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76 ABA Journal Rule of Law articles.

‘I am not the president’s lawyer’: Garland says he wouldn’t be swayed by politics as attorney general

Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit pledged Monday to remain independent and restore integrity to the U.S. Department of Justice if he is confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.

Interested in speaking to students and community groups during National Judicial Outreach Week?

With National Judicial Outreach Week around the corner, the Judicial Division has put out the call for active and retired judges to meet with their communities in-person or virtually to talk about the importance of the courts and upholding the rule of law.

Trump impeachment brief cites First Amendment, says call to fight referred to quest for election security

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers maintain that he was exercising his First Amendment rights, rather than inciting a riot, when he spoke to a crowd before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

How to restore trust for a profession in transition

There is a temptation to part company with the challenges and disappointments of 2020 and move full speed ahead into 2021 without looking back. As lawyers, however, we should not…

Could Trump face charges for speech before Capitol riot? Experts differ on Brandenburg impact

Could a 1969 case involving a Ku Klux Klan leader protect President Donald Trump from incitement charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol?

Afternoon Briefs: AG official resigns after Capitol march robocall; 157 law deans condemn election lawyers

Official with AG group resigns after ‘stop the steal’ robocall

Adam Piper, the executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, has resigned after the group’s fundraising arm urged supporters…

Afternoon Briefs: State bar considers ousting Giuliani; pelt-wearing protester is judge’s son

State bar will consider Giuliani ouster

The New York State Bar Association is considering whether to expel lawyer Rudy Giuliani from its voluntary membership rolls under a bylaw that…

18 law firms join Crowell & Moring in calling for Trump’s removal; NYC bar also seeks ouster

Eighteen law firms have joined Crowell & Moring in calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

House introduces article of impeachment accusing Trump of ‘incitement of insurrection’

The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced an article of impeachment that accuses President Donald Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”

ABA president condemns mob assault on Capitol as Rep. Gohmert asks SCOTUS to stop Pence

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo issued a statement Wednesday condemning “in the strongest terms” the assault on the U.S. Capitol by protesters supporting President Donald Trump.

Trump administration officials appear to defy court orders, setting a bad precedent, prof says

Judges seem unprepared from the defiance of Trump administration officials who appear to have repeatedly defied court orders, according to a political science professor who researches judicial decision-making.

Supreme Court puts off action on Trump-related cases; is it waiting for the clock to run out?

The U.S. Supreme Court does not appear to be in a rush to decide legal matters related to President Donald Trump. It’s possible the Supreme Court is “allowing the clock to run out,” according to one news organization.

Jones Day and Porter Wright file election suits for Trump to the dismay of some of their lawyers

Updated: The law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has withdrawn from its representation of the Trump campaign in a federal lawsuit filed Monday evening that alleged voting irregularities across the state of Pennsylvania.

Would Barrett recuse in 2020 election case? She spoke of appearances but didn’t answer the question

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett emphasized during her nomination hearing Tuesday that she has made no commitments to rule a certain way in conversations with President Donald Trump, his staff members or anyone else.

How can courts counter disinformation? Arizona task force releases recommendations

An Arizona panel has called for court officials in the state and throughout the country to do more to address the threat of disinformation targeting the justice system.

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