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ICE says it won't make immigration sweeps at courthouses

ICE agents with detaineeFederal immigration officials ...say their agents will enter court buildings to seize specific immigrants but will not conduct sweeps in search of anyone else who is undocumented.

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ABA's law school oversight needs younger perspectives, report finds

ABA SignA report by Law School Transparency and the Iowa State Bar Association’s YLD calls for the American Bar Association's law school accreditation arm to change its composition.

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Rarely do sexual misconduct allegations against judges become public

Shadow in front of justiceThe abuse women have suffered in the nation's courthouses has been a largely untold story.

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Law school applications increased by more than 10% this year over last year

Woman studying in libraryExperts say the recent spike in interest in the legal profession is driven both by economic growth and the political news cycle.

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Freelanced: the rise of the contract workforce

Office buildingIn the legal field, there are online platforms that match freelance lawyers with clients. It's like dating profiles — but with customer reviews and billing assistance.

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DOJ quietly closes office to make legal aid more accessible

Department of Justice buildingThe Justice Department has effectively shuttered an Obama-era office dedicated to making legal aid accessible to all citizens...

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BYU law students create online tool to help Utahns fight debt collectors in court without a lawyer

SoloSuit on screenBYU law students created SoloSuit, a free online tool whose users answer simple questions about their cases, similar to tax preparation software. Those answers are then generated into a proper document that a defendant can print and submit to the courts.

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Florida Supreme Court livestreams arguments on Facebook

Florida Supreme Court FacebookThe move toward transparency puts Florida leaps and bounds ahead of other courts around the country.

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SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor charms a crowd of law students, lawyers and judges

Justice Sotomayor in conversationShe spoke at the University of Houston Law Center, commenting on legal ed, the quality of lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court & the intersection of politics and the law.

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Are felons fit to be lawyers? increasingly, the answer is yes

Tara SimmonsTarra Simmons, a former drug addict who had been incarcerated twice, earned a law degree with honors.

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