"New York State's Top Judge Permits Early Bar Exam in Exchange for Pro Bono Work":
Wednesday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article
that begins, "In an effort to bolster the number of lawyers for the poor, New York State's top judge has cleared the way for law students to take the bar exam early in return for devoting their last semester to pro bono work."
Slate is publishing a series of essays by Tanner Colby titled "The Massive Liberal Failure on Race":
This week's installment is titled "Affirmative action doesn't work. It never did. It's time for a new solution
Last week's installment, which was part one of the series, was titled "How the left's embrace of busing hurt the cause of integration."
"How a Single Gay Juror Brought Down Nevada's Same-Sex Marriage Ban":
Mark Joseph Stern has this essay
online at Slate.
"Clarence Thomas: Society is overly sensitive about race."
Chris Moody of Yahoo News has this report
"California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard retiring":
Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this update
"Terrorism Lawyer's Access to Secret Papers Fought by U.S."
Bloomberg News has this report
"Appeals court rules 'Choose Life' plates unconstitutional for NC":
The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina has a news update
that begins, "A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that North Carolina's attempt to offer a 'Choose Life' license plate and not offer an abortion-rights plate was unconstitutional."
And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court declares North Carolina anti-abortion license plate unconstitutional."
You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit at this link.
"Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor; Gov. Jay Inslee this morning announced a moratorium on executions while he is in office: 'During my term we will not be executing people.'"
The Seattle Times has this news update
And The Associated Press reports that "Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty."
The prepared remarks of the Governor of Washington State on this issue can be accessed here.
"Appeals court quashes IRS tax-return preparer crackdown":
Reuters has this report
The Associated Press reports that "IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers."
And Bloomberg News reports that "IRS Lacks Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers, Court Says."
You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
"Court turns down Gitmo force-feeding challenge":
The Associated Press has this report
Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has a blog post titled "Court: Guantanamo force-feeding likely legal."
And at his "Suits & Sentences" blog, Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau has a post titled "Appeals court declines to stop Guantanamo force-feeding."
You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
"Cincinnati again center of gay-marriage fight; Same-sex parents file suit to get both their names on birth certificates": This front page article
appears today in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
"Nebraska city to reconsider 2010 immigration law":
The Associated Press has this report
from Fremont, Nebraska.
"Reading the Numbers: The drop in abortion rates."
In the February 17, 2014 issue of The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot has a Talk of the Town comment
that begins, "Last week's report about the declining abortion rate in the United States was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups."
"Defining the role of appellate courts": This post
appears today at the "a public defender" blog.
"Holder v. Roberts: The Attorney General makes voting rights the test case of his tenure."
Jeffrey Toobin has this "Annals of Law" article
(subscription required for full access) in the February 17, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
In news coverage, The Washington Times has an article headlined "Eric Holder to step down this year: report."
"How Obama Officials Cried 'Terrorism' to Cover Up a Paperwork Error":
Today at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post
that begins, "After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error."
"Federal judge speaks on intelligence, surveillance; Part of a security series hosted by the Watson Institute, seminar focuses on surveillance politics":
Today's edition of The Brown Daily Herald contains an article
that begins, "As controversy surrounding the National Security Agency's surveillance programs continues to brew, Bruce Selya, senior federal judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, spoke Monday on the inner workings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including concerns about secrecy and privacy."
You can learn more about yesterday's event via this link.
"LDS Church, other faiths say same-sex marriage opposition not due to bigotry": This article
appears today in The Deseret News.
"Argentina to file bond petition on Feb. 17 to U.S. Supreme Court - report":
Reuters has this article
"Group opposes Supreme Court review of Chancery Court's arbitration forum; Open govt. coalition fighting secret forum": This article
appears today in The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.