Judiciary

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Survey finds sexual harassment still a problem in New York courts, and lawyers are worst offenders
A majority of female lawyers responding to a survey by a New York judicial committee reported inappropriate or demeaning conduct by other attorneys.
En banc 5th Circuit allows Medicaid defunding of Planned Parenthood
Medicaid patients don’t have a right to sue over a state’s decision to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans ruled Monday.
Judge who forced child into lockup, traded F-words with defendant, loses retention bid

A Cook County, Illinois, judge shown on video forcing a child into a holding cell is only the second judge in the county to lose a retention bid since 1990. Judge Jackie Portman-Brown fell short of the 60% “yes” vote needed to retain her seat.

Afternoon Briefs: Judiciary committee will get new top Dem; top Pennsylvania court rejects 5 election suits

Feinstein steps down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after criticism…

Judge’s threat to add lawyer to pro bono list could be seen as punitive, 6th Circuit says
A federal appeals court has concluded that a federal judge’s comments about a lawyer for a bias plaintiff were "within the bounds of what imperfect men and women, even after having been confirmed as federal judges, sometimes display."
Law Society of British Columbia launches ‘innovation sandbox’ to address access-to-justice gap

The law society’s initiative comes several months after the Utah Supreme Court launched its own regulatory sandbox amid a growing movement in North America to open up the legal marketplace to nonlawyer financial interests and practitioners.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump campaign eschews conspiracy-minded lawyer; New Jersey law protects judges’ privacy

Trump campaign distances from lawyer Sidney Powell

The Trump campaign has distanced itself from lawyer Sidney Powell after she made unsupported claims that voting machines had been rigged and Republican…

Federal judge criticizes DOJ’s fee agreement with BigLaw firm, says the amount is unreasonable
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has questioned the U.S. Department of Justice’s agreement to pay more than $212,000 in fees and expenses to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer to settle a case over the exclusion of New York residents from trusted traveler programs.
Afternoon Briefs: Peremptory challenge curbs allowed; more federal courts halt jury trials

Juror shortages lead to curbs on peremptory challenges

Judges in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, are allowed to ban or reduce peremptory challenges in civil cases to avoid running out of potential…

Resignation of judge who called juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ is ‘binding and irrevocable,’ judicial court says
The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has said a judge who referred to a juror as “Aunt Jemima” can’t change his mind about resigning.
Afternoon Briefs: COVID-19 cited in halt to execution; ‘not qualified’ Jones Day associate confirmed to bench

Judge delays execution after lawyers contract COVID-19

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss has delayed the federal execution of Lisa Montgomery because her lawyers contracted COVID-19 after visiting her in prison.…

Immigration lawyer who asserted a right to text in courtroom loses appeal of conviction
Updated: An immigration lawyer who refused to stop texting in the courtroom lost her appeal Wednesday before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia.
Afternoon Briefs: Bankruptcy judge OKs opioid deal; judge bans immigration arrests at some courts

Bankruptcy judge approves opioid deal

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in New York has approved a settlement between the government and Purdue Pharma, a maker of OxyContin, to resolve…

Justice Barrett’s husband says he will remain at his law firm
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s husband, Jesse Barrett, will remain at his South Bend, Indiana, law firm where he has practiced law for the last two years.
Biden names former Alito clerk as White House counsel
President-elect Joe Biden has named a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. as his White House counsel.

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