The Legal Blog

Want law firm work-life balance? Parents and management should work together, says Justice Ginsburg

Parents in private practice should act together to decide what sort of offerings could help work-life balance, and law firms would be wise to accommodate the requests, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday, speaking to the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. “Firms don’t seem to be moving that […]

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Louisiana can’t withhold Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, 5th Circuit rules

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s injunction against Louisiana’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. A three-judge appellate panel said the health services provider likely would prevail at trial because plaintiffs would be denied both access to and choice of a medical provider, the Associated Press reported. […]

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Out of 12 Indiana Tech Law grads sitting for state bar, 1 reportedly passed

Out of the first class to graduate from Indiana Tech Law School, only one person who took the July 2016 state bar exam passed, Indiana Lawyer reports. The school graduated 20 students in May, and 12 sat for the state bar, according to the Indiana Lawyer. The publication examined the list of names of people […]

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Prenda Law attorney who had switched to ADA suits is suspended for earlier ‘copyright trolling’ work

A Minnesota lawyer whose practice has recently focused on suing businesses for ADA violations was indefinitely suspended from practicing law for his past legal work targeting people who illegally downloaded pornographic videos. Conduct allegations against Paul Hansmeier include discovery abuse; willfully violating court orders; and lying to the court about finances, according to the Pioneer […]

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Teen at center of California police sex scandal sues city of Oakland for $66 million

The California teenage prostitute who allegedly traded sex with Oakland cops for protection is suing the city for a whopping $66 million, claiming force members treated her as a sex slave. Celeste Guap, a pseudonym used by the 19-year-old, said she slept with dozens of Oakland officers when she was just 17 years old and […]

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ACLU sues Kansas City school district for handcuffing a crying 7-year-old

The ACLU of Missouri has sued the Kansas City Public Schools over a handcuffing incident involving an African-American 7-year-old boy. According to the Kansas City Star, the second-grader was handcuffed by a school police officer in 2014 after he started crying uncontrollably in class at George Melcher Elementary School. The newspaper says the boy was […]

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Louisiana courts are so strapped for public defenders, civil attorneys are used for criminal cases

Due to a state-wide funding crisis, there are only 22 public defenders to handle more than 18,000 cases in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish, which contains Shreveport, the state’s third-largest city. Civil attorneys are being tapped to fill in the void, despite the fact that many have no experience doing criminal law. Some have told the court […]

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Divided 6th Circuit says gun ban for the involuntarily committed could violate 2nd Amendment

A federal law that indefinitely bans gun ownership for people previously committed to mental health treatment facilities could violate the Second Amendment, an en banc federal appellate court found Thursday. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal opinion involves Clifford C. Tyler, a Michigan resident who in 2011 failed a gun background check because he […]

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Family Sues After 7-Year-Old Gets Handcuffed At School For Crying

Kaylb Wiley Primm was in second grade in Kansas City when he started crying in class because he was being bullied. Within minutes, the child found himself in handcuffs. Two years later, his life is just getting back to normal. The incident began when a school-based police officer happened to walk by Kaylb’s classroom and hear […]

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Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said About Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

Hillary Clinton gave her clearest indication yet that she might not renominate President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court if she wins the presidency. When asked point-blank on Thursday whether she’d stick with Merrick Garland,whom Obama selected in March, if she’s elected, the Democratic presidential nominee suggested she’d get to make her own high […]

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