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Sep 28, 2023

Courts’ work will continue amid government shutdown

Lawyers with federal court cases calendared for next week won’t get a respite even if the U.S. government shuts down. “They’ve got court on Monday. They should be there,” Katherine Hord Simon, clerk for the Western District of North Carolina, said. “The main thing for us is we will be operating business as usual.” Two […]

Sep 27, 2023

Technology and legal education 

When students register for the paralegal studies program at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va. they will meet a multicultural cast of characters for a four-minute online orientation.  In the real world, an orientation video like this would have taken weeks to create. But Melissa Brooks, an associate professor and the paralegal program director, has […]

Sep 25, 2023

VIDEO: 5 Questions With … Tom A. Killoren Jr. 

By Rasmus S. Jorgensen Compassionate counsel and aggressive advocacy are two key values for Tom Killoren.  The KD Trial Lawyers partner says what he likes most about the law is that it applies equally to everyone; someone with few means has access to the same judicial system as large corporations.   At least in theory. There […]

Sep 20, 2023

VIDEO: Counsel’s focus firmly set on reproductive rights 

Behind Susanna Birdsong’s mild voice stands a steely resolve.  The counsel for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic speaks clearly and unequivocally about her job and what she sees as its importance to herself and others.  “The issue of reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy was deeply personal to me,” she said about what drew her to the […]

Sep 20, 2023

South Carolina says it has secured execution drug

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has obtained a drug needed to carry out lethal injections and is ready to perform the state’s first execution in over 12 years, officials announced Tuesday. The pause on executions wasn’t official. The state’s supply of the three drugs it used to kill inmates expired and drug companies refused to sell […]

Sep 18, 2023

NIL law changes face of college athletics

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that college athletes can be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness, lawyers who handle NIL cases are still defining the specifics of practicing in that field.  NIL law effectively became a field of practice after the court’s unanimous decision in NCAA v. Alston. […]

Sep 14, 2023

VIDEO: New SCAJ president Killoren talks barriers to the court system

Tom Killoren Jr., a personal injury lawyer with KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg, recently was sworn in as president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. The group seeks “to ensure that the little guy is heard, and Killoren is part of that effort,” Rasmus Jorgensen reports in the 5 Questions profile in the September edition […]

Sep 14, 2023

VIDEO: Lawyer ponders future of reproductive rights

Susanna Birdsong, the general counsel and vice president of compliance for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, is very familiar with the controversies surrounding abortion and other reproductive rights issues. In a video available now that will accompany the profile of her to be posted at, she discusses the state of reproductive freedom her three daughters might experience on[...]

Sep 13, 2023

Illinois puts end to cash bail next week

CHICAGO — It took 4½ months for Shannon Ross’ life to unravel. Ross, who describes himself as Indigenous and a person of color, was arrested in Chicago in October 2019 on weapons charges and ultimately found not guilty. But that came only after he spent months in jail awaiting trial, lost his home, car, job […]

Sep 12, 2023

Antitrust trial centers of Google search engine’s power

The U.S. government is taking aim at what has been an indomitable empire: Google’s ubiquitous search engine that has become the internet’s main gateway. The legal attack will swing into full force today in a Washington federal courtroom that will serve as the battleground for the biggest U.S. antitrust trial since regulators went after Microsoft […]

Sep 11, 2023

Legal fight expected over Grisham’s gun order

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public in and around Albuquerque will spur a legal fight but might also raise public awareness about gun violence, legal scholars and advocates said. “It’s going to be challenged. But she’s trying to move the debate,” Jessica Levinson, a law […]

Sep 8, 2023

Kavanaugh predicts ‘concrete steps’ over ethics

CLEVELAND — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told a judicial conference on Thursday he hopes there will be “concrete steps soon” to address recent ethics concerns surrounding the court, but he stopped short of addressing calls for justices to institute an official code of conduct. “We can increase confidence. We’re working on that,” Kavanaugh told […]

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