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Simplification: Feds' Proposed Way to Bolster Access to Justice  

Federal officials rolled out a new report aimed at improving access to justice for individuals of every economic demographic through “simplification” of the legal system.


Advocates, Lawmakers Push Gender Equality Legislation to Commemorate Equal Pay Day  

President Joe Biden brought together gender equality advocates as he called for the passage of Paycheck Fairness Act during the White House’s commemoration of Equal Pay Day 2023.


Cardona: 'Stop Worshiping at the False Altar' of Rankings Data  

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona did not mince words when it came to discussing the future of law school rankings as he lambasted the “unhealthy obsession with selectivity” he says they create.


Clear Erosion of Justice from Overreliance On Plea Bargains: Report  

The practice of plea bargaining is increasingly commonplace in the U.S. criminal justice system, but the findings of a newly published, years-long study indicate the practice may be doing more harm than good when it comes to delivering actual justice.


Alternative Legal Services Providers Enjoy Explosive Growth, Adoption: Report  

Alternative legal services providers (ALSPs) enjoyed tremendous growth as law firms and corporations alike appear poised to continue to utilize their products. To that end, a new study from Thomson Reuters Institute, the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law delineates just how popular the alternative services sector has become over the last two years.


ABA Midyear Meeting Tackles Test Taking, Ethics, Hot-button Topics  

Representatives from the bar threw their support behind a new code of ethics for U.S. Supreme Court judges while at the same time kicked to the curb a proposal to make law school admissions exams optional. These hot-button topics, along with a slew of other considerations, were addressed at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2023 Midyear Meeting held from Wednesday, Feb. 1, to Monday, Feb. 6, in New Orleans.


Oath Keepers, Apple and Murder in Hawaii Among Top January Verdicts

From Oath Keepers to a Hawaiian murder, here are some notable verdicts from January.


ABA First-ever Introspective Assesses Impact of Four-part Mission  

The American Bar Association has audited its chief initiatives in a first-of-its-kind report recently released. The document, entitled the ABA Impact Report, sets to identify and describe the tangible ways the trade group has aided membership to leverage the “power of law” to enhance the legal profession’s quest for justice.


Students Deliver More Than 2.7M Hours of Pro Bono Work: Report  

A cohort of close to 17,000 law school students contributed approximately 2.7 million hours of pro bono services last year, according to a recent report from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).


U.S. News & World Report Overhauls Law School Rankings Amid Backlash

After facing some high-profile criticism for its annual ranking of the top law schools, U.S. News & World Report has decided to make wholesale changes to its ranking process, the publication announced recently.


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