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August 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 18, 2017

What to Watch in Government's Fight for Visitor Info on Anti-Trump Website

DreamHost refuses to comply with a search warrant that requests a broad swath of information related to a website it hosts, disruptj20.org, which was used to organize protests during President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Ford Motor Will Do More Than Just Pay Up In Harassment Settlement

On top of a $10.1 million payment, the automotive company will have to work on its programs to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workforce.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Judge Quits Over Facebook Posts Ripping Protesters of Confederate Monuments in Charlottesville

The Gwinnett County magistrate judge who posted Facebook insults over the weekend to protesters concerned about Confederate monuments in Charlottesville was off the job permanently by Wednesday evening.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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August 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tech Giants File Amici Brief in Supreme Court Case Over Cellphone Data

In a case involving law enforcement's use of cellphone location data, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other major tech companies on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that transmission to a service provider should not automatically bar protection of digital data from warrantless search and seizure.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal 

 

Jurors, in Groping Case Verdict, Heard Taylor Swift's Message Loud and Clear

Taylor Swift's goal from the start in suing Denver radio DJ David Mueller after he allegedly groped her before a concert performance was to make a statement by stepping into the spotlight and providing straightforward and graphic testimony. To underscore her priorities, the chart-topping singer sought just a symbolic award of $1.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

  

Uber Settles FTC Data Security Claims

Uber agreed Tuesday to submit to regular audits of its privacy protocols to resolve Federal Trade Commission allegations that the ride-hailing platform failed to properly safeguard sensitive data and misrepresented its monitoring of employee access to consumers' personal information.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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August 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Can an Employer Fire a White Supremacist?

The naming and shaming of a number of participants in the weekend's "Unite the Right" rally has underscored some tricky questions about how discriminatory views should be treated in the workplace.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Herrera, Becerra Team Up to Fight Federal Funding Cuts Aimed at Sanctuary Cities

The two men held a joint press conference at San Francisco Monday to announce a pair of federal lawsuits challenging special conditions the U.S. Department of Justice placed on a federal grant program.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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July 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump Has 'Confidential' Relationship with Kushner Lawyer Abbe Lowell

White-collar defense lawyer Abbe Lowell said he has a "confidential" relationship with Ivanka Trump tied to his work for her husband Jared Kushner.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

  

Donald Trump's Twitter Bashing of Jeff Sessions Raises Hostile Work Questions

President Donald Trump has not been discreet in expressing his dissatisfaction with certain key members on his team. Recent taunts blasted to his millions of followers on Twitter about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions essentially equates to a public—and very negative—performance review. How would this public scolding fly in the corporate world? We asked labor and management lawyers for their perspective.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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How a SCOTUS Advocate in 1866 Expanded the Presidential Pardon Power

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow said on Sunday that the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately be called on to decide the scope of presidential pardon power. If that happens, the justices will likely dust off one of the few cases in which the high court has ruled on the pardon power: the 1866 decision in Ex Parte Garland, involving one of the most prolific—and acerbic—advocates before the court: Augustus Garland.
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Privately Retained Court Reporters

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 21, 2017

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Hey, California Lawyers, There Might be a Dues Bill This Year

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 21, 2017
Legislation authorizing California's state bar to collect up to $390 in dues from members in 2018 passed out of a key committee Tuesday without the drama or division that has marked proceedings in recent years.
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July 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California Bar Examiners Stripped Of Authority To Determine Passing Score On State Bar Exam

As thoroughly reported here at Above the Law, bar exam passage rates have plummeted across the nation for the past several years. In California in particular, test-takers’ performance has been outstandingly poor, prompting a chorus of critics to demand that the state’s cut score be lowered so that more law school graduates will be able to pass the exam and become practicing attorneys. As it stands, California’s required passing score of 144 is higher than that of 48 other states, with only Delaware’s cut score being higher. For decades, California’s bar exam has been referred to as the hardest in the country, but year in and year out, data has revealed that to be untrue. With the state’s mean scaled MBE scores continuing to be higher than the national average, it seems that California’s bar exam is simply the most difficult to pass thanks to its arbitrarily high cut score.
Read the full story at Above The Law

 

New CA Bar President Vows to Burnish Agency's Image

Michael Colantuono, a municipal law attorney from Grass Valley, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Friday, making him the first openly gay president of the organization. He'll be sworn in to office this fall.
Read the full story at The Recorder

Number of LSAT Test-Takers Surges. Is It a Trump Bump?

The hoped-for law school “Trump Bump” might actually have legs. The number of people who took the Law School Admission Test in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Longtime Orrick IP Partner Decamps for 'Hybrid' Boutique

Rimon has reeled in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe commercial and intellectual property litigation partner Matthew Poppe in Palo Alto, California, and San Francisco. Poppe, who spent nearly 22 years at Orrick, is now a partner at Rimon, a small firm using part of the virtual model.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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What the Election-Law Camp Is Saying About Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Donald Trump Jr., said the disclosure of his client's emails about Russia's work to share dirt on Hillary Clinton was "much ado about nothing." Comments from veteran election law attorneys, however, suggest otherwise—or at least raise more questions for Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's team. What follows is a snapshot of some of what lawyers are telling us and saying around the web about the legal significance of the newly disclosed emails.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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July 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump Clan's Newest Lawyer: 'Nothing Happened' in Meeting With Russian

Just like his father, Donald Trump Jr. has turned for representation to a New York lawyer who is relatively unknown in Washington political circles.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Mapping the Lawyers in the Trump-Russia Orbit

The investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign’s Russia ties is like a fidget spinner that won’t slow down. So as more and more lawyers revolve around the probes, we decided to take a closer look at who’s who.
Read the full story at Law.Com

 


SF Judges Are Asked for a Day's Pay to Reduce Budget

The San Francisco Superior Court will furlough staff, cut clerk’s office hours and ask judges to donate one day of pay each month to help close a $5.3 million budget deficit.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Becerra, Arguing EPA Inadequacy, Dives Into Energy Case

California and seven other states on Thursday moved to defend Obama-era ozone pollution standards that Attorney General Xavier Becerra said may be left to die under Scott Pruitt's leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Implicit Bias – Within You and Within Institutions

8/25/2017
Advanced Trial Preparation and Evidence: Discovery, Privileges, Experts, Cell Phones & the Internet

8/29/2017
The CA Supreme Court: A Conversation With Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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