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NATO Military Leaders Address Security in Wake of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the North Atlantic Alliance has proven its capabilities to mobilize for collective defense and ably support the Ukrainians fighting for their country, the top NATO military leaders said.
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Austin, Robles Stress NATO Unity During Pentagon Meeting

NATO unity was a big part of the discussions in the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosted Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Additional $100 Million in Howitzers, Tactical Vehicles, Radars Headed to Ukraine

The latest package of presidential drawdown support for Ukraine is worth $100 million and mostly includes more of the same items the U.S. has sent in the past. 
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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The Big Lie: Bar Complaints Now Filed Against Ted Cruz and Attorney General

Read the full complaint to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

     
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Delaware Federal Judges, Chong Law Firm Among Busiest With Patents

Despite having only four federal judges, Delaware is a "consistent leader" among patent litigation jurisdictions, according to a Morris Nichols lawyer.

     
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U.S. Commitment to Indo-Pacific Region Not Limited by Security Assistance to Ukraine

U.S. assistance to Ukraine doesn't affect its focus on the Indo-Pacific region, or limit its ability to ensure partners in the Pacific get the hardware and supplies they need, a senior defense official said. 
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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WWII Merchant Mariners Receive Congressional Gold Medal

The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the U.S. merchant mariners of World War II, who played crucial roles in the country's war effort, during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
(Originally posted by Terri Moon Cronk)
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'Unintended Consequences': What Could Happen if Abortion Becomes a Crime?

Several district attorneys said they would not use a Georgia "heartbeat law"—expanding the concept of personhood—to prosecute women seeking abortion or their doctors or other helpers. But other DAs said they would.

     
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In New Innovation Workshops, Mayer Brown Brings 'Design Thinking' to the Forefront

Mayer Brown is taking its first step to bring the design thinking to the workplace with its "Embrace Innovation" series of workshops in two U.S. offices. The two-day program tackles finding the "root causes" of problems, then their solutions.

     
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The Marble Palace Blog: A Famed Federal Judge Pens a Romance Novel. Yes, a Romance Novel.

A romance novel by Judge Wilkinson raises eyebrows, but he says creative writing helps him as a judge and makes his legal writing fresher and more accessible.

     
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James Baker, Star Witness at Michael Sussmann Trial, Testifies Against Friend and Would-Be Colleague

Michael Sussmann sought to recruit James Baker to Perkins Coie after Baker left the FBI. On Thursday, Baker took the stand as a key witness in the case against Sussmann.

     
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4 Takeaways From Judge Rakoff's Order on MetaBirkins NFTs

The "Rogers v. Grimaldi" test for balancing artistic expression against trademark protection applies, even in the world of NFTs. But that wasn't enough to stop Hermes' suit against Mason Rothschild from proceeding.

     
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FOIFT and AG’s Office to host open government seminars in San Antonio, Edinburg areas

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to host two open government seminars in the San Antonio and Edinburg areas in June, featuring training in state open meeting and public records laws. The events are free and open to the public.

The half-day seminars — designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act — will take place on June 7 in San Antonio and June 13 in Edinburg.

The San Antonio event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 7 at the Victory Center at San Antonio College, 1819 N. Main Avenue. The AG’s office will begin the day with training on the Texas Public Information Act at 9 a.m., followed by training on TPIA cost rules. At 11:30 a.m., FOI Foundation Board Member and Attorney Tom Williams will present a session on the Texas Open Meetings Act. Participants may attend either or both sessions.

The Edinburg event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 13 at the County Commissioners Court Chambers, Annex III, 100 E. Cano Street. Williams will again present on the Texas Open Meetings Act and be followed by the AG’s office, at 2:15 p.m., which will highlight the Texas Public Information Act and associated cost rules. Participants may attend either or both sessions.

The seminars meet the state requirements for open government training for public officials and qualify as Continuing Legal Education for attorneys through the State Bar of Texas.

Register here to attend the seminars.

For more information, contact the FOI Foundation office at 512-377-1575.

Original author: Bambi Hall
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ABA releases second report on bar pass data by race, ethnicity, and gender

The Managing Director’s Office of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released bar pass data for ABA-approved law schools that lists pass rates based on race, ethnicity, and gender.

The charts include aggregate data in nine different ethnicity categories for 2021 and 2022 broken down by gender. The report uses data reported to the ABA by 196 law schools accepting new students in their ABA Standard 509 questionnaire in the past two years.

“This is the second consecutive year that the section is releasing this data in response to concerns about the lack of national data on bar passage by members of different racial and ethnic groups,” Bill Adams, ABA managing director of accreditation and legal education, said in a press release. “We promised to collect and publish such aggregate data and consider whether the requirements of Standard 316 needed to be reviewed in light of what we collected. We will continue to evaluate the annual data and consider any changes as appropriate.”

Since 2019, when revisions were made to the Standard 316 bar passage rule, ABA-approved law schools must have 75% of their law students pass their bar exams within two years of graduation. Failure to do so results in schools being found out of compliance. The ABA’s legal education section maintains percentage pass rates for first-time takes and the two-year aggregate figure, which is known as the “ultimate” pass rate.

For more information, go to americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/statistics.

Original author: Eric Quitugua
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U.S. Meets Milestone in Chemical Weapons Stockpile Destruction

The Defense Department's Chemical Demilitarization Program reached a milestone in its effort to eliminate the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile and recovered chemical warfare materiel.
(Originally posted by YOUSRA FAZILI, DEVON BISTARKEY & AMANDA DUCASSE)
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Plaintiff Accuses Wells Fargo of 'Predatory Short Sale Practices' in Class Action

This suit was surfaced by Law.com Radar. Read the complaint here.

     
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Sweden, Finland Apply for NATO Membership

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosted Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist at the Pentagon, where they discussed the historic decision by the Swedish government to seek NATO membership.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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R&D Program Yields New Sources for Obsolete Parts, Raw Materials

The Defense Logistics Agency is always seeking opportunities to match America's small businesses with research and development projects that address critical supply chain gaps and security threats.
(Originally posted by BETH REECE, DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY)
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Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit

Texas Bar Foundation donates $6,000 to Tarrant County nonprofit

The Texas Bar Foundation’s donation to Alliance For Children will help facilitate the presentation of a new training course—Behavioral Characteristics of Sex Offenders— for staff and partners. The course will be led by Michael L. Bourke, a former chief psychologist for the U.S. Marshals Service.

“Alliance [F]or Children’s board, staff and partners are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for its commitment to communities across Texas,” Julie Evans, Alliance For Children’s chief executive officer, said in a press release. “While we long for a day that child sexual abuse is eliminated, advanced training on the psychological and behavioral characteristics of sex offenders is a valuable tool for the child abuse professionals in Tarrant County towards our collective goal of protecting children and seeking justice.”

Alliance For Children works with groups such as the Texas Bar Foundation to provide services to clients and their families. With the help of 33 Tarrant County law enforcement agencies, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Cook Children’s Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County Juvenile Services, and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Alliance For Children served 2,497children in 2020-2021.

For more information, go to allianceforchildren.org.

 

Original author: Eric Quitugua
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