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Runaway Sentences

Will mandatory arbitration be banned beyond in workplace sex assault and harassment complaints?

Forced arbitration has long been a controversial practice in the United States. At least one component of forced arbitration, however, has now ended.

ABA works to provide nonpartisan info and protect access to the ballot box

Dealing with Dobbs: ABA responds to the overruling of Roe with 6 resolutions

“We are setting policy on which the ABA can build to assure that ordinary acts of daily life are not criminalized,” former ABA president Laurel Bellows said. “This is criminalizing talking to your friend about her options. This is criminalizing and delaying very important medical response when a woman has suffered a miscarriage or is in a threat of harm or life because the people who would need to touch her at that moment don’t need to be worried about whether they, in fact, will be subjected to criminal charges.”

Weekly Briefs: ABA supports marriage equality law; Stanford offers new model for legal ed loans

ABA president calls on Senate to support Respect for Marriage Act

ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross is calling on members of the U.S. Senate to vote for the Respect for Marriage…

Sleeping in driver’s seat doesn’t support charge of driving while suspended, top state court rules

A woman who was asleep at the wheel of her parked, running car can’t be charged with driving while under a suspension, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Should would-be lawyers have to disclose full criminal records? New York asked to consider change

New York is considering scaling back a question that requires would-be lawyers to disclose their complete criminal records for a character and fitness review.

The New York Administrative Board of…

California bill sealing criminal records for many offenders awaits governor’s signature

A bill sent to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature would automatically seal conviction and arrest records of many felony offenders in the state if they avoid conviction for another felony for four years after their sentences end.

Federal judge temporarily blocks law banning ‘woke’ workplace training, compares Florida to ‘Stranger Things’

A federal judge has blocked provisions in a Florida law that forbid promoting concepts based on race, color, sex or national origin in workplace training and educational materials.

Supreme Court should uphold Indian Child Welfare Act, ABA says in amicus brief

The ABA has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act, writing in an amicus brief filed Thursday that Congress enacted the statute “under valid constitutional authority and on the basis of an extensive body of evidence and law.”

After deadly shootings, ABA House pushes for tighter gun controls

One resolution urges lawmakers to prevent gun purchases from moving forward by default after three business days even if the check is incomplete. The second calls for more to be done to prevent violent dating partners and stalkers from buying or owning firearms.

Disinformation and the safety of election officials must be addressed, ABA House says

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a measure combating election misinformation and disinformation and protecting the personal security of election administrators and voters at the ABA Annual Meeting on Monday.

2nd Circuit partly rules for jury-nullification advocate challenging limit on protests near courthouses

A jury-nullification protester wasn’t able to persuade a federal appeals court that a New York law banning some protests near courthouses is unconstitutional on its face.

Psychedelic Rx: Legal battles aim to expand patients’ access to psilocybin and other hallucinogens

While Indigenous communities have long integrated plant-based psychedelics such as peyote and ayahuasca into their spiritual practices, interest in using both natural and synthetic hallucinogenic substances to alleviate depression and anxiety as well as anorexia, substance use disorder and other mental health conditions has increased in recent decades.

Congress needs to enact legislation and provide funding to ensure the safety of our judges

A free, fair and unbiased judiciary is essential to the rule of law and a properly functioning democracy. But judges cannot do their jobs effectively if they are under attack or feel their families are being threatened.

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