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Is the ABA on the verge of losing law school accreditation power?

ABA LogoThe American Bar Association may be on the brink of a serious rebuke. Read more at Bloomberg Law...

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Law schools are going online to reach new students

Research Button on KeyboardFaced with declining enrollment and revenue, law schools are blending classroom and online instruction to try to attract new students. Read more in The New York Times...

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Why we should federally fund public defenders

HandcuffsLouisiana made national news this spring but not for its annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Read more in the Boston Globe...

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Why free lawyers shouldn’t come cheap

Bonnie HoffmanRyan Ruzic has just about reached the point in his public defender career where he’s supposed to stop being a public defender. Read more in The Christian Science Monitor...

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An expensive law degree with no place to use it

John AcostaBy most measures, John Acosta is a law school success story. Read more in The New York Times...

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Our veterans need help and lawyers are there to step in

"Homeless veteren will work please help god bless" signNew research shows that vets are losing their homes and missing out on crucial benefits because they lack legal aid. Read more in The Washington Post...

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Orlando groups work to provide visa assistance to families in wake of nightclub attack

Orlando VigilOrganizations in Orlando are working together to provide free legal services to victims of the June 12 attacks and their families, particularly those who require visa assistance. Read more in The Atlantic...

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Study finds a ‘gavel gap’ between diversity of judges and the population they serve

Judge in robesA study by the American Constitution Society examines demographic diversity in every state’s courts—and finds that most states are falling short. Read more at

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Courts and judges have become top political targets in 2016 

InterviewFrom the race for the White House to state elections, judges and the courts have become the flashpoint for political disagreement. Kansas may be an important focus of the debate. Read more in the Kansas City Star...

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Unbundling legal services could open the door to innovation 

Stairway to open doorA recent paper from the Brookings Institution suggests that non-lawyer legal services would benefit the economy, too. Read more in the Lawyerist...

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