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April 14 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 14, 2017

Multistate bar exam scores drop to lowest point ever; is there a link to low-end LSAT scores?

The average score on the multistate bar exam in February 2017 dropped by another point, reaching the lowest level since the exam was first administered in 1972.

Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, confirms that the average score was 134.1, compared to an average score of 135 in February 2016.
Read the full story at ABA  Journal


Justice Kennedy is said to be mulling retirement; will Roberts be the swing vote?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s swing voter, 80-year-old Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, is reportedly mulling retirement.

According to CNN, former law clerks and others close to Kennedy say he is privately vowing to step down in the next few years. “The centrist conservative is the court’s most vacillating, agonizing, justice,” CNN reports, “and he is likely balancing his oft-voiced sense of judicial mission with the realities of age.”
Read the full story at ABA Journal 


NY Judge's Suspected Suicide Shines Light on Silent Struggle

Austin lawyer Seana Willing remembers looking forward to her meeting with Mack Kidd, a well-regarded Texas appellate court judge who had arranged to meet with her on a Monday morning in 2005.

But Willing, the former head of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct who often met with judges who wanted to discuss ethical dilemmas, would never find out why Kidd wanted to meet. He took his own life the previous day.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal 

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