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The Movement for Black Lives coalition unveiled proposed federal legislation Tuesday seeking to radically transform the US criminal justice system. The proposals, collectively referred to as the BREATHE Act, follow protests against the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and Elijah McClain, as well as countless other individuals who perished at the [...]

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Applicants to the Illinois Bar filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Illinois on Monday seeking admission by diploma privilege instead of taking a bar exam. The state of Illinois has put forth several measures to mitigate the harmful effects of COVID-19. In addition, the Illinois State Bar association has begun administering continuing legal [...]

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Recent law school graduates of Tennessee law schools filed an emergency rule waiver with the Supreme Court of Tennessee on Tuesday seeking diploma privilege for eligible applicants currently registered to sit for the Tennessee Bar in July 2020, September 2020 and February 2021. This waiver comes as many state bar associations have adapted how the [...]

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The Supreme Court of Florida on Wednesday approved the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to administer an online bar exam in August. The Florida bar exam was originally set to take place in person from July 28-29. However, widespread concerns about the potential of contracting COVID-19 prompted many to urge the Florida Board of Bar [...]

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Florida representatives sent a letter to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners on Monday, expressing concern over holding the July bar exam in-person as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. Florida only has two test centers—one in Orlando and one in Tampa—to house nearly 2,000 bar takers. Many, including Representative Carlos Smith, have urged the Board [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday that the addition of “.com” to a generic term can create a protectable mark, handing a win to hotel reservation site Booking.com. In United States Patent and Trademark Office v Booking.com BV, the court upheld a Fourth Circuit decision stating that simply adding a top-level domain to a [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In its brief, the DOJ argued that the ACA in its entirety is unconstitutional because Congress eliminated the individual mandate clause of the act. Since the individual mandate clause is so closely intertwined with the [...]

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The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory on Wednesday that requires people arriving from states with high COVID-19 rates to quarantine for 14 days. This advisory comes days after southern and western states reported their highest number of cases since the pandemic began. During the beginning of the COVID-19 [...]

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US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Monday temporarily suspending new work visas, preventing hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from seeking employment in the US. This proclamation, which will be in effect at least through the end of 2020, will block the entry of foreigners who possess the H-1B visa. The president suggested that [...]

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Nearly 1,300 former US Department of Justice (DOJ) called Wednesday for an internal investigation into Attorney General William Barr’s role in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters outside the White House last week.   This DOJ Alumni letter was written in response to Barr ordering law enforcement to clear protesters out of Lafayette Square with [...]

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