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'He Refused': Attorneys React as Jan. 6 Committee Refers Criminal Charges for Trump

Rep. Jamie Raskin said the evidence supported charges which should preclude Trump "from ever holding public office again."

     
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Texas Supreme Court Blocks Salesforce.com Effort to Avoid Sex Trafficking Trial

"These trafficking survivors have fought for three years for their day in court against Salesforce," plaintiff attorney David E. Harris said.

     
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'Congress Spins Its Wheels': Cannabis Industry Attorneys See Familiar Trends Looming in 2023

The cannabis industry saw historic legislation, big deals and lots of celebrity endorsements in 2022. But it continues to struggle with the same major hurdles, including lack of action at the federal level, attorneys said.

     
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5th Circuit Splits on Whether Congress Gave President Power to Mandate Vaccines for Federal Contractors

Judge James Graves Jr. said his colleagues wrongly relied on the "major questions" doctrine in upholding the injunction.

     
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'Slap in the Face'? Court Dismisses Challenge of Trans-Inclusive Athletics Policy

"The court's ruling essentially told female athletes that their lost opportunities, their lost championships, and their records just don't matter," plaintiff counsel Christiana Kiefer said.

     
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Veteran Supreme Court Reporter Marcia Coyle Retires

Coyle has covered the nation's highest court for The National Law Journal for nearly three decades.

     
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The Biden Nominees Who Remain in Confirmation Limbo

President Joe Biden's longest-waiting judicial nomination has been pending for more than 440 days.

     
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Avery Wins, But Still Faces Stiff Sanctions Over Discovery Violations

Avery Dennison will get to challenge the validity of an RFID patent before a jury. But even if it wins, it's still facing possibly millions in sanctions for 'continuous disregard' of its discovery obligations.

     
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TYLA Director Spotlight: Ashley Hymel

Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Ashley Hymel

Employer/Organization: Hymel Law. I’m also a worship leader at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Practice Area(s): Small Business Formation and Transactions

Why did you join the TYLA board? I volunteered to help with TYLA’s National Trial Competition for several years and loved TYLA, so I joined the board when there was an opening in Houston.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Learn to hear and trust your gut and intuition and stand behind it—it’s easy to cater to what partners and clients want early in your career, but your work and your life and your confidence benefit immensely when you learn to say yes only genuinely and say no when in doubt.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? National Trial Competition.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? Panic! At The Disco.

 

 

(Originally posted by Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA))
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DOD Office Moving Ahead in Mission to Identify 'Anomalous Phenomena'

The Defense Department's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office was set up to document 'unidentified anomalous phenomena' which might pose a threat to national security and the operations of both the military and other federal agencies. 
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How the Meaning of Law Firm 'Culture' Evolved in 2022

The past year saw a number of law firm leaders and industry observers begin to make peace with the fact that the old way of working—five 12-hour days a week in a traditional office—is likely gone forever. In this year-end episode of Legal Speak, we look back at some of our most popular conversations throughout the year with law firm leaders and industry observers as they set out to navigate this new normal.

     
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Some Law Firms Offer 'Superstar' Bonuses as Many Others Tread Carefully Amid Uncertainty

DLA Piper and Katten Muchin are the latest Big Law firm to sweeten the bonus pot for high-billers, though many firms are proceeding with caution given the uncertainty of 2023.

     
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Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program hosts free legal clinics in January

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, an initiative of the Dallas Bar Association, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, and local law firms, is hosting free virtual and in-person legal clinics for eligible Dallas County residents throughout January.

All virtual clinics run Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

DVAP and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Pro Bono Partners—January 5 DVAP and DLA Piper—January 12 DVAP and Alston & Bird—January 19 DVAP and Haynes and Boone—January 26

DVAP’s in-person clinics take place Tuesdays:

Veteran’s Clinic; VA Medical Center, 4500 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas. Sponsored by DVAP and Sole Practitioners—January 6 at 1:30 p.m. South Dallas Clinic; Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; 2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas. Sponsored by DVAP and Sole Practitioners—January 10 at 5 p.m. South Dallas Clinic; Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; 2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas. Sponsored by DVAP and the Dallas Association of Law Librarians—January 24 at 5 p.m. West Dallas Clinic; West Dallas Multipurpose Center; 2828 Fish Trap Rd., Dallas. Sponsored by DVAP and the DBA Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering—January 26 at 5:30 p.m.

For virtual clinics, Dallas County residents are asked to apply for free legal assistance through the online form available at https://tinyurl.com/DVAPClinic. After the form is completed, applicants can expect a phone call from an attorney through an unknown number labeled “No Caller ID” or something similar.

For information about the legal clinics, go to dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org. For free legal assistance any time, contact the DBA’s Lawyer Referral Service at DallasLRS.org. For media inquiries about the legal clinics, contact DVAP Director Michelle Alden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Originally posted by Eric Quitugua)
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Former State Senator Loses Law License After Pleading Guilty to 2 Felony Charges

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended the law license of former Republican State Sen. Brian Kelsey after he pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and aiding and abetting the acceptance of excessive contributions stemming from a failed 2016 congressional bid, the court's Board of Professional Responsibility announced last week.

     
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With Juul Settled, Philip Morris Parent Altria Goes Solo in E-Cigarette Trial

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III said the April 17 trial in a case brought by the San Francisco Unified School District over Juul's e-cigarettes will go forward against Altria, parent company of Philip Morris.

     
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Judging Past 70? Groups Urge Hochul to Give Individual Consideration to Older Judges

Recently retired Chief Administrative Judge Larry Marks opposed the first bill as "bad public policy."

     
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DOD Official: Norms Must be Established in Space

The United Nations approved a resolution calling on nations not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent antisatellite missile tests. The United States agreed to the resolution, while China and Russia were among just nine countries that voted against it. 
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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Historic Firsts, Abortion Rights Under Siege and the Red Wave That Wasn't: 2022 in Pictures From ALM's Photographers

While 2022 looked a lot more like the days before the pandemic in terms of how society functions, it was anything but a dull year in the news. ALM photographers Diego Radzinschi, who is based in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn-based Ryland West shot through it all.

     
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Mr. Sullivan Goes to SCOTUS: Houston Lawyer Takes Wage Case All the Way

Prior to taking on Helix Energy Solutions v. Hewitt, Sullivan had only performed oral argument in a court once in his 25-year career.

     
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Big Law Makes Flurry of Hires in Environmental Practices

Tanya Nesbitt, who joined Thompson Hine this year, observed "a more active Environmental Protection Agency, and we're seeing increased enforcement activity."

     
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