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

Hurricane Harvey Flooding - Army National Guard PhotoThe 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. 

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Calif. Bill would restrict immigration enforcement in state courts

ICE agents“Courthouses, schools and other state offices are a refuge for millions of the most vulnerable Californians...” Read more in The Recorder...

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Technology lets workday continue for Houston law firms

Flooded hydrantHouston-based law firms ... as well as technology providers with offices in the region appear to have been largely able to keep operations going as flood waters crippled much of the city. Read more in Legaltech news...

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Bar Examiners recommend no change to California standards

"Bar Exam Pass Predictor: See your chances of passing the next bar exam!"The California State Bar’s committee of bar examiners voted ... to recommend that the state Supreme Court keep the bar exam minimum passing score at 144. Read more at Courthouse News...

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Cities are guaranteeing tenants a lawyer to help them fight eviction

Eviction notice on door In eviction cases, 90% of landlords have a lawyer, and 90% of tenants do not. To fight gentrification and displacement, cities are trying to correct that imbalance. Read more at FastCompany...

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Should judges use their roles to effect social change?

Rainbow flag in front of courtA dialog about whether “activist judges” are real. Read more in Slate...

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How can technology solve our access to justice crisis?

Mary JuettenAccess to justice, the justice gap, or equal justice, all describe the same problem. Read more in the ABA Journal...

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With 220 languages spoken in Calif., courts face an interpreter shortage

Judge CuellarFederal law enforcement began investigating California’s courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters. Read more in the Los Angeles Times...

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In aftermath of Harvey, lawyers mobilize to help Houston victims

Harvey shelterPro bono attorney Saundra Brown sat at a United Way in Houston for hours on Thursday, fielding questions about insurance claims and disaster-relief scams. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

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The lawyers working as first responders to hurricane Harvey

House affected by Hurricane HarveyWith much of the Houston area still underwater… it might seem an odd time for victims of Hurricane Harvey to think about legal services. Read more in The Atlantic...

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Jury duty is rare but most Americans see it as part of good citizenship

Jury boxThe chances of serving on a jury in any given year are small, but most Americans still see it as part of being a good citizen. Read more at Pew Research...

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