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ABA raves about Merrick Garland, says he 'may be the perfect human being,' Republicans unmoved

The American Bar Association has given Merrick Garland a perfect score, its highest possible rating as a prospective Supreme Court Justice. The superlatives coming from the group are unbelievable. To describe the ABA's endorsement as...Show More Summary

The American Bar Association Gives Its Highest Rating to Chief Judge Garland

Today, the American Bar Association (ABA) completed its months-long evaluation of Chief Judge Merrick Garland's professional qualifications and assessed him as unanimously "Well Qualified"—its highest possible rating. The ABA is one of the largest and most respected nonpartisan legal organizations in the country. Show More Summary

ABA Showers Supreme Court Nominee Garland With Praise

The American Bar Association's evaluation of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland reads less like a review than a thesaurus of acclaim.

Yet Another Legal Organization Throws Its Weight Behind Merrick Garland

The American Bar Association has given its highest rating to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In a report sent to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday, the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary deemed Garland “well qualified” to serve on the court. Show More Summary

ABA endorsement suggests Merrick Garland may be ‘the perfect human being.’ Republicans raise doubts.

The American Bar Association gave its highest possible rating to Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, at a moment when the campaign to give him a hearing and a vote in the U.S. Senate seems to have stalled. The White House touted the ABA's nod of approval as proof of Garland's "record […]

The ABA Is Auditing Law School Placement Data For The First Time

National Law Journal: ABA to Audit Law Schools' Job Stats for Accuracy, by Karen Sloan: For the first time, the American Bar Association is randomly auditing graduate employment data reported by law schools to ensure its accuracy. The closer scrutiny of the jobs numbers has been in the works since...

Crack into a Homebrew in Baltimore

The Bar Towel is proud to present our annual preview of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference, now known as Homebrew Con, taking place from June 9th to 11th, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. This article will cover highlights of the conference as well as recommended beer destinations in Baltimore. Show More Summary

NLJ:Law Grad Employment Rates Up, But Class Size Is Smaller

National Law Journal, Law Grad Employment Rates Up, But Class Size Is Smaller: The latest law school graduate employment data from the American Bar Association show mixed results for the class of 2015. A slightly higher percentage of graduates landed in long-term, full-time jobs that require bar passage 10 months...

The ABA Wants Your Help Picking the Best Legal Fiction

If you like the law and you love literature, the American Bar Association wants to hear from you. The ABA and the University of Alabama School of Law announced the finalists for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction last week. The Harper Lee Prize (which the late......

On the Venerable American Bar Association or the Myth of Normal and Good in Adoption

Since November 2013 I, white adoptive co-dad of two domestically adopted black children, started to document the daily news on adoption and adoption related issues. I searched the web not only for news, but for blog posts by adoptedShow More Summary

Leftwing American Bar Association Considering... Speech Code for Lawyers

And the violation of that speech code could get you disbarred -- so, you know, like the Hollywood Blacklist. Amazing. It's incredible -- the speech code would bar any microaggression against anyone on the list of Special Snowflakes, but carves...

Lawyers Are Skeptical of ABA's Law Firm Biz Restructuring Proposals

A bevy of solo attorneys recently responded to the American Bar Association's invite to comment on the proposal to allow non-lawyer investing in law firms. Forty-three individuals submitted their comments: only one thought it was a good idea. Now that may sound like good new for those opposed, but a......

News From the World of Tolerance — the American Bar Association Considers a Speech Code for Lawyers

This was inevitable. It appears that a committee of the American Bar Associ?ation is recommending that the ABA amend its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to include a rather blatant speech code. Over at the Washington Post, Eugene...Show More Summary

More On The 'Grim' ABA Jobs Data For Law School Graduates

Kyle McEntee (Law School Transparency), How Law School Job Rates Changed This Year: Last week, the American Bar Association released the latest law school employment data. The entry-level market for new graduates remains grim. Nationally, the legal job rate is up slightly from 58% to 59.2% for 2015 graduates. However,...

Why Do Lawyers Hate the ABA's Proposed Anti-Discrimination Rule?

The American Bar Association is currently considering amending the Model Rules on attorney misconduct to make "discrimination and harassment" a professionally punishable offense. That's great, right? After all, pretty much no one is for discrimination and harassment. Except the wording of the proposed amendment has many attorneys up in......

LoPucki:Six-Hour Experiential Learning Accreditation Requirement Puts ABA On Collision Course With Ph.D.-Laden Law Faculties

National Law Journal op-ed: With Ph.D. Hiring Trend, Who'll Help Law Students Find the Courthouse?, by Lynn M. LoPucki (UCLA): The American Bar Association's adoption two years ago of an accreditation standard requiring law schools to provide students with six credit hours of experiential learning has put the ABA on...

The IRS Scandal, Day 1098

Politico, Morning Tax: IT’S TUESDAY, and we’re marking the third anniversary of the IRS’s tea party controversy — or more specifically, the day that Lois Lerner answered a planted question at an American Bar Association conference. (That’s LLAPQABA, for short.).... Show More Summary

Labor “persuader” rule blasted at House hearing

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

On “Wednesday the American Bar Association joined others in asking federal lawmakers to reconsider the [Labor Department’s] revised rule [requiring more extensive disclosure of the identities of outside professionals hired to resist unionization, as well as other clients of those professionals]. Show More Summary

Chinese Rights Lawyer Strikes Back at ABA Over Scuttled Book

A feud between a Chinese human rights lawyer and the American Bar Association over a proposed book has gone from bad to worse.

ABA to Lawmakers: We Didn’t Bow to China

The American Bar Association says it was bowing to market reality — not China — when it pulled the plug on a book project with a prominent Chinese human-rights lawyer, according to a letter from the group's top officers to U.S. lawmakers.

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