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ABA is ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s new security law, saying it violates agreement with Hong Kong
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said Wednesday the ABA is “deeply concerned” by China’s new national security legislation, which is designed to curb anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law; Roberts concurrence provides fifth vote
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law in a closely watched case on Monday. A concurrence by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. provided the fifth vote to strike down the Louisiana law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
2020 ABA Medal goes to William Neukom, founder of the World Justice Project
William Neukom, a former ABA president and founder of the World Justice Project, will be awarded this year's ABA Medal, the association announced Thursday.
Privatized services and onerous fees hurt public confidence in the justice system, ABA report says
About 10 million Americans owe more than $50 billion in debt related to their involvement in the criminal justice system, according to a report released Wednesday by the ABA Working Group on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System.
Majority of minority female lawyers consider leaving law; ABA study explains why
Seventy percent of female minority lawyers report leaving or considering leaving the legal profession, according to an ABA report on the challenges that they face.
ABA Journal’s redesign wins top national award from 2020 Azbees
The ABA Journal was awarded the top national prize for its magazine redesign from the American Society of Business Publication Editors on Friday.
Afternoon Briefs: Oklahoma top court won’t block Trump rally; cop union loses bid to destroy records

Oklahoma’s top court refuses to block Trump rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to block a campaign rally Friday for President Donald Trump that is scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa,…

ABA commemorates Juneteenth with program exploring racial inequities
The ABA is hosting a webinar Friday to commemorate Juneteenth, an annual holiday marking the day that people who were still enslaved in Galveston, Texas, walked away from bondage after they were told that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued two-and-a-half years earlier.
The new world of litigating workplace disputes with social media

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way we communicate, receive news and stay connected in our personal lives. But social media is a headache, once we consider legal and compliance best practices when such interactions in the workplace go awry.

Many would-be lawyers are allowed to practice law without exam in Washington state
Graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who are registered for the July or September bar exam in Washington state can skip the test and still practice law.
ABA commission gets behind movement to open homeless courts across the country

When asked about the importance of homeless courts, Jeff Yungman’s thoughts go to a sick man who was living in the woods and panhandling on the streets. He received several citations for blocking the sidewalk, which came with fines and fees he would never be able to pay. “Having people like him, we can see why the homeless court is needed and why he probably still would be in the woods if there hadn’t been some intervention for him,” Yungman says.

Supreme Court’s failure to determine ‘irreparable corruption’ in juvenile case risks ignoring precedent, ABA says in brief
In an amicus brief filed Friday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a judgment against a Mississippi man who is serving life in prison without parole because the sentencing court failed to determine whether the crime he committed as a juvenile reflected "transient immaturity" or "irreparable corruption."
Afternoon Briefs: Judge admonishes state AG for ignored voting order; court upholds law school’s $2.6M settlement

Judge admonishes Tennessee attorney general’s office for ignoring absentee voting order

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle chastised attorneys from the Tennessee attorney general’s office Thursday for not following the…

ABA president calls for continued access to SCOTUS oral arguments amid coronavirus crisis
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to continue to provide the public with live audio streams of its oral arguments in the October 2020 term.
Revised bar pass standard may be less absolute than some thought

When the ABA in May released public notice that 10 law schools were out of compliance with a recently tightened up bar pass standard, there was some surprise as to which school didn’t make the list.

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