438 ABA Journal Louisiana articles.

Are free speech and academic freedom under assault at colleges and universities?

Many see the case of Teresa Buchanan at Louisiana State University as emblematic of the precarious state of academic freedom for college and university professors. Others view the case as an example of the perils of applying a categorical rule to limit professorial speech.

House of Delegates urges end to mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims

After a year in which sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage, the ABA House of Delegates voted to urge legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of such claims.

Louisiana, Oregon should require unanimous juries for felony convictions, ABA House urges
Only two states, Louisiana and Oregon, permit felony convictions by a less than unanimous vote. At Monday’s meeting, the ABA House of Delegates voted to urge those states to end the practice, raising concerns about how well it serves justice.
Judge steps aside amid allegations of groping, using PD as example of appropriate looks
A New Orleans judge has taken a voluntary leave of absence after allegations surfaced that he groped a courthouse worker and made inappropriate comments when teaching drug court participants about proper appearance.
Louisiana man convicted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at fleeing home invader

A Louisiana man has been convicted of attempted manslaughter for shooting into the car of a fleeing home invader who allegedly held three people at rifle-point before being disarmed.


Was Brown v. Board of Education correctly decided? These judicial nominees won’t answer

For around 60 years, conservative and liberal judicial nominees praised the school desegregation decision Brown v. Board of Education as a groundbreaking statement of equality by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why Louisiana’s attorney general declined to prosecute police in fatal shooting of Alton Sterling

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday that he was declining to prosecute two Baton Rouge police officers in the July 2016 shooting death of a black man selling CDs…

Jury service had unexpected benefit for these 2 people

Kris Gerig and Sarah Abbott first met when they served on a New Orleans jury in August 2015 for a theft case.

They were back in court on March 14…

‘Blatant shortcomings’ in lawyers’ work merited habeas relief, Sotomayor says in cert denial dissent

Lawyers for a Louisiana death row inmate with a major neurocognitive order never presented that mitigation evidence to jurors and didn’t investigate the issue on post-conviction appeal, according to Justice…

Woman pleads guilty to using judicial ruse to steal $116K from state supreme court

A Louisiana woman received a suspended sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to stealing $116,000 from the state supreme court while working as a payroll supervisor.

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8 states file brief supporting the government’s attempt to deny abortions to immigrant minors

Eight states described as having “a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life” have weighed in on a lawsuit seeking to clear the way for immigrant minors…

Former inmate-turned-activist drawn into policymaking

HB 688 ultimately passed with large bipartisan majorities, making Louisiana the first state to “ban the box” for college admissions.

States featuring bipartisan support rally for criminal justice reform

Louisiana is part of a nationwide movement toward justice reinvestment—policies aimed at simultaneously reducing crime and reining in corrections spending, while still holding offenders accountable. Gelb calls those goals “our holy trinity.”

Web 100: Best law blogs

Our inaugural year of the Web 100 list honors 50 blogs (and adds five more to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.)

Where the poor face the death penalty without a lawyer

It has become an annual ritual in Louisiana: Nearly every winter, the state’s public defenders run out of money. Last year, 33 of the state’s 42 local indigent defense…

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