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Sporting a new beard, Justice Alito defends abortion decision, remarks on ‘growing hostility to religion’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is getting some attention for a recent speech and a new look—a beard described as “a work in progress” at the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

Justice Thomas told GW Law he is ‘unavailable’ to teach constitutional law seminar after student outcry

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas won’t be teaching a constitutional law seminar at the George Washington University Law School after thousands of students asked the school to oust him.

After collaborating with bestselling author, judge discusses new solo book

After several collaborations with bestselling author James Patterson, Judge David Ellis of Illinois, a prolific novelist, decided to go it alone for his latest book, Look Closer.

Law firms aiding staffers to secure abortions in post-Dobbs world see possible risks and rewards

As America’s culture wars intensify, the post-Roe landscape is possibly an even hotter legal battlespace than any seen before. As some law firms moved to help employees with reproductive health aid, blowback was swift from politicians hostile to abortion rights, with some even threatening to disbar those firm’s lawyers.

South Carolina bill would ban internet information on abortions; tech companies may face competing laws

Technology companies could face a “disparate patchwork” of laws regulating abortion information in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade, according to the Washington Post.

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.

Kagan sees danger to democracy if Supreme Court ‘loses all connection’ with public sentiment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan warned Thursday that it would be dangerous if the Supreme Court loses touch with public sentiment or appears to be implementing political preferences.

Georgia can immediately enforce abortion law defining fetus as ‘natural person,’ 11th Circuit rules

A Georgia abortion law expanding the definition of a “natural person” to include a fetus or an embryo is not unconstitutionally vague, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Harvard Law grad loses suit claiming lack of bar exam accommodations nixed her BigLaw career

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by a New York lawyer who claims that she failed the bar exam on her first two tries because of disability bias by the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

Lawyer’s name is scrubbed from BigLaw website after he joins abortion-aid warning to Sidley Austin

A lawmaker who joined a Texas legislative caucus warning Sidley Austin about aiding illegal abortions is no longer listed as of counsel at another BigLaw firm.

Could abortion clinics be placed on federal land? Law prof who proposed it sees some risks

Some Democrats and academics are proposing that the Biden administration place abortion clinics on land under exclusive federal control within states with laws that ban the procedure.

Proposed Title IX changes could lead to uptick in suits by students accused of campus sexual misconduct

The Biden administration is proposing changes in regulations governing universities’ handling of sexual misconduct claims that could result in more lawsuits by accused students alleging a lack of due process.

Alabama’s redistricting plan violates the Voting Rights Act, ABA says in SCOTUS brief

In an amicus brief Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that the state of Alabama’s redistricting plan for its seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Little-known lawyer advised Trump on firing acting AG, lawyers in White House counsel’s office

A little-known lawyer advised former President Donald Trump on how he could overturn the 2020 presidential election results with the help of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kavanaugh has worst favorability rating of any SCOTUS justice, despite conciliatory opinions

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had the worst favorability rating among his colleagues in a March poll, but the numbers still “understate the vehemence of the opposition,” according to a story by Bloomberg Law.

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