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New Arizona law will require state bar to pay attorney fees in lost legal discipline cases

A new law requires the State Bar of Arizona to pay legal fees of lawyers targeted for legal discipline who prevail in their ethics cases.

Top Rhode Island court upholds abortion-rights law; other legal fights expected if Roe is overturned

The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the state law guaranteeing a right to abortion before viability.

The court ruled the plaintiffs who challenged…

Is Alito right about the ‘unbroken tradition of prohibiting abortion’? Scholars disagree on the history

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft abortion opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade says the 1973 decision “either ignored or misstated” the history of abortion laws.

Bill toughening financial disclosure for federal judges heads to Biden’s desk

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would toughen financial disclosure requirements for federal judges and make the reports available in a searchable database available to the public.

As states consider regulation targeting transgender youths, some minds have been changed

A lawyer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights says despite several legislative obstacles, many LGBTQ clients are finding support from churches, neighbors and schools.

GOP targets state courts with campaign cash, laws that change judicial elections

Seeking a more favorable climate in fights over election maps, Republicans are planning to spend record amounts on state supreme court races and introducing legislation to make judicial elections more political.

GOP opposition blocks bill to name federal courthouse after Black judge, a ‘legal legend’

A measure to name a federal courthouse after the first Black judge on the Florida Supreme Court was recently blocked in the U.S. House of Representatives after one lawmaker found a news clip on a prayer ruling.

US House should support bill establishing independent immigration courts, ABA president says

ABA President Reginald Turner is calling on leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to support the creation of an Article I immigration court system that would be independent of the Department of Justice.

Lawyers could carry guns in court if Kentucky governor signs bill

Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill that allows lawyers to carry guns in court.

ABA policy summit yields recommendations for racial equity and social justice

“Since the 2020 presidential election, the Biden-Harris administration has offered policy correctives on a spectrum of civil rights and social justice issues. Still, we have more to accomplish,” writes ABA Journal columnist Engy Abdelkader.

Join ABA Day 2022: Celebrating 25 years of advocacy on the Hill

This year, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this event during the week of April 4. The ongoing pandemic has restricted our ability to meet face-to-face in Washington, but we have adjusted our advocacy strategy and techniques. As in 2020 and 2021, ABA Day 2022 will be held virtually.

Lawyers react to federal anti-lynching law named after Emmett Till

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Tuesday making lynching a federal hate crime—a move that drew praise from legal groups and lawyers.

SCOTUS will consider whether California pork law may violate dormant commerce clause

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether pork producers can sue over a California law said to have the effect of regulating pig enclosures nationwide.

Supreme Court rules for inmate who wants hands-on, out-loud prayer at his execution

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Thursday for a Texas death row inmate who wanted his longtime Baptist pastor to lay hands on him and pray out loud during his execution.

Ex-law clerk accuses federal judge of pregnancy bias in House testimony; judiciary group backs changes

A former law clerk for a federal judge in Georgia told a U.S. House of Representatives panel Thursday that she thinks that she was fired because of her pregnancy. The former clerk said in written testimony her pregnancy was “treated as a burden.”

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