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Vegas lawyer is suspended partly for Facebook comments accusing judge of religious bias

The Nevada Supreme Court has suspended a Las Vegas lawyer for six months partly because he accused a judge of religious discrimination on Facebook.Jacob Hafter…

Uber ousts in-house counsel who suppressed information about 2016 data breach

An in-house attorney for Uber is no longer with the company after it was discovered that he'd helped suppress news of a data breach,

43 states suspend licenses for unpaid court debt, but that could change

In April 2015, Ashley Sprague was making $2.13 an hour plus tips as a waitress at Waffle House when she was pulled over for speeding…

Union for State Bar of California employees files unfair practice charge

The Service Employees International Union, which represents State Bar of California employees, filed an unfair practice charge against the agency last week, alleging bad faith…

Florida governor demands justice's disqualification for comment caught on live microphone

Lawyers for Florida Gov. Rick Scott are seeking the disqualification of a state supreme court justice in a judicial appointments case partly because of a…

Law grad settles claims that Chobani co-opted his 'how' philosophy in a marketing campaign

A Harvard law grad who helps businesses create ethical cultures has settled state and federal lawsuits that claimed an advertising agency for Chobani yogurt co-opted…

Second ex-Conyers staffer who alleged sex harassment dropped suit after judge denied motion to seal

A second former staff member for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., accused him of sexual harassment, but she abandoned her lawsuit in March after a…

How to produce a great legal event

Ari Kaplan speaks with Rob Ameerun, the founder of the Lexpo Conference in Amsterdam; Paula Edgar, the CEO of PGE and the president of the…

Former BigLaw lawyer pleads guilty in multimillion-dollar phony invoice scheme

A former lawyer at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Hunton & Williams has pleaded guilty in a phony invoice scheme that bilked the law firms…

Sedgwick announces it is closing in January

Sedgwick announced on Tuesday that it will close in early January after more than 80 years of operation. The law firm confirmed its plans in…

Federal judge blocks ban on sex reassignment surgeries for service members

A federal judge in Maryland has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration from banning transgender people from serving in the military. U.S.…

ABA opposes fixed bail schedules in new amicus brief filed with 11th Circuit

The ABA has filed an amicus brief with the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that opposes fixed bail schedules in Calhoun, Georgia. Money-bail…

Sixth Amendment bars lawyer from overriding client's decision to contest guilt, ABA brief says

A lawyer's decision to concede guilt at trial over his client's express objection violated the client's Sixth Amendment rights, the ABA says in an amicus…

Federal judicial nominee is a horror fiction writer with a cult following who once hunted ghosts

Federal judicial nominee Brett Joseph Talley has limited trial experience, but his credentials as a ghost hunter and a devotee of the macabre' are well-established,…

Justice Department opens Harvard admissions probe, threatens to sue for documents

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the admissions practices at Harvard and has threatened to sue the university to obtain documents, according to published reports.…

Judge permanently blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order, while Sessions announces point-based grants

A federal judge on Monday issued a permanent injunction that blocks President Donald Trump's order denying funds to sanctuary cities that don't cooperate in immigration…

'Thor: Ragnarok'  is latest instance of trial by combat in popular culture

Two things recently got me thinking about the age-old, quasi-legal theory of trial by combat: first and foremost, the new Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok, and…

Increase in LSAT test takers is seen as evidence of 'Trump bump'

The number of people taking the Law School Admission Test has increased this year, leading some to suggest the increase is driven by a Trump…

Cooley Law School has it 'exactly backward' and students deserve to know the truth, ABA filing says

The American Bar Association decision that Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School was significantly out of compliance' with an accreditation standard regarding admissions…

Husch Blackwell cuts about 40 lawyers through layoffs and retirements

Husch Blackwell says it is cutting about 40 partners and of counsel from its ranks through retirements and year-end transitions.' The percentage of lawyers leaving…

Justice Department sues to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner; Trump tweets may factor in case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed an antitrust suit seeking to block AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The suit points out that…

University of Illinois at Chicago reveals 'preliminary discussions' to add John Marshall Law School

The University of Illinois at Chicago revealed on Monday that it has been in preliminary discussions' with the John Marshall Law School to explore absorbing…

California sees increase in pass rates for July 2017 despite denying requests to lower cut score

After the California Supreme Court's rejection of requests to lower the state bar exam cut score, the July 2017 overall pass rate rose about six…

Did a Supreme Court decision making it harder to prosecute corruption lead to Menendez's mistrial?

