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Supreme Court of Texas Clears Way for Assistance from Out-of-state Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Texas entered an order to allow any attorney not licensed to practice in Texas, but licensed and in good standing in any other jurisdiction of the United States, to provide legal assistance to individuals and entities affected by Hurricane Harvey.  This should help in the effort to recruit volunteer attorneys to address the need for legal services by the mounting number of flood victims.  Lawyers may volunteer through programs supported by the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association.  The Louisiana State Bar Association is currently monitoring the need for any mobilization of volunteers in that state and encourages Louisiana attorneys to support efforts in Texas.  For a summary of information on national mobilization of legal relief efforts, visit the ABA Hurricane Harvey Relief resource page.


Why the legal industry must embrace diversity, technology and collaboration

It’s time the legal industry pays more than lip service to embracing diversity, technology, and collaboration with other professionals.  Read more in Forbes.

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Mistaken for the court reporter: Litigating as a woman

Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes. Read more at Bloomberg Law.

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Justice Kennedy will take centre stage during the Supreme Court’s upcoming term

When Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, said in the spring that he expected an imminent SCOTUS vacancy, all eyes turned to Anthony Kennedy. Read more in The Economist.

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Sentenced to adulthood: direct file laws bypass juvenile justice system

Currently, 12 states and the District of Columbia allow prosecutors to make decisions on where kids end up based on a direct file statute.  Read more at NPR.

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Law deans argue over how to count jobs they fund

When times got rough a few years ago… law schools took solace in being able to give some refuge to unemployed graduates.  Read more at Bloomberg Law.

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Innocence is irrelevant

This is the age of the plea bargain and millions of Americans are suffering the consequences.  Read more in The Atlantic.

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