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GOP targets state courts with campaign cash, laws that change judicial elections

Seeking a more favorable climate in fights over election maps, Republicans are planning to spend record amounts on state supreme court races and introducing legislation to make judicial elections more political.

5th Circuit tells lawyer it is ‘often advisable to read the court’s orders,’ upholds $1,250 sanction

A federal appeals court has upheld a $1,250 sanction against a Dallas lawyer for the attorney fees incurred by his litigation opponent when he misread a federal judge’s ruling.

5th Circuit tosses federal judge from sixth case after he ‘candidly revealed’ disdain for antitrust law

A federal appeals court has revived an antitrust lawsuit against Visa and removed the judge who was hearing the case after his “gratuitous comments” suggested “ingrained skepticism” about the plaintiff’s claims.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenges to mandatory state bars

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear challenges to mandatory state bar associations in Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas.

Keep Austin Wired: Driven by a tech boom, lawyers are flocking to Austin, Texas

Austin had become a vibrant and mature tech hub—so much so that Perkins Coie in February 2020, seeing “significant strategic opportunities in Texas as Austin and Dallas continue to grow as business centers for startups, medium-size companies and large global corporations,” opened an office in Austin. This February, it moved into an 18,000-square-foot space after signing a multiyear lease in June.

Lateral hiring rebounded at an unprecedented rate of nearly 111% in 2021, NALP says

Lateral hiring at law firms was up nearly 111% in 2021 following a 30% decline in 2020, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

SCOTUS rules in favor of Texas school board that censured member

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a school board has the right to censure one of its members. Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the high court, pointed out that elected bodies in this country have censured their members “as early as colonial times.”

Idaho lawmakers pass abortion bill copying Texas; what can abortion-rights states do?

Lawmakers in Idaho have approved an abortion bill modeled after Texas legislation that allows private citizens to enforce it.

Texas judge blocks investigations of parents of transgender kids throughout the state

A judge in Travis County, Texas, has blocked state officials from investigating parents for child abuse solely because they obtain gender-affirming medical treatments for their transgender children.

In ‘devastating blow’ to abortion rights, top Texas court stymies suit to overturn restrictive law

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that state licensing officials have no authority to enforce a law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, apparently foreclosing a lawsuit by abortion providers that seeks to block the law.

Sidney Powell faces ethics charges over election litigation; group seeks discipline against other lawyers

Troubles continue to mount for lawyers involved in challenges to the 2020 presidential election results. Among them is lawyer Sidney Powell in Texas, who is facing ethics charges for allegedly filing frivolous lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions.

Bragging-defendant defense fails in first Capitol riot trial; is obstruction charge at risk?

Federal jurors in Washington, D.C., convicted a Texas man Tuesday for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot in the first criminal trial stemming from the attack.

Supreme Court Roundup: Win for storage locker robber; Cosby victory; Thomas on Section 230

A storage locker robber and actor and comedian Bill Cosby had victories in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, while Justice Clarence Thomas called for consideration of the immunity afforded to online publishers.

Parents of transgender teen win TRO that blocks Texas from investigating them

A judge in Travis County, Texas, has blocked the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from investigating parents of a transgender teenager who is getting medical treatments for gender dysphoria.

Former Chapman law prof who wrote ‘coup memo’ faces ethics probe, state bar confirms

The State Bar of California announced Tuesday that retired Chapman University law professor John Eastman is being investigated for possible ethics violations in connection with his conduct “following and in relation to the November 2020 presidential election.”

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