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Weekly Briefs: Bias suit against Trump lawyer resolved; Montana no longer defies court order over birth certificates

Trump lawyer resolves rap-music bias suit

Alina Habba, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, has resolved a race- and gender-bias lawsuit largely based on the rap music that she…

Feds drop charges against judge accused of helping immigrant evade ICE custody

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a Newton, Massachusetts, judge accused of helping an immigrant evade a courthouse arrest by immigration officials.

Strip search by transgender guard violated inmate’s religious rights, 7th Circuit says

A federal appeals court ruled Friday for a Muslim inmate in Wisconsin who claimed that his religious rights were violated by strip searches conducted by a transgender prison guard.

Suit filed on behalf of migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard alleges these constitutional, legal violations

A class action lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of at least 50 asylum-seekers alleges that their flight from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts violated constitutional protections, federal statutes and tort law.

Roula Allouch is leading efforts to stop cyberbullying and discrimination

Roula Allouch thinks about young people in her community whenever her civil rights work starts to feel daunting. “Working with youth helps refocus and recenter me on the reason that we’re doing it all: to make things better for the generation coming after us,” says Allouch. “I don’t want the next generation of Arab-American kids and Muslim youth to be dealing with those same challenges.”

Weekly Briefs: ABA supports marriage equality law; Stanford offers new model for legal ed loans

ABA president calls on Senate to support Respect for Marriage Act

ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross is calling on members of the U.S. Senate to vote for the Respect for Marriage…

Montana defies judge’s order to allow transgender people to change birth certificates, at least for now

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is refusing, for now, to go along with a judge’s order to allow transgender people to change their birth certificates.

Supreme Court requires Yeshiva University to recognize LGBTQ student club as state court review continues

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block a trial judge’s order requiring Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ student club at its undergraduate campus while litigation continues.

Use of term ‘noncitizen’ is ‘unfortunate trend in caselaw,’ 9th Circuit judge says

A federal appeals judge used a concurrence to criticize his colleagues for using the word “noncitizen” instead of the statutory term “alien” in an immigration opinion last week.

Sotomayor stays order requiring Yeshiva University to allow LGBTQ student club

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday stayed an order that required Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ student club at its undergraduate campus.

Advocates are helping Afghans apply for asylum and other immigration relief with ABA assistance

Freshta Kohgadai fled with her family from Kabul, Afghanistan, to the United States in the late 1980s. When she discovered the ABA Scholarship for Legal Advocates—a new program that aims to increase the culturally and linguistically competent pro bono services available to Afghan arrivals—she knew she had to apply.

9th Circuit upholds ban on conversion therapy for minors in First Amendment challenge

Washington state’s ban on conversion therapy for minors does not violate the First or 14th Amendments, a federal appeals court ruled on Sept. 6.

Weekly Briefs: DOJ urges SCOTUS to turn down citizenship case; cop asks second justice to block vaccine mandate

Don’t accept citizenship case, DOJ tells SCOTUS

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief Monday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to deny review in a case on citizenship rights…

As Justice Alito steps out from the shadows, some see a more aggressive persona emerge

When Justice Samuel Alito was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, he was portrayed as cautious, respectful of precedent, quiet, methodical and reasonable. That has changed, now that the high court has a six-justice conservative bloc.

Law prof’s suit against law school alleges race and gender discrimination, family status bias

A federal lawsuit alleging race, gender and disability discrimination was filed Friday against the University of Michigan and its law school by a law professor who is Black and a single mother.

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