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Bloomberg Big Law Business, 8/28/17
Lawyers at LCLD Member firm Covington & Burling LLP are expanding on past support of LGBT rights by supporting the American Civil Liberties Union in a suit challenging President Trump’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the armed forces.
The New York Times, 8/14/17
In almost 17 percent of cases when a black man was killed by a white civilian, the killing was considered “justifiable” – either in self defense or when the victim was committing a crime – compared to just 2 percent of civilian homicides overall, according to recent data from The Marshall Project.
ABA Journal, 8/30/17
The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in the state temporarily to provide pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims; the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division is also running a legal aid hotline for Texas and Louisiana.
The New York Times, 8/23/17
Judge Weinstein’s rule sheet invites junior members of legal teams to argue motions that they have worked on, even allowing a number of lawyers to argue for one party, specifically so that more female and minority attorneys can gain experience.
Suggestions include blacking out candidates’ names, collecting referrals from existing candidates (particularly diverse employees), avoiding quick hires, and building a diverse management team.