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3575 ABA Journal California articles.

Federal judge steps down from chief judgeship after comment about Black official
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney has stepped down from his post as chief judge for the Central District of California because of a controversial comment that he made about a Black court official.
Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

Afternoon Briefs: California law schools announce fall online classes; law protects monuments, state AG says

2 California law schools announce plans for fall online classes

Because of COVID-19 concerns, fall 2020 classes will be online at the University of California at Irvine School of Law…

Trump can’t transfer military funds to build border wall, 9th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court in a pair of rulings held Friday that the Trump administration’s diversion of military money to build a wall between the United States and Mexico was illegal.
Judges in 3 states testify in favor of continued use of remote proceedings post-COVID-19
A former California state and federal trial judge told Congress Thursday that COVID-19 has opened the judiciary to new technology, and he doesn’t expect that “we’re ever going back to where we were before.”
Afternoon Briefs: Judge won’t block book by Trump’s niece; ex-BigLaw lawyer wants harassment lawsuit tossed

Judge tosses bid to block Mary Trump’s book

A New York judge has ruled that he doesn’t have the authority to block publication of a book by Mary Trump, the…

Twitter dismissed from Rep. Devin Nunes’ defamation suit over parody accounts
A Virginia judge has dismissed Twitter from a $250 million defamation suit filed by Republican California congressman Devin Nunes that targeted parody accounts claiming to be written by Nunes’ mother and a cow.
Trial by Zoom: A strange but true story of how one lawyer prepared for court

“On June 12, I was in federal court cross-examining a witness about strawberry shortbread. Only, I wasn’t in the courthouse, and neither was the judge. The witness was my law partner, Michelle, and I wasn’t wearing pants,” writes lawyer David A. Lowe.

Prosecutor vows to file whistleblower complaint against public defender for bias blog posts
A California district attorney has vowed to file a whistleblower complaint against a public defender who criticized prosecutors’ role in perpetuating racial bias.
With latest acquisition, King & Spalding has added 19 Boies Schiller partners
King & Spalding has added four more partners from Boies Schiller Flexner after acquiring 15 partners from the law firm in April.
Lethal force laws reexamined after police killings; is reasonableness standard too easy?
Lawmakers in several states are considering revisions to police lethal force laws following the deaths of George Floyd and others during encounters with officers.
Afternoon Briefs: Officer charged in arrest death of Rayshard Brooks; mixed grades for pass-fail changes

Officer is charged in death of Rayshard Brooks

Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe has been charged with felony murder and other charges in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks…

California judges can respond to criticism of their rulings under amended rule
Judges in California can respond to criticism of their decisions during an election or recall campaign as a result of an amendment to the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump signs policing order; rogue worker tweets from court’s Twitter account

Trump signs executive order encouraging chokehold limits

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that encourages better policing practices. The order allocates discretionary grants to police departments that seek…

As some law grads prepare for an online bar exam, academic support experts offer advice

Most states planning remote bar exams because of the novel coronavirus pandemic have cut the dreaded multiple-choice multistate bar exam portion of the test. But that doesn’t mean that the test will be easier to pass, according to some academic support experts.

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