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1524 ABA Journal Personal Lives articles.

More law firms are likely to make some furloughs permanent, legal experts say
Katten Muchin Rosenman’s decision to lay off some furloughed staff members may be followed by more announcements of layoffs at other law firms, according to legal industry experts.
Federal judge steps down from chief judgeship after comment about Black official
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney has stepped down from his post as chief judge for the Central District of California because of a controversial comment that he made about a Black court official.
Chemerinsky: Gorsuch wrote his ‘most important opinion’ in SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ workers

There are many important implications to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stunning decision June 15. “It certainly is the most important opinion” written by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch since coming on to the court three years ago, writes law dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

5 years after landmark gay marriage ruling by SCOTUS, lawyer in the case says it’s ‘gone swimmingly well’

“For the most part, states and employers are doing the right thing,” says Mary Bonauto, who argued Obergefell v. Hodges before the U.S. Supreme Court. But she says there are still some attempts to “shrink marriage.”

Afternoon Briefs: Oklahoma top court won’t block Trump rally; cop union loses bid to destroy records

Oklahoma’s top court refuses to block Trump rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to block a campaign rally Friday for President Donald Trump that is scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa,…

Lawyer accused of spitting on protester, kneeing officer in groin is charged with hate crime, felony battery
A white Wisconsin lawyer accused of spitting on a black protester and kneeing a police officer in the groin is facing criminal charges in connection with the two incidents.
Lawyer accused of spitting on protester, shoving another and kneeing officer in groin
A Wisconsin lawyer was arrested twice over the weekend for allegedly spitting on a protester, shoving another and kneeing a police officer in the groin.
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…

Lawyer certified as emergency medical technician calls on his experience during COVID-19 crisis

“I am able to use my skills to help with the board, to help with meal organization, and to help with providing supplemental staffing at a time when more than ever an EMT is needed,” says lawyer Christopher Jennison, an ABA member, employment and labor counsel with the Federal Aviation Administration, and assembly clerk of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and America’s cruel justice equation

“Change must come, not just through outrage but by powerful, countervailing forces. Every state needs strong and enforced hate crime laws, prosecution of police officers who abuse their power, and top-down political resolve that this will not be tolerated,” writes the ABA Journal’s Liane Jackson.

Afternoon Briefs: Texas justice has COVID-19; 7th Circuit win for strip clubs seeking payroll loans

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann said Thursday she and her husband, Greg, have tested positive for COVID-19. The couple got tested…

Lawyer is thankful for second chances after suspension for erratic behavior, client neglect
Ohio lawyer William Matthew Tinch says he’s thankful for second chances after being indefinitely suspended Wednesday following “increasingly erratic” behavior and client neglect.
Why states are on the fence about a patient’s right to die

About 21% of Americans now live in a state that allows medical aid in dying. Although these states allow medical aid in dying, the state laws have specific restrictions about when and how a patient can take the prescription. Advocates are pushing to ease criteria, so that more patients have access and more providers can offer support.

Law grad, age 19, could become youngest lawyer in modern Alabama history
Seth Harding is working as a law clerk at the Beasley Allen Law Firm in its Montgomery, Alabama, office and studying for the state bar.
Meet 9 American women shortlisted for the Supreme Court before Sandra Day O’Connor
As early as the 1930s, presidents were considering putting the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, who were these other candidates on the short list, and why did it take until 1981 for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice?

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