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May 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017

Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'

An exuberant U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exclaimed "I love my job" at a public appearance Thursday, sounding not at all like someone who is even beginning to consider retirement.

Nourished by a standing ovation from hundreds of Georgetown University students, Ginsburg emphasized the positive, recounting stories from her early years as a lawyer fighting for gender equality for the American Civil Liberties Union. Ginsburg has been a popular speaker at college campuses nationwide for years. 
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


United Settles With Passenger Forcibly Removed From Flight

Lawyers for the United Airlines passenger notoriously dragged off a plane April 9 announced they've reached a settlement that avoids a lawsuit they threatened to bring.

The terms of the settlement — which United Airlines called "an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident" — are confidential, though the statements released Thursday said it's "for the injuries" Dr. David Dao suffered when forcibly removed from the flight. The settlement comes the same day United issued a report detailing the events leading up to the incident and promised changes going forward.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


Defense lawyer in rape case tells jurors that women are good at lying; defendant is acquitted

A defense lawyer in a Tennessee rape case is under fire for telling jurors during closing arguments that women are especially good at lying.

Lawyer Steve Farese made the statement during closing arguments on Thursday in the rape trial of wealthy Memphis-area businessman Mark Giannini, the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Local Memphis report.
Read the full story at ABA Journal


Work-at-home law firm attracts BigLaw refugees

A law firm that allows lawyers to work from home and keep 80 percent of their billings is attracting talent from larger law firms.

The virtual law firm, Culhane Meadows, has grown from four lawyers at its inception four years ago to more than 60, the Am Law Daily (sub. req.) reports.
Read the full story at ABA Journal


Conservatives seek to stop law school's civil rights center from filing lawsuits

The Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina’s law school will be barred from filing lawsuits if conservatives on the university’s policy-making board get their way.

Conservatives say lawsuits depart from the university’s educational mission, but former law dean Gene Nichol sees another motivation, The Associated Press reports. He tells the wire service in an email that the proposal is “strictly, certainly and undoubtedly ideological.”
Read the full story at ABA Journal


Sotomayor sees 'disturbing trend' of failing to intervene on behalf of victims of police shootings

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday complained about a “disturbing trend” in which the U.S. Supreme Court appears more likely to intervene on behalf of police officers than the people they shoot.

Sotomayor lobbed her complaint in a dissent from a cert denial (PDF) in an excessive force case. The dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, included a footnote that read, “Some commentators have observed the increasing frequency of incidents in which unarmed men allegedly reach for empty waistbands when facing armed officers.”
Read the full story at ABA Journal


Supreme Court Says Cities Can Sue Banks Over Housing Discrimination

A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a key Fair Housing Act case that Miami has standing to claim in court that it was harmed by the discriminatory lending practices of banks—but it must meet a high standard of proof to establish causation.

The 5-3 ruling found that Miami’s damages—including diminished property taxes and higher costs of city services—fell within the “zone of interest” of the housing law.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


DC Circuit Judge Warns Ruling Could 'Destabilize' Most Arbitration Awards

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invoked a rare exception in a ruling Friday that “threatens to destabilize” arbitration awards in future cases, a federal appeals judge said in her dissent.

The D.C. Circuit, divided, ruled for the National Railroad Passenger Corp.—Amtrak—in a dispute over the firing of an officer named Sarah Bryant. An arbitrator said Bryant, fired for misconduct in 2012, should receive reinstatement, with back pay and lost seniority. A Washington federal trial judge later vacated that award.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


Stay-at-Home-Rainmakers: A Growing Threat to Big Law

Work from your house. Set your own billable rate. And keep 80 percent of the money from every matter you originate and handle.

That’s the sales pitch Culhane Meadows, a firm with no office space that opened in 2013, has used to attract a horde of Big Law refugees. In less than four years, the cloud-based firm has grown from four lawyers in Texas to just under 60, working from their home offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C.
Read the full story at Legal Tech News


State Releases Results of February Bar Exam

Of the 4,162 who sat for the February exam, 1,822 passed the test, for a passage rate of about 44 percent, an increase of 4 percent from the February 2016 exam.

For first-time test takers who graduated from American Bar Association accredited law schools, the passage rate was 71 percent—an increase of 4 percent from last February, according to the Board of Law Examiners.
Read the full story at New York Law Journal

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