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    Senate Declines To Confirm 3rd Circ. Pick

    The Senate voted against Arianna J. Freeman's nomination to the Third Circuit on Tuesday in an unexpected setback for Democrats, with three senators absent from the closely divided vote.

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    Americans' Civics Knowledge Decreased In 2022

    The percentage of Americans who could name all three branches of the federal government and the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment decreased from 2021 to 2022, according to the results released on Tuesday from the Annenberg Public Policy Center's annual civics survey.

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    Ex-Mayer Brown Partner To Co-Lead Weil's White Collar Group

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has added a partner from Mayer Brown to join as co-head of the firm's global white collar defense, regulatory and investigations practice.

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    Litigation Funding Regulation Gets EU Parliament Support

    European lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of introducing a new regulatory framework to prevent abuses caused by third-party-funded lawsuits, teeing up the bloc's executive to introduce formal proposals.

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    Retired SC Federal Judge Joins Saxton & Stump In Charleston

    Saxton & Stump LLC has hired a retired South Carolina federal judge for its Charleston office, the firm announced Monday.

  • Texas Woman Threatened To Kill Mar-A-Lago Judge, Feds Say

    A Texas woman has been arrested and charged after she allegedly made death threats to the Florida federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's lawsuit over the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate, according to case docket entries made Monday in federal court in the Lone Star State.

  • Wash. Judge Reprimanded For Using N-Word In Zoom Meeting

    A Washington state judge has been reprimanded by the state's judicial conduct commission for using the N-word during a Zoom videoconference call with court staff and for referring to a court employee who is Black as someone who "loves watermelon."

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    Ill. Supreme Court's Chief Justice To Retire This Fall

    Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke announced Monday that she is ending her 16-year tenure on the Prairie State's highest court, saying she plans to retire from the bench on Nov. 30.

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    Senate Confirms US District Judge Mendoza To 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate voted 46-40 Monday to confirm U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. to the Ninth Circuit, making him the 80th federal judge to be approved since President Joe Biden took office.

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    Trump Org Atty 'Not Prepared' As Trial Looms, Judge Says

    A New York state judge criticized a Trump Organization attorney as unprepared on Monday ahead of next month's fraud trial against former President Donald Trump's company.

  • VLex, Nonprofit Team Up To Make Rulings Free To Public

    Subscription-based legal database vLex and nonprofit Free Law Project on Monday jointly announced a new partnership that will strive to make all precedential court decisions from federal courts and state appellate courts available to the public for free.

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    Katz Banks Adds Lambda Legal's Ex-Legal Director As Partner

    Katz Banks Kumin LLP has added the former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Monday.

  • NYC Atty Seeks No Prison Time Over Molotov Cocktail

    Counsel for a Bronx attorney who admitted throwing an incendiary device at an empty police car in Brooklyn during protests in 2020 argued Friday that the incident was uncharacteristic of her, and that she shouldn't serve any further jail time.

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    Litigants In High-Profile Suits Increasingly Under Threat

    Litigants in high-profile lawsuits — and in some cases their lawyers — are increasingly getting threats and harassment, potentially scaring off people from turning to the courts and affecting the outcome of cases when they do.

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    'Lawyer's Nightmare': DOL Blames Westlaw For Skimpy Brief

    A recent supplemental filing in which the U.S. Department of Labor said it omitted relevant case information in an earlier brief because Westlaw's database was incomplete raises the age-old question of how attorneys can know when they've thoroughly researched relevant case law.

  • Calif. Committee Seeks Input On Judges Consulting Judges

    A California Supreme Court ethics committee is asking the public to weigh in on how much judges should consult with other judges on a case.

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    Ex-White House Associate Counsel Rejoins WilmerHale In DC

    A former associate counsel in President Joe Biden's White House has rejoined WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., as a partner in its strategic response and counseling group, the firm announced Monday.

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    Trump, DOJ Lodge Dueling Mar-A-Lago Special Master Picks

    Former President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday proposed competing candidates to serve as the special master tasked with examining documents seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, as well as dueling proposals for the review's scope and procedures.

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    High Court 'Shadow Docket' Still A Long Shot For Companies

    The U.S. Supreme Court has made frequent use of its "shadow docket" in recent years to decide blockbuster cases on an expedited basis without full briefing or argument, but the justices' recent actions indicate that companies are likely to be disappointed if they look to the docket as a realistic option for streamlining their appeals.

  • BNSF Railway Seeks DQ Of Ex-Employee's Atty

    Lawyers representing BNSF Railway in an employee lawsuit with an eight-year history are seeking disqualification of opposing counsel because he was suspended in three states when he filed a notice of appeal in the case.

  • 3rd Circ. Won't DQ White & Case From Maxus Ch. 11 Case

    A former Sidley Austin LLP attorney who previously represented a party involved in a bankruptcy dispute before switching to White & Case LLP, which represents the opposing party, did not create a conflict meriting disqualification of the latter firm from the case, the Third Circuit ruled in a precedential opinion Friday.

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    Biden Admin OK'd For Affirmative Action Args At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it would allow the Biden administration to participate in oral arguments in a landmark affirmative action case involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

  • 3rd Circ. Vacates $3.7M Atty Fee Award In BMW Class Action

    The Third Circuit on Friday overturned an award of $3.7 million in fees for attorneys representing BMW owners who brought a class action against BMW over premature engine failure, reasoning that the lower court's decision was based on an insufficient record.

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    Fed. Circ. Opens To The Public, Masks Required

    The Federal Circuit on Friday became the latest government institution to resume operations as they were before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, give or take a few extra N95 masks, citing "recent changes to public health guidance and conditions within Washington, D.C."

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    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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