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  • Policies on transgender admissions at women's colleges

    Sat, 30 May 2015 14:37:07 GMT

    Barnard College's Board of Trustees is expected to vote next week on a formal policy governing admission of transgender students. The vote at the Manhattan campus follows those at a number of women's colleges across the country over the past year. The policies, which all acknowledge changing norms regarding gender, differ in their breadth. Here's a look at some of them:

  • Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions

    Sat, 30 May 2015 14:35:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students.

  • Ala judge: Death row inmate got 'raw deal' in murder trial

    Sat, 30 May 2015 14:25:12 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who has spent almost 30 years on death row for a murder he denies committing has an unusual supporter in his bid for freedom: A state judge who once represented the man's co-defendant while working as a defense lawyer.

  • Spain: Scuffles during protest against leftist Podemos party

    Sat, 30 May 2015 13:47:49 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Scuffles have broken out during a small demonstration against the radical leftist Podemos (We Can) party in Madrid six days after local elections boosted its power base in several of Spain's regions.

  • Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire

    Sat, 30 May 2015 13:04:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.

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  • No Anticipatory Invocation of Miranda, Says Penn. Sup. Ct.

    2015-05-29T18:52:27Z

    Ever since Miranda v. Arizona, the right to remain silent, and its companion, the right to have an attorney present during questioning, has been walked back both by the U.S. Supreme Court and various state supreme courts. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a person can't invoke......

  • Do Your LinkedIn Endorsements Matter?

    2015-05-29T19:55:24Z

    LinkedIn endorsements aren't the hardest kinds of endorsements to get. Your mother, your neighbor, even total strangers can endorse you for all sorts of skills, from complex civil litigation to organizing company softball teams. While colleagues can provide detailed recommendations, also featured prominently on your LinkedIn profile, endorsements are a......

  • Can't Deny Good-Time Credit Based on Laws Passed After Sentencing

    2015-05-29T17:19:35Z

    Louisiana cannot revoke sentence-shortening "good-time credits" earned by prisoners based on legal changes that occurred after a prisoner's initial sentencing, the Fifth Circuit ruled this week. The court granted habeas relief for Richard Price, who was sentenced for armed robbery in Louisiana in 1985, and lost all of his......

  • Some Opinions We Missed, and a Fond Farewell

    2015-05-29T19:12:44Z

    Last week, amid lofty opinions about excessive force and the dormant commerce clause, we did not have a chance to report on some of the more work-a-day cases the Supreme Court decided. These decisions -- all of which were unanimous -- don't implicate constitutional principles necessarily, and aren't as contentious......

  • GCs Want More Value, Expertise From Outside Counsel

    2015-05-29T19:01:02Z

    A survey of international General Counsels by TerraLex, a legal referral company, shines some light into what GCs look for when they hire outside counsel -- and how much law firms will have to improve to keep them satisfied. The survey gathered input from 127 chief legal officers companies based......

  • What Was in Osama Bin Laden's Law Library?

    2015-05-29T18:55:23Z

    Just in time to update your summer reading list, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has declassified "Osama's Bookshelf." The list details the 400 some pieces of writing Osama had on hand when his bunker was raided and he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011. So, what beach......

Criminal Law News

  • Oklahoma man shot, killed by police after fight over rescue

    Sat, 30 May 2015 15:54:14 GMT

    OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities say a state trooper has fatally shot a man who was involved in a fight with officers who came to evacuate him and another man from floodwaters.

  • Former Md. Gov. O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race

    Sat, 30 May 2015 15:37:31 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Saturday joined the Democratic presidential race with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination and tried to stake a position to her left on the economy and Wall Street reform.

  • Ala judge: Death row inmate got 'raw deal' in murder trial

    Sat, 30 May 2015 14:25:12 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who has spent almost 30 years on death row for a murder he denies committing has an unusual supporter in his bid for freedom: A state judge who once represented the man's co-defendant while working as a defense lawyer.

  • Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

    Sat, 30 May 2015 13:56:04 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."

  • Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire

    Sat, 30 May 2015 13:04:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.

Supreme Court News

  • Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

    Fri, 29 May 2015 23:54:17 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause.

  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare

    Tue, 26 May 2015 07:13:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • 'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:01:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • High court: Police immune over arrest of mentally ill woman

    Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.

  • Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans

    Mon, 18 May 2015 15:28:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

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