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Miranda violation doesn’t give rise to civil claim for damages, SCOTUS rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that a certified nursing assistant who made an incriminating statement during an interrogation can’t sue the sheriff’s deputy who questioned him without a Miranda warning.

Top 20 law school joins handful of others offering undergraduate degree in law

Updated: The University of Southern California Gould School of Law plans to offer an undergraduate bachelor of science degree in legal studies, the school announced Tuesday.

Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer pleads guilty to allegations he stole from other clients

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2 law firms add dozens of lawyers through mergers with smaller firms

Two larger law firms have announced mergers with smaller firms that add dozens of lawyers and expand their footprints.

Weekly Briefs: Fish definition includes bees, court says; judge decries ‘fair-weather originalism’

Bees can sometimes be considered fish, court says

Bees can be protected under the California Endangered Species Act because they are invertebrates within the law’s definition of fish, the California…

Armed man accused of threatening Kavanaugh is arrested near justice’s home

Updated: A man with a gun and zip ties was arrested early Wednesday near the Maryland home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to court documents.

Progressive San Francisco DA is recalled; he notes big spending by ‘right-wing billionaires’

Voters in San Francisco recalled progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday.

Backlash follows lawyer’s recorded celebratory comments about how he won his case

A medical malpractice lawyer who bragged about obtaining a defense verdict, even though a man “was probably negligently killed,” didn’t know that his remarks to colleagues would be recorded.

New research examines attorneys’ sense of work value and health

Lawyers who perceive that they are most valued for their financial performance and productivity could be more likely to increase drug and alcohol use than those who feel valued for their professionalism and skills, according to a study released Friday.

Appeals judge accused of excessive delays agrees to retire

The presiding justice of California’s Third District Court of Appeal has agreed to retire and accept a public admonishment to resolve ethics allegations that he “engaged in a pattern of delay” in deciding cases.

Plaintiffs lawyer Tom Girardi, estranged husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star, is disbarred

The California Supreme Court has disbarred plaintiffs lawyer Tom Girardi, whose firm was portrayed in the movie Erin Brockovich as helping to obtain a $333 million pollution judgment.

Nonlawyer paraprofessionals couldn’t jointly own law firms under revised licensing proposal in this state

A revised proposal for licensing paraprofessionals in California eliminates a provision that would have allowed the nonlawyers to own law firms with lawyers.

‘We are done,’ federal judge says, declares mistrial after questioning defense claim

A federal judge in California appeared to lose patience last week with a federal public defender after questioning her claim about a shackled defendant.

Starting this fall, many Native American students won’t be charged tuition at University of California law schools

Following news that the University of California system will cover tuition and student services fees for in-state residents who are members of federally recognized tribes, the University of California at Berkeley School of Law announced that it will also cover professional degree supplemental tuition for qualifying students.

California law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional, judge rules

A California judge has struck down a law requiring public corporations headquartered in the state to include a minimum number of women on their boards of directors.

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