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Judicial portraits and Confederate monuments stir debate on bias in the justice system

Unvaccinated lawyer has to wear mask at client’s trial after top state court refuses to intervene

A criminal defense lawyer in Augusta, Maine, has to wear a mask in his client’s jury trial this week after the state’s top court refused to consider his claim that the face covering would prejudice jurors.

Afternoon Briefs: US lawyer sentenced in Hong Kong tussle; Air Force at fault in mass shooting

US lawyer in Hong Kong sentenced to prison

Samuel Bickett, a U.S. lawyer in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to four months and two weeks in jail for intervening

Los Angeles superior court fined over $25K for COVID-19 safety violations after courthouse worker deaths

The superior court of Los Angeles County has been fined more than $25,000 for COVID-19 workplace safety violations following the deaths of at least four courthouse workers.

Federal judge complains that New York’s federal detention facilities ‘are run by morons’

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York reluctantly sentenced a drug conspiracy defendant to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison last month, as she complained about the "inhuman" conditions that the woman had to endure at federal detention facilities in New York City.

Biden’s first judicial picks include DC Circuit nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, said to be SCOTUS contender

President Joe Biden announced 11 judicial nominees Tuesday, including three Black women nominated for federal appeals courts.

Short-handed New Jersey federal courts have 6 vacancies and a huge case backlog

New Jersey federal courts are “in the throes of a crisis” as judicial vacancies have gone unfilled, trials have been delayed and cases are piling up, according to the New York Times.

Afternoon Briefs: 5 Jones Day plaintiffs drop claims; no immunity for cop who shocked girl during seizure

Only 1 plaintiff remains in Jones Day pay-bias suit

Five of six former associates suing Jones Day for gender bias have dropped their claims. The move follows a decision…

A COVID-19 year in review: Courts, juries and technology

Happy anniversary. It’s been about one year now since the world was introduced to the coronavirus pandemic. What else can we say? This is as good a time as any to reflect on the changes to the world, especially to the world of law.

Does A&E’s ‘Court Cam’ accurately reflect American courtrooms?

I like to start the new year by cleaning out my life, more or less. It’s kind of a ritual for me. I take time to send out file destruction letters to clients whose cases were closed out more than five years ago and permanently delete client communications from my email inbox that are just as old (five years is the rule in Oklahoma). Generally, I try to give myself a bit of a fresh start.

6 tips from infectious disease experts for in-person court proceedings

As the pandemic began to rage across America last spring, U.S. District of Maryland Chief Judge James K. Bredar puzzled over how to mount in-person hearings. The judge quickly realized he needed the help of a public health expert. He turned to epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan M. Zenilman.

Former administrative law judge is censured for punching a lawyer outside a party

A former administrative law judge in New York has been censured for punching a legal aid lawyer outside a Manhattan party in October 2016.

Memo alleges sexism and harassment by Colorado judiciary; was contract intended to keep accuser silent?

The Colorado Supreme Court has planned an outside investigation after releasing an internal memo that highlights allegations of sex discrimination and harassment within the state judiciary.

Like Trump, Biden asks ABA to start judicial ratings process after nominations are made

The ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary will continue to review nominees to the federal courts, and the process will continue to take place after the nominations are made.

Thanks to chief justice, the Michigan Supreme Court pivoted to remote proceedings during COVID-19

Court is less intimidating on screen, Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack says. “When you are in the comfort of your own home, where you feel safe and secure, it’s easier to feel confident in letting the court know what’s on your mind.”

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