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Rule of Law

87 ABA Journal Rule of Law articles.

Minnesota group ships law books to Africa

A law book can change a life. Donations from 117 law libraries to 24 African countries have changed millions of lives and helped to establish the rule of law across the continent, says Lane Ayres, director of the Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative of Books for Africa.

Weekly Briefs: Bias suit against Trump lawyer resolved; Montana no longer defies court order over birth certificates

Trump lawyer resolves rap-music bias suit

Alina Habba, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, has resolved a race- and gender-bias lawsuit largely based on the rap music that she…

Suit filed on behalf of migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard alleges these constitutional, legal violations

A class action lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of at least 50 asylum-seekers alleges that their flight from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts violated constitutional protections, federal statutes and tort law.

Montana defies judge’s order to allow transgender people to change birth certificates, at least for now

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is refusing, for now, to go along with a judge’s order to allow transgender people to change their birth certificates.

Unclean hands and executive-privilege scope debated after judge requires special master in Trump case

Updated: Legal experts are expressing surprise about two aspects of U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s decision to appoint a special master to review documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

ABA project aims to help Afghan legal professionals establish themselves in the United States

In the weeks following the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on Aug. 15, the ABA Journal is highlighting the ABA’s efforts to help judges and lawyers from Afghanistan resettle, obtain immigration benefits and secure jobs using their legal skills. This is part one in our series.

DOJ files motion to unseal warrant, property receipt relating to search of Trump’s home

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and property receipt relating to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Lawyers ‘have to stand up and say something,’ Breyer tells ABA assembly

“The rule of law will not save the world from the evil portions of human nature, but it can help,” says former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer about his new position as chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Board.

Will Trump face federal indictment? Garland says DOJ pursues justice ‘without fear or favor’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland didn’t say whether he would prosecute former President Donald Trump in an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Tuesday.

Kagan sees danger to democracy if Supreme Court ‘loses all connection’ with public sentiment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan warned Thursday that it would be dangerous if the Supreme Court loses touch with public sentiment or appears to be implementing political preferences.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Breyer to head ABA ROLI board

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will become the next chair of the Rule of Law Initiative Board, the ABA announced Friday. ROLI’s current portfolio includes work in more than 50 countries.

ABA supports reproductive choice, opposes prosecution for having an abortion, ABA president says

ABA President Reginald Turner emphasized Friday that the American Bar Association “remains committed to doing all it can to support reproductive choice.”

Supreme Court justices get around-the-clock security after leak of draft abortion opinion; 25 state AGs call for action

U.S. Supreme Court justices began getting around-the-clock security last week, as protesters who fear an end to abortion rights gathered outside the homes of conservative justices.

State AG probes Texas Bar Foundation for allegedly aiding ‘mass influx of illegal aliens’

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has opened an investigation into the Texas Bar Foundation for “possibly aiding and abetting the mass influx of illegal aliens,” according to a May 6 press release.

Most Americans want to see changes in elections, new ABA civics survey finds

With the highly anticipated midterm elections about six months away, the ABA is offering some insight into the minds of potential voters. The ABA 2022 Survey of Civic Literacy found that 80% of 1,000 respondents from around the country favor expanding the hours at polling places.

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