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August 1, 2015
Lawyers debate campaign financing, voter restrictions and other election issues

Believe it or not, there are plenty of hot-button and controversial topics relating to the upcoming 2016 presidential election that have nothing to do with…

August 1, 2015
John Paul Stevens says he likes Chief Justice Roberts’ style

In 2014, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens published Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. And in a short…

August 1, 2015
Judges reflect on dealing with difficult pro se litigants

In the Northern District of Illinois, judges still remember pro se litigant Bart Ross. Ross was a frequent filer in Chicago federal court, where, the…

August 1, 2015
Church-slayings suspect Dylann Roof wants to plead guilty in federal hate-crime case, lawyer says

Dylann Roof, the white suspect accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last month, wants to plead…

August 1, 2015
Body cams could cut police misconduct complaints

Requiring on-duty police officers to wear body cameras could drastically reduce misconduct complaints, according to speakers at a Friday ABA Annual Meeting panel, because false…

August 1, 2015
How can tensions between minorities and police be addressed? Reforms proposed

Tension between police and racial minorities, which has been significantly exacerbated by a recent series of fatal police shootings in places like Baltimore and Ferguson,…

August 1, 2015
Chicago ponders possible drone rules, could require registration and insurance

Addressing a new technology, Chicago’s city council is pondering possible regulations on drones that would restrict hours of operation and require owners of the unmanned…

August 1, 2015
Google will fight French bid to extend ‘right to be forgotten’ worldwide

Google plans to appeal an order by France’s data protection agency that would extend the right to be forgotten to its search engine in all…

August 1, 2015
Judge denies habeas for chimps, suggests possible change in the future

A Manhattan judge has refused to grant a writ of habeas corpus to chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, who are used for research on primate locomotion…

August 1, 2015
China cracks down on lawyers said to have ‘sabotaged the legal order’

China’s crackdown on lawyers is likely intended to crush a movement to defend the rights of individuals, according to an editorial. Chinese authorities have detained…

August 1, 2015
How should we regulate the ‘sharing economy’?

Cities are interested in transportation services offered by groups like Uber and Lyft, but they also have concerns about public safety, according to a

August 1, 2015
US increasingly uses malware in law enforcement, expert says; should a warrant be required?

The Fourth Amendment should be interpreted to impose a warrant requirement when the U.S. government uses malware to hack computer systems for law enforcement purposes,…

August 1, 2015
Shrinking number of law graduates boosts employment rate for class of 2014

The employment rate for law graduates increased for the first time since 2007, thanks partly to a smaller number of law grads. The employment rate…

August 1, 2015
Meet ROSS, ‘the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney’

A legal research database utilizing IBM’s Watson computer has won backing from a Silicon Valley company that helps fund and nurture startups. Students at the…

August 1, 2015
Ban life-without-parole sentences for juveniles retroactively, ABA urges SCOTUS

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 should be applied retroactively to eliminate mandatory life-without-parole sentences imposed on juveniles before Miller v. Alabama was…

August 1, 2015
‘Smoking gun’ evidence shows Happy Birthday lyrics are no longer protected by copyright, lawyers say

Lawyers who claim the Happy Birthday song is in the public domain say newly disclosed evidence contains the “proverbial smoking gun” that proves the lyrics…

August 1, 2015
Lawyers and music lovers converge on Chicago for ABA Annual Meeting and Lollapalooza

Updated: Two events will dominate the downtown Chicago landscape over the next several days—and they couldn’t be more different in size, demographics and purpose. On…

August 1, 2015
Accuser’s court filing blasts Cosby’s ‘media blitz’

Lawyers for Bill Cosby’s accuser in a 2005 sex-abuse case say Cosby’s legal filings are part of a “media blitz” that should trigger the plaintiff’s…

August 1, 2015
Despite megamerger announcement, Dentons and Dacheng are still in somewhat separate worlds

Updated: As the world watches two megafirms create the biggest global legal shop, some observers are questioning how merger partners so different can have a…

August 1, 2015
California bar exam to be one day shorter, but could be just as difficult

California bar officials have voted to cut the length of the state’s bar exam from three days to two. The change, approved unanimously Monday by…