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[JURIST] The South Texas College of Law [official website] announced Friday afternoon that James J. Alfini of Northern Illinois University College of Law will be its ninth President and Dean, succeeding incumbent Frank T. Read. Read the STCL press release.

At Duke Law School [official website] February 26, atheist and Pledge of Allegiance plaintiff Michael Newdow spoke to law students about his US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case impugning the Pledge under the Establishment Clause for containing the words "under God" (an en banc rehearing of that case was rejected today [JURIST report]). "The government tells people there is no reason to give credence to an atheist in our society," Newdow said. The Duke Chronicle reports.

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