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States spend less on legal defense for the poor

State spending on legal defense for the poor slumped in recent years, as court budgets felt the pinch from the financial crisis, according to a new study by the Justice Department’s research arm. Read more at The Wall Street Journal…

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Go to law school. Rack up debt. Make $62,000

Leslie Thompson earns $40,000 a year working two jobs, but her Albuquerque, N.M., house almost went into foreclosure twice this year. Thompson's trade? She's a lawyer. Lawyers have been struggling for a while now, but it's gotten even worse: Half of lawyers are now starting at a salary of less than $62,000 a year, according to the National Association for Law Placement. Read more at CNN Money…

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For some, a cause for celebration
Still reeling from the controversy over its scrutiny of nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80 percent of the organizations seeking tax-exempt status, TIME reports. Read more at Philanthropy News Digest…

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Nebraska State Bar Association

Bar Association program steers law students to rural Nebraska jobs
The Nebraska State Bar Association has received a grant for its program that tries to attract law students to small towns across the state. The $15,000 from the American Bar Association will offset some of the costs of placing 10 law clerks in rural communities for five weeks in 2015. Read more at…

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State Court Budgets Cope With Demand for Interpreters
​​Judge David Segura of Santa Fe County Magistrate Court called his first housing case of the day, a disagreement between Gabriela Herrera and her landlord over a rental payment. In Spanish, Ms. Herrera — born in California, raised in Mexico and a resident of this city for six years — recounted her side of the story, fixing her eyes on the judge, whose eyes, in turn, kept shifting to the interpreter translating her words into English in a booming baritone. Read more at The New York Times…

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton “gets it”

Gov. Mark Dayton has greatly increased the diversity of Minnesota judges through appointing female and minority judges to Minnesota courts, according to analysis by the administration. Since 2011, Dayton has appointed 76 new judges to fill vacancies…. increasing the racial diversity of the state’s judges by 53 percent, and the number of female judges by 18 percent. Read more at the Star Tribune…​​

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As state lawyers age, few law school graduates seeking to replace them in rural Maine
… Lawyers practicing in Maine are aging, especially those who practice outside the state’s urban areas, a recent study prepared for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court found. Not enough students are graduating from law schools who want to live and work in rural Maine to replace them. “The bar is clearly graying in rural Maine….” Read more at Bangor Daily News…

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Sandra Day O'Connor decries letting 'cash in the court' with judicial elections
Sandra Day O’Connor may have left the bench but she still has a bully pulpit. The retired U.S. Supreme Court justice has released a plan for revamping the selection process for state court judges with the Quality Judges Initiative, which advocates to replace elections for judges with bipartisan nominating commissions. Read more at Daily News…

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Bar exam proposal divides attorneys
Attorneys around Iowa say not requiring graduates of the state's law schools to pass the bar exam would damage the profession's reputation and put clients in the hands of incompetent lawyers. Read more at The Des Moines Register…

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