Legislation & Lobbying

3154 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

Afternoon Briefs: ABA Journal Board of Editors selects next leader; associate hiring drops during pandemic

Meet the next chair of the ABA Journal Board of Editors

The ABA Journal Board of Editors has selected a new Chair, retired Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr., who will…

How Florida’s new anti-riot law could run afoul of the First Amendment
Legal experts see First Amendment problems with Florida’s new anti-riot bill, signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.
Democrats introduce bill to expand Supreme Court; opponents warn of ‘politicians in robes’

Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to expand the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices. According to Politico, the bill “is all but guaranteed to prompt attacks from Republicans.”

Afternoon Briefs: Judge’s husband heads to prison; Stephen Miller’s new legal group to sue over Biden policies

Husband of appeals judge goes to prison

Suspended lawyer Charles McCullough, the husband of a Pennsylvania appeals judge, reported to prison Tuesday after he was convicted of stealing…

In 325-page opinion, en banc 5th Circuit splits on preference for tribes in Native American adoptions
A case challenging a federal law giving Indian tribes preference in Native American adoptions could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal appeals court issued a fractured, 325-page en banc opinion Tuesday.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge admonished partly for remote hearing impatience; ABA files brief opposing rigid cash bail

Judge admonished for impatience, guilt remark

A California judge has been admonished for a “display of impatience and irritation” and a remark about an acquitted defendant’s guilt. Judge Patrick E.…

Georgia lawmakers pass bill to revamp citizens arrest law, once used to justify lynchings
The Georgia legislature on Wednesday banned most arrests by private citizens in a reworking of a citizens arrest law that was cited in the past to justify lynchings.
Police are often first responders to mental health crises, but tragedies are prompting change

Cases such as Quintonio LeGrier’s have prompted demands around the country to reform how police respond to people in mental health crises, a movement that advocates believe can help avert such deadly confrontations.

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Voluntarily intoxicated rape victims aren’t ‘mentally incapacitated,’ top state court rules
Victims who willingly consume alcohol or drugs before they are sexually assaulted aren’t “mentally incapacitated,” the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Georgia governor signs bill overhauling state’s elections
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed sweeping voting restrictions into law on Thursday, just months after a Democrat won the presidential election in the state for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Virginia becomes the first Southern state to eliminate the death penalty
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill ending the death penalty Wednesday, making Virginia the 23rd state to eliminate capital punishment and the first Southern state to do so.
Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm offers gifts on top of bonuses; second state adopts consumer privacy law

Associates at this BigLaw firm get pricey gifts

Associates at Davis Polk & Wardwell are getting a choice of gifts as a thanks for their hard work during the COVID-19…

ABA House urges Congress to pass judicial security bill
After last year’s deadly attack on a New Jersey federal judge’s home, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution Monday calling on Congress to push for greater protections for members of the judiciary.
7 key areas of legislative and policy successes by the ABA in the 116th Congress

Despite tumultuous and politically charged events during the 116th Congress, the ABA Governmental Affairs Office worked with ABA leadership, entities and grassroots advocates to successfully advance the ABA’s positions on policy issues.

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