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As some jurisdictions consider bar exam alternatives, ABA Legal Ed section again looks at bar pass standard

Language for a controversial law school standard, which states that at least 75% of a law school’s graduates pass a bar within a two-year period, is being examined by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar—in light of some jurisdictions considering alternative paths to law licensure.

Damages awards reach nearly 10-year high in employment cases, new report shows

A total of $1.17 billion in damages were awarded in 1,016 employment cases in 2021, representing the highest amount of damages in nearly a decade, according to a new report released in early August.

Reform-minded LA district attorney survives second recall attempt

The effort to force Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón into a recall election failed Monday.

Federal prosecutor reaches settlement over discrimination in US attorney’s office

A longtime federal prosecutor has reached a settlement in his lawsuit alleging retaliation for calling out racially discriminatory actions and language at the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California.

Weekly Briefs: Embryos can be tax dependents; top state court upholds mail voting

Georgia allows embryos to be claimed as dependents

Embryos with a “detectable human heartbeat” can be claimed as dependents on state income tax returns in Georgia. The Georgia Department of…

New UCLA School of Law project studies movement to undermine critical race theory teaching

An interactive database that tracks legislative, regulatory and administrative efforts aimed at blocking alleged critical race theory teaching was recently created at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Board of UC Hastings law school recommends name change in response to founder’s role in massacres

The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco would get a name change under a recommendation approved Wednesday by the school’s board of directors.

Using Texas’ abortion law playbook, California allows private suits over sales of banned weapons

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday that allows private parties to sue anyone who imports, makes, sells or distributes weapons banned for sale in California.

Weekly Briefs: Bannon convicted for contempt of Congress; suit targets Skittles ingredient

Steve Bannon convicted for contempt of Congress

Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before convicting Steve Bannon, a former adviser for former President Donald Trump, on two counts of…

Progressive prosecutors are encountering pushback

When Alvin Bragg Jr. ran for district attorney of New York County last year, he broadly promised to decline prosecuting some defendants arrested for low-level crimes, prioritize treatment for mental illness and drug abuse, and to end the use of cash bail.

After learning lawyer’s remark was a ‘serious covert insult,’ judge refers incident to state bar

A San Diego judge has reported a lawyer to the State Bar of California for possible disciplinary action after learning that the attorney’s “See You Next Tuesday” remark was a “serious covert insult” directed toward two female defense lawyers.

Buchalter’s product-liability chair used sexually harassing acronyms, lawsuit alleges

A staff member at Buchalter has filed a lawsuit against the law firm and the chair of its product-liability practice alleging that the partner made sexually inappropriate comments and used acronyms to convey sexually harassing messages.

Google ordered to pay nearly $1M for discovery violations, including David Boies’ $1,950 hourly fee

A federal magistrate judge in California has ordered Google to pay more than $971,000 in attorney fees and costs for discovery violations in a lawsuit accusing the search engine company of privacy violations.

Law firm partner’s ‘disgusting and dirty’ behavior at strip club constituted sex harassment, lawyer’s suit says

A lawsuit accuses the managing director of a Fresno, California, law firm of taking firm employees to a strip club, where he simulated oral sex, paid for alcohol with a corporate credit card and encouraged an associate to place dollar bills in strippers’ panties.

California governor signs bill allowing citizen plaintiffs to sue over gun violations that cause harm

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill authorizing lawsuits against gun makers and dealers for harm caused by business practices that violate state gun regulations.

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