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Second Amendment protects right to carry a handgun outside the home, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down New York’s requirement that “proper cause” must be shown to obtain a concealed-carry gun license.

Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer pleads guilty to allegations he stole from other clients

Criminal Justice

Happy the elephant isn’t a person entitled to freedom from detention, top state court rules

New York’s top court ruled 5-2 Tuesday that an elephant named Happy at the Bronx Zoo in New York City can’t be freed from detention through a writ of habeas corpus.

Taking on unauthorized practice of law regulations to expand access to justice

A professor talks to the ABA Journal’s Victor Li about New York-based company Upsolve’s lawsuit regarding UPL rules and access-to-justice issues in general.

2 law firms add dozens of lawyers through mergers with smaller firms

Two larger law firms have announced mergers with smaller firms that add dozens of lawyers and expand their footprints.

Rudy Giuliani faces ethics charges in DC over failed election arguments

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, is facing ethics charges in Washington, D.C., as a result of his unsuccessful arguments in a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate as many as 1.5 million votes in Pennsylvania.

Court is closed for extermination after cockroach release during protesters’ arraignment

Exterminators were called to a courthouse in Albany, New York, on Tuesday after hundreds of cockroaches were released during an arraignment.

Law firm partners accused of ethics violations for ‘anti-competitive’ employment contracts

The name partners of the law firm Tully Rinckey have been accused of ethics violations for allegedly adding anti-competitive terms to attorney employment agreements and impeding clients’ ability to follow departing lawyers.

Former elections GC pleads guilty to charges stemming from wrestling job seekers

Updated: A former general counsel for the New York City Board of Elections has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for allegedly subjecting job seekers to a physical fitness assessment that included wrestling moves and measurement of body parts.

Supreme Court backlog is the largest in percentage terms since at least 1950

More than half of the cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket have yet to be decided.  As of Friday, the court had 33 opinions remaining, which amounts to 53% of its argued cases this term.

‘Are you serious, judge?’ Twice-asked question leads to lawyer’s public censure

Updated: A state appeals court in New York has imposed a public censure on a lawyer who responded to a question with a question during an oral argument before a federal appeals court in December 2019.

Weekly Briefs: SCOTUS approval rating plummets; Trumps lose deposition appeal

SCOTUS approval rating drops 10 percentage points

Only 44% of the public approves of the way that the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, according to a Marquette University…

Federal judge greenlights legal tech company’s use of nonlawyers for legal advice

A legal technology company’s use of nonlawyers in a program helping New Yorkers facing debt actions likely does not violate the state’s unauthorized practice of law rules because it is protected speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Weekly Briefs: McDonald’s, Wendy’s sued over burger ads; ICE is ‘a domestic surveillance agency,’ report says

Ads exaggerate size of McDonald’s, Wendy’s burgers, suit says

Food stylists for McDonald’s and Wendy’s undercook hamburger patties portrayed in advertising to make them appear 15% to 20% larger than…

Judges’ retreat apparently became superspreader event; karaoke said to be one of the activities

Twenty out of 70-plus New York City judges who attended a retreat in the Hamptons last week tested positive for COVID-19 in the days that followed.

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