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February 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, 11 hours ago

Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe

Skilled in the Art: Getting Ready for 'Alice Part II - The Reckoning'

Ending Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment

Clarence Thomas, in Dissent, Asserts Gun Rights Aren't 'Favored' at High Court

Judge in AT&T Merger Case Shuts Down Bid for Trump-DOJ Communication

Here's Why SCOTUS Should Discard Auer Deference

Clarence Thomas's Confirmation Faces #MeToo Microscope

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February 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 16, 2018

ABA Offers Employee Buyouts Ahead of Reorganization

Women Lawyers Join #MeToo Movement with Hashtag of Their Own

Mueller's Team Charges Russian Nationals in US Election Interference

Read the NLRB Memo Defending Google's Firing of James Damore

State Senator, Facing Harassment Claims, Sues Senate Over 'Unbounded Investigation'

Protecting Trade Secrets and Preventing Frontal Lobotomies

State Bar Moves to Oust SoCal Lawyer Accused of Scamming Loan Modification Clients

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February 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Law professor leading judge recall isn’t an attorney

Critics of the movement to oust Judge Aaron Persky from the Santa Clara County Superior Court have raised concerns about the fact that the Stanford law professor leading the recall movement, Michele Dauber, has never been licensed to practice law.
Read the full story at Palo Alto Daily Post


'The Words of the President' Doom Trump Travel Ban, Fourth Circuit Says

Stanford Law Prof on Mission to Recall Judge Is Sent Suspicious Powder, Threats

How the NLRB Found Postmates Couriers as Employees, Not Contractors

6 Reasons Why These Days Are Topsy-Turvy at the DOJ

Skadden Partner Michael Scudder Picked for Seventh Circuit Seat

ABA Set to Loosen Restrictions on Online Law Classes

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California Weighs Banning Workplace Secret Settlements

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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February 9 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 9, 2018

In Bellwether Gig Economy Case, Judge Rules Grubhub Driver Is Not an Employee

Recall drives could spark more political chaos

The recall – allowing voters to fire elected officials before their terms expire – was one aspect of the populist political reform movement that swept through California more than a century ago.
Read the full story at The Fresno Bee


Rachel Brand, DOJ's No. 3, Is Leaving for Walmart's Top Legal Post

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants Parties More United in High Court Confirmation Process

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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February 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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February 5 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 5, 2018

US Justice Dept. Defends IRS Power in Marijuana Dispensary's Tax Case

Seattle's Push to Let Gig Drivers Unionize Faces Fresh Test in Ninth Circuit

In Hindsight, 20/20 Diversity Is Too Low for Asian-American GCs

Apple Sanctions Would Go Against Norm, Create Unpredictability

Judiciary Closes Kozinski Misconduct Probe, Saying It Can't 'Do Anything More'

The Brock Turner Judge Shouldn't Lose His Job Over His Shameful Decision

Judge Aaron Persky deserves to be widely criticized for the sentence he gave Turner, but the recall effort is a terrible idea.
Read the full story at Cosmopolitan 



Morgan Lewis Partner Thomas Hixson Selected for San Francisco Magistrate Position


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February 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 2, 2018

Judge Hires Special Master to Vet Attorney Bills in Anthem Settlement


Adobe GC Mike Dillon Is Retiring, but He Won't Be Slowing Down

The Marijuana Lobby: Who Got the Work

As Law Firms Stall, Who Will Overtake Them in the Innovation Race?

How a gymnast-turned-lawyer helped bring Larry Nassar to justice

Rachael Denhollander was a lawyer and stay-at-home mom living in Kentucky when she contacted the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 and told the newspaper that Dr. Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her in 2000 when she was a 15-year-old gymnast seeking treatment for back pain.

Read the full story at ABA Journal

Cooley Law School complaint demands 'fair and transparent' ABA accreditation proceedings

The ABA needs more transparency when making accreditation determinations for law schools, and it illegally posted a letter to its website regarding Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School's compliance with an admissions standard, the school argues in an amended complaint filed Jan. 29. 
Read the full story at ABA Journal

9th Circuit finds juvenile facing deportation has no right to free lawyer

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a minor brought to the United States with his mother from Central America has no right to a court-appointed lawyer in immigration proceedings.



Minority Attorneys Take a Closer Look at the SCOTUS Clerk Diversity Dearth

U.S. Supreme Court justices should step up and state publicly that they want greater diversity among their law clerks, said Howard University School of Law Dean Danielle Holley-Walker.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal



Meanwhile, These Other Memos—Written By James Comey—Will Remain Secret


What Makes the 1st Year of Law School Crazier? Playing Division l Basketball

Activists Try to Recall Judge in Stanford Sex Attack Case. Some Say They’ve Gone Too Far.

When a California judge sentenced a Stanford University swimmer found guilty of sexual assault to six months in jail, many saw the verdict as too lenient. Outrage spread across the country, particularly among those who felt it was the latest proof of a criminal justice system stacked against women who have been victims of sexual violence.
Read the full story at The New York Times

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February 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 1, 2018

7th Circuit Pioneer Joins Jones Day to Fight for Rule of Law

Opinion: As Trump's SOTU Showed, Executive Order Is a Costly Way to Form National Policy

ABA's Law School Oversight Needs Younger Perspectives, Report Finds

How #ReleaseTheMemo Could Undermine DOJ in FOIA Cases

Lawyers for Manafort Deputy Rick Gates Ask to Withdraw From Case

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