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Deborah Ferguson fights to protect ballot initiative process and other rights in Idaho

“I read a quote recently that said we should think hard about what we owe each other as citizens and human beings,” Deborah Ferguson says. “I believe that.”

Baker McKenzie announces year-end bonuses of up to $115K; it’s ‘nothing but crickets’ for 2022 special bonuses

Baker McKenzie is apparently the first law firm to kick off BigLaw’s bonus season. Baker McKenzie’s year-end bonuses range from $20,000 for the class of 2021 to $115,000 for the class of 2015 and over.

Lewis Roca mourns death of ‘passionate lawyer and advocate’ after she is found slain with family

Marla J. Hudgens, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, was found dead in her Phoenix home Wednesday, along with her husband and their three young children.

ABA Legal Ed council advances proposal to make law school admissions tests optional

Updated: The council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has advanced a proposal to make standardized admissions tests optional at accredited law schools.

State bar is running an unlawful ‘quota system’ for leadership positions, judge says

A New Jersey judge has concluded that the state bar association is violating anti-discrimination law by reserving 13 leadership positions for members of certain underrepresented groups.

ABA helps find permanent homes for Afghan evacuees stuck in Abu Dhabi, other parts of the world

“Since my childhood, I wanted to serve the society and people honestly, and I found lawyering to be a field that could connect me to my dreams,” Afghan refugee Qari Abeera Ziayi says. “So I chose the field of law, and for a long time, I served people a lot through law.” Ziayi left her country in October 2021, and through a foreign organization that assisted female lawyers facing danger in Afghanistan, she was brought to Emirates Humanitarian City.

Law school participation for online and in-person classes compared by gender in new report

Women who take most of their classes online are more likely to participate than those who have the bulk of their courses in person, according to a new report from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.

Lawyer with autism explores Netflix series ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’

I am almost always hesitant to watch stories about autism on TV. I find them extremely stressful because neurotypical creators and actors have a way of consistently “getting it wrong”: focusing on young boys; emphasizing traits in a way that feels like someone is checking them off from a list rather than fleshing out a whole human character; and almost consciously hitting upon every single stereotype.

This Justice Ginsburg tribute is the size of a postage stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will be releasing a stamp in 2023 featuring an oil painting of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

BigLaw taps into underserved high schools for next generation of diverse lawyers

The legal profession is predominantly white, and it has long struggled with diversity. But in recent years, large law firms have sharpened their focus on hiring and retaining more diverse lawyers. Part of the effort has been on expanding the so-called pipeline, so there is a deeper pool of diverse talent at the recruiting stage.

Weekly Briefs: Bulls proposal leads to prison time; conviction obtained in death of lawyer hero

Ex-prosecutor gets prison time for bulls proposal

Jeffrey Siegmeister, the former state attorney for Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit, was sentenced Tuesday to 40 months in federal prison, partly for…

Paying the ‘diversity tax’ to practice law

Two years ago, to preserve my mental health, I walked away from my dream of working as a legal aid attorney. I'm no longer practicing law but now work as a diversity and equity inclusion officer at the same organization at which I practiced, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Judge is removed after she is accused of presiding ‘in a manner befitting a game show host’

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended a Cleveland municipal judge after a hearing panel concluded that she “ruled her courtroom in a reckless and cavalier manner” and “conducted business in a manner befitting a game show host.”

During ABA Giving Day, members can support efforts advocating for democracy, equity and justice

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABA’s members, volunteers and donors have answered the call to help increase legal services and transform the justice system. The FJE hopes to build on that momentum with the 2022 ABA Giving Day.

Justice Jackson has dominated SCOTUS oral arguments, statistics show

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has outpaced her colleagues in questioning while participating in her first oral arguments on the high court.

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