ACLU asks full appeals court to hear undocumented teen's abortion case | Birth certificates should document same-sex parents, Ark. high court says | FBI director Wray calls for FISA renewal, more device access
October 23, 2017
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ACLU asks full appeals court to hear undocumented teen's abortion case
The American Civil Liberties Union on Sunday petitioned for an en banc appeals court hearing in the case of a pregnant 17-year-old girl who is undocumented. The request comes after a three-judge panel gave the Department of Health and Human Services until Oct. 31 to find a sponsor who could follow through on a Texas judge's previous order authorizing an abortion.
CNN (10/23),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/23) 
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Birth certificates should document same-sex parents, Ark. high court says
A decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court supports the inclusion of nonbiological same-sex parents on birth certificates, but the matter of creating a legal procedure for implementing the ruling remains unresolved. "Extending the benefit of the statutes at issue to same-sex spouses will implement the mandate of the Supreme Court of the United States without impermissible rewriting of the statutes," Justice Robin Wynne wrote
Courthouse News Service (10/20) 
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FBI director Wray calls for FISA renewal, more device access
FBI director Wray calls for FISA renewal, more device access
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The FBI's inability to access data in more than 6,900 devices because of encryption has hindered its investigative capabilities, Director Christopher Wray said on Sunday. Wray also cautioned against allowing the act authorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to expire.
The Associated Press (10/22) 
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DHS, FBI issue warning to infrastructure sectors
DHS, FBI issue warning to infrastructure sectors
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The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently warned infrastructure sectors, including the energy industry, about the increased risk of attack through a "multi-stage intrusion campaign." The agencies noted that their own systems had been compromised through a phishing campaign, but they did not specify what was affected.
The Hill (10/21) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Commentary: Even small steps can develop leadership culture
Creating a leadership culture in a law firm can start with one or two introductory steps, such as periodic attendance at committee meetings, writes Anna Rappaport of Excelleration Coaching. Rappaport also suggests actively seeking recommendations of potential leaders, noting that "[c]reating a leadership culture is not a one-person job."
ABA Law Practice Today online (10/12) 
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Commentary: Think differently to overcome impostor syndrome
Impostor syndrome, which involves a fear of being revealed as a fraud, is fairly common and erodes productivity as well as happiness, writes attorney and life coach Kara Loewentheil. Learning to change the thought process behind impostor syndrome to focus on more confident thoughts is the key, she writes.
Above the Law (10/20) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
Honolulu prosecutor, former police chief indicted in fraud case
Retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and deputy city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, who are married, and four other people face 20 federal counts including bank fraud, obstruction, identity theft and conspiracy. They are accused of a financial scheme for personal gain and arranging for police officers to discredit Katherine Kealoha's uncle when a dispute could have led to the discovery of the alleged scheme.
The Associated Press (10/21) 
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Family of Marine charged with hate crime says Ore. assault was spurred by PTSD
Friends and family of Damien Rodriguez, a former Marine charged with a felony hate crime after throwing a chair at an Iraqi restaurant server in Portland, Ore., say the incident was the result of inadequately treated post-traumatic stress disorder. Rodriguez has offered to apologize for the event, and prosecutors say a pretrial agreement could reduce the likelihood he will spend time in prison.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/18) 
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D.C. Bar News
Pro Bono Center + Mess Hall = A thriving food community
Pro Bono Center + Mess Hall = A thriving food community
Goldberg (left) and Maxwell (Patrice Gilbert Photography)
Read about how meetings between Al Goldberg of Mess Hall and Darryl Maxwell of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Small Business Legal Assistance Program helped Mess Hall become a robust food business incubator with 40 members serving the D.C. community.
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One week left to comment
One week left to comment
The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure invites comments on the qualifications of four judges to continue their judicial service as senior judges. The deadline is next Monday, Oct. 30.
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