Your vote is your voice

“As we approach the 2020 presidential election, many Americans are calling it the most consequential of their lifetime. But all elections are important, whether for school boards, local judges, town councils or the U.S. Senate,” writes ABA President Judy Perry Martinez.

Letters From Our Readers: Cover practice, not activism
Could this be America’s tipping point?

America is struggling to emerge from dark and uncertain times. COVID-19, record unemployment, civil unrest. As the turmoil unfolds, there has been a seismic shift in the national discourse, and 2020 may be one of those defining years of resurgence that bends the arc, ever so slightly, toward justice.

Support and sacrifice paved the way for teen mom to eventually become a lawyer

The label “teen mom” can carry such a negative connotation. No one would expect someone who came from a poor background and had a child before she even became an adult to beat the odds and accomplish her dream of becoming an attorney. By sharing my story, I want others to know that they are capable of so much more than what society may believe.

David Lat discusses conquering the coronavirus, pursuing dreams

Lawyer, journalist and publishing entrepreneur David Lat has spent nearly two decades covering the ins and outs of the legal world while working as a federal prosecutor and later through the popular legal news-and-views site he co-founded, Above the Law. Rarely, however, has Lat stood at the center of a news cycle. That changed with COVID-19.

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