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Afternoon Briefs: Sheriff bans masks for deputies; judicial panel won’t centralize COVID-19 insurance suits

Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies, office visitors

Marion County, Florida, Sheriff Billy Woods has banned face masks for his deputies and visitors to his offices. Woods made some exceptions…

In lieu of an in-person UBE, some jurisdictions with online bar have reciprocity agreements

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the October online bar exam planned by the NCBE has been described as an “emergency remote testing option.” Additionally, it will not offer a portable score because it’s shorter than the Uniform Bar Exam. But that hasn’t stopped some jurisdictions from making their own reciprocity agreements with each other.

Top tips to successfully finish the first year of law school in a pandemic
As guinea pigs of Zoom law school classes, we learned—the hard way—what it’s like to be first-year law students in a world battling COVID-19. As 1L section mates, we supported each other through an unprecedented finale to our first spring semester at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.
Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19; Wells Fargo faces new class action

Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19

A prosecutor in Pennsylvania who filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19 has…

Macy’s uses facial recognition software to identify customers on security cameras, lawsuit claims
A would-be class action lawsuit alleges that the Macy’s department store chain violates Illinois law when it identifies customers recorded on its surveillance cameras by using facial recognition software.
Judge refuses to wear face mask and has ordered lawyers to remove theirs, public defender group says
A Philadelphia family court judge has refused to wear a face mask during in-person court hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has sometimes ordered lawyers to remove their face masks, according to a letter by a public defender group.
Lawyer who called female judge’s opinion ‘succubustic’ sues over potential ethics charges
A California lawyer contends that he was advocating within permissible bounds when he called a female judge’s opinion “succubustic,” a reference to a female demon that has intercourse with men in their sleep.
Salaries and job rates up for 2019 law grads, reaching highest point since Great Recession
Law graduates in the class of 2019 saw employment and salary gains that are the highest since the Great Recession, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.
How does technology fit into calls for police reform?

On the one hand, calls for police reform are causing companies and institutions to reconsider a high-tech infrastructure that civil liberties groups and activists say perpetuate racial injustice and police brutality. On the other hand, lawmakers are looking at how data and tech can improve accountability and identify police officers with a pattern of misconduct.

Another ‘shadow docket’ decision? SCOTUS once again blocks relaxed election procedures
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an injunction that would have made it easier to place a measure on the ballot seeking to reform Oregon’s redistricting process.
Afternoon Briefs: Progressive groups mull judicial possibilities; 2 law deans each donate $125K to help law students

Progressive groups mull judicial recommendations

Progressive groups are considering lawyers they would like to see named to the federal bench if presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe…

Suit claims anti-bias ethics rule infringes lawyer’s free speech rights
A Philadelphia lawyer has filed a First Amendment challenge to Pennsylvania’s new ethics rule barring manifestations of bias or prejudice in the practice of law.
Harvard law prof claims reporter sexually harassed him, twisted facts in ‘gullible man’ story
Bruce Hay, a professor at Harvard Law School, has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was sexually harassed by a New York Magazine reporter who gained his confidence, manipulated him and portrayed him as a gullible victim in the article that she wrote.
More than 50 guests can attend New York weddings amid COVID-19 pandemic, federal judge rules
Weddings in New York may have more than 50 guests, despite the state’s limit on all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge said Friday.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer denies ‘monstrous’ harassment; US appeals judge dies from COVID-19

Kentucky lawyer says sexual acts were consensual

A Kentucky lawyer accused of “monstrous and inhuman” sexual misbehavior says two former employees who sued him for harassment consented to “touching…

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