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Former law school dean, known for ensuring ‘people were treated equitably,’ dies after attending university event

JoAnne Epps, the acting president of Temple University and its former law school dean, died Wednesday after becoming ill at a campus memorial service. She was 72 years old.

25 federal district courts have always had white judges

Twenty-five out of 94 federal district courts have never had a judge of color, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis.

Federal appeals court tosses lawyer’s challenge to anti-bias ethics rule

A Pennsylvania lawyer does not have standing to challenge a state ethics rule banning discrimination and harassment in the practice of law, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Copyright Law and Generative AI: What a mess

“A lot of these [copyright] issues have existed for some time,” says a partner and chair of the software and IT practice at Knobbe Martens in its Seattle office. “It’s coming to the forefront of communications because of the availability [of generative AI].”

Weekly Briefs: Fired reporter drops Dechert suit; Hunter Biden’s lawyer resigns

Fired reporter drops suit against Dechert

A reporter who said he was fired from the Wall Street Journal because of information released in a “hack-and-smear operation” has dropped his lawsuit…

Black lawyer alleges he was wearing handcuffs as judge pressed him to settle or produce documents

A Black lawyer who is a former pro football player has sued a Pennsylvania judge for allegedly ordering the lawyer’s arrest and having him hauled into court in shackles, where the lawyer was presented with a stark choice.

Shrinking midsize law firm announces it is closing after nearly 90-year run

A Philadelphia-based law firm that had more than 300 attorneys at its peak is closing after its roster shrunk by more than two-thirds.

Postal worker who quit over Sunday hours gets new chance for religious-bias claim, thanks to Supreme Court

Workers seeking a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act may have an easier time in the courts as a result of a decision Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court OKs state’s corporate consent-to-jurisdiction law, but door is ajar for future challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Pennsylvania law that requires companies to consent to personal jurisdiction in state courts if they do business there.

Colorado bill limits ‘reunification treatment’ in child custody cases, requires training and expertise

Family courts in Colorado custody cases can’t cut off a child’s contact with a protective parent to whom they are bonded just to improve a relationship with a rejected parent accused of abuse or domestic violence, according to a bill signed into law last week.

Judge sanctions lawyer for ‘obnoxious’ and ‘appalling’ deposition conduct

A personal injury lawyer will be sanctioned for his deposition conduct after calling the opposing counsel “corporate shills” who “live in an alternate reality," a federal judge ruled from the bench last week.

After School Satan Club must be allowed to meet at school, federal judge says

A federal judge has ordered the Saucon Valley School District in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, to permit the After School Satan Club to meet in school facilities.

Alleged law firm scammer gets charges tossed on speedy-trial grounds

A Nigerian citizen accused of acting with others to scam law firms and lawyers out of more than $30 million has won dismissal of the U.S. charges against him.

Disbarred lawyer who tried to ‘explain away the discipline’ can’t be substitute teacher, appeals court says

A disbarred lawyer can’t become an emergency substitute teacher in Pennsylvania after education officials found that he doesn’t satisfy the requirement for good moral character, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled.

Former BigLaw attorney gets 1-year suspension for trading on information learned as conflicts counsel

A former Cozen O’Connor attorney has agreed to a one-year suspension of his law license in Pennsylvania for using information that he learned as a conflicts attorney to buy stock in advance of a merger.

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