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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.

Divorce lawyers say technology changes may outlive the COVID-19 pandemic

Dealing with a fractured marriage is never pleasant, but doing it in the middle of a pandemic is several levels more stressful—both for the spouses and for family law attorneys who’ve had to scramble to meet an unprecedented challenge.

ABA and Clio team up to assist lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic
In a move designed to help attorneys confront the many difficulties posed by the ongoing public health crisis, the American Bar Association and legal technology company Clio have formed a new partnership that includes providing annual Clio customers with complimentary one-year memberships to the ABA.
Unaccompanied children are being deported without the hearings they are entitled to, ABA president says
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stop removing unaccompanied children without affording them their full rights under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.
What are your confidentiality obligations to prospective clients? New ABA ethics opinion weighs in
Lawyers owe duties of confidentiality not only to existing and former clients but also to prospective clients. These duties of confidentiality are covered in Model Rules 1.6 (existing), 1.9 (former) and 1.18 (prospective), respectively, of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
ABA president says ‘our hearts are aching,’ calls for action in wake of George Floyd’s death
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez released her second statement on the violence against George Floyd and others in the black community Friday, saying “the American Bar Association stands for justice and fairness, and our hearts are aching.”
Is lower number of law school applicants a COVID-19 glitch? LSAT schedule changes could be to blame
Applicants to ABA-accredited law schools are below the number reported at this time last year, but it’s unclear whether that will translate to lower enrollment because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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