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Weekly Briefs: Skirts-only dress code gets rehearing; ex-judge reprimanded for ‘sexual innuendo’

En banc 4th Circuit will rehear school dress-code case

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has granted an en banc rehearing to consider a challenge to…

Weekly Briefs: Lawyer censured over false time sheets; California law allows ‘stealthing’ suits

Lawyer censured for seeking no-show pay

Lawyer Laura Cail, of Rensselaer County, New York, has been censured for filing false time sheets to collect more than $12,000 for work that…

Top state court upholds trust provision requiring beneficiary to be unmarried

The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a trust provision that made distribution of an inheritance contingent on the beneficiary being unmarried.

Baker McKenzie is ‘architect and pillar’ of offshore system that hides wealth, Pandora Papers report says

Baker McKenzie fought proposals to strengthen financial oversight and tax laws in its lobbying for large banks and technology companies, according to Pandora Papers reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its media papers.

Prosecutors are working towards the release of the longest-serving inmates

Historically, most prosecutors haven’t felt responsible for examining cases closed by their predecessors to determine whether everyone’s punishments fit their crimes. The prosecutors in these offices, however, are pushing their field to adopt changes to address mass incarceration and sentencing disparities in the criminal justice system.

Bryan Garner touts the Michigan Bar Journal’s celebration of plain English

The Michigan Bar Journal has just reached a landmark of 37 years in sustaining its monthly column on plain language in the law. Over the years, the column has exploded all the various myths about plain language in the law.

Senate Democrats criticize SCOTUS ‘shadow docket’ in hearing; Republicans see attempt at justice intimidation

Is the U.S. Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” of emergency orders and summary decisions being misused in a way that undermines the court’s legitimacy? Or are Democrats who are criticizing the docket trying to intimidate the justices?

Federal courts won’t shut down Friday, even if government funding dries up

Federal courts should be able to continue operations for about two weeks if Congress fails to pass a bill to extend government funding by midnight Thursday, when funding expires for most federal agencies.

Law student Emily Dillan is an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Emily Dillan went to the University of Massachusetts School of Law hoping to help survivors of domestic violence in her community, but through a new opportunity with the ABA, she could soon extend her advocacy across the country.

Weekly Briefs: DOJ opposes Purdue Pharma bankruptcy deal; California bill bans ‘stealthing’

DOJ seeks to stop Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

The U.S. trustee for the Justice Department has filed a motion to halt a judge’s approval of a controversial bankruptcy plan for…

Dershowitz: Texas abortion bounty approach could be adopted in states that want to ban handgun ownership

Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, is suggesting a political response to the Texas abortion law that offers $10,000 to private citizens who sue those who help secure abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Join the Student Debt Week of Action

New attorneys, like other professionals across the country, are struggling under the weight of their student loan debt. They need our help to urge Congress and the Administration to provide much-needed relief.

New York extends eviction protections in wake of SCOTUS decision blocking federal ban

New York has become the first state to extend its eviction moratorium since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the federal ban on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic late last month.

Supreme Court blocks eviction moratorium, cites lack of CDC authority

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the latest federal ban on evictions, siding with real estate groups that argued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by imposing the moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

Pregnant workers’ rights to reasonable accommodations should be guaranteed by law, ABA House says

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a measure addressing the pressing need to protect pregnant workers at the ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting on Tuesday.

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