Legislation & Lobbying

3097 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

ABA House of Delegates urges legislation protecting marijuana lawyers and banks
The ABA House of Delegates adopted two resolutions Monday urging federal legislation to shield lawyers and banks from criminal liability for providing services to state-legalized marijuana businesses.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is convicted for trying to extort Nike; Alabama bill would mandate vasectomies

Stormy Daniels’ ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti is convicted

Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, was convicted Friday for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.…

New feature in Westlaw Edge predicts legislative outcomes
Thomson Reuters unveiled a new feature in Westlaw Edge on Wednesday that uses artificial intelligence to provide a variety of information about federal legislation, including predictions about a bill’s likelihood of passage.
Afternoon Briefs: Donor says law school not honoring wishes; Justice Thomas says judges aren’t ‘mass media icons’

Attorney disputes his University of Michigan Law School gift

Lance J. Johnson, a Minnesota lawyer who had donated $150,000 to the University of Michigan Law School and had planned to…

Measures for Justice brings about reform by traveling the country to record criminal justice data

Staffers of travel the country unearthing, cleaning and publishing county-level criminal justice data in what they hope will be each of America’s 3,141 boroughs, counties, independent cities, parishes and the District of Columbia.

States help trafficking survivors overcome criminal records

In recent years, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada introduced laws to help trafficking survivors clear their records and overcome obstacles to employment, housing and education. Other states, including Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey and New York, are moving forward with more proposed legislation.

State laws provide for civil actions and other creative remedies for trafficking survivors

States are implementing or updating their own laws to better protect and support survivors. While criminal protections may permit survivors to seal, vacate or expunge records or provide them with immunity, civil remedies can help them restore lost income and pay off significant debts.

The status of the First Step Act one year later

U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have assured advocates that additional reforms are on the way, but they have held off to first focus on oversight of FSA implementation.

See the video: Defendant shows his support for pot legalization in court, leading to new drug charge
A Tennessee defendant faces new charges after a courtroom appearance in which police said he pulled a joint out of his pocket and began smoking it.
Afternoon Briefs: Government agency says withholding Ukrainian aid broke law; dog banned from trial

GAO report concludes White House violated law by withholding Ukraine aid

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has concluded the White House broke the law when it withheld funds for security…

Federalist Society official Leonard Leo embarks on a new conservative venture
Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, is stepping aside from his daily duties at the organization to launch a consulting firm that will fund conservative causes.
14 success stories for ABA advocacy during the 116th Congress

The Governmental Affairs Office spent the last year working with ABA leadership, entities and grassroots advocates to advance the ABA’s position on policy issues affecting the rule of law and the legal profession. The hard work has paid off.

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-DA convicted for covering up cop’s crime; Ginsburg reacts to Trump tweet

Former Long Island DA is convicted of obstruction

Former Suffolk County, New York, District Attorney Thomas Spota was convicted of obstruction of justice Tuesday for conspiring to cover up…

Judge blocks 4 federal executions, rules DOJ protocol doesn’t follow law

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has halted the Department of Justice’s plans to resume executions after a 16-year hiatus. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday. She ruled on behalf of four federal death-row inmates.

Report urges Congress to give police incentives to track hate crimes

The FBI’s report on hate crimes, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights noted, still depends on the voluntary submission of data from local police agencies, a process that has regularly produced what almost everyone agrees is a vast undercount.

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