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Law grad with criminal record can sit for state bar, Washington Supreme Court rules
After a Thursday hearing with many questions centered on the substance abuse recovery of Tarra Simmons—a 2017 law school graduate who also has an addiction history, as well as prior theft and drug possession convictions—the Washington Supreme Court ruled that she can sit for the state bar.
Sexually assaulted woman files civil rights action against city of Houston over rape kit backlog

Houston officials have known about a rape kit testing backlog for years but did not address the problem, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week.

Current and…

One bit of good news for immigrants in detention

In contrast to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration, one federal protection for immigrants has been quietly expanded in recent months. A growing number of courtrooms are providing free legal…

Inmate attacks lawyer at one hearing, struggles with bailiffs at another

A Washington state inmate attacked his own lawyer during a sentencing hearing last Friday and then struggled with four bailiffs in a return court appearance on Wednesday.

The inmate, 27-year-old…

Law student with felony record and Skadden fellowship denied character and fitness recommendation

Tarra Simmons, a third-year law student, convicted felon and former drug addict who in December won a Skadden Fellowship to help people recently released from prison, did not have…

Microsoft’s new deputy GC will lead efforts on privacy, cybersecurity

Julie Brill, the longtime consumer advocate and former member of the Federal Trade Commission, will join Microsoft Corp. this summer to lead its privacy and regulatory affairs group,

When is someone too stoned to drive? The question is trickier than you’d think for courts to answer

There is no clear scientific consensus when it comes to smoking pot and driving. And few of the tools police officers have long relied on to determine whether a driver is too drunk to drive, such as the Breathalyzer, exist for marijuana.

Seattle sues over threat to withhold funds from ‘sanctuary cities’

The city of Seattle has sued President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over their threat to withhold grants to “sanctuary cities.”

The federal lawsuit (PDF) argues violation…

Despite kinks in program, nonlawyers successfully providing some legal services in Washington state

Limited license legal technicians in the state of Washington are succeeding at helping clients who can’t afford a lawyer while staying within their limits as practitioners, a new study has…

Washington’s top court rules against Christian florist who wouldn’t provide flowers for gay wedding

A Christian florist did not have a First Amendment right to refuse to provide flowers for a gay wedding, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled.

The court on Thursday affirmed…

Criticized by Trump for blocking his immigration order, this ‘so-called judge’ is a Bush appointee

The Seattle federal judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration is a Republican appointee who was confirmed to his judgeship in 2004 with no opposition.

The judge,…

Federal appeals court refuses to immediately reinstate Trump’s immigrant travel ban

A federal appeals court on Sunday refused to immediately reinstate President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The San…

Trump fires acting attorney general who won’t defend immigration order; states file litigation

Updated: President Donald Trump on Monday evening fired acting attorney general Sally Yates after she refused to defend his executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim…

Former inmate attends law school, earns a Skadden Fellowship to help other convicts with re-entry

In the spring Tarra Simmons is expected to graduate from Seattle University Law School, less than five years after serving a state prison sentence for drug and theft convictions. In…

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