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Texas judge admonished after he erupts in anger, curses at lawyer, concludes: ‘I may not be suitable for this’

A Houston judge has been admonished after losing his temper during a trial, cursing at one of the lawyers in his chambers, and then suggesting that he should fling himself out of the window when he apparently came to regret his behavior.

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.

Texas judge is reprimanded following the shackling of 2 lawyers in courtroom

A Houston family court judge has been publicly reprimanded for ordering two lawyers to be escorted to the jury box by a bailiff who shackled them to a chair while court proceedings continued.

Technical problems during remote trial violated parent’s due process rights, top state court says

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for a mother whose faulty cellphone service caused her to miss much of remote proceeding to terminate her parental rights.

Panel attorneys who represent children, indigent adults in New York courts flee low pay

Panel attorneys who represent children and indigent adults in New York family and criminal courts haven’t had a fee hike in almost two decades.

ACLU lawyers reviewed op-ed that led to Johnny Depp’s defamation claim, its GC testifies

Several lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union reviewed the Washington Post op-ed by actress Amber Heard that led to actor Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against her, according to testimony by the organization’s general counsel last week.

Temporary judge told litigants he knew ‘zero’ about matrimonial law, ethics complaint alleges

Updated: A New Jersey civil court judge on temporary assignment to the family division professed ignorance of the law and little knowledge of the cases before him, an ethics complaint alleges.

As states consider regulation targeting transgender youths, some minds have been changed

A lawyer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights says despite several legislative obstacles, many LGBTQ clients are finding support from churches, neighbors and schools.

Texas judge blocks investigations of parents of transgender kids throughout the state

A judge in Travis County, Texas, has blocked state officials from investigating parents for child abuse solely because they obtain gender-affirming medical treatments for their transgender children.

Top New Jersey court strikes down attorney-review requirement for palimony agreements

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law requiring palimony agreements to be in writing and “made with the independent advice of counsel for both parties.”

Parents of transgender teen win TRO that blocks Texas from investigating them

A judge in Travis County, Texas, has blocked the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from investigating parents of a transgender teenager who is getting medical treatments for gender dysphoria.

Supreme Court to consider law that gives preferences to tribes in Native American adoptions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the constitutionality of a federal law giving Indian tribes preference in Native American adoptions and foster-care arrangements.

Treatments for transgender youths are child abuse, Texas AG opinion says; governor pledges probes

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s child protective agency Tuesday to investigate parents who provide medical treatments to their transgender children.

Animal cruelty can qualify as domestic violence, state supreme court says

An animal cruelty conviction for beating and killing an intimate partner’s dog can qualify for a domestic violence designation under Washington law, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled.

Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes and guardianship scandals prompt new elder law recommendations

The ABA House of Delegates approved a pair of resolutions Monday that focus on the needs of older Americans.

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