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    Judge Newman's Suspension Upheld By US Panel

    The national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases on Wednesday affirmed Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension for refusing to undergo medical tests as part of a probe into her mental fitness, saying she hadn't shown good cause for not complying.

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    Ex-Wilmer Partner Among Biden's Latest District Court Picks

    President Joe Biden announced four judicial nominees on Wednesday morning to serve in district courts in New York, California and South Dakota.

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    Mass. Attys Shrug Off 'Brilliant' Top Court Pick's Ties To Gov.

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey's selection Wednesday of a former romantic partner to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court didn't raise eyebrows among prominent Bay State attorneys, who touted Appeals Court Justice Gabrielle R. Wolohojian's "impeccable" resume on the bench and in BigLaw.

  • Amici Flood Justices With Advice On Trump Colo. Ballot DQ

    As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in former President Donald Trump's bid to be reinstated to the Colorado primary election ballot, amici have flooded the court with briefs urging the justices to give special consideration to potential off-ramps, the ramifications of their decision and voters' rights.

  • Senate Confirms Ex-Public Defender As Ore. Federal Judge

    The U.S. Senate voted 54-44 on Tuesday evening to confirm Judge Amy Baggio for a seat on the bench in the U.S. District of Oregon.

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    DC Circ. Ruling Puts Trump In Hot Seat — And On The Clock

    In rejecting Donald Trump's absolute immunity claims in an "exhaustive" opinion Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit put significant pressure on his legal team to quickly seek U.S. Supreme Court review and avoid further delays as prosecutors look to try the former president on election interference charges before November, experts say.

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    DeSantis Wants Out Of Voters' Prosecutor Suspension Suit

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged a judge to toss a suit by two Florida voters over his suspension of elected prosecutor Monique Worrell in August, saying they don't have standing to bring the claims.

  • Feds Fight Sen. Menendez's Bids To Nix Charges, Split Trials

    Federal prosecutors have asked a New York federal court to reject requests from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to dismiss his corruption case and to sever his trial from his wife's, arguing that the senator made "premature" factual arguments and incorrectly claimed immunity from prosecution as a senator.

  • Ga. Justices To Review Gov't Listening To Atty-Client Calls

    The Georgia Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the case of a man serving a 20-year prison sentence and seeking a new assault trial on the grounds that law enforcement officials improperly listened to three jailhouse calls between him and his lawyer.

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    Pa. Courts' Site Mostly Back Online Amid 'Battle' With Hackers

    The Pennsylvania courts' website remains in "a virtual battle with an unknown opponent" as portions of the state's online court systems have been restored as of Tuesday afternoon following a cyberattack that started over the weekend, according to an update from the state supreme court's chief justice.

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    Retired NY Appellate Judge Joins Harris Beach In Buffalo

    Harris Beach PLLC has announced that a longtime New York State appellate judge joined the firm's Buffalo office as a partner following her decision to retire last summer.

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    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Taps McKool Smith Amid Ethics Scandal

    Former Texas bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones has hired McKool Smith to represent him in the lawsuit that revealed his longtime romantic relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP attorney and sparked a major judicial ethics scandal.

  • Thomas' Yacht Trips May Be Tax Scam, Senate Probe Finds

    Billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow may have taken illegal tax deductions for a yacht he used to entertain family and friends, including Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court, the leader of the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday, citing new evidence.

  • Black Atty Hits DC Judge With Race Bias, Retaliation Suit

    A Black attorney for the District of Columbia was yelled at and demeaned by the administrative law judge she worked for after she complained the judge was hostile to Black staffers, according to a suit filed in D.C. federal court.

  • Judge Denies Recusal From Ex-Trump Aide's Retaliation Case

    A New York federal judge will not step away from a pregnancy retaliation suit brought by a former campaign aide for Donald Trump, saying her past role as an employer-defense attorney for Proskauer Rose LLP does not amount to bias that would sway her handling of the case.

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    'Citizen Trump' Not Beyond Accountability, Says DC Circuit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that former President Donald Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election. 

  • Trump's Fans & Foes Warn Justices Against Narrow DQ Ruling

    As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders former President Donald Trump's potential disqualification from again being commander-in-chief, scholars and groups with wildly divergent views agree on this: If the justices take the easy route by deciding the case on narrow grounds, they'll put the nation and their own reputations on the road to ruin.

  • States Ask Justices To End Feds' Alleged Online Censorship

    The Biden administration is trying to "flip the First Amendment on its head" by arguing that the government has free speech rights that are being trampled by an order banning it from working with social media companies to combat disinformation, Louisiana and Missouri have told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Senate Confirms Schagrin Partner To International Trade Court

    The Senate voted 76-0 on Monday evening to confirm Schagrin Associates partner Joseph Laroski Jr. to the U.S. Court of International Trade, the second confirmation for this court in the past week. 

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    Feds Pay $1.2M To End Suit Accusing Judge Of Lewdness

    The U.S. Department of Justice will pay $1.2 million to resolve a suit from a former staff assistant who said a California immigration judge routinely subjected her to explicit, lewd comments and once told her he would "make her straight" if they had sex.

  • Music Publisher Asks Justices To Limit Copyright Damages

    Warner Chappell Music Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to limit the damages a plaintiff can recover in copyright ownership litigation to three years before a complaint is filed, arguing that the only time a party can extend that period is for instances involving fraud.

  • Ex-Ky. Prosecutor Convicted Of Trading Legal Favors For Sex

    A federal jury found a former Kentucky state prosecutor guilty of assisting a criminal defendant in exchange for sexual favors and explicit photos, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Saturday.

  • Judicial Watchdog Flags $10K Gift To Menendez's Defense

    A $10,000 contribution to Sen. Robert Menendez's legal defense fund by a federal judge's wife should be returned and the judge and his wife should apologize and promise not to make political donations, a judicial watchdog said Monday.

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    Hack Disrupts Pa. Courts A Week After Ga. Cyberattack

    A cyberattack Sunday night on the Pennsylvania court system's website has disrupted several public-facing services Monday, nearly a week after a similar incident tied up online systems in Fulton County, Georgia.

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    Ex-NJ Judge Joins Ansell Grimm To Start Mediation Practice

    Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC has added a retired New Jersey Superior Court presiding judge to launch and run the firm's mediation practice in the firm's Ocean, New Jersey, office.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    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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