Corrected: Well-known human rights lawyer Jerome J. Shestack, who served as president of the ABA in 1997-98, died Thursday. He was 88.In an obituary Friday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that during his career, Shestack “was appalled by the violence that people heap upon each other in the world, sometimes seeing it with his own eyes, and ached to do something about it.”Shestack chaired the International League for Human Rights and was the U.S. representative on the United Nations Human Rights Council during the Carter Administration. In 1993, he led a delegation of human-rights leaders to the Balkans. Of his visit, he said: “It is a bitter, disillusioning and dispiriting experience to see that people can treat each other with such brutality as we approach the 21st century.”In an ABA Journal interview in 2006, when Shestack received the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor, he recounted two key influences on his legal career: a quote from … [Read more...] about Former ABA President Jerome Shestack, Known for His Human Rights Work, Dies at 88
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When Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced its 2014 fellows, there was one law student who stood out.She is Sarah Hess—the first Skadden Fellow from an unranked law school since 2010, the National Law Journal reports. Hess attends the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She will work with a health-care network that serves mostly low-income patients through the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.Hess will offer free legal advice to families in areas such as housing, public benefits, Medicaid and domestic violence, the story says. “Put a child in the best classroom with the best teacher, but if they don’t know where they are going to sleep that night, they’re not going to learn effectively,” she told the NLJ.Skadden named 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks as its 2014 Skadden Fellows, whose public interest work will be funded for two years, according to this press release.Since the program was founded in … [Read more...] about For the first time since 2010, a Skadden fellow is from an unranked law school
See related story “Best Be Behavin’ in Beijing.”Kelly Crabb made his first Olympics at the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games. Now he’s a member of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics team. And though he has no shot at making Vancouver in 2010, he’s pushing to be a part of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and the London summer team in 2012.But Crabb isn’t an athlete.“I wish I was,” laughs the Los Angeles-based partner at Morrison & Foerster. Crabb and his Beijing-based partner, Steven Toronto, act as international counsel to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. In that capacity, Crabb and Toronto oversee legal work at Morrison & Foerster offices around the globe on issues such as venue construction, ticketing, broadcasting and intellectual property protection.“We were engaged in the fall of 2002 and have worked with BOCOG ever since,” Crabb says. “It takes six years to get … [Read more...] about U.S. Lawyers Go for the Gold!
Through the ABA Journal’s monthly 10 Questions feature, reporter Jenny B. Davis spent 2016 speaking to legal professionals of all different backgrounds and walks of life. Here are the 12 fascinating people we got to know this year, along with an abridged introduction and some of the questions they answered.Roberta Kaplan: From lesbian moms to Airbnb, she makes sure laws keep pace with changeRoberta Kaplan could be described as a specialist in emerging law. She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs. A Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner in New York City, she successfully argued U.S. v. Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, winning a landmark verdict that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Her book about the case, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, was published last fall. And she’s achieved significant legal victories on behalf of … [Read more...] about 12 months of 10 Questions: Meet some of the fascinating lawyers we profiled in 2016
Jerome J. Shestack, a lawyer recognized for his work in the human rights field who served as ABA president in 1997-98, died on Aug. 18. He was 88.Shestack was a past chair of the International League for Human Rights and was the U.S. representative on the U.N. Human Rights Council during the Carter administration. In 1963, he helped organize a meeting at the White House of prominent lawyers from around the country that led to the founding of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and he served as the group’s first executive director. He also was the first chair of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).In 1993, Shestack led a human rights delegation to the former Yugoslavia, which was embroiled in a bloody ethnic conflict. “It is a bitter, disillusioning and dispiriting experience to see that people can treat each other with such brutality as we approach the 21st century,” he said later. Five years later, while serving as ABA … [Read more...] about Past ABA President Jerome Shestack Dies; Widely Known for Human Rights Work
