ABA Journal articles.

Since the pandemic started, contract review software providers have raked in millions in funding
What law firms and legal organizations should consider before creating their own apps
Planners hope all-virtual Techshow 2021 will attract a wider audience
Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Lawyer recounts the life and legacy of the mysterious man behind Pilates
In 1963, John Howard Steel was a 28-year-old attorney with a challenging litigation practice, an unhappy marriage and a stiff neck. At the urging of his mother, Steel decided to try physical therapy at a gym owned by an elderly German immigrant named Joseph Pilates. It was a decision that would change Steel's life.
Supreme Court considers Trump’s plan to adjust census based on immigration status

In Trump v. New York, the central question is whether President Donald Trump has the authority to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the base population number of the 2020 census that’s used for the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives.

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."
Bail reform in this county didn’t have any impact on new criminal activity, new study says
Bail reform in the county that includes Chicago had no impact on new criminal activity or violent criminal activity of defendants who were released before trial, according to a new study.
DOJ makes no ‘overt moves’ to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud conspiracy
Even though U.S. Attorney General William Barr has loosened restrictions on investigating voter fraud, there has been no public announcement of any investigation, according to a story by the Washington Post.
Cravath announces two bonuses of up to $140K and Paul Weiss follows

A BigLaw firm known for setting the market rate for associate bonuses announced Monday that it will pay two bonuses this year. Cravath, Swaine & Moore will match last year’s scale for year-end bonuses.

Shop safely this Black Friday and Cyber Monday with our 2020 Gifts for Lawyers guide (gallery)
Regardless of what you’re celebrating this year, it’s plain that the holiday season is going to look a bit different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that the joy—and fun—of finding the right present for the lawyer, judge or other legal professional in your life has to take a backseat.

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