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3587 ABA Journal California articles.

California keeps plans for online bar exam, but test date may be pushed back again
Following an earlier announcement that the California bar exam for July would be pushed back to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Supreme Court has announced that the test may be moved to October.
State chief justice urges courts to ‘provide equal justice for all’ and join ‘a battle for the nation’s soul’
The first black Connecticut Supreme Court chief justice sent a letter to employees of the state’s judicial system Tuesday, urging them to “double and even triple our efforts to provide equal justice for all those that we serve.”
Afternoon Briefs: AG Barr sees lack of confidence in justice system; will students reconsider law school?

AG Barr says ‘witches’ brew’ of extremist groups caused violence

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference Thursday that many African Americans lack confidence in the American…

California appeals judge is removed from bench for sexual harassment and unwanted touching
California’s Commission on Judicial Performance has ordered the removal of Justice Jeffrey Johnson from the California Courts of Appeal for misconduct that included unwanted touching and sexual harassment.
NCBE plans to offer some remote exams for new October testing date but not for UBE
The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced Monday that remote offerings will be available in October for the multistate bar exam, the multistate essay exam and the multistate performance test.
Court security officer is shot and killed; courthouses damaged throughout US
Two Federal Protective Service officers were shot outside the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, on Friday night. Only one survived, and he is in critical condition.
Supreme Court refuses to block California restrictions on religious services
A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday night to block restrictions on religious services in California.
Biden accuser’s expert testimony is reviewed after questions are raised about her degree claim
The woman who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault has been dropped by her law firm and is facing accusations that she misstated her educational qualifications when she testified as an expert witness for California prosecutors.
Studios that made ‘Criminal Minds’ are sued for alleged longtime sexual harassment on set
A California agency has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that the production companies that made the TV show Criminal Minds failed to prevent an alleged hostile work environment that persisted for 14 years.
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?
Judge admonished for comments about parents ruining their child, a ‘nothing case’ and ‘everlasting life’
A California judge has received a public admonishment for making inappropriate remarks about litigious parents and referencing religion during a family law proceeding.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge orders shelter for homeless people; state must release execution drug info

Judge orders LA to find shelter for homeless near freeways

On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered the county and city of Los Angeles to find shelter for…

Afternoon Briefs: Open-industry legal platform tested; panel considers future of California bar exam

Tech platform pioneered by 3 law firms will synchronize legal projects

Three law firms have pioneered a new open-industry platform called Lupl to collaborate with corporate clients on complex legal…

California bar gives approval to broad sandbox proposal
The State Bar of California’s board of trustees approved the most ambitious of three regulatory sandbox proposals to test new and innovative ways of delivering legal services it considered during its meeting Thursday.
Why exotic dancers and other gig workers are seeing employment law gains, COVID-19 losses

“The coronavirus is exposing the dangers of being a gig worker—you have no benefits, no health care, and no one to one to speak for you,” says lawyer Michael P. Maslanka, a labor and employment law expert in Texas. “I think this crisis is so severe that it will change the mindsets of the people, and when the mindsets of the people change, laws change.”

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