For anyone who thinks the civil rights movement is defined by grainy 1960s news footage and austere, mostly male advocates, meet Kristen Clarke. Through leadership roles at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Justice Department and the New York State Attorney General’s Office, this dynamic lawyer has been on the forefront of the 21st century civil rights movement, fighting on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens over issues of race, gender and sexual orientation. In January, Clarke became president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. This Washington, D.C.-based group was formed in the 1960s at the behest of President John F. Kennedy to galvanize the private bar in the fight for equal justice, but it’s never been more relevant—and more necessary—than it is today. Its latest challenge: elections. Through a national program called Election Protection, Clarke and the committee are working … [Read more...] about 10 Questions: Kristen Clarke is a leader in 21st century fight for civil rights
(Reproduced by permission. ©2007 Colorado Bar Association, 36 The Colorado Lawyer 71 (Nov. 2007). All rights reserved.) Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics articles are sponsored by the CBA Ethics Committee. Articles published here do not necessarily reflect the legal interpretation of the Committee. The impending changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct are significant for in-house counsel. In addition to the changes applicable to all lawyers, some Rules will now apply to in-house counsel that previously did not.The Rules of Professional Conduct (Rules) apply to in-house counsel, although how they apply is less obvious and less discussed than it is for outside counsel. Significant changes to the Rules (New Rules) become effective on January 1, 2008. An article by Marcy Glenn and Mike Berger that provides an overview of changes made to the existing Rules (Current Rules) by the New Rules on a rule-byrule basis was published in the August 2007 issue of The … [Read more...] about The New Rules of Professional Conduct: Significant Changes for In-House Counsel
always the risk of a lawsuit. No one needs that headache, so most employers just zip it after someone is ousted. But as we’ve seen time and time again, the Trump administration is anything but typical or careful.In a standard can’t-keep-their-mouths-shut maneuver, Trump and his people threw blame wherever they could. First, 45 specifically called out James Comey for mishandling Emailgate (a potentially valid point, but more likely to be a reason for Trump to want to promote Comey, not fire him). Then, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, subbing in for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, held a presser in which she accused Comey of having “lost the support of the rank and file.”Here’s the thing, though. All evidence seems to show that Comey hadn’t lost the support of the rank and file. Not even a little. POLITICO reported a statement by Thomas O’Connor, a counterterrorism FBI special agent who … [Read more...] about Could James Comey Now Sue White House for Defamation?
Donald Trump that makes them ripe for trolling. The latest to publicly fall victim is White House counsel Ty Cobb, who couldn’t help but respond to an email from a stranger who criticized his decision to be part of the current administration.Cobb, a former partner at Hogan Lovells, joined Team Trump in July to handle matters related to the Russia investigations being conducted by congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Washington, D.C. restaurant owner Jeff Jetton figured out Cobb’s White House email address and messaged him late Tuesday, saying, “How are you sleeping at night? You’re a monster.”Now, many people in the public eye may take rude emails like this in stride, but on this night, Cobb took the bait. “Like a baby,” he replied. Jetton, who had already published more formal exchanges with others tied to the Russia probe like Carter Page, kept going, reportedly throwing in profane and sexual … [Read more...] about Seriously?! Another Trump Lawyer Falls for Online Troll, and Goes on Nasty Tirade
Slaughtering the law, prevention of cruelty to animals, cruelty to humans. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 were notified by the Central Government. Ostensibly to regulate animal markets all over India.The term ‘animal market’ is defined in Rule 2(b) as “a market place or sale-yard or any other premises or place to which animals are brought from other places and exposed for sale or auction and includes any lairage adjoining a market or a slaughterhouse and used in connection with it and any place adjoining a market used as a parking area by visitors to the market for parking vehicles and includes animal fair and cattle pound where animals are offered or displayed for sale or auction.”The owner of cattle has to provide a written declaration furnishing his/her details, with photo ID proof, the identification details of the cattle, as well as an undertaking that the cattle has not been … [Read more...] about Ban On Trade Of Cattle For Slaughter, Does The Centre Have The Power?