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2215 ABA Journal First Amendment articles.

Public approval for SCOTUS surges after latest blockbuster term, report says

The public’s approval of the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest it has been in more than a decade, according to a new poll from Gallup.  The results, released Wednesday, show that 58% of Americans say the Supreme Court handles its job responsibly.

Chemerinsky: How will SCOTUS handle future issues related to the COVID-19 crisis?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a great deal of litigation. A few cases already have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. What can be learned from them, and what does this tell us about the court’s likely handling of future cases arising from the pandemic?

Afternoon Briefs: District attorney hints of broader Trump probe; ex-ABA president is new dean

DA may be investigating Trump for possible bank fraud

A legal filing suggests that President Donald Trump and his company could be under investigation for possible bank and insurance fraud.…

High-profile killings of unarmed Black people spark calls for reform
Afternoon Briefs: Boston Marathon bomber wins death penalty appeal; what’s in the GOP coronavirus bill?

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

Littler associate is 1 of at least 2 lawyers arrested at Portland demonstrations
At least two lawyers are facing federal charges following demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, that began July 20 and continued into the early-morning hours of July 21.
Afternoon Briefs: Stealth layoffs are a bad idea, expert says; ACLU seeks sanction against feds

Stealth layoffs could affect law firm ‘vitality,’ expert says

Attributing layoffs to performance rather than economic issues—so-called stealth layoffs—could harm associate relationships with law firm partners and leaders, according to…

Supreme Court refuses to block restrictions on Nevada churches in 5-4 vote

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday night rejected an emergency request by a Nevada church to block a 50-person limit on attendance at worship services. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was among the five justices who declined to issue an injunction.

After lawyers charged for waving guns at protesters, Missouri attorney general plans to intervene
Husband and wife lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey were each charged with unlawful use of a weapon Monday for waving guns at protesters outside their St. Louis home last month. The Missouri governor and attorney general opposed the charges.
Oregon sues US agencies over protest arrests; what gave feds authority to intervene?
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum alleged in a lawsuit Friday that federal agencies dispatched to Portland, Oregon, demonstrations are violating protesters’ constitutional rights.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge won’t stop Mary Trump book; judge rejects Weinstein deal

Judge won’t block publication of Mary Trump’s book

Judge Hal Greenwald of New York ruled Monday night that a confidentiality agreement couldn’t be used to stop publication or promotion of…

Supreme Court will decide circuit split over Facebook’s use of text messages
The U.S. Supreme Court granted Facebook Inc.’s request Thursday to review a proposed class action that accuses the social media company of sending unwanted text messages.
SCOTUS will consider free speech damages in case of evangelizing college student
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to decide whether an evangelizing college student may receive nominal damages from a state college for an alleged free speech violation that happened under a policy that has since been discarded.
Supreme Court upholds exemption allowing employers to skip contraceptive coverage
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules that allow employers to nix contraceptive coverage for employees based on religious or conscience objections.
SCOTUS bars bias suits by teachers with faith duties at religious schools
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that courts cannot hear job bias claims by two Catholic schoolteachers who sued for alleged job discrimination.

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