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448 ABA Journal North Carolina articles.

Test-takers express safety concerns, fears from in-person bar exam—including lack of masks, unclean bathrooms

Following an in-person July bar exam, some test-takers claim that public health measures were not handled properly during the administration of the test amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, one bar candidate found out that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus shortly after the exam ended.

Fans of baseball will be missed this upcoming season—but not their legal headaches

The national pastime, played in empty stadiums, at long last gets underway on Thursday. The cheer of the crowd will be sorely missed. But the absence of fans will also spare Major League Baseball teams from legal headaches that can arise when the seats are filled.

Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

Afternoon Briefs: New charges filed in George Floyd case; state chief justice decries court system bias

Officer faces increased charge in George Floyd case; others also charged

Prosecutors have added an upgraded charge against the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd by pressing…

Two states introduce COVID-19 waivers for July bar exams
Court security officer is shot and killed; courthouses damaged throughout US
Two Federal Protective Service officers were shot outside the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, on Friday night. Only one survived, and he is in critical condition.
Proposal would require New Jersey lawyers to reveal client information showing wrongful conviction
An ethics proposal in New Jersey would create an exception to the duty of client confidentiality when a lawyer has information that an innocent person has been wrongly incarcerated.
COVID-19 checkpoints at state and local borders bring lawsuit, ACLU warning

Some states and local communities are instituting checkpoints at their borders, either to warn drivers that they must quarantine or to keep out nonresidents. The checkpoints are raising constitutional questions.

Lawyers can post ‘restrained’ responses to negative online reviews, proposed ethics opinion says
Lawyers may post “a proportional and restrained” response to negative online reviews by former clients, but they can’t reveal the client’s confidential information, according to a proposed North Carolina ethics opinion.
ABA House adopts resolution shifting delegate seats in California and North Carolina
The ABA House of Delegates approved a resolution Monday awarding the voluntary state bars in California and North Carolina delegate seats relinquished by the mandatory state bars in those states.
California and North Carolina representation in ABA House of Delegates is being reviewed
In the aftermath of California’s and North Carolina’s mandatory state bars relinquishing their seats in the ABA’s House of Delegates, the House has formed a working group to study issues surrounding state bar participation in the policymaking body.
Defendant can be required to write essay on respect for judiciary and to delete negative comments, appeals court says
A judge didn’t err when he ordered a frequent Facebook poster who violated a ban on courtroom recording to write an essay on respect for the judiciary and to delete negative posts, according to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Do you have room at your table? SOLACE calls for lawyers to host those spending Thanksgiving alone

Judge Jay Zainey recently sent an email to about 20,000 members of the SOLACE program in Louisiana, asking whether they had room at their table for fellow members of the legal community who might be alone on Thanksgiving. By the time Zainey went to bed, he already had several responses.

Lawyer pleads guilty to tax charge for allegedly paying personal expenses through law firm account
A lawyer in Cornelius, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of filing a false tax return based on allegations that he used his law firm account to pay personal expenses that included a condo mortgage and luxury cars.
North Carolina congressional map drawn to benefit GOP can’t be used in 2020, state panel rules
On Monday, a panel of three state judges in North Carolina blocked the state from using its current congressional map in 2020 elections.

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