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ABA Survey of Civic Literacy shows people are in favor of protecting the right to vote

“The American Bar Association is constantly working to enhance the integrity and public perception of the electoral process in a nonpartisan fashion with policies promoting consistent and fair ballot-counting and a reduction in wait times to vote,” says ABA President Reginald Turner. “We all need to be confident that our votes matter. We all must work to preserve access to the ballot box for all who are eligible. We must keep the right to vote ‘the crown jewel of American liberties.’”

Scott Schoettes has ‘personal stake’ in work for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

In a landmark ruling in April, the Department of Defense was ordered to stop discriminating against people with HIV and permit them to deploy and commission as military officers. Scott Schoettes represented the two plaintiffs who brought the suit, a case with personal meaning for him as an attorney living with HIV.

Emergency SCOTUS filing follows ballot ruling that could affect Dr. Oz’s US Senate race

Updated: A judicial candidate in Pennsylvania is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue an emergency stay that will prevent the counting of mail-in ballots in undated envelopes in a 2021 Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, election.

Weekly Briefs: SCOTUS approval rating plummets; Trumps lose deposition appeal

SCOTUS approval rating drops 10 percentage points

Only 44% of the public approves of the way that the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, according to a Marquette University…

Federal judge orders US to keep in place Title 42 immigrant ousters tied to pandemic

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday ordered the Biden administration to keep in place a Trump administration order that required immigrants seeking asylum to be quickly turned back.

Weekly Briefs: McDonald’s, Wendy’s sued over burger ads; ICE is ‘a domestic surveillance agency,’ report says

Ads exaggerate size of McDonald’s, Wendy’s burgers, suit says

Food stylists for McDonald’s and Wendy’s undercook hamburger patties portrayed in advertising to make them appear 15% to 20% larger than…

Federal judge strikes down sign law requiring transgender bathroom warnings

A federal judge in Nashville, Tennessee, has struck down a state law requiring businesses to post warning signs if they allow transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

Judge cites challengers’ religious beliefs in blocking transgender health care requirements

A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked the federal government from requiring members of the Christian Employers Alliance to provide health coverage for gender transition services.

MyCase acquires immigration legal tech software Docketwise

MyCase, a practice management software company, announced Monday that it had acquired the immigration software Docketwise and integrated the platform into its cloud-based software.

Federal judge blocks school from disciplining teacher if she outs transgender students to their parents

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, has temporarily blocked a school district from disciplining a teacher who had religious objections to a policy that prevented her from outing transgender students to their parents.

Gorsuch dissents with liberals when SCOTUS bars immigrant’s challenge to alleged factual error

Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote the majority opinion on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied relief to an immigrant who says an immigration judge ordered him deported based on a factual error regarding his driver’s license application.

Top Texas court blocks probe of transgender teen’s parents over medical treatment but won’t go further

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday blocked child welfare officials from investigating lawsuit plaintiffs who provided medical treatments for their transgender child. But the court refused to go further to protect other parents in similar situations while the case continues.

Alito sidesteps question about collegiality during remote appearance at law school

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, author of the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, managed to evade a question about Supreme Court collegiality during a remote law school appearance Thursday.

State AG probes Texas Bar Foundation for allegedly aiding ‘mass influx of illegal aliens’

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has opened an investigation into the Texas Bar Foundation for “possibly aiding and abetting the mass influx of illegal aliens,” according to a May 6 press release.

Attorney who immigrated to the US now provides pro bono help to immigrants

Dahlia French has prioritized pro bono throughout her career. She helps immigrants who qualify for Temporary Protected Status and foreign nationals who need assistance with their taxes. She mentors other immigration attorneys through the American Immigration Lawyers Association. And in the past year, she became one of the most active volunteers on ABA Federal Free Legal Answers.

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