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Afternoon Briefs: KKK courthouse mural still on display; George Floyd’s family sues

Group calls for removal of courthouse mural with KKK figures

The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is calling for removal of a courthouse mural that includes three Ku Klux…

We need to reckon with feminism’s contributions to mass incarceration, says law professor

As a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School, Aya Gruber has seen her Millennial students wrestle with a problem that she has long struggled with herself: How to fight both gender-based violence and overpolicing.

Chemerinsky: Blockbuster decisions in 6 areas of law made this a SCOTUS term to remember

The most important lesson from the Supreme Court’s just completed term is that it is truly the John Roberts court. It was a term of blockbuster decisions, almost all of which saw Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the majority.

US drops plan to revoke visas of foreign students taking all online classes after Harvard and MIT sue
The Trump administration has dropped plans to revoke visas of foreign college students who are taking all online courses this fall, a federal judge announced on Tuesday.
Philly courts have ‘culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension,’ report says
Philadelphia courts have a "culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension" that hampers opportunities for employees of color, according to a report leaked last week to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Afternoon Briefs: Deloitte unveils legal services unit; forensic botanist as crime solver

Deloitte launches legal business services in US

Deloitte announced Monday it is launching its Legal Business Services unit in the United States to help corporate legal departments streamline and automate…

Texas bar president’s comments about Black Lives Matter bring calls for resignation
Updated: State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal is apologizing for his online comments about Black Lives Matter that brought calls for his resignation and condemnation from other bar leaders.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Cohen sent back to jail; former state chief justice’s suit against actor can proceed

Trump’s former personal lawyer returns to jail after refusing home confinement terms

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, was returned to jail Thursday after refusing to sign a…

BigLaw firms and legal clinics join ACLU in initiative to stop racism in policing
Large law firms and legal clinics are partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana in its campaign "to dismantle racially discriminatory policing practices."
University of Idaho law prof alleges more mistreatment in an amended Title VII complaint
A year after suing the University of Idaho for civil rights violations, Shaakirrah Sanders, the law school’s first Black full professor, filed an amended complaint earlier this week with some new allegations.
Harvard, MIT sue to stop new rule prohibiting visas for international students taking online courses
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday brought a federal lawsuit challenging a COVID-19-related immigration rule, which prohibits visas for international students taking online courses.
In advancing dignity rights, the ABA has a unique potential to change the world

“While lawyers do indispensable work throughout the human rights community, as I hoped to do, it is something else again for the entire legal profession, as represented by the ABA, to advocate human rights. That was power.”

Afternoon Briefs: 9th Circuit blocks asylum restriction; report finds sanctioned judges remain in the job

9th Circuit blocks rule restricting asylum claims

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco has upheld a block on a Trump administration rule that denies asylum to…

Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor resigns over Nazi social media post; judge blocks asylum restriction

Prosecutor resigns over shared Facebook post

A Texas prosecutor resigned Monday after she shared a Facebook post that appeared to compare protesters with Nazis. Assistant District Attorney Kaylynn Williford of…

ABA is ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s new security law, saying it violates agreement with Hong Kong
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said Wednesday the ABA is “deeply concerned” by China’s new national security legislation, which is designed to curb anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

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