The jury instructions in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez were crafted with careful consideration of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that has…

Law firm billed criminal defendants for prosecution fees; building-code violation brings $31K bill

Building-code violators in two California municipalities are being billed for their own criminal prosecutions after the cities hired a law firm and authorized it to…

Lawyer is suspended partly for bringing toothbrushes and red pepper to prison client

A Wisconsin lawyer has been suspended for four months for bringing toothbrushes to an imprisoned client and for failing to adequately communicate with a drunken…

Law firm associate's viral #MeAt14 hashtag highlights inability to consent

A law firm associate expressed her outrage on Twitter after former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was accused of pursuing teen girls while in…

Erwin Chemerinsky named to lead Berkeley Law

Erwin Chemerinsky has been selected as dean for the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Chemerinsky, the founding dean of University of California Irvine…

10 Questions: Civil rights lawyer Farhana Khera fights for religious freedom for all Americans

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…

Grassley schedules hearings for two appellate judicial nominees despite blue-slip objections

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is scheduling hearings for two nominees to federal appeals courts despite blue-slip opposition. Grassley said Thursday he would…

Ohio high court justice condemns sexual-indiscretion 'feeding frenzy,' defends 'heterosexual males'

Updated: An Ohio Supreme Court justice who is running as a Democrat for governor has created a firestorm in a Facebook post asserting he was…

FBI's latest crime report missing nearly 70 percent of its usual data tables

The FBI's most recent Crime in the United States' report lacks almost 70 percent of data tables it provided in the 2015 report, according to…

'Judges wear robes, not capes,' Gorsuch says in Federalist Society speech

Justice Neil Gorsuch got some laughs as he referred to criticism of the Federalist Society and one of his own court rulings in a speech…

Woman with profane anti-Trump bumper sticker that offended Texas sheriff is arrested

A Texas woman who displayed a “F, Trump” bumper sticker on her truck has been arrested on an outstanding warrant after the local sheriff said…

Senate panel tells Jared Kushner's lawyer he failed to provide WikiLeaks emails

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have told a lawyer for Jared Kushner that he failed to provide the panel with emails Kushner received concerning…

Political donations to prosecutors under scrutiny in New York

After suggestions of impropriety in two high-profile cases, New Yorkers are increasingly interested in limiting campaign donations to prosecutors, the New York Times reported…

Jurors reject claim that asbestos in talcum powder caused mesothelioma

Jurors in Pasadena, California, have found no liability in a lawsuit by a woman who said that she contracted mesothelioma by inhaling asbestos in baby…

Valparaiso law school told by board to not admit first-year students in 2018

In light of severe financial challenges' and dropping enrollment, the Valparaiso University board of directors has voted to suspend the admission of first-year students at…

Cooley Law seeks TRO to prevent ABA from releasing accreditation findings

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School has filed a federal lawsuit against the American Bar Association, alleging that a letter…

Judge vacates convictions of 15 men who said cop had framed them; additional review is underway

A judge in Chicago on Thursday vacated the convictions of 15 men who said they had been framed by corrupt Chicago police officers. Cook County,…

7th Circuit rejects another appeal by lawyer ordered to pay up to $4.2M for sending junk faxes

A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by an Illinois lawyer who was ordered to pay up to $4.2 million for sending junk-fax newsletters…

Judge declares mistrial in corruption case against US Senator Menendez

Updated: A federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, has declared a mistrial in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. U.S. District Judge William…

Roy Moore's lawyer threatens website with 'utterly incoherent' letter

The lawyer representing former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is being closely scrutinized as he tries to fend off accusations that the Republican U.S. Senate…

Convicted former Subway pitchman has sovereign citizen approach rejected

A federal judge in Indianapolis has rejected a sovereign citizen argument made by convicted former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt…

Ask Daliah: 5 ways to wish clients happy holidays

Dear Daliah: What is your opinion on mailing out greeting cards to clients for the holidays? Dear readers: Every year, toward the end of…

Trump's judicial nominees are the least diverse in almost 3 decades

President Donald Trump's nominees for the federal courts are overwhelmingly white and male, reversing a trend that's lasted nearly three decades, an analysis by the…

ABA president defends ratings of judicial nominees after GOP senators claim liberal bias

ABA President Hilarie Bass defended an ABA committee's ratings of judicial nominees on Wednesday after GOP senators charged in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that…

ABA places Thomas Jefferson School of Law on probation

Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been placed on probation by the Council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.…

Police oversight ordinance promised transparency but doesn't fully deliver

When Chicago's new police oversight agency opened in September, city officials pledged a different way of doing business: Misconduct investigations would be transparent and the…