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7th Circuit refuses to reinstate conviction of Brendan Dassey in 'Making a Murderer' case

A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the conviction of a Wisconsin man convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a murder…

Charlotte School of Law receives state license restrictions; some say end may be near

Charlotte School of Law is not in compliance with state standards regarding financial resources, planning or stability, according to the University of North Carolina's Board…

Undisclosed evidence doesn't merit overturning convictions in '84 gang murder, Supreme Court rules

Evidence withheld by prosecutors in the group prosecution of gang members in a high-profile 1984 murder case wasn't material to guilt, the U.S. Supreme Court…

Trump says he never recorded his conversations with James Comey

President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that he did not record his conversations with former FBI director James Comey. Trump's tweet said…

7th Circuit chastises lawyer for telling judge he was advocating for prosecutors, abdicating his job

A defense lawyer who told an 80-year-old federal judge that he was advocating for the government' and abdicating your job as a judge' can't be…

Lying to immigration officials doesn't necessarily justify revoking citizenship, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government can't revoke citizenship for lying to immigration authorities unless the actual facts would have led…

He walked out of prison after 11 years—now the state wants him back

Robert Woodall and Stephanie Walker just invested in a new sofa. It is a wrap-around sectional, wide enough to fit them and their two sons,…

CLE in the City Series will offer the chance for CLE credit at famous NYC venues and firms

On Aug. 10 and 11, a special series of CLE programs will take place across Midtown in New York City. The CLE in the…

Lawyer's failure to object to closed jury selection doesn't require new trial, SCOTUS rules

A murder defendant is not entitled to a new trial, even though his lawyer failed to object to closing the courtroom during jury selection, the…

7th Circuit again rejects short sentence for former officer, tosses judge from case

A federal judge who didn't change his mind about a 14-month sentence for an Indiana police officer in an excessive force case won't get a…

Lambda lawyer explains why he and five others quit president's HIV/AIDS council

A lawyer at Lambda Legal says frustration with the Trump administration led him and five others to resign from a presidential advisory group that provides…

Former Milwaukee police officer is acquitted in shooting death of armed man lying on the ground

A former Milwaukee police officer was acquitted of reckless homicide on Wednesday in the shooting death of an armed man who was lying on…

Who gets the reward for capture of escaped Georgia inmates? The answer isn't easy

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a reward will be paid after the arrest of two escaped inmates believed to have killed their…

Do you use social media to market your professional efforts?

Last week, Daliah Saper wrote about steps lawyers can take to use social media to market their law practices. Lawyers who don't use social…

Day care providers who blame satanic panic for 21-year prison stint are 'actually innocent,' DA says

A Texas prosecutor is dropping charges against an Austin couple who spent more than 20 years in prison for alleged sexual abuse of a child…

Judge seals settlement in Michael Brown wrongful death suit against Ferguson, cites safety concern

A federal judge in St. Louis has approved a confidential settlement in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, whose 2014…

How government actions, not personal choices, created segregated neighborhoods

Richard Rothstein spent years studying why schools remained de facto segregated after Brown v. Board of Education. He came to believe that the problem of…

High-profile law firms reportedly reject overtures to represent Trump in Russia probe

High-profile lawyers are reportedly rebuffing overtures to represent President Donald Trump and to serve in his administration. Well-known law firms are reluctant to represent Trump…

Lawyer for conservative causes confirms he is attorney general's personal lawyer

When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions attended a congressional hearing last week, there was a lawyer by his side. The lawyer, Charles…

PAC ad supports law professor's nomination to 3rd Circuit seat

A political action committee recently placed an advertisement in support of Stephanos Bibas' nomination to the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and…

Lex Machina adds commercial analytics

Law analytics platform Lex Machina has expanded its coverage to include commercial litigation. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has added more than…

New York attorney general sues anti-abortion protesters

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued anti-abortion protesters for allegedly menacing patients and staff at a clinic in Queens. The federal lawsuit…

Attacks on secret informants spur federal courts to consider limiting PACER access

