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Suit by former firm partner alleges cash-flow problems, gay and racial bias
A former nonequity partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres in San Francisco filed a lawsuit last Thursday alleging that the firm treated him differently because he is black and gay.
California may offer more opportunities for JDs taught entirely online

If people are open to attending a non-ABA-accredited law school, they may soon have a lot more online choices in California—thanks to a recent rule change by the State Bar of California allowing state-accredited law schools to teach JD programs entirely over the internet.

Afternoon Briefs: Texas no longer accepting refugees; new San Francisco DA announces round of layoffs

New refugees no longer welcome in Texas, governor says

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a letter released Friday that the state will not take new refugees under a federal…

Appeals court directs all California cities to follow ‘sanctuary state’ law
All California cities must follow the “sanctuary state” law, which restricts local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents, an appeals court ruled Friday.
Under teach-out plan, Thomas Jefferson law school has ABA accreditation for 3 more years
A teach-out plan for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, allowing limited accreditation until the end of the spring 2023 term, has been approved by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Federal appeals court approves diversion of military funds to border wall construction
The Trump administration can now tap $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Appeals judge ‘lacked personal boundaries’ and ‘engaged in unwanted touching,’ ethics panel says
Jeffrey Johnson, a California appeals court justice, engaged in a pattern of misconduct toward women that included inappropriate remarks and unwanted touching, according to a panel of the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance.
Judge tells lawyer who sent ‘eat a bowl of dicks’ emails the profession doesn’t need him
A show-cause hearing began badly and then got worse for a California lawyer who told opposing counsel in an email to “eat a bowl of dicks.”
Afternoon Briefs: Law student expelled after posting flyers; Harvey Weinstein reportedly reaches $25M deal

Suspended law student is expelled after posting ‘okay to be white’ flyers

A suspended law student at Oklahoma City University was expelled after he posted flyers reading “It’s okay to…

Lawyer who told BigLaw attorneys to ‘eat a bowl of dicks’ faces possible sanctions
Updated: A California lawyer who told opposing counsel in an email to “eat a bowl of dicks” says his insulting and expletive-laden missives were a negotiating tactic and weren’t intended as actual insults.
Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS won’t review abortion ultrasound law; 9th Circuit edits its Taylor Swift decision

Supreme Court won’t review Kentucky abortion law requiring ultrasounds

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge to a Kentucky law requiring doctors to display fetal ultrasounds and…

Attorneys question presence of tech industry insiders on California bar task force for reforming legal industry

A California state bar task force crafting proposals to overhaul regulation of the state’s legal marketplace has drawn criticism from attorneys who believe some of its members evaluating whether to open up the legal industry to nonlawyer ownership and greater technology-driven legal services have conflicts of interest.

Appeals court sees lawyer’s reference to ‘attractive’ judge in brief as a ‘teachable moment’ on sexism
A California appeals court added a “note on civility, sexism and persuasive brief writing” to the end of an opinion to address what it described as a lawyer’s “highly inappropriate” description of a trial judge’s appearance and personal characteristics.
Top California court blocks state law requiring presidential candidates to disclose tax returns
The California Supreme Court has struck down a state law that requires presidential candidates to disclose five years of tax returns to appear on the primary ballot.
How do the states stack up? Lawyers make the most and least money in these areas
Lawyers make the lowest average salary in Montana and the highest average salary in California, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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