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Republican-Led Law Prohibiting Political Social Media Bans Is Likely Unconstitutional, 11th Circuit Rules

Paul Clement and Kirkland & Ellis came away with an early win after the 11th Circuit found most provisions in the Florida law likely violates the 1st Amendment.

     
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Davis Polk Lawyer Withdraws from Speaking at Hong Kong Event Promoting China's National Security Law

The firm's Asia head had faced a backlash after announcing his involvement, in the latest example of the law causing conflicts in the legal industry.

     
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Big Law Silent on Leaked Supreme Court Draft — for Now

The silence on the draft opinion was expected. But it likely won't last, even if any public messaging will be fraught with risk for law firms.

     
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Employee Fired Over 'Dog Whistle' Social Media Posts Loses—Again—in Court

A company attorney said at oral argument that McVey was fired "because she posted on her social media a clearly racist dog whistle post, which was inconsistent with the vision and the mission and the core values of AtlantiCare."

     
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West Point Graduates Are What Is Inherent in the U.S. Military, Milley Says

The 2022 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy are the United States' most valuable asset; its most significant asymmetric advantage and they represent what is inherent in the U.S. military, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
(Originally posted by TERRI MOON CRONK)
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'There Will Be Blood': Musk Says Tesla Hiring Litigators Who Are 'Hardcore Streetfighters'

"He's in a situation where either he's going to be a defendant, or he himself might be a plaintiff, bringing libel cases against the person who is accusing him of this conduct," UCLA law professor James Park said.

     
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Ex-Justice Kennedy Condemns Leak as 'Cowardly, Corrupt,' Says Courts Need to Recommit to Core Principles

Courts must commit to judicial independence and integrity, Kennedy said. Former Justice Department lawyer Pamela Karlan added that opinions that fundamentally change the law can also change public opinion.

     
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Hicks Emphasizes Aptitude for Technology to ROTC Graduates

Today's ROTC graduates are more prepared to use the technologies the U.S. is developing and employing than ever before, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks told the National Capital Region's graduating ROTC class.
(Originally posted by Terri Moon Cronk)
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DOD: It's Not Just State Actors Who Pose Cyber Threat to U.S.

It's not just hackers operating at the behest of adversarial nation states who pose a threat to U.S. cyber infrastructure — it's also cyber criminals who are just in it for the money, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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Baker & Hostetler Partner Picked to Lead ATF Reveals $1.7M Partnership Pay

If confirmed, Dettelbach would be the first head for the bureau since 2015, though a rocky confirmation process is expected.

     
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Austin to Host Second Ukraine Contact Group Meeting Monday

The Ukraine Contact Group is composed of nations dedicated to aiding Ukraine in its fight against Russian invaders. Austin first convened the group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, last month. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Should Law School Supreme Court Clinics Take Cases That Could Make 'Bad' Law?

"The fancy law school clinic persuading this Supreme Court to grant cert to decide a 3-8 circuit split is magnificent news for the fancy law school. Rather less magnificent for litigants in those 8 circuits," one lawyer tweeted.

     
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U.S., Colombia Plan Closer Military Ties

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said Colombia's recent designation as a major non-NATO ally reflects the depth and breadth of the nations' security relationship and reinforces their defense partnership. 
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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'These Schools of Interpretation Are Folderol': State Chief Justices Discuss How They Analyze the Law

In a panel on judicial decision-making, four state Supreme Court chief justices discussed the factors they weigh when analyzing their respective state constitutions, from plain text to legislative history and intent to the consequences of their decisions.

     
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Final 3M Earplug Verdict: $77.5M, Highest Ever For One Plaintiff

Friday's verdict, in a trial that began May 9 in Pensacola, Florida, caps a year of 16 bellwether trials that U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers planned despite the risks and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

     
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Former SEC Lawyer: 5th Circ. Ruling Challenges Agency's Dual Roles as 'Prosecutor and Decider'

In a ruling that could potentially upend U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement proceedings going forward, a federal appeals court ruled May 18 that the SEC's in-house adjudication process is unconstitutional.

     
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'I Am Truly Sorry': Michael Avenatti Asks for 3-Year Sentence in Stormy Daniels Fraud

Avenatti will be flown to New York to cut down on transport time in light of his pending re-trial in the Central District of California.

     
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This Could Have Been a Zoom Hearing: Some Litigators Dread Returning to the Courtroom

Cross-country flights for 15-minute appearances have some attorneys dreading a return to in-person proceedings.

     
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Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition for Federal Fleets: A Practical Discussion

Building a nationwide network of charging and fueling infrastructure is fundamental to this ZEV transition.

     
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NLRB Survives Attempt to Whittle Agency Powers in Conservative Publisher's Labor Challenge

Friday's opinion was a win for The Federalist, though the Third Circuit's majority only found issues with the merits of the dispute, not the thorny agency authority questions.

     
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