The federal judiciary is considering blocking public online access to criminal court records on Pacer to prevent inmates from learning information about confidential informants.…

Law student who came to aid of BigLaw partner lands summer associate job

A George Washington University law student who intervened to help a Baker McKenzie partner being attacked by a group of youths has landed a summer…

Jay Sekulow, evangelical lawyer new to Trump's team, appears to contradict himself in TV interview

Jay Sekulow, who made a career as a litigator for evangelical legal groups, had a rough time in a television interview on Sunday after he…

Legal tech startup devoted to corporate legal services raises $10.5M

A new legal technology company that intends to transform the delivery of corporate legal services' has raised $10.5 million in initial funding. The company,…

Georgia high court rejects state claim that its laws can't be challenged under state constitution

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday tossed a challenge to a law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but rejected the state's argument…

Contract lawyers pushing for better pay

A recent job posting from the Posse List, a temporary legal employment site, reads: Company X is seeking attorneys for a project…

Supreme Court strikes down ban on disparaging trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a provision of the Lanham Act that denies registration for disparaging' trademarks. The court…

BYU Law School's new legal design lab aims to find solutions to access-to-justice crisis

Brigham Young University on Monday announced that its law school is a launching a legal design lab, which for its first project will help pro…

Commission on Civil Rights to investigate Trump administration budget cuts to agencies

A bipartisan federal agency is launching a two-year investigation into whether recent budget and staffing cuts hurt federal civil rights agencies' ability to do their…

Grand jury calls jail informant use a 'myth'; but testimony in related case contradicts that

One day after a grand jury report said there was no officially sanctioned jailhouse informant program in Orange County, California, testimony in a related case…

SCOTUS bans damages claim against Mueller, other former officials for Sept. 11 detentions

An implied right of action to sue federal officials for constitutional violations does not extend to a suit filed by immigrants who say they were…

In Flint water crisis, could involuntary manslaughter charges actually lead to prison time?

Last week, Michigan's top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state's Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter…

Supreme Court limits jurisdictional reach of state courts in Plavix class action

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that California courts did not have specific jurisdiction to hear the claims of nonresidents in a Plavix class action…

Supreme Court strikes down law banning sex offenders from using social networking websites

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a North Carolina law that makes it a felony for a registered sex offender to access social…

10 Questions: Judge and former NFL player Dwayne Woodruff

Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff is all about the challenge. He challenges others, such as the juvenile offenders who come before him in the family court…

ABA Medal will be awarded to John Feerick, who helped draft the 25th Amendment

The ABA's highest honor, the ABA Medal, will be awarded to a Fordham University School of Law professor who helped to draft the 25th Amendment.John…

ABA asks Supreme Court to require adequate funding for post-conviction investigations

The U.S. Supreme Court should reject a decision from the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals making it harder to investigate post-conviction legal…

Officer is acquitted in shooting death of black driver whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath

Updated: A Minnesota police officer has been acquitted in the shooting death last summer of a cafeteria supervisor, an incident that received widespread attention because…

Oregon judge admits to mistakes, but not marrying same-sex couples isn't one of them

An Oregon judge, who reportedly displayed a portrait of Adolf Hitler at his courthouse and twice provided a felon with a gun, directed his staff…

Will Rosenstein recuse himself from overseeing special counsel probe? Not at this point, DOJ says

The U.S. Justice Department says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has no immediate plans to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's investigation into Russian…

Woman is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging boyfriend's suicide with texts

A Massachusetts judge has found a woman guilty of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide and then failing to tell him to…

Trump keeps Obama's 'Dreamer' program intact, but their parents face deportation

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the Obama administration's protections for Dreamer' immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. The…

Nursing home regulation banning arbitration as a condition of admission may be removed

A proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule calls for removing regulation that prevents nursing homes from including binding arbitration agreements as a condition…

Trump appears to confirm he is being investigated for firing Comey in new 'witch hunt' tweet

Updated: President Donald Trump apparently confirmed he is under investigation for firing FBI director James Comey in an early morning tweet. The tweet read:…