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June Verdicts: SCOTUS Edition

From protecting gay workers’ rights to the right to have a priest in your death chamber, here are some notable recent verdicts from the Supreme Court.

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Freedom of Speech at Heart of Advocate Action in Wake of Protests

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently filed several lawsuits in response to the fallout from George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One is aimed at protecting journalists covering protests and the other challenges curfews in Los Angeles and San Bernardino. Additional actions are also planned, says the advocacy group.

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Voting in the Wake of COVID-19: A Review

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to mar social activity, a new survey from the American Bar Association (ABA) shows sharply growing support for online voting among Americans.

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Amy Fettig to Lead The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project concluded its months long search for a new executive director and has tapped human rights lawyer and a leading criminal justice expert Amy Fettig, the organization announced.

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Pandemic Forces SCOTUS to Take up Unprecedented Oral Arguments Protocol

There are few institutions, if any, that have escaped the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s impacts, in some ways, has quite literally made history—New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in some form or another has been held continuously for almost 260 years and the Boston Marathon, for the first time in its 124-year history, has been postponed. All of that changed when the COVID-19 coronavirus ravaged every corner of the U.S. and much of the globe.

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Low-income Earners in Need of Legal Services, Courts to Benefit from CARES Act

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (PDF) is a thick text featuring measures dealing with nearly every sector of the economy. Baked into the bill are a number of provisions directly impacting law firms, the courts and those navigating the judicial system. Even with the injection, though, concerns about potential shortfalls still loom.

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Will State Travel Bans Hold up to Constitutional Scrutiny?

With the aim of stunting the spread of COVID-19, a number of states have taken measures to limit travel in and out of their territories, raising questions about how effective those policies are, and, in some cases, their legality.

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Government Makes Drastic Changes to Legal Processes Amid Pandemic

With personal interactions being kept to a minimum, governments, courts and agencies across the country have taken extreme measures to protect the public interest and ensure a smooth transition back to functional society on the other side of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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ABA Offers Guidance as Law Schools Shutter Classrooms Over Pandemic

With seemingly no quadrant of civilization unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, aspiring lawyers have also been forced to deal with the ramifications of its proliferation. As such, many students are facing disruptions to their legal education as schools are taking precautionary measures to limit campus interaction.

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Sotomayor Punts on 'Faithless Electors' Case Due to Potential Conflict

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has removed herself from a case involving Electoral College law due to her relationship with Polly Baca, one of its challengers. So reports NBC News.

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