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861 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

An ‘ominous development’ for race-conscious college admissions? Supreme Court accepts 2 challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear challenges to race-conscious admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Weekly Briefs: Trump business misrepresented assets, New York AG says; judge apologizes for weed scolding

Trump testimony sought in business probe

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion to compel the testimony of former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka…

Supreme Court will consider Christian group’s request to temporarily fly flag at Boston City Hall

The case of Shurtleff v. City of Boston, to be argued on Jan. 18, has become a bit of a big thing. It’s the latest test of religious expression to be heard by a U.S. Supreme Court that has been increasingly deferential in recent years to legal claims by religious conservatives.

As omicron COVID-19 cases surge, several courts pause jury trials

A California federal court said Wednesday it would suspend in-person jury trials following similar announcements by other state and federal courts amid the surge in omicron COVID-19 cases.

2 law firms announce separate mergers effective Jan. 1

Verrill Dana and Smith Gambrell Russell have announced separate mergers with smaller firms that are effective Jan. 1.

Some states seek to eliminate racial bias in jury selection with peremptory-challenge changes

Some states are changing the rules for peremptory challenges—and in one case, eliminating them altogether—in an effort to eliminate racial bias in jury selection.

2 law schools found to be out of compliance with ABA’s bar passage standard

The Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and the Western New England University School of Law in Massachusetts recently received notices that they are out of compliance with the ABA’s bar exam passage standard for law schools.

Suspended lawyer gets jail time for smuggling drugs into jail

A suspended Massachusetts lawyer has been sentenced to six months in prison after jurors found her guilty Friday for smuggling Suboxone into the Plymouth County Jail.

Inmate moons judge during video hearing after he was ordered held without bail

A Massachusetts inmate showed his displeasure by mooning the judge last week after she ordered him held without bail.

Justin MacLean, 37, may face additional charges for dropping his pants…

Following a 12% pay cut, UMass law professor challenges collective bargaining law for university staff

A University of Massachusetts School of Law professor is suing his union, his university and the state over a law that gives the union exclusive rights to represent him in salary negotiations and grievance procedures.

Lawyer accused of feeding answers to his client in Zoom deposition faces possible sanction

A Boston lawyer has been ordered to show cause why he shouldn’t face further sanctions for allegedly taking advantage of a Zoom deposition to secretly whisper answers to his client.

Supreme Court will hear case of Christian group that wanted to fly its flag at Boston City Hall

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide the case of a Christian group claiming that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused a request to fly a Christian flag temporarily at the Boston City Hall.

Lawyer avoids interim suspension after conviction stemming from impaired mother’s wandering

A justice on Massachusetts’ top court has declined to impose an interim suspension on a lawyer convicted of neglect in Rhode Island for failing to provide adequate care for his mother who has dementia.

Top Massachusetts court rules potential jurors can’t be removed based on sexual orientation

Lawyers can’t exclude potential jurors during voir dire based on sexual orientation, the top court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday.

Biden’s initial US attorney picks include historic firsts

President Joe Biden and his administration on Monday nominated eight lawyers to lead U.S. attorney’s offices, most of whom would be the first Black or female prosecutors to lead their districts.

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