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University of Montana Law Leaders Resign Amid Retaliation Claims By Sex Assault Accusers  

Dean Paul Kirgis and Associate Dean Sally Weaver are stepping down from their roles at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law after being accused of discouraging women from reporting alleged sexual assaults. So reports The Daily Beast.

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Ex-lawyer Bilked Client Out of a Half Million Bucks By Abusing Power: Prosecutors  

Mark Thomas, a former lawyer, could face as many as 20 years in prison after he was accused of stealing more than $500,000 from a client suffering from dementia. So reports Cleveland.com.

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New Law School Dean Anthony Niedwiecki Wants Minnesota to Ditch the Bar  

The new president of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law said he believes the bar exam is keeping too many smart individuals out of the legal field and, as such, wants Minnesota to get rid of it. So reports a Fox 9 KMSP.

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Britney Spears Wins Big in Conservatorship Saga with Father Jamie

Britney Spears is celebrating her legal victory over her father by taking an island getaway. Meanwhile, her attorney is hard at work investigating alleged misconduct from the pop star’s former conservator. So reports Yahoo!

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Nikola v. Tesla On Hold As Both Sides Radio Silent  

A federal judge has administratively closed a $2 billion lawsuit against Tesla that was filed by hydrogen truck maker Nikola. So reports The Verge.

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Judge Rules Against Alex Jones in Sandy Hook Lawsuit  

Alex Jones, the host of the conspiracy-theory website Infowars, will be held liable for bogus claims he made regarding the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. So reports Newsweek.

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Cali Moves Closer to Trained Paraprofessional Legal Counseling  

California is one step closer to allowing paraprofessionals to offer legal counsel in certain circumstances after the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees gave a preliminary nod of approval. So reports Reuters.

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Trump Family Legal Drama Continues: Donald Takes Niece, NYT to Court  

Ex-President Donald Trump is suing The New York Times and his niece after accusing his estranged family member of breaking a settlement agreement and disclosing tax documents she acquired during a dispute related to patriarch Fred Trump. So reports the Associated Press.

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Washington State Workers Push Back Against Vaccine Mandate in New Court Filing  

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is facing pushback from local and state workers who are challenging his vaccine mandate in court. So reports KOMO News.

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Chauvin, For Now, Representing Himself in George Floyd Murder Appeal  

Now-terminated Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is appealing his murder conviction, at least for the time being, sans a lawyer. So reports Insider.

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