Public Interest

2091 ABA Journal Public Interest articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Slower-paying law students wait-listed; ‘tiger mom’ law prof back in the news

Law school wait-lists students who finished late in deposit race

The University of Notre Dame’s law school is facing criticism for putting pressure on would-be law students to make their…

Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison
A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.
In 325-page opinion, en banc 5th Circuit splits on preference for tribes in Native American adoptions
A case challenging a federal law giving Indian tribes preference in Native American adoptions could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal appeals court issued a fractured, 325-page en banc opinion Tuesday.
New PBS documentary shows how one man’s legacy changed the trajectory of American race relations
Individuals and companies reach out to me regularly regarding their new law-related TV projects. Recently, I received an email regarding the new PBS documentary The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which first aired March 30. I was sent a link to a press preview that gave access to the production prior to its release.
Afternoon Briefs: DA wants to vacate 90 drug convictions; BigLaw firm targeted by law student climate group

90 convictions could be vacated after detective is charged

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in New York says his office has lost confidence in 27 felony and 63 misdemeanor convictions…

Evidence of jury racial bias in civil trial requires hearing, 6th Circuit says, citing ‘crackhead’ assumption
A federal trial court must hold a hearing to examine potential jury bias after one woman said jurors considered the Black plaintiff to be "a crackhead" and referred to his lawyers as the "Cosby Show," a federal appeals court has ruled.
Suit says disciplinary counsel was wrongly fired for pro-Trump tweets about Muslims
A former disciplinary counsel in Tennessee says he was fired for the content of political tweets, rather than his conduct in the job.
Breyer says expanding Supreme Court could erode trust, proponents should ‘think long and hard’
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday proponents of expanding or changing the structure of the U.S. Supreme Court should “think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.”
Increasing revenue while cutting down on billable hours? ‘AI for Lawyers’ says it’s possible
As the founders of a company that provides AI-powered contract analysis software, Kira Systems' Noah Waisberg and Alexander Hudek are used to facing skepticism, fear and doubt from attorneys. Will AI steal their jobs? Would using it violate ethics rules? How can it be good for a business model that relies on the billable hour to cut down on the amount of time that it takes to review a contract?
Afternoon Briefs: Judge admonished partly for remote hearing impatience; ABA files brief opposing rigid cash bail

Judge admonished for impatience, guilt remark

A California judge has been admonished for a “display of impatience and irritation” and a remark about an acquitted defendant’s guilt. Judge Patrick E.…

Woman is eligible for asylum because domestic abusers persecuted her for feminist opinions, 9th Circuit says
A woman who was persecuted by domestic abusers because of a feminist political opinion is eligible for asylum in the United States, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
What negotiating trauma looks like from both sides of the bench

Mallika Kaur, a lawyer and writer, recently spoke with Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, who draws on decades of practice from both sides of the bench. Their discussion about systemic discriminations is particularly timely in light of recent violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Supreme Court’s most pro-religion justices since WWII sit on the current court, new study says
The U.S. Supreme Court has supported religion in 81.3% of the religious cases under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a big jump from prior years.
Top state court recognizes same-sex adultery as grounds for divorce
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has overturned a 2003 decision that had defined adultery as voluntary intercourse between members of the opposite sex.
Afternoon Briefs: Final 4 justices named in SCOTUSblog brackets; law firms open Northern California offices

SCOTUSblog releases final 4 justices

SCOTUSblog readers have narrowed down the list of justices in the running for the greatest U.S. Supreme Court justice of all time. The March Madness-style…

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