Atlanta skirting records law in probe of $40,000 payment

A metro Atlanta law firm, hired to look into a $40,000 payment for luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and staff members, reported its findings to the city’s current administration verbally instead of in writing, a maneuver government watchdogs say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s mandates on open records. Invest Atlanta CEO Eloisa...

Law schools are very diverse, so why aren’t law firms?

Some of the U.S.’s most prestigious law schools are enrolling more diverse students, but only 15% of attorneys at law firms surveyed identified as minorities. While the proportion of minority law school students is on the rise, especially at top-tier law schools, diversity numbers at major law firms have barely budged in recent years. According...

Israel lawmakers approve controversial Jewish identity law

Israel’s Knesset [official website] approved a bill [text] Wednesday that champions the Jewish nation-state and Jewish national identity. T he bill passed by a 62-55 margin. The bill designates the state of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Jerusalem as its capital and Hebrew as its official language. It reaffirms the Star of David...

Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

Hackers have stolen personal data in Singapore belonging to some 1.5 million people, or about a quarter of the population, officials say. They broke into the government health database in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” attack, according to a government statement. Those targeted visited clinics between 1 May 2015 and 4 July of this year....

No Crime to Be Poor

There is no shortage of serious legal issues facing poor people in Greater St. Louis, especially people of color, says Blake Strode ’15, who was born and raised in the area. Just three years out of HLS, Strode is back home fighting the criminalization of poverty as executive director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil...

Rights group calls for arrests of Myanmar officials

Human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] called Thursday for the arrest of top officials in Myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians. In its report, Fortify Rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for [International Criminal Court] arrest warrants.” The activist organization singled out...

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Organization of American States condemns violence in Nicaragua

The Organization of American States [official website] passed a resolution [materials] on Wednesday denouncing violence in Nicaragua, particularly the violence committed against members of the Roman Catholic clergy and other protesters by the Nicaraguan government. The resolution also advocated that the Nicaraguan government adopt an electoral calendar to strengthen democracy and participate in a national dialogue. Twenty-one member states approved [press...

“A Complete Corruption in Morality”: U.S. Family Separation and the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement

To separate kids from their parents is an act that is so deplorable and so inhumane, it speaks to a complete corruption in morality of this administration. . . – Jagmeet Singh, Canada’s National Democratic Party Leader The US is violating its own human-rights obligations through some of its recent immigration-related actions, most shockingly its...

Spain judge withdraws extradition requests for Catalan independence activists

A judge for Spain’s Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] said [opinion, PDF, in Spanish] Thursday that he has withdrawn rebellion charges for six politicians involved in the Catalan independence referendum nullified and declared unconstitutional [Lawsiteblog report] in October 2017. Among these six include former president of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont. The Spanish Court agreed...