Ind. abortion provisions unconstitutional, appeals panel finds | Court: Justice Dept. can't withhold funds from sanctuary cities | White House cybersecurity staff changes may prove disruptive
April 20, 2018
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Ind. abortion provisions unconstitutional, appeals panel finds
A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously upheld a 2017 injunction against Indiana's law prohibiting abortions that are based on a fetus' gender, race or possible disability, finding the law unconstitutional; it also voted 2-1 to invalidate a requirement that aborted fetuses be disposed of the same way as human remains. Judge William Bauer wrote that neither Supreme Court precedent nor the 14th Amendment supports invading "this privacy realm to examine the underlying basis for a woman's decision to terminate her pregnancy prior to viability."
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (4/19),  Reuters (4/19) 
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Court: Justice Dept. can't withhold funds from sanctuary cities
The US Department of Justice cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration officers, according to a federal appeals court. "The Attorney General in this case used the sword of federal funding to conscript state and local authorities to aid in federal civil immigration enforcement," the court wrote, adding that "the power of the purse rests with Congress."
Reuters (4/19) 
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Register for NITA’s latest FREE webcast
NITA's newest webcast, "Voir Dire: Juror Elimination" airs Thursday, April 19th at 1:00 pm EST and will subsequently be available to watch on-demand. Learn the finer points of this crucial first step of trial by jury by joining 2018 NITA Next Gen Faculty Nicholas Williams. Register now.
White House cybersecurity staff changes may prove disruptive
The restructuring of White House cybersecurity policy staff after the departure of two officials could cause disruption in the development of cyberpolicy, says former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel. The departures of Tom Bossert and Rob Joyce have caused concern and uncertainty among private sector representatives.
The Hill (4/19) 
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GAO finds 8 problems in Treasury's financial-reporting system
A Government Accountability Office report identifies eight new problems in the system that the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service uses to review the accuracy of agencies' yearly financial reporting. The report also noted continued issues related to 15 previously identified deficiencies, and it recommends a stronger GAO risk-management plan involving enhanced internal controls and metrics to evaluate them.
Nextgov (4/19) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Q&A: Diversity recruiter on hiring more people of color
Diversity recruiter Ron Jordan of Carter-White & Shaw says recruiting at historically black law schools is one of the best ways to increase hiring of attorneys of color, and he also recommends diversity among recruiters. Tapping into line employees' knowledge also can be beneficial, because they can offer extensive networking connections, Jordan says.
Thomson Reuters (4/19) 
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Firm co-founder: Business-development efforts lead to success
Attorneys should be methodical about incorporating business development into their work and seek out accountability partners to be most successful, says Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, co-founder of Lawrence & Bundy. Lawrence-Hardy's tips for growing a client base include emphasizing personal strengths and values while making customer relationships a priority.
ABA Law Practice Today online (4/13) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
Judge: US can't transfer citizen suspected of being enemy combatant
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Thursday held that an unidentified US citizen suspected of Islamic State involvement cannot be moved to Saudi Arabia from US military custody in Iraq. An unresolved issue is whether the man, who has not been charged with a crime since his capture in Syria in September, should be held as an enemy combatant.
The Associated Press (4/20),  The Hill (4/19),  Politico (4/19) 
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N.Y. county agrees to pay $10M to resolve wrongful-conviction case
The Suffolk County, N.Y., Ways and Means Committee on Thursday approved a $10 million payment to Martin Tankleff related to his wrongful conviction in the slaying of his parents in 1988. Tankleff, who spent 17 years in prison before his conviction was overturned, also has settled a lawsuit against New York state for nearly $3.4 million.
Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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D.C. Bar News
Representing cannabis clients: "Business law with a twist"
Representing cannabis clients: "Business law with a twist"
(Patrice Gilbert Photography)
The legal cannabis market is going through explosive growth, bringing in almost $10 billion in retail sales in 2017. But it's still risky business, say attorneys who practice in this burgeoning area of the law. "Our clients are potentially at risk for federal prosecution, and depending on who you ask, so are we," says Shabnam Malek of Brand & Branch in Oakland, Calif.
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