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Seattle settles case involving ‘rights of nature,’ a theory gaining steam in other countries

Last month, the city of Seattle settled a “rights of nature” case pending in the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court of Appeals that was filed on behalf of salmon harmed by dams on the Skagit River.

Pregnant criminal defense lawyer on bed rest loses trial-delay bid in top state court

The Ohio Supreme Court on Sunday rejected a bid by a pregnant lawyer on bed rest to stay a trial scheduled to begin the next day.

Walking into open garage to steal leaf blower doesn’t constitute burglary, Ohio Supreme Court says

A man who walked into a homeowner’s open garage and stole his leaf blower didn’t commit burglary because he didn’t use “force, stealth or deception” to gain entrance, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Lawyer who sought client relationship with ‘daddy/daughter dynamic’ gets suspension

A Lancaster, Ohio, lawyer has been suspended after texting a client that he would like to share a “daddy/daughter dynamic” with her “in and out of the bedroom.”

Top state court withdraws December opinion, rules it can’t interfere with partisan gerrymanders

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Friday that challenges to partisan gerrymandering by the legislature—the process of drawing voting district lines based on political considerations—can’t be considered by the courts.

Attorneys nationwide prepare for Law Day celebrations

Kari Burns describes promoting the rule of law as “near and dear” to her heart. That’s why Burns gets involved in Law Day, which is annually May 1 to recognize the rule of law in our society and encourage a greater understanding of the legal profession.

Retired Florida judge died after eating tainted Jif peanut butter, suit claims

Updated: A retired Florida judge died in July 2022 after eating peanut butter that was contaminated with salmonella, according to allegations in a lawsuit seeking damages from the maker of Jif and the grocery store that sold it.

ABA partners with law schools to advance new approaches to policing and public safety

Kendall Anderson, a 3L at the Syracuse University College of Law, is a fellow in the third class of the Legal Education Police Practices Consortium. He plans to study cases in which police stops end in physical altercations. “I’ll try to get insight from officers as to the training they do that is preparing and equipping them to be able to handle those situations better.”

Lawyers flock to East Palestine after train derailment, hosting information sessions and signing up clients

Lawyers from across the country are visiting the town of East Palestine, Ohio, the site of the freight train derailment that released toxic chemicals into the community.

Fired staff attorney awarded over $1.1M for firing after she sought time off for Jewish holidays

A fired attorney and magistrate in Ohio has been awarded more than $1.1 million in her First Amendment lawsuit against a judge who fired her after she sought time off for the Jewish High Holidays.

6th Circuit bans enforcement of Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors against plaintiff states

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Joe Biden exceeded his statutory power when he required federal contractors to ensure that their employees are vaccinated for COVID-19, and that they wear face masks in areas of high transmission.

Text accusing exiting lawyer of sitting on her keister during maternity leave leads to second departure

An indignant lawyer blasted a colleague in a text for leaving her law firm following paid maternity leave. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association was flooded with angry calls, texts and emails from members expressing outrage and demanding action.

Damages cap is unconstitutional as applied to woman sexually abused as a child, top state court rules

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a state cap on noneconomic damages is unconstitutional as applied to a woman who sued her childhood friend’s father for sexually abusing her during sleepovers when she was 11 and 12 years old.

Suspension recommended for judge who called defendant ‘Quick Draw’ and police officer ‘Mr. Know It All’

A longtime Ohio judge should be suspended for misconduct that included coercing two defendants to plead no contest and jailing a man for 30 days for commenting that the judge was making himself look stupid, according to an ethics board.

Lawyer and co-defendant behind robocalls with false ballot information are ordered to register voters

An Ohio judge has ordered a lawyer and a co-defendant to register voters in Washington, D.C., for sending robocalls with false information about mail-in ballots to minority neighborhoods in Cleveland before the 2020 presidential election.

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