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

2 hours agoIndustries / 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...

New York Times: Bar Association backs away from 'Trump libel bully' report

12 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

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

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

14 hours 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.”

2 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.

William Caudill Named Chair of ABA Tax Section

ABA Tax Section Press Release: William H. Caudill, a partner in the Houston, TX, office of Norton Rose Fulbright, has been selected to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest organization of tax lawyers. Mr. Caudill will serve a one-year term, to be succeeded by Karen...

The ABA sets forth a de facto speech code for lawyers

(Paul Mirengoff) The American Bar Association has long been a leftist outfit. So it’s not surprising to see its leftism manifested in a new provision in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct — rules that, as Eugene Volokh says, have been adopted by many states as binding on lawyers practicing there. Show More Summary

McArdle:ABA Should Shut Down 'Avaricious' Law Schools That Make 'Morally Abhorrent' Decision To Admit Students With Little Chance Of Paying Off Their Loans, Despite Adverse Effects On Diversity

Bloomberg View: Crack Down on Law Schools That Don’t Pass the Bar, by Megan McArdle: The American Bar Association is considering a plan that would endanger the accreditation of any law school where fewer than three-quarters of the students pass the bar within two years. That is setting up a...

Don't Call Me 'Darling': American Bar Association Bans Sexist Language

2 months agoNews : The Two-Way

The bar has passed a resolution prohibiting conduct that lawyers should "know or reasonably know" is harassment or discrimination, following the lead of many U.S. states.

Sorry Toots, the Boys Can't Call Ya Honey Anymore

It just got harder to demean other attorneys on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability, age, or other factors, when engaging in conduct related to the practice of law. On Monday, at the American Bar Association's national meeting in San Francisco, the ABA adopted new rules that make......

“As 17 states enact new voter laws, panelists disagree on their impact on voting”

ABA: Panelists on the Aug. 6 American Bar Association program “Post-Shelby Voter and Election Laws: Necessary Measures to Prevent Voter Fraud, the Result of Budgetary Limitations, or Denial of Access to Justice” divided down the middle and never found common … Continue reading ?

American Bar Association Votes To Prohibit Calling Women "Honey" or "Darling" In Court

The American Bar Association voted on Monday topenalize lawyers who refer to women in the courtroom as "honey" or "darling." This was in response...

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