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LEGAL TRADE ASSOCIATION DECLARES WAR ON LEGALLY MEANINGLESS TERM: American Bar Association Pledges …

LEGAL TRADE ASSOCIATION DECLARES WAR ON LEGALLY MEANINGLESS TERM: American Bar Association Pledges To Fight “Hate Speech.” Legal Blogger Scott Greenfield is not impressed, and announces the ABA’s self-inflicted demise via its president, Linda Klein: The ABA hasn’t aged well. It’s been taken over by the fragile, the intellectually weak, the dishonest, who have subverted […]

Chicago Tribune:Valparaiso Law School Faces Two Bleak Choices — 'Admit More Unprepared Students Or Face Reality And Close'

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Chicago Tribune, Valparaiso University's Law School Might Face Bleak Choices: Two weeks ago in a nearly unprecedented backhand, the American Bar Association punished two law schools 723 miles apart for similar indiscretions. One was put on probation for two years. The other...

ABA Punishes Law Schools for Low Bar Pass Rates

It's bad enough failing the bar exam, but when your law school fails bar association standards, that's just disheartening. The American Bar Association has now sanctioned three law schools for not preparing students to succeed in school and pass the bar exam. Basically, the schools got a "D" or......

“CFPB seeks to silence investigation targets, drawing fire on free speech”

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

A proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has drawn “unanimous fire from a broad coalition of financial companies, as well as from the American Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union, which called it unconstitutional. Show More Summary

NYT: Bar Association backs away from 'Trump libel bully' report

The American Bar Association backed away from the "libel bully" label out of fear of a lawsuit, The New York Times reported.        

NYT: Bar Association backs away from 'Trump libel bully' report

last monthNews : USAToday: News

The American Bar Association backed away from the "libel bully" label out of fear of a lawsuit, The New York Times reported.        

ABA Tightens Bar Passage Standards for Law Schools

The American Bar Association has some bad news for law schools that churn out J.D.s who never pass the bar, despite three years of study and six figures of student debt: You'll have to start doing better. On Friday, the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and......

American Bar Association Produces Report Calling Trump a Libel Bully, Censors It Because He’s a Libel Bully

Throughout his career, Donald Trump has consistently threatened his critics with lawsuits in order to silence them—including, just last week, the women who have accused him of sexual assault. Disturbed by this censorial use of the law, the American Bar Association commissioned a report on Trump’s attempts to stifle free expression. Show More Summary

Chickenshit American Bar Association Scared Out Of Publishing Report Calling Trump A Libel Bully

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've talked a lot about Donald Trump and his ridiculous views on defamation and the First Amendment -- including his penchant for threatening defamation lawsuits against basically everyone who says something he dislikes. He rarely follows...Show More Summary

'Libel Bully' Report on Trump Is Maybe a Bit Too Convincing

"It is more than a little ironic," one lawyer involved tells the New York Times. He's got a point: The irony refers to a decision by the American Bar Association not to publish a report concluding that Donald Trump is a "libel bully." Higher-ups at the ABA balked in part...

American Bar Association Holds Report on Trump’s Legal Threats Over Concerns of Legal Threat

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

Donald Trump is notorious for threatening lawsuits against news organizations that run negative things about him (you may have heard about that recently), and the American Bar Association commissioned a report on it. Their reason for withholding it is the height of irony.

Fearing Trump, Bar Association Stifles Report Calling Him a ‘Libel Bully’

Critics of the American Bar Association said the decision was ironic since the group is supposed to explore issues about threats to free speech.

ABA Council Approves 75% Minimum Bar Pass Rate

National Law Journal, Tighter Bar-Pass Rule Adopted by ABA Accrediting Body: The American Bar Association body that accredits law schools voted on Friday to tighten the bar exam-passage standard that schools must meet in order to get the organization’s accreditation blessing. The ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education...

ABA Dodges a Bullet, Won't Lose Law School Accreditation Powers

The American Bar Association won't lose its ability to accredit new law schools, at least not in the immediate future. The Department of Education informed the bar association law week that it was rejecting a recommendation that it suspend the ABA's power to accredit new law schools for a......

Deans Endorse ABA's Proposed 75% Bar Passage Accreditation Requirement

National Law Journal: A Tightened Bar Passage Standard is Needed, by Daniel Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern) & Craig Boise (Dean, Syracuse): The American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has proposed tightening up its regulation of those law schools with a significant ­percentage of graduates who...

Look Who Is Gutting The First Amendment!

Submitted by Johanna Markind via The Gatestone Institute, "The [American Bar Association] wants to do exactly what the text calls for: limit lawyers' expression of viewpoints that it disapproves of.... state courts and state bars should...Show More Summary

Experts Fear American Bar Association's New Misconduct Rule Will Punish Lawyers Who Criticize Gay Marriage

Legal experts are expressing concerns over the recently approved revisions to the American Bar Association's misconduct rule, which some critics claim creates a "speech code" banning criticism of issues like gay marriage and Islam.

“My inference is that the ABA wants to … limit lawyers’ expression of viewpoints that it disapproves of.”

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Eugene Volokh on troubling implications for speech of the American Bar Association’s new adoption of rules declaring it a professional responsibility violation for lawyers to express bias in various ways, including in the course of “law-related social activities.” More: ABA Journal, Ron Rotunda/WSJ, Stephen Bainbridge. Show More Summary

Law Professor: ABA Discrimination Code Tramples on Lawyer Speech

Backers of the new professional misconduct code adopted by the American Bar Association say they're an overdue step to combat discrimination and bias in the legal profession. But controversy around the ethics rules persists